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4/23/2013

Biking Throughout Vietnam Tour


Hanoi - Ha Long - Hue - Hoi An - Quy Nhon - Nha Trang - Da lat - Sai Gon
15 Days - 14 Nights
Day 1: HaNoi city tour (L)City tour of HaNoi with visit to the temple of Literature, HoChiMinh mausoleum & museum, and museum of Fine Art. Exploring of HaNoi's silk, art and other specially shops. For lunch, dinner and Kem (ice cream), we retune once again to the idyllic HoanKiem Lake in the heart of HaNoi. Afternoon drive to HaLong bay.

Day 2: hanoi - Ha Long - Hue(B/L)
AM, 5 hours boat trip excursion of the bay. Lunch on the boat.. at pm return to HaNoi 35 km cycling on the No 18  road.  Take overnight train to Hue.

Day 3 : HaNoi to Hue ( 20km +)
Morning transfer to Hotel and driving for visiting in the ancient Imperial Capital of VietNam set on the romantic Perfume River - arguably VietNam's most pleasant and picturesque city. While SaiGon and to a lesser extent, HaNoi, have seen heavy growth in the last decade, Hue remains largely untouched. After breakfast, we will test our bikes cycling along the tranquil Perfume River and through the high-walled Imperial Citadel, to the peaceful ThienMu Pagoda. Evening meal included local delicacies followed ice cream on the riverfront.

Day 4: Hue- Cycling( 45km)Cycling through Hue's scenic countryside to the majestic KhaiDinh and TuDuc Royal tombs. A succession of Nguyen Dynasty Emperor built there grand tomb on a wide scale, scattered around the outlying hills of Hue and these two are wonderful examples. Afternoon free to explore the giant, bustling riverfront market and other attraction of rest up for the next day's journey. Diversion can also be found in the hotel's swimming pool if the weather is cooperative or cyclone (predicable) ride

Day 5: Hue to HoiAnOur "long group" will begin riding early in the morning while the rest of us will depart for the top of Hai Van. Pass by bus shortly after breakfast. Our route passes by rural villages and picturesque Lang Co lagoon, an ascent of the pass with stunning views of the coast and a thrilling 5-mile descent from the top of the green rice fields around DaNang, which we will skirt by on our way to HoiAn. Afternoon arrival at the tranquil HoiAn hotel. A tour favorite, read more of HoiAn's story in this Asia Week Article

Day 6: HoiAnCity tour of HoiAn - an ancient Japanese port of trade. Much of HoiAn's rare wooden architecture remain in this small, pleasant town. We will explore the legend pagodas, bustling riverfront marketplace and distinctive cuisine. Cyclo to CuaDai beach on the south China sea for a clam bake, VietNamese cooking lessons in town featuring local specialties by one of VietNam's most talented chefs, or free time on your own for boat excursion on the river

Day 7: HoiAn to MyLai/ QuangNgaiDepart early along the coast and past scenic rice village. Lunch near a "secret" Cham sight. Regroup at ChuLai, a former American military base, and board our buses for the drive in to the MyLai Memorial. Overnight just south in QuangNgai, a large nondescript port city

Day 8: QuangNgai to QuyNhonEarly coastal riding followed by lunch at the golden sands of Sa Huynh beach - which is also a nice place for a dip in the cooling South China Sea. Afternoon cycling past rural rice villages canopied by swaying coconut palm. Arrive at the Seagull hotel which faces a beautiful beachfront

Day 9: QuyNhon to NhaTrangOur ride from QuyNhon to NhaTrang covers some of VietNam's scenic coastline, featuring deserted blue lagoons and stone promitories overlooking the water below. Fishing villages dot the coast here, Thien bays filled with brightly colored boats. Not many travelers her, so lot of attention can be expected. Lunch at scenic DaiLung beach. Overnight in Nhatrang

Day 10: NhaTrangVietNam's finest oceanfront city. Half-day boat excursion to nearby island and a marine reserve. Snorkeling and swimming over flowering coral reefs in warm, clear water, followed by sunbathing and grilled seafood lunch. Cycling tour of NhaTrang, including Lon Song pagoda and PoNaGar Cham ruins. Dinner featuring shrimp spring roll, fried squid with pineapples, steamed crab, fresh fish and other seafood delicacies. Evening free to walk along the beach, have a massage or swim in the warm surf

