9 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.
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
Day 1: Hanoi – Hop Thinh - Da Bac – Hien Luong – Xom Bia
Have hearty breakfast in hotel, our adventure team and driver will meet you in Hotel and transfer out of blustling city, you will spend over one hour transfer to Hoa Lac, upon arriving in cycling point, 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.
Activities: Transferring and cycling to Ecohomestay
Cycling Distance: 75 km
Day 2: Xom Bia – cycling - raft rowing and Boat trip to –Moc 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 Moc Chau scenery panopamas. Arriving in hotel do check in and relaxby yourself. Have dinner and stay over night in Moc Chau..
Activities: Kayaking, cycling and Boat Trip
Accommodation: Thao Nguyen Hotel/ Moc Chau Ecolodge***
Cycling Distance: 56 Km
Day 3: Moc Chau – Tea farms – Mai Chau
Located at 1340 meters compare sea level, Moc Chau is one of the most pristine beautiful plateaus in the North mountainous region that brings the amazing attraction for all classes of people even for hard-to-pleasure tourists. The road between Moc Chau and Son La is mazing with picturesque scenic beauty and diversified ethnic cultures. Beside. Moc Chau is well - known for green tea and milk production. Cycling adventure tours is one of the most fascinating way to explore marvelous scenery, interact with hill tribe people and admire pristine nature in and around Moc Chau. Our cycling tour will depart from hotel to green tea farms and tea workshop to learn the process of how to make green tea and then we ride on single track, dirt road, passing a vast green tea farms to colourful flowers gardens or tropical fruit gardens. Stopping en route for tasting fresh cow milk and and green tea herb. Our cycling continue decsending on old National way No 6 to Bai Sang and Mai Chau. You have opportunity in exploring sublime limestone mountain range and picturesque scenery dotted with Thai and Muong hill tribes in hillside. Have lunch enroute. After lunch, we keep riding down to Bai Sang and turn right to Mai Chau Town. Upon arriving in Sol Bungalow, do check in and relax on swimming pool. Dinner and enjoy alive performance music of Thai people. Total cycling distance. 87 km
Activities: Cycling from hotel - Hotel
Accommodation: Mai Chau Ecolodge***
Cycling Distance: 87 Km
Day 4: Mai Chau Trail
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..
Activities: Cycling loop
Accommodation: Mai Chau Ecolodge***
Cycling Distance: 56 Km
Day 5: Mai Chau – Phu Luong Nature (Hang Village – Kho Muong –Nua Village)
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 Thai Hometay. Total Cycling distance. 70 km
Activities: Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
Accommodation: Ecogarden Ecolodge or Pu Luong Retreat***
Cycling Distance:70 km
Day 6: Pu Luong Hiking Day
Breakfast at retreat, Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Your camera will not be able to sit still!
Continuing to the base of the valley, you weave between roads and farmland, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot to enjoy a simple picnic lunch.
After enjoying delicious food, you have free time to explore the refreshing water to the nearby river, before moving to our pick up point to be transferred back to the Retreat
Activities: Fullday Trekking trip and Rafting
Accommodations: Phu Luong Ecogarden Ecolodge***
Cycling/ Trekking distances: 10 - 16 Km
Day 7: Phu Luong Nature Reserve – Cuc Phuong National Park
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. Total cycling distance. 90 km
Activities: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation:Cuc Phuong Resort*****
Cycling Distance:90 Km
Day 8: Cuc Phuong – Tam Coc – Trang An World Cultural & Natural Heritage
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 Tamdiep 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. Total cycling dictance 78 km
Activities: Cycling and Visiting
Accommodation: Tam Coc Hidden Charm Hotel****
Cycling Distance:78 Km
Day 9: Ninh Binh – Van Long Wetland Reserve – Hanoi.
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 back to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, Say good bye. End of our trips
Activities: Cycling, boat trip and Transferring Hanoi
Accommodation: The Light Hotel****
Cycling Distance: 56 Km
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent 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
- English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
- Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
- Meals details in itineraries ( 9 breakfast, 09lunches, 09 dinners)
- A/C transfer/ and transportation
- Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
- Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
- Boat Trip in Tam Coc
- Full day trekking in Phu Luong nature Reserve
- Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with disc brake and helmets
- 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
Creating Unique Touring Experiences:
All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar tour to your individual specifications.