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Mountain Biking Vietnam's Northwest Mountains (6 Days)
The ultimate mountain biking adventure on Vietnam's mountains that will tickle every adrenaline junkie's fancy. Ride through spectacular scenery with roads that range from asphalt, potholed or off-road. It's a tough journey with the incredible experience of seeing minority tribes and their colorful culture.
- CategoryMountain Biking
- DestinationNorthern Vietnam
- Duration6 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance189.5 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance47.2 miles
Starting in Hanoi, take an overnight train to the scenic hill-station of Sapa and ride the amazing mountain trails around Fansipan, Indochina's highest peak, before riding over a 2 km (1.2 mi) high mountain pass, the first of many. This tour goes to a part of Vietnam where few foreigners ever venture and you’ll be amazed at the colorful clothing of the many ethnic tribes as you ride through valleys and river gorges to Dien Bien Phu.
The valleys of Northwest Vietnam are home to a bewildering number of minority tribes, most of whom retain their unique tribal traditions. Named Montagnards, or mountain people, by the French, these colorful people still live as they have for centuries, forging a life high in the mountains. Easily distinguished by their colorful tribal costumes, the Hmong, Dai and Tsao are the most conspicuous of more than 100 different ethnic groups in the mountains.
The hilly climbs and descents continue as well as the scenic views of mountains, rice terraces and coffee plantations. Stopovers are a regular occurrence to let you catch your breath and rest the legs. It will also be a chance for you to chat with your local guide as he introduces the local customs and history of the place.
On the last day, there will be no more bike rides but you will still be able to take in the history of Dien Bien Phu. There are interesting museums and French war bunkers which live on to tell the story of Vietnam.