See the locals working in fields and appreciate the simple beauty of this productive and bountiful vista
Immerse yourself in the surroundings and feel very close to nature
Let the natural serenity wash over you as you cycle this short tour through Vietnam
Learn more about the agricultural lives of the people who inhabit these lands and bask in the stunning surroundings
Visit local homestays and feel welcomed into the community
Finding serenity in the slower pace of life and the lush green shades of nature everywhere you ride

Vietnam Bicycle Tours: Mai Chau Valley Trails

Duration
3 days
Site savings
$18
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$582 USD

Discover the Mai Chau valley and trails on a three-day journey into Vietnam's heartland. Descend into lush valleys, resplendent with a vast array of greens, and ascend to the challenging heights that will reward you with magnificent views all around. Experience the warm hospitality of the local hill tribes, the rich cultural heritage and the natural splendor of this very special part of Vietnam.

  • Category
    Mountain Biking
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    3 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    46.6 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    15.5 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    3 days
  • Main Destination
    Hanoi
  • Distance
    46.6 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    15.5 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Hanoi to Poom Coong to Buoc

    After an early pick up from your hotel, you will be driven to Poom Coong village just before lunchtime. A short warm-up ride through some White Tai villages should build up your appetite for a home-cooked lunch at a local traditional house.

    After lunch, you’ll cycle to the Tai village of Cun Pheo on a mix of good single track paths and undulating rough jeep trails. The views are stunning as the ride passes through many villages and across lush rice paddies. Unique to this area are fan palms, grown specifically to use for roofing. You’ll pass hot springs, cycle across suspension bridges and follow the contours around beautiful terraced rice fields.

    On arriving in Cun Pheo village, the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to wander by foot or explore the village trails further by bike. Dinner and overnight stay in a local village homestay at Buoc village.

    • 18.6 miles
    • Stay in a local village homestay at Buoc village
    • Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  2. Day 2Mountain Loop: Cun Pheo to Buoc to Mai Chau

    Today’s ride is more remote and challenging, though there are plenty of opportunities to stop, rest and admire the views. After breakfast, enjoy relatively easy biking on rolling terrain for the first 7 km (4.3mi) , then the trail begins to climb uphill - steep in parts, undulating in others. Rise above the valley and look down on small hamlets, feel and hear the forest surroundings as the trail snakes up and along the mountainside.

    Stop for a siesta in a Tai village house - a welcome relief from the heat - before tackling the last few kilometers to the top of the pass. Cruise a final 11 km (6.9mi) downhill to Mai Chau. The tracks will vary from hard packed dirt roads to single track, with a few challenging rocky sections thrown in for variety. For those needing more challenging biking, it will be possible to cycle further.

    • 21.7 miles
    • Mai Chau Valley View hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  3. Day 3Mai Chau to Hanoi

    After breakfast, and perhaps a quick walk up to a temple, you will pick up your bike and cycle back on the scenic route to Mai Chau, passing green rice paddies and local villages, meeting the friendly local villagers. Arrive back in Lac village in time for lunch in a local homestay.

    You’ll have some time to explore the village, perhaps to do some shopping of the local handmade textiles. You will then be transferred back to Hanoi, taking approximately two hours, arriving in the late afternoon.

    • 12.4 miles
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks