North Vietnam Cycle Tour – 4 Day Itinerary is a private guided mountain bike tour we have designed for active adventure travelers seeking an off-the-beaten path biking holiday in Vietnam. The 4 days trip starts from Lao Cai, takes you to the least traveled places A Mu Sung, Y ty, Den Sang, Muong Hum, Bat Xat, Ban Xeo where you’ll find big rolling hills, great views and speedy open descents with good sight lines. This is very hard off road mountain bike tour, you should make sure off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills. The tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads, long climb cycling up hill.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Bat Xat – Y Ty.
Arrive in Lao Cai train station early this morning, you will be greeted by our local team and brought to a local restaurant for breakfast, and a short rest. After breakfast, depart for Bat Xat, a northern district of Lao Cai Province. Besides the beauties of nature, scenery, Bat Xat also offers the rich ethnic culture. You make the first stop in Trinh Tuong where you disembark your bikes, and start biking to A Mu Sung commune. Make another stop for taking picture at the border point 92 – is the first place that Red River come to Viet Nam from Yunan – China. Then you will visit Lung Po village, lying in the cross of rivers. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of valley on the way. Having lunch in Lung Po. Keep moving to Y Ty Commune. Dinner and homestay in Y Ty.
Day 2: Y Ty – Muong Hum.
After having breakfast, you start your bike ride, passing through the H’mong Apple to Lao Chai I village. You have the chance to discover the ethnic culture, local traditions, traditional architecture and houses of Ha Nhi ethnic minority people. In the afternoon, you move to Muong Hum by bike. You travel through the jungle, enjoy the beautiful landscape on the way. Arrive in Muong Hum in the late afternoon. Overnight in Muong Hum.
Day 3: Muong Hum – Sapa.
If today was Sunday you could meet up with different ethnic groups who come to Muong Hum market. Muong Hum market is located under the small valley, behind pure stream, rounded by extremely high mountains. It’s a weekend market near the spring that is a meeting, communicating, trading and playing place of people in the ethnic groups Ha Nhi, Mong, Hoa, Giay, Red Dao, Dao Tuyen, Han. You will be brought to Sapa. Arrive in Sapa, check in hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for shopping or personal discovery.
Day 4: Sapa – Lao Cai.
After breakfast, you check out hotel and leave your luggage at hotel. Start the day activities by cycling to Lao Chai Village of Black H’mong people and Tavan Village of Giay people. Having lunch at local family. Car pick up and transfer to Lao Cai city. If time permit you may like to spend the rest of the day discovering the Mother Temple, Upper Temple before taking the overnight train to get back to Hanoi. Trip ends.
Vietnam private tours
Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi tour operator offering a wide selection of multi-activity holidays in Vietnam. Options include countryside cycle, biking, road cycling, jungle trek, trekking homestay, mountain hiking, peaks climbs, motorbike, scouter touring, camping, caving expeditions, kayaking, boat trips, cruise, street food, sightseeing, culture tours. Most of our trips are private customized, and specially designed for small group tours, family vacations. The itinerary above – North Vietnam Cycle Tour – 4 Day Itinerary is only a sample that can be further customized to fit your requirements better. Just follow it or contact us for designing your perfect adventure in north Vietnam.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Our drivers don’t speak English. It’s possible that a few of them might know some basic words, such as telling time, stop, and lunch. If you’re looking for effective communication throughout the journey, we highly recommend booking a tour guide.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, Lotussia Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.