Vietnam North East Bicycle route: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa – Muong Hum – Yty – Lao Cai – Muong Khuong – Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac –Bao lac – Cao Bang – Tra Linh – Trung Khanh – Ban Gioc – Quang Uyen – Hanoi.
The 15 Days – Cycling in Northeast Vietnam offers some of the best cycling terrain in Vietnam. Our cycle route sees virtually no tourists and avoids Vietnam's notorious highways. The Vietnamese landscape is stunning, featuring amazing karstic rock formations, stilted houses with thatched roofs, and mountains nestled between limestone outcrops. This region is home to the highest concentration of hill-tribe people in Vietnam.
Cycling in Vietnam is unique and outstanding way to experience the daily life of Vietnamese people, discover longstanding culture and colorful tribal people, uncover the world’ cultural and natural heritage sites, meet with friendly and hospitable people.enjoy one of the most delicious foods in the world. Vietnam North East tours offers for highlighted landmarks such as Hanoi ,Sapa hill top town, colorful hill tribes market in Bac Ha, breathtaking scenic beauty of rice terrace in Hoang Su Phi, Rocky mountain province Ha Giang, and Geopark Dong van, Ma Phi Leng pass, amazing Ban Gioc Waterfall,
Cycling through untouched region where you have opportunity on encounting hill tribes people, joining regularly markets to abserve their daily life and taking cozy pictures w of animal, dogs, cats, chickens, buffalo and cow...
Moreover, the riders have chance to cycle though stunning scenic beauty, marvelous rice terraces landscape, rugged mountain range, soaring up to sky.
Cycling through two newly listed Global Geoparks of Vietnam as Dong Van geopark and Non Nuoc Cao Bang Global Geopark, admire outstanding value of earth formation.
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 schedule
Accommodation: The Light Hotel****
Transferring from Airport to Hotel
Day 2: Hanoi – Sapa
Sapa is Located at 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level in Vietnam's remote northwest mountains, Sapa is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity. Sapa is an incredibly picturesque town that lies in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the Chinese border in northwestern Vietnam, known as "the Tonkinese Alps". Sapa and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes, as well as rice terraces, lush vegetation, and Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam..
We will depart to Lao Cai via new highway . you will admire scenic beauty in the North Vietnam through window. Have lunch enroute. After lunch we continue to Lao Cai border city. Take short break to walk around and take picture city and boder gate before ascending to Sapa Hill Station Arriving in Sapa do check in . have dinner in local reastaurant. Over night in Sapa Charm Hotel.
Activities: Transferring and warming up Cycling
Accommodation: Sapa Charm Hotel****
Cycling distance: 51 Km
Day 3: Sapa – Yty
Y Ty is located at an altitude of over 2,000m, leaning back into the mountains furrowed available but its peak 2.660m high, cloud cover almost all year round. The sun may have little place that shines all day is 12 hours. Y Ty is the way to trails zigzag lines and then sank in the forest leaves, the house in the clouds looming. Is it so that when the next Y Ty, many people feel like you are entering another world, separate from the earth
Have hearty breakfast in hotel. We set off our way to Yty on tarmac road and single track trail. Start cycling from hotel, we ride ascendingly through catholic church and then turn off on village road lead to flower and vegetable farms. Enjoy fascinating scenery and Fanxipang mountain range on the left side. Arriving T junction regroup and then ride on tarmac road lead to O Quy Ho. We continue to conquer long climb to Ban Khoang. You will be rewarded by extraordinary scenic beauty, dense forest and quaint hill tribe village in hillside whilst cycling descendingly to Muong Hum. Spend your time to visit Sunday market in Muong Hum. We kick off our pedal again to challenge another cloudy pass. You are really impressive on pristine nature and primitive nature while cycling through Den Sang, Nhieu Co san, Ngai Tro and Y Ty. Moreover, you have good opportunity in hunting cloud and picturesque rice terrace on hillside. Meet and talk with curious local people on the way . upon arriving Yty town ship. Enjoy hot tea with honey whilst admiring cloud hang over your head. Stay overnight in guest house or Homestay.
Activities: Cycling and Visiting Market
Accommodation:Y ty Ecolodge
Cycling distance:78 Km
Day 4: Yty - Lao Cai
Enjoy pan cake with the host in the morning, we kick our pedal from guest house, ride through the town and descending Ngai Thau – A lu Ngai Tro – A Mu Sung, Lung Po . ride along frontier line between Vietnam and China to admire the picturesque scenery. Rice terraces along the road. you also spend your time to visit Lung Po where the Red River run into Vietnamse territory. We continue ride along the Red river to Trinh Tuong Commune to admire traditional architecture house of Ha Nhi Hill tribe people. Have lunch in Lung Pho Commune. After lunch, we keep riding along the river to Bat Xat and Lao Cai city
Accommodation: Muong Thanh Hotel****
Cycling distance: 90 Km
Day 5: Lao Cai – Bac Ha
Following the hearty meal, we kick off our pedal to Coc Ly on paved and scenic road. You explore dramatic sightseeing and exotic nature on the way. Arriving in Coc Ly at 10 A.m. we will spend the time to participate in Local market open on every Tuesday. You are impressive on colorful hill tribe market with their unique productions to exchange with eachother or you can go to animal corner to take picture buffalo, cows, dog,cats... are dealing with. We continue to ride on single track to Bao Nhai bridge and turn off to Bac Ha town. Upon arriving in Hotel, do check in and relax by your own. Have dinner and stay in Sao mai Hotel
( Optional cycling trip to Bac Ha on Sunday market if you arrive in LAO CAI Sunday morning we will change itinerary, instead of cycling to Coc ly for Tuesday market and then ride to Bac Ha, we can transfer to Bac Ha Market for your joining in morning market. We will ride in the afternoon.)
