12 days biking on the trails of mysterious charm

12 days biking on the trails of mysterious charm


This trip offers travellers one of the most outstanding natural scenery in the North Vietnam, they have opportunity in enjoying and exploring  the impressive nature beauty and culture richsess of Mai Chau, the pictureque rice terrace paddies, magnificent limestone mountain ranges of Pu Luong Nature Resever and visit one of the biggest National Park Cuc Phuong.

Cycle through Cat Ba National Park to  admire brilliant scenery, Kayaking and exploring Lan Ha Bay is one of  incredible way to experience The Paradise on earth.

Visitors also experiences in interacting and staying in Muong,Thai homestay tribes, enjoying traditional food, joining with Thai alive music performances. Cycling on the mix of good single track paths and undulating rough jeep trails, the views are stuning as the ride passed through villages and across lush rice paddies.

Cycling is the extraordinary way to explore and admire “trails of mysterious charm” of North Vietnam.

Tour Code VN030416-2 Group size 02 minimum for departure
Tour duration:  12 days Suitability Easy – Moderate
when Around the year Total cycling Distance 502 km
Start in Hanoi Terrain Different  elevation from from slightascending to short steep ascending pass
Finish in Hanoi Tour level Adventure cycling
Health  request Good health, fitness Tour cost Contact with us to get the best price
Bike hire Include in tour cost Road condition Good road, mixed  off and Paved road,tarmac road, dirt road, single track , off the beaten track
Departure Upon request Arrive in Upon request
Support Fully supported by car Staff 01 guide for group less 10 people

Detail itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival                                          

Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, Tours 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

Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau (L,D)

Leave at 7h30. we drive Southwest to Luong Son. The gateway to the outstsanding mountainous area of northern Vietnam, upon arrival Luong son, we start  riding through  on  undulating tarmac road with stunning view of mountain, valleys, sugarcane farms and rice paddies. We would have a stop enroute for refresment, and lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, we take short transfer to bottom of Thung Khe pass, restarting to ride 34 km  along the bank of Da River, you enjoy spectacular scenery dotted with Muong and Thai people villages under shaded trees, you are very impressive with  little school boys and girls or buffalor, cowboy say “Hello” with you on the way back to their home.

We take shortbreak for Kodak momment or refreshment before descent to Mai Chau village. Arriving Mai Chau at late afternoon, we cycle to Lac village for Homestay tonight. Taking shower, having dinner with traditional Thai food and enjoy Thai dance music performance. Stay at Thai homestay.

Day 3: Mai Chau – Sam khoe village – Hang Village (B,L,D)

The second day cycling trip offers for you the outstanding natural beauty of Mai Chau Valley  dotted with Thai and Muong  villages between rice terraces paddies. We start early to ride  from Homestay on the mix single track paths links one village to another, you may observe How peaceful villages are in the morning! And How they living here for hundred years? You can find out your answer while we ride further in center of Villages, meet and talk with some local people on the way. We have lunch enroute in Sam Khoe village  before riding back road  to Hang Village . Overnight at Thai Homestay.

Day 4: Hang village – Nua villages (B,L,D)

Today is hard day with long climb on mix of dirt paths and  single track trail lead to the top in the morning, you will be rewarded by breaktaking limestone moutain view and magnificient terraces rice paddies. We stop for refreshment on summit before descending to Pho Doan Market for lunch.

After lunch, we take easy ride on mix tarmac road, buffalo trails, undershade of bamboo forest led lo Nua village. Upon arrival, we take shower and enjoying with cold beers and and soft drinks. Have dinner and sleep in Thai Hometay.

Day 5: Nua Village – Pho Doan – Cam Luong – Cuc Phuong (B,L.D)

After breakfast with the Host, Say good bye them, we start early  to ride back road  to Pho Doan, the township of Phu Luong Narture Reserver, if lucky, we can visit and take photo  at colourful tribal market before crossing the bridge, we ride on corridor path of Nature Reserver, through sugarcane fields, corn farm dotted with Thai and Muong Tribes villages led to Cam Luong, we are rewarded by spectacular scenery, meeting friendly local  villagers.

We reach to Ho Chi Minh Trail at noon. Lunch meal at local restaurant in Kim Tan town, After lunch, we continue to ride 45 km more on a mix  of good single track and undulating paths. The view are stunning as the rider passes  through villages and across rice paddies, sugerccane and cassava farms. Arriving in Cuc Phuong National Park at late afternoon, check in and take a rest until dinner times. Accommodation at Cuc Phuong Guest houses or Bangalow.

Day 6: Cuc Phuong National Park – Thung Nham – Tram Chim (B,L,D)

After breakfast, our minibus take us into the depth of forest. From the center of the Park, we will cycle along canopied forest trails and through primitive jungle – an exclusive, tourist – free route, all the way to the gate of National park.

Stop for refreshment, then we visit the Endangered primate Rescure Center. The day’s cycling continues onto Dong Giao – pineapple plantation where you can enjoy fresh pineapple from local farmers selling on sideroad. We ride out of plantation to Tam Diep Township, transfer to Tam Coc for lunch.

After lunch, we ride through magnificient limestone mountains rise up majestically from the green rice paddies, streams to Tram Chim Nature Reserve. Upon arrival, we take relax or wander around to encounter different birds in here. Dinner and stay overnight in Resort.

Day 7: Tram chim – Tam Coc – Thai Vi – Trang An – Hoa lu – NinhBinh – Transfer – Hai Phong

Breakfast in Resort, we start riding back road  to Tam Coc from where we take two hours boat trip for exploring three grotto the first, the second and the third grotto links together with breaktaking scenery in open air.

Then we ride through breaktaking natural beauty of Trang An, Bai Dinh Temple, Kenh Ga Floating Villages. Having  lunch in Kenh Ga before the van transfers three hours to Hai Phong. Upon arrival in Hai Phong, Check in hotel and relax by your own. Have dinner in local restaurant.

Day 8: Hai Phong – Dinh Vu – Viet Hai Fishing village – Cat Ba  Island

After breakfast at Hotel, transfer to 30 minutes to Dinh Vu Seaport, upon arriving at cycling point, we commence to ride to Dinh Vu ferry Station  and catch public ferry to Cat Hai Village, we cycle through Cat Hai, and Cai Vieng Village – one of traditional fishing village – and producing fish sauce villages.

Arrving in Cat Ba Island, we continue riding on the Hilling road, challenge some passes, whereas you will be rewarded by outstanding natural scenery. Stop for lunch enroute, after lunch, we keep riding to Cat Ba Town, Arriving Hotel, check in and take shower, exploring Cat Ba Township by our own. Or go to the beach swimming. Dinner at local restaurant and stay at Hung Long Hotel.

Day 9: Cat Ba Island trek – Boat trip exploring Lan Ha Bay – Kayaking

The primeval forest and the tranquil town make Cat Ba Island one of Vietnam ‘s delightful places. We spend a halfday cycling in Cat Ba, visiting the national park, the central market and the fishing port. Take  boat trip to visit Lan Ha Bay, spend two hours Kayaking  to explore the World Natural Heritage. Dinner and overnight in Nam Cat Resort.

Day 10: Lan Ha Bay Full day Kayaking

Today is a hard kayaking day. We start kayaks after breakfast, paddle to Me Cung cave (The Labyrinth Cave), which is imaged as its name that we must walk under a zigzag route to a garden at a top of a small mountain and enjoy the view of a lake inside a mountain bound. Return to our kayaks, we paddle to the dark cave. This area need a muscle arms and big effort for the strong current if we gain the water lines.

However, it will be very much easy for flowing the current incase. Arriving the cave, depend on the water current and water level that be allowed to go inside this cave because of 300 hundred meters long in the dark tunnel open to a fairy lake in the mountain bound. Return the boat for lunch then boat to Three Peaches Beaches (Ba Trai Dao) for swimming or paddle around the area and go to difference beaches for swimming. Have dinner on the boat again. Anchor for overnight place: Ba Trai Dao. (5th night). (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included) stay over night in Nam Cat Resort.

Day 11: Lan Ha Bay – kayaking

Today we spend a day paddle kayaks to roam in Lan Ha Bay, the bay formed by Cat Ba archipelago islands. We learn the pearl farm and buy souvenirs from pearls. After lunch we paddle toward the reset of the bay and go to Nam Cat beach. The high lights of the trip is the best side of mountains which grow from the water are closer than mountain distance in Ha Long Bay.  our boat take us back to wharf to catch the bus back to Cat Ba Town, Have dinner and stay in Cat Ba Town

Day 12: Cat Ba National Park – Halong – Hanoi

Today is the last day of cycling in Halong and Bai Tu Long cycling trip, you have time to explore the daily life of local fishmen and  experience interesting activities  on the way back to Hanoi. We start cycling from hotel follow the coast and hilly road lead to Cai Vieng Commune and Viet Hai fishsauce villges. We take two public ferries before landing on Hai Phong city.

Arriving in Dinh Vu international sea Port, Have  lunch in seafoods restaurant. After lunch time, we take short transfer out of bustling city and then cycle back to Hanoi via Hai Duong Province. Ariving in Hanoi late afternoon, do check in and have relax by yourself. Farewell dinner is arranged for your group. Stay in Hanoi. Our services is finish. Many thanks for your joining once a lifetime trip with us.

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Tour include in
Support vehicle ( 1 – 4 pax) we use Van to support and carry out bikes)
( 5 – 8 pax) we use one Van and one truck to supports)
Trek 4300 mountain bikes with 27 speed gearing, disc- brake with Shimano components  and Suntour front suspension
Helmets and  water bottles
English speaking cycling guide
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Homestay ( two nights stay inThai Homestay in Pu Luong Nature Reserver, one night in Mai Chau Thai Homestay)
Cuc Phuong National Park (one night in guest house. Bangalow in National Park).
Cham Chim (one night in Resort).
Cat Ba N/P 2 nights.
La Ha Bay : Nam Cat Resort 2 nights.
Boat trip and Kayaking.
First aid kit.
Water/ snack for cycling days.
Entrance fees & homestay permission.
Hotel ( two share with occupancy).
Team support for 2 days in Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
Bikes hire include in cycling tour.

Tour excluded in
International air tickets to/ from Vietnam and international aiport departure tax.
travel insurance.
visa to Vietnam.
personal expense – tips, gratitudes.
alcoholic drinks.
transfer to/ from Air port.
Any other services not clearly stated  in the itinerary and trip including.

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