North East Vietnam Cycling Holidays 15 days
North East Vietnam Cycling Holidays 15 days and Cycling Tours The Cycling North East Vietnam Tour starts from Hanoi, taking you through the northern loop, Ba Be national park, Bao Lac, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Ha Giang. There are about 50 – 100 km to ride per day, mostly on paved road, with many up/downhill rides. The bike ride is challenging, thus appropriate for experienced cyclists. You enjoy not only the mountain bike ride, but also other travel highlights of the far north including the Ba Ba lakes, the Meo Vac Sunday market, the Dong Van geo park, the former H’mong King palace, the own town in Dong Van, Pho Bang…
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North East Vietnam Cycling Holidays 15 days and Cycling Tours
The Cycling North East Vietnam Tour starts from Hanoi, taking you through the northern loop, Ba Be national park, Bao Lac, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Ha Giang. There are about 50 – 100 km to ride per day, mostly on paved road, with many up/downhill rides. The bike ride is challenging, thus appropriate for experienced cyclists. You enjoy not only the mountain bike ride, but also other travel highlights of the far north including the Ba Ba lakes, the Meo Vac Sunday market, the Dong Van geo park, the former H’mong King palace, the own town in Dong Van, Pho Bang…
Itinerary: Hanoi – Pho Thong – Ba Be – Na Hang – Bac Me – Quang Ba – Yen Minh – Meo Vac – Dong Van – Yen Minh – Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi – Xi Man – Bac Ha – Sapa – Than Uyen – Van Ban – Lao Cai – Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
Morning:On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ha Noi , Vietnam’s capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia’s most striking colonial architectureAfternoon:we have free time leisure for fix the bike until late afternoon we have short cycle around old quarter then have dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi
Cycling Hanoi – Pho Thong – Ba Be Lake 216km
7am we start the journey northeast begins as we depart the town and pass through the undulating terrain of tea plantation and the many timeless villages linked to the road which is the main artery of trade between the northeastern region and the capital city. This is our first glimpse of rural Vietnam and sets the tone for the days ahead. Depending on road and traffic conditions our drive will leave us with a mid to late afternoon we start cycle 32km from Phong Thong to Ba Be Lake arrival in Ba Be lakes. After checking into hotel we will have free time to walk around or simply to relax on the lake. O/N in Ba BeSummaryTransfer: 215 km from Hanoi – Phu Thong – Ba Be LakeBiking:35 km/descend 8 km/ascend 6 kmAccommodation: HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Ba Be – Na Hang – Bac Me 80km
Morning boat cruise with our bike to waterfalls and then move 2 km along a narrow track to another boat pier for an hour cruise through a portion of the new reservoir, then we start a cycling adventure along a beautiful paved road to Bac Me. O/N Bac Me.SummaryTransfer: 0 km from Ba Be – Na Hang – Bac MeBiking: 80 km/descend 22 km/ascend 18 kmAccommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Bac Me – Quang Ba – 109km
Good paved road along Gam river and then good road but steep uphill to Quan Ba Heaven Gate . O/N Ha Giang.SummaryTransfer: 46 km from Bac MeBiking: 63 km/descend 12 km/ascend 35 kmAccommodation: HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Quang Ba – Yen Minh – 60km
Today, with a medium drive but we will soon be enjoying the wonderful sightseeing of this vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock, which brings one a feeling of adventure whilst being lost in a magic land, passing the Heaven Gate, meeting some minority people along the way, then onto Quan Ba town for our lunch. Afternoon, we continue our wonderful riding to Yen Minh. Prepare your camera with lots of films for today since we will be hitting the Heaven – a more beautiful place, here we are surrounded by many rocks of all shapes and sizes, chances to see and even visit the traditional houses of the hill tribes here. Arrival in Yen Minh town. Check in hotel/guest house. Dinner and stay overnight hereSummaryTransfer: 0 km fromBiking: 60 km/descend 20 km/ascend 35 kmAccommodation: HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Yen Minh – Meo Vac – Dong Van – 60km
