Biking Sapa- Ha Giang, North West & Far East Vietnam

Tour details

Price
USD $1755.00 1755.00
Tour code
VCT: 10D - HAN - FN - HAN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
7 days
Single supplement
325.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
$120
Total cycling distance
495km
Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
04
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant/Trek MTB 27.5" & hybrid MTB 700 x 38, hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees +boat rides
9 nights: double room/ tiwin room
B = Breakfasts, L = 8 Lunches, D = 8 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
Bike mechanic
All airport in/out
Pick up & drop off at hotels
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
International Flight
Visa to Vietnam
Single supplement
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Meet in Ha Noi

Our adventurous mountain cycling trip to the North and East regions will begin in Hanoi- Vietnam country's political and capital city. This evening, we'll get to know the group over our first dinner at locals. Your tour leader will make a brief tour. 

The Light
Dinner
Day
2
Ha Noi - Xuan Giao - Biking to Ban Ho village

We depart early today at 7:00 AM in Ha Noi with 3 hours vehicle drive on the freeway to Xuan Giao- a farm market. Then, turn on a minor road where we begin our first-day mountain biking. Explore the outstanding tribe village of Thanh Phu where Tay People and Red Dao people are living. The routes are lovey along the river. Enjoy fantastic views; green valleys, streams, forests and buffalo trails through rice terraces along the way. Then we continue our adventure cycling over Thanh Phu Bridge and keep riding along back roads to Ha Ho village. Stay a night at Sapa Orange Homestay.

Sapa Orange Homestay
Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 55km
Hilly, moderate/ hard
Day
3
Explore Hmong villages-Muong Hoa valleys

Today is a whole challenge day because Sapa is more than 1000m above the level sea. We cycle on windy and hilly paths through tribe villages; Su Pan, Ta Van Village and Lao Chai. We make many stops at tribes home for tea breaks, experience local life and learn the culture of each tribe. Enjoy beautiful landscapes and peaceful scenery surroundings when you enjoy breakfast and coffee at your homestay. We stop at a village of Black Hmong to view amazing mountainous landscapes and terraced rice field’s scenery before continuing the rest of today to Sapa town. 

Amazing Hotel Sapa
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 45km
Moderate/ hard
Day
4
Sapa – Bao Thang - Coc Ly - Bac Ha

Have an early breakfast, check out, for vehicle transfer on snack road down to Lao Cai. Enjoy spectacular mountain views and rice terraced on 30 km to Lao Cai town. Our ride will start in Bao Thang rural area. Our biking adventure on a paved and mountainous road challenges some hills and farmland. Discover the mountain hills, meet tribes at their farmland, view breathtaking landscapes, and learn the rich ethnic culture at tribe local markets on the way to the Coc Ly market. (On Tuesday) We'll spend time to see how Ethnic people exchange goods. Locals bring their buffaloes, cows, dogs, horses, chickens, and cates to trade with each other. Animals could be exchanged if they are the same valued. The Weekly market is open every Tuesday. It's an imposing market. Then we continue to ride on single tracks to Bao Nhai Bridge and turn off to Bac Ha town. Upon arriving at Hotel, check in and explore the city on your own for the rest of the day.

Sao Mai Bac Ha hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 65km
Hilly, moderate/ hard
Day
5
Bac Ha - Lung Phin - Xin Man - Hoang Su Phi

Today, we start with a short vehicle transfer west to Lung Phin for an off the beaten track mountain riding to Xin Man. the rural Dist, located right on the Vietnam & China border. There are some hills with incredible picturesque landscapes between Ha Giang and Lao Cai provinces. We bike to explore one of the most remote parts- a homeland of local ethnic groups; Nung, the Flower Hmong, the Tay and the Ha Nhi tribes. Enjoy every minute on today' ride; breathtaking view of the Hoang Su Phi terraced fields, a national heritage, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam. The epic landscape of rice terraced fields and architecture of the peaceful scenery created by man and nature over thousands of years. In the after, we carry on our adventure mountain biking along a quiet road that gently climbs and follows the river to the town of Hoang Su Phi.

Pan Hou Ecolodge Resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 75km
Hilly, moderate/hard
Day
6
Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang

Today is another great ride as an adventurous journey. We ride to smell and taste Hoang Su Phi, Dong Van karst plateau Geopark and Mu Chai, the National Rice Terrace Heritage. We’ll ride on fascinating routes and challenge incredible passes before we ride down to Ha Giang. We’ll feel that we are on top of the world. Hoang Su Phi is one of the most areas of outstanding natural beauty and unspoiled traditional life. It is also the removed East-West region of Vietnam. Most of the ethnic groups are still using traditional ways of cultivating rice plants. Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark is world-famous. It is a mysterious landscape along the Chinese border- a natural combination of conical limestone peaks and deep, beautiful valleys. Mu Cang Chai- the most beautiful of rice terraces fields, and it had listed National Heritage of Northeast Vietnam

Phoenix Ha Giang
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 -75km
Hilly, moderate/ hard
Day
7
Ha Giang - Ba Me - Bao Lac

After your healthy breakfast, we do check out for another great ride to discover the fantastic natural scenery of Ba Me and Bao Lac. About 10km riding up gentle hills and the rest of the distance to Ba Me is on undulating roads. We cycle and enjoy fascinating landscapes passing through villages to Bac Me Township. After lunch in town, we continue riding on the tarmac road to Bao Lac. There are plenty of impressive views surrounded by limestone formations, villages, farmlands, and mountain peaks undulating the road along Gam River. Stay a night in Bao Lac town.

