There will be plenty of opportunities to meet and find out more about the fascinating tribes that inhabit these lands
Even the cultivated land here is exquisitely beautiful and fits into the landscape perfectly, working with nature
During the tour, you will become acquainted with the locals and experience the great diversity between tribes as you overnight in different communities
Discover another way of being as you experience life in a very remote but welcoming culture
There's some tough climbs on this tour and the odd animal to look out for too! But the rewards are immeasurable as are those fantastic views
Get off the beaten track but also experience the stunning scenery for which Vietnam is known for, and enjoy the white sand island beaches

Cycling Vietnam Tour: Discover the Hill Tribes of the Northeast

10 days
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$2,037 USD

Beginning in Hanoi and journeying further north via an overnight train, the adventure kicks off immediately. Setting out in an easterly direction, you will enter the Ha Giang province, a stunningly beautiful and unspoilt region, and discover the jewel in Vietnam's crown. The Northeast of the country borders China and is home to a vast array of ethnic minorities dotted around the magnificent landscape. The vibrancy of the tour comes in part from the wonderful locals you will meet along the way, staying for a few nights in different villages to experience the culture first-hand. The riding is phenomenal but challenging, and will surely exhilarate, enchant and potentially exhaust in equal measures!

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    4 - Challenging
  • Elevation
    4 - Challenging
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    311.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    44.7 miles
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Vietnam is a land of stunningly varied landscapes: idyllic beaches in tranquil bays and stunning mountain scenery constantly compete for attention. Having endured years of colonialism, war and communism, Vietnam is opening up more areas to tourism and encouraging the outside world to discover a beautiful country and people. This tour invites you to discover the relatively unexplored northeast region of Vietnam, near the border with China where, until recently, you needed special permits to visit.

Aside from the majestic scenery, you'll spend two nights in ethnic villages – of the Nung and Tay - so you can see for yourself the differences among the customs of the different tribes. Your other overnight stays will range from an eco-lodge to standard hotel rooms to a valley-side resort, providing a nice mix of accommodation. This route takes you through a marvellous landscape of many breathtaking bends winding up mountains and down to quaint villages.

Other highlights of the tour include reaching the awesome Ma Pi Leng Pass (Heaven Gate), exploring Ba Be National Park, enjoying a tuk-tuk ride, experiencing traditional medicinal hot tubs and going through the flurry of a Sunday market.. Of course, the main feature of this trip is the exceptional mountain biking and you will not be disappointed by the fundamentally challenging but superbly gratifying route that has been crafted for your ultimate enjoyment.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

This tour is a near-complete package, including gear, support, accommodations, and thoughtful extra touches.

  • Water, snacks and fresh fruit while cycling.
  • Local English speaking cycling leader/guide.
  • Vehicle support while cycling.
  • Cycling jersey and drink bottle
  • All accommodations included
  • Meals (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Airport drop off
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

There are a few things left to you, from flights to visas, although the tour operator will be happy to offer advice for the latter.

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport pick up
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • International / Domestic flights
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available