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Vietnam Bike Tour: Dirt Trails MTB
A fantastic 6 day mountain biking adventure on a north-west loop beginning and ending in Hanoi, giving you an insider's glimpse into the real Vietnam along with some awesome biking. This exciting tour offers challenging cross-country mountain biking and a wonderful opportunity to experience the traditional and varied lifestyles of the people of the spectacular country of Vietnam. Traveling in a small group and being led by a local English-speaking guide, you'll experience fantastic cycling and knowledgeable, friendly guidance from the people who know the country best.
- CategoryMountain Biking
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration6 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance236.1 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance24.9 miles
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 6 days long with 6 days of cycling.
What's the tour like?
The tour is quite challenging as it involves lots of off-road riding on dirt trails with many ups and downs and approximately 50-60kms (31-37mi) of intensive riding per day. There is, however, a support van on hand - for some of the trails where a minibus cannot go, a support motorcycle will be on hand before meeting up with the minibus again - so if you do need a rest then this can easily be arranged.
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. As much of this tour is off-road there are some parts of the tour where the minibus cannot go, therefore, there will be a support motorcycle traveling with you during this time. The minibus will be close by though and able to meet up at intervals so if you need a break this can be easily arranged.
The staff will make any running repairs on your bike. During the rides, they will keep you stocked up with water, fruit, soft drinks and snacks, energy gel and 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 favorite 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 evening meal (when provided) will be in a restaurant and precooked by the organizers. 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 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 well-known brands of mountain bikes which are well-maintained and looked after throughout the tour.
If I'm traveling alone, will it cost more?
No, the tour operator does not charge a single supplement on this tour if you are traveling solo.