Vietnam Mountain Biking: Cycle Sapa and Lai Chau
The 4-day mountain bike tour is customized in the north western Vietnam taking you to such travel destinations as
Sapa, Lai Chau, Than Thuoc, Than Uyen, Lao Cai. After spending a night on board train, you will arrive Sapa then begin
a warming up bike tour in Sapa before continue your 3-day cycling adventures. The first day is just an easy bike ride
since you pedal on flat roads and mostly downhill. The second day is the most challenging with lots of up and downhill
rides. A support vehicle is on the back up to make sure that you can cycle where and when you like. The two last days
are more relaxing since you bike on flat, paved roads. The Sapa mountain biking tour is combined with single dirt trails,
offroads biking with visit of hill tribe ethnic villages. You also have the opportunity to visit a highland market and
spend the night at local homes (homestay).
Day 1: Arrive Laocai. Travel to Sapa. Cycle Sapa.
Arrive early this morning at Laocai Railways Station at 5:30. You will be greeted by Lotussia local team and transferred
Breakfast will be provided in a local restaurant in town.
You head out from Sapa by going downhill to the villages. The ride takes you into one of the most beautiful valleys of
the area. From Lao Chai you turn in a dirt trail, which sneaks through rice paddy terraces and villages, home to
different hill tribes such as Black Hmong, Giay. You will have time to stop by a local house as well as enjoy excellent
views over huge rice paddy terraces. You will later arrive in Tavan, where the car returns you to Sapa.
Day 2: Bike Sapa – Lai Chau.
8:30: Drive uphill towards Tram Ton. It's a tough climb out of Sa Pa to Heaven's gate, so your support vehicle will
transfer you out to a starting point at the 'Silver Waterfall'. Then it's a 3Km climb up the highest mountain pass in
Indochina where you'll stop to marvel at the spectacular view of Hoang Lien mountains before free-wheeling down
26km to Binh Lu Junction.
Heading off the main road, its 20kms of sometimes rocky road to Than Thuoc, a charming little tea town where you'll
spend the night in a local guesthouse.
Day 3: Cycle Than Thuoc – Than Uyen.
After breakfast, your support vehicle will transfer you up a steep mountain pass to the starting point where you'll glide
down 20kms to Than Uyen through valleys where the old growth forest, tea plantations and verdant rice paddies
surround you during your ride.
After lunch in Than Uyen, you'll have a wonderful afternoon as you explore some single track trails to visit local
minority villages, including the interesting Lu people with their distinctively black teeth.
Arrive back in Than Uyen for dinner and overnight in the local guesthouse.
Day 4: Cycle Than Uyen – Laocai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.
After breakfast, ride 40kms around the other side of the stunning Muong Kim valley with time for lots of stops to take
pictures of the local hill tribe people and the stunning scenery there.
Arrive in Van Ban for a late lunch then hop on the minivan to drive back to Lao Cai.. Train ??? Departure at ??? (to be
advised). The end of Lotussia Travel service.
For more details either visit www.vietnamcycling.com or www.lotussiatravel.com