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15 DAYS - FAR NORTH VIETNAM OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Highlight:
15 days Far North Vietnam off the beaten track or off road mountain bike trip in far north Vietnam have been inspected and crafted carefully by our experienced team, offers for active rider who have great experience  and mountain bike skills to cycle on dirt road,single track, motor way and buffalor road in far north Vietnam.
 
Moreover, the ride are actually fit and durable ability to challenge some steep passed with sharp turns and descendly rock and roll on slope of mountain ranges, cross stream, rivers and thick tropical forest, hillside and rice terrace paddy fields.
 
We will cycle through one of the best scenery, explore untouched region where you rarely meet foreign tourists on the way, stay in very simple ecohomestay of 6 different hill tribes.
Interact with colorful hill tribes in cozy villages, or joining in vibrant regularly local markets in some places to undertand their cultural values.
 
We will have time to relax our legs in Tuyen Quang, Na Hang and Ba be Lakes while we spend our halfday to contemplate emerald water lakes, taste fresh local food on boat.
In addionally, we have one more time to  explore one of the incredible lake on the top of limestone mountain before  challenging long climb with amazing scenic beauty back to Hanoi.
 
We will ride in 12 days to cover 742 cycling distance  in our trip, picnic lunches will be supplied by our team on the way. Water, snack, tropical fruit and snickers bar will be always available on each cycling day.
Due to cycling on single track trail and dirt road, our support vehicle will not often follow us to support and deliver waters and snacks, we will meet them in late afternoon in ecohomestay. we will use motor cycle to carry food, water, snacks, tropical fruit in 5 days, support and rescure in emergency.

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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
Summary:
Activity: Transferring
Accommodation: The Light Hotel ****-
http://www.hanoithelighthotel.com/en/home.htm
Meals: D
Cycling distance: No
 

Day 2: Hanoi back road

After hearty breakfast in hotel, our cycling guide will meet you at 7:30 in hotel and take you to bike store to  choose and fix your right bikes. After adjusting suitable bike and learn how to control the gears and rule of the road.  Leaving hustle and bustle of urban  behind. We commence to ride on tarmac road crossing Nhat Tan  Bridge to another side of Red River.
You will be impressive on  breathtaking scenery and peaceful  asmostphere whilst cycling through quaint villages and stunning endless  banana, coin farms.  We ride on dirt road and single track from banana farm to another ones or  passing many herb ,vegetable and  kumquat trees gardern. You  also  meet and talk with local people on their farm when we cycle through . our cycling trip continue to ride through another village where we have time to explore the temple and pagoda dated back hundred years old.
You also show off your skill of shooting pictures or walk around the village to learn about their daily life and culture.  We keep  riding  through rice paddy to CoLoa Citadel .upon arriving Co Loa, we spend  time to learn about the history and the process of construction in this Citadel.
After visiting Citadel, we ride leisurely  around the fortress to understand how  magnificent work. we exist another gate  to  rice paddy and villages where we  arrange for lunch in Local Restaurant.
Following lunch meal, we keep riding on back road and dirt road lead to the causeway of the Duong River,take local boat back to Ngoc Thuy wards and ride  through peaceful villages, the Land Mark -Long Bien bridge  and turn off to ride along hillock of  the Red River  where you also observe brilliant beauty of Hanoi city. Passing many banana farm and bonsai gardens, we reach to bike store around 4:30 pm. Leaving your bike and take taxi back to your hotel for relax. 
Summary:
Activity: warming up cycling and transferring back to Hotel ( Option)
Accommodation: The Light Hotel ****-
http://www.hanoithelighthotel.com/en/home.htm
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 45
 

Day 3: Hanoi – Transfer to Yen Bai – Cycling to Lao Cai

you will be met and transferred to Lao Cai Border city for 5 hours. You will explore and enjoy pristine nature of the north Vietnam. Have lunch enroute. Following to lunch time. Our shuttle bus takes you through lush scenery and rustic hill tribe villge to Lao Cai city. Chek in hotel and  have dinner in local restaurant. , Lao Cai-  the border city to China. This is the principal town in Lao Cai Province in North Eastern Vietnam, bordering Yunnan province, China. The border was closed from 1979 -1993 following war with China and the town mainly consists of modern architecture constructed since then. The town is now a popular destination for those journeying between Hanoi or Sa Pa and Kunming in China, and a key trading post. 
Optional choice: if we departure early to Yen Bai, we will have time to cycle along the Red Rive to Lao Cai city
Summary:
Activities: Transfer on Newly Highway to Yen Bai
Accommodation: Lao Cao Star Hotel****
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 83 km/ 150 km
 

