Northwest Vietnam Bike Tour
A vivid and engrossing trip that starts at Hanoi and takes you through the spectacular countryside of Mai Chau and the classic limestone scenery of Ninh Binh with an educational stop at Cuc Phuong National Park, and loops back at Hanoi.
Hanoi | 17:00hrs
50km or 30mi
Min. 2, Max. 14
Mai Chau VillageExperience the hinterlands of Mai Chau Valley
|DAY 1||Hanoi||Silk Path Boutique Hotel||D|
|DAY 2||Hanoi to Mai Chau||Mai Chau Valley View||L,D||55km / 33mi||cycling|
|DAY 3||Mai Chau||Mai Chau Valley View||B,L,D||30km / 18mi||cycling|
|DAY 4||Cuc Phuong National Park||Cuc Phuong Resort & Villas||B,L,D||60km / 36mi||cycling|
|DAY 5||Ninh Binh||Tam Coc Rice Fields Resort||B,L,D||40km / 24mi||cycling|
The above map gives you an excellent idea about the region on the trip. Though there may be internal flights and trains, shuttle transports and hence the cycling route may be a bit different than shown, however, it allows you to understand the overall geography of the tour.
Accommodation - Casual Inns
Small luxury and boutique hotels that are true to their heritage and character and reflect local ethos are listed here as Casual Inns. They hold within them an unassuming charm and regional character that is an extension of the destination itself. Most of them fall under the 3-star or 4-star category with a possible mix of homestays.
We have chosen them carefully so that you are well-rested; get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah. The above brief itinerary gives you a clickable list of hotels for your perusal.
Day 1: Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi and enjoy the day at leisure. Our guide meets you at your hotel at 17:00hrs for a bike fit and briefing over dinner tonight.
Day 2: Hanoi to Mai Chau
Our guide meets you at your hotel at 08:00hrs and then shuttle out of Hanoi. The initial stretch has a bit of climb and then it delves down to the foothills of mountains. The topography is adorned with timber and fern trees. It’s a long day interspersed with transfers and rides. Cycle past a spectacular mountain range with karst cliffs, terraced rice fields, and a typical agricultural landscape, ending at the beautiful valleys of Mai Chau. The experience is truly unique as we get to experience a good change in landscape.
Mai Chau is a collection of villages and offers a true rural cycling experience.
Day 3: Mai Chau
Today enjoy a thrilling loop around the gorgeous valley and experience Mai Chau village life at close quarters. It’s an off-beat trail and some sections are over a gravel road. We pass by many bucolic villages where children come to greet us and through tumbling steams. The region is mainly inhabited by White Thai people.
Do enjoy the evening walking around the valley and admiring simple rural life amidst spectacular scenery.
Day 4: Cuc Phuong National Park
Today's day interspersed with transfers and rides. Cycle past spectacular mountain range with karst cliffs, terraced rice fields, and a typical agricultural landscape. The experience is truly unique as we get to experience a good change in landscape.
In the afternoon hours, visit the Cuc Phuong National Park, an important site for biodiversity in Vietnam
Day 5: Ninh Binh
A short cycling ride along the river brings us to Trang An, known as Halong Bay on land. The landscape is largely dominated by limestone mountains, rivers, caves, and pagodas. Here we take a boat ride and get to experience the magical scenery dotted with natural and cultural wonders.
We take a break at the ancient city of Hoa Lu for a quick temple tour and then loop back through the stunning landscape.
Day 6: Hanoi
We shuttle back to Hanoi. You can also take a train to Hue and travel further.
Dates and Prices
Our base pricing is in USD. However, we can also quote in AUD, GBP, CAD, and EUR, and you can pay in the same. Please write us.
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We offer private departures on almost all our itineraries, and for groups of four or more, they cost the same as our standard trips!
All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).
Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.
Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.
A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.
Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.
Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.
Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.
When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Our fleet majorly consists of the below bike as a part of this tour. However, sometimes due to height or availability constraints, we may provide a different but similar quality bike.
GT Avalanche Sport
Included in your trip price
Airport pickup and drop
We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.
Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.
Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.
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