Vietnam Majestic Northwest Cycling Tour 11days

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Vietnam Majestic Northwest Cycling Tour

northwest cycling tour offer for travellers one of the most outstanding nature beauty and deeply colourful cultures of 26 ethnic minorities in North West Vietnam.

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    • Group Size Small Group
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    All about the Vietnam Majestic Northwest Cycling Tour 11days.

    Vietnam Majestic Northwest Cycling Tour 11days

    northwest cycling tour offer for travellers one of the most outstanding nature beauty and deeply colourful cultures of 26 ethnic minorities in North West Vietnam.

    Hanoi – Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Son La – Dien Bien – Tuan Giao – Than Uyen – Sapa – Hanoi

    The riders also have great opportunity in exploring the legendary road lead to Dien Bien Phu Victory in 1954. and conquer three spectacular Pass in Vietnam – Pha Din – Loong Pass – O Quy Ho pass. Our cycling trip start in Hanoi city via Hoa Binh the gateway of Northwest and start riding to Mai Chau – the lush rice paddy valley, nestled with Thai and Muong people. Our trip continue to Moc Chau on single track and off road.

    Moc Chau is one of the most pristine beautiful plateaus in the North mountainous region that brings the amazing attraction for all classes of people even for hard-to-pleasure tourists. The road between Moc Chau and Son La is mazing with picturesque scenic beauty and diversified ethnic cultures.

    Dien Bien Phu – the heroic City of Vietnam has been preserving all most relics since 1954, visiting Dien Bien to help us deeply understand the “Indo China War”

    Sapa is Located at 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level in Vietnam’s remote northwest mountains, Sapa is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity. Sapa is an incredibly picturesque town that lies in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the Chinese border in northwestern Vietnam, known as “the Tonkinese Alps”. Sapa and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes, as well as rice terraces, lush vegetation, and Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam.

    Tour duration: 11days

    Starts/ Ends: Hotel in Hanoi / Hotel in Hanoi

    Tour level: Adventure cycling

    Group Size:Minimize from 1 – on request

    Total cycle distance:

    Suitability: challenging
    Highlights

    Cycling Hoa Binh to Mai Chau is gateway of Northwest Vietnam, Moc Chau is one of the most pristine beautiful plateaus, Son La, Dien Bien, Sapa is extraordinary landscape and colourful cultures

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • 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
    • Sightseeing entrance fees.
    • Bottled water.
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Visa (required)
    • Flight/Train tickets.
    • Accommodation pre/post trip.
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips
    • Personal expenses
    1. Day1 Hanoi – Hoa Binh – Lac Village ( L, D)

      Leave at 7h30. we drive southwest to Luong Son. The gateway to the outstsanding mountainous area of northern Vietnam, upon arrival Luong son, we start  riding through on undulating tarmac road with stunning  view of mountain, valleys, sugarcane farms and rice paddies. We would have a stop enroute for refresment, and lunch at local restaurant.

      After lunch, we take short transfer to bottomhill of Thung Khe pass, restarting to ride 34 km  along the bank of Da River, you enjoy spectacular scenery dotted with Muong and Thai people villages under shaded trees, you are very impressive with  little school boys and girls or buffalor, cowboy say Hello with you on the way back to their home. We take shortbreak for Kodak momment or refreshment before descent to Mai Chau village

      Arriving Mai Chau at late afternoon, we cycle to Lac village for Homestay tonight

      Taking shower, having dinner with traditional Thai food and enjoy Thai dance music performance

      Stay at Thai homestay

    2. Day2 Mai Chau loop Phomcoon – Buoc village – Phom Coon (B,L,D)

      Waking up you early in the morning by birds and chicken sounding, you will be treated by Thai traditional cake for breakfast with hot coffee and tea

      After light breakfast, we  cycle through different villages on a mix of good single track paths  link from villages to anothers, the view are stunning as the ride passes and cross lush rice paddies./ Unique to this area are fan palms, grown specifically to use for roofing.We pass hot springs, cycle cross suspension bridges and follow the contours around beautiful terraced rice fields

      We stop for  lunch en route with picnic lunch box.

      After lunch, we cycle back road , single tracks , buffalo trails through rice terraced fields

      Stay at local homestay of Phom Coon Village

      The rest of afternoon is at leisure to wander by foot or explore the village trails further by bike.Dinner and over night at Thai Homestay

    3. Day3 Mai Chau – Moc Chau (B,L,D)

      After breakfast, we say goode bye Mai Chau, our drive bring us out of the town, upon arrivals of Bai Sang, we start warming up by riding off road along Da river, today is hard day with long climb and potholes road , whereas we are rewarded by spectacular scenic beauty and friend people live in both side, surpringly, we ride on the formal National way No6 uesd to supplying logistic and ammunition for DienBien Phu Campaign. Stop enroute for refeshment and picnic lunch, after lunch, we keep riding to Moc Chau plateau

      Moc Chau is one of the most pristine beautiful plateaus in the North mountainous region that brings the amazing attraction for all classes of people even for hard-to-pleasure tourists.

      Upon arrival Hotel, we do check in and relax by your own.

      Accommodation:  Sen Xanh Hotel 3 stars

    4. Day4 Moc Chau – Son La ( B,L,D)

      Following to breakfast, we start riding from Hotel on asphalt road, we savor the magnificent mountain panoramas  of the NorthWest. Son La province is home of 26 ethnic minorities, and While Thai & Black Thai is majority. Cycling is one of the perfect way to contact and explore their culture, daily life on your way.

