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Do you want a challenging but interesting Northeast Vietnam mountain cycling adventure which filled with wonderful and spectacular memories and moments? Journey Expedition Travel introduces you to the cycling tour of North East Vietnam that is a great choice for those who look for the special challenging biking tour and are interested in geographical and cultural wonders. This wonderful cycling path of Vietnam mountain bike tour will pass through the remote north areas of Vietnam in which you can enjoy the sightseeing of natural mountainous landscape and have the opportunities to understand and experience the daily activities, custom, traditions as well as culture of ethnic minority groups living in plateaus and mountainous areas like Zao, H’mong, Nung, Tho, Thai, and Tay. Join this supported mountain biking tour and explore the beautiful parts of Northeast Vietnam!
You will be staying at Flower Hotel on the first night, Binh Huong Guesthouse on the second night, Huong Duy Hotel on the third night, Sai Gon Ban Gioc Resort on the fourth night, Sunny Hotel on the fifth night, Thuy Duong Hotel on the sixth night, Hotel Hoa Cuong on the seventh night, Thao Nguyen Hotel on the eighth night, Truong Xuan Ecolodge on the ninth night, Panhou Village on the tenth night, Sao Mai Bac Ha Hotel on the eleventh night, Anh Nguyet Hotel on the twelveth night, Vu Linh Resort on thirteenth night, and finally back to Flower Hotel on the last night. Please note that hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case, Journey Expedition Travel will choose equivalent accommodation for you.
During the tour, you stay in friendly hotels, guesthouses, or homestays, some are more basic than others. Please bear in mind that some of the places you stay overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail. Please also do not expect the same standard as you would your home. However, in larger cities and towns, your hotels are three or four stars hotels or resort and are generally more Western-styled. Meanwhile, homestays in the villages are in simple terms of bedding conditions and amenities. You will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow, and mosquito nets. The toilet is usually in a Western style. There is no extra charge for single travelers if you share a room with another same-sex single guest. If you want your own room, you can pay a supplement.
In this tour, you will enjoy two weeks of Vietnamese adventure. You will explore the fascinating country in your own way. Without a doubt, cycling is definitely one of the brilliant ways to explore the alluring country, experience the exciting activities, and enjoy the outstanding natural scenery. You will admire the picturesque outcrops limestone mountains in North Vietnam and taste fresh seafood in oriental architecture restaurant.
You will conquer one of the marvelous passes on the way whilst admiring the breathtaking rice terrace on the hillsides and also join in the colorful hill tribes market to understand their living. Your cycling trip starts and ends in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. You set off your journey to Thai Nguyen, Ba Be, Cao Bang frontier province, and cycle along the borderline between Vietnam and China to Ha Giang.
You will cross Ly Bon Bridge to cycle on happiness road and conquer magnificent Ma Phi Lang pass to uncover outstanding limestone mountain panoramas and descend to Dong Van karst plateau geopark and Lung Cu flagpole to expose the spectacular scenery, visit untouched regions, meet and talk with curious people on the way, or visit their family to learn their culture.
You will really enjoy the breathtaking scenery whilst riding through scenic route Hoang Su Phi to Bac Ha which is typically colorful hill tribes market. You will also ride on village road and buffalo trail to the amazing Thac Ba Lake, staying in the homestay, and exploring stunning scenic beauty around the lake.
You do not need to be worry that you might go too fast or too far on your bike tour. Journey Expedition Travel wants to make your experience a comfortable and a memorable one, so you will stop for plenty of rest en-route. Usually, you stop between every 10 to 20 kilometers or about an hour’s time on the bike. Journey Expedition Travel knows how important it is that you regain your energy and recover from the ride. Cool water, soft drinks, snacks, and fresh fruits are provided for you. Rest stop locations vary. Generally, you will gather at a local café or establishment. In more rural areas, the support vehicle or hammocks are nice alternatives. Toilets are not always available during rural rest stops. It is recommended for you to come prepared with some toilet paper just in case.
Regardless of the length of your trip, Journey Expedition Travel will provide a support vehicle to carry bikes, equipment, first aid, luggage, and other necessary tour items. Support vehicles make your tour comfortable and carefree; weak bikers may even catch a ride on a long route. Vehicles are also used to transport bikers to the ride-start, hotel, and hospital in emergency cases. Please try to keep your baggage to a minimum and the trusted staff will be sure to look over your belongings.
Journey Expedition Travel will take every precaution possible to ensure your safe enjoyment of the tour. However, it is highly recommended that you procure travel insurance prior to joining the tour. All of your tour guides are trained in first aid and emergency rescue. Please be sure to follow their instructions on all matters related to safety. To a large degree, you are responsible for your own safety. As a precaution, it is required to wear helmets at all times while riding. Cycling gloves are also highly recommended for a better grip on rougher terrains. It is important that you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Also, make sure to take some energy bars in case you get hungry between meals. You should always know the final destination for each day and emergency numbers should be kept close. The emergency number for Vietnam is 115.
