Biking Hanoi Red River Delta 4 Days

The Red River Delta Hanoi Bike Tour is one of our best 4-day tour taking you to different travel highlights of the northern Vietnam including Duong Lam ancient village, Trang An, Xuan Thuy National Park…You have a short bike ride all the four days to discover the real life. We try to include in the tour visit of temples, pagodas and cathedral offering the opportunity to better understand the spiritual life of Vietnamese people. You may also like spending the night at local home of the Muong in Hoa Binh, in the house of the Kinh, the Viet in Giao Xuan (homestay)…

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The Red River Delta Hanoi Bike Tour is one of our best 4-day tour taking you to different travel highlights of the northern Vietnam including Duong Lam ancient village, Trang An, Xuan Thuy National Park…You have a short bike ride all the four days to discover the real life. We try to include in the tour visit of temples, pagodas and cathedral offering the opportunity to better understand the spiritual life of Vietnamese people. You may also like spending the night at local home of the Muong in Hoa Binh, in the house of the Kinh, the Viet in Giao Xuan (homestay)…

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Duong Lam Village – Hoa Binh.

8.00am: You will be met up with Vietnam Cycling guide, driver at your hotel in Hanoi and brought to Duong Lam, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. Arrival in Duong Lam village after for about two hours, you visit the Mong Phu temple, the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact. It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys. Have some talks with the locals in their ancient houses where your lunch will be provided. After lunch, enjoy a short bike ride from Duong Lam to the temples of Ngo Quyen and Phung. These are two places are dedicated to Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung, the two National Heroes of Vietnam. Stop on the way to visit the Mia pagoda, built in 15th century containing 287 statues of different sizes. Cycle back to Duong Lam village, you are picked up again and brought to Hoa Binh. Arrival in Hoa Binh around mid/late afternoon, you check in to a local stilt house for dinner and overnight (homestay).

Day 2: Hoa Binh – Ninh Binh.

After breakfast, you visit the Muong Cultural Museum, the first private cultural museum of Muong people whom have a long traditional culture among Vietnamese ethic groups. Then depart for Ninh Binh province. After about 3 hour drive, you arrive in Ninh Binh. Check into a local hotel in Ninh Binh. In the afternoon, enjoy a bike ride on paved rural roads to experience the real life. Stop on the way to visit the two temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty. After visiting these two temples, you will keep cycling through rice fields and peaceful countryside villages until you arrive in Trang An. Situated on the southern shore of the Red River Delta, Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Take a two-hour boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. Dinner in town. Overnight in Ninh Binh at hotel.

Day 3: Ninh Binh – Nam Dinh.

Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Phat Diem Cathedral, the Center of Catholicism in North Vietnam. The unique architecture is a blend of European and Vietnamese influences. Explore the numerous stone sculptures, which are located on the inside and outside walls, and the large bell that weighs nearly 2 tons. See the four pagoda-style roofs and the 6 sets of iron and wooden pillars. Lunch is provided in a local restaurant in town. After lunch, you will be picked up again and brought to Nam Dinh. Around 16.00, we take the short biking trip to visit the local market then go along the country lane to the dyke to see birds returning to their sleeping place in the mangrove forest. Return to the home stay for dinner and overnight (homestay).

Day 4: Nam Dinh – Hanoi.

After breakfast, you take a bike to explore further the rural town. The first stop is the Bonsai Garden where you meet with the family tending Bonsai. Then visit the village Cathedral. You cycle along the canals to see the traditional house with the thatch roof made of sea grass and see how the locals cast pots for their Bonsai. Arrival back at the homestay around noon, in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon driving back to Hanoi.

Additional Information

Depart from

End at

Hanoi

Start time

8.00 AM

Finish time

17.30 PM

Availability

Daily

Adventure level

Bike

Push-bike

Places to visit

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Travel style

Trip duration

Pickup

Most of our trips begin from our bike shop (both private and group tours), so transportation from your hotel to our bike shop (or v.v) is not included in the quote. We can arrange the service (with extra charge), and reservation needs to be made in advance.

Itinerary

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary prior to travel. If you have any queries, please contact us.

Please note that while we operate successful cycling holidays in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Price

Bargaining is not a strange fact in Vietnam. There are many places in Vietnam where people bargain, especially in open-air markets, street shops and rural areas. Therefore we are not good at bargaining. We don’t like this trick neither. We would prefer spending our time on the tour arrangements to the price negotiation. Our price is fixed.

Inclusions

Depending on the type of the bicycle tour as well as the proposed option, the following services may be included in the trip price.

  • Tour guide. The English-speaking guide is quoted by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Lunch with simple Vietnamese dishes.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees.
  • Some snacks and bottled water while cycling.

Please bear in mind Vietnam Cycling specializes in tailor-made trips, so the price vary much depending on the size of your group, date of tour as well as other details. Please contact us for more details.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are not included in the tour price.

  • Visa.
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • Vehicle for transfers and support (option).
  • Bicycle rental (option).
  • Mechanic (option).
  • Accommodation (option).
  • Meals (option).
  • Travel insurance (required).
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Visa

Visitors are required to have a valid visa to Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors.