Day 4: Lao Cai – Muong  Khuong

Have hearty breakfast in Hotel, we depart early to Muong Khuong Sunday Market. Muong khuong is frontier district of Lao Cai province, share border line with Yunnan province, is home of  14 different hill tribe peoples, of which Hmong is majority. Cycling and attending colourful Sunday Muong khuong market is unique and brilliant way to experience and explore the untouched regions, longstanding culture of Hmong people. Additionally, you have chance to capture fascinating landscapes and colourful people on the way to market. After visiting market, we kick off our pedal to villages, you can cycle leizurely  around the villagea talk with local people or show your picture for the kids.  Come back to Guesthouse for dinner and stay overnight .
Summary:
Activities:Cycling  from hotel - hotel
Accommodation: Muong Khuong Hotel**
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance:  56km
 

Day 5:Muong Khuong – Lung Khau Nhin – Cao Son – Coc Ly – Bac Ha

Start early in the morning to conquer a long climb a head. We ascend first 7 km to summit and then down hill to  Chay river  and then challenge  35 km climbing to summit. Today is hard  and challenging day for all of us. We ride along  frontier road between Vietnam and China lead to Bac ha town, on the way ,we enjoy breathtaking scenic beauty of Chay River and rice terraces on hill sides.  Have lunch en route, after lunch meal. We contimue to conquer the last pass before descending to Bac Ha Town
Summary:
Activities:Cycling fromhotel - hotel
Accommodation: Ngan Nga Hotel***
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance:  87 Km
 

Day 6: Bac Ha – Ta Van Chu – Can Cau – Lung Phin

Today is actually interesting and highlight day in our trip, if we are lucky, we arrive in Bac Ha on Friday night or Saturday night, we have great chance to join and visit colorefull hill tribes market on Saturday Morning in Can Cau Market or Bac Ha on Sunday  market. These markets often open in every weekend for hill tribes who live in and neighbouring area, going to Market to exchange their own products.
Moreover, Market is where local people not only exchange their own product, but they show off their affection to their partner,. You will be impressives on casttle corner where animal are showing to to buy and sell such as dogs, cats chickens, piggy, birds, Buffalo, cows..
Come back to hotel for hearty breakfast, we kick off our bike from hotel, cycling through town to authentic village of hill tribes, who have been living for hundred years in this region. they are master of unique cultural identity in North Vietnam. Enjoy 6 km on termac road with undulating road, then we grear up our bike to ride ascendingly to Ta Van Chu where Hmong people live.We cycle on single track trail and buffalo path, cross some streams and hill side lead to Can Cau Market. Spend our time to visit Saturday Market ( if we come on Saturday). Stop for picnic lunch.
We continue our trip to Lung Cai on concrete road then turn off on single track lead to Lung phin village for stay overmnight. We arrive in Lung Phin village at late afternoon. Have dinner and stay overnight with Hmong family,
Summary:
Activities:Cycling fromHotel – Homestay
Accommodation: Ecohomestay
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance:  65 Km
 

Day 7: Lung Phin -  Ban Gia – Ta Cu Ty – Na Chi

Today is another amazing day in our trip, we cycle through untouched region, passing many quaint hill tribes villages, through thick tropical forest and crossing some streams in our trip.
We also contemplate brilliant scenery and unspoited nature, sightseeing as we cycle through the best scenery of North Vietnam. Our trip is really challenging day whilst we cycle on small trail and dirt path, sometimes, we carry our bikes over the streama and waterfall. However, the whole cycling distance will be descendly ridden. We will stay with hill tribe people in Na Tri Ecovillage.
Summary:
Activities:Cycling from Ecovillage - Village
Accommodation: Ecohomestay
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 45Km
 

