Best 7 Day Northeast Vietnam Cycle Tour

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

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…

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Itinerary

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.

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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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