After breakfast, we leave Yen Minh to Meo Vac. The scenic route climbs over a pass, and then we descend down to Meo Vac valley, a beautiful valley situated very close to Chinese border. Have lunch in Meo Vac then we take time to climb over the Ma Pi Leng Pass where we can enjoy beautiful mountain ranges and the the Nho Que river – just an amazing place to be! We keep hitting the zigzag roads to Dong Van, visiting these remote areas, we will witness how hard the locals struggle with their environment for survival and development. We will stay in town to get the chances to visit the ancient streets with old houses of the H’mong made of clay bricks and tile roofs, built centuries ago. Sleep in Dong Van town.SummaryTransfer: 0 km from Yen Minh – Meo Vac – Dong VanBiking: 60 km/descend 11 km/ascend 55 kmAccommodation: HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Dong Van – Yen Minh – Ha Giang – 160km
A leisurely bike from Dong Van along another narrow paved road(4C) via Sung La Village, Pho Bang ancient town back to Yen Minh, this day will make your itinerary a good pace, not in a rush. We will visit the infamous Vuong Palace, a H´mong family of high rank during French colonial rule – this palace attracts keen interest from architecturally minded visitors due to its mixed style of European and Chinese architecture. Transfer from Yen Minh to Ha Giang to Ha Giang for the night.Note: Dong Van Sunday market is worth an arrangement!SummaryTransfer: 100 km from Yen Minh to Ha GiangBiking: 60 km/descend 30 km/ascend 16 kmAccommodation: HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi – 106km
Easy ride 45km down highway 2 to Tan Quang where we turn left and up hill to the mountain again. Best mountain view today, challenge climb through the Heaven gate pass to Hoang Su Phi town. O/N Hoang Su Phi.SummaryTransfer: 0 km from Ha Giang – Hoang Su PhiBiking: 106 km/descend 14 km/ascend 19 kmAccommodation: HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Hoang Su Phi – Xi Man – Bac Ha – 70km
Some part of the road is bad, but great view along Chay river. This is totally a new road – built on the former trail of the flower H’Mong tribes. O/N Bac Ha.SummaryTransfer: 0 km from Hoang Su Phi – Xi Man – Bac HaBiking: 70 km/descend 14 km/ascend 16 kmAccommodation: HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Bac Ha – Sapa – 110km
A relaxing day promenade around Bac Ha Sunday market, see a market day for all tribes: Tay, Nung, Dao, Flower H’Mong, Giay, and Phu La etc? Afternoon we ride bike around H?Mong village. O/N Sapa.SummaryTransfer: 0 km from Bac Ha – SapaBiking: 110 km/descend 20 km/ascend 29 kmAccommodation: HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Sapa – Than Uyen – 80km
From Sapa we start the day’s ride with a 15kms climb to the top of the Tram Ton Pass, stopping on route to visit the “silver waterfall”. Then it’s a 26kms plunge down to Binh Lu junction. From here we continue along the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, there are a number of hard climbs but the magnificent landscape makes the hardship all worthwhile. We finish with a 20kms descent to Than Uyen.SummaryTransfer: 0 km from Sapa – Than UyenBiking: 80 km/descend 46 km/ascend 15 kmAccommodation: HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Than Uyen – Van Ban – Lao Cai – Hanoi -75km
After a good breakfast, ride 40kms around the other side of the stunning Muong Kim valley with time for lots of stops to take pictures of the local hill tribe people and the stunning scenery there. Arrive in Van Ban for a late lunch then hop on the minivan to drive back to Lao Cai. In Lao Cai you’ll be able to have a refreshing shower before sitting down to a dinner of local Vietnamese food. Night Train back to Ha Noi.SummaryTransfer: 0 km from Than Uyen – Van Ban – Lao Cai – HanoiBiking: 75 km/descend 15 km/ascend 22 kmAccommodation: HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
08.30: Pick up by private car at your hotel about 8.30. Spend 3 hours sight seeing country Vietnam on the way to Halong city. Arrive at Orchid Pier just before 12.00 noon.12.30: Welcome aboard the Bai Tho Deluxe Cruise, fruit cocktail is served.13.00: Lunch is served while cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay.15.30: After Lunch Cruise to visit to Cua Van floating village.17.00: Trekking or swimming at Soi Sim island.18.30: Anchor in secluded lagoon for overnight.19.30: Diner is served in the dining room.21.00: After diner relax on deck, drink service available or night time fishing.
Ha Long Bay – Hanoi
6:30: Enjoy sunrise over the bay or take part in our morning yoga class.7.00: Coffee and tea is served.8.00: Visit splendid Sung Sot grotto.9.15: Luggage pulls out.9.30: Buffet brunch served while cruising through the bay to the pier.11.00: Arrive at the pier. Time to say Goodbye!15.00: arrival hotel in Hanoi. O/N in Hanoi
Hanoi – Departure
There is a free time for you to relax or further explore Ha Noi. The trip ends after your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure
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.
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.
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.
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.