Cycling Route: Hanoi-lao Cai - Muong Khuong - Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang - Quan Ba - Yen Minh - Dong Van - Meo Vac - Bao lac - Cao Bang - Pac Po - Tra Linh - Trung khanh- Ban Gioc Water Fall - Quang Uyen - That Khe - Lang Son - Ha lOng bay - 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. VietnamNorth Easttours offers for highlighted landmarks such as Hanoi ,Bac Ha, Hoang Su Phi, Ban Gioc Waterfall, Bai Tu Longcrystal sand beach, Halong/.. you have great opportunity in experiencing stunning scenic beauty, admire seductively emerald beaches and enjoy rich traditional cuisine and stay on Cruise to experience New Seven wonder – Ha long Bay.
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 HanoiSummary:
Accommodation: The Light Hotel ****-
Cycling distance: No
Day 2: Hanoi city tour – Night Train to Lao Cai
After hearty breakfast in hotel, our guide and supported bus meet you at 7:30 Am at lobby and commence to explore Hanoi city and visit some welknown historical relics such such Hochiminh’s Mausoleum , his Former Stilt-house Residence, the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda. Keep going to see the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam's first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education. We will visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam, Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam's 54 Ethnic minority people. Have lunch in Local restaurant. After lunch, discover 36 ancient street and Dong Xuan market. Come back to hotel for taking shower and relax. we will have chance to enjoy the unique Water Puppet show to hear to know Vietnamese traditional instruments and singing from the live musicians who play throughout the show. Have dinner in local restaurant. The shuttle bus take us to Train station to catch the night train to Lao Cai. Stay over night in AC four berth share cabin.
Accommodation:on Night Train – Pumkin Express Train****
Cycling distance: 45 km
Day 3: Lao Cai – Bac Ha
The Train arrives Lao cai Train station at 5: 30 A.m. Our cycling guide and support van will pick you up to Local Restaurant for early breakfast and change your cycling suit. 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 cyclingtrip toBac 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.)
Activity; Transferring and Cycling to Hotel
Accommodation: Ngan Nga Hotel***
Cycling distance: 76 km
Day 4: 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 villagesSummary:
Accommodation: Pan Hou Resort***
Cycling distance: 81Km
Day 5: Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang
Located in Vietnam’s farNorth, 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 Pheonix Hotel****Summary:
Accommodation: Truong Xuan Resort***- Pheonix Hotel***
Cycling distance: 86 Km
Day 6: 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.Summary:
Activity;Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Kien Thao Hotel*** -/ Phuong Dong Hotel***
Cycling distance: 97 Km
Day 7: 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 CuPole 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: 87 Km
Day 8: 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 Bac Me on desceding 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 lunch we continue to ride along the bank of Gam river, conquere on relatively tough pass before descending to BaoLac townSummary:
Accommodation: Thuy Duong Hotel**-
Cycling distance: 94 Km
Day 09: 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 HotelSummary:
Activity: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Sunny Hotel*** -
Cycling distance: 87km / 124km
Day 10: Cao Bang – Tra Linh
Hearty breakfast in hotel, we kick off our pedal from hotel 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 expeditionto 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: Duc Long Hotel**
Cycling distances: 94 Km
Day 11: Tra Linh – Ban Gioc
rolling down to Trung Khanh town. Admire brilliant scenery and breathtaking landscapes as we ride through the core of world Global Geopark in Vietnam.
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 12: 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 Hung DungHotel.Summary:
Accommodation: Hung Dung Hotel***
Cycling distance: 76 km
Day 13: Quang Uyen – Lang Son
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, we conquer stiff pass to That khe and then enjoy undulating road lead to Lang Son City. Have dinner and satyver over night in Muong Thanh HotelSummary:
Activity: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Muong Thanh Lang Son****
Cycling distance: 76km/ 132Km
Day 14: Lang Son – Halong
Get upearly in the morning to observe the vibrant frontier Lang Son city or wander to local market to see the diversified Vietnam agriculture productes and China ones to exchange each other everyday. Come back to hotel for having breakfast. Check out hotel.
Leave Lang Son for Halong Bay, one of the most magnificent scenic environments in the world, Halong Bay. Covering 577 square miles, this vast bay is filled with more than 3,000 limestone “peaks” or karsts that jut from the deep blue water as far as the eye can see. We’ll spend a day and a half, including an overnight with dinner and breakfast onboard, exploring this overwhelming seascape from the decks of a traditional Vietnamese boat. Comfortable and intimate, your boat features hand-crafted wooden interiors including a dining room and pleasant air-conditioned cabins with private baths. Since we’re overnight on the water, we’ll be able to explore Ha Long Bay’s most beautiful spots with time to swim and even visit some of the largest rock formations and caves. This promises to be one of your most memorable travel experiences in Asia. Stay overnight on Boat.
Activity: Transferring and Exploring Halong Bay
Accommodation: Oriental Cruise****
Cycling distance: No
Day 15: Halong Bay – Hanoi - Onward
Rising to the sound of lapping bay waters, we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay.After breakfast, explore Sung Sot cave, swim and relax. Cruises back to the jetty while brunch is served while you are cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations. Cruise check-out. Meet our van and transfer directly to Noi Bai Airport to catch the flight on Wards.Our service is finished.Summary:
Activity; Transferring Only
Accommodation: On Wards
Cycling distance: No
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
- English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
- Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
- Meals details in itineraries ( 14breakfast, 14lunches, 14dinners)
- 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 helmetsor Trek Hybrid FX
- 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
- Night Cruise on Ha Long Bay
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.