North Vietnam Bike Loop 8 Days is a big loop covering Nghia Lo, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Muong Hum, Bac Ha, and Thac Ba Lake. You will discover the most amazing terraced paddy fields, colorful ethnic markets and the rich ethnic culture of the Thai, H’mong, Giay…
Day 1: Hanoi – Nghia Lo.
Today is the first day of this North Vietnam Bike Loop. Before starting our adventure, we will have a short briefing to know about the tour as well as practical information about cycling in Vietnam. If you arrive Hanoi days in advance we recommend the briefing to be organized one day in advance at our garage. We will be transferred by car to Phu Tho where we will get the bikes out of the van, and begin our bike ride. This is, in fact, an easy bike ride, mostly on sealed roads. You cycle through rural areas with beautiful rice field along the road. Arrival in Nghia Lo, we check into a local hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Nghia Lo – Mu Cang Chai.
After breakfast, we start the day activity start by cycling from hotel to conquer high elevation. We will pass by several hill tribe villages and the most amazing terrace paddy fields in Vietnam. We take short break in Tu Le town for have lunch. After lunch we can either continue the bike ride from the restaurant or get on the van for a short transfer to the top of the pass of Khau Pha. From here we have one of the most beautiful views of Northern Vietnam, then cruise down for about 10 km Mu Cang Chai where we will stop for the night.
Day 3: Mu Cang Chai – Than Thuoc.
After breakfast, we continue our bike ride right from our hotel to Than Uyen. In general, the bike ride is less challenging with fewer climbs, and mostly on sealed roads. We stop in Than Uyen for lunch. After lunch we keep slow pace riding to the small town of Than Thuoc where we will stop for overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Than Thuoc – Sapa.
Today’s ride will take us through the old growth forest, tea plantations, verdant rice paddies and we will climb up to highest and longest mountain pass of Hoang Lien Son. Our van is there following the group, so if you feel too hard to conquer the pass, you can get on the van. It is 18 km long with steep climbs and curve around mountain side. Stop at the summit of the pass to enjoy the spectacular view. Then cruise down to Sapa. Overnight in Sapa at hotel.
Day 5: Sapa – Muong Hum.
We start the bike ride right from our hotel, cycling up north, to the Vietnam – China border. The region of Muong Hum is still untouched by mass tourism. There the Sunday market is authentic. The first part is on paved roads, the second part on secondary road (approx. 30km). In return, you experience amazing scenery. Overnight at homestay in Muong Hum.
Day 6: Muong Hum – Bac Ha.
From Muong Hum we cycle down to Lao Cai, and then up to Bac Ha. The bike ride takes us from Hoang Lien Son mountain range to the Chay River Massif. The climb to Bac Ha is quite hard and long, and you can get on the van whenever you want. Tonight we stay at hotel in Bac Ha.
Day 7: Bac Ha – Thac Ba Lake.
We start the day’s activity biking from from Bac Ha to Luc Yen, follow a small track, then a boat is waiting for us to bring the bikes and us to Vu Linh, at homestay of the Dao. The welcome is exceptional and we hope you will not be too much tired. Alternatively, we could cycle from Luc Yen to Vu Linh via Yen The on a small road that runs alongside Thac ba lake. In fact, most of our customers picked up this option.
Day 8: Thac Ba Lake – Hanoi.
After breakfast, we will take the van to get back to Hanoi. Trip ends.