This unique Biking North Vietnam Adventure takes place against a backdrop of endless lush green paddy fields and irregular tree-covered limestone mountains. Providing a fleeting insight into the traditional lives, friendly tribes and exotic landscapes of North Vietnam, the cycling adventure also delivers surprisingly good riding across the mountainous area of in North Vietnam. There are technical sections, easy hills, huge flowing descents and some glorious single tracks. A ride for those who love a challenge!
Biking North Vietnam - 7 Days - Vietnam Tours
Start city: Hanoi (Vietnam)
Finish city: Hanoi (Vietnam)
Duration: 7 Days & 6 Nights
Departure: Private Adventure Tour. Daily, upon your request.
Cities to visit: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Cat Ba
- Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi (Vietnam)
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.
- Top challenge biking in Vietnam at the mountainous areas
- Speechless beauty of valleys, terrace fields in the Northwest
- Biking on Cat Ba Island.
- BRIEF & PRICE
- TOUR MAP
BRIEF & PRICE
Day 1: Hanoi – Duong Lam Village – Mai Chau
This tour is to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and traditions. Duong Lam Village is one of the few typical villages which is still kept almost intact. The site is well famous for its architecture of ancient structures, its attractive narrow alleyways, temples dedicated to the two kings born there.
In the morning, journey southwest to leave behind the hustle and bustle of Hanoi for the majestic quietness of the countryside. On arrival, pay a visit to an ancient house where you will learn about the architecture of this almost 400 year old accommodation and the way the local live through a warm welcome and chat with the host. Then, walk around some parts of this charming village to discover more. First, stop at the Communal House and the nearby village pagoda – fine examples of Northern Vietnamese architecture. Next, visit the temples of King Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung before strolling further to the unique- in – design Mia pagoda housing a huge collection of 287 Buddhist statues. After that we journey an hour on a bicycle through the village and its never-ending rice fields. On the way, pick up any chance to interact with the inhabitants of this national treasure who live simple but happy life.
After having lunch with a local family, take a 3 hour scenic drive toward Mai Chau, a yawning valley, cradling picturesque rice paddies and boarded by looming karst rock formations. Once you reach Mai Chau, settle into your homestay and then walk around this Thai village to get acquainted with where you will be spending tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 2: Mai Chau
Today is more active day as you will cycle intensively on a mix of good single-track paths and undulating rough jeep trails throughout the valley rice paddy fields, villages, hot spring, suspension bridges. On the way, you will take many awesome photos of the breathtaking views and talk with the local who always show their great hospitality. When arrive in Cun Pheo, a beautiful and less visited Thai community, hop off your bike to wander around for more.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 3: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh
Have breakfast at the village then drive to Nho Quan, a rural district of Ninh Binh province in the Red River delta. Begin cycling from this perfect point through the lush and beautiful countryside toward Cuc Phuong National Park. Stop for a picnic lunch then continue biking further in the most beautiful area of the country. Arrive in Tam Coc in the late afternoon. Check-in the hotel and spend rest of the day at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodations: Hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 4: Ninh Binh
Rise up early and be the first boarding your private sampan to beat the crowd. The leisurely 90 minute boat ride will take you down the magnificent Ngo Dong River. When passing through the three caves where the famous French movie 'Indochine' was filmed, you will be so much impressed with the karst reflection on the water. Disembarkation to cycle to Bich Dong, the temple which is set among pink lotuses, offers the spectacular views of the surrounding area. Back to Tam Coc where you will tend to your rumbling stomach with a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
In the afternoon, continue cycling to challenge the rural connection with Hoa Lu, the national former capital where you will visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been ruined) once covered an area of three square kilometres.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 5: Ninh Binh – Hai Phong – Cat Ba
Today, transfer through the rich farmland of the Red River delta toward Cat Ba, the largest island in Halong Bay. Though the central hub of Cat Ba Town is now framed by a chain of low-rise concrete hotels along its once-lovely bay, but the rest of the island is largely untouched and as wild as ever.
