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5 Days Essential Cycling Trip in North Vietnam
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Pom Coong, Vietnam

Amazing Cycling Holiday Vietnam

Taking your bikes, you will be out in the countryside and engage with kids playing and chickens crossing the road. Spend time with the local hill tribe people, and get to know their daily routines when you spend two nights in a homestay. Meet monkeys, gibbons, and the quirky pangolin, and interact with the conservation efforts at two rescue centers on the edge of Cuc Phuong National Park. Try rowing a sampan boat with your feet and cooking a traditional Vietnamese dinner. You have almost five days packed full of adventure and cultural activities including cycling in the Vietnamese land, trekking, visiting ethnic villages, and biking around the national park.

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Asphalt roads, one dirt road passing the countryside and the rice field, a back road along the river and village which is small but good enough for cycling and less busy, as well as a little bit sandy, narrow road, tiny lane, rural road along river side
  • Starts and ends in: Hanoi
  • Total distance: 72 miles / 115 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent with a fee
  • Private tour, a minimum of 2 participants

Highlights

  • 3 days of cycling
  • Mountain bike rent and helmet included
  • Experience Vietnam's village life in a remote setting
  • Services of an English-speaking cycling guide and an assistant guide
  • Get your hands dirty transplanting rice and learn how to cook sticky rice in bamboo
  • Sightseeing tickets and a support van included
  • Daily meals, snacks, and local fruits
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

  • Night 1: Homestay in Pom Coong Village 1
  • Night 2: Homestay in Buoc Village
  • Night 3: A guesthouse in Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Night 4: A resort in Ninh Binh

Program

Day 1: Hanoi - road transfer to Mai Chau - trekking and cycling

From your Hanoi hotel, drive for four hours to Mai Chau, a rural town in Hoa Binh province, southeast of Hanoi. The scenery is dotted with limestone karsts and ethnic highlanders of White Thai, Hmong, and Zao living in the small villages that you pass along the way. You will stop at the top of a pass for a panoramic view of stunning Mai Chau Valley so you can get an overview of where you will be cycling.

You will start pedaling on small paths, past green rice paddies and local stilt houses, and of course meeting friendly local villagers. Taking a break at Hoa Ban Plus, a weaving center and living complex for disabled women, gives you a chance to see the traditional handicraft of weaving in action, and you can even give it a try. You continue cycling on to your homestay overnight at Pom Coong village.

At night, you will sleep in a stilt bamboo house in an open dormitory-style room with shared facilities.

  • Accommodation: Homestay in Pom Coong Village 1
  • Meals included: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Mai Chau - cycling to Buoc Village - cycling back to Mai Chau

After breakfast, you ride up to the hills along a village road frequently used by local villagers. As you climb, the valley view opens up to boundless and spectacular scenery. A steep two-kilometer climb is rewarded with a 10-kilometer downhill through rustic villages and lush terrain. A quiet paved road and a small trail leads you to the White Thai village of Buoc.

In Buoc Village, you can take a short walk around and learn about local village life, visit a few households where families cook and sleep. You will help with preparing lunch by making “Com Lam”, traditional sticky rice in bamboo. With a belly full of local delights, you relax and enjoy a peaceful evening in Buoc Village.

  • Accommodation: Homestay in Buoc Village
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Mai Chau - Cuc Phuong National Park

You start the day by a one-hour drive to Cho Lo where you then get on the bikes. A flat ride on country roads follows where you will have to watch out for chickens crossing the road and give right of way to water buffaloes. A bowl of pho, noodle soup, will hydrate and fill you. Be sure to add in the greens, herbs, spicy pastes, and a squeeze of lime to make the soup taste to your liking.

A short transfer takes you uphill to Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh Province, the oldest national park in Vietnam and its most significant biodiversity site. Time to get wild! A guided tour of a rescue center where monkeys and gibbons are being rehabilitated to return to the jungle will show you how many species there are in the jungle.

After seeing the antics of the monkeys, it is a short walk to the Carnivore and Pangolin Education Centre, where you will learn about and see civets and the unusual pangolin with their protective armour of scales and long tongues for capturing ants and termites.

The rescued animals are in well-designed, spacious enclosures, and the center offers interactive displays to understand the threats to wildlife and learn about conservation. A fun and educational afternoon with wildlife!

  • Accommodation: A guesthouse in Cuc Phuong
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Cycling to Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh - boat in Ninh Binh

A feast for the senses today, from the sight of the towering karsts to the sound of the river to the taste of your self-cooked dinner. Cycling from the guesthouse, you go downhill before riding along a dyke that provides a flat and safe ride, to the town of Hoa Lu. An ancient capital of the Dinh and Le Dynasties, you step back in time and visit a 17th century temple built in the shape of a Chinese character.

After lunch, you change from bikes to boats and relax and enjoy the amazing mountains that dominate most of the region. You are rowed through a cave by local sampan rowers who use their feet to oar and enter a green and fertile land.

Back on land, you head to your resort amidst rice fields. Another hands on meal as you assist in the preparation, learning the best technique to roll fresh spring rolls, and then feast on your creations.

  • Accommodation: A resort in Ninh Binh
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Ninh Binh - Phat Diem Cathedral - Bat Trang ceramic village - back to Hanoi

Cycling away from the karsts, you follow numerous rivers as they reach toward the coast. The scenery changes to flat plains as you cycle into the delta, a guaranteed flat ride.

You take a break at Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, which has a unique blend of eastern and western architecture illustrated by its pagoda-styled roofs. You transfer to Bat Trang, a ceramic producing village that makes giant vases. Make your own souvenir tea cup or bowl using local techniques. Then it is time to head back to Hanoi for your onward travel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Customize your trip

Please note that Ultimate Odyssey are also happy to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel: longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades, or add an extension to additional places of interest. Please send your inquiry for further information.

Support

Fully supported van including spare part and backup service

Staff

Groups below seven will be led by a local guide; groups of eight or more will be led by a cycling tour leader, plus cycling assistants and drivers

Cycling pace

Are you a beginner or professional biker? Ultimate Odyssey all care with their best efforts to make your trip memorable. Enjoy your riding speed from 10 kilometers per hour up to as many more as you can. Whenever you feel tired, just jump on the support minivan to rest and enjoy the amazing landscape on the way.

Location

This tour will take you exploring North Vietnam, starting and ending in Hanoi. You will be able to explore on your two wheels: Mai Chau, Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh, Phat Diem Cathedral, and Bat Trang ceramic village.

Food

During this tour, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as specified in the itinerary. Vegetarian meals are available, please request at the time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Water bottle
  • Support vehicle
  • Guide(s)
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Mountain bike rent and helmet
  • Snacks and drinks

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Alcohol
  • Tips
  • E-bike rent

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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