Journey Expedition Travel supplies helmets for all biking tours. If you prefer to bring your own, please do so. It is important to remember that Journey Expedition Travel requires that helmets to be worn at all times while cycling. Always wear a correctly adjusted helmet; one that fits snugly on your head and does not tip forward or backward.
For safety reasons, Journey Expedition Travel asks that you always ride with a partner. Make sure to give each other plenty of space and encouragement. Always ride at a speed that you are comfortable with. Do not ride beyond your ability as accidents are not fun. If some stretches are too technical for you, it is better to walk than fall! When cycling, the person in front has the right of way. Remember that they may not be aware of what a person behind is doing. So, if overtaking, let the person in front know which side you are passing on.
Always stop at junctions unless specifically told not to by the guide; if you’re unsure about the route, stop and wait for the rest of the group or the leader. If you get lost, go back to the location where you last saw other group members and wait there. Journey Expedition Travel's support team will find you. Generally, the tour guide will ride at or near the back of the group. Support vehicles follow behind to ensure the entire group's arrival at a meeting point. Larger tours will have two guides. In this case, one guide will ride at the front of the group and the other will ride at the back.
The bike tour takes deep rural paths that classic trips can’t reach. Some villages have never seen foreigners before. Road surfaces are varied along the way from point to point, from village to village. Different regions have different natural terrains. Weather and construction affect the roads too. Journey Expedition Travel makes sure to inspect the paths you take every six months to ensure that they are well kept and suitable for cycling.
At Journey Expedition Travel, they are passionate travel and have built their reputation as a full service with specialist departments in all of the countries. The adventure managers are all passionate about breaking new ground, providing innovative products and itineraries, and developing sustainable and community-based ideas. Your guide will be English speaking, another language may be available upon request (with an extra charge). They will show you the best places to eat, help you meet local people along the way, and give you a real feel for the local culture. The bike tour is customized by a team of local experts who are born and grown up here in Vietnam. They have engaged their life with the local people of different regions of Vietnam.
Mountain bikes are ideal for the tour; they are designed with a variety of terrain in mind. Journey Expedition Travel likes the versatility and durability this provides as the paths of the trip are often broken or potholed. Tours almost always involve some off-roading, so mountain bikes are most suitable. They also have the range of gears necessary to cope with countryside hills. Journey Expedition Travel likes to use models of mountain bikes because they are high quality, durable pieces of equipment. Other bike brands utilized include Trek 4500D, Cannondale 6, Giant, and Marin. The bikes are available in sizes XS, S, L, XL, and 13 inches to 24 inches.
Each bike comes with a single water bottle cage; you are welcome to bring additional cages. The bikes have gel seat coverslips to make for a softer ride. If you have your own saddle, you are welcome to bring it and Journey Expedition Travel will fit it. On long tours, women-specific seats are recommended. Journey Expedition Travel has some available, but they cannot guarantee one for every tour please call ahead to confirm. Additionally, Journey Expedition Travel has been supplied half wheeler one-speed bike for a kid from four years old to seven years old and baby seat for over two years old. Kid’s superfly bike is available for a kid from eight to 14 years old for the whole family ride.
Welcome to Vietnam! Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Journey Expedition Travel 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, you can relax on your own and do briefing itinerary with your guide for coming days. Then, you can enjoy a cycle 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 welcomed with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. You stay overnight in Hanoi.
After the hearty breakfast in the hotel, you will clear the bill and do check out and prepare cycling suit for your cycling challenge. Your driver will take you out of the bustling city to Thai Nguyen Province. Arriving Thai Nguyen, you will visit one of the amazing hill tribal minority museums where you can get the first sight and vision of 54 different ethnic minorities of Vietnam. You definitively know how to recognize which they are on cycling road in coming days. Your first cycling day will start pedaling in Thai Nguyen to Bac Son Town. It is located in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son, exposed in a vast valley surrounded by stretching mountains creating poetic scenery. You will stay overnight at a hotel or homestay in Bac Son.
You will get up early in the morning to expose the peaceful villages, explore the daily life of local people, and taste local pancake for breakfast. You start cycling through the incredible valley to visit one of the first historical relic Bac Son museum where they display documents, picture, and some objects relating to Vietminh revolution against French, September 27, 1940. You continue to ascend long climb to That Khe junction for picnic lunch. After lunch, you keep riding on Route Three head to Cao Bang. Upon arrival in Dong Khe, the shuttle bus takes you to your hotel. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Huong Duy Hotel.