Money

The official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in Vietnam. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the two largest networks with a limit a single withdraw limit of 2,000,000 d (95 USD). Most major currencies can be exchanged in Vietnam, but the USD is the most preferred. The exchange rate 1 USD = 23,280 VND (Dec. 2018)

Weather

Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons – the southwest monsoon from April to September and the Northeast monsoon from October to late march or early April.

Due to regional climate differences, there are no right or wrong seasons to visit Vietnam. The north Vietnam is cool, damp in winters between November and December and February with temperature in Hanoi falling to around 15oC. The summer months from April to October are hot and dry. The best time visit Vietnam is spring (February – April) or Autumn (late September – December) when it is not so humid. The weather turns quite cold and wet in January and this continues to march. The humidity can prove oppressive from May to the early September.

Safety

Wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Our tour guide often carry first aid kit while riding. Please follow your guide while biking, and much attention is required while you cross streets.

Difficulty levels

To assist you visualize how our bike trip is difficult, we have graded our Vietnam cycling tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging. We group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, and vehicle support.

Easy

Involves cycling for up to two to three hours a day at easy pace and usually, less than 3 days in duration. The cycling distances is around 15 – 30 km per day. There are likely to be no steep and sustained descents as well as demand for technical riding. We will normally ride on flat roads. Suitable for bikers who enjoy occasional weekend riding on trails at home. Push bikes are sometimes used for these itineraries.

Moderate

Involves biking for up to six hours a day at a steady pace and are usually between three to five days in duration. The cycling distance is about 35 – 55 km per day. Sometimes it can be long flat rides or medium ride with few up and downhill climbs. The support vehicle will not always be available. We will need a good level of fitness. We use either mountain bikes or road bikes for these itineraries.

Challenging

Involves biking in mountainous areas with big climbs for up to seven or eight hours a day and usually more than a week in duration. Cycling distance is about 60 – 80 km per day. There will be steep and sustained ascents and descents. The support vehicle will not always be available. These trips will provide a real sustained workout even for fit and experienced mountain bikers.

Accommodation

When cycling we mostly stay in small hotel, guesthouse or homestay. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail. In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four star hotels (price option).

Camping is not available on cycling tours in Vietnam unless it is required and this should be booked months in advance. Camping is only available in a limited number of places such as Cat Ba island beach, Cuc Phuong national park…Please see the details on the quote.

Tour guide

Most of our tour guides speak English. Some other speak French. Few speak other language such as German, Russian, Spanish. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling. Our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding.

Mechanic

We arrange a mechanic only for big groups or when it is required (with surcharge). When there is no mechanic, our guide will take care of problem which may occur during the bike ride.

Transportation

Depending on the nature of the tour, our cycle journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections. We often use mini bus or bus for transfer and back up (guided tours).

  • 1 – 4 people: we use minivan to support and carry bikes. Sometimes we use a car for passengers and a truck for transport of the bikes.
  • 5 – 8 people: we use one minivan for passengers and one truck for the bikes.
  • 9 – 12 people: we use one bus (coach) for passengers and one truck for the bikes.

We provide bike rental and truck for self-guided bike tours.

We sometimes use local push-bikes (single speed bicycles) where possible or when it is required. Our cars will be arranged as follows.

  • 1 – 2 passengers (with a tour guide): 4 seat car * 1.
  • 3 – 6 passengers (with a tour guide): 15/16 seat minivan * 1
  • 7 – 12 passengers (with a tour guide): 29 seat coach * 1

Bikes repairs

Basic spares and tools kit are generally carried by our guide or mechanic or on the support vehicle, although we can not guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem.

Food and drinks

All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner), are included in the tour price. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food. Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking. Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants.

Snacks and water

When we transfer, ride by minibus (no cycling day), our bottled waters are always available for you in the car/van. When we have cycling days, we will offer cold water (summer) plus fresh tropical fruits, soft drinks. Please see more details on the “Inclusions” section on our our service proposal.

Packing

Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.

What you take will naturally depend upon where you are traveling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.

Clothing

  • 2 pairs of riding shorts
  • 2 riding jerseys (quick-dry)
  • 2 pairs of quick dry socks for cycling
  • Comfortable shoes for biking and walking
  • Riding gloves
  • 2-3 t-shirts or casual shirts
  • Trousers or jeans
  • 1-2 pairs of casual socks for non-cycling activities
  • 3-5 sets of underwear (quick-dry)
  • Cool-weather jacket or rain jacket
  • Extra layers and gloves for cooler season or climate (thin, thermal, water-wicking)
  • Bathing suit
  • Sandals

Toiletries

  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Razor
  • Hair brush
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer

Miscellaneous

  • Passport, wallet and ID
  • Health insurance card
  • Travel insurance card
  • Cash and/or credit cards
  • Camera (with spare battery)
  • Plastic bags (for dirty laundry, wet clothes)
  • Electronic chargers (for camera, e-reader, cell phone)
  • Adaptors or convertors

Tipping

Tipping for good services is always appreciated. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for.

Community

Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.

Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

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