15 Days – Northern Vietnam Bike and Hike Tours will offer captivating way for active travelers, lover nature,and photographers opportunity in exploring both colorful hill tribes and outstanding scenic beauty in the North Vietnam. Rich culture, brilliant natural scenery and alluring colorful hill tribe markets, are highlight in our trip. we also stay in eco homestay and savor world classed food preparing by local people
Northen Vietnam bike and hike tours, has been carefully crafted and offered for those are looking for off the beaten track, less tourist regions and rich culture heritage in the North Vietnam, perfect trip to escape bustling city to seek our way with nature, hospitable hill tribe people.
Joining this Vietnam multi adventure tours, the travelers have good chance to experience stunning scenery, exotic hill tribe culture, learn about local people daily life.
Start from Hanoi capital, leaving hustling and bustling behind, we set our way to outstanding nature of Ninh Binh – Cycling tour to Tam Coc - Trang An – Cuc Phuong National park.
Spend time to learn about the first capital of Vietnam since 10 century. immerseing yourself into marvelous scenery and landscape of “Halong on Land”- Trang An – Tam Coc.
Joining two and half hour in boat trip to explore picturesque scenery and chamring karst mountain ranges rises on Rice fields.
Our trip contine on scenic route lead to Pu Luong nature Reserve, you will be immersed by outstanding beauty, cultural interest anh high biodiversity value from Mai Chau in the North West, to Cuc Phuong National Park in South East. It is blessed with rich forest, limstone panoramas, magnificent rice terraces and breaktaking rain forest
Contemporaly leaving the lowland behind, we catch night train from Hanoi- Lao Cai station and bus transfer to hilltop Sapa Town.
We will spend 4 days trekking in Sapa and Muong Hoa valley to immerse stunning scenic beauty,brilliant landscapes and sightseeing, quaint villages and friendly people are waiting for us.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, Snail Adventure Tour guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi
Activities: Transfer and Visiting
Accommodation: The Light Hotel****
Cycling distance: No Cycling
Day 2: Hanoi Back Road bike trip
Your cycling tour of Hanoi begins at 09:00 when you are picked up from your hotel and transferred to the office to collect your bikes and receive a safety briefing from your guide. From here, you will begin your morning cycling tour.
Your guide will take you past the famous Quang an flower market, However instead of entering the actual market, we will head towards the river and into the actual gardens where they are grown. For the next few hours you will pass through local communities growing flowers, making and selling local pottery, seasonal fruits as kumquat, strawberry and Vietnamese apple orchards, jungles of banana trees and local gardens with any number of vegetables on view.
Stop and talk to the locals, learn about their produce, taste the exotic foods and cycle through some incredible scenery. All in the knowledge that you are only metres from Hanoi city, you'd never think so while you're on your bike.
The tour continues as you cross the famous Long Bien bridge. Built by the Eiffel company between 1899-1902, it was an important link during the Vietnam War and its defense is now part of local folklore. Push your bikes up onto the bridge and see Hanoi from a new perspective as you cross what was once the longest bridge in Asia.
Once across Long Bien Bridge you will cycle through some residential districts of Hanoi, crisscrossing through narrow streets until you reach the tip of the Bac Cau peninsula.
There is only one way to cross the river at this stage, by boat. Transfer your bikes onto a local boat-taxi and enjoy the brief but earned rest. Just a couple of kilometres along the river front, you will turn off into a small village where you will have lunch in a local restaurant. If you are lucky and they are at home, you may be able to visit the home of a elderly couple who are the 18th of 20 generations to live in the same house! A great spot for tea and an insight into the lives of a local family. From here, your private transfer will take you back to you hotel, returning around 3pm
Activities:Transferring and warmly cycling
Accommodation: The Light Hotel***
Cycling distance: 20 - 45 Cycling
Day 3: Hanoi – Xuan Mai cycle tour Van Long Wetland Rerseve
After hearty breakfast in hotel. Our cycling guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at 7:30 a.m in hotel.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of city behind. Setting off new cycling adventure day to south west of Hanoi, Upon arriving in Cycling point. We learn how to control the bike and gear, the rule on the road and safety ride in this trip. We commence riding on tarmac road, passing many peaceful villages, local market, temples and pagodas, vast green rice paddies. Arriving in Duc Khe, Stop for lunch meal and take some awesome pictures of Huong Son scenic beauty. After lunch meal. We continue riding back road cross the bridge and cycle on paved road , passing rice paddy and countryside village to Van Long Wet land Nature Reserve. Admire magnificent limestone mountains and quaint villages in afternoon.
Activities:Transferring and cycling
Accommodation: Tam Coc La montagne Resort
Cycling distance: 40 – 78 Km Cycling
Day 4: Ninh Binh cycle to– Cuc Phuong
Another full day cycling will expose all highlight of sightseeing, landscape and natural heritage on Ninh Binh “ Halong on Land” before riding to Cuc Phuong National Park. Breakfast in Hotel. We commence to Dinh and Le Temple, pay visit and learn about great contribution of two geat men who led Vietnamese people revolted against rebel forces and united country in Nine century. Another king has been known as great National Hero and clear- minded king, who had reinforced his reign and built country powerfully.