Day 8: Na Chi– Quang Nguyen – Nam Ly – Ho Thau 45km

Breakfast with our host, we commence our trip from Ecohomestay, setting off our way to  Quang Nguyen and Nam Ly, Ho Thau.
Today is really opposite of the previous day, as we cycle almost distance ascendly on single track trail, buffalo road, motorway and dirt road. we cycle from village to villages to admire captivated scenery and outstanding scenic beauty. Our cycling day will be devided into two stages. The first stage will easy for all of us, as we cycle on tarmac road and concrete road lead to Nam Ly Village
The second stage will be challengable, as we cycle along the Nam Ly River then cross stream to hilside.
We keep on track along hillside to Ho Thau at 1000 metre elevation. Have dinner and stayover night in Dzao Hill tribes people.
Summary:
Activities:Cycling from Village - village
Accommodation: Ecohomestay
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance 45 Km
 

Day 9: Ho Thau – Chieu Lau Thi –  Nang Don – San Sa Ho - Suoi Thau

Having breakfast in hotel, then we we kick off our pedals from Homestay, cycling on single track and dirt road lead to  Section, we turns off on single track, cycle ascendingly 45 km on slope of Chieu Lau Thi. Elevation at 2,406 M.
Today is definitely challenging day in our trip, as we conque long long pass from San Sa Ho to Chieu Lau Thi. We also  encounter  different colorfull hitribes from Dao, Mong, Tay, Nung and Coin Dao, Black Hmong in Chieu Lau Thi summit. Cycling on dirt road and concrete road, passing hillside, rice terrace ancient tea farms. Have dinner and stay overnight with Hmong Family.
Summary:
Activities:Cycling from Village - Village
Accommodation: Ecohomestay
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance 57 Km
 

Day 10: Suoi Thau – Nam Ai – Nam Hong – Thong Nguyen

Get up in mysterious place and paradise of rice terrace paddy, contemplate pristine nature and outstanding sightseeing.
Another day is great day in our trip, we will be waken up by rhynm of wild life, enjoy hot coffe and ginger tea before going out  for hunting cloud, hanging over our head or passing leisurely onfront of our homestay.
This is actually majestic scenery in morning. We have hearty breakfast with our host, say good bye them to support and offer amazing night. We kick of our pedals from ecohomestay, cycling on slope for few kilometre before descending ride to Nam Ai..Cycling through the best rice terrace scenery and tea farms, on dirt road, single track trail, buffalo passs is highlight in our trip today.
Summary:
Activities:Cycling from Village - Ecolodge
Accommodation: Hoang Su phi Ecolodge***
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 65 km
 

Day 11: Thong Nguyen – Xuan Minh –  Ngoc Minh – Lam Binh

Today is the last day in our amazing cycling trip through Hoang Su Phi’ National Rice Terrace Heritage.
Having hearty breakfast with our Host, we commence our cycling day Ecohomestay, cycling on scenic route lead to Thong Nguyen Town then we turn off to the single track trail and dirt road lead to Xuan Minh village.  Upon ariving on Xuan Minh
we sett off our way to Lam Binh Eco Tourist Community today.Commence our new cycling day from hotel, quickly passing city to countryside route where you cycle on scenic route, through village and village. Contemplate distinct scenery and rural landscapes of lowland and riverview. We will be impressive on stunning farmland, replant forest and lush rice paddy fields. Peaceful villge life along hillside.
 We will have lunch enroute, after lunch meal, commence cycling descendingly to Tuyen Quang  Reserve Lake. Cycling on newly gravel road, passing many cozy villages to Khuon Ha Village, Thuong Lam Commune where our ecohomestay have been reserved
Summary:
Activity: Cycling  from Hotel - Hotel
Accommodation:Hai Linh Ecohomestay
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 82Km
 

Day 12: Lam Binh – Boat Trip – Na Hang – Bike to Yen Hoa – Boat Trip to Ba Be

Today is great and excited day in our trip, spending half day to explore dreamlike lake by boat in morning then we cycle the half distance to Ba Lake for stay overnight.
Joining brilliant breakfast with our host, saying good bye them, we commence cycling from homestay to boat dock where we start our boat trip to explore picturesque scenery and crystal water over the lake. Stop on the way to admire unique islets and  breathtaking waterfall. Have lunch on boat. After lunch meal, our boat reach to Na Hang boat dock. We end our boat trip then start our cycling trip to Ba Be Lake. Challenge incredible pass for over 20 km on summit. Refreshment before descendingly ride to Cho Ra town. Keep cycling 13 km through village and National park to Pak Ngoi ecovillage.
Option. If you want to relax on boat to day, we will connect the second boat trip from Dau Dang Waterfall then take boat trip to explore emerald water lake to Ngoi Thia Ecohomestay.
Summary:
Activity: Cycling  from Hotel – Hotel ( Boat Trip from Tuyen Quang Lake to Na Hang then Dau Dang to Pak Ngoi.)
Accommodation:Ngoi Thia Ecohomestay
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 65 Km
 

