Welcome to the Northern Vietnam Experience Cycling Tour! In this 17-day adventure, you'll have the opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of northern Vietnam. Get ready for an immersive and unforgettable cycling journey. Here's a suggested itinerary for your tour:Throughout this cycling tour, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, witness breathtaking landscapes, and taste delicious Vietnamese cuisine. It's important to ensure you have proper cycling gear, stay hydrated, and follow safety guidelines during the tour. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime as you explore the wonders of northern Vietnam on two wheels. Enjoy your journey!

Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival:

Pick up at the airport and we are welconme to Hanoi. – Vietnam by your driver and guide to Hanoi central hotel for check in and welcome dinner at the restaurant .

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi 4*

Transportation: Support Bus

Day 2 : Hanoi Half day city tour and bike testing .

8.30 pick up at your hotel, start the tour on to beautiful Tran Quoc Pagoda located on the shores of West Lake and visit to Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of Vietnamese great father or Uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house – where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969. The next place to move to is One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. Leave the Pagoda for the Temple of Literature – the first college of Vietnam and the place dedicating to Confucian. Then we pass by the well-known Hanoi train street for photo stop if you wish. Lunch at the local restaurant.

Afternoon is time for bikes checking for long adventure cycling trip. Dinner at the restaurant .

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi 4*

Transportation: Support Bus

Day 3 :  Ha Noi  Challenging to  Nghia Lo ( Yen bai )
Leave Ha Noi at 7:00 you will be met up with our team at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart for Yen Bai. Stops will be made en route for you to cycle. Our cycling is a spectacular ride on back roads that take us to Nghia Lo through a terrain of tea plantations, lush forests, rice fields, and gum trees. The town sits on a mountain ridge overlooking the Red and Black Rivers and is home to the Thai, Nung, Hmong, La Ha, and Ma peoples. Stay in Nghia Lo hotel .

Total Distance: 180 Km

Biking Distance: 100 Km ( 20 km road flat, 80 km mountain 4 to 10 % )

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Local Hotel in Nghia Lo

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 4 : Nghia Lo Challenging Tu Le – Than Uyen  
Breakfast, Today we will tough cycle out of Nghia Lo passing large white limestone mountains as we explore the “Real Vietnam”.  Following the rolling road, to end the day in Tu Le. Leaving Tu Le we travel through rugged terrain with dense vegetation and come into contact with the Black Hmong and the mysterious White Tay people, who are famed for their folk music, poems, and songs. The road winds down out of the hills and we descend into the valley to end the day at Than Uyen.

Total Distance: 160 Km

 Biking Distance: 100 Km ( 10 km road flat, 90 km mountain 5 to 12 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Loca Hotel in Than Uyen

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 5 : Than Uyen Tough to Sapa  
From Than Uyen we begin with a gentle 30km ascent to ride along with the Hoang Lien Son mountain range through magnificent landscape. Then, from Binh Lu Junction there is another hard ascent of 30 km to the top of the Tram Ton Pass, on our way to Sa Pa. We stop on route to visit the “silver waterfall”, before descending into Sapa for the final 15kms. Check-in beautiful hotel view. explore dinner on your own.

Total Distance: 75 Km

 Biking Distance: 75 Km ( mountain  tough 6 to 13 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa 4*

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 6 : Sapa Cycling to Villages
Breakfast, Cycling from Sapa to Lao Chai – Ta Van village is inhabited by the Red Dzao, Hmong, Giay people. You start the bicycle ride right from Sapa town and pedal downhill to the village. Cycling on paved roads; taking pictures of beautiful terraced rice fields; meeting up with the Red Dzao and Hmong people offers a real-life experience. The uphill back to Sapa town, Lunch at the local restaurant, afternoon is time for relaxing in beautiful Sapa Mountain Views. Explore dinner by your own .

 Total Distance: 25 Km

 Biking Distance: 25 Km ( mountain tough 12 Km, 13 km downhill )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, ( Dinner by your own – so many restaurants in Sapa )

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa 4*

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 7 : Sapa - Lao Cai – Coc Ly - Bac Ha

Breakfast and downhill to Lao Cai city ( Or transfer to Pho Lu to cycling to Coc Ly and Bac Ha )  based on weather ) and This is the principal town in Lao Cai Province in North Eastern Vietnam, bordering Yunnan province, China. The border was closed from 1979 –to 1993 following the war with China and the town mainly consists of modern architecture constructed since then. The town is now a popular destination for those journeying between Hanoi or Sapa and Kunming in China, and a key trading post. Our cycling begins to Coc Ly villages with 45km on a gently inclining sealed road towards an uphill route over the mountain pass to Bac Ha. As we cycle up to the pass the final 15km is a tough 800m climb on the unsealed road as the terrain becomes more challenging. Our efforts are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Bac Ha is famous for the delicious plums that grow in forests on the hillsides.


