Friday, March 7, 2014

Hanoi – Laocai – Sapa – TamDuong – LaiChau – Dien Bien Phu ( 7 days – 6 nights)

Biking North Vietnam
We ride just over 350 kilometres on a mixture of trails that range form dirt tracks to asphalt. This is a mountain tour with some tough climbs and participants should be fit and experienced riders. The reward for riding in remote areas is empty roads and incomparable views. For those that enjoy riding in the mountains, this tour is the ultimate cycling adventure and highly recommended. Accommodation is in standard tourist class hotels and the riders are supported by sturdy passenger vans.

Day 01 : Hanoi ( night train to Laocai )

Pick up from the airport or meet at hotel in Hanoi. Time to explore city before transfer to railway station to catch Tulico Express. Overnight on the train.

Day 02 : Lao Cai- Sapa 40 km [B,L]

Arrive in Lao Cai, Unload bikes and meet support vehicle. Transfer to Sapa and have breakfast. Ride down Sapa valley. Continue to black Hmong village of Supan. Option: ride back or catch support vehicle.

Day 03 : Sapa – BanHo 60 km [B, L, D]

Ride to TaVan village. Pass through valley and reach Red Zao village. Arrive Tay village BanHo . Return back up hill to track head home. ( return option at the minibus back to hotel or by bike ) Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Biking Tours

Day 04: Sapa – TamDuong – Paso 90 km [B,L,D]

Climb to Tram Ton Pass to 2000 metres. Ride downhill to Lai Chau province. Reach Tam Duong. Small break and continue to Laichau. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 : Paso – Laichau Old town[B,L,D]

Cross mountains to beautiful valley and pass tribal villages. Lunch in large Vietnamese village. Ride into Lai Chau valley. Following river all afternoon to Lai Chau Old Town.

Day 06: Lai Chau – DienBienPhu 105 km [B,L,D]

Ride out of Lai Chau. Visit remote tribal people. Cross mountain passes to DienBien Phu. Take tour of historic Dien Bien Phu, Visit museum, cemetery, French war bunkers and battle sites.

Day 07 : Dien Bien Phu – Hanoi [B] Flight

Early breakfast. Transfer to airport to catch the lunchtime flight back to Hanoi.