Thuy Duong/ Viet Hoang hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 83km
Hilly, moderate/ hard
Day
8
Bao Lac - Nguyen Binh - Ba Be Lake

Have breakfast at 7:00 am and check out for our last day adventure trip with a short support vehicle that transfers us to the peak; we ride on quiet undulating roads and enjoy beautiful mountain views and scenic villages. Lunch is in the town of Nguyen Binh. Our adventure cycling will continue, but our guide will figure out and choose the best time to transfer to Ba Be Lake. We'll stay overnight in the beautiful village of Pac Ngoi

Saigon Ba Be resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 75km
Hilly, moderate/ hard
Day
9
Ba Ke Lake - Cho Ra - Ha Noi

After breakfast at the home-stay, we take a short walk to pier, where your private boat will be waiting. We get on board to cruise on the lake. On this boat cruising, we will listen to many species of birds' singing and enjoy the peaceful landscapes. The boat comes to Puong Cave which is a massive 30 meters high. The cave is an impressive feature of the area, and if you are lucky, you can see some of the bats. Then, our enjoyable boat trip will continue and reaches Cho Ra Town for lunch, where we have lunch. After lunch, we relax 4 hours and a half in our private vehicle driving back to Hanoi with a coffee break on the way. Overnight in Hanoi.

The Light Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch
Day
10
Ha Noi - Departure

Today is your return home. After breakfast, spend the rest shopping, and relaxing until a pick up for transfer to the International Airport to fly home. Tour End!

Breakfast

More Info

Road Condition

Two third of the mainland of the country are mountain ranges, tropical forests, remote hillsides, and valleys in northern Vietnam with sparse population. Most small towns, cities in the northwest and far north near the Laos border, and the Chinese are homes to hill tribes. Most rural gravel roads and dirt tracks are the primary means of transport for locals due to peak mountain ranges, slopes, deep valleys, and sparsely populated. Many roads are closed to traffic because of rivers, streams and high mountains, while the minor and high roads are less traffic. Mountain biking tours in northern Vietnam are on-road and off-road, and fewer off-roads in rural Districts where rural roads are unsafe and dangerous. 

Weather

Hanoi and North Vietnam have two distinct winter and summer seasons. The relaxed but primarily dry winter lasts from November to April when temperatures average 17-22°C, the coldest months being December to February. With hot and humid, summer lasts from May to October, and the highest rainfall is from May to August.


In the Northeast, the rainy season usually occurs in May and will end in August with heat and low humidity, while the Far North begins from June to August. The rainy season is from June to August in the Far North, and the cold winter is from December to February.


North West and Far North Vietnam's agricultures depend on the wet season, particularly rice crops on terraces. Rice plants need plenty of water to grow and develop themselves. The yearly rice crop in North West and the Far North is only one crop and will begin after the first rainy month to make the soil more workable before seeding starts. The different times to seed the rice plants are from 2 weeks, depending on locations, high or low terraces, how much water is from raining or getting from streams and rivers.


The best time to explore North West & Far North Vietnam is the farming season, not at the beginning, with too many rains and young seeling rice plants only. From the early September to last October are the harvest seasons. Here are the opportunities for travellers to admire stunning colourful rice terraced fields, lush country farms, green rainforests, waterfalls, and vast vegetations. Travellers also meet hill tribes on farms and their homes.

Vehicles

Private Support Vehicles

2 to 4 riders in a group


There is only one A/C 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases, and bikes. There are four rows of seating for passengers on the A/C 16 seater van. Two people sit on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seats will be folded up, so all bikes will be uploaded here.



A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people


There will be two vehicles to support riders on the entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, icebox to keep cold drinks, and so on



A large group tour: 8 to 14 people


One minibus to take up all riders, including luggage & suitcases, and one truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, water, cold drinks, and snacks...Iceboxes




A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people


We provide two vans and one minibus, and one truck to escort large groups of riders and help ensure their safety. Our pro guide will motivate a team with support vehicles to bring the best services to riders.


27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 60 pro MTB bikes and hybrid MTB bikes and available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours


MTB Bikes for kids: wheel size 20", 24" with  suspension seatpost. Kid heights: 120cm, 130cm, 145cm


Pro Giant Mountain Bike - 650B/ 27.5" wheel size


27.5" Pro mountain bikes are use for off-road cycling; on dirt track and hilly single track narrow paths and also country back roads.


27.5" wheel size and MTB tires 27.5" x 1.95 is the best choice and suitable and good for challenge and technical mountain biking. 


1 - Good quality and lightweight Alloy MTB 27.5" frames 


2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout


3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding


4 - Deore Shimano Group set


5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake


6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes


7 - 27.5" Alexrims disc brake rims - 32 holes


8 - Maxxis Cross Mark 27.5 x 1.95 - Good quality and suitable for both on road and off-road riding


9 - Soft grips


10 - FSA sealed bearing headset


11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings


12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team




2. There are 25 Trek hybrid mountain bikes available in our store.  Hybrid bike tires 700 x 38- Good choice for a long trip: Saigon to Hanoi and Hanoi to Saigon


Hybrid bikes are use for an off-road cycling through countryside, dirt track and but working on muddy road. Its really good for touring a long trip, it moves faster and easier. Hybrid bike gives you an easy to pedal uphills, smooth bicycle riding on quiet concrete paths and country back roads. The best choice to challenge mountain and serious hills


1 - Good quality and lightweight alloy hybrid frame


2 - 29" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout


3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable saddle


4 - Deore Shimano Group set


5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake


6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes


7 - 29" Alexrims touring rims, disc brake - 32 holes


8 - Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 38 - Good quality and suitable for both off-road cycling and touring a long trip


9 - Soft grips


10 - FSA sealed bearing headset


11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings


12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team




 

 
 

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