Accommodation: Sao Mai Local Hotel

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycling distance: 80 km

Total climb: 1,115m

Total descent: 202m

Day 8  : Bac Ha – Xin Man – Hoang Su Phi

We’re back on the bikes today cycling to Xin Man. Our route takes us into some of the remotest areas of Northeast Vietnam. The ride begins with a 10km climb of around 400m on a newly sealed road before we turn off onto an unsealed rough track for the next 15km heading into rural tribal areas. Then it’s a massive descent of 1000m to Xin Man. Located right on the Vietnamese/Chinese border Xin Man is hidden away in a landscape of wild mountains and forests and inhabited by 15 ethnic groups including the Nung, the Flower Hmong, the Tay, La Chi, Kinh, and Hoa. After lunch we cross over the river Cathy for 40km of cycling along a quiet road; there is a gentle incline as we approach Hoang Su Phi. We encounter some rough sections of road along the way but are rewarded with beautiful views of the river.


Accommodation: Hotel Tay Con Linh Local Hotel

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycling distance: 80 km

Total climb: 1,509m

Total descent: 1943m

Day 9  : Hoang Su Phi – Heaven Gate – Ha Giang

Hoang Su Phi is one of the most untouched regions of Vietnam and communities have lived in total isolation from mainstream society until very recently. At an average elevation of 800 m above sea level with high mountains, deep valleys, streams, and forestland, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty and unspoiled traditional life. Today we undertake the challenge of cycling over the ‘Heaven Gate 2’ mountain pass +895m, en route to Tan Quang. The pass offers stunning views beneath a wide-open sky.  You really will feel on top of the world. This afternoon we make our descent cycling past villages, rice, and maize terraces cultivated by the Red Dao and Tay tribes. The aromatic scents of cardamom and star anise fill the air as we pass along our route to Tan Quang nestled down in the valley. For the final stretch of this long day’s cycling, we take it easy with a leisurely cycle of 46km along the Lo river bank through unspoiled countryside to Ha Giang the sleepy capital of Ha Giang Province and approx 215 miles (350 km) northwest of Hanoi. This is the old Silk Road.


Accommodation: Sun New Hotel 4*

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycling distance: 105 km

Total climb: 1,074m

Total descent: 1,440m

Day 10 : Ha Giang Uphill to Quan Ba – Yen Minh

This is the challenging day climbing up to heaven gates of the Hmong people (elve. +1,100m). Beautiful view at the summit of QuanBa heaven gate, and nice road along river Nhiem.Setting off this morning we head out of town cycling for the first 25km on a relatively flat road through the landscape of terraced rice paddy fields. Passing through minority villages we cycle the next 25km up winding roads into the vast limestone mountain range with its perpendicular walls of rock, climbing 800m towards the mountain road pass “Heaven gate 1”. As we pass through mountain villages sometimes covered by clouds, we will receive a friendly greeting from the local communities. From the pass, we can look down at amazing views, including the famous vista of the Tam Son valley with the ‘Twin Hills, and can spy Quan Ba town, our destination, in its beautiful location. It’s mainly downhill for the last 15km into Quan Ba. For lunch in Quan Ba. We cycle uphill for the first few km before a descent of around 10km and then relatively flat terrain for the next 10km. It’s a challenging up-and-down terrain to an altitude of 1.025m before we make a final descent for the last 15km into Yen Minh. We will have the chance to see the traditional homes of the local hill tribes. The communities in this area are Chinese.


Accommodation: Hotel Dong Duong 3*

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycling distance: 75km

Total climb: 1.268m

Total descent: 1.138m

Day 11 : Yen Minh climb Over The Rocky  Plateau to Dong Van and Meo Vac

Today we cycle on semi-surfaced quiet roads as we undertake a challenging uphill ride out of dense cedar forest onto the rocky Dong Van plateau. A registered UNESCO Global Geopark, 80% of the terrain is covered by rock and it is said to contain fossils from 400-600million years ago. Nestled in a valley in the heart of the Rock Plateau, is the isolated town of Dong Van, very close to the Chinese border and surrounded by mountain forest and multi-colored orchids. Meaning ‘sharing culture’ Dong Van is occupied by the Chinese Hoa, Hmong, Tay, and Kinh People. The houses are built in Chinese style.