Our journey continue through rural villages, picturesque ranges of limestone mountain dotted with rice paddies. Take two hours boat trip to explore Trang An Natural beauty complex – newly designated Natural World heritage site. Having enroute. Afterlunch, we keep riding along Hoang Long river bank to Cuc Phuong – National Park. upon arriving, check in and relax by your own.Have dinner and stay overnight in Cuc Phuong Resort and spa or guesthouse.
Activities: Cycing and Boat Trip
Accommodation: Cuc phuong Resort and Spa****
Cycling distance: 50 km - 78 km
Day 5: Cuc Phuong – Bike Tour Pu Luong
Following to breakfast in Hotel ,the shuttle bus take to bottom of National Park, you will enjoy peaceful atmosphere and discover the biodiversity values of national park, We starting new cycling day by paddling back road to Central Gate where you leave the bike and visit the Endangered primates Rescued Center.
The endangered Primates Rescued Centre is a perfect place to see many kinds of rare primates such as Langur, Gibbon and Loris all over Vietnam, many of them are under threat of extinction.
After visiting, we continue to ride on tarmac road to Nho Quan and then turn off on single track to Ho Chi Minh Trail, Turn right in Cam Tu Commune and keep riding on scenic road lead to phu Luong Nature Reserve.
Activities: Visiting and Cycling and transferring
Accommodation: Pu Luong Ecogarden
Cycling distance: 40 - 86 km
Day 6: Pu Luong Hiking day
Breakfast at retreat, Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Your camera will not be able to sit still!
Continuing to the base of the valley, you weave between roads and farmland, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot to enjoy a simple picnic lunch. After enjoying delicious food, you have free time to explore the refreshing water to the nearby river, before moving to our pick up point to be transferred back to the Retreat
Activities: Fullday Trekking trip and Rafting
Accommodations: Pu Luong Ecogarden
Cycling/ Trekking distances: 10 - 16 Km
Day 7: Cycling tours Pu Luong - Mai Chau
Get up early to contemplate fresh air and stuning rice terrace scenery from ecolodge. Sipping hot coffee and admire sunrise over the mountain. We start our new cycling day from Homestay or Ecolodge. Enjoy brilliant Pu Luong scenery as we cycle through the core of Nature Reserve.the first stage of our trip is dramatically hilly. You cycling ascendingly on new paved road or dirt track, through Village and Rice tarrace fields. However, you will rewarded by incredible scenic beauty of Pu Luong Nature Reserve. The sencond stages is descendingly road. your legs will be free for some distances whilst we cycle o Ho Chi Minh Trai lead to T Junction of Co Luong.
We cycle the back roads through quaint small villages where you can experience Mai Chau close-up including: bamboo factory, and village surrounding like Poom Coong or Lac village. After lunch, we commence cycling on single track trail around Mai Chau Valley.
Activities: Cycling Tours only
Accommodation: Buoc Bungalow
Cycling distance: 65 Km
Day 8 : Mai Chau Back Road –Transfer to Moc Chau
Waking up you early in the morning by birds and chicken sounding, you will be savored by Thai traditional cake for breakfast with hot coffee and tea. After hearty breakfast, we cycle through different villages on a mix of good single track paths link from villages to anothers, the view are stunning as the ride passes and cross lush rice paddies./ Unique to this area are fan palms, grown specifically to use for roofing. We pass hot springs, cycle cross suspension bridges and follow the contours around beautiful terraced rice fields. we cycle back road, single tracks, buffalo trails through rice terraced fields and bamboo forest We stop for lunch en route in local family.
After recharging fully energy from local restaurant or homestay, we take short transfer to avoid steep pass with busy vehicles into Van Ho junction.
Upon arriving cycling point, we embark on bikes to cycle on quite villages winding along lush forest and plum farms to Moc Chau Tea Farm.
We keep riding on scenic route to admire stunning nature from another side of Moc Chau Hill top town.. Cycling on good single track paths, undulating rough jeep trails to some climbs that are rewarded with Moc Chau scenery panopamas. Arriving in hotel do check in and relaxby yourself. Have dinner and stay over night in Moc Chau.
Activities: Cycling and transferring
Accommodation: Emopea Resort****/ Moc Chau Lodge***
Cycling distance: 30 - 64 km
Day 9: Moc Chau Back Road Bike
Located at an altitude of 1340m, Moc Chau is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled plateaus of the Northern mountainous region, bringing a strange attraction to all visitors including the fastidious ones. The road between Mai Chau - Moc Chau is enchanting with picturesque landscapes and diverse ethnic cultures.
Besides, Moc Chau is famous for its ancient plum forest hidden behind dreamy valleys and immense tea fields.