Day 13: Ba Be – Bike and Boat

Today you will be free to explore Ba Be Lake by Boat or on foot.  You  will be possible to join with us to explore  Hua Ma incredible Cave  near the homestay to explore magnificent and labyrinth stalagmite and stalactite  of the caves. Cycling further to Quang Khe  village to join in local market and  interact with hill tribes
Summary:
Activities: Cycling and transferring
Accommodation:Echomestay with Air condition or stay in newly upgrated Ba Be National park Hotel.
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance:  45 Km
 

Day 14: Ba Be – Quang Khe – Phuong vien – Xuan Phuong -  Chiem Hoa – Cho Chu – Hanoi

The last cycling day in our trip offer for travellers  amazing natural scenery in the way between Ba Be and Thai Nguyen, we have opportunity in exploring the verdant tea farm, palm Leaves, gum trees and some ethnic  minorities in villages, our cycling trip will finish after lunch, take the van to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, check in room, and have fare well dinner in Local restaurant, Stay over night in Hanoi City
Summary:
Activities: Cycling and transferring
Accommodation:Flower Garden Hotel**** - Deluxe Occupancy
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 90km/ 225Km
 

Day 15: Hamoi Onward

Have hearty breakfast in hotel, you will be free at leisure or go shopping to choose the best gift for your friends. Our team will meet you again and transfer to Airport to catch the next flight onward.
Our services is ended. Thank you very much for joining amazing bicycle trip with us.
 
Summary:
Activities: Cycling and transferring
Accommodation:on ward
Meals:B/
Cycling distance: No. Transfer 35 km to Airport
 
 
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.
 
Tour included in:

  • English speaking cycling guide ( other languges upon requests)
  • Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
  • Meals details in itineraries ( 14 breakfast,14 lunches,14dinners)
  • A/C transfer/ and transportation
  • Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
  • Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
  • Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
  • Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
  • Boat Trip in  Tuyen Quang Reservor Lake and Ba Be Lake
  • Permission Papers in Ha Giang
  • 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
  • Trek mountain bikes – 4300  with disc brake and  helmets
  • 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

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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.

 
 

Highlight:
15 days Far North Vietnam off the beaten track or off road mountain bike trip in far north Vietnam have been inspected and crafted carefully by our experienced team, offers for active rider who have great experience  and mountain bike skills to cycle on dirt road,single track, motor way and buffalor road in far north Vietnam.
 
Moreover, the ride are actually fit and durable ability to challenge some steep passed with sharp turns and descendly rock and roll on slope of mountain ranges, cross stream, rivers and thick tropical forest, hillside and rice terrace paddy fields.
 
We will cycle through one of the best scenery, explore untouched region where you rarely meet foreign tourists on the way, stay in very simple ecohomestay of 6 different hill tribes.
Interact with colorful hill tribes in cozy villages, or joining in vibrant regularly local markets in some places to undertand their cultural values.
 
We will have time to relax our legs in Tuyen Quang, Na Hang and Ba be Lakes while we spend our halfday to contemplate emerald water lakes, taste fresh local food on boat.
In addionally, we have one more time to  explore one of the incredible lake on the top of limestone mountain before  challenging long climb with amazing scenic beauty back to Hanoi.
 
We will ride in 12 days to cover 742 cycling distance  in our trip, picnic lunches will be supplied by our team on the way. Water, snack, tropical fruit and snickers bar will be always available on each cycling day.
Due to cycling on single track trail and dirt road, our support vehicle will not often follow us to support and deliver waters and snacks, we will meet them in late afternoon in ecohomestay. we will use motor cycle to carry food, water, snacks, tropical fruit in 5 days, support and rescure in emergency.

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