Best 7 Day Northeast Vietnam Biking Tour

The 7 days Northeast Vietnam Biking Tour is our second 7 day mountain bike tour, starting from Hanoi, taking you through the Vietnam northern loop, Ba Be national park, Bao Lac, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Ha Giang

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

The 7 days Northeast Vietnam Biking Tour is our second 7 day mountain bike tour, starting from Hanoi, taking you through the Vietnam 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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DAY 1: HANOI -> BA BE NATIONAL PARK

8.00 AM: you will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi and transferred to Thai Nguyen. The morning drive takes about four hours, with a stop/visit the ethnology museum in Thai Nguyen, before you make another stop and have lunch in a local restaurant in Thai Nguyen. After lunch, continue your road trip until you arrive in Bac Kan, and then Phu Thong where you disembark your bikes and start your adventure. You cycle for about 50km on paved roads, with little up/downhill ride to Ba Be National Park. Arrival in the park around late afternoon, you check into a local house of the Tay in Pac Ngoi village. Dinner and overnight at local home.

DAY 2: BA BE LAKE -> BAO LAM

After breakfast, we will enjoy a short bike ride from the homestay to the boat pier where we take a local motor boat for the morning cruise to explore Ba Be Lakes, the largest natural lake in mountainous region of Vietnam. The Ba Be lakes are surrounded by walled-up limestone mountain covered by thick rain forest. While cruising on the Ba Be lakes, we make some stops to visit Puong Cave, Dau Dang Waterfall before making a cut through Na Hang Reservation to Da Vi junction. Leave the boat and take another bike ride to a local restaurant for our lunch. In the afternoon, continue the adventure pedaling for about 50 km, mostly uphill to Bao Lam. This portion of the road sneaks on the high mountain side offering marvelous scenery of the river, stream and valleys below. Enjoy some stops along the way to visit tribal villages of the Tay and Dzao along the way. Arrival in Bao Lam around mid/late afternoon, check in hotel for overnight.

DAY 3: BAO LAM -> MEO VAC

Breakfast at hotel. Your adventure continues with a bike ride from your hotel. The whole morning is spent on riding one the national road 34A, on old tarmac which runs in parallel with Gam River eastwards for 51km via old Bac Me and Bao Lam town let. Stop en route for visiting some hilltribe villages such as the one of the Nung people. This portion of the road is fairly good just with some low mountain passing over. Turn left at Ly Bon, cross the Gam River by newly built bridge to the northern bank and then having picnic lunch break. The afternoon bike ride is challenging as you pedal uphill towards Meo Vac town. The road winds its way on steep mountain sides for 55km, You may cycle as far as you can and then supporting vehicle will transfer the last portion of the road to Meo Vac. Arriving in Meo Vac at about 16.30. Check in hotel and stay free for the rest of the day. Dinner in town. Overnight in Meo Vac at hotel.

DAY 4: MEO VAC -> DONG VAN

After breakfast, you spend the morning visiting the Meo Vac market, is open only on Sunday morning. The cow market in Meo Vac district, which convenes every Sunday, showcases the unique cultural identity of the Mong, Dao and Lo lo ethnic groups. The market convenes from dawn every Sunday and the clanging of cowbells can be heard from afar. Trading often takes place quickly and smoothly. Lunch is provided in a local restaurant in town. In the afternoon, challenging up steep mountain pass of Ma Pi Leng 28km to Dong Van. The portion of the ride offers the most spectacular mountain scenery of Vietnam. Arrival in Dong Van, check in hotel for overnight.

DAY 5: DONG VAN -> YEN MINH

Breakfast at hotel. Departure at 8.30. You follow the road 4C. Stop in Xa Phin valley. There you visit the former Palace of the H’mong King who ruled over the H’mong community and control opium trading until 1945. Continue biking along the same road for about 21km to Sung La valley and then up steep mountain to Pho Bang ancient town. Some other stops may be made en route for break/visit hilltribe villages such as the Sung Muoi, a village of the H’mong. Lunch is provided in a local restaurant in Pho Bang. In ther afternoon, continue cycling downhill from Pho Bang to Yen Minh via Pho Cao Mountain pass. This portion of the bike ride offers stunning scenery of yen Minh valley. Arrival in Yen Minh town around mid afternoon, check in hotel.

DAY 6: YEN MINH -> HA GIANG

After breakfast, you check out hotel and get ready for a challenging day. We shall conquer two high mountain pass are the Yen Minh and Quan Ba. You start the day activities biking 2 km on flat road from hotel and then challenging 19km uphill to the top of Yen Minh pass. The road is steep with many sharp bends but offers great view of marvelous valley below. Enjoy a tea beak at the top before cycling downhill 18km to Can Ty commune and then cycle through the valley along the Nho Que River for 6km. Take another break for recharging energy before biking uphill 13km to Quan Ba. Stop en route for visiting Nam Dam village, a village of the Dzao before having lunch. In the afternoon, there is the Quan Ba Pass to conquer. You ride the 8km uphill to the Haven Gate at the top. Then biking downhill for 20km to the bottom of the valley. Picked up in mid afternoon and brought to Ha Giang. Dinner in town. Overnight in Ha Giang at hotel.

DAY 7: HA GIANG -> HANOI

Breakfast at hotel. Then travel back to Hanoi. The drive takes about 6 – 8 hours.

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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.

Inclusions

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.

Exclusions

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.

Accommodation

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.

Meals

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.

Drinks

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).

Vehicle

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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