VIETNAM CYCLING TOUR

Mountain vistas, Rice Paddies and Villages

Vietnam Cycling Tour

This exciting tour takes you into the heart of Vietnamese cuisine, from wooden junks to markets, to fresh seafood, to Ms Vy who runs a great selection of the very best Vietnamese restaurants in Hoian. Towering limestone pillars wait to greet you in the emerald waters of Halong Bay, old UNESCO villages and a bevy of activity on the Mekong Delta.


VIETNAM CYCLING TOUR

Day-1: Hanoi Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Day 02: Hanoi to Hoa Binh (B, L, D)

Day-3: Ride Hoa Binh to Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Day-4: Ride Mai Chau to Moc Chau (B, L, D)

Day-5: Ride Moc Chau to Yen Chau (B, L, D)

Day-6: Ride Yen Chau to Son La (B, L, D)

Day-7: Son La, Rest Day (B)

Day-8 Ride Son La to Tuan Giao (B, L, D)

Day-9: Ride Tuan Giao to Dien Bien Phu (B, L, D)

Day-10: Dien Bien Phu- Muong Lay (B, L, D)

Day-11- Muong Lay- Tam Duong (B, L, D) 

Day-12: Tam Duong - Sapa (B, L, D)

Day-13: Sapa- Rest day (B)

Day-14: Sapa- Ban Khoang- Lao Cai. Night train (B, L, D)

Day-15: Depart Hanoi (B)

 

VIETNAM CYCLING TOUR ITINERARY

Day-1: Hanoi

Arrival and transfer to your hotel.  If time permits, we will spend the afternoon at the Ethnology museum which will give you an overview of 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam including the Thai people who you will meet along the way.

Overnight in Hanoi


Day 02: Hanoi to Hoa Binh

(B, L, D) Cycling Hanoi - Hoa Binh 56/72 km
We leave Hanoi by car and start cycling from Luong Son to Hoa Binh town. The town is famous for the biggest reservoir in Vietnam and also the culture diversity of many typical ethnic groups such as Muong, Thai.


Day-3: Ride Hoa Binh to Mai Chau

(B, L, D) Cycling Hoa Binh- Mai Chau 62 km: a beautiful landscape of mountains and red soil hills, is covered by green sugarcane, cassava, corn and rice fields. There are many shops on the way where you can find 'Ruou Can' - the unique rice wine of Hoa Binh province in brown jars, drunk with bamboo straws. You also pass by some factories where they make brooms from 'Dot'; a new wonderful golf is located behind mountains; a place where is famous for hot mineral stream- 'Kim Boi'; some small villages of Thai & Muong and many other interesting things you will see and learn on the way.

Overnight at home-stay of Thai ethnic in Mai Chau


Day-4: Ride Mai Chau to Moc Chau

(B, L, D) Cycling Mai Chau- Moc Chau 67 km: from low to higher area, from houses-on-stilts of White Thai located in a big valley of rice field to Moc Chau where wooden houses on ground of Blue & Flowered H'mong located in small valleys and hidden among corn fields, plum and peach gardens and surrounded by mountains. On the way to Moc Chau, you will also pass a forested area to enjoy the shade & cool air in the middle of a hot summer day. You should stop at a local restaurant to taste their famous fresh local yogurt.

Overnight in Moc Chau


Day-5: Ride Moc Chau to Yen Chau

(B, L, D) Cycling Moc Chau- Yen Chau 60 km: Moc Chau is a famous for its tea plantations. Tea plants cover the hills, some of which are 30- 40 years old. This area offers you a great chance to cycle around the tea plantation to enjoy the scenery, fresh air and get to know more about tea. We will end our day at Yen Chau, the area well known for its fruit trees such as mangoes, longans, bananas…

Overnight in Yen Chau.


Day-6: Ride Yen Chau to Son La

(B, L, D) Cycling Yen Chau- Son La 65 km: leaving this area after sampling some local fruit, visiting local markets along the way and meeting some ethnic groups, we will cycle to Son La and visit Son La prison built by French.

Overnight in Son La


Day-7: Son La, Rest Day

(B) Overnight in Son La


Day-8 Ride Son La to Tuan Giao

(B, L, D) Cycling Son La - Tuan Giao 90 km: we pass through a patchwork of rice fields and plum orchards. It is a hard cycling day with many hills.

Overnight in Tuan Giao


Day-9: Ride Tuan Giao to Dien Bien Phu

(B, L, D) Cycling Tuan Giao - Dien Bien Phu 80 km: There is less traffic on this tar road, which gives you more opportunities to enjoy the nice scenery of rice fields dotted with water wheels. The area is inhabited by White Thai and Kh'mu people in their charming clothes. We arrive in Dien Bien Phu quite late in the afternoon. Check in your cozy room, have a shower and dinner.