Accommodation: Ngan Nga Hotel***
Cycling distance: 106 km
Day 6: Bac Ha – Coc Pai - Hoang Su Phi – Thong Nguyen
Start early in the morning from hotel, we ride to Lung Phing then turn off the beaten path and single track to Sin Man, stop for picnic lunch en route, after lunch, we ride down hill to Coc Phai Town, then conquer the “Heaven Gate Pass2” prior to ride down hill in Hoang Su Phi Town.today is really awsome and spectacular scenery dotted with Flowers H’Mong, Tay,Nung, Dao Phu La..villages.Have dinner and stay in Panhou villages
Accommodation: Pan Hou Resort***
Day 7: Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang
Located in Vietnam’s far North, Ha Giang is the northernmost province which shares 270km long border to Yunnan province of China and bounded by Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Tuyen Quang and Cao Bang provinces. Covering an area of 7945.8 square kilometres, mainly comprising of limestone peaks and outcrops which help to create amazingly beautiful landscapes, while its population of 705,100 people belongs to 23 ethnic groups has formed a colourful culture and tradition. Cycling on the road between Hoang Su Phi and Hagiang offer for travellers one of the most prestine beautiful limestone mountains and marvelous rice terrace scenery, along with National Rice Terrace Heritage in Mu Cang Chai, Rice Terrace beauty in Hoang Su Phi is listed as National Heritage of Northeast Vietnam, and take short visit tribal villages in side road,we also conquer some big hills before going down to Viet Quang then transfer to Hotel in Ha Giang.Have dinner and stay at Truong Xuan Resort***
Accommodation: Truong Xuan Resort***-
Cycling distance: 107 Km
Day 8: Ha Giang – Quang Ba – Yen Minh
Setting off this morning we head out of town, cycling for the first 25km on relatively flat road through the landscape of terraced rice paddy fields. Passing through minority villages we cycle the next 25km up winding roads into the vast limestone mountain range with its perpendicular walls of rock, climbing 800m towards the mountain road pass “Heaven gate 1”. As we pass through mountain villages sometimes covered by cloud, we will receive a friendly greeting from the local communities. From the pass we can look down at amazing views, including the famous vista of the Tam Son valley with the ‘Twin Hills and can spy Quan Ba town, Have lunch on summit and enjoy picturesque scenery. After lunch meal we set off our bike to descend to river and ride along to Gam river until we meet another pass again. We cycle uphill for the first few km before a descent of around 10km and then relatively flat terrain for the next 10km. It’s a challenging up and down terrain to an altitude of 1.025m before we make a final descent for the last 15km into Yenh Minh. We will have the chance to see the traditional homes of the local hill tribes. The communities in this area are Chinese.
Activity;Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Kien Thao Hotel*** -
Cycling distance: 87 Km
Day 9: Yen Minh – Lung Cu - Dong Van
Today is great and incredible day with us whilst cycling in the heart of world listed Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark
Have hearty breakfast in hotel and take a quick visit colourful hill tribe market nearby hotel and then commence cycling on the way of Happiness road to Dong Van. You are rewarded by pristine nature and magnificent karsk Plateau scenery while cycling ascending to summit. Stop to visit and explore Hmong King Palace ( Vuong Chi Sinh Palace) and then we continue cycling to Lung Cu Pole Flag Tower. Have lunch enroute. After lunch we keep riding on back road to Dong Van Town. Upon arriving, do check in and have relax by your own.
