Northern Vietnam Discovery: Cycling Through Inland Villages and Valleys

Explore Northern Vietnam’s inland villages and valleys on an eight-day privately guided cycling tour that starts and ends in Hanoi. Cycle between 20-54km each day on moderate trails and unwind in local guesthouses and homestays. Highlights include the Mộc Châu plateau, Song Da Lake, Pù Luông Nature Reserve, and the picturesque rice paddies of Mai Hịch Valley. This exceptional cycling adventure in inland Vietnam, away from the usual tourist spots, culminates with a waterfall visit and a lunch stop on the Hồ Chí Minh Road.

To enhance your Vietnam journey, we offer fantastic optional excursions at the end of the trip.

Highlights

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Itinerary idea in detail

If you don't like cycling tours, you can opt to travel by car.

  • Day 1

    Upon your arrival at Hanoi airport, your driver and guide will meet you and take you to your hotel in the lively capital. The hotel, situated just outside the old quarter, is in a bustling area with many local food options and charming coffee shops. Trúc Bạch Lake, famous for its stunning sunsets, is nearby.

    Check-in time is usually at 14:00, but you can arrange for an early check-in with an extra charge. Depending on your arrival time, your cycling guide can take you for a short walk to the lake in the morning or afternoon for a coffee or beer. They will also introduce you to Vietnam and discuss the upcoming plans.

  • Day 2

    You have a full day at your leisure to explore the city on your own. Discover its diverse districts, unique architecture, parks, lakes, and bustling street life. If you prefer a guided experience for your initial exploration in the capital, a tour guide is available as an optional walking tour.

  • Day 3

    Meet your guide at 8:00 AM in the hotel lobby. You’ll leave Hanoi by bus and head to the Sơn La mountain range in the west. The journey lasts about four hours, taking you from Hanoi to the heights of Hòa Bình Province and the small village of Hang Kia, situated at 1,300 meters above sea level.

    Enjoy lunch at a local homestay and experience Hmong hospitality firsthand while the crew prepares the bikes. Today’s ride is a short one to the slopes of Mộc Châu plateau, following small roads and pathways through rocky landscapes in the heart of the Hmong communities. You’ll spend the night at a Hmong homestay.

  • Day 4

    Today’s ride goes downhill from Mộc Châu plateau to Song Da Lake. You’ll cover about 54km, starting on a main road before switching to a quieter road built by the French during colonial times. Lunch is at a local homestay, and in the afternoon, the day ends at a resort on Song Da Lake. Just before reaching the resort, there’s a hidden waterfall where you can swim.

  • Day 5

    Spend a relaxed morning enjoying a swim and breakfast with a view. Today’s bike ride is short, giving you the afternoon to explore at your own pace.

    Start your 30km ride at 10:00 AM, going uphill on the main road and then downhill to Mai Châu Valley. Pass through Mai Châu town and head to a quiet valley where the White Thai people live. They are farmers who grow rice and vegetables, creating a beautiful green landscape from March to October.

    Your accommodation is a traditional wooden guesthouse with a restaurant below and a common area inside the house. You’ll arrive by lunchtime and can choose to bike or hike in the afternoon, exploring villages, rice fields, and gardens along small roads and paths.

     

  • Day 6

    Start your day with breakfast, then head on a 35km journey to the heart of Pù Luông Nature Reserve. Leave the valley and bike towards the Laos border for about 15km until you reach Pù Luông Nature Reserve. From there, the landscapes become more mountainous. The last few kilometers are downhill to a resort nestled on the reserve’s slopes. In the afternoon, you can relax by taking a swim in the pool or visit a nearby village.

  • Day 7

    This morning’s ride is short and gentle, taking you to the eastern section of the nature reserve where a guesthouse awaits between two flowing streams, surrounded by waterfalls and natural pools. The accommodation is communal in shared spaces.

  • Day 8

    Today’s journey takes you to a secluded nature reserve along a lesser-known road. Start early on a 45km ride through countryside nestled between the Nam Ma River and the Tam Điệp mountain range. Upon reaching Lương Nội, a quaint hamlet, return to Hanoi by bus. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the historic Hồ Chí Minh Road before heading back to Hanoi by bus. Anticipate arriving in the late afternoon.

  • Day 9

    You have a free day until a driver will pick you up to go to the airport for your flight home or any optional extension you have planned.

What to expect

You will stay in a mix of small, locally-owned hotels and traditional homestays on this tour. These places were chosen carefully for their great location, friendly staff, tasty local food, and commitment to responsible tourism. At the homestays, you'll have dormitory-style rooms.

Booking Policy

English speaking, local guide
All accommodation listed
Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
All meals listed

Entry visas
International airport departure taxes
Any meals not listed in the itinerary
Drinks, other than water on activity days
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip…)
Travel insurance
All other services not listed in ‘inclusive’

Personalised design

We'll help plan your trip based on you like and want to do. We know a lot about the place you're gomg. so we can give you good advice. WIIether you're into history, food, or culture, ue'll make sure your trip is just right for you. With us. your travel will be easy and fun!

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We carefully choose our expert guides and travel concierges to make sure you have an authentic experience. They're passionate about their work and will bring your destination to life with care and enthusiasm.

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We design our luxury trips with responsible travel principles in mind. This means we prioritize experiences that benefit both you and the planet.

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