What You’ll Do
- Contemplate fantastic imposing mountains, terraces rice field and down valley basin
- Visit Sapa – a famous place for so beautiful natural landscape and explore multi culture of ethnic minority people
- Visit Dien Bien Phu that is not only a historical battlefield but also a town of exotic natural beauty
What to Expect
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Overnight train to Lao Cai
Transfer from the local airport to Hanoi. Overnight on train to Lao Cai. Lao Cai is on the gateways to China. Lao Cai lies at the end of the train line on the Chinese border. The border crossing slammed shut during the 1979 war between China and Vietnam and remained closed until 1993. Lao Cai is now a major hub for travellers journey between Hanoi, Sapa (38km away) and Kunming.
Day 2: Sapa (20km cycling) (B,L,D)
Transfer to Sapa up the mountain side and have time to fit bikes before biking into the Sapa Valley. The Queen of Mountains, Sapa sits regally overlooking a beautiful valley, lofty mountains towering over the town on all sides. Sapa is the French hill station was built in 1922. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 3: Sapa Full Day Ride (30km cycling) (B,L,D)
Cycling off road track to the village of Ta Phin, when the ride will be more challenging in a loop across a steep and forested hillsides and minority villages. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Tam Duong (Phong Tho) – Pa So (80km cycling) (B,L,D)
Cycling shortly uphill as warm up to the Tram Ton Pass, before starting a long descent ride to Binh Lu and ride a truly off the beaten track (jeep track) mixed of hard pack gravel and clay to Tam Duong and Pa So. Overnight in Pa So – Lai Chau.
Day 5: Pa So – Sin Ho – Lai Chau (Now Muong Lay) (45km cycling) (B,L,D)
Take a challenging ride this day to Lai Chau and Sin Ho and get a reward of truly spectacular views. The ride is on the main road, uphill and tarmac downhill, mixed of gravel and hard pack clay. Overnight in Lai Chau.
Day 6: Lai Chau (Muong Lay) – Tuan Giao – Dien Bien Phu (90km cycling) (B,L,D)
Take another challenging ride this day to Tuan Giao and Dien Bien Phu, on a rough tarmac terrain all the way, but you will be rewarded with the stunningly beautiful scenery and untouched remote villages. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
Day 7: Dien Bien Phu – Hanoi (B)
Early morning explore the historical sites of Dien Bien Phu by vehicle. It used to be the big battle field between the French and Vietnamese when Vietnam fought again the French to get independence. Lunch at local restaurant and free till flight back to Hanoi.
- English speaking cum biking guide
- Accommodation as itinerary
- Food as itinerary (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Land transport as itinerary (one bus/van to carry bikes & bikers)
- Good bike/helmet rental for tour (If you bring your own bike, fee is deducted)
- Water, snacks, fresh fruits, cool towel for cycling days
- All entrance fees
- First aids care and mechanic for bike
- Airport transfers
- Train from Hanoi to Sapa as itinerary sharing cabin
- Local flight from Dien Bien to Hanoi
What’s Not Included
- Travel insurance (recommend to have your own travel insurance)
- Personal expenses (telephone, laundry…)