Cycling Ba Be lake to Cao Bang 5days (9)
Cycling Ba Be lake to Cao Bang 5days (8)

Cycling Ba Be lake to Cao Bang

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Discover the lakes, rivers, waterfalls and caves in Ba Be national park, and Cao Bang surroundings. This is the most beautiful limestone mountain area in the north east. Challenge cycling up and downhill, karst valleys and limestone rocks. It’s great to end up this trip in Ha long bay to cruise the emerald waters of Ha long bay and explore some of the 3000 plus islets and grottoes of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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All about the Cycling Ba Be lake to Cao Bang.

Cycling Ba Be lake to Cao Bang 5days

Discover the lakes, rivers, waterfalls and caves in Ba Be national park, and Cao Bang surroundings. This is the most beautiful limestone mountain area in the north east. Challenge cycling up and downhill, karst valleys and limestone rocks. It’s great to end up this trip in Ha long bay to cruise the emerald waters of Ha long bay and explore some of the 3000 plus islets and grottoes of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you want more cycling challenge, don’t miss the hidden land of the H’Mong in Ha Giang. This area was isolated for long time. Roads have just been paved recently.

Itinerary Brief

1. Hanoi to BaBe national park.
2. Around BaBe.
3. BaBe to CaoBang.
4. CaoBang to BanGioc falls.
5. CaoBang to LangSon – Hanoi.

Tour Description:

  • Distance of biking: 300 ~ 450 Km. (full time van support)
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Road condition: 85% paved road, 15% dirt road.
  • Features: Remote area, boat & bike through National park, waterfalls, and primitive tribe villages. Nice Karst (limestone) formations.
  • When to ride: October to to end of April.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind JET Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

Vehicle for transfers and support
Tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
Bicycle rental
Accommodation
Meals
Snacks
Sightseeing entrance fees.
Bottled water.

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

Visa (required)
Flight/Train tickets.
Accommodation pre/post trip.
Travel insurance
Tips
Personal expenses

  1. Day 1 Hanoi – BacCan – BaBe national park. (Lunch, dinner)

    In the morning, we transfer 4hours outside Hanoi and have a lunch break in BacCan. Then we cycle off highway 3 to a quiet road, small villages of Tay and Thai on the riverside and scenery of palm trees a long the way. Passing Cho Ra little small market, we turn left and keep on 17km to BaBe. Total cycling distance today will be ~ 60km. O/N guesthouse of BaBe national park.

  2. Day 2 BaBe national park (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    Morning boat cruise along Nang river, we visit Puong cave, and hiking to local market near at BanVai. Cruise back along the Nang river, we hike to DauDang waterfalls. In the afternoon, we cruise back to BaBe lake and mount on our bike for cycling to Pacngoi village of Tay tribe. Overinght guesthouse of BaBe national park.

  3. Day 3 BaBe – CaoBang (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    Morning transfer outside BaBe to HaHieu, then we ride on dirt road 60 km to NguyenBinh. Challenge climb up PhiaDen mt. pass at level of +1,200 m. Picnic lunch en route. Afternoon we cycle on paved road to NguyenBinh, then our van pick us up for tranfer to CaoBang. We ride about 80km today. O/N Thanh Loan hotel.

  4. Day 4 CaoBang – BanGioc Falls – CaoBang (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    Good paved road ~ 89km all the way to waterfalls. Up and down MaPhuc pass. Scenic beauty of Karst valley, numerous Tay and Nung villages. Late picnic lunch and swim at BanGioc waterfalls – the border falls between Vietnam and China. We have more cycling on very quiet road to BangCa and HaLang, then back to CaoBang. We ride around 120km today. O/N Thanh Loan hotel.

  5. Day 5 CaoBang – LangSon – Hanoi (Breakfast, lunch)

    There is a beautiful ride 67km to ThatKhe, passing three mountain passed and DongKhe. We have lunch break in ThatKhe, and relax in our bus shuttle to LangSon border town. Then we cycle about 30km on the old highway to ChiLang frontier historical site. Our van will pick us up for transfer to Hanoi. Tour end in Hanoi.

Cycling Ba Be lake to Cao Bang 5days (6)
Our Accommodations

Our Accommodations:

When cycling we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

Our Homestays:

Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Our Accommodations

Our Homestays

Bicycle Advice

Suitable Bicycle. MTB, Touring Bike, Cyclocross/Gravel bike.

At JET we hold firmly to the opinion that using your own bike, the bike on which you feel at home and comfortable is the finest way to enjoy a cycling adventure.

Most kinds of bicycle, except light-weight racing bikes are suitable for this tour: touring bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids or cyclocross bikes are all fine. Road conditions vary from asphalt to gravel and some hard packed dirt tracks. Tyre’s from 35mm in width upwards will be fine but we recommend 40mm on 700c and 2” on 26” wheels as a minimum.

South East Asia is generally a warm place so the ability to carry one or two water bottles is essential (either on your bike or in a backpack). Our back-up vehicle carries water and tools although for those competent with tools bringing your own pump, puncture kit, and multi took is recommended as it would speed up repairs and minor adjustments. If bringing your own bike please bring along a few spare spokes that fit your wheels (please note that different wheels have different size spokes). If your bike has disk brakes or hub gears please bring any components that you feel may be necessary. We carry some spares for our hire bikes but we cannot guarantee that we will have any tubes other than 26” car type valves. Tyres and tubes other than 26” can be difficult to come by in many parts of the world so please make sure you have spares. If in doubt please ask at your local bike shop. A means of carrying your camera, sunblock etc is also useful – either an on-bike bag, handlebar or saddlebag for example, or a lightweight day-pack.

Recommendation: Although our hire bikes come equipped with a saddle if you have a saddle you use and are happy with it is strongly recommended that you use it on tour. If you use SPD type shoes please bring your own matching pedals. We are happy to fit these for you. You may also like to bring bar ends if you use them at home.

ESSENTIAL! Please be sure that your bicycle is in perfect condition before you leave home. Again, if in doubt please consult your local bike shop.

Rental Bicycles

If you wish to hire a bicycle for the duration of your holiday with us we can arrange for the hire of good quality cycles from our in-country agent. Typically these bikes are mountain bikes, often Trek 4 series or similar. Please request a hire bike at the time of booking, fields to do so are on the booking form. Payment for hire bikes can be made with the balance of the tour payment or in cash on arrival.

Rental Bicycle Recommendation. Although our hire bikes come equipped with a saddle if you have a saddle you use and are happy with it is strongly recommended that you use it on tour. If you use SPD type shoes please bring your own matching pedals. We are happy to fit these for you. You may also like to bring bar ends if you use them at home.

Special offers :
– Mineral water drinking.
– Seasonal fruits.
– Snacks
– Fresh tissue and some fruits while touring !

What to bring :
Sun Block , Wide brim hat, Camera + Film, Comfortable shoes, Rain Gear , Warm clothes in winter, Original Passport, Small backpack , Shoes and shorts for cycling ,Sunglasses , Gloves , Professional Pedal ,Insect repellent ,Wide brim hat ,Bike water bottle (if you don’t want to use ours bottle)

Notes:
Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.
This itinerary allows for 5 days on the cycling section. You will be able to decide for yourself at any time during each of these days how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 40 -100 km. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions and group fitness and preferences. This is a sightseeing cycle tour, not a marathon or time trial.

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