Biking North Vietnam Tour

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Biking North Vietnam Tour is a private guided mountain bike tour we have just released for active adventure travelers seeking a different experience in Vietnam.

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

Biking North Vietnam Tour is a private guided mountain bike tour we have just released for active adventure travelers seeking a different experience in Vietnam. The 3 days mountain bike tour starts from Lao Cai, takes you to A Mu Sung, Y ty, Den Sang, Muong Hum, Bat Xat and Sapa – Vietnam’s most popular travel place. This is very hard off road mountain bike tour, you should make sure off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills. The tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads, long climb cycling up hill.

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DAY 1: LAO CAI -> BAT XAT -> A MU SUNG -> Y TY

Arrive in Lao Cai train station early this morning, you will be greeted by our local team and brought to a local restaurant for breakfast, and a short rest. After breakfast, depart for Bat Xat, a northern district of Lao Cai Province. Besides the beauties of nature, scenery, Bat Xat also offers the rich ethnic culture.

Upon your arrival in A Mu Sung commune, stop at the border point 92 – is the first place that Red River comes to Viet Nam from Yunan – China. Then you will visit Lung Po village, lying in the cross of rivers. Leaving Lung Po, you start to ride a bicycle through winding roads with few villages looming below the valley. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of valley. Keep biking to Y Ty Commune. Having lunch at local family. In the afternoon, you visit Lao Chai I village. You have the chance to discover the rich ethnic culture, local traditions, architecture, beautiful house of Ha Nhi ethnic minority people.

Dinner and overnight at local home in Y ty – homestay

Biking: about 45kms

DAY 2: Y TY -> MUONG HUM -> SAPA

After breakfast, enjoy a short bike ride to the nearby jungle. Then depart for Muong Hum.

Arrive in Muong Hum around noon, in time for having lunch. If today was Sunday you could meet up with different ethnic groups who come to Muong Hum market. Muong Hum market is located under the small valley, behind pure stream, rounded by extremely high mountains. It’s a weekend market near the spring that is a meeting, communicating, trading and playing place of people in the ethnic groups Ha Nhi, Mong, Hoa, Giay, Red Dao, Dao Tuyen, Han…

Option: You can also do a short trek instead of the bike ride. The trek takes you to the Fairy’s Pond, located at about 3kms from Muong Hum centre.

You will be then transferred by car to Sapa. Stop en route for a visit of the Silver Waterfall – the source of the Muong Hoa spring, nearby Heaven Gate.

You continues the trip, biking downhill for about 13kms to Sapa. Arrival in Sapa, check in hotel. Dinner and overnight in Sapa.

Biking: about 53kms

DAY 3: SAPA -> LAO CAI

After breakfast, you have free time for your personal discovery or shopping. Having lunch at hotel, check out and transfer to Lao Cai city by car.

If time permit you may like to spend the rest of the day discovering the Mother Temple, Upper Temple before taking the overnight train to get 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.

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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  1. Charlotte

    5 out of 5

    Lotussia Travel provided an exemplary service. From the booking and advice given over the phone, to the excitement of receiving our holiday folder with all the cycling notes, they had everything organised. They’d covered every base, so all we had to do was turn up and get biking. It all ran so smoothly.

    Without doubt this is because Lotussia are working away in the background to make sure you dont have to worry about a thing (except blisters!)

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