Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
This 7 days Vietnam Cycle Tour is one of our best mountain biking tours we offer in Vietnam, taking you to Ha Giang remote hilltribe villages, less traveled places Dong Van, Meo Vac, Quan Ba, where you meet up with local H’mong people…
DAY 1: HANOI -> HA GIANG
7.00am: You will be met up with Lotussia Travel guide, driver at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart for Ha Giang. Enjoy a full day road trip along the national road #2 via Viet Tri Tuyen Quang to Ha Giang province. Have some stops on the way to take picture or to visit local ethnic villages which are located by the road. Enjoy beautiful scenery of lush palm forests, tea plantations and stunning valleys as you travel through Tuyen Quang province. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant en route. In the afternoon, keep driving towards Ha Giang. You arrive in Ha Giang town at about 16.00pm. Check in hotel. Overnight in Ha Giang at hotel.
DAY 2: HA GIANG -> YEN MINH
After breakfast, you check out and start your adventure. Shortly after leaving Ha Giang town, you start climbing and continue an uphill ride through the day. You will climb over the dramatic Cong Troi Pass; You will drop into Tam Son, a very small town on the side of the mountains where you have lunch in the local restaurant. After lunch, you are brought by car to Doan Kiet pass from there you descend into Yen Minh, which sits at the base of another sub-range of mountains bordering China. Dinner in town. Overnight in Yen Minh at hotel.
DAY 3: YEN MINH -> DONG VAN
After breakfast, you leave Yen Minh for Dong Van. You enjoy some level ground as you leave the town and then after the first rest stop, start climbing. Today’s climbs are harder, but more spectacular, as you move into a higher altitude. You will climb through the black volcanic rock, where you will see various hill-tribes seeking out a living from this infertile ground. The colorful, traditional costumes of these people will help you to face the challenge of the mountains, and the views over these spectacular mountains and through the huge gorges will reward your efforts. Tonight you stay in the mountain town of Dong Van.
DAY 4: DONG VAN -> MEO VAC
After some time to soak up the sun with a coffee on the edge of the ancient town of Dong Van, you may take a ride to the site of the palace of the former H’mong King. Today you are about to ride one of the most scenic 10km of northern Vietnam. As you leave town, you descend slightly, but into the next climb you are delivered an optical encouragement as the valley floor down to your right drops at almost the same level as you climb. The huge gorges leading away from you at this point lead straight into the wild frontier land and Yunnan Province of China. Stop in Ma Pi Leng pass for a rest/taking picture. Then keep cycling downhill to Meo Vac. Dinner in town. Overnight in Meo Vac at hotel.
DAY 5: MEO VAC -> BAO LAC
Today you follow a remote mountain road to Bao Lac. After a 5km uphill cycle you make a 20km descent the follow a fairly flat road for the next 10km. The surrounding landscape with predominantly limestone formations is a surreal vista of peaks, troughs, towers and caves. There’s a relatively gentle uphill climb of 250m before you descend for the 30km along flat terrain. You will pass people from the local minority communities along the way dressed in their vibrant tribal costumes. We stay tonight in Bao Lac.
DAY 6: BAO LAC -> BA BE NATIONAL PARK
You set off for a full day of cycling along challenging terrain but the road is quiet and well surfaced. You cycle through a pretty valley to the tin-mining town Tinh Tuc, heading on to Nguyen Binh. You continue along challenging terrain, but the unparalleled beauty of our surroundings more than compensates for the challenges of the cycling. Tonight we have dinner and spend the night in a local stilt house of the Tay in Pac Ngoi village, Ba Be National Park.
DAY 7: BA BE LAKE -> HANOI
Breakfast, check out at 08.00am, then take 30 minutes walk to the boat pier. Boarding a boat for 3 hours cruising on the clear water of Ba Be, the largest natural lake in the mountainous region of Indochina which is surrounded by high mountains covered by thick forest, getting through the stunning Puong Cave before the end of the boat trip. Meet the car and driver again for a short transfer to Cho Ra where you make a stop for lunch. Transfer 237km by road for the whole afternoon via Bac Can, Thai Nguyen to Hanoi. Arrival back in Hanoi, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi. Trip ends.