Cycling tour in Moc Chau is surely one of the most fascinating ways to explore the amazing scenery, interact with the mountainous ethnic people, and admire the pristine nature in and around Moc Chau.
Setting off new cycling day from hotel, we cycle through town and turning off single trail through vast lush green tea farm and grass meadow, tropical fruit gardens, or weave your way through the tiny dirt roads through the forest canopy Ancient plum hidden deep in the vast steppe.
Our exploration continues down to the Na Ka peach valley, where we turn off the dirt road leading to the impressive peach valley. We cycled on the poetic and peaceful concrete road to immerse in the fairy and hidden beauty of the white peach blossom valley.
Upon arrival at the Homestay, relax and stroll around the Hmong village to admire the rustic village life and beautiful scenery.
Activities:Cycling and trasnferring
Accommodation: Emopea Resort ****/ Moc Chau lodge***
Cycling distance: 30 – 65 KmCycling
Day 10: Moc Chau – Cycle back Ba Khan Transfer to Hanoi
Enjoy tasty pancake for breakfast . Say good bye our host, we make warm up by cycling descendingly to Na Bai Village. Turn off on single track to Rice paddy fields. Cycling through vibrant scenery to Bai Sang . Upon arrival. Taking transfer over one hour to Hanoi.
Activities: Cycling and transfer
Accommodation: Night Train to Lao Cai
Cycling distance: 45 Km
Day 11: Lao Cai – sapa – Trek to Lao Chai Village
06:30: arriving at Lao Cai Railways station, welcome and transfer to Sapa. Breakfast at hotel. Check in up on availability. Take a short rest then we first sneak through the Sapa market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, we follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. We will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before continuing the trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. We also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. We eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where we can take a rest while we are served lunch nearby the river.After lunch, we head toward Muong Hoa valley; pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. Summary:
Activities: Trekking day
Accommodations: Ta Van Village
Cycling/ Trekking distances: Trekking 12 - 18 Km
Day 12: Sapa Valley – Trek to Ta Van – Su Pan – Ban Ho
After the breakfast we continue to visit Red Dao people at Giang Ta Chai here we also see a waterfall. The Red Dao women have very colourful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head they wear a red scarf. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao legend.
We continue along small paths in the rice fields, cross the Muong Hoa River and arrive to the Tay village Ban Ho (900 m). Tay is the most populous of the hill tribes. Because of the development and adaptation to the Vietnamese society some of them have started wearing Vietnamese clothing. But most women still wear the traditional checkered headscarf. We stay overnight in a wooden Tay stilt house. If we reach Ban Ho in the early afternoon you will have time to swim in a nearby river. In the evening we have dinner with the Tay family.
Activities:Trekking through village
Accommodations: Ban Ho ecovillage
Trekking Distance: 10 -23 Km
Day 13: Ban Ho trek to Sin Chai
Get up early to contemplate amazing scenery and panoramatic landscape over Ban Ho Valley. Come back homestay for hearty breakfast..
Following to breakfast, we commence our trekking to Sin Chai Village. Enjoy fascinating rice terrace on hillside and quaint village life of Tay People whilst we trek ascendingly on concret road lead to Lave Bridge. We continue our trip as we turn off the single track trail, go through Rice paddy, cross stream and bridge to Nam Nhiu Villge. You will be rewarded by maverlous and terrific scenery on the way. Upon arrival of picnic lunch. We have lunch in local family. After lunch meal, we walk on concret road lead to Sin Chai Ecohomestay. Red Dao People.
Activities:Trekking from Ecohomestay to Ecohomestay
Accommodation: Sin Chai Ecohomestay
Trekking distance: 10 – 22 Km
Day 14: Sin Chai Trek Thanh Phu – Lao Cai Station
Enjoy tasty breakfast with our host. We commence our last trekking days from Homestay back to Thanh Phu village. We spend morning time to hike through peacefull villages and Rice terraces. Some distances we hire through muddy trail and through hill side. Meet our support vehicle to transfer to Lao Cai Station to catch express night train to Hanoi. have dinner in local restaurant before embarking on shared cabin for overnight.
Activities:Trekking and Transferring
Accommodations: By yourself
Trekking distances: 16 Km
Day 15: Hanoi Onward
The train will pull you back to Hanoi station at 4: 30 Am.our driver will pick you up and transfer to hotel for having breakfast . you will be free at leisure. Our crew will meet you again and transfer to airport to catch international flight onwards.
Transferring distance 35 km.
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent accommodation
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Snail Adventure tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes
Tour included in:
English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Meals details in itineraries ( 13 breakfast, 13lunches, 13 dinners)
A/C transfer/ and transportation
Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
Boat Trip in Tam Coc
Full day trekking in Pu Luong nature Reserve
Round trip Night train ticket from Hanoi –Lao cai : Lao Cai - Hanoi
Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with disc brake and helmets
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
First aid kit
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Tour excluded in:
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
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