Day 11: NhaTrang to DaLat
Morning bus shuttle past historic CamRanh bay to PhanRang - location of large a Cham ruins, ThapCham, and most of remaining, original inhabitants of VietNam - the Cham. Cycling from ThapCham along the flat to the six-mile climb up NgoanMuc Pass (which some of us will do in the bus) into the beautiful pine forest of the center Highlands around DaLat. Small villages and strawberry, carrot and other crops line the empty road passing into DaLat

Day 12: DaLatDaLat - a beautiful colonial hill - station with cooler weather and some very interesting and sites, such as VienThuc pagoda, BaoDai palace  and the Valley of Love. The gem of VietNam, DaLat was where the French came for relief from the heart of SaiGon - hundreds of well-preserved colonial villas cover the hill. Also a center for exotic game hunting - even Teddy Roosevelt had a villa here. Ride to see the Valley of Love and other local attractions including waterfalls and lakes. Afternoon city tour of the center marketplace, DaLat Cathedral, the artist community and numerous cafes. Overnight in the DaLat

Day 13: DaLat to BaoLoc/SaiGon
Our morning begins with a twisting six-mile descent from DaLat through pine forest to the rolling and gradually falling road to SaiGon. We'll pass by numerous coffee, tea, banana and rubber plantations planted in the rich, red earth that marks the Center Highlands as the place where VietNam's finest tea fields and crops unique to VietNam, like strawberries grow abundantly. We also pass by the ubiquitous churches in this unique and predominately Catholic area of VietNam. Just outside of SaiGon, the rubber trees originally planted by the French Colonialists are still harvested
Day 14: SaiGon
City tour of the vibrant, untouristed ChoLon's Binh Tay market, numerous pagodas, the SaiGon river front and several historical sites, including the Presidential Palace and the Revolutionary Museum. Afternoon free or sightseeing and shopping with guide. Bicycle packing, post-tour or departure arrangement. Last chance to buy postcards - available from many younger street vendors or take a ride in a cyclo, Farewell dinner

Day 15: Depart SaiGon
Morning transfer to TanSonNhat Airport  for flight home.
End the Tour.
Best time to go: From October to May yearly

Total Distance: 750 km

Number of cycling days: 11  full days
Average Daily Distance: 65km/day
Notices:- This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads,  so some off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.
Support
- One or two 16-seat air-conditioned transit vans converted to take bikes and bikers.

Group Size: Minimum 4. Maximum 12.

Staff:  Groups of 6 or more a  Vietnamese cycling guide and drivers and assistants. Groups of 4-5, an experienced English speaking Vietnamese cycling leader plus guide and support team.

Accommodation: Nights in comfortable tourist class hotels. All accommodation has a/c or fan, hot water and private facilities.

Meals: Meals are included as 14 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner. Break every 15- 20 km ( 10 miles)  for tea break with water, coffee ,tea, juice, bread, tuna ,banana, apple... including

Note:
This itinerary allows for 15 field days on the cycling section. You will be able to decide for yourself at any time during each of these days how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 60 -100 km. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions and group fitness and preferences. This is a sightseeing cycle tour, not a marathon or time trial.
What to bring:
1. Bike Helmet
2. Small backpack
3. Shoes and shorts for cycling
4. Sunglasses
5. Gloves
6. Professional Pedal
7. Sun block
8. Camera + Film
9. Insect repellent
10. Original Passport
11. Wide brim hat
12. Bike water bottle.
Key Words : hanoi tours | saigon tours

11/25/2012

Mai Chau Easy Trek homestay

ActivityHiking/Trekking
Start inHanoi
End inHanoi
Group Size2 - 12 Pax
Tour typeGroup Tour
CodeVNADTMH 59
DepartContact Us
Price fromContact Us : indochinaholidaytravel.com@gmail.com

Mai Chau is a mountainous area of outstanding natural beauty, inhabited by a Thai and H’mong ethnic minority groups. This trip offers an easy trek combined with home stay in villages of Thai people. You will trek for two days through the scenic and peaceful villages and stay overnight in local homes where we have the chance to get to learn about culture of the Thai people. From the mountainous region of Mai Chau, we travel back to the nation's capital, Hanoi.




Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Xo Village

8:30 am: leave Hanoi for Mai Chau. After 4-hr beautiful bus ride we reach Pom Coong, a village of the Thai ethnic minority in Mai Chau valley. Lunch in Pom Coong Village. In the afternoon we take light walk on village road to Xo, a village of the Thai ethnic minority. Dinner and overnight in a local house.

Summary
Transfer Hanoi – Mai Chau:   4-hr 
Trekking:     14 km – Easy grade
Meals:     Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Home stay

Day 2: Xo Village – Buoc Village – Van Village

After breakfast at the home stay we say goodbye to the host and walk to Buoc Village. On the way we would see villagers working on rice paddies and children going to school. Lunch on the way. In the afternoon, we will reach the beautiful village of Van. We will spend the second night with a local family.

Summary
Trekking:     18 km – Moderate grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:   Home stay

Day 3: Van Village – Buoc Village – Van Mai Village – Hanoi

After breakfast at the home stay, we walk on village roads which run between mountains and rice paddies. We reach our lunch stop, Van Mai Village, around 11:30am. Lunch in a local house before taking a bus ride back to Hanoi.  We would arrive in Hanoi around 5.30pm. Trip completes in Hanoi.

Summary
Transfer Mai Chau – Hanoi:   4-hr 
Trekking:     14 km – Easy grade
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

Highlights 
• Scenic villages 
• Homestays in villages of Thai people 
• Beautiful and easy trails 
• All meals included 

Inclusion:  
•  AC car transfer 
• English or French speaking guide 
• Local cook 
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary 
• Home stay permission 
• Water & Snacks 
• First-aid kit 
• Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees    

Exclusion: 
• Travel insurance 
• Visa 
• Tips 
• Personal expenses

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11/08/2012

Ethnic Group Culture and Sports Festival opens in Kon Tum

The Kon Tum Ethnic Group Culture and Sports Festival 2012 on the theme ‘Kon Tum – A Legendary Land’ opened on November 7 to celebrate the upcoming Heritage Day (November 23) and the 100th anniversary of the province’s establishment (1913-2013).



The four-day event has drawn the participation of 300 artisans and athletes from six local ethnic groups including Xe Dang, Ba Na, Gia Rai, Gie Trieng, Brau and Ro Mam, who will compete in traditional sporting events such as walking on stilts, tug-of-war, crossbow shooting and stick pushing.
The festival also features a wooden sculpture carving competition, a culinary festival, and a traditional costume fashion show, as well as gong performances and a street carnival.



The festival, held by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, aims to boost solidarity and exchanges between ethnic groups in the locality, and promote the province’s traditional identities and indigenous cultures to domestic and international friends.




(Source: Nhandan)

11/01/2012

Russian farmtrip group to survey trans-Viet route

A farmtrip group of ten Russian businesses is expected to visit Vietnam in the fourth quarter of 2012. During the eight-day visit, the group will survey the trans-Viet route to Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoi An, Danang, My Tho and Ho Chi Minh City.
Russia is currently the most potentially important tourism market of Vietnam and the Vietnam National Tourism Administration welcoming the farmtrip group is part of the national tourism promotion programme in 2012. 

In 2011, Russia jumped from the 25th to 11th place among the tourist markets in Vietnam. Vietnam attracts Russian tourists due to affordable prices, safety, good service and beautiful landscapes. However, Russian tourists mainly flock to Vietnam’s central coastal provinces such as Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), Mui Ne (Binh Thuan), Hoi An and Danang. 