      Tonight we will stay in Hanoi Hotel  3 stars

    5. Day5 Son La – Dien Bien ( B,L,D)

      Today is really great day and challenging for all most riders.  We  will do conquer  and challenge one of the longest pass “Pa Din Pass” link between Son La and Tuan Giao with 32 km long ( 18km ascent, 14 km desent)

      Start from Hotel, we ride ascent 7 km out of Son La Town, then descent  new asphalt road, through stunning, rural scenery where limestone mountains rise out of the valley floor. We reach to Summit stop for refreshment, and photo moment . Checking the gear, brake before rolling down 12 km to Tuan Giao Town. Stop for lunch in Local restaurant in Tuan Giao.

      After lunch we continue to ride on undulating road  to Dien Dien or Transfer to hotel in Dien Bien for relax is your option.

      Upon arrival in Dien Bien, do check in and compliment beer for yourself.

      Stay overnight at Him Lam Eco – Tour  Resort

    6. Day6 Dien Bien – via Tuan Giao – Than Uyen ( B,L,D)

      After breakfast, our diver take us back Tuan Giao Town  where we start riding to Thanh Uyen Town. The road between Tuan Giao and Than Uyen is 97 km long with two long pass, one in morning, another in afternoon, it is blessed with rich forest, limestone panoramar, magnificient rice terraces and breaktaking scenery, and we are warmly  welcome by the Thai and Dao ethnic tribes

      Hightlight today is riding along Da river with big dam  water reserver for Electric Power. We stop for lunch enroute in Muong Ang. After lunch, we keep riding  on undulating road on the bank of Nam Mit River lead to Ban Trat Electric Power.arriving in Than Uyen in Late afternoon, taking shower before having big dinner in Local restaurant

      Stay overnight in Phuong nhung Hotel  2 stars standard

    7. Day7 Than Uyen – Sa Pa ( B,L,D)

      Today is another great day and most enjoyable day, we ride  and conquere the longest pass of the NorthWest Vietnam with 38 km long. This pass call “ O QUY HO” link between Lai Chau and Lao Cai province its summit 2120m compare sea level.

      We start riding from Hotel  through stunning scenic beauty, picturesque limestone moutain of Panxiphang,

      Is home of H’mong, Dao, Day,Tay,Nung.. Dao Pho ethnic tribe living together for hundred years.we aslo admire the verdant rice terraces in bothsite.

      We reach to Binh Lu T junction stop for lunch. After lunch, we start conquering the Pass, arriving Tram Ton Summit, regoup for photo moment, before riding down to Sapa town.

      Upon arrival in Sapa, we take relax by doing herbal medicinal massage

      Having dinner at Grill Nature Bar restaurant, stay over night in Sunny Hotel 3 stars

    8. Day8 Sa Pa Valley ( B,L,D)

      Today is leisure day  with cycling down to villages Lao Chai , Tavan, Supan, Ban Ho villages, you have time to show off your skilled photograph with the lush rice terraces and loving local kids following you on the way. Arriving Ban Ho, stop for lunch  at Local homestay. After lunch , we ride back road on single track path lead  up to Sapa town.the rest day is free for you. You wander and explore  Sapa Tourist Market, Talk with local people.

      Dinner at Red Dao Restautant and Stay overnight in Sunny Hotel 3 stars

    9. Day9 Sapa – Ban Khoang – Taphin – sapa (B,L,D)

      the second day exploring Sapa town  offer for you the most interesting features on your holiday.we start from hotel, riding out of the town , rolling down through Black  H’mong, Dao villages and the vast stepped rice paddies, reaching to Schools, Clinic  of Pa Cha Village. We do visit and deliver some gifts for school kids such as pens, books or balls…or just attending  to sing with kindergarten. We arrive in Ta Phi Village for lunch. Ta Phin Village is home of  Red Dao and H” Mong tribes living together for long time. They are very skillfull in Batix technic and smart to use herbal medicines.

      After lunch we stroll up the villages, before riding back road to Sapa.

      Dinner and stay over night in Sunny hotel. 3 stars

    10. Day10 Sapa – Lao Cai . ( B,L,D)

      Today is free day for you, you can stroll to market buy some souvernir for yourself and your family, do laundry before coming back to Hanoi.

      We check out around 12 a.m.  lunch at Local restaurant, take our bus back to Lao Cai city.  We catch the night train back to Hanoi.

      Arriving in Hanoi early morning. Having breakfast  and transfer to Noi Bai Air Port for your next departure.

      Optional. If we arrive in Sapa on Sunday, I strongly recommend to visit Bac Ha market/ we take our bus/ van to Bac Ha,visiting colourful market, afternoon come back to Lao Cai Station  for night train to Hanoi.

    11. Day11 Hanoi – Departure
    Our Accommodations

    Our Accommodations:
    When Trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

    Our Homestays:
    Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Our Accommodations

    Our homestays

    Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels

    Easy
    There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…

    Moderate
    There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.

    Difficult
    There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.

    Tour Guide
    Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… 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.

    Porter
    During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack

    Vehicle
    Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.

    Food
    During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.

    Drinking water
    There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.

    Packing
    Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
    What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.

    1 medium-sized backpack.
    Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
    1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
    1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
    1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
    1 medium-sized towel.
    1 medium-sized dry bag.
    Hiking poles/walking sticks
    GPS

    Responsible Tourism
    We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

    Environment
    We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.

    Community
    Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
    Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

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