Best 7 Day Mountain Biking in Vietnam

This 7 days tour Mountain Biking in Vietnam is one of our challenging bike tour we arrange in the northeast Vietnam, taking you to remote hilltribe villages, less traveled places in Ha Giang province.

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

This 7 days tour Mountain Biking in Vietnam is one of our challenging bike tour we arrange in the northeast Vietnam, taking you to remote hilltribe villages, less traveled places in Ha Giang province.




Arrive Laocai early this morning. You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast. 8:00: We will leave Lao Cai for a road transfer to the Bac Ha Sunday market. The Bac Ha market on Sunday takes place right in this charming town. Enjoy about 2 hours joining the local ethnic peoples such as H’mong, Zao, Tay, Phu La…experiencing the festive atmosphere and lively activities as well as understanding of the regional spiritual life. Check in hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon, warming up for aprox 2 hours by cycling 12 km up and downhill around the Ban Pho Valley. Overnight in Bac Ha.


The trail today runs mostly through populated valleys which featured of terraced rice paddies and cornfields on steep hills sides as well as chances to meet local tribal peoples such as Flower H’mong, Zao and Tay. After breakfast, we start biking from hotel following the motor way for about 3 km. We will cross the stream by suspension bridge and then enjoy an easy ride on a single dirt track along a stunning valley for 4 km before challenging 5 km up steep hill trail to Lung Phin village. We will visit this village and follow the motor way again for 2,5 km and then to another single dirt track, passing through several small hamlets of the H’mong peoples to Can Cau market place. We will arrive at Can Cau at about 4.00 pm. Stop biking and then transfer by road for 45 minutes. Check into a local house for dinner and overnight.


After breakfast, we will cycle along a single track which form a half circle and is a combination of short lose rocky part and dirt trails with some stream crosses. We will bike through several villages and hamlets of the Nung, H’mong and Zao ethnic peoples. Lunch break, a newly settled-down village. After lunch, we continue cycling along the same track for 9 km on high elevation where a short stop will be made for us to visit the interesting rock fields with messages of the ancient peoples carved on many big rocks. Arrival at home stay at about 3.00 pm. Dinner and overnight in the village.


After breakfast, we leave home stay at about 08.30 am. We continue our bicycle tour following the good motor way. We bike through thick rain forest from home-stay over the Gio Pass to the southern side of the. We then turn left to a single dirt track and cycle mostly downhill through tea farms, terraced rice paddies, bamboo forest, passing some isolated hamlets of the Zao and H’mong ethnic. We continue our bike through a suspension bridge and cross the Nam Ly River to the sounthern bank. We take the single dirt track and bike uphill through Villages of the Red Zao and then to Nam Choong Village. Arrive at about 5.00 pm. Dinner and overnight in the village.


We begin the day by biking along a narrow single track to the center of Quang Nguyen Commune. We then follow a single dirt track biking gradually uphill along the Nam Ly River. Challenging down and up very steep trail to cross the upstream of Nam Ly River to the other bank. Bikes may have to be carried for about 30 m. We then follow a larger single track and bike uphill and then cycle gradually downhill. Bicycle trip will be uphill for 4 km to Village of the Red Zao and Nung ethnic. We arrive to homestay at about 4.30 pm. Dinner and overnight in the village.


Cycle along a single dirt track almost downhill for 12 km. Take a short rest by the river. Then we cycle the large road up steep hill. This part offers stunning scenery of thick rain forest with narrow terraced rice paddies on steep hill sides. Lunch will be provided en route. We bike downhill along another large single dirt track to the Junction of the Nam Khoa River. Scenery features with small villages of the Zao and the Nung surrounded by tea farms, plantation and terraced rice paddies stretching along 2 sides of the valley. We turn left and then follow a very narrow single dirt track winding its way up and down on steep hills sides. Follow the narrow motor way to the Panhou eco lodge where we will spend the night.


Breakfast and check out the Panhou at 08.00. Enjoy a full day drive to Hanoi. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant along the way. Arrive in Ha Noi at about 06.00 pm. 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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