Cycling & Trekking Vietnam from North to South
Hightlights
  • Essentials:

    • See iconic Hanoi – City for Peace
    • Ba Be Lake, the emerald gem of the Northeastern mountains
    • Visit Halong Bay – a famous UNESCO World Heritage site
    • See the spectacular landscape in Ninh Binh – a place selected by US magazine Forbes as one of the 23 best places to travel around the world in 2023. It is home of Trang An, Hoa Lu, Tam Coc - Bich Dong...
    • Visit Ho Chi Minh City – “the Pearl of the Far East"

  • The breathtaking landscapes:

    • Visit O Quy Ho Pass is known as the "king of passes in the Northwest region”
    • Immersing oneself in the majestic beauty of Meo Vac – Dong Van nature - ‘King of the Majestic and Treacherous Roads" in Vietnam.
    • Enjoy scenic, local market, rice terrace and colorful hill tribes area
    • Immerse yourself in local hot spring

  • Immersion in the daily life of mountain ethnic groups and Hiking/Trekking:

    • Visit the best place to grow tea in the northeastern border area.
    • Cycling through local villages
    • Experience the daily activities of mountain ethnic people

  • The MOST of Asia Mystika:

    • 100% tailor-made tour
    • Attention to details and value for money
    • Accompanied by experienced local guides

  • More experiences:

    • See local life in Mekong Delta – the “rice bowl” of Vietnam

Itinerary

DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL (-/-/-)

Accommodation: City Hotel

Meals included: No

Welcome to Hanoi - the capital of Vietnam and start your tour with us! Meet your driver then transfer to Hanoi center, check in to your hotel at 2:00 pm before exploring this beautiful city.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Note: Hotel check-in time: 14 pm

Hanoi Opera house

Hanoi Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi Old Quarter

DAY 02: HANOI SIGHTSEEING AND URBAN CYCLE - STREET FOOD TOUR (B/-/D)

Accommodation: Hotel/Ecolodge

Meals included: Breakfast

Distance: ~ 50km, ~ 1-hour drive (depending on traffic)

Your day begins with a prompt and comfortable pick-up from your hotel in Hanoi. Our friendly driver will ensure you're ready for a day of adventure and discovery.

Drive to Ecopark: We'll set off on a scenic drive to Ecopark, a modern and green enclave just a short distance from the bustling city. Ecopark serves as the perfect starting point for your biking adventure.

We start to have a cylcing trip explore the Ecopark and the Local town inlculing: Kim Lan Pottery Villag, Red River, Vegetable Garden, Xuan Quan Flower Village

After lunch at a historic house, We'll explore this charming village by walking through its narrow alleys, and you'll have the opportunity to meet a war veteran who will share his life experiences and the rich history of Bat Trang. You'll also get hands-on experience in the art of pottery making, and welcome to take your creations home as souvenirs if you wish.

Afterward we head Rooftop Panorama View to admire the overview of the road we did and the Red river

Start street food tour around 18:00

On this 3-hour walking tour, you will explore the culture and history of Hanoi, stepping into a world filled with street food vendors. Unlike other big cities worldwide, street food in Hanoi isn't just about hot dogs or snack sandwich stands; we offer the opportunity to taste various dishes at street food stalls, family restaurants…

Overnight in Hanoi.

Kim Lan Pottery Village

Xuan Quan Flower Village

Bat Trang Pottery Village

DAY 03: HANOI – PU LUONG – HIKING THAI VILLAGE (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel/Ecolodge

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Pu Luong across a mountain pass with amazing vistas of the entire valley.

In the afternoon, hike the trails through the valleys along the mountain range of Pu Luong nature reserve. You will walk through picturesque places such as terraced fields, streams, waterfalls, local villages of Thai and Muong ethnic people. The harmony that people have with nature is rare. The great thing here is that tourism has not affected life, which makes everything very real.

Overnight in Pu Luong.

