Best 7 Day Cycling Holiday Vietnam Sapa Bac Ha & Ha Giang

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This 7 days tour Cycling Holiday Vietnam is one of our challenging bike tour we offer in the northern mountainous region. Biking on both paved roads and off-roads to visit remote H’mong, Dao villages

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

This 7 days tour Cycling Holiday Vietnam is one of our challenging bike tour we offer in the northern mountainous region. Biking on both paved roads and off-roads to visit remote H’mong, Dao villages and beautiful terraced paddy fields.

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Best 7 Day Cycling Holiday Vietnam Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lao Cai. Transfer to Sapa. Sapa Cycling

Arrive Lao Cai early this morning, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel team and transferred to Sapa. Upon your arrival in Sapa town, check in hotel(*) and have breakfast(*). You will get your bikes for a day’s biking through the Sapa Valley. At first on a dirt road, but then on single-track paths, you will descend to the Tay village of Ban Ho. You then bike beside the main river, on a fast undulating route to Nam Toong, a Red Dzao village. You return to Sapa in the late afternoon after 5 to 6 hours’ biking. Dinner will be provided either in a local restaurant in town or in hotel. Overnight in Sapa at hotel.

Day 2: Biking Sapa – Lao Cai

You begin the ride directly from Sapa town and straight away you are flying along on a 6 kilometer stretch of superb single-track which takes you through villages and paddy fields. A quiet country lane leads to another long section of single-track, at first involving a challenging climb and then a spectacular, fast flowing downhill to join a remote jeep track. Landslides permitting, your support vehicle jeep may join you here. Alternatively, you will meet up for lunch much lower down the hill. The jeep track climbs gently at first, but then provides an enormous, fast descent of over 1500 meters, before you hit tarmac for the final 30 kilometer stretch into town. This final 30 kilometer road section is a lot of fun. This is a long and challenging day with around 9 hours on the trail.

Day 3: Cycling Laocai – Bac Ha

After breakfast, you load your bikes onto the support vehicles for a 45-minute transfer to the small village of Phong Nien. You riding begins on a good hardpack track along the side of a quiet road. Climbing gently for the first 10 kilometers, you will be able to watch the local villagers working in the fields, dressed in their flamboyant traditional costumes. You then descend steeply for another 7 kilometers to a small village and footbridge that crosses the Song Chay River. Here, you will board one of the traditional Vietnamese longboats and transfer for half an hour through a high cliffed gorge. There is the option of a short single-track section following the riverbank, before your longboat takes you across the river, to a Tay village and lunch at a traditional homestead. This village is also where your support vehicle meets up with you for the first time since the start of your biking day. The afternoon presents you with a tough alpine switchback road that climbs 1000 meters over 17 kilometers, before a final 5 kilometer descent into the highland market town of Bac Ha. Diner and overnight in Bac Ha.

Day 4: Biking Bac Ha – Can Cau Market on Saturday – Bac Ha

After breakfast, you have a morning road ride to the Can Cau Saturday market. It is 23 kilometers to the market, with the first 12 kilometers being a steady climb of 650 metres to a pass (1508m.), followed by a fast descent over 11 kilometers into Can Cau village (838m.). The open-air market, which is perched on the side of a hill just outside the village, is one of the most fascinating in northern Vietnam. Just 9 kilometers from the Chinese border, it is a mixture of Chinese traders and the 10 different and colorful hill tribes who inhabit this area. After lunch beside the market, a steep climb back up to the pass now opens the way for an off-road route back to Bac Ha. At first this is on rough jeep tracks, but then turns into a classic section of single-track that is technical in places. There will be short sections where you will need to get off and walk with your bike, but the views across to distant Bac Ha make it well worthwhile. Difficulties finally ease and the biking ends with a final blast back into town. Spend the second night in Bac Ha.

Day 5: Cycling Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang

The first 8 kilometers of today’s ride follows the same climb which started yesterday’s route, there is the option of using the support vehicle to reach the point where you turn off the road onto the remote track to Xin Man. You are now biking across one of the most remote parts of northern Vietnam, climbing for the first hour or so up to a plateau at 1600 meters, where you contour around before hitting tarmac for a fast descent into the busy town of Xin Man for lunch. The afternoon takes you down to a bridge over the main river and for the next 38 kilometers you cycle along a quiet road which gently climbs and follows the river upstream to Hoang Su phi. You overnight in the only hotel in town.

Day 6: Biking Hoang Su Phi – Viet Lam. Travel to Ha Giang

This is one of the most challenging biking days of the trip. Leaving Hoang Suphi early this morning, there are just a couple of kilometers on the main road before you turn off onto a remote jeep track leading up into the mountains. You will be committed here, as your mini bus support will not be able to follow you and will have to continue on the main mountain road around to Viet Lam. However, you should still have the emergency back up of our small jeep, as you ride a remote jeep track, cutting through the mountains via tribal villages for about 40 kilometers, before finally dropping down to the hot springs at Viet Lam. You transfer the final 30 kilometers along Highway 2 to the busy district capital of Ha Giang.

Day 7: Ha Giang – Hanoi

Leaving Ha Giang town and drive downhill along the road 4C onto Hanoi. Lunch stop at Bac Quang. Arriving back to Hanoi in afternoon, about 4.00 pm and trip end.

Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips and the above itinerary is only one suggestion. That can be flexible and subject to weather conditions and other circumstances. Customize this trip to better fit your needs or contact us for more cycling holiday Vietnam cambodia, family cycling holiday Vietnam, luxury cycling holidays Vietnam, best cycling holidays Vietnam, family cycling holidays in Vietnam. Thank you for visiting my site and see you soon!

Additional Information

Primary Activity

Cycling

Duration

7 days

Tour Starts

Lao Cai

Places to Visit

Bac Ha, Can Cau, Ha Giang, Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang, Sapa

Tour Ends

Hanoi

Adventure Level

Challenging

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. Johannes

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    This is about enjoying long hard climbs, spectacular mountain vistas, and hours in the saddle. We were very happy and satisfied with our bike tour of northern Vietnam. The tour was a great way to enjoy the beautiful nature, and to experience the rich ethnic culture. Really enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend.

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