Best 6 Day Cycling around Hanoi Itinerary

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The 6 day bike tour Cycling around Hanoi, recently crafted by the Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel taking you to the Red River Delta where you enjoy some of Vietnam’s major travel destinations

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The 6 day bike tour Cycling around Hanoi, recently crafted by the Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel taking you to the Red River Delta where you enjoy some of Vietnam’s major travel destinations including Tam Coc, Nam Dinh, Hai Phong, Cat Ba island and Halong bay. This is an easy cycling tour as you ride mostly on flat, paved road are countryside roads without up and downhill rides. Although we run the tour all year round, the best time to travel this itinerary is late September, early October, late April and early May.




7.30 am: You will be met up by Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart for Ninh Binh enjoying beautiful landscape of the Red River Delta. We will arrive in Tam Coc around 10.00 am. Take your bikes and start riding through Tam Coc village and paddy fields. The bike ride takes around two hours with optional stops en route for taking picture. Arriving back in Tam Coc town around noon, in time for lunch. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in Tam Coc. After lunch you take the boat trip to see Tam Coc that means ”three lakes” and is called ” Halong Bay on land ”, really amazing with the rocky mountains, and you will be completely dazzle when paddling through the green paddy fields on two sides of the lakes and more interesting to go through three caves. It takes about 2 hours to discover the beauty of the nature here before getting off boat to visit an old temple (Thaivi Temples), That is located on a nice scenery and more interesting to know about its history. Dinner and overnight in Tam Coc.


After breakfast, you continue your bike tour with a car transfer to Ninh Binh. Arriving in Yen Ninh town, you make a stop then load the bike for the next bike adventures. This part of road is quiet with less traffic. Arriving in Phat Diem cathedral, remarkable for its vast dimensions and unique Sino-Vietnamese architecture. The vaulted ceiling is supported by massive timber beams and the main alter a single block of granite. You spend about a half hour visiting the pagoda then have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you keep cycling to Nam Dinh province where you can see the vast of best sticky rice pockets. Keep cycling to Co Le Pagoda, visit Co Le Pagoda, characterized by the West’s original architecture, reserved for the worship of a well-known medicine monk, then get on the car again for a short drive to Nam Dinh town. Dinner in town and overnight in Nam Dinh at hotel.


An early morning start to pedal to visit Tuc Mac temple, reserved for the co- worship of various Kings of Tran, a grand and powerful dynasty in the Vietnam history. This dynasty had forced the Yuan to yield for three times in 1258, 1285 and 1288, respectfully. Then, visit the Pho Minh tower, where various Kings of Tran dynasty had ever sit in religious meditation at their old age. Drive to Thai Binh town and set the bike in Vinh Bao town for continuing ride through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta, through home-land of tobacco – Tien Lang – to Hai Phong sea port city. Overnight in Hai Phong at hotel.


After breakfast, you cycle from Hotel to the Hai Phong Quay where you board a speed boat for Phu Long, to Cat Ba island. Arriving in Phu Long, you continue cycling through the island. The ride offers fantastic hilly and ocean views. Stop at Cat Ba National park for a short visit of this preserved forest. Cat Ba national Park is 15.000 hectares which is 9.000 hectares on land and 6.000 hectares in the water. There are rich wild life and precious tree as White Head monkey, Kim Giao tree… Dinner and overnight in Cat Ba Island.


In the morning, set out on our bikes and cycle through Cat Ba island to Gia Luan dock. On the way we make a stop for a visit to the cave used as an Army Hospital during the war. Arriving in Gia Luan pier, you will get picked up by boat for a cruise to visit Ha Long Bay. On roaming route in the labyrinth of this bay, we will visit the Sung Sot cave and Titop beach. Arriving in Halong dock, you will be picked up by our car and transferred to your hotel in Halong bay for overnight.


After breakfast, you check out hotel and travel back to Hanoi. Arriving in Bac Ninh, you make a stop for the last bike ride to the But Thap pagoda. The pagoda has 10 buildings spreading for 100 meters from the three-entrance gate to the bell-tower and back house. Inside the temple are more than 50 statues of different sizes including the Triad Buddha, Manjusri (Van Thu) on a blue lion and Samantabhadra (Pho Hien) on a white elephant. The most remarkable is the thousand-handed and thousand-eyed Guanyin, which is described as a sculptural masterpiece of Vietnam. Car transfer back to Hanoi. Trip ends.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.


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

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.


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

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

Trip Routes

Principally, LOTUSSIA Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.


LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.


LOTUSSIA Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, LOTUSSIA Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.


As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, LOTUSSIA Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. LOTUSSIA Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, LOTUSSIA Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).


In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.

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  1. Lotte

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    The guide is great! Kung was phenomenal and super kind and knowledgeable. Ninh Binh is a lovely place and it was a nice way to spend the day. Also, thank you for the personal touches; an amazing unexpected treat. I’d like to think that I have a vague idea of the amount of behind the scenes organization that is required to pull off a venture like that, and I am particularly grateful for your attention to detail and thoroughness on our collective behalf. I’m convinced that the camaraderie of a good tour is just as important as how many vertical feet one bags. Your holidays have everything. All clicked right.

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