After a hearty breakfast in the hotel, you pay a visit to the local market to learn about the local production or taking pictures with friendly people. Commence to ride from hotel cross Gam river head to east direction to Ban Gioc Waterfall, you ride on tarmac road with stunning scenic beauty, fascinating cast mountain ranges dotted with hill tribal villages. You also conquer seven kilometers steep pass before descending to Quang Uyen town. Upon arriving in Quang Uyen, you cycle on the undulating road through numerous hill tribal villages and stop for lunch en route. After lunch, you continue to ride and admire on a newly paved road to Ban Gioc water Fall. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Sai Gon Ban Gioc Resort.
You get up early in the morning to expose the fascinating nature, walking down to the discovery of the magnificent waterfall, then back to the hotel for breakfast. You start pedaling from the hotel on the frontier road to Pac Po where President Hochiminh used to live and work for three years from 1940 to 1943, after 30 years living abroad. You will spend your time to visit Hochiminh historical relics such as Coc Po Cave, Lenin spring water, and Carcmark Mountain. Keep riding on Hochiminh Route back to Cao Bang, you will have lunch en route. Upon the arrival in Cao bang, take the time to explore the city and the villages nearby. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Sunny Hotel.
Today is a long and tough day on your cycling trip as you will conquer the long steep pass in a middle way, but the scenery is incredible. You start early in the hotel, kick your pedal to the west direction, and enjoy leisurely space on tarmac road for the first 25 kilometers. You will then accelerate in the second stage to challenge stiff pass ahead. You will have a picnic lunch on the slope. Following lunch, you gradually descend to Bao Lac on a tarmac road, capturing magnificent rice terraces and breathtaking scenery, interacting with local people on the way, or participating in the daily local market. You will arrive at your hotel late afternoon and then have dinner.
You will start cycling from the hotel then pedal along the Gam River, admire purified nature in the morning, and take amazing pictures on the way. You will cross the bridge to ascend a long climb to Meo Vac and have lunch en-route. After lunch, you continue to challenge on the slope of the pass. You will be blessed with limestone panoramas and extraordinary Nho Que river view. You will ride down with the wind to Meo Vac town for staying overnight. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Hoa Cuong Hotel.
Today is a great day in the cycling trip to ride and explore the incredible Ma Phi Leng pass. You will be blessed with mountain picturesque panoramas, magnificent coin terraces, and breathtaking scenic beauty. You will experience the everyday life and culture of H’mong of Dao hill tribes, ride in an untouched area to discover the Vietnam and China landmark and Vietnamese National flag tower. The journey will be continued to ride the road back along the frontier line to Vuong Palace (H’mong king palace) where the architecture, daily life, and business of Vuong Chi Sinh family are carefully preserved. You will keep riding on ascending road dotted with the hill on tribal villages and coin terraces before descending to Yen Minh Town. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Thao Nguyen Hotel.
You get up early to explore the colorful hill tribal market near the hotel, then back to the hotel for breakfast and clear the bill before checking out. You are commenced another marvelous cycling day with two long climbs ahead before descending along the river down to Hagiang. You will be rewarded by the pristine nature, magnificent Hagiang Global Ecological Park, and Quan Ba Twin Mountains. You will start cycling trip from the hotel, warm up with first 17 kilometers slope through pine forests, and then downhill along the river, cross the bridge to ascend another pass. You will have picnic lunch on the second mid pass. After lunch, you will continue to conquer the rest of the pass, stop on the summit to look overview Quan Ba towns and take a memorable picture in Twin Mountain. You will ride with the wind down to Hagiang city. Upon arrival, you will check in and enjoy soft drink and beer. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Hagiang.
You will start cycling from the hotel on the undulating and tarmac road to Tan Quang town, then turn off to conquer the long pass, exposing the fascinating rice terraces, lush forest, and dreamlike landscape. You will have lunch en-route. After lunch, you will keep riding on the heavenly gate before riding down to Thong Nguyen commune through friendly tribal villages to Heaven's Gate II and then ascend to Hoang Su Phi Town. You will have dinner and stay overnight at Panhou Resort.
Today is a hard day with a mixed road, single track, and off-road to Bac Ha. You start from the hotel, cycling through the township to challenge incredible pass which naturally separated between Ha Giang and Lao Cai province. You will arrive at the summit for picnic lunch. Following lunch, you turn off in single track path to Lung Cai Commune and downhill to Bac Ha Town. The remaining time of the day is your own. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Bac Ha.
