Cycling route: Hanoi – Huu Lung – Bac son – Quang Uyen – Ban Gioc – Trung Khanh – Tra Linh –Cao Bang – Bao Lac – Meo Vac – Dong Van – Yen Minh- Ha Giang - Thong Nguyen – Bac Ha –
The geopark is land of fossils, ocean sediment, volcanic rocks, minerals, vestiges of biosphere extinction and especially karst landscapes.
Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark, 300km from Hanoi, covers an area of 3,000km2, speading over 6 districts of Cao Bang province including Ha Quang, Tra Linh, Quang Uyen, Trung Khanh, Ha Lang, Phuc Hoa, part of Hoa An, Nguyen Binh, and Thach An.
This park is well-known for its biological diversity, abundant endemic flora-fauna species and ecosystems.
It is also home to many tangible and intangible cultural heritages, especially revolutionary relic sites, including special national relic site of Pac Bo where President Ho Chi Minh returned in 1941 to lead the revolutionary movement after spending over 30 years abroad; special national relic site of Tran Hung Dao Forest where General Vo Nguyen Giap established the Vietnam Propaganda and Liberation Army (the predecessor of the Vietnam People’s Army today) in 1944.
This is the second UNESCO-recognized Global Geopark in Vietnam.
In 2010, Dong Van Stone Plateau in Ha Giang province was recognized as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks (GGN) and became the Vietnam ’s first geological park and only the second geological park in Southeast Asia, after the Langkawi Geological Park in Malaysia.
This exclusive tour takes you from Hanoi to the natural wonderland of Northeast Vietnam with and Ban Gioc Waterfall. Ban Gioc - the world’s fourth biggest border-crossing waterfalls is attractive for its picturesque painting of blue sky, great limestone mountains and stunning rice fields together with the daily life. Whether continuing with other Vietnam package tours or returning to your home, this Snail Adventure tours is sure to leave you lasting impression and create unforgettable moments. Moreover, you will have chance to have deeper insight into unique culture and ancient atmosphere of the legendary city. Do not miss the chance to enjoy the cyclo tour around the Old Quarter as well as historical attractions, which bring you from surprise to surprise!
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:Pick up and briefing itinerary
Accommodations: The Light Hotel****
Cycling Distance: No
Day 2 :Thai Nguyen – Bac Son
After hearty breakfast in Hotel, you will clear the bill and do check out, and preparing cycling suit for our cycling challenge. Our driver will take you out of bustling city to Thai Nguyen Province, arriving Thai Nguyen, you will visit one of amazing hill tribal minority museum where you can get the first sight and vision of 54 difference ethnic minorities of Vietnam. You definitively know how to regconize which they are on cycling road in coming days. Our first cycling day will start pedaling in Thai Nguyen to Bac Son Town Bac Son town in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son, exposes in a vast valley surrounded by stretching mountains, creating poetic scenery.stay overnight in hotel/ homestay.
Activities: Transferring and cycling
Accommodations: Binh Huong Hotel or Ecohomestay
Cycling Distance: 80 Km
Day 3: Bac Son - Quang Uyen
Get up early in the morning to admire the peaceful villages, explore the daily life of local people. Taste local pancake for breakfast. We start cycling through incredible valley to visit one of the first historical relic Bac Son museum where displays documents, picture and somes objects relate to Vietminh revolution against French 27th September, 1940. We continue to ascend long climb to That khe junction for picnic lunch. After lunch, we keep riding on Route 3 head to Cao Bang. Upon Dong Khe, the shuttle bus take us to Hotel. Have dinner and stay overnight in Bac Son.
Activities: Cycling from hotel to Hotel
Accommodations: Hung Dzung Hotel***
Cycling Distance: 120 Km
Day 4: Quang Uyen – Ban Gioc
After hearty breakfast in hotel, we pay visit local market to learn about the local production or taking pictures with friendly people.
Setting off our way from hotel, we hoop up our bike on tarmac road and gravel road to .
Enjoy 17 km of undulating road with stunning landscapes, thatched roof stilt house of hill tribe villages, nested in peacefully valley and soaring limestone mountain. Meeting section we turn right and gear up our bike to challenge the first 7 km steep pass with sharp bends.
