Vietnam cycling holidays: Bike Sapa Tam Duong Paso Lai Chau Dien Bien Phu (5 days)Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The 5-day Vietnam mountain biking tour is customized for small group tours, adventure, intrepid travelers seeking an active, adventure cycling holidays to the northern Vietnam. The 3-day tours starts from Sapa town and takes you through Tram Ton, the “Heaven Gate” where you start riding downhill to Binh Lu, Lai Chau province and then to Paso, Phong Tho, Tam Duong, Muong Lay, Lai Chau and Dien Bien Phu. The biking tour is provided with visits to ethnic villages, offering the opportunity to meet up with the Flower H’mong, the Giay and the Lu people. You sometimes bike on the back roads, single tracks and off-road biking trails. Option bike ride up to Sin Ho is also available. The mountain cycling tour can be arranged all year round. But the best time to travel this itinerary is April and October. Contact Lotussia Travel for more details.
Day 1: Sa Pa – Tram Ton – Binh Lu – Tam Duong (L,D)
8:00: You will be met up with your Lotussia Travel guide at your hotel in Sapa. You first travel by car uphill toward Tram Ton. On the way, you can take a short walk to Silver Waterfall and then head to Heaven Gate, where you will be amazed by breathtaking view to mountain surrounding included Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina. Your ride will be mostly downhill toward Binh Lu. You will stop by Chu Va village of Black Hmong for a break before you arrive in Binh Lu. Here you will have lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, you start to cycle mostly uphill for the rest of today, which requires incredible effort.
You will be able to stop by a village You will then probably need the help of the supply car to go up
another high pass, before enjoying the easy ride downhill all the way to Tam Duong, where you stay
overnight in a hotel.
Day 2: Tam Duong – Border – Paso (B,L,D)
You will start out from Tam Duong by cycling uphill along picturesque tributary of the Na River. You
will see some places of gold exploration along the river. You also pass by many villages of Thai
minority spreading along the way before reaching to Pa So. You stop for lunch in a local restaurant.
You will then continue the ride on a flat road toward Sino – Vietnamese border. You will enjoy a
beautiful ride along river. You head back to Paso later to spend the night in a hotel, which locates by
the river. You will be able to enjoy a cold beer on the balcony with beautiful river view.
Day 3: Pa So - Lai Chau (B,L,D)
Today’s ride will be mostly downhill. You will have time to enjoy beautiful scenery as well as stop by
a village of Thai minority, the largest group ethnic in this area. You still follow the road, which goes
along the Na River until you arrive in Lai Chau in the early afternoon. You check in a hotel and have
a late lunch.
After having a rest, you will be transferred to the river, where you take a boat ride downstream in
the Black River. You can make a stop to visit a village of Thai minority and hear about their daily life
on the riverbank. A friendly atmosphere makes your trip more enjoyable. The boat takes you further
downstream. You will be transferred back to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu (B,L,D)
Today will be a longest ride. You will start out on a good road, which makes your ride very
comfortable. You arrive in Muong Lay by noon. Here you will be able to take a walk around a local
market. You will have either lunch in a local restaurant or picnic lunch prepared by the hotel.
After lunch, you head toward Dien Bien Phu. You will continue on the good road and the ride is even
more enjoyable in a beautiful nature. The ride will be downhill and then flat upon your arrival in Dien
Bien Phu. Mountains and huge rice fields surround the busy town. Here you spend the night in a
hotel. You will be able to take a walk to a nearby market to spread your legs.
Day 5: Dien Bien Phu - City tour (B,L)
After having breakfast, you will have an interesting bicycle trip around the town to visit famous
historical sites such as Dien Bien Phu Museum, Glory Statue, A1 Hill and De Cattery Tunnel. You will
be back to the hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Ha Noi. End of Lotussia Travel service.
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