Discover the verdant landscape in North Vietnam
Enjoy the peaceful and unspoilt settings
Experience Vietnam for all the family

North Vietnam Cycle

5 days
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$637 USD

During this 5 day tour, you will cycle on quiet roads through stunning scenery and traditional villages. Perfect for the active adventurer, this trip will have you biking through the best of northern Vietnam, passing the limestone karsts of the Mai Chau area and cycling through small villages for an authentic taste of Vietnam. You will overnight at a local Thai minority family’s homestay and learn more about their rural way of life. The highlight of the tour will be riding to remote villages in Pu Luong and arriving at Cuc Phuong National Park. There will also be an unforgettable visit to Trang An, more commonly known as the Ha Long Bay of the land.

  • Category
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    237.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    39.8 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

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

  • How long is the tour? How many days cycling?

    The tour is 5 days long with all days being cycling days.

  • What's the tour like?

    On the tour, you will be cycling almost entirely on paved asphalt road, quiet and with little traffic. Perfect for the active adventurer who loves cycling, this trip will have you biking through the best of northern Vietnam, passing the limestone karsts of Mai Chau area and cycling through small villages for an authentic taste of Vietnam.

  • What are the guides like?

    Your cycle guide will ensure that everything runs smoothly. They are local, English speaking guides that will share local information, inside knowledge and their unique cultural perspective with you.

  • What's the support like on the tour?

    The support vehicles carry your luggage and provide a place for you to rest if you get tired. The staff will make any running repairs on your bike. During the rides, they will keep you stocked up with water, fruit, soft drinks, snacks, and energy gel, and will make sure you get a nice cold drink – and usually a cold towel as well – at the end of each ride. At the end of the day, they will make sure you get a good meal and clean and prepare your bike for the next day’s riding.

  • What sort of food is on offer?

    Breakfasts will be large and substantial (and include cereals). Breakfasts are usually Western and Vietnamese food like fire rice, noodle soup, with such fare as eggs, ham and toast, though local alternatives are nearly always available if you prefer. You may want to bring a supply of your favourite cereals as many of the hotels don’t yet have cereal on offer at breakfast.

    Eating local Vietnamese food is a feature of most of the food in the tour. The tour operator will make sure there are always plenty of carbohydrates and protein on the menu.

    Don’t forget adequate hydration is as important as a good meal and so you should always make sure you carry enough water with you. In some stages, there is nowhere to “top up” along the way. Follow your guide's instructions for each stage. The tour operator recommends you use a hydration pack with at least 2l capacity, rather than water bottles.

  • Is a bike included?

    Yes, the tour operator provides Surly Cross bikes which are well-maintained and looked after throughout the tour.

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

    No! On this tour, there are no single supplement fees.

  • Are there any group discounts available?

    Yes, for groups of 4+ there are group discounts available which are automatically discounted when booking together on our website.

Overall Rating:
Feel the real Vietnam, on two wheels
Mish T
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

We booked a 6 day mountain bike trip [tour now amended to a 5 day trip] in North Vietnam with Marcopolo Travel - fully supported, with bikes, guide, back-up van, meals, drinks and accommodation all provided. It was great and good value for such a memorable experience. Our guide, Hil, spoke good English, was knowledgeable and helpful, and ensured our small group was fully prepared for each new challenge - and always stayed safe. The bikes were reasonably high spec alloy frame Giants, with hydraulic brakes. The route was challenging, with some big climbs - up to 2,000m a day, and up to 75km. But it was well planned, so while we are normally road-bikers, not mountain-bikers, and in our 50s... we still made it! The off-road sections allowed us to traverse some truly stunning scenery with mountains, forests and paddy fields well off the beaten track. Most of the on-road sections took quiet rural back-routes that enabled us to get a real feel for the real Vietnam. And people everywhere were friendly and welcoming. The exclusively Vietnamese food was plentiful, along with regular snack and fluid stops. It was hot throughout. We overnighted in a mix of home stays in little villages, a National Park lodge and two star hotels. We have only one quibble with the otherwise highly professional trip. The chain sets on all the bikes were worn and needed replacing and some of the brakes needed a little tightening. That said, Hil was always there with spanner, Allen key etc to tweak the bikes. This trip is not for novices... But if you enjoy your cycling, you'll love it.