'Pu Luong

Pu Luong

Pu Luong

DAY 04: PU LUONG – CYCLING – WATER WHEEL - BAMBOO RAFTING – MAI CHAU (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel/Ecolodge

Meals included: Breakfast

Distance: ~ 120km, ~ 3-hour drive (depending on traffic)

Have a chance to see scenic drive mountain pass with amazing vistas of the entire valley and paddy fields to a local waterfall in a community tourist village. The road to the waterfall will go through a local market (that hosts a fair on Tuesday and Sundays). Go through the market and continue up to our destination. The waterfall offers a lot of different spots to enjoy a swim in natural pools and waterfalls. You can choose to go up the stream on foot, a wonderful and refreshing experience.

In the afternoon, experience bamboo rafting on a local river. You travel like a local fisherman down a river and see local agriculture life on both sides and pass a few bamboo water wheels up close. See firsthand how water is transported from the river using handmade bamboo aqueducts.

Transfer to Mai Chau for overnight

Pu Luong

Pu Luong

DAY 05: MAI CHAU CYCLING LOCAL VILLAGE - HUA TAT (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel/Ecolodge

Meals included: Breakfast

Distance: ~ 110km, ~ 3-hour drive (depending on traffic)

Hiking: ~ 2-3 hours

Enjoy breakfast as you awaken to the tranquil splendor of the mountain. After that, you will start cycling through local villages, see terraces rice fields, mountains and jungle. After checking out the hotel at noon,

Transfer to Hua Tat

Option: If time permits, try making paper at a local H’mong Paper Workshop.

Paper making is also a handicraft that has been passed down generation after generation in Hua Tat. The papers here are made for domestic and cultural purposes which you can’t find anywhere else.

Overnight in Hua Tat

Mai Chau

Mai Chau

Mai Chau

DAY 06: HIKING PINE FOREST AND H’MONG VILLAGE – LOCAL HOT SPRING - MU CANG CHAI (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel/Ecolodge

Meals included: Breakfast

Cycling: ~ 2 hours

After breakfast, hiking through pine forest and H’mong village to enjoy the refreshing and cool air of the highland’s plateau. Following the trail to the top of the hill, you’ll see many different kinds of plantations and animals like goats and buffalo. Towards the end of the trail, you will pass by the villagers’ houses and get a chance to interact with the friendly Hmong villagers.

In the afternoon, transfer to Mu Cang Chai. On the way, stop at local hot spring in a community tourist village (Tram Tau). The hot spring runs from the mountain with an average temperature of 35°- 40° Celsius. It is embanked to create a pool for people to have a hot bath. Immerse yourself and relax in the warm and fresh water, it is really good for your health.

Afternoon transfer to Mu Cang Chai for overnight

Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai

DAY 07: HIKING LA PAN TAN – CHE CU NHA – MAM XOI HILL – SAPA (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will stop at La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha Villages and Mam Xoi Hill one of the most beautiful terraced fields in Vietnam. Immersing yourself in the spectacular landscape area, visit the rural town and admire the beautiful.

Transfer to Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa

La Pan Tan

La Pan Tan

La Pan Tan

DAY 08: SAPA – TREKKING – FANSIPAN (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, our driver and local guide will pick you up to Muong Hoa Valley. Then you will trek along the way for stunning scenery of Fansipan mountain and Muong Hoa valley. You will also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river and rice paddy terraces. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can rest and visit several local families. After that, you will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Ta Van village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route.

In the afternoon, visit Fansipan peak, spend 20 minutes with cable car to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Reach the altitude of 2800 meters, you have a good time to see the view and take photos, visit pagoda the spiritual destinations and trek up to 600 steps you will reach the peak of Fansipan - the Roof of Indochina. (Spend about 1,5 hours hiking and taking photos). Come back to Cable Car Station and head to Sapa Center.

Overnight at hotel in Sapa town.

Y Linh Ho Village

Y Linh Ho Village

Ta Van Village

DAY 09: SAPA – BAO YEN – CINNAMON PLANTATION (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Leaving Sapa and drive to Bao Yen. There will be time for you to experience planting and harvesting cinnamon alongside the local people. This will be a special experience and one we believe is a unique opportunity for you in Vietnam.

Overnight in Bao Yen.

"Cinnamon Eco Lodge" is a unique holiday destination in North- East Vietnam. It is away from the usual tourist routes, located in a rural village, surrounded by thousands of cinnamon trees.

