This cycling trip offer for travellers the most picturesque landscapes of the verdant rice terraces in North Vietnam. The riders have great opportunity in cycling and taking picture the National rice terrace heritage start Mai Chau – Mu Cang Chai and Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang. Hagiang – The Land of Beauty and Ethnic Tradition
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.
Ha giang attracts visitors with natural beauty! Geographically Ha Giang can be devided into three regions: The Dong Van Karst Plateau, The Chay River Massif and The Lowland and each region has its own magical beauty of nature:
The Dong Van Karst Plateau: Comprising 4 districts: Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac (total area of over 2.346 km2) the plateau is studded with ethereal karst formations, evidence of tectonic events that started molding the area over 400 million years ago which has created magnificent passes, impressive valleys as well as marvelous landscapes such as: Ma Pi Leng, Ma Le, Pho Cao Passes; Quan Ba, Lung Tam, Xa Phin, Lung Cam Valleys; Our specially designed trip ensures your comfort, enjoyments and safety. Along the way we encounters dramatic landscapes and sweeping panoramic views
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: Transferring and meeting our group
Accommodation: The Light Hotel****
Day 2: Hanoi – Moc Chau
After breakfast, leaving the hustling and bustling behind, our shuttle bus take to north West Viet nam for start amazing cyclig trip. After three hour transfer, we arrive in Mai Chau town for lunch.
Following to lunch meals, we commence cycl;ing on back road and single track trail before gearing up our pedals to Mao Chau plateau.
we start warming up by riding off road along Da river, today is hard day with long climb and potholes road, whereas we are rewarded by spectacular scenic beauty and friend people live in both side, surpringly, we ride on the formal National way No6 uesd to supplying logistic and ammunition for DienBien Phu Campaign. Stop enroute for refeshment and picnic lunch, after lunch, we keep riding to Moc Chau plateau
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.Upon arrival Hotel, we do heck in and relax by your own,
Activities: Transferring and warming up cycling
Accommodation: Thao Nguyen Resort****
Cycling distance:78 Km
Day 3: Moc Chau – Bac Yen
Following to breakfast, check the gear, start riding from Hotel to Bac Yen, we are rewarded by verdant tea ,plantation and unspoited nature in morning, crossing the Van Yen Ferry to admire awsome rice terraces of Bac yen. stop for refreshment and photo moment, our trip continue through vast goldern rice paddies. We have lunch enroute ..After lunch times, we continue cycling ascendingly to Bac Yen. Stay over night in Dong Tam Hotel 3 stars
Activities:Cycling from hotel - Hotel
Cycling distance: 124Km.
Day 04: Bac Yen – Tram Tau – Nghia Lo
Following to hearty breakfast, we start pedaling from hotel to conquere one of incredible pass,we will be rewarded by extraordinary scenery With lush forests, tea plantations, rice terraces and gum trees, the picturesque valleys are stunning. The area is home to Thai, Nung, H'mong, La Ha and Ma ethnic minority peoples. Filling up enegy for another hill ahead.when you cycle through vast rice terrace paddies of hill tribes.
Activities:Cycling from hotel - Hotel
Accommodation: Nghia Lo Hotel***
Cycling distance: 92 Km
Day 5: Nghia Lo – Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai
This day starts with a visit to the local market in Nghia Lo Town, a chance to explore and shop for local handicrafts.market is meeting point of ethnic minorities in the North Vietnam, visiting and taking pictures is great impressive experiences.
Cycling through three villages with extraordinary stunning rice terraces which are listed as National Rice Terraces Heritages of Vietnam, and undulating road along river lead to Mu CangChai Ecolodge
we are rewarded by the outstanding features of the landscape, fresh air in the morning, we reach on summit, coffee,tea, snack are available for you before descending to Mu Cang Chai, Mu Cang Chai is a poor district of Yen Bai Province with 85% population, is H’Mong people who are the Host of National Rice Terrace Beauty
we start riding from hotel to Tu Le, today is leisure day with 45 km cycling on undulating road, through picturesque valley, fascinating rice paddies, stop for lunch en route before riding ascent 8 km to slope to take view magnificient Tu Le town and breaktaking scenery,Rolling down to Town.
Following to lunch meal, we start cycling with incredible long climb pass (Khau Pa pass 25 km long), then through three villages with extraordinary stunning rice terraces which are listed as National Rice Terraces Heritages of Vietnam, and undulating road along river lead to Mu CangChai Ecolodge.
Activities:Cycling from hotel - hotel
Accommodation: Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge***
Cycling distance:88 km.
Day 6: Mu Cang Chai - Than Uyen
Today is fantastic day with all highlights in our trip, we commence cycling from Ecolodge through three villages with extraordinary stunning rice terraces which are listed as National Rice Terraces Heritages of Vietnam, and undulating road along river lead to Thanh Uyen.
