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11 Days exploring red river delta by bike

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11 Days exploring red river delta by bike

Cycling route: Hanoi – Bat Trang – Khoai Chau – Phu ly – Van long – Cuc phuong – Trang An – Nam Dinh – Thai Binh – Hai phong – Halong – Cat Ba – Hai Duong. Trip overview: 09 days cycling in Red River Delta is unique and authentic cycling adventure tour in the North Vietnam. This cycling trip offers for those who want to explore and experience indept both physical and cultural activities.

DAY 1

Hanoi arrival

Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, IET Tours guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Read more

Hanoi
DAY 2

Hanoi cycling Bat Trang - Phu Ly

After hearty breakfast in hotel, our shuttle bus take us to left bank of Red River Detla, In Long Bien, Arriving cycling point , we spend few minute to master how control the bike and the rule of the road.for cycling days in Vietnam. making sure everything is going on smoothly, we start pedalling on the trail, unsealed road, along the bank of Red River, You have first different sight and vision about Hanoi city , you are also impressive on stunning banana farm, bonsai gardens or guava fruits garden, Our ride continue to Bat Trang Ceramic village, place has been well known high quality ceramic produces for 11 centuries. You have time to explore skillful productions or take some amazing pictures of this villages. After visiting BatTrang Ceramic village, we keep riding to Kim Lan and Van Giang villages, through traditional vegetable villages, bonical and kumquat trees. Meeting friendly people working on their farm, or school kids on the way back their home. We stop for cake break and water. We continue to paddle to Khoai Chau, Hung Yen for delicious lunch, after lunch we cross bridge and turn back to Phu Ly city , Hanam provice. Arriving in Phu Ly, check in and relax. Dinner in local restaurant, cc Read more

Phu Ly
DAY 3

Phu Ly - Cuc Phuong national park

We have breakfast in Hotel, clearing the bill and checking out. We start pedaling from Hotel to Van Long wet land reserver, on the way you are rewarded by extraordinary kark mountain ranges and staggering ride paddies. Arriving Van Long Wet Land Reserve, you definitively excited at outstanding limestone mountains, picturesque scenery.We have lunch in Van long Restaurant. After lunch, we continue to ride along corridor of Wet land Reserve to Cuc Phuong National Park, through villages and rice paddy dotted with marvelous lotus lakes.Arriving Cuc phuong in Late afternoon, we do check in and have cold beer break. Dinner and stay in Cuc Phuong Eco Resort or Guest house in National Park. Read more

Cuc Phuong National Park
DAY 4

Cuc Phuong - Tam Coc - Ninh Binh

Today is great and amazing day with many highlights in our schedule such as cycling through National park, spending the time for visiting Endangered primates rescued Center, exploring Trang An – newly classified culural and natural world heritages complex and admire outstanding landscapes of “ halong on land”, take two hours boat trip to explore incredible caves and sightseeing in Trang An natural heritage .Following to breakfast in Hotel,the shuttle bus take to bottom of National Park, you will enjoy peaceful atmosphere and discover the biodiversity values of national park. We starting new cycling day by paddling back road to Central Gate where you leave the bike and visit the Endangered primates Rescued Center. The endangered Primates Rescued Centre is a perfect place to see many kinds of rare primates such as Langur, Gibbon and Loris all over Vietnam, many of them are under threat of extinction. After visiting, we continue to ride out of national Park on corridor path lead to pineapple farms. Arriving in Tam Diep Town , take short transfer to Tam Coc for lunch in local restaurant.We continue to cycle from Local Restaurant to Thai Vi Temple, Bich Dong pagoda where you admire one of the most extraordinerary natural beauty.keep going on pumpy road and village trail to Trang An .Arriving Trang An, you will spend two hours boat trip to explore marvelous grotto and pristine fresh nature. Our last activities is going to ride back to Ninh Binh city, we stay and have dinner in hotel Read more

Ninh Binh
DAY 5

Ninh Binh - Phat Diem - Keo Pagoda

We start our cycling day by short transfer to village, upon arriving, we cycle on the small road and single track through village and village to Phat Diem Cathedral. On the way you are fascinating by lush green rice paddy, colourful sedge mats and meet the most hospitable people. Arriving Phat Diem , you will explore the value of architechure that was mixed between Vietnam traditional and Europe motif in 20 century. Our cycling trip continue to Nam Dinh and Thai Binh province, the capital of Red River delta,where has been preserving many wellknown historical relics and beautiful landscapes as well. We spend time to visit and admire long standing pagoda – Keo Pagoda. Arriving in Thai Binh city late afternoon. Have dinner and stay in Thai binh City. Phat Diem Cathedral - the Center of Catholicism in North Vietnam – was built in 1891 with four roofs and six sets of iron wooden pillars. On both sides of the church are four smaller churches of different styles. Keo Pagoda is a home to a wealth of ancient relics which ranges from intricately engraved wooden dragons to a collection of over 100 statues. Here is also preserved many valuable antiques, such as a pair of candlesticks from the Mac Dynasty, some pottery ware and altars from the Le Dynasty, imperial boats, etc. It is surprising that all of them are kept intact as they were during the time of the Le Trung Hung Dynasty in 16th century. Read more