Overnight in Dien Bien Phu


Day-10: Dien Bien Phu- Muong Lay

(B, L, D) Leaving Dien Bien city and stepping back in time we enter the world of rural Vietnam. We assemble our bikes and after lunch we cycle on a thin tar road, seldom used by vehicles, through rolling countryside filled with tropical trees, plantations and dotted with small villages. After 60 km we board our back up vehicles and drive to our destination is the village of Lai Chau, on the fringes of the Hmong tribal region.

Overnight in Lai Chau.


Day-11- Muong Lay- Tam Duong

(B, L, D) This morning we cycle from the door of the hotel straight onto single track routes which wind along through the fields and hillsides. After the single trail ride we will drive by car for 40 km and then start cycling again along the the Nam Na River to Pan Tan where we have lunch in a restaurant with a great scenic views.

A gutsy climb of 17 km awaits us after lunch followed by an awesome downhill enjoying the views of mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, jungle, and tiered paddy fields rising and falling as far as the eye can see. We're also getting deeper into tribal lands and we'll see Tay, H'Mong and Dzao tribal people in their villages and tending their crops.

Day-12: Tam Duong - Sapa

(B, L, D) Once again the day kicks off with single track riding through the villages and we expect to see more tribal people in colorful dress, living their lives the way they have for generation after generation.


Day-13:Sapa- Rest day

(B) This is your time for discovering the beauty of Sapa town, market, orchid garden by your own or little trekking to a near by village- Cat Cat of Black H'Mong group.


Day-14: Sapa- Ban Khoang- Lao Cai. Night train

(B, L, D) Sapa - Ban Khoang (high country road) with just deep blue skies and fluffy white clouds, winding our way up higher and higher into the mountains. You will be cycling high for half day at 1400-1600m then comes the big descent down to Lao Cai.

We then have shower and dinner before getting on the night train back to Hanoi.


Day-15: Depart Hanoi

(B) Early morning arrive at the train station, transfer to Tamarind restaurant for breakfast before leaving Hanoi for your flight home.

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Indochina Variations

 
Southern Vietnam and Cambodia 10 days Glimse of Vietnam 13 days

Day-1: Ho Chi Minh City

Day-2: Cu Chi Saigon (B,L)

Day-3: Saigon Cai Be Can Tho (B,L)

Day-4: Can Tho Chau Doc (B,L)

Day-5: Chau Doc Phnom Penh (B)

Day-6: Phnom Penh city tour (B)

Day-7: Phnom Penh Siem Reap (B)

Day-8: Angkor highlights Cambodia (B)

Day-9: Angkor Wat Cambodia . Night flight to Vietnam, Hanoi (B)

Day-10: Depart (B)

Day-1: Arrival in Hanoi

Day-2: Hanoi City Tour

Day-3: Hanoi- Halong

Day-4: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Day-5: Hue

Day-6: Hue - Hoi An - My Son

Day-7: Hoi An

Day-8: Hoi An free day

Day-9: Hoi An - Saigon

Day-10: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels

Day-11: Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong delta

Day-12: Can Tho - Saigon

Day-13: Saigon Departure

 

Your Questions Answered

The weather in Vietnam depends largely on the area, being north of south of Vietnam. Generally speaking, the country has two basic seasons: a cold, humid winter from November to April, and a warm, wet summer for the remainder of the year. Summer temperatures average around 22C or 70F rains.
South Vietnam is generally warm, the hottest months being March through May, when temperatures rise into the mid-90's (low-30's C). This is also the dry season in the south, followed by the April-October monsoon season. Overall, the best times are November to April, but as this is also high season, it means you will encounter a lot of tourists.
Vietnamese food is diverse from healthy herb and veg dishes to high carb french influences. It includes Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Pho), Summer Rolls / Fried Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon / Nem Ran) ... Baguettes (Banh Mi), Grilled Pork (Thit Nuong), Crepe Wrap (Banh Xeo), Beef on Rice Noodles (Bun Bo Nam Bo), Pork on Thick Noodles (Cao Lau), Chicken on Sticky Rice (Xoi Ga) etc
The Vietnamese dong (VND), Vietnamís official currency, come in polymerized and cotton notes with multiple zeroes: VND 10,000 is the smallest polymer bill you'll find on the street these days, however, there are still cotton 1000, 2000, and 5,000 bills in circulation. The highest banknote that you'll find is the VND 500,000 bill. Most payments are made with Vietnamese Dong, but US dollars can be directly used for some hotels, restaurants, tours, or other services. You may see the prices for food, drinks, and souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City's airport are all in US dollars. However, it is not recommended to pay with US dollars, because they will be converted at a lower exchange rate and you will end up paying more.
Yes you can and we can easily plan your trek on dates that suit you.
Generally, it should be okay to travel in Vietnam while solely relying on English. Travellers in the touristy areas or major cities are like to find more locals that speak English to an acceptable standard, but will find things more difficult in the remote, rural regions that aren't on the tourist trail.