Red River Delta by Bike and Boat

Day 1 Ha Noi - Tam Coc

A day exploring the countryside and local artisans. We have a short transfer out of the city to avoid traffic and start with a lovely ride on a dyke along the Red River, a perfect quiet place to get used to cycling in Vietnam. Our first stop will be Bat Trang, known for handmade ceramics. The pottery is quite varied and interesting. We then cycle south into the heart of the delta passing through many traditional villages and rice fields. We will have a two hour transfer to lunch in Tam Coc. In the afternoon it's back on the bikes to ride a bit off road amongst karst cliffs to a small pier. We board a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Ngo Dong River, and float through three natural caves, the largest of which is 125 m long. Sit back, relax, see rural Vietnam from a different perspective and take in the dramatic limestone karst jutting out from the green rice fields. We disembark and cycle back through the karst cliffs to visit Thai Vi Temple, one of the oldest temples in Vietnam, built in the 13th Century.

Tam Coc Rice Fields Resort
Lunch, Dinner
Ride 60km

Day 2 Tam Coc - Cuc Phuong

We start cycling from our hotel in Tam Coc for a flat ride to the town of Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the Dinh and Ly dynasties. The route is stunning as you pass green rice fields amongst karst mountains. After a stop to visit Dinh Le Temple, built in the shape of a Chinese character in the 17th Century, we continue pedaling along the Hoang Long River through some impressive landscape. The first 35 kms are flat and then we'll have some small climbs up to the park, but they are all short. After the lunch at entry of national park, we continue cycling to the center of the park and then have the option to transfer or cycle the 20 kms back to our overnight accommodation in the park.

Cuc Phuong Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 77km

Day 3 Cuc Phuong - Ha Noi

This morning you will have the opportunity to explore Vietnam's first national park and hopefully sight one of the 97 species of mammals said to inhabit the park. We visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center where a wide variety of native monkeys and gibbons, including critically endangered langurs were saved from wildlife smugglers and are being rehabilitated to return to the wild. Continue cycling from the park to Chi Ne, a small peaceful town on the banks of the Boi River. Here we have lunch before we head back to Hanoi. The drive will take one and a half hours and we should arrive by late afternoon.

Breakfast, Lunch
Ride 60km