However, you will be rewarded by spectacular scenery and panoramic view over the towering mountain ranges. Upon arriving on slope , we regroup for refreshment before descendingly through scenic valley to reach second pass.
We conquer 5 Km length of pass on Ha Lang Township then turn right on border belt road between Vietnam and China.
We continue challenging our abilities and cycling experience on long, last steep pass at middle way
After conquering three steep passes, we will be feasted by amazing picnic lunch on summit. After lunch, we continue to ride and admire scenery in both countries through Quay Son river.keep riding on broken road lead to Ban Gioc waterfall.. Have dinner and stay over night in Sai Gon Ban Gioc Resort.
Activities: Cycling from hotel to Hotel
Accommodations: Sai Gon – Ban Gioc Resort
Cycling Distance: 79 Km
Day 5: Ban Gioc – Tra Linh
Breakfast in Hotel, we commence our cycling day from Hotel, set off our way to border belt, cycling through karstic formation of Non Nuoc Cao Bang, 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. Cycling on single track trail and dirt road from village to village to. 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 back road and beaten track again to Tra Linh Town. Having lunch enroute. Following to lunch meals, we cycle on dirt road, passing peaceful village and rice field lead to Tra Linh Town. Upon arriviving of center, we do check in and relax . dinner and stay overnigt in Tra Linh Town.
Activities: Cycling and Visiting
Accommodations: Ngoc Long Hotel*
Cycling distances: 72 Km
Day 6: Tra Linh – Cao Bang
Get up early in the morning to expose the fascinated nature, walking down to discovery the magnificient water Fall. Back to Hotel for breakfast, we start pedaling from Hotel on the frontier road to Pac Po where President Hochiminh used to living and working for three years since 1940 – 1943, after 30 years living in abroad. Spending the time to visit Hochiminh historical relics such as Coc Po Cave, Lenin spring water, Carcmark mountain . keep riding on Hochiminh Route back to Cao Bang, have lunch enroute. Upon arriving in Cao Bang, take the time to explore city and villages nearby.
Activities: Cycling from Hotel and Hotel
Accommodations: Sunny Hotel***
Cycling Distance: 118 km
Day 7: Cao Bang – Bao Lac.
Today is another amazing day in our trip as we cycling on newly border belt road, passing many peacefull hilltribe villages, admire stunning rice terrace paddied field, challenging two winding and hairpined passes in our way.
Breakfast in Hotel, we commence our new cycling from Hotel, cycle on tarmac road for 45 km . then we turn off on single track lead to untouched region and frontier line between Vietnam and China.
Cycling ascendingly and steep passses at middle way then descendingly ride the rest distance. However, you will be rewarded panoramic view, picturesque sightseeing on the way.
Activities: Cycling from Hotel and Hotel
Accommodations: Duc Tai Hotel
Cycling Distance: 103 km
Day 7: Bao Lac – Meo Vac
Today you will enjoy a full day biking through the beautiful region along the mighty Gam River. Breakfast and start biking from your hotel. Following national road 34A for the whole morning on old tarmac which runs in parallel with Gam River eastwards for 23km Turn right at Ly Bon, cross the Gam River by newly built bridge to the northern bank and then having picnic lunch break. Afternoon cycle is challenging uphill towards Meo Vac town let near the Chinese border. The road winds its way on steep mountain sides for 50km, You may cycle as far as you can and then supporting vehicle will transfer the last portion of the road to Meo Vac. Arriving to hotel at about 16.30. Check in and free to explore the town.
Accommodation: Hoa Cuong Meo Vac Hotel
Cycling Distance: 74 km
Day 8: Meo Vac – Dong van – Lung Cu Plagpole - DongVan
Today you will enjoy the most spectacular mountain scenery of Vietnam. Breakfast and then spend 2 hours in the morning to visit Meo Vac Market.