Cinamon Farm

Cinamon Farm

Cinamon Farm

DAY 10: LOCAL WATERFALL – HIKING – HA GIANG (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Trek through the quiet valley trails, past terraced rice fields, cinnamon forests and beautiful natural waterfalls. Visit the mountain villages around the Cinnamon farm, where your guide will introduce you to the flower H'mong and black and white Tay people who live there. Visit and swim in a local waterfall.

In the afternoon, transfer to Ha Giang for overnight.

Ethnic Community

Ethnic Community

Ethnic Community

DAY 11: HA GIANG – LOCAL VILLAGE – LOCAL VILLAGE & WATERFALL (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, visit a local market then hike in Ha Thanh village. You can immerse yourself in the cool water at a waterfall.

Ha Thanh village is one of the attractive villages where is a stream flowing from the mountain to the valley, in the water season, forming a beautiful waterfall called "waterfall No.6". You will get better knowledge about their customs and spiritual values of the Tay people and also enjoy the alluring atmosphere surrounding.

Overnight in Ha Giang.

Ha Thanh Village

Ha Thanh Village

Ha Thanh Village

DAY 12: HA GIANG – QUAN BA – DONG VAN – MEO VAC (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

In the morning travel along a beautiful mountain road to Dong Van, a small town located in Dong Van Highlands. You can stop midway to enjoy breathing fresh air and take photographs at Quan Ba heaven gate. From the top of the mountain, you can eyesight to the farthest side to admire the majestic scenery of this Dong Van rock plateau. In the front is the vast Quan Ba valley, bringing a peaceful beauty with terraces field and flickering the houses of ethnic minorities sometimes emitting smoke from the kitchen.

Upon arrival in Dong Van, we will spend time visiting the pine forest and King of the H’mong’s Palace - a national relic featuring typical H’mong architecture, a fortress built by a local chief allied with the French against the Vietminh, Vuong Chin Duc, and evacuated in 1950.

Continue to drive to Meo Vac through Ma Pi Leng pass on the Happiness road. You will have a chance to admire the wonderful scenery on the way.

Overnight in Meo Vac.

Dong Van

Quan Ba Heaven Gate

Meo King Palace

DAY 13: MEO VAC – BA BE – BA BE NATIONAL PARK (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

In the morning, depart to visit Ba Be lake – the most important natural lake in Vietnam, visit Ra market at 12 pm. Car will pick you up to start a boat trip wonder on the lake. Take a walk, visit bat cave and swim.

Overnight in Ba Be.

Ba Be National Park was recognized as an ASEAN natural heritage. Ba Be National Park is a complex of rivers, lakes, and lowland evergreen forests on limestone mountains which create high biodiversity. Because of this magnificence, Ba Be is sometimes referred to as “Halong Bay on land”.

Ba Be

Ba Be

Ba Be

DAY 14: BA BE – HANOI (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Distance: ~ 200km, ~ 5-hour drive (depending on traffic)

In the morning, take a short trip to visit Hua Ma cave (which mean the Horse head), a hidden gem of impressive stalactites and mysterious legends. There are curving limestones looking like terraced rice fields and 10-metre-high stone pillars resembling those found in ancient temples and pagodas. Stalactites and stalagmites of various sizes and shapes adorn the cave.

After an hour visit the cave we depart to get back to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Ba Be

Mua Ma Cave

Mua Ma Cave

DAY 15: HANOI – NINH BINH – GALAXY GROTTO – BAI DINH PAGODA (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart to Ninh Binh to explore the Galaxy Grotto. The cave was discovered in 2007 and officially opened to the public in 2010. It is about 800 meters long and features a stunning natural stalactite system that has taken millions of years to form. The cave is divided into two main parts, with the first part being a dry cave and the second part being a water cave. You will take a boat and go through the water cave and walk explore dry cave. Afterward back to land by a boat.

Continue to visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, which belongs to The World Natural and Cultural Heritage Trang An Landscape Complex, has been considered as the Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist complex and achieves lots of titles in The Guinness Book of Vietnamese Records. It consists of several temples and over 500 intricately carved statues of Buddha, including some giant ones. Set within the Gia Sinh Commune, it attracts a huge crowd of local devotees and travelers looking to pay their respects and has their fortunes told by the resident monks.