The survey in some destinations in Southern and Northern Vietnam lays the foundation and offers opportunities for setting tour schedules and bringing Russian tourists to Vietnam.
(Source: Van Hoa News)

6/12/2012

Biking from Hanoi to Saigon


BIKING FROM HANOI TO SAIGON


Duration: 11 Days


Explore Vietnam in a trip, ride a bike from North to South throughout central coast of best beaches and come up highland of coffees homeland. A worthy adventure trip with transport of train, van, bike, plane, 



Day1: Hanoi arrival
Our tour guide will pick you  up at the airport. Transfer to Hanoi hotel. Welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day2: Hanoi city tour (B,L)
This morning, spend a few hours exploring Hanoi by bus and on foot visiting Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum to visit the, his former residence and the famed one pillar pagoda. 
Then enjoy a cyclo tour through the vibrant street scene of Hanoi's Old Quarter. This afternoon, finalize your trip preparation with a full briefing trip. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day3: Hanoi and red river bike ride (35km cycling) (B,L)
This morning awake early to witness local Hanoi life along the lake shores followed by a ride through the outskirts of the capital. The route follows alongside the Red River, a fascinating introduction into life outside the big capital. After an early dinner back in the city, transfer to the train station for the overnight ride to Hue. Overnight onboard the train to Hue.

Day4: Hue city tour (40km cycling) (B,L)
Arrive in Hue this morning and begin cycling through town, across the Perfume River and to Hue's Imperial Citadel. Explore the sprawling complex, rich with history, on foot before continuing the ride out to the countryside along dirt tracks to the Mausoleums of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Ride past relics and ruins until you reach the end of your journey at the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda.
Overnight in Hue.

Day5: Hue - Hoi An (90km cycling) (B,L)
Today provides a classic day of Vietnam cycling, starting just outside of Hue and following a picturesque, peninsular road to Cau Hai lagoon. Then join up with legendary Highway 1 for three intense climbs. After the hard work, you're rewarded with a swim at Lang Co Beach and re-fuel with lunch as there is one more hill of the day - the Hai Van Pass. 
Transfer the remainder of the distance by van in to Hoi An for night.

Day6: Hoi An - My Son heritage (50km cycling) (B,L)
A free day to explore Hoi An ancient town or set out for a challenging ride from the outskirts of Hoi An on a quiet back road to the famous Cham Towers of My Son. 
The ride is through a remote area where very few tourists venture, and surrounded by stunning views. You will arrive tired but triumphant at these most wonderful towers and enjoy a picnic lunch before transferring back to Hoi An for dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day7: Hoi An - Danang -Buon Ma Thuot  (B,L)
After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy some free time in Hoi An before cycling side roads via the Marble Mountains to Danang. A short, afternoon flight transfers you to the highland of Buon Ma Thuot. Relax and enjoy the coffee & tea cradle. 
Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot.

Day8: Buon Ma Thuot - Dalat (60km cycling) (B,L)
The starting point of today's straight ride to Lak lake. Lunch and Elephant riding across the lake and dugout canoe on the lake. 
Keep riding, road is quiet and shady for the most part as you pedal steadily up/downwards, at more than 1000meters! As you near Dalat, the journey is rewarded as the temperatures begin to cool and lush green fields and hills fill your vision. 

Day9: Dalat - Nam Cat Tien park (45km cycling) (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. Rise early for a not-to-be-missed Dalat cycling loop. Pedal the quiet back roads in the shadow of Langbian Mountain, stopping en route to visit a flower farm, and enjoy great views of Dalat before transfer to Cat Tien national park. A trekking to through the Reserved Core Area where to see many kinds of hundreds of years old trees.Dinner, jeep to see night animals and overnight in Cat Tien National Park.
Highlight: Spotlighting two-hour night cruise in to the jungle, in a jeep, allows visitor to enjoy the feelings of watching wild animals drinking and hearing the calls of rhinoceros.
What to see: Deers, wild pigs, rabbits, porcupines, and many more.

Day10: Nam Cat Tien - Saigon (25km cycling) (B,L)
Wake up to the nice songs of native birds. Breakfast at the park.
Cycling and trekking to see the Crocodiles swamp
Lunch, take bus ride to Ho Chi Minh city.

Day11: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel. City tour to visit the War Remnants Museum, to Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post office, Opera house and downtown Saigon.  
The War Remnants Museum was originally opened in September 1975, it displays old military equipment and other related items from the Vietnam War.  In the courtyard we will find some larger exhibits including a F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.  The Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace was the sight of South Vietnam's surrender in April 1975.  Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office and the Opera House are beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period.
Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer out to the airport for your onward flight.
End of tour .



