Vietnam Mountain Bike Holidays: Cycle Lao Cai Bac Ha Ha Giang Hanoi
The 8-day mountain biking tour is arranged in the north-eastern Vietnam, taking to the less travelled places of Ha
Giang and Lao Cai provinces. The cycling trip begins with a overnight train trip from Hanoi to Lao Cai where you start
your adventure holiday with a visit to the Bac Ha market, is open on Sunday morning only. You cycle up and downhill,
using single tracks and dirt roads biking trails to enjoy the wild beauty of nature and to experience the rich ethnic
culture. Taking this cycling adventure tour, you have the opportunity to cycle through the remotest hilltribe villages
including Ta Cu Ty village, Nam Dan village, Khau Rom village, Nam Choong village, Ho Thau village, Nam Son village,
Nam Khoa village. Most of the nights are spent at local home (homestay) offering the real life experience. This
mountain bike tour is customized for active, intrepid, adventure cyclist travelling in small group tours. The tour is
provided with experienced English-speaking biking tour guide, private vehicle for transfers and support, homestay,
food, trek bikes and cycling gears.
Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai.
20:00: You will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi and transferred to Hanoi railway station for
night train up to Laocai. Train ??? Departure at ??? (to be advised). Overnight on the train.
Day 2: Arrive Lao Cai. Visit Bac Ha Sunday market. Cycle to Ban Pho village.
Arrive Laocai early this morning. You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to a local restaurant
8:00: We will leave Lao Cai for a road transfer to the Bac Ha Sunday market. The Bac Ha market on Sunday takes place
right in this charming town. Enjoy about 2 hours joining the local ethnic peoples such as H’mong, Zao, Tay, Phu
La…experiencing the festive atmosphere and lively activities as well as understanding of the regional spiritual life.
Check in hotel and have lunch.
In the afternoon, warming up for aprox 2 hours by cycling 12 km up and downhill around the Ban Pho Valley.
Overnight in Bac Ha.
Day 3: Bike Bac Ha – Can Cau – Ta Cu Ty.
The trail today runs mostly through populated valleys which featured of terraced rice paddies and cornfields on steep
hills sides as well as chances to meet local tribal peoples such as Flower H’mong, Zao and Tay.
After breakfast, we start biking from hotel following the motor way for about 3 km to the center of Lau Thi Ngai
Commune. We will cross the stream by suspension bridge and then enjoy an easy ride on a single dirt track along a
stunning valley for 4 km before challenging 5 km up steep hill trail to Lung Phin village. We will visit this village and
follow the motor way again for 2,5 km and then to another single dirt track, passing through several small hamlets of
the H’mong peoples to Can Cau market place.
We will arrive at Can Cau at about 4.00 pm. Stop biking and then transfer by road for 45 minutes to Ta Cu Ty. Check
into a local house for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Bike Ta Cu Ty village – Ban Ngo – Nam Dan.
After breakfast, we will cycle along a single track which form a half circle around the Ta Cu Ty mountain range and is a
combination of short lose rocky part and dirt trails with some stream crosses. We will bike through several villages and
hamlets of the Nung, H’mong and Zao ethnic peoples.
Lunch break at Dan Khao, a newly settled-down village.
After lunch, we continue cycling along the same track for 9 km on high elevation of Ta Cu Ty range to home stay at
Nam Chien Village where a short stop will be made for us to visit the interesting rock fields with messages of the
ancient peoples carved on many big rocks at Nam Dan Village.
Arrival at home stay at about 3.00 pm. Dinner and overnight in the village.
Day 5: Continue cycling Nam Dan – Nam Nhung – Khau Rom – Nam Choong village.
After breakfast, we leave home stay in Nam Chien at about 08.30 am.
We continue our bicycle tour following the good motor way. We bike through thick rain forest from home-stay over
the Gio Pass to the southern side of the. We then turn left to a single dirt track and cycle mostly downhill through tea
farms, terraced rice paddies, bamboo forest, passing some isolated hamlets of the Zao and H’mong ethnic of Nam
Nhung and Khau Rom Villages.
We continue our bike through a suspension bridge and cross the Nam Ly River to the sounthern bank. We take the
single dirt track and bike uphill through Phieng Lang and Quang Thuong Villages of the Red Zao and then to Nam
Arrive at the Nam Choong local tourist site near the hot mineral spring at about 5.00 pm. Dinner and overnight in the
Day 6: Cycling Nam Choong – Cao Son – Ho Thau Commune – Ho Xan Village.
We begin the day by biking along a narrow single track from Nam Choong to the center of Quang Nguyen Commune.
We then follow a single dirt track biking gradually uphill along the Nam Ly River and through the Trung Son Village.
Challenging down and up very steep trail to cross the upstream of Nam Ly River to the other bank. Bikes may have to
be carried for about 30 m.
We then follow a larger single track and bike uphill to Chien Thang Village and then cycle gradually downhill to the
center of Ho Thau Commune. Bicycle trip will be uphill for 4 km to Ho Xan Village of the Red Zao and Nung ethnic.
We arrive to homestay at Ho Xan Village at about 4.30 pm. Dinner and overnight in the village.
Day 7: Biking Ho Xan – Nam Son – Nam Khoa – Panhou ecolodge.
Cycle along a single dirt track almost downhill for 12 km from Ho Xan Village Via Sin Chai Village to Nam Son Bridge.
Take a short rest by the river. Then we cycle the large road up steep hill to the Nam Khoa Heaven Gate. This part offers
stunning scenery of thick rain forest with narrow terraced rice paddies on steep hill sides.
Lunch will be provided en route.
We bike downhill along another large single dirt track to the Junction of the Nam Khoa River. Scenery features with
small villages of the Zao and the Nung surrounded by tea farms, plantation and terraced rice paddies stretching along
2 sides of the valley.
We turn left and then follow a very narrow single dirt track winding its way up and down on steep hills sides to Thong
Nguyen Commune. Follow the narrow motor way to the Panhou eco lodge where we will spend the night.
Day 8: Panhou Thong Nguyen eco lodge – Ha Noi.
Breakfast and check out the Panhou at 08.00. Enjoy a full day drive to Hanoi. Lunch will be provided in a local
restaurant along the way. Arrive in Ha Noi at about 06.00 pm. Trip ends.
Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi based tour operator offering a wide selection of cycling tours in all over Vietnam. The above
biking tour is only a sample we list on this site for your reference. That can be flexible, customizable and subject to
weather conditions and other circumstances. We have lots of other cycling itineraries which are available upon
request. If you need further information or have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any
time. We look forward to seeing you soon in Vietnam!
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