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

Duration
10 days
Site savings
$63
From
$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
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    4 - Challenging
  • Elevation
    4 - Challenging
  • Terrain
    Mountainous
  • Distance
    311.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    44.7 miles
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  • How long is the tour? How many days riding?

    This tour is 14 days long, with 8 riding days.

  • How many riders will be in the group?

    Groups can be from 2 to 16. For groups of 9 or more a second guide joins the tour.

  • Is there a minimum age for this tour?

    Yes. Riders must be 18 years old by the time the tour starts.

  • Can I rent a bike for the tour?

    Yes, you can hire one from the tour operator. The bikes they provide are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension.

    You are welcome to bring your own bike if you prefer but please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, in good mechanical order.

    Alternatively, there is the option on this tour to hire an electric bike (or an E-Bike) .

  • What's the tour like?

    The cycling is challenging and follows quiet mountain roads through stunning scenery punctuated by local farming communities and sculpted landscapes. This relatively untouched region incorporates rainforests, bamboo forests, lush cultivated valleys, meandering rivers, lakes, national parks, and one of the most beautiful islands in Halong Bay.

    You will ride up to 660 km through spectacular mountain scenery. The roads are a mixture of good asphalt, broken or potholed roads, and some off-road cycling tracks. Although there are a few challenges, it is very enjoyable and anyone who enjoys hill riding will love this tour. The scenery really is fantastic, and the people are extraordinarily colourful and friendly.

    Suitability: This trip will have some challenging hill sections as it is a very mountainous region, and you will have to cross many valleys and mountains. Fitness, of course, will be a huge asset on those hills.

    Biking Conditions: This tour is mainly on good quality tarmac road. The tour is fully supported, and the bus is always close at hand for those that find the riding too difficult.

  • Are helmets required?

    A helmet is required to be worn on all biking activities and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you won't be allowed to cycle.

  • Am I safe?

    The tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue. But to a large degree, riders must be responsible for their own safety during the tour. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover  you for a cycling tour.

  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts and ends in Hanoi. The closest airport is Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).

  • If I'm travelling alone, do I have to pay more?

    You are not required to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. The tour operator will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, they will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share, a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.

  • Please see a message from the tour operator about policies relating to COVID-19

    Updated: July 24, 2020

    Due to the ongoing global impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and with many international borders remaining closed for an extended period, Spiceroads has decided to suspend the majority of tours until at least 30 October 2020.

    While this is extremely disappointing for all of us, the safety and security of our travellers, along with that of our staff and partners, has always been the most important factor.

    If you were booked on a tour that has been suspended due to the pandemic, you will automatically receive a credit of 100% of monies paid (of your deposit or full payment) which can be redeemed as follows:

    1. You can re-book a tour now for a future travel date before 30 September 2022.
    2. You can hold on to your travel credit until you are ready to re-book on any future departure before 30 September 2022.

    We apologise for the inconvenience and sincerely hope you will understand and support us during this unprecedented crisis. Spiceroads is a small company with a big heart and we are doing everything we can to work through this crisis and plan to start operating tours again as soon as we can. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times and are communicating with everyone booked on the impacted tours.

    If you are booked on a tour that is due to depart from 1 November 2020, there are currently no changes to your trip, and it is currently scheduled to depart as planned. We are monitoring the situation closely and will notify you directly if your tour is affected.

    If you want to cancel your booking, you can receive a credit for the amount paid to use on a new tour with a departure date before 30 September 2022.

    For new bookings please see our flexible booking conditions below:

    Terms & Conditions:

    • We require a deposit (as listed on the individual tour pages) or full payment to reserve a place for you on a tour.
    • In the event that we are unable to operate the tour, this deposit will be transferred to another tour at your discretion or held as a credit for use anytime until 30th September 2022.
    • The balance of the tour’s cost (final invoice) must be paid 45 days before the departure date with fees for any bicycle rental(s), single supplement(s) and extra hotel nights.
    • In the case where a booking is made when there are less than 45 days until the tour departure date, the tour’s cost must be paid in full within 48 hours of receiving an invoice from SpiceRoads.
    • In all cases, tour fees must be paid “in full” before participation in a tour. No person(s) will be allowed to join a tour without fully settling their invoice and receiving a confirmation number from SpiceRoads.
    • Some last-minute miscellaneous fees (visas, additional local hotel bookings, etc.) can be settled on the day of arrival.

    Flexible Booking Policy

    • This policy allows for multiple changes to the departure date.
    • The change will only be approved if it is requested by the client in writing a minimum of sixty (60) days before the departure date.
    • In the event the change request is moving to a different tour, then a price adjustment may need to be applied and your tour consultant will advise on what this will be.
    • Deposit terms are 30% on booking or US$500 whichever is the greater.
    • Any cancellation without rescheduling forfeits the deposit paid, until 45 days, at which time it is 70%, until 15 days at which time it is 100%.

  • Are helmets included when hiring a bike?

    Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.

Overall Rating:
4.8/5
Urs
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

I enjoyed the whole trip.

I have booked several organised roundtrips but I have never felt so comfortable as in this one. The member of our tour were very friendly (participants and guides). I was also impressed about the kindness of the local people.

Joanna Tinlin
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

This trip was brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved getting out into the countryside and away from the usual hustle and bustle of Vietnam.

The home stays were excellent in terms of quality of accommodation as well as food.

Ivan and Marko
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

In summary, the tour exceeded all expectations, especially the scenery and people along the country roads. We really enjoyed the chance to interact with the locals.

The physical challenge of cycling through has been rewarding. Many thanks to Tuan, for the logistics and for the delicious meals he prepared along the road, and the driver, who picked us up with the van wherever we stopped at the end of every cycling day.