VIETNAM OVERVIEW
The natural landscape of Vietnam ranges from the fertile, green paddy fields of the Mekong Delta in the south, to long stretches of sandy beaches along the coastal area, with highlands and mountains in the north. A warm and friendly people will welcome you as you explore quiet villages and bustling cities and experience a unique blend of rich heritage and modern tourist facilities. Find more information of Vietnam, please open the right menu.

About Vietnam
Official name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Population: 86,402,966(2009)
Capital city: Ha Noi (6 million); Ho Chi Minh city (8 million)
Area: 329,566 sq km (or 127,245 sq miles)
Administrative units: Vietnam is divided into 64 provinces and cities. Lying on the eastern part of the Indochina peninsula, Vietnam is a strip of land shaped like the letter "S". China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the south China Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south.
Weather: Sub-tropical climate with four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) in the North and two seasons (dry and rainy) in the south.

Time zone: GMT +7
Languages: Vietnamese(official), Chinese, English, French, Khmer
Religion: Buddhism, Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai
Currency: The Vietnamese Dong (VND) is the official currency. Paper notes are issued in denominations of 500,000; 200,000; 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500; 200; and 100. Coins are in denominations of 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged for VND at banks or foreign exchange agencies. Traveler's cheques, preferably in US dollars, can be easily cashed at foreign exchange agencies, banks, hotels and some travel agents. Credit cards and traveler's cheques are popularly used, especially in cities and big tourist centers. 
ATMs: Cashes can be withdrawal from ATM' system that spread around the country in VND (Vietnamese Dong).

Cycling in Vietnam
Vietnam's number of visitors for tourism and vacation has increased steadily over the past ten years. About 5 million international guests visited Vietnam in 2010. The government and private enterprises are investing capital into the coastal regions that are already popular for their beaches and boat tours.

Besides those regular tours, Vietnam is perhaps one of the best countries for cycling vacations. It gives travellers more chance to see the countryside and experience the local life, compared with other methods of travel.

Popular destinations include Hanoi, Saigon, Phong Nha, the old imperial capital of Hue, World Heritage Sites of Hoi An and the Cham temples of Mỹ Sơn, the coastline such as Nha Trang, the caves of Halong Bay, Marble Mountains, Mekong delta and many other sites. 

As tourism increases in importance, new projects are invested into, such as the tourism complex in Binh Duong, with the largest artificial sea in Southeast Asia.


Inclusive of:
Back-up air-con Van/Bus(carry bikes, bikers)
Truck(s) for carrying bikes for big group 
English speaking cum biking tour guide(s)
Entrance fees for sightseeing
Train ticket (soft berth) Ha Noi - Hue
Airport transfer in/out
Flight from Danang to Buon Ma Thuot
Pick up & drop off at your hotel
Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic
Water, snacks, cold towers, soft drinks and fresh fruits
Accommodation

Exclusive of:
Personal expenses and what are not mentioned
Travel insurance

Departure dates: Daily
Group size: maximum 10 travelers.
TOUR PRICE: Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

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2 Days Cycle from Hanoi to Mai Chau Villages


2 DAYS CYCLE FROM HANOI TO MAI CHAU VILLAGES

Duration: 2 days




Highlight: Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. 
From the top of Cun Mountain, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities, including the Thai ethnic group, live in Mai Chau.

Stilt houses border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish.
The Sunday market brings a lot of people into town. People from different minorities living in the mountains come to Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn, and tho cam made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and to participate in traditional dances

You can get a good run off the top of the dam, hammer it down the road and up the steep runaway truck sidings. A word of warning here, dropping your bike at the top of these steep inclines is a sure way to lose all your gas, and its virtually impossible to pick your bike up again, as the incline means your are practically underneath it.  

With the flood gates in full swing, the torrent of water creates a very damp wind tunnel, as the air is sucked under the thousands of cubic metres of water rushing pas each second. It’s inspiring stuff, standing on the viewing platform just beside the wall of water.