Thai Binh
DAY 6

Thai Binh - Vinh Bao - Hai Phong

Another beautiful cycling day is highlight of Thai Binh and Vinh Bao rural village. You will explore and experience the different images of city and countryside while cycling through small alleys and villages. We also spend the time to visit one of the oldest water Puppet Theatre in Vinh Bao, Communal house where pay tribute to founder of Water Puppet before riding to Hai phong city.Have dinner and stay overnight in Hai phong city Read more

Hai phong
DAY 7

Hai Phong - Ha Long

Have delicious breakfast in hotel, we start cycling from hotel through City to Northeast direction, cross over bridge and then cycling on pumpy road, through countryside, vegetable garden, peaceful villages to public ferry where tributaries of Red river separate HaiPhong and Quang Ninh Province. We go to the land of Quang Ninh Province,keep going to Bieu Nghi T junction with High way 18 and tranfer to Halong Bay.Arriving in Halong Bay, you will check in and take cruise to explore Halong Bay. Read more

Ha Long
DAY 8

Ha Long - Cat Ba

After breakfast, you will follow the local guide to visit the Sung Sot Cave and do kayaking in Luon grotto, Back to cruise for checking out and having early lunch while our cruise is going back to harbour. Arriving in Harbour, you will be transfered by small boat to Gia Luan dock. Our bike is already for you once you arrive. We start riding from Gia Luan through Cat Ba National Park back to the Town, on the way we conquer some stiff passes. However, you are rewarded by captivating scenic beauty and thrilling soaring mountain. Arrivin in Cat Ba town, you are free to explore the town or go to swim on beach. Have dinner and stay overnight in Cat Ba Read more

Cat Ba
DAY 9

Cat Ba - Cycling - Trekking

After breakfast in Hotel, we starting riding from Hotel to Cat ba National Park, on the way we conquere three passes before rolling to Cat Ba National park. Upon arriving in Park, we leave the bikes and trekking inside jungle to discover the biodiversity values of national park and climb on the peak to take overview of Cat Ba and Halong Bay also. Riding bike back Town by another hilly road. Have lunch enroute, have free time in afternoon. Dinner and stay overnight in Cat Ba town. Read more

Cat Ba
DAY 10

Cat Ba - Hai Phong - Hai Duong - HN

Today is the last day of cycling in Red River Delta, you have time to explore the daily life of local fishmen and experience interesting activities on the way back to Hanoi.We start cycling from Hotel follow the coast and hilly road lead to Cai Vieng Commune and Viet Hai fishsauce villges. We take two public ferries before landing on Hai Phong city.Arriving in Dinh Vu international sea Port, Have lunch in seafoods restaurant. After lunch time, we take short transfer out of bustling city and then cycle back to Hanoi via Hai Duong Province.Ariving in Hanoi late afternoon, do check in and have relax by yourself.Farewell dinner is arranged for your group. Stay in Hanoi Read more

Hanoi
DAY 11

Hanoi - Departure

Have breakfast in hotel and free shopping until departure time to airport. We finish our service and thank you very much for joining cycling tour with us.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Hanoi
Hotel Flower Hotel
Day 2
Location Ha Nam
Day 3
Location Ninh Binh
Day 4
Location Ninh Binh
Hotel Legend hotel
Day 5
Location Thai Binh
Day 6
Location Hai Phong
Day 7
Location Ha Long
Hotel On Cruise
Day 8
Location Cat Ba
Day 9
Location Cat Ba
Day 10
Location Hanoi
Hotel Flower Hotel

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
  • Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
  • Meals details in itineraries ( 10 breakfast, 10 lunches, 10 dinners)
  • A/C transfer/ and transportation
  • Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
  • Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
  • Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with disc brake and helmets
  • Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
  • Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
  • First aid kit
  • Cold water box, small fresh towel.
  • Mineral water for drinking’
  • Fruit and snack for cycling days’

Package excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Optional excursions
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
  • Visa fee
  • Departure tax
  • Tip for team and guide

More information

  • Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent accommodation
  • Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, IET can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous - dishes.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Chris Darke, United States

I have been on several trips before but I rate this one the best ever. It was well run the hotels and guest houses were clean and very welcoming. Vietnam has to be one of the cheapest places to visit in the world, the food was great and the beer is cheaper than water. The people are the most friendliest I’ve ever met and the women are the prettiest. The views were spectacular and the cycling was hard but we all made it. I’m now looking forward to my next trip with IET Bike Tours to Laos. Read more

Warren & Kym Hubner, Germany

We had a wonderful holiday in Vietnam with your Tour "Hanoi to Saigon". We found the tour well balanced which allowed us to cycle through spectacular rural scenery and to experience the adventure of dealing with the urban traffic in the major cities. To experience the culture and learn of the history of Vietnam from the grass roots perspective on a bicycle was truly an experience that we will never forget. It is difficult to name a section of the tour that stands out because it was the whole experience put together that was special. The 24hrs sailing on Halong Bay was amazing, the experience of