Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
Mountain Biking North Vietnam is another 3 days mountain bike tour we arrange in the north of Vietnam, in Lao Cai province. The tour starts from Lao Cai, takes you to Cao Son, Coc Ly and Muong Khuong where you both enjoy riding and visiting remote hilltribe villages.
DAY 1: LAO CAI -> COC LY -> BAC HA
Arrive in Laocai train station early this morning at ?h. You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Phong Hai where you will begin your adventure. Enjoy 18 km cycle from Phong Hai to Coc Ly. Some stops will be made en route for you to visit a village of H’mong and another village of the Dzao. Upon arriving in Coc Ly, you will embark on a motor-boat cruising downstream on the Chay river. Disembarkation will be made at Trung Do where you will be picked up again by our vehicle and transferred to a local restaurant (or homestay) for lunch. After lunch, continue the day tour cycling uphill to Bac Ha townlet. We arrive Bac Ha town around late afternoon. Overnight in a local house in a village of the Tay people.
DAY 2: BAC HA -> MUONG KHUONG
After breakfast, you will be transferred by our support vehicle to Si Ma Cai. Upon our arrival in Si Ma Cai, we will disembark our bikes and start cycling along the upstream of the Chay river. We bike from Si Ma Kai to Me village. A stop will be made when we reach Me village’s bridge. We cross the river and start the most challenging ride by cycling 19km uphill. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in Pha Long. After lunch, the cycle is easier as we cycle downhill another 19km. We arrive Muong Khuong around late afternoon. Check into a local guest house for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: MUONG KHUONG -> CAO SON -> LAO CAI -> HANOI
Early departure. Enjoy 13km riding uphill before we arrive in Cao Son market around 9:30am where we will spend about one hour for visiting the market. Pine trees forests and villages surround the tinny market. Flower H’mong, Tu Di, Tay, Giay ethnic minorities come to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. People coming to the market not only for selling or buying something but also importantly to meet friends, relative and to sip some cups of wine until the dawn comes. No where else but here, Flower H’mong people greet you with a temptation of corn wine and endless hospitality. After exploring the market, you may have time to enjoy some more cycle before arriving in Laocai. Train??? Departure at ??? (to be advised).