Day1: Hanoi - Mai Chau (50- 80 km cycling) (L) 
Transfer out of Hanoi city to Luong Son - picturesque landscapes. Stop to vist the Thay pagoda and cycle to Mai chau village. Lunch at local restaurant. 
Arrive Mai Chau and overnight in the home stay of  white Thai ethnic.

Day2: Mai Chau and surroundings (50km cycling) (B,L)
After breakfast, ride to visit the morning foggy scenery of the beautiful west region of Viet Nam, and some trekking along the trails. Have picnic lunch. 
Back to home stay for checking out and leave for Ha Noi. End of tour.

We ride approximately 100 km, mostly on off-road tracks, that vary from hard packed jeep roads to single-track. This is a moderatley challenging mountain bike trip with climbsto stunning views and spectacular descents. It is suitable for people who are fit, have off-road experience, and enjoy a mountain bike challenge in a beautiful environment.
Our guides are knowledgeable on the local area and customs, and they explain the history, culture, and local way-of-life each time we stop.

Inclusive of:
Air conditioned bus/van

Truck to carry bikes
English speaking biking/trekking tour guide
Entrance fees
Airport transfer in/out
Pick up & drop off at your hotel
Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic/Doctor(10 travelers)
Water, snacks, cold towers, soft drinks and fresh fruits for cycling day
Accommodation

Exclusive of:
Travel insurance
Personal expenses

Departure dates: Daily
Group size is minimum 2 and maximum 10 travelers.
TOUR PRICE: Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.



Biking Hanoi to Ha Long Bay


BIKING HANOI TO HA LONG BAY

Duration: 3 Days





Highlight: Halong Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. There are two kinds of islands, limestone and schist, which are concentrated in two main zones: the southeast (belonging to Bai Tu Long Bay) and the southwest (belonging to Halong Bay). This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves, forms the central zone of Halong Bay, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The bay itself has an area of 43,400 ha, consists of 775 islands, and forms a triangle with the island of Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto) to the west, the lake of Ba Ham (Three Shelter Lake) to the south, and the island of Cong Tay to the east. Viewed from above, Halong Bay resembles a geographic work of art. While exploring the bay, you feel lost in a legendary world of stone islands. There is Man's Head Island, which resembles a man standing and looking towards the mainland. Dragon Island looks like a dragon hovering above the turquoise water. La Vong Island resembles an old man fishing. There are also the islands of the Sail, the Pair of Roosters, and the Incense Burner, which all astonishingly resemble their namesakes. The forms of the islands change depending on the angle of the light and from where the islands are viewed. At the core of the islands, there are wonderful caves and grottoes, such as Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto), Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto), Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto), and Tam Cung (Three Palace Grotto).


Day1: Ha noi - Ha Long Bay (60km cycling) (L,D)
Transfer out of the city off the main busy roads to a peaceful land of  Hai Duong. Unload the bike for riding to the historical Tonkin sea. 
Lunch on the way. Keep riding to Ha Long Bay. Overnight in Ha Long.

Day2: Ha Long Bay  Cruise Tour  (B,L) (30km cycling)
Breakfast, boating to visit Dau Go cave, Thien Cung cave , Fishing villages and cruising around the island . Seafood lunch served on boat . Enjoy the cruise facility and scenery of the Bay. Transfer to cat Ba island and cycling from Gia Luan whart to cat Ba town . Overnight in Cat Ba Island.

Day3: Cat Ba - Ha Long – Ha Noi (45km cycling) ( B , L ) 
Sunrise welcome, leave hotel for biking day around the island and other landscape surroundings. Cycling to Cat Hai island and take ferry to Hai Phong port city and lunch on the way back to Hanoi .Transfer back to Ha Noi. End of tour.


Inclusive of:
Air conditioned bus/van
Truck to carry bikes
English speaking biking/trekking tour guide
Entrance fees
Boat trip/Kayak
Airport transfer in/out
Pick up & drop off at your hotel
Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic/Doctor(10 travelers)
Water, snacks, cold towers, soft drinks and fresh fruits for cycling day
Accommodation

Exclusive of:
Travel insurance
Personal expenses

Departure dates: Daily
Group size is minimum 2 and maximum 10 travelers.
TOUR PRICE: Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

Hanoi Train to Sapa and Biking to Dien Bien Phu


HANOI TRAIN TO SAPA AND BIKING TO DIEN BIEN PHU

Duration: 7 Days

Highlight: Sa Pa District is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. The Hoang Lien Son range of mountains dominates the district, which is at the eastern extremity of the Himalayas. This range includes Vietnam's highest mountain, Fan Si Pan, at a height of 3142m above sea level. The town of Sa Pa lies at an altitude of about 1600 m. The climate is moderate and rainy in summer (May—August), and foggy and cold with occasional snowfalls in winter.