The outstanding features of the landscape,pristine scenenic beauty of rice terrace paddy and quaint hill tribe village are highlight in our trip
Start from Ecolodge, we are setting off our way through stunning rice terrace scenery to Mu Cang Chai Town. Cycling on undulating route, alongte river from the town, passing amazing picturesque scenery and hillside to Kim Section. Having enroute. Following to lunch times, we kick off our pedal again to ride ascendingly Than Uyen.
Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
Accommodation: Hoang Quan Hotel
Cycling distance: 48 Km
Day 7: Than Uyen – Sapa
The most challenging today is the longest pass with 46 km , separated between Lai Chau and Lao Cai province,on the Tram Ton Summit 2200 m compare sea level, we will be captivated by picturesque limestone Mountain and Indochina Roof Fansipang( 3143m).before descending to Sapa town for staying.We start riding from Hotel through stunning scenic beauty, picturesque limestone mountain of Fansipang,Is home of H’mong, Dao, Day,Tay,Nung.. Dao Pho ethnic tribe living together for hundred years.we aslo admire the verdant rice terraces in bothsite.We reach to Binh Lu T junction stop for lunch. After lunch, we start conquering the Pass, arriving Tram Ton Summit, regoup for photo moment, before riding down to Sapa town.Upon arriving in Sapa, we take relax by doing herbal medicinal massage. Having dinner at Grill Nature Bar restaurant, stay over night in Sunny Hotel 3 stars
Activities:Cycling from Hotel -hotel
Accommodation: Sapa Charm Hotel****
Cycling distance:99 Km
Day 8: Sapa – Cocly – Bac Ha
Depart from hotel , we ride 48 km down hill to Lao Cai Town then turn off the way to Phong Hai and Coc Ly Market ( Coc Ly Market open every Tuesday) . this market is very colourful ethnic minorities. Upon arrival in Coc Ly. we spend the time for exploring the way local tribes exchange their productions with each others as well as tasting their unique culinary. Our trip continue to Bac Ha on the single track paths, along Chay river. crossing bridge to climb the hill before descenting to Bac Ha Town. Bac Ha is one of the remote area town of Lao Cai province, is popular destinations for most travellers who want to explore the Northwest Vietnam, Bac Ha market, open every Sunday, is highlight in our trip. Upon arrival in Bac Ha, we check in and explore the town by our own.Stay overnight in Ngan Nga Hotel
Activities: cycling from hotel- Hotel
Accommodation: Ngan Nga Hotel
Cycling distance: 124 Km
Day 9: Bac Ha – Sin Man – 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 Thong Nguyen Village.
Activities:Cycling from hotel - Hotel
Accommodation: Panhou Ecolodge***
Cycling distance: 79 km
Day10: 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 Truong Xuan Resort
Activities: Cycling from hotel - Hotel
Accommodation: Truong Xuan Resort***
Cycling distance: 99 Km
Day 11: 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*** / Phuong Dong Hotel***
Cycling distance: 93 Km
Day 12: Yen Minh – 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: 87 Km
Day 13: Dong Van – Ma Phi Leng – Meo Vac – BaoLac.
There is a market daily in the town centre of Dong Van and 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 conque incredible pass – Ma Phi Leng – Link between in two towns Dong Van and Meo Vac.It is terrific and amazing scenery when we cycle on slope of mountain to admire extraordinerary sightseeing, reflecting crystal water from Nho Que River
Enjoy the first two km on flat road lead out of Dong Van Town then we challenge 7 km ascendingly ride on winding road with sharp turn to the top.
Cycling descendingly 16 Km along the hillside to Meo Vac Town. Upon arriving Meo Vac, Regroup and conquer 7 Km on steep passes to the summit before rolling down to Ly Bon Bridge.
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 Bao Lac town
Accommodation: Thuy Duong Hotel**
Cycling distance: 94 Km
Day 14: Bao Lac - Ba Be Lake
Enjoy brilliant breakfast in hotel, we set off our way on scenic route to Ba Be Lake today. Cycling on tarmac road, passing many hill tribe villages, experience some incredible passes on the way is highlight in our trip. Start from hotel, we cycle ascendingly along hillside doted with quaint hill tribes and rice terrace lead to Son Dong Section ( 75 Km). Stop for lunch on summit
Following to lunch meals, we kick off our pedal to cycle descendingly to Ba Be Lake. Take the rest transfer to Hotel.
Ba Be is one of biggest fresh water lake in Viet Nam and listed one of the 28th Biggest Fresh Water Lake on a slope of limestones Mountain of the World, UNESCO listed Ba Be Lake as World fresh water Reserver, cruising Ba Be is impressive experience in our trip.
Activities: Cycling and transferring
Accommodation:Sai Gon Ba Be Hotel***
Cycling distance: 88km/ 155km
Day 15: Ba Be Boat Trip & Transfer to 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 in Tirant Hotel
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, 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
Boat Trip in 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:
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide