Cycling Mai Chau - Cuc Phuong - Tam Coc 4 days

Tour details

Price
USD $745.00 745.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT4D - HAN - HAN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
4 days
Single supplement
90.00$
Average distance per day
40 km
Bike Hire
Included
Total cycling distance
215
Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
4 nights: double room/ twin room
B= 3 Breakfasts, L= 4 Lunches, D= 3 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
Pick up at/ drop off at hotels
Bike mechanic
English speaking guide throughout the tour
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Single supplement
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Ha Noi - Mai Chau

After you are picked up at the Hotel, you'll transfer 1.5 hours to a rural village, outskirts of Xuan Mai town. Then the ride starts on country paths, rustic countryside to Cao Ram village, pass impressive karst limestone mountains, rice paddies, reach to tarmac roads, along mountains, lush deep valleys with rice terraces. We cross the Boi river, undulate the rural farms down to beautiful valleys stretching to Bo township, where our lunch break with 30 km of the morning ride. Following lunch is 1.5 hours transfer to Thung Khe, which offers impressive mountain views. We explore spectacular mountain forests on minor road 432B, less traffic, challenge some small hills to Noong Luong before we off the road, ride on a few km's on single tracks to Ban Lac, where White Thai ethnic group who inhabit on stilt houses. 

Mai chau Hostel Lounge Bar Restaurant
Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 50 km
Hilly - moderate/
Day
2
Mai Chau - Pu Luong - Cuc Phuong

After breakfast, we explore Lac and Poom Coong villages by bicycle, visit a family of White Thai,  wander through villages, admire beautiful stilt houses, stop at locals shops weaving traditional Thai costumes before on  1. hour transfer to Thanh Son. Here we ride on a small snake road, through tribal villages outskirts of Pu Luong to Pho Doan and then to Lang Tom with fantastic scenery. Then we cross the Cham River and continue on minor roads through some small towns along the river. passing vast rice terraces until we reach to Ma River, and lunch break in a small town after crossing Ma River.


Afterwards, we cycle a few km, follow the minor road along Nam Ma River, enjoy the peaceful scenery, and karst mountains, tiny villages setting on rice terraces alongside the river. We will make many stops along the way to admire the fantastic countryside landscape. Past hydropower station, cross the river, explore Ho Chi Minh trails the rest of the day. Ride through lush rural farms and rice fields and stilt houses, undulate the remote villages of Lang Mu, Lang Muc and Thach Thuong, and fish the day with a late transfer to Cuc Phuong Park.

Cuc Phuong Resort & Villas
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 75 km
Hilly - moderate
Day
3
Cuc Phuong - Tam Diep - Tam Coc

After breakfast, we visit the Endangered primate Rescue Center and the Turtle Conversation Center. A great chance to know about the fauna and flora, then travel deeper into the park centre, and our adventure is 19 km undulate the forest, and we head out of the Cuc Phuong Park to the rural villages. Cross the plantations of pineapple and tea and rice paddies and mountain areas with small flat paths and some tarmac that undulate as close to Tam Diep.


Lunch in Tam Diep, followed by a 45-minute transfer to Tam Coc. The afternoon is a truly fantastic ride as taking your leisurely to explore the incredible Tam Coc countryside of large limestone karst cliffs covered by forest. We ride along the paddies, waving to the locals, and visit the ancient Bich Dong pagoda hidden in the mountain karst. This bike ride loops ride is 10 km, and it makes you regularly stop along the countryside of the fantastic landscapes. Check-in, the Hotel, enjoy swimming the rest of the day. 

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 65 km
Hilly- easy/ moderate
Day
4
Tam Coc - Trang An - Hoa Lu - Ha Noi

After breakfast, we enjoy 2 hours boat paddle amongst limestone mountains and cliffs, admire the colourful float rice fields, pass through 3 grottos of Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. Then start the last day ride to Tran An and Hoa Lu with lunch en route before a 2. hours transfer to Ha Noi. 


We start from the hotel, cycle along the river, make a stop on the roadside, gaze down and admire the beauty of Trang An. The landscape complex is a spectacular limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Then we continue cycling to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Viet Nam, strategically established here in the 10th and 11th centuries AD. The property also contains temples, pagodas, paddy fields and small villages. We end up the ride at Hoa Lu, enjoy tasty lunch at a local restaurant following by 2 hours transfer to Ha Noi. Tour End!

Breakfast/ Lunch
20 km
Flat - easy

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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