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Cycling Vietnam Tour: Discover the Hill Tribes of the Northeast
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!
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration10 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance311.9 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance44.7 miles
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.
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.