Overnight in Ninh Binh

Galaxy Grotto

Galaxy Grotto

Galaxy Grotto

DAY 16: MUA CAVE – TAM COC CYCLING – BICH DONG PAGODA (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel/Ecolodge

Meals included: Breakfast

Cycling: ~ 2 hours

In the morning, depart to visit Mua Cave (Hang Mua), you’ll climb up 500 stone step to the top of Mua Cave to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. Then cycling around Tam Coc through beautiful rice fields, small rivers, towering limestone cliffs and buffalo’s and goats walking freely over the roads. Visit Bich Dong pagoda and Thai Vi temple not far from Tam Coc.

Bich Dong pagoda exists out of a gate with a bridge and three small pagodas. The entrance to the Bich Dong pagoda in Tam Coc is the highlight for many people visiting this place. The complete area of the pagoda is stunning and tranquil, surrounded by mountains and lakes full of lilies.

Located in the stunning scenery of limestone mountains interleaved with rice fields, lakes, and swamp, Thai Vi Temple has made a fantastic impression on every tourist with its own ancient beauty of architecture and peaceful serene surroundings.

Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Mua Cave

Tam Coc

Tam Coc

DAY 17: NINH BINH – HALONG BAY (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Cruise

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance: ~ 200km, ~ 3,5-hour drive (depending on traffic)

After breakfast depar to Halong by car. Upon arrival in Tuan Chau Marina, embark your boat and start cruising. Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of almost 2,000 islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars.

After arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner are served on boat.

Overnight onboard.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

DAY 18: HALONG – HANOI – FLIGHT TO SAIGON (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, Brunch

Enjoy miraculous sunrise over the islets of the Bay. The boat will take us to go about marvelous areas. Then it’s back to the boat and cruise to Halong Port arriving around noon. Back to Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi airport (~4:00pm) , take a flight to Saigon

Overnight in Saigon.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

DAY 19: CU CHI TUNNELS - HALF-DAY CITY TOUR (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Continue to Cu Chi to visit Cu Chi tunnels, where you have to become a true explorer when you crawl underground for an insight into life as the guerrillas during the Vietnam War. Be ready for a dark and sweaty experience you might never go through before!

Then start Saigon city tour, the first place is The Independence Palace symbolizes Vietnam's victory, peace, and territorial integrity. This place has a glamorous design, hundreds of rooms equipped with luxurious furnishings and decorations, and an enormous and gorgeous exterior space; continue to Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office: Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. End of the tour is Ben Thanh Market: This bustling market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dais.

Return to Saigon for dinner and cozy overnight.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

DAY 20: MEKONG DELTA CYCLING AND BOATING (B/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Distance: 71 Km ~ 1.5 - 2 hour drive (depending on traffic)

Cycling: 20km ~ 2 hours

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Saigon and start your trip to depart for My Tho, the town lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Upon arrival, visit Vinh Trang pagoda which sated back to the late 19th century. Then boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.

Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking around country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, folk song music which performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation.

Riding a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal and treat yourself in the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business, visit honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop.

In the afternoon, time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Hammock relaxing and enjoy cool breeze for those can’t join the cycling trip.

Return to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.

Vinh Trang Pagoda

Tan Thach Village

Tan Thach Village

DAY 21: SAIGON DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Meals included: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for onward flight. Make sure to keep in touch with new friends you found during the trip and don’t forget to share your wonderful journey and reviews with us on our social media.


*** Tour end ***

Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Tan Son Nhat International Airport

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  • Transportation with air-condition
  • Breakfast, meals as mentioned
  • English-speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Water during the itinerary (2 bottles/pax/day)
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • 2D1N Halong Bay night cruise
  • Bach Long Glass Bridge
  • Cycling/Hiking, bamboo rafting, local activities, etc
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  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance
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  • Bana Hill, Tra Que Cooking Class, Saigon Vespa Tour
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Individual traveler (1 – 8 people)

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  • Shortening or cancellation on site: 100% of total tour cost

 

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  • From 21 days to 15 days’ prior arrival date: Non-refundable deposit or 70% of total tour cost
  • From 14 days to 08 days’ prior arrival date: 90% of total tour cost
  • Shortening or cancellation on site: 100% of total tour cost

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