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Cycle the Hilltribes of Vietnam

 

Summary:

Remote Vietnam at its best 

Duration
14 Days
Next Departure
05-Sep-2021
Starting at
± USD 2,208.00
Price per day
± USD 158.00

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Operator
Exodus Travel
Tour
Cycle the Hilltribes of Vietnam
Travel Style
Small Group Tour with More Flexibility
Group Size
5 - 12
Age Group
16 - 99 Years
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Summary

Remote Vietnam at its best 

Short Itinerary

Day 1.
Start Hanoi
Day 2.
Hanoi; Warm Up Ride Around West Lake On Outskirts ...
Day 3.
Transfer To Ba Hang; Cycle Through Tea Plantations...
Day 4.
Ride Through Rice Paddies And Karst Cliffs; Boat I...
Day 5.
Undulating Day; Tinh Tuc For Lunch; End Bao Lac 
Day 6.
Cycle Next To The Turquoise Gam River; Pass Throug...
Day 7.
Ride Into Unesco Site Of Ha Giang Geo Park; Transf...
Day 8.
Morning Village Trek; Cycle Amongst The Thousands ...
Day 9.
Challenging Ascent Followed By Exhilarating 20Km D...
Day 10.
Rolling Hills Through Dense Pine Forests To Bac Ha...
Day 11.
Easy Morning Ride; Transfer To Hanoi 
Day 12.
Drive To Halong Bay; Board Boat And Cruise Among S...
Day 13.
Return To Hanoi; Free Time To Explore The Old Quar...
Day 14.
End Hanoi

 

Details

The remote mountains of northeast Vietnam encapsulate every element of a superb bike ride; challenging climbs and fantastic descents are rewarded with breathtaking views and an extremely warm welcome from the hospitable locals. We start our journey passing through verdant rice paddies and lake-flanked national parks before pedalling through the spectacular karst limestone scenery of Ha Giang. A recent addition to the UNESCO list, this mountainous province is recognised for its high peaks and deep canyons which make for an entirely unique landscape.This area is also one of the last few places where traditional hill tribe life reigns strong; nearly 90% of the population are ethnic minorities, traditional subsistence farming is the mainstay of most and the colourful attire of many of the inhabitants signals the cultural diversity of the area. This insight into remote Vietnam is for many the absolute highlight but time spent in fascinating Hanoi and a cruise around the islands of Halong Bay is definitely the perfect reward after 10 days of challenging cycling.  

Remarks

Highlights

  • * Quiet roads with little traffic in remote North-east Vietnam * Cycle through the UNESCO site of Ha Giang  * See and learn about many traditional hill tribes * Exhilarating descents and tough challenging climbs * Cruise among the limestone formations of Halong Bay
  • Included in Price

    • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 3 dinners are included.Vietnam is blessed with numerous varieties of culinary offerings and consequently maintains its reputation as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world that still packs a punch with delicious fresh and fiery flavours. Vietnamese food relies on fresh fish, vegetables, rice and a whole myriad of verdant herbs and spices; lemongrass, ginger, basil and lime all play an important role in the cuisine. The Chinese and French influence is felt throughout the country where you are just as likely to be offered a Banh Mi (stuffed baguette) as you are a hot steaming bowl of Pho (noodle soup). Each dish is prepared with the Asian principle of Wu Xing in mind (the five elements) meaning that the perfect combination of spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet is the ultimate aim. Be sure to also seek out the national beverages; Vietnamese coffee is served iced and sweet with condensed milk, a real sugar and caffeine hit, and beer hoi (local beer, brewed daily) is served on most street corners in the North out of large plastic jugs that are perfect for sharing.Food is cheap in Vietnam and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. As this trip is remote you will struggle to find Western food in most locations (although Hanoi will fulfil all of these urges with every type of cuisine on offer). Most breakfasts will be traditional Vietnamese; on occasion this might mean warm rice pancakes cooked with fresh herbs or a noodle soup. There will also be a basic hotel buffet of baguettes, eggs and some cold meats available in some locations. Lunch will either be a picnic lunch that the team expertly prepare on the day or a stop in a local restaurant to sample some of the regional dishes.Vegetarians can be catered for but the choices will be limited, especially when out of Hanoi in the hills. Please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in SE Asia the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home. You may find it beneficial to bring some 'cycling snacks' with you from home if you have high energy bars or gels that you like to use during a ride. For those who wish to contribute, a snacking kitty is arranged  – fresh exotic fruit, nuts, savoury and sweet biscuits and local snacks are all provided from the snacking kitty along with drinks. 
    • * All breakfasts, 11 lunches, 3 dinners * All accommodation * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival & departure transfers * Local bike hire

    NOT included in price

  • * Travel insurance * Single accommodation (available on request - hotel nights only) * Visas or vaccinations
  • Travel Package

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    Tour (Round Trip) Hanoi Hanoi

    This is an Organised Group Tour: the itinerary has been predefined by the tour operator. The tour destinations, duration, accommodations, departure dates and the price are fix. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

        

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