Participating in Bac Ha colorful market on Sunday morning, you will be impressed by the local productions like coin wine, water pipe tobaccos, pancake, and span of Thang Co Hot Pot. If you are interested, there will be an animal corner with buffaloes, cows, dogs, chicken, and pigs. You should then move to the fashion store to capture colorful weaving loincloth and matix pan. You come back after to the hotel for breakfast. Following breakfast, you commence to ride out of Bac Ha Town and then turn off the single track trail, passing many hill tribal villages, stunning landscapes, alluring rice terrace paddy, and join the Route 70 again to Pho Giang Township for tea and coffee break. After refreshment, you continue to ride on newly paved Route 279 to Luc Yen and have lunch en route. You keep riding on tarmac road leads to Luc Yen Town for the overnight.
You wake up early to participate in Luc Yen’s local gemstone market which is opened from 05:00 to 07:00. Following a hearty breakfast, you cycle on a narrow undulating country route, passing dozens of stunning and lush valleys to Thac Ba Lake. The Dao people make their home around the lake and you will stay overnight lakeside at the Vulinh resort. In the afternoon, you have time to relax, take a walk to some local villages, or take the boat trip to explore fascinating Ba Be Lake. You will have dinner and stay in Vu Linh Resort.
Enjoying pristine nature over the lake in the morning from the window, you will be impressed by the picturesque lakeside. After clearing the bill and check out, you kick off your pedal to ride to Son Duong on single track and tarmac road. You have a chance to experience the daily life of hill tribal people, call at morning local market on the side road to take some pictures for your trip. You also pass many green tea farms, gum tree, and palm gardens which are gowned in the hill side. Upon your arrival in Son Duong, you stop for lunch in a local restaurant. Then, you keep riding to Tam Dao on newly paved road with leisurely space. Arriving in Dai Dinh, you take the shuttle bus and transfer to Hanoi city. You will have farewell dinner in a luxury restaurant and stay overnight in Flower Hotel.
You will have breakfast in the hotel and then have leisure time until your departure. Journey Expedition Travel team will meet you again and take you to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) to catch the flight onwards.
Minor program changes are sometimes necessary depending on road conditions and weather. This itinerary allows for 15 days on the cycling section. You will be able to decide for yourself at any time during each of these days how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 40 - 100 kilometers. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions, and group fitness and preferences. This is a sightseeing cycle tour, not a marathon or time trial.
This bike tour takes place in Northeast Vietnam, covering several places including Hanoi, Thai Nguyen, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc, Bao Lac, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Ha Giang, Hoang Su Phi, Bac Ha, Luc Yen, Vu Linh and Son Duong. Vietnam is a country with captivating scenery and majestic monuments as the time goes by. Peaceful and quaint rural villages where time seems to have stood still fully reflects its contrasts with bustling vibrant cities.
You will be served 14 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during the tour. Generally, you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Journey Expedition Travel enjoys the opportunity to introduce you to unique and unforgettable meals. Sometimes, you’ll picnic due to location, but Journey Expedition Travel genuinely try their best to promote local food and eateries. You will also be supplied with local snacks and energy bars during the cycling, as well as clean water and electrolyte drinks to keep you hydrated. Drinking water is always included with meals, but any other drinks will be extra. Water and soft drinks are cooled in an iced box daily and tour guide buys snacks and fresh fruits everyday as what you like. Journey Expedition Travel buys enough for during your trip to keep you energized.
Depending on how fast you are but usually, you will stop every from 10 km to 20 kilometers ride for a rest-stop to recover your breath by cool water, cool soft drinks, snacks, and fresh fruits. The road snacks are simple things, sometime Journey Expedition Travel takes them along with, sometimes they buy them along the route. What they think is the local products, natural, and environmental protection. If you are on diet, Journey Expedition Travel also suggest some local healthy snacks and water that suit you and make sure the trip safe. However, it’s flexible. The guide will help you choose and let you try more local to enjoy as well as experience the places visited.
Vietnamese or Asia food is very varied across the length of the country. Each region has local adaptations of classic dishes. If you are a food lover, Journey Expedition Travel can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food or world-famous dishes. Your guide will share their passion for their cuisine and they will lead you along a culinary adventure. They genuinely believe that when traveling by bike, you have unique access to local cuisine and they intend to introduce you to it.
Almost all of the meals on your trips are taken at clean and friendly local restaurants and cafes. Local specialties are integral to your tour as they are unique to the region you visit. Of course, there would be no adventure without the occasional challenge; in remote areas, food can be simple but it is always plentiful. If you have any specific food requirements like vegetarian, vegan, or food allergies, please inform Journey Expedition Travel in advance so that they can provide notice to the restaurants, tour guides, and their partners to serve you better. If you are a food lover, this bike you can be your culinary guide and provide you an opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes.
On the last two days of your tour, you can book additional excursion of visiting the Halong bay by the junk boat cruise, a wooden junk boat modeled on traditional Vietnamese sailing boats. This is promised to be the most spectacular trips you will ever have in Vietnam.
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