Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
This 3 days North Vietnam Cycling tour also takes you to Mai Chau and Tam Coc. But the tour is more challenging since we use support vehicle and mountain bikes all along the way…
DAY 1: HANOI -> HOA BINH -> MAI CHAU
7:00am: You will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart for Mai Chau arriving at Poom Coong village around lunch time. Take a warm up ride around Lac and Pom Coong villages before enjoying home cooked lunch at local home. After lunch cycle to the Thai village of Cun Pheo on a mix of good single track paths and undulating rough jeep trails. The views are stunning as the ride passes through many villages and across rice paddies. We will cycle across suspension bridges and follow the contours round beautiful terraced rice fields. On arriving in Cun Pheo village the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to wander by foot or explore the village trails further by bike. Dinner and overnight in local village homestay at Van Village.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU -> NINH BINH
A contrasting and more challenging ride today, though there is plenty of opportunity to stop, rest and admire the views. After breakfast enjoy relatively easy biking on undulating terrain for the first seven km then the trail begins to climb uphill – steep in parts, undulating in others. Rise above the valley and look down on small hamlets, feel and hear the forest surroundings as the trail snakes up and along the mountainside. Stop for a siesta in a Thai village house, a welcome relief from the heat – before tackling the last few km to the top of the pass. Cruise a final eleven km downhill all the way back to Mai Chau around lunch time, enjoy lunch at local house in Lac Village, then our shuttle will bring us out of Mai Chau to the HW6 Junction, branch off left at Muong Khen and continue to ride on undulating roads twist through mountain and forest. We end our cycling day at Lac Son and transfer our weary legs to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh where we spend our night.
DAY 3: NINH BINH -> HANOI
The area around Tam Toc is famed for its spectacular karst scenery. The soaring limestone mountains jut straight out of the paddy fields are wonderful. We begin our day with a peaceful cruise by local sampan to explore the picturesque Tam Coc (dry Halong Bay), the canal running through three caves. Return to hotel for check out and start cycling on quiet country lanes which twist through mountains leading to Hoa Lu. We stop to visit to the ancient city of Hoa Lu since 9th century, where the remarkable remnants are King Dinh and Le Temple. After lunch we drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around late afternoon. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi, where you were picked up the first day. Trip ends.