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Cycling up north Vietnam

In search of mind-blowing scenery and some exhilarating cycling?North of Hanoi, there are the places to go - the ride is challenging and the satisfaction after a full day on the bike is second to none.  Climb intense mountain passes, cruise into deep, fertile valleys and stop in quaint, friendly villages. Visiting the ethnic minority villages and enjoy the greenery of Sapaas well as cycling pass through plum orchards and corn and tea plantations.
Let’s enjoy the Cycling up North Vietnam – 09days!

Hanoi -  HoaBinh – Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Phu Yen – Thu Cuc – Nghia Lo - Tu Le – Than Uyen - Than Thuoc – Sapa – Hanoi.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving Hanoi
Upon arrival Hanoi, will be met and greet for transfer to your hotel for check in then free at your leisure.

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Dong Xuan market, selling household goods and street food.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: None
Cycling distance: None
Rating: Easy/Moderate

Day 2: Hanoi – HoaBinh – Mai Chau

You depart Hanoi early for Mai Chau and enjoy the scenery on the drive. From the top of Cun Mountain, you can admire the panorama of Mai Chau’s green valley with stilt houses dotting the landscape. At Cao Phong, you get off the bus and pick up our bikes to start our cycling sector on beautiful undulating roads passing through cane plantations and rice paddies. You enjoy lunch end of route and finish the ride at the Mai Chau Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Overnight in Mai Chau
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Cycling distance: 50-60 km
Rating: Easy/Moderate

Day 3: Mai Chau – Moc Chau 
After breakfast at the hotel you start another spectacular and challenging day, as the majority of it is uphill. You transfer out of Mai Chau to the Tong Dau crossroads and start riding along winding, well-maintained roads while ascending the Mai Chau Pass. You’ll head into a region predominantly populated by Black Thai before getting to the Moc Chau plateau situated at 1000m above sea level. You’ll then pass through plum orchards and corn and tea plantationsMoc Chau is renowned for its banh sua (milk cake) and tea products.

Overnight in Moc Chau
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Cycling distance: 70-80 km
Rating: Moderate

Day 4: Moc Chau – Phu Yen 
You leave Moc Chau and ride down Highway 43, an excellent road, enjoying views of the huge tea plantations on the way to Phu Yen. The mountainous countryside offers some fantastic views – worthy of more than a few photos.

Overnight in Phu Yen.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Cycling distance: 70-80km
Rating: Moderate

Day 5: Phu Yen – Thu Cuc – Nghia Lo 
Your ride south along quiet roads zigzagging their way through lush jungles, verdant mountains and charming villages. You will have 2 small passes to tackle before hitting the main junction at Thu Cuc where you rest for lunch at this small town. You then continue to cruise on good tarmac all the way to Nghia Lo stopping to visit ethnic minority villages and interacting with the locals, arriving at Nghia Lo later in the day.

Overnight in Nghia Lo
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Cycling distance: 80-90km
Rating: Moderate

Day 6: Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Than Uyen 
Today the ride is a mixture of steep ascents as well as easy descents, including some challenging passes to deal with. The trails wind their ways along the mountain ranges and you’ll be rewarded with exceptional views of the Chan Hung Mountain. The route offers at not only an excellent ride but also has many points of interest and your guide will stop at the traditional hamlets of La Ha, H’mong and Ma people. The ride ends at Tu Le village where a shuttle takes you the rest way to Than Uyenfor your overnight stay.

Overnight in Than Uyen
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Cycling distance: 80-90 km
Rating: Moderate/Challenging

Day 7: Than Uyen – Than Thuoc – Sapa 
A fantastic bike ride from Than Uyen to Than Thuoc village awaits you today. The trails take you up and down hilly mountains, through Thai and H’mong hamlets and commands magnificent views of the surrounding rugged cliffs and terraced rice paddies. The second part of the day is a little more challenging climbing over the 2147m ‘Heaven’s Gate’ pass. From the peak of this pass, you are rewarded with a panoramic view of Lai Chau province. Our bus will pick you up at the foot of the pass and transfer you the rest of the way to Sapa via Silver waterfall.

Overnight in Sapa.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Cycling distance: 80-90km
Rating: Moderate/Challenging

Day 8: Free day in Sapa 
Today you have a chance to relax, stroll to nearby villages, get some souvenirs and soak up the atmosphere of Sapa. At 18.30 Hrs you transfer to Lao Cai to board the overnight train to Ha Noi.

Overnight on train
Meals: Breakfast.
Cycling distance: None

Day 9: Depart Hanoi
Arrive in Ha Noi in the morning and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 

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