As we cycle on the modest road from Dong Van to Meo Vac alongside a vast gorge, the views are spectacular. This is a winding and undulating road with the sight of the Nho Que River below. From the Ma Phi Leng Pass, we look down from an altitude of around 1500m into the valley. We stay tonight in the small town of Meo Vac. Most of the tribes living here have preserved their way of life from outside influence as traveling to Meo Vac was almost impossible until the recent construction of new roads.


Accommodation: Meo Vac Hotel

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycling distance: 75 km

Total climb: 2.258m

Total descent: 1.508m

Day 12 : Meo Vac – Bao Lac

There is a market daily in the town center of Meo Vac used mainly by the White Hmong, Tay, and Lo Lo hill tribes. Women dressed in their brightly colored traditional clothing walk into the town carrying their bamboo woven baskets laden with corn and vegetables. Today we follow a remote mountain road to Bao Lac. After a 5km uphill cycle, we make a 20km descent the follow a fairly flat road for the next 10km. The surrounding landscape with predominantly limestone formations is a surreal vista of peaks, troughs, towers, and caves. The crops and dwellings seem to perch precariously on the hillsides. There’s a relatively gentle uphill climb of 250m before we descend for the final 30km along flat terrain. We will pass people from the local minority communities along the way dressed in their vibrant tribal costumes. We stay tonight in Bao Lac.


Accommodation: Hotel Duc Tai

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycling distance: 75 km

Total climb: 1.008m

Total descent: 1.778m

Day 13 : Bao Lac – Nguyen Binh – Ba Be Lake

Even in this isolated mountain town, there is a busy morning market. We set off for a full day of cycling along challenging terrain but the road is quiet and well-surfaced. We cycle through a pretty valley to the tin-mining town Tinh Tuc, heading on to Nguyen Binh. We continue along challenging terrain, but the unparalleled beauty of our surroundings more than compensates for the challenges of cycling. Our van will help transfer to the mountain summit, then we start our ride on a newly paved road, some part on a dirt road. In the afternoon we take two boat trips to Ba Be national park. tonight we will stay in Tay people's house in Pac Ngoi villages. O/N Ba Be.


Accommodation: Home-stay

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycling distance: 65km

Day 14 : Ba Be to Thai Nguyen

Breakfast and take a boat trip to visit beautiful Ba Be Lake to visit Dau Dang waterfalls and Ngoi caves and .Today is the last day of cycling - The scenery continues cycling today from Pac Ngoi to Phu Thong road to Thai Nguyen city. We reach hight way 3 and start to pack up our bikes, and refresh for a lunch break. Then we drive the rest of the way to Thai Nguyen city. Check-in at your hotel in Thai Nguyen


Accommodation:  Kim Thai Hotel

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycling distance: 35 km

Day 15  : Thai Nguyen – Ha Long Bay Cruise  - Kayaking

We transfer this morning to beautiful Ha Long Bay. This spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site is the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. Traveling on a wooden junk, modeled on traditional Vietnamese court sailing boats, we will see some of the Heritage areas and quieter grottos and caves. You can swim fish and take a walk uphill for an unforgettable view over the bay. You will also have the opportunity to travel into some sea-level caves in a small sample. All meals will be provided onboard (mainly seafood-based). Check in cruise for welcome drink and check in your cabin for cruising and swimming,kayaking , fishsing .Over night in Cruise .


Accommodation: on the Sapphire cruise ( or similar )

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycling Distance: None

Day 16  : Ha Long Bay – Cooking Class – Ha Noi

This morning we will cruise around Ha Long Bay, and enjoy a late brunch. The boat trip finishes around midday and you will be transferred back to Hanoi to arrive late afternoon. Check in at your hotel.


Accommodation: Hotel 4*

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch amd Farewell dinner

Day 17 : Ha Noi - Departure

This morning free time until deaprture to airport for international departure . End The Tour .

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Join in group departure dates: 8th Monthly

Group sizes: Min from 2 to Max 16 cyclists

 Tour Inclusive :

* Support transport by A/C minivan or bus and  truck for group

* Trek MTB &  helmets, spare parts, aid kits, tool kits

* Private cabin in Sapphire cruise or similar

* Entrance fees, Permission for a border tour

* B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner as mentioned in the tour itinerary

* For daily cycling only: Water, snacks, fresh fruits, wet towels

*Accommodation in tour - 16 nights

* Experienced English-speaking bike guides

* Bikes machenic folowing the tour

Tour Exclusive :

* Travel insurance

* Other personal expenses

* Tips for guides and drivers

* Drinks at restaurants

* Flights tickets and visas to Vietnam

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