Northern Vietnam Cycling Tour 4 Day Itinerary is one of our easy road cycling tour, starting from Hanoi, and taking you to Hanoi’s neighboring destinations including Duong Lam, Hoa Binh, Tam Coc, Nam Dinh.
Map of Northern Vietnam Cycling Tour
Day 1: Hanoi – Duong Lam – Hoa Binh.
8.00am: You will be met up with Lotussia Travel guide, driver at your hotel in Hanoi and brought to Duong Lam, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. Arrival in Duong Lam village after for about two hours, you visit the Mong Phu temple, the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact. It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys. Have some talks with the locals in their ancient houses where your lunch will be provided. After lunch, enjoy a short bike ride from Duong Lam to the temples of Ngo Quyen and Phung. These are two places are dedicated to Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung, the two National Heroes of Vietnam. Stop on the way to visit the Mia pagoda, built in 15th century containing 287 statues of different sizes. Cycle back to Duong Lam village, you are picked up again and brought to Hoa Binh. Arrival in Hoa Binh around mid/late afternoon, you check in to a local stilt house of the Muong in Giang Mo village. Dinner and overnight at local home (homestay).
Day 2: Hoa Binh – Ninh Binh.
After breakfast, you visit the Muong Cultural Museum, the first private cultural museum of Muong people whom have a long traditional culture among Vietnamese ethic groups. Then depart for Ninh Binh province. After about 3 hour drive, you arrive in Ninh Binh. Check into a local hotel in Ninh Binh. In the afternoon, enjoy a bike ride on paved rural roads to experience the real life. Stop on the way to visit the two temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty. After visiting these two temples, you will keep cycling through rice fields and peaceful countryside villages until you arrive in Trang An. Situated on the southern shore of the Red River Delta, Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Take a two-hour boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. Dinner in town. Overnight in Ninh Binh at hotel.
Day 3: Ninh Binh – Nam Dinh.
Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Phat Diem Cathedral, the Center of Catholicism in North Vietnam. The unique architecture is a blend of European and Vietnamese influences. Explore the numerous stone sculptures, which are located on the inside and outside walls, and the large bell that weighs nearly 2 tons. See the four pagoda-style roofs and the 6 sets of iron and wooden pillars. Lunch is provided in a local restaurant in town. After lunch, you will be picked up again and brought to Nam Dinh, Giao Xuan. Around 16.00, we take the short biking trip to visit the local market then go along the country lane to the dyke of Xuan Chau Village to see birds returning to their sleeping place in the mangrove forest. Return to the home stay for dinner and overnight (homestay).
Day 4: Nam Dinh – Hanoi.
After breakfast, you take a bike to explore further the rural town. The first stop is the Bonsai Garden where you meet with the family tending Bonsai. Then visit the Phu Ninh Cathedral. You cycle along the canals to see the traditional house with the thatch roof made of sea grass and see how the locals cast pots for their Bonsai. Arrival back at the homestay around noon, in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon driving 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, mountain biking, road cycling, jungle trek, trekking homestay, mountain hiking, peaks climbs, motorbike, scouter touring, camping, caving expeditions, kayaking, boat trips, cruise, sightseeing, culture tours. Most of our trips are private customized, and specially designed for small group tours, family vacations. The itinerary above – Northern Vietnam Cycling Tour is only a sample that can be further customized to better fit your requirements. Just follow it or contact us for designing your perfect adventure.
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.