Biking Mai Chau & Ninh Binh

Biking Mai Chau & Ninh Binh

Starts
Hanoi
Destinations
+ 2
Ends
Hanoi
Hanoi → Mai Chau → Ninh Binh

Highlights

  • Biking through the lush and beautiful countryside and across emerald-green rice fields.
  • Exchange culture with Thai minority people in Mai Chau
  • Enjoy traditional sampans through the rice fields to visit 3 caves in Tam Coc
  • Bike through the local villages to visit Hoa Lu - the ancient capital of Vietnam.
Age range
< 18 year olds +3 more
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

Immerse yourself in North Vietnam’s rich culture and natural beauty on a four day cycling trip that takes you deep into heart of this mystical region: Mai Chau and Ninh Binh. Peddle through emerald-green rice paddies and past ancient, mountaintop pagodas. Learn the rhythms of local life and enjoy a rural homestay, making new friends and forging lifelong memories. Mountain bikers will love this trip for the variety of trails – from good single track paths, undulating rough jeep trails to some climbs that are rewarded with ultimate descents.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Thai Tribe Village
    Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Thai Tribe Village
    Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Thai Tribe Village

    Your professional biking tour guide will meet you at your hotel in the city centre, then set off on your drive to Mai Chau – a yawning valley, cradling picturesque rice paddies and boarded by looming karst rock formations.
    A journey takes 3 hours to Mai Chau from Hanoi with one stop in Hoa Binh City for refreshments and coffee. On arrival, have an authentic lunch with a local family of the Thai Tribe and enjoy some free time to acquaint yourself with the villagers.
    Then you will take a ride of 15 km through Pong Cong, Van Mai, Xo and Xam Khoe villages in this beautiful valley, going from one village to another and having a chance to get in touch with local villagers going about their daily business tilling the fields, logging or herding buffalo. Return to the Lac village in the evening to freshen up and savor a delicious dinner at the long house. Accommodation is basic - mattresses laid out on the floor of a stilt house - but there's Wi-Fi, views over a sea of rice, and a cold beer available. Biking: 2.5 hours.
    Meals:Lunch & Dinner.
    Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.

  2. Day 2: Biking in Mai Chau (Poom Coong, Cun Pheo & Buoc villages)
    Day 2: Biking in Mai Chau (Poom Coong, Cun Pheo & Buoc villages)
    Day 2: Biking in Mai Chau (Poom Coong, Cun Pheo & Buoc villages)
    Day 2: Biking in Mai Chau (Poom Coong, Cun Pheo & Buoc villages)

    Mai Chau valley is a perfect place to experience Vietnam's village life in a remote setting.
    A day begins with the standard Asian rural alarm - the crowing of roosters across the valley long before first light. Dawn mist merges with the smoke of burning rice stubble in the fields, with Mai Chau's farmers already hard at work. Today’s ride is more remote and challenging, though there is plenty of opportunity to stop, rest and admire the amazing views.
    After breakfast at the homestay, enjoy relatively easy biking on rolling terrain for the first 7 km, then the trail begins to climb uphill - steep in parts, undulating in others. Rise above the valley and look down on small hamlets, feel and hear the forest surroundings as the trail snakes up and along the mountainside. Stop for a siesta in a Thai village house, a welcome relief from the heat - before tackling the last few kilometers to the top of the pass. Peddle a final 12 km downhill back to your homestay in Lac Village. The tracks will vary from hard packed dirt roads to single track, with a few challenging rocky sections thrown in for variety. For those needing more challenging biking it will be possible to cycle further. Biking: 6 hours.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.

  3. Day 3: Mai Chau - Cuc Phuong National Park - Ninh Binh
    Day 3: Mai Chau - Cuc Phuong National Park - Ninh Binh
    Day 3: Mai Chau - Cuc Phuong National Park - Ninh Binh

    Have breakfast at the village then drive to Nho Quan and spend the day biking through the lush and beautiful countryside. Stop for a picnic lunch then bike to Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh Province, the oldest national park in Vietnam and its most significant biodiversity site. Time to get wild! Then your driver will transfer you to Tam Coc Town in the late afternoon. Check-in to the hotel and spend rest of the day at your leisure. Biking: 3 to 6 hours (We offer a couple of levels to choose from easy to experience cycling).
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh.

  4. Day 4: Ninh Binh - Hanoi
    Day 4: Ninh Binh - Hanoi
    Day 4: Ninh Binh - Hanoi

    After breakfast at the hotel, start the day the local way—rowing traditional sampans through the rice fields to visit 3 caves in Tam Coc (Hang Ca, Hang Giua and Hang Con). Have lunch at a local restaurant then bike to Bich Dong to visit the mountaintop pagoda. Continue you on your bike trip, cycling through the local villages and spectacular karst mountains towering over a blanket of rice paddies to the ancient city of Hoa Lu - Vietnam's first capital. Drive back to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Tour concludes. Biking: 3 hours.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: N/A.

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    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request)

    2. Meals

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      As mentioned in the itinerary: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches , 3dinners

    3. Transport

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      Bikes, support van, support truck for bikes (from 3 clients)

      Boat: Tam coc Boat Trip

    • Flights

      There is no domestic flight included in this package




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    Price Includes

    • Accommodations.
    • Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Transport by private car with AC.
    • Mountain Bikes.
    • Professional biking tour guide with English-speaking.
    • Water & First Aid.
    • All entrance fees,  boat trips & excursions.

    Price Excludes

    • Travel insurance.
    • Vietnam Visa.
    • Flight ticket into and out Vietnam.
    • Gratuities for tour guide/ driver.
    • Other personal expenses.


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