Sa Pa is a quiet mountain town and home to a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. The total population of 36,000 consists mostly of minority groups.  Besides the Kinh (Viet) people (15%) there are mainly 5 ethnic groups in Sapa: Hmong 52%, Dao 25%, Tay 5%, Giay 2% and a small number of Xa Pho. Approximately 7,000 live in Sapa, the other 36,000 being scattered in small communes throughout the district. 

Most of the ethnic minority people work their land on sloping terraces since the vast majority of the land is mountainous. Their staple foods are rice and corn. Rice, by its very nature of being a labour intensive crop, makes the daily fight for survival paramount. The unique climate in Sapa has a major influence on the ethnic minorities who live in the area. With sub-tropical summers, temperate winters and 160 days of mist annually, the influence on agricultural yields and health related issues are significant.


The minority people can only yield one crop of rice annually, which leads to food shortfalls in many communes at specific times.This shortage of food contributes to malnutrition and other related health problems. The climatic conditions also contribute to many health issues including coughs, colds, and bronchial and respiratory problems that are commonplace throughout the community.





Day1: Arrive Ha Noi - Overnight train to Lao Cai (D)
Airport transfer to Ha Noi capital, exploring the old city on your own and meet at the hotel for trip briefing. 
Our van drive you to the train station for catching atrain at 9:00 pm to Lao Cai. Overnight on travel train.

Day2: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van Valley afternoon ride (20km cycling) (B,L)
Arrive Lao Cai in early morning, transfer to Sapa for breakfast, short rest and time to fit bike before riding into the Sapa Valley.
Overnight in Sapa.

Day3: Sapa - Ta Phin Loop ride full day (30km cycling) (B,L)
Cycle off road track to the village of Ta Phin, when the ride will be more challenging in a loop across a steep and forested hillsides and minority villages. 
Overnight in Sapa.

Day4: Sapa – Tam Duong (Phong Tho) – Pa So (80km cycling) (B,L)
Cycle shortly uphill as warm up to the Tram Ton Pass, before starting a long descent ride to Binh Lu
Ride a truly off the beaten track (jeep track) mixed of hard pack gravel and clay to Tam Duong and Pa So. Overnight in Pa So.

Day5: Pa So – Sin Ho - Lai Chau (now Muong Lay) (45km cycling) (B,L)
Take a brutal ride this day to Lai Chau and Sin Ho and get a reward of truly spectacular views. 
The ride is on the main road, uphill and tarmac downhill, mixed of gravel and hard pack clay. Overnight in Lai Chau.

Day6: Lai Chau – Tuan Giao - Dien Bien Phu (90km cycling) (B,L)
Take a hardest but challenging ride this day to Tuan Giao and Dien Bien Phu, on a rough tarmac terrain all the way, but you will be rewarded with the stunningly beautiful scenery and untouched remote villages. 
Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.

Day7: Dien Bien Phu – Hanoi (no cycling) (B,L)
Take a half morning tour exploring the historical sites of Dien Bien Phu. Late morning flight to Hanoi and transfer into town.
End of tour.


Inclusive of:

Air conditioned bus/van
Truck to carry bikes
English speaking biking/trekking tour guide
Entrance fees/Jeep for tour
Train ticket Ha Noi - Sapa
Airport transfer in/out
Pick up & drop off at your hotel
Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic/Doctor(10 travelers)
Water, snacks, cold towers, soft drinks and fresh fruits for cycling day
Accommodation
Flight from Dien Bien Phu to Hanoi

Exclusive of:
Travel insurance
Personal expenses

Departure dates: Daily
Group size is minimum 2 and maximum 10 travelers.
TOUR PRICE: Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.