Cycling route: Hanoi – Da bac CBT – Mai Chau – Pu Luong – Cuc Phuong – Ninh Binh – Tam Coc – Hai Phong – Halong – Hanoi.
10 Days out - door activities trip offers a great experience to explore the exceptional nature beauty and rich culture of Hoa Binh, ,the gate way to the impressive northwest area of Vietnam. Outstanding scenery of Phu LuongNature Reserve, Diversifed Cuc Phuong national park, Picturesque scenery of Cat Ba National Park and Lan Ha Bay.
This tour offers for those who want to experience Vietnam’s village life in untouched region. Mountain cyclist will love this trip for the variety of trails- from good single track paths, undulating rough jeep trails to some climbs that are rewarded with ultimate descents, the ride passes through many villages, across lush rice paddies .
As we ride in Da Bac, we encounter Muong and while Thai in minorities and are guests in their traditional stilt houses, allowing us to see first hand how there people live. Beside, you have amazing opportunity in raft rowing and swimming in crystal water lake.
You especially enjoy the specialty dishes including rice cooked in bamboo and grilled meat and enjoy watching traditional dancing, music performances ( bronze, drums, gongs), and Muong minority singing and dancing.
Your journey continues going further in lush scenery and rich culture heritages of Thai & Muong hill tribes as we ride through Nature Reserve of Phu Luong. Stay with local people in Ecohome, share experiences with them to deeply understand their culture. We also have chance to ride on less toursist road lead to one of the biggest National park in Vietnam where are reserving rarely species of Lungur and Toitue in whole of Vietnam. You learn about how they are rescusing endanger animals in center
Tour in Detail
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 briefing itinerary
Accommodation: The Light Hotel ****
Cycling distance: No
Day 2: Hanoi – Da Bac Ecolodge
Have hearty breakfast in hotel, , we commence riding on tarmac road and paved road, passing lush rice paddy and stunning nature to local ferry. We cross Da river to Hoa Binh Province. We continue cycling on buffalo beaten path, enjoy rural area and village’ life, brilliant scenic beauty. Arriving in Hien Luong village, having lunch with local family. After lunch, we stroll around exotic village to learn about the daily and their customs. Kick off again our pedal, we ride leisurely 30km on dirt road along the lake to Da Bia Eco homestay village. On the way we are rewarded by maverlous limestone panoramas, magnificent lake view and breathtaking scenery. Experience the everyday life and culture of Muong people. Upon arrival in homestay, we arrange our luggage and enjoy peaceful village’life. Have dinner with host family and enjoy traditional music performace with local village.
Total cycling distance. 65 km
Activities: Transfer and Cycling
Accommodation: Da Bac Ecolodge or homestay**
Cycling distance: 65 Km
Day 3: Da Bac – Da Bia – Mai Chau
Get up early to enjoy pristine nature and peaceful asmotphere. Have breakfast with host family, spending one hour for raft rowing to discover breathtaking scenery of the lake. Swimming in crystal water. Come back to homestay chek out and start our cycling to boat dock , loading up our bike on the boat to Bai Sang. We keep riding on scenic route to admire stunning nature from another side of the Lake. Cycling on good single track paths, undulating rough jeep trails to some climbs that are rewarded with Mai Chau scenery panopamas. Arriving in hotel do check in and relaxby yourself. Have dinner and stay over night in Mai Chau: Total Cycling distance: 56 km
Activities: Cycling and Taking Boat Trip
Accommodation: Mai Chau Ecolodge***
Cycling distance: 56 Km
Day 4: Mai Chau Back Road
Waking up you early in the morning by birds and chicken sounding, you will be treated 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 stop for lunch en route in local family. After lunch, we cycle back road, single tracks, buffalo trails through rice terraced fields and bamboo forest and Bamboo chopstick production workshop and cycle back road to Mai Chau town. Upon arriving. Relax by your self. Have dinner and stayover night in Hotel / Eco homestay..
Total cycling dictance 56 km
Activities: Cycling and Visiting
Accommodation: Buoc Village Ecolodge***
Cycling distance: 56 Km
Day 5: Mai Chau –Phu Luong Retreat
We commence cycling trip in 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 . we ride ascendingly through Phu Luong Nature Reserve to admire breathtaking scenery, outcrops limestone mountains and Phu Luong panoramic beauty. 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 Pu Luong Retreat
Activities: Cycling and Visiting
Accommodation: Phu Luong Retreat***
Cycling distance: 70 Km
Day 6: Phu Luong – Cuc Phuong
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. Lunchmeal at local restaurant in Kim Tan town, Afterlunch, 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.
Activities: Cycling and Short Transfer
Accommodation: Cuc Phuong Resort & Spa****
Cycling distance: 90 Km
Day 7: Cuc Phuong – Tam Coc
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.
Activities: Cycling and Boat Trip
Accommodation: Hidden Charm Hotel****
Cycling distance: 78 Km
Day 8: Tam Coc – 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.
Activities: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Huu Nghi Hotel****
Cycling distance: 54 Km
Day 9: Hai Phong – Halong
Have delicious breakfast in hotel, we start cycling from hotel through City to Northeast direction, cross over bridge and then cycling on pumpy road, through countryside, vegetable garden, peaceful villages to publish ferry where tributaries of Red river separate HaiPhong and Quang Ninh Province
We go to the land of Quang Ninh Province, keep going to Bieu Nghi T junction with High way 18 and tranfer to Halong Bay. Arriving in Halong Bay, you will check in and take cruise to explore Halong Bay. Over night on cruise
Activities: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Pelican Cruise ****
Day 10: Halong – Hanoi.
The day starts early onboard with Tai Chisession on the sundeck. Tai chi also called Tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.
Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.
Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting. Visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the most biggest cave in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat by tender. Proper shoes are highly recommended.
Back to Pelican Halong Cruise. Check out and settle your bill at reception.
Have a buffet brunch while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf. Relaxing on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery while approaching the wharf.
Disembark to Tuan Chau Wharf. Say goodbye to the crew.
Return to Hanoi by shuttle bus
Stop over the middle to visit a traditional workshop and refreshment about 30 minutes.
Arrive in Hanoi
Accommodation:The Light Hotel ****
Cycling distance: No
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose aquivalent 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 ( 9breakfast, 9lunches,9dinners)
- A/C transfer/ and transportation
- Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
- Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
- Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with disc brake and helmets
- Boat trip in Da Bac, Tam Coc and Halong Bay
- 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
- Fruit and snack for cycling days
Tour excluded in:
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Items of personal nature
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
- Mineral water beyond that supplied
- Optional excursions
- Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
- Visa fee
- Departure tax
- Tip for team and guide