Hanoi - Sapa- Mai Chau - Son La -Halong bay - Lai Chau - Hanoi
Day 01 – Arrive Hanoi
Welcome at the airport by your local guide and transfer to the hotel. After check-in, climb into a traditional cyclo (pedicab) for a 90-minute tour of the colonial city’s traditional “36 streets of 36 wares” in the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake vicinity. In the evening enjoy a traditional water puppet show before dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 – Hanoi City tour – Lao Cai
Half-day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and traditional stilt house, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. Pay visits to typical Vietnamese places of worship. Just before lunch, tour Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. In the afternoon visit to the Ethnology Museum and then time for you to test the bike with assist of our mechanic to make sure you have comfortable and good bike for the big journey. Transfer back to the hotel for shower. After dinner at the restaurant in town, transfer to the Hanoi railway station for the night train up to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train.
Day 03 – Lao Cai – Bac Ha
Arrive at Lao Cai railway station early in the morning. Breakfast at local restaurant. Drive for 20 minutes before a whole day biking up to through small routes to Bac Ha. Arrive Bac Ha in late afternoon, check in hotel. Dinner and over night at Sao Mai hotel in Bac Ha.
Day 04 – Bac Ha – Can Cau – Bac Ha
After breakfast, drive up to Can Cau to visit the market of String H’Mong people. After the market, hop on our bike and cycling down hill back to Bac Ha. Lunch at Sao Mai hotel. Afternoon, take an easy walk to the String H’mong village and school for Ethnic Minority people near by Bac Ha. Dinner and overnight at Sao Mai hotel.
Day 05 – Bac Ha – Lao Cai – Sapa
An easy morning to visit Bac Ha market, one of the biggest market of Ethnic Minority groups in Northern Vietnam. Lunch at local restaurant or Sao Mai hotel. Afternoon, get back on our bike for a ride downhill to Bao Nhai. A boat trip up along the river to Coc ly (3 hours). Drive up to Sapa and arrive late in the afternoon. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel
Day 06 – Sapa biking to villages
Set off on a light and easy cycling down into the lush Sapa Valley to explore the Black H'mong and Red Dzao villages. Return to Sapa at the end of the day and overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 – Sapa – Tam Duong
Strolling through the market early in the morning in Sapa, where you will meet many different ethnic minority communities such as Black H’Mong, Red Dzao, Dzay or even Xa Pho. After the market, you will drive up to Heaven Gate and start riding down hill through most spectacular road to Tam Duong with stops to visit villages of different Ethnic Minorities en route. Arrive in Tam Duong in late afternoon. Free time after check-in until dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 – Tam Duong – Lai Chau
Depart Tam Duong in the morning and follow a remote road, we bike along the river to the Chinese frontier. You will visit small Red Dzao, Black Dzao, Man (Khmer), Black H'mong and Ha Nhi villages. Picnic lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Lai Chau.
Day 09 – Lai Chau – Son La
Today is sure to be one of the highlights and most challenges of the trip as we will travel along one of the most beautiful roads in Vietnam. Cross many mountain passes, including Pha Din—a famous Indochina War site. Drive up on the top of the mountains and cycle down to the other side of mountain rages. We’ll also have a chance for a refreshing swim in the Black River and a stroll through the meadows of Kh'Mu village. Arrive in Son La at the end of the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 – Son La – Mai Chau
Morning, after breakfast, you will leave Son La for Mai Chau, the road mostly going down hill. Stop en route to take an easy hike to Co Tang village to visit Black H’Mong group. Lunch en route and from here, start to cycle 35 km through a pristine forest preserve along the road. Arrive Mai Chau in late afternoon. Dinner and over night at Thai Bungalow house.
Day 11 – Mai Chau
Full day cycling to explore Mai Chau valley and villages surround with picnic lunch en route. Return to the village at the end of the day. Evening enjoy traditional folk dance. Dinner and over night at Thai Bungalow house.
Day 12 – Mai Chau – Kim Boi - Bai Chao – Hanoi
Today, we say goodbye to the family where we spent 2 nights. Drive up to the top of the hill of Thung Khe then cycle down hill to Kim Boi. Lunch at Kim Boi. Continue with our bike again to Bai Chao. Drive back to Hanoi and arrive at the end of the day. Dinner free and over night at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 13 – Hanoi - Red River Delta- Hai Phong
Morning, we’ll leave Hanoi and cycle along the top of dike road, rice field and villages of the Red River Delta to Bat Trang ceramic village. This is a village where we can visit to the most famous artist and might have a chance to paint on some productions. Shopping is easy and recommended here, if it is heavy for your hand luggage, shipping is possible. Continue to one of the most beautiful ancient Temple located right on the bank of Red River. Picnic lunch in the garden of the Temple. Afternoon, we will follow the dike again to Hai Phong city. Arrive Hai Phong and check in hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Hai Phong.
Day 14 – Hai Phong – Halong – Kayaking
After breakfast, we will get on our bike for a riding from Hai Phong to Halong Bay, crossing 02 ferries boat and arrive around noon. We will leave our bikes behind and board a traditional wooden junk and begin an exploration of magical Halong Bay, one of Southeast Asia’s premier tourist destinations. An excellent, fresh seafood lunch will be served on the boat while cruising to the first point, where is a floating fishing village. We’ll have safety instruction before paddle for 2,5 hours through the most dramatically limestone formation, giant cave, beaches and hidden lagoons. Relax and swim on a small beautiful beach. Dinner and overnight the comfortable and charming junk.
Day 15 – Kayaking - Halong – Hanoi
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After breakfast and early swim, we will slip on our kayak again for 2 hours paddling to isolated beach and floating village of Fishermen. Meet the boat at lunch time and motor back to the harbor in Halong. Transfer back to Hanoi by vehicle. Farewell dinner at restaurant in town and overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 16 – Hanoi – out
Free until transfer to the airport for flight home or on to next destination