Option: If on the date of the Tiger or Monkey, morning will be for paying visit to Lung Phin Market, which located in a remote commune 17km from Meo Vac.Then challenging up steep mountain pass of Ma Pi Leng 28km to Dong Van Town let.Check in hotel and relax for the rest of the day or walking 2 hours to explore the valley near by
Activities: Cycling an Visiting
Accommodation: Hoa Cuong Dong Van Hotel/ Lam Tung Hotel
Cycling Distance: 54 Km
Day 9: Dong Van – Yen Minh
Leave Dong Van at 08,30 and follow road 4C, getting though valleys after valley to Xa Phin valley. Stop for paying visit the former Palace of the Hmong King who ruled over the Hmong community and control opium trading until 1945.Continue biking along the same road 21km to Sung La valley and then up steep mountain to Pho Bang ancient trading town, enjoy several stops along the way for sightseeing and paying visiting Sung Muoi village of the Hmong. Lunch break in Pho Bang.Continue cycling downhill from Pho Bang to Yen Minh via Pho Cao Mountain pass which offers stunning scenery of Yen Minh valley. Arriving at the Kien Thao hotel in mid-afternoon. Check in and relax.
Accommodation: Kien Thao Hotel
Cycling Distance: 78 km
Day 10: Yen Minh – Quan Ba – Ha Giang
Breakfast, check out hotel and get ready for great challenging today. We shall conquer two high mountain pass: Yen Minh and Quan Ba.
Depart at 08.30 with biking 2 km flat road from hotel and then challenging 19km uphill to the top of Yen Minh pass. The road is steep with many sharp bends but offers great view of marvellous valley below. Enjoy a tea break at the top before getting downhill 18km to Can Ty commune and then cycle through the valley along the Nho Que River for 6km.
Take another break for recharging energy before biking uphill 13km to Quan Ba town let. Paying visit to Nam Dam village of the Zao people before lunch break.Afternoon challenge is conquering Quan Ba Pass, The 8km uphill to the Haven Gate at the top is really steep with many sharp bends. Then getting down steep mountain 20km to the bottom of the valley. Picked up in mid afternoon for 25km transfer to Ha Giang. Check in hotel and free to explore this charming city.
Accommodation: Truong Xuan Resort***
Cycling Distance: 87 Km
Day 11: Ha Giang – Tan Quang – Thong Nguyen
A relatively easy day on the bike today … leaving Ha-Giang rather early cycling to Ban-Me and around the valley. We will continue cycling on very good tarmac for about 55 km. Ride over the challenging Su-Shi pass. Pic-nic lunch a third of the way up. Continue cycling along a beautiful narrow country road to the Panhou Ecolodge where once again we sleep in individual thatched houses overlooking sculpture gardens. Check-in and relax before dinner.
Activities:Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
Accommodation: Panhou Resort
Distance of ride: 88 km
Elevation gain: 920 meters
Day 12: Thong Nguyen – Bac Ha
After breakfast we cycle 29km to Hoang Su Phi Town then we continue climb up 5km right outside the town, then continue 40km along the Chay river to XinMan, quite easy flat road. Please keep up with the main route, can take photos along the way, but do not turn into any village along this route. At we climb up 18km to summit of alt.+1,460m, then continue 43km up and down hill to BacHa. This is totally a new road ? built on the former trail of the flower Hmong tribes. O/N SaoMai hotel in BacHa
Activity: Cycling Only
Accommodation: Sao Mai Hotel***
Cycling distance: 108 Km
Day 14:: Bac Ha – Coc Ly – Lao Cai – Night Train .
Enjoy morning activities around the town or walk to village to observe daily life of hill tribe people.
We commence our last cycling trip from hotel,. Descendinghly ride through the town then we turn off on village route lead to Coc Ly . we ride through fascinated scenery and hill tribe villages to Coc Ly bridge. Crossing the bridge then we turn left on scenic route lead to Lao Cai city. Have lunch enroute. After lunch we cycle on tarmac road and paved road lead to Lao Cai City. Upon arriving in Lao Cai station, we take shower and have early dinner before getting on night train back to Hanoi.
Accommodation: On Pumkin Express train
Cycling Distance: 65 Km
Day 15: Hanoi on arrival and free
The express train arrive early in Hanoi city, Meet our shuttle pick you up and transfer to Hotel for breakfast. following to breakfast, you will be free to explore city by youself or transfer toAirport to catch international filght on wards. Our services will be ended. Thanks for your joining amazing trip with us.
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 ( 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 helmets
- Night Train back Hanoi
- 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