Arriving in Cat Ba late afternoon, check in hotel. Free and relax.
Accommodations: Hotel in Cat Ba.
Day 6: Cat Ba Island – Biking to the National Park
Today you will explore the beautiful parts of Cat Ba Island and experience the local village which is located in the National Park in a way that can’t be more active. First, take a scenic boat ride cruising along the less known routes on the idyllic Lan Ha Bay. Disembarking at the jetty where you cycle through the achingly beautiful forests and mountains toward Viet Hai village. After discovering around the site to experience the rural lifestyle, return to the boat for your fresh seafood lunch while cruising further between the amazing limestone karst formations rising up out of the sea in an impressive manner. You may prefer to try your hand at kayaking or simply just enjoy a swim. This is a great experience, immersed in the crystal clear waters of the bay.
Later this afternoon, transfer back to the hotel. Spend the rest of day at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Hotel in Cat Ba.
Day 7: Cat Ba – Hanoi
Free until time transfer back to Hanoi. Tour ends.
1. Are tour dates of "Biking North Vietnam" flexible?
Yes, this adventure tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.
2. Can I extend or change my stay?
Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).
3. Are meals included?
We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler’s interest & budget.
4. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?
Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.
5. What if I have a special request on food?
You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.
6. What are the accommodations like?
Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. However, in some remote or mountainous regions, we only can book you into some basic hotels/ lodges/ homestay but we will choose the most comfortable standard accommodations and clean for your stay. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don’t forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.
7. What are the guides like?
All of our tour guides are professional, helpful and friendly! They are fluent in English (or French, Spanish etc.). They are from the local areas where they guide and are among the very best guides available in each region. Our guides treat our travelers like friends, showing visitors both the major highlights and the local treasures.
8. What type of transportation is used?
Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.
9. How difficult and flexible are trip activities?
You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy this adventure tour. We are flexible, we’ll adjust distances and levels of difficulty up or down according to your abilities and desires.
10. Are the hiking and biking distances the same on family trips?
To accommodate our youngest guests, family hikes and bike rides are typically shorter and easier. Our tour guides are happy to keep children entertained while adults/ teens opt for a challenging hike, bike ride, etc. – distances and levels of difficulty for adults and teens are easy to adjust.
11. How many people are typically on your tours?
We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.
12. Is this adventure a good choice for solo travelers?
Yes, it is. Many of our guests travel solo. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, and transportations because no-one shares cost with.
13. What vaccinations are recommended for this adventure?
It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.
14. What should I pack for this adventure?
We always recommend packing as light as possible. The basics are lightweight clothing that can be layered, long-sleeved shirts, T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting), socks – wool socks are best for hiking, comfortable walking shoes, rain jacket or umbrella, hat or sun visor, sunglasses, diarrhea/laxative medicines. Just pack smart! Ask your travel consultant for more information regarding what to pack because it depends on your traveling time.
15. What's the climate like?
Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the country's length. The weather in Vietnam can be split by region and seasons, so please check with our travel consultants for more information.
16. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?
Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately to ensure the best interests of the group.
17. What is tipping information?
If you're happy with the service you received, providing a tip for tour guides, drivers - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry.
18. Do tour rates include international flights?
This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.
19. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?
The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.
20. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?
The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.
21. Are there any discounts available?
We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.
22. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?
We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.
23. What happens if I fall ill or injure myself?
Most travelling incidents are relatively minor, involving nothing more than cuts and bruises or a brief case of traveller's tummy. Our tour guides are trained to cope with these minor incidents but in the unlikely case of something more serious, we will seek local medical assistance. We suggest you buy cancellation and curtailment insurance.
24. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?
Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
25. How to change or cancel my reservation?
You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html
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- Accommodations with daily breakfast
- Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
- Services of private drivers and an air-conditioned vehicles
- Service of English/ French speaking guides
- Mountain bike with helmet
- Support van
- Bottled drinking water and snack
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- International flights into and out Vietnam
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotel
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Tips for tour guides and drivers
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam Visa fee.
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