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Overview

Cycle tours are a great way for your family to explore a region or country. Together you get a feel for a new terrain, the sights and smells, history, culture, and people–experiences that aren’t always possible from a train or rental car

Want to experience Vietnam’s village life in a remote setting? Learn how to cook sticky rice in bamboo? Get your hands’ dirty transplanting rice?

Eco-retreat Asia invite you taking to our bikes we are out in the countryside and engage with kids playing and chickens crossing the road. Spend time with the local hill tribe people, the White Thai, and get to know their daily routines when we spend two nights in a homestay. Meet monkeys, gibbons and the quirky pangolin and interact with the conservation efforts at two rescue centers on the edge of Cuc Phuong National Park. Try rowing a sampan boat with your feet and cooking a traditional Vietnamese dinner.

Highlights

  • Visit Mai Chau -The scenery is dotted with limestone karsts and ethnic highlanders of White Thai, Hmong, and Zao
  • Explore Mai Chau Valley -past green rice paddies and local stilt houses, and meeting friendly local villagers.
  • Visit White Thai Village -learn about local village life, visit a few households, and see where families cook and sleep
  • Takes to Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh Province, the oldest national park in V
  • ietnamSeeing the antics of the monkeys, it’s a short walk to the Carnivore and Pangolin Education Centre
  • Visit Hoa Lu – An ancient capital of the Dinh and Le Dynasties
  • Take yo Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, which has a unique blend of eastern and western architecture

Destinations

Country

Vietnam

Vietnam Destinations

Hanoi

Tour Information

Accommodations

In this tour, you stay 5 night at Hotel in Sapa, Dien Bien Phu and Mai Chau, a new experience for the trip. All of our spaces are clean, comfortable, and cool and come equipped with mosquito nets, bedding, towels, and air conditional

Food and Beverage

The meal will be provided every day of the retreat and includes juice, tea, coffee, and water. The dinner will be discovered by yourself. Meat dishes can be provided on request.

Transportation

  • Cycle support for a/c vehicles
  • Bike

Includes

  • Bike
  • All hotels (twin share or dorm ) and meals specified
  • Cycle support for a/c vehicles
  • All water and snacks whilst riding.
  • Vietnamese English speaking guide
  • All meals mentioned

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Departure Tax
  • Visa Fees
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
  • Tips for guides.
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any services not mentioned in itinerary

Booking Terms

Minimum 30% Deposit to confirm the Voucher

Pre Full Paid before Departure

Booking Policies

CHILD & FREE OF CHARGE POLICY:

  • Child below 12 yrs old 20% discount
  • Infant below 2 years old sharing same room with parents is free of charge.
  • Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with 1 ADL is charged for 90%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old with extra bed and sharing same room with parents is charged for 65%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old No extra bed & sharing same room with parents is charged for 55%

Location

Departure Time

8:00 am

Pick up

We will pick up you from your hotel

We will let you know in booking confirmation

Tour Detail Itinerary

Tour Details

Multiple days

Number of day

5

Number of Night

4

Itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi - Mai Chau

From your Hanoi hotel drive 4 hours to Mai Chau, a rural town in Hoa Binh province, southeast of Hanoi. The scenery is dotted with limestone karsts and ethnic highlanders of White Thai, Hmong, and Zao living in the small villages that we pass along the way.

We stop at the top of a pass for a panoramic view of stunning Mai Chau Valley so you can get an overview of where we will be cycling. We start pedaling on small paths, past green rice paddies and local stilt houses, and of course meeting friendly local villagers.

Taking a break at Hoa Ban Plus, a weaving center and living complex for disabled women gives us a chance to see the traditional handicraft of weaving in action, and we can even give it a try. We continue cycling on to our homestay overnight at Pom Coong village.

We sleep in stilt bamboo house in an open dormitory-style room with shared facilities.

Day 2
Mai Chau valley

After breakfast, we ride up to the hills along a dirt road frequently used by local villagers. As we climb, the valley views open up to boundless, spectacular scenery. A steep 2 km climb is rewarded with a 10 km downhill through rustic villages and lush terrain.

A quiet paved road and a small trail lead us to the White Thai village of Buoc. We can take a short walk around and learn about local village life, visit a few households, and see where families cook and sleep. We help with preparing lunch by making “Com Lam”, traditional sticky rice in bamboo. With a belly full of local delights, we cycle back to Mai Chau and have the rest of the afternoon free.

Day 3
Mai Chau - Cuc Phuong national Park

We drive one hour drive to Cho Lo where we then get on the bikes. A flat ride on country roads follows where we’ll have to watch out for chickens crossing the road and give right of way to water buffaloes. A bowl of Pho, noodle soup, will hydrate and fill us.

Be sure to add in the greens, herbs, spicy pastes, and a squeeze of lime to make the soup taste to your liking. A short transfer takes us uphill to Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh Province, the oldest national park in Vietnam and its most significant biodiversity site. Time to get wild! A guided tour of a rescue center where monkeys and gibbons are being rehabilitated to return to the jungle will show you how many species there are in the jungle. After seeing the antics of the monkeys it’s a short walk to the Carnivore and Pangolin Education Centre, where we’ll learn about and see civets and the unusual pangolin with their protective armor of scales and long tongues for capturing ants and termites.

The rescued animals are in well-designed, spacious enclosures, and the center offers interactive displays to understand the threats to wildlife and learn about conservation. A fun and educational afternoon with wildlife!

Day 4
Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu

A feast for the senses today, from the sight of the towering karsts to the sound of the river to the taste of our self-cooked dinner. Cycling from our guesthouse, we go downhill before riding along a dike that provides a flat and safe ride, to the town of Hoa Lu. An ancient capital of the Dinh and Le Dynasties, we step back in time and visit a 17th-century temple built in the shape of a Chinese character. After lunch, we change from bikes to boats and relax and enjoy the amazing mountains that dominate most of the region. We are rowed through a cave by local sampan rowers who use their feet to the oar and enter a green and fertile land. Back on land, we head to our resort amidst rice fields. Another hand on a meal as we assist in the preparation, learning the best technique to roll fresh spring rolls, and then feast on our creations.

Day 5
Hanoi Departure

A change of pace as we get our hands dirty. Cycling away from the karsts, we follow numerous rivers as they reach toward the coast. The scenery changes to flat plains as we cycle into the delta, a guaranteed flat ride. We take a break at Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, which has a unique blend of the eastern and western architecture illustrated by its pagoda-style roofs. We transfer to Bat Trang, a ceramic producing village that makes giant vases. Make your own souvenir teacup or bowl using local techniques. Then it’s time to head back to Hanoi for your onward travel.

Riding through rice paddies and villages was a wonderful way to experience rural Vietnam. The hosts were very friendly and sleeping in the traditional houses was great.

Tour Filter

Main Languages

English

Food Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tour Types

  • Customize Tour
  • Private Group

Retreat Activities

  • Adventure Activities
  • History & Culture
  • Photography

Traveler Type

  • Private Couple
  • Group of Friends
  • Family with Children
  • Old Persons over 50s
  • Teenager Activities
  • Executive Retreats
  • Women Only
  • LGBT
  • Privates
  • For Everyone

Means of Transportation

  • Bicycle
  • Walking
  • Private Car

Means of Accomodation

  • Hotel

Escorts Services

  • Group Tour Guider

Max Group Size

15