Activity: cycling and Visiting
Accommodation: Hoa Cuong Dong Van Hotel***
Cycling distance: 84 km
Day 10: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac
There is a market daily in the town centre of Meo Vac used mainly by the White Hmong, Tay and Lo Lo hill tribes. Women dressed in their brightly coloured traditional clothing walk into the town carrying their bamboo woven baskets laden with corn and vegetables. Today we follow a remote mountain road to Niem Son on descending road, along the Gam river. After a 5km uphill cycle we make a 30km descent the follow a fairly flat road for the next 10km. The surrounding landscape with predominantly limestone formations is a surreal vista of peaks, troughs, towers and caves. The crops and dwellings seem to perch precariously on the hillsides. There’s a relatively gentle uphill climb of before we descend for the final 30km along flat terrain. We will pass people from the local minority communities along the way dressed in their vibrant tribal costumes. Stop on sideroad to visit local market or exploring daily life of hill tribal people. Have lunch enroute. Following lunchwe continue to ride along the bank of Gam river, conquere on relatively tough pass before descending to BaoLac town
Accommodation: Thuy Duong Hotel**-
Cycling distance: 94 Km
Day 11: Bao Lac – Cao Bang
Today is the most challenging cycling day in our trip. when we spend half day for 38 km ascending on the summit of Pia Hoac and then down hill on paved road to Cao Bang City. When we ride we will capture of sublime limestone mountain range and explore the untouched region in frontier area. Have lunch en route. After lunch meal, we keep going to Cao Bang city. Have dinner and stay overnight in Sunny Hotel
Activity: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Sunny Hotel***
Cycling distance: 87km / 124km
Day 12: Cao Bang – Tra Linh
Hearty breakfast in hotel, setting off our way to Pac Po. Enjoy pristine nature and stunning scenery as we ride on tarmac road through peaceful villages. interact with hill tribe people on the way or school kids go or from school. We keep our way to Pac Po on newly undulating road.
Pac po is holy destination for Vietnamese people – the cradle of Vietnam Revolutionary from 1930 -1945, where President Hochiminh was the first time set his feet to Viet Nam fartherland after 30 Years living and working in abroad.
Pac Po is located at between high mountain ranges and stream, river, share border with China at milestone 108 Km. Hochiminh decided himself to set up this area for initialy Vietnam Revolutionary.
Visiting this historical relic, the traveller understand about Post Vietnamese Revolution and Hochiminh Life as well.
Upon arrival of Pac Po, we spend our time to pay tribute to the predecessors and Hochiminh, who led Vietnamese people to revote against Japanese Troop and French military expedition to gain independence in 1945.After Visiting, we gear up our bike to ascendingly ride to Gate of Heaven. Having picnic lunch on peak.After lunch meals, we challenge our abilities on the top before descendly ride to Tra Linh Town ship.
Activities: cycling and Visiting
Accommodations: Thang Hen Hotel***
Cycling distances: 94 Km
Day 13: Tra Linh – Ban Gioc
Joining morning market with hill tribes to understand their life and observe agriculture products, carrying by bamboo woven baskets laden with corn and vegetables.
Come back hotel for breakfast. after clearing the bill and check out. We commence our new cycling trip from hotel, setting our way to Ban Gioc on dirt road.
Today is actually brilliant day with many fascinatings scenery and landscapes are waiting for us to explore.
The first stage, we cycle on dirt road for 35 km, passing ride paddy field and quaint villages, rivers and streams to Trung Khanh Town. Upon arrival of Trung Khanh, regroup and refreshment for while. We continue out trip to turn off the single track to Quay Son River. Admire stunning sightseeing and lush rice paddy fields as we ride along border belt, cross bamboo bridge then we cycle through quaint villages and rice paddy fields.
Having lunch in Eco Homestay. After lunch, we cycle along the river to Ban Gioc water fall or Kayaking along Quay Son river. Dinner and stay overnight in Ban Gioc Resort
Activities: Cycling and Visiting
Accommodations: Sai Ggon - Ban Gioc Resort***
Cycling distances: 72 Km
Day 14: Ban Gioc – Quang Uyen
Get up early in the morning to expose the fascinated nature, walking down to discovery the magnificent Ban Gioc Water Fall. Ban Gioc Water Fall is one of the most maverlous water fall in Vietnam, sharing with China a half of river . come back to Hotel for hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we commence riding from hotel to Quang Uyen Town on new frontier road to observer the picturesque limestone mountain ranges, passing many hill tribal village of Tay and Nung hill tribes. Learn about their life by visiting their house and chating with the local village or intertain their own special productions. Have lunch enroute. After lunch, we continue to ride undulated road and village road to Quang Uyen Town. Upon arriving in Hotel, do check in and have relax by yourown. Have dinner in Local restaurant, saty overnight in Hungh Dzung Hotel.
Accommodation: Hung Dzung Hotel**
Cycling distance: 76 km
Day 15: Quang Uyen – Hanoi
Breakfast in hotel , we start new cycling day from Hotel to Lang Son on historical National road 4D via That Khe and Dong Khe town. Whilst cycling you have opportunity to witness the threshold former battle fields Dong Khe and That khe against French troop in 1950, opening new assistance war against Frech troop in whole Vietnam for liberation in 1954. Moreover, the cyclist enjoy the exotic scenery, sublime mountain ranges and picturesque rice terraces. Have lunch in route. After lunch meal. Our shuttle bus take us to Hanoi. After 4 hours on enjoying on bus. We arrive Hanoi city at lat evening. Have farewell dinner with our team. Our services will be ended after dinner time’.Thanks for joining once a life time cycling with us. Have a good journey onwards.
Activity: Cycling and transferring
Accommodation: The Light Hotel****
Cycling distance: 56 km and transferring 235 km.
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent hotels
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 ( 14 breakfast, 14lunches, 14 dinners)
- 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
- 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
- Permission Paper in Ha Giang and Ban Gioc
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