Cycling Tour North-West Vietnam

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Cycling Vietnam up North.
Hanoi - Northern Vietnam
Duration: 12 days 11 nights
Trip code: cvn12d
Duration: 12 days – 11 nights
Departure: Hanoi

1. Friday: Arrive Hanoi.

2. Saturday: Hanoi city tour. Night train to LaoCai.

3. Sunday: LaoCai to BacHa market.

4. Monday: BacHa to Sapa.

5. Tuesday: Sapa to Than Uyen.

6. Wednesday: ThanUyen to TuanGiao.

7. Thursday: Tuan Giao to DienBien.

8. Friday: Sightseeing DienBienPhu.

9. Saturday: Dien Bien to SonLa.

10. Sunday: SonLa to MaiChau.

11. Monday: MaiChau to Hanoi.

12. Tuesday: Departure.

Cycling Tour North-West Vietnam

Price: 1,319USD
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Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
We will pick you up on arrival in Hanoi, and transfer you to hotel. Time relaxing for promenade around Hoan Kiem Lake and ancient, yet lively Old Quarter. Time to test your bike and short ride around Hanoi. O/N at hotel in the Old quarter Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Visit HoChiMinh Mausoleum, HoChiMinh stilt house, One pillar pagoda and Temple of Literature. Afternoon exploring of Hanoi’s silk, art or visit Ethnology museum and other museums. Night train to Lao Cai.

Day 3: Lao Cai – Bac Ha Sunday Market (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
6.00 am arrive in LaoCai. Breakfast, jeep transfer to BaoNhai, bike ride 20 km up hill to Bac Ha (alt + 900m) . Visit the most colorful hill tribe market day. Garmin details of a climb to BacHa via CocLy market here. In the afternoon we ride to Hmong village around Bac Ha. O/N CongFu hotel.

Day 4: Bac Ha to Sapa (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
We transfer by van to LaoCai, have a quick look at China from the border milestone, riding through Laocai town, then we start to climb up 35km to Sapa (alt. +1,550m). In the afternoon we walk around Sapa, visit to Ham Rong mountain with panorama view of Sapa town and surrounding. Overnight stay at Victoria Sapa hotel ****.

Day 5: Sapa – Heaven gate – Than Uyen (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Best mountain view today, about one hours up hill, with a stop over Silver waterfalls for relax before we conquer the highest mountain pass Oquiho. Then decending down the great panoramic view of HoangLienSon mt. range. Lunch en route. Nice villages of Hmong and Dao near BinhLu, then we keep on new road to ThanUyen. Overnight stay in Nhung guesthouse.

Day 6: Than Uyen – Tuan Giao (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
In the morning, we visit the famous rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai, then we transfer to MuongGion and ride to MuongGiang and onto TuanGiao. Some part of the road is bad, but great view along NamMu river branches. Scenic Da river from Pa Uon bridge. Overnight stay Tuan Giao guesthouse.
Challenge to ride the whole way? It’s a great day. Put on your tough suit and start early in the morning.

Day 7: Tuan Giao – DienBien. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
A nice ride day with stop over the white Thai village before climb up to Tang Quai pass. Road condition from Muong Phang valley to Dien Bien is good. Overnigh stay Muong Thanh hotel ***.

Day 8: Around DienBien (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
A full day touring around DienBien. We ride back to the former French battlefield : Eliane hill, DeCastries bunker, DienBien museum you will see some old US weapons, and a French army tank in the runway of DienBien airport (used to be MuongThanh airfield). Overnight stay MuongThanh hotel***.

Day 9: Dien Bien – PhaDin pass – SonLa
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

After breakfast, we have van transfer one and half hour back to TuanGiao, then we mount on our bike, 6km warm up then the climb start. 12 km winding up hill and 14 km down hill. Nice landscape of green rice fields and karst valley. Light traffic, wandering water buffaloes, Thai and Hmong kids. Overnight stay in SonLa.
Hot bath in SonLa ? Possible to end the day at Ban Moong hotspring (5km from SonLa), warm water bathtub, have dinner at this village, then back to SonLa for the night.

Day 10: SonLa – MocChau – MaiChau
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

We have van transfer in the morning to Moc Chau plateau, then start cycling to MaiChau. The road passes beneath spectacular karst cliffs with the valley floor visible far below. Lots of Black Thai villages, descending to MaiChau. Overnight homestay on stilt house of Thai people.
In the evening, we dance with the Thai people
Day 11: MaiChau – Hanoi (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
First 15km out of MaiChau is up Thung Nhuoi pass, then we go 17km down to ManDuc and two more gentle hill to DocCun. (25km). We take a small route to BaiChao onto LuongSon. Our bus pick up and come back to Hanoi . Farewell dinner. Overnight hotel in the Old quarter Hanoi.

Day 12: Departure (Breakfast)
Free at leisure until check out. Transfer to airport for departure.



Trip Price

Trip price:

  • person ($US 1,899) (double occupancy)
  • person ($US 1,690) (triple occupancy)
  • person ($US 1,319) (4 to 6 person occupancy)
  • Single supplement: ($US 255).


Trip included:

             All entrance fees for sightseeing.

  • Accommodation: Standard hotel. (+1 night Victoria resort ****)
  • Meals: Full board: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with local Vietnamese food.
  • Transportation: A/c bus or minivan support with drinking water.
  • Good mountain bike / hybrid bike (or road bike on request).
  • Guide: Experienced cycling tour guide.

Not Included:

Insurance, personal expenses.

Cycling Tour North-West Vietnam

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