North West Vietnam Bike Loops- Sapa- Mu Cang Chai- Moc Chau

Tour details

Price
USD $100.00 100.00
Tour code
VBR: VCT11B - HAN - HAN
Duration
Number Of cycling days
10 days
Single supplement
100.00$
Average distance per day
50 km
Bike Hire
US$145
Total cycling distance
565km
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
11 nights: double room/ twin room
B= 11 Breakfasts, L= 10 Lunches, D= 9 Dinners
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
All airport In/Out
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
Visa to Vietnam
International flight
Single supplement
Drinks are not included with any meal

Full Itinerary

Day
1
Ha Noi on Arrival

Meet in Ha Noi, and your guide will make a briefing of the trip, then enjoy a full-day guided tour to explore Ha Noi. In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his stilt house, former French Colonial Palace, Quan Thanh Temple with a short walk, and views look over the West Lake before lunch in town. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison, and the last visit is the National History Museum. Watch the Water Puppet Show and dinner before boarding the night train to Lao Cai in the evening. Your guide will be with you on the entire trip.


If your travel planed is to arrive in Ha Noi today? Please inform us of your detailed flight and you will be picked from Noi Bai airport, transferred to Ha Noi City. Then join the group in the afternoon/ in the evening.

Lunch/ Dinner
Kiwi standing on oval
Violet train
Day
2
Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Su Pan - Sapa

The train arrives in Lao Cai in the early morning. Meet your drivers, and you will transfer uphills on the winding road to Lao Cai. The transfer through stunning mountain views and lush rice terraces in beneath valleys. Arrives in Sapa, have breakfast at the hotel, drop your luggage at reception, and are ready to experience the fantastic scenery of mountains, rice paddies, and valleys along the villages of Lao Chai, Ta Van, and Su Pan. Explore the life of Black Hmong, Red Dzay, and Tay. Have a tasty lunch at local, following lunch, we experience the life of Red Dao, explore the villages, finish the day ride in Ban Ho, and return to Sapa by vehicle.

UHM Sapa Legend Hotel & Spa ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
35 km
Hilly - moderate
Day
3
Sapa - Binh Lu - Than Uyen

After breakfast, we will transfer out of Sapa town, and we undulate smooth roads through lush hill farms, enjoy mountain views and challenge small hills, passing Silver Waterfalls to the Sapa Heaven Gate. The Heaven Gate offers the spectacular natural beauty of Fansipan peak and the highest mountain passes of Hoang Lien Son in North Vietnam. 


Afterwards, enjoy a fabulous ride down the winding roads to Tram Ton Pass to Binh Lu. Then we off roads, ride on small gravel roads, winding through stunning tribe hamlets of Thai, enjoy spectacular jungle scenery up and down the rural plum orchards, through tiny towns—lunch en route. After 13 km off the beaten tracks, we back on national road 32, enjoy mountain landscape, green farmlands with the down and rising but more down than up to Tan Uyen. We follow small roads along the mountain range, explore back Thai and Mong tribes, see the verdant rice terraces, end today's ride at a rural market, and transfer to Than Uyen.

Phuong Nhung Hotel **
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
4
Than Uyen - Huynh Nhai - Tuan Giao

We set off early today with 2. hours transfer on winding roads, avoid mountain hills along Thuy Dien Lake and the mountain range, passing Ban Chat Hydropower station. The ride is at 9:00 am, and the ride mostly is on quiet national road 279 with 80 km to Tuan Giao. Today's ride is more adventure, challenge Cap Na Pass, experience Thai Ethnic, enjoy stunning scenery downhill through to Muon Gion, cross the Da River on the new Pa Uon bridge, lunch break in Quynh Nhai.

Following lunch, we bike through the town and its outskirts on almost flat roads through paddies before we undulate the jungles on winding roads, view the beautiful valleys and tiny villages along the way to Minh Thang. Coffee break at a small market and ready for amazing downhills 12km along the river to Tuan Giao. 

Tay Bac Hotel ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/
Day
5
Tuan Giao - Pha Din Pass - Son La

Pha Din pass is 30 km with 1.680mm above the level sea. It had become a legend of Dien Bien Phu Victory. It was the small trails, and Viet Minh (the fathers and mothers of Viet Cong) made up of the small road to supply the weapons, food. It was the most challenging way to use human power to pull artillery from Som La Dien Bien Phu. It was the only main and shortest route to support Viet Minh to defeat the French in Dien Bien Phu in 1954.


We cycle from the hotel, undulate 5 km through tiny towns along the river, and then challenge the Pha Din, which offers most of Vietnam's most incredible mountain landscapes. Venture through the spectacular karst mountains to the peak, view the scenery, and look over the most outstanding natural beauty. Take a ride descent in Binh Thuan. There are 2 roads in between the middle part of the mountain top, and one is 13 km on a new road, and the old road is a well-maintenance smaller than the new one, similar distance without traffic at all. We challenge up about 13 km and enjoy cycling downhill 17 km.


You can choose which route to challenge, and we will be with you. The afternoon' ride is beautiful as it's more leisurely than in the morning adventures. The ride takes us through Black Thai hill tribes, green valleys, see buffalos on farms, and verdant fields of farm products. We will be back on the vehicle transfer to Son La city in the late afternoon.

Muong Thanh Son La ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
6
Son La - Luong La - Mu Cang Chai

After breakfast, a short transfer to a rural village to start the morning ride to Muong La, we are almost dependent on national 106 in the morning. We pass small towns and roads that undulate the terraced rice fields, mountains, and along the small rivers. Challenge the small mountain pass of Cao Pha, enjoy downhill, through lush farms, terraced valleys dotted with H'mong, and Thai hill tribes along un-touched Muong Bu village.


Enjoy the peaceful landscape of Da River, to Muong La township, stop for lunch in town. The afternoon ride is fabulous on stunning small road 109, ride along the hillside, mountain's foot, passing stilt houses in hamlets, take in the spectacular views of the rice terraces and small hamlets before racing along the reservoir with endless photos. Have a coffee break at Hot Springs OR enjoy 30 minutes to relax your legs for the last 13 km through country's agricultural landscape to Ecolodge Mu Cang Chai. The road is a little bit more up through the forest, and grassy hills, then we ride down stunning rice terraced fields of Mu Cang Chai.

Ecolodge Mu Cang Chai ***
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Lunch
30 - 90 km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/
Day
7
Mu cang Chai - Tu Le - Nghia Lo

Mu Chang Chai Ecolodge's location is on a small hill in a stunning valley, and it offers the incredible breathtaking terrace fields and tribal villages amongst. Get up early morning, enjoy the moment of your journey, admire the outstanding natural beauty of the valley, and be ready to explore Khau Pha Pass and Tu Le, the land of the Thai, Mong and Dao ethnic groups.


After a big breakfast, we undulate small hills about 6 km to road 32, then turn right continue pedalling uphill about 4 km to a peak of Khau Pha Pass. Khau Pha Pass, which lies between Van Chan District and Mu Cang Chai District, is the most rugged and longest pass on National Highway 32 with 30 kilometres. A great place to view the stunning valleys with endless photos, then enjoy fantastic ride downhills as rolling descending to Nghia Lo. The most extended pass downhills are 30 km, and the rest all ways to Nghia Lo undulate with more down than up.


Here you have the opportunity to take it easy with many stops immerse yourself in nature, especially in Tu Le commune in Van Chan Dist surrounded by mountains and populated colourful tribes of Thai, Mong, and Dao. The area is famous for its special sticky rice. Following destinations are beautiful Ma Tun, Nam Bun villages, the winding road to spectacular Ban Hoi valley, and Nghia Lo.

Nghia Lo Hotel
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 75 km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/
Day
8
Nghia Lo - Ta Xa Natural Reserve

Today's ride travels through remote hamlets, jungle hillsides, tiny towns and Ta Xua Nature Reserve with inspiring scenery along road 112. The first 30 km in the morning is gentle roads, rolling small hills, rice paddies, rural farms, and small rivers. —lunch en route before challenging mountain passes through the forest on the spectacular slopes of Ta Xua Natural Reserve.


Tropical forest conservation is essential for flora, fauna. Ta Xua offers a lovely climate, and the weather here changes fast as sunny, fog and cloudy and some light rains in a day, and clouds float the mountains. Then we bike descendingly through lush rural farms on an incredibly winding road to Bac Yen.

Sao Mai **
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 93 km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
9
Bac Yen - Moc Chau

Moc Chau plateau is a Dist of Son La with plenty of tea, plum and plantations on undulating land and mountains. The Kinh people with 35% and the rest are colourful tribal people, most are Thai, and Mong, Kho Mu, Dao and Tay. We will undulate the vast uneven plantations and charming countryside in Moc Chau. 


We commence today's ride from the hotel, passing tiny towns to the countryside, bike through agricultural lands, then explore the life of locals living in small alongside Tac River. Have lunch before taking a ferry crossing the Da river, and riding to explore Moc Chau Plateau. Admire the verdant rows of tea plants along hillsides, see how the locals making tea step by step with a chance to learn more about culture H'Mong in the villages. Stay a night in Moc Chau.

Muong Thanh Holiday Moc Chau ****
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
30 - 85 km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/
Day
10
Moc Chau - Mai Chau - Ha Noi

After early breakfast, we cycle from the hotel, just a few km through the town, and then we follow a small road to the countryside. Cross through tea plantations, flower fields, and fruit orchards until we reach the old national road 6, spend the rest of today on the old national road 6, passes many small towns, and through lush valleys, green hills, and extensive lush vegetation. Moc Chau Plateau offers rich fertile soils, and it has a cold climate suitable for various fruit orchards, tea, plum, avocado, and strawberry plantation. Moc Chau rural villages are also home to a variety of flowers vegetables.


Lunch is on the way in a small town. The areas provide a fascinating Plateau in North Vietnam for nature lovers to explore the vast undulating plain on snake roads. The routes are less traffic, and well-maintenance allow the support vehicle travelling and always behind us. The ride will finish at Chien Yen village and transfer 4 hours to Ha Noi late afternoon.

The Light ****
Breakfast/ Lunch
30 - 50 km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/
Day
11
Ha Noi - Departure

Ha Noi is Vietnam's capital city and political centre. The city offers examples of both contemporary and classical architecture, especially the Old Quarter of Ha Noi. After breakfast, spend your time shopping until a transfer takes you to Noi Bai airport to catch your international flight home.

Breakfast/

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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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