An amazing country bike ride through verdant villages, paddy fields, rugged mountains and scenic valleys of Hoa Binh (Mai Chau). Enjoy riding onto the Ho Chi Minh trail past breathtaking limestone formation of Ninh Binh (Rain Forest of Cuc Phuong National Park, and Ha Long bay on land Tam Coc and ancient capital Hoa Lu). All of which is off the main route ride and includes some trekking in the rain forest in the National Park and pleasant encounters with tribal people.
Mai Chau & Cuc Phuong National Park - 4 days - 3nights
Day 1: HaNoi - Mai Chau (160Km/4 hours)(L/D)
Depart from the office at 8:30am. About 30 minutes to get out Ha Noi city. Wind our way to Hoa Binh town, on the way we will be making our own way through the villages and valleys of Ha Tay and Hoa Binh province. We stop for lunch in Hoa Binh town, visit the power plant and continue hitting the roads up hills to the Kun pass and onto nice roads offering spectacular views over the valleys and mountains. Arrive in Mai Chau by afternoon, time to explore before overnighting in a traditional Thai stilt houses.
Day 2: MaiChau - Cuc Phuong National Park (170 Km/5 hours)(B/L/D)
After breakfast we continue on the main Mai Chau road heading South. A long drive today but, soon we'll be enjoying the wonderful sightseeing along the narrrow road through valley of this vast limestone mountain range, it brings on the feeling of adventure whilst being lost in a magic land, passing some villages and meeting some minority people along the way. Have lunch at local restaurant before joining the Ho Chi Minh trail. Arrive in Cuc Phuong National Park by afternoon. After we've become acquainted with our overnight accomodation, there'll be plenty of time to explore the local area.
Dinner and overnight in National Park
Day3: Cuc Phuong - Ninh Binh (60 Km/1.5 hours)(B/L/D)
Today, first of all, we visit the Primate Rescue center, butterfly museum, lookout, and then we ride through Cuc Phuong forest to the park center, a short break then trek for 3 hours to the Tetrameles nudiflora (Sequoia) 1,000 year old tree. Then we, jump on our bikes for a ride around the park, pass by the local ferry and on into Ninh Binh town.
Overnight in hotel.
Day4 : Ninh Binh - Ha Noi (110 Km/3 hours)(B/L)
Today we ride to Tam Coc/Thungang cave for a 3 hour boat trip to Ha Long. We will have lunch at the river side restaurant, before riding through villages, by the river, rocks, rice fields, and temples to Hoa lu where we will visit the "Ancient capital city of Hoa Lu". Hit our road towards Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi around 5:00pm.
Prices are quoted in US Dollar/ per person:
Tour included :
- Motorbikes (Minsk-125cc or similar): 01 bike/ per person
- Waterproof saddle-bags,helmets,
- Rain gear
- Motorbike jacket
- All petrol (gasoline)
- 01 night in local stilt house
- 01 night in bangalow
- Hotel in twin share room
- Local English Speaking guide
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: 03 Breakfasts (B), 04 Lunches (L), 03 Dinners (D)
- All entrance fees
- Visa to Vietnam
- Any other transportations are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- Meals are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tip for guide
- Other personal expenses.
What to bring:
- Good sunglasses
- Good shoes for walking
- Other personal needs and some cash for drinks or souvenirs.