Hill Tribes of Vietnam

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US$ 2,700
14 Days / 13 Nights
660 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days8
Average Distance Per Day: 83
150 Km
Total Cycling Distance660 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded: Trains, Hotels and Homestays
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 170, E-Bike: US$ 420
Single SupplementUS$ 380

All About this Tour

Vietnam is a land of stunningly varied landscapes: idyllic beaches in tranquil bays and stunning mountain scenery constantly compete for attention. Having endured years of colonialism, war and communism, Vietnam is opening up more areas to tourism and encouraging the outside world to discover a beautiful country and people. We invite you to discover the relatively unexplored northeast region of Vietnam, near the border with China where, until recently, you needed special permits to visit.

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Day 1

Meet in Hanoi and after dinner catch the overnight train up north and the start of our adventure.

Day 2

After breakfast in Lao Cai, we transfer to a regional market frequented by the local hill tribes. We then cycle on an undulating tarmac road to Bac Ha.

Day 3

We cycle through rice terraces and deep open valleys. There will be climbs in the morning, but after lunch, the riding is easier with a long de-scent to our eco lodge nestled in a valley.

Day 4

Today is free to go for a stroll or to indulge at the resort's spa.

Day 5

Transfer to the top of Con Troi Pass and start the long cycling day to Ha Giang. There are many small, and often steep, climbs and descents to our homestay.

Day 6

We ride to Dong Van - an ancient town of many ethnic groups. On the way, we stop to see Vuong's Palace, once home to a Hmong king.

Day 7

We start early to tackle Ma Pi Leng Pass, but it is worth the effort. At the summit enjoy stunning views over the Nho Que River snaking through valleys.

Day 8

We drive to Bac Me to start our ride along the Gam River as it cuts a gorge through the karst mountains. In Ban Lam, we board a long-tail boat on the Nang River and cross Ba Be Lake. We stop for a dip and spend the night in a Tay stilted house.

Day 9

We ride around Ba Be Lake and then have a few climbs on our way to Cho Ra. We follow the Ha Hieu River down to Na Phac and cycle on to overnight at Cao Bang.

Day 10

On our last day of riding, there are no big hills, and the road undulates through villages and small hamlets. We have lunch in a local restaurant before riding to That Khe.

Day 11

We drive to the pier where a speed boat will take us through Ha Long Bay to Quan Lan Island, an ancient commercial port. Upon arrival, it's time to explore the beach and relax.

Day 12

Free day on the beach or take a trip around the island to see sleepy villages and local fishermen returning from their daily trips.

Day 13

We catch the speed boat to the mainland and transfer back to Hanoi for some last-minute shopping before a farewell dinner.

Day 14

Airport transfer onward travel.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Lao Cai - Bac Ha Ride 55km. +1,432m / -608m.
Day 2 - Lao Cai - Bac Ha Ride 55km. +1,432m / -608m.


I enjoyed the whole trip.

I have booked several organized roundtrips but I have never felt so comfortable as in this one. The member of our tour were very friendly (participants and guides). I was also impressed about the kindness of the local people.

Urs April 2013

This trip was brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved getting out into the countryside and away from the usual hustle and bustle of Vietnam.

The home stays were excellent in terms of quality of accommodation as well as food.

Joanna TinlinApril 2013

In summary, the tour exceeded all expectations, especially the scenery and people along the country roads. We really enjoyed the chance to interact with the locals.

The physical challenge of cycling through has been rewarding. Many thanks to Tuan, for the logistics and for the delicious meals he prepared along the road, and the driver, who picked us up with the van wherever we stopped at the end of every cycling day.

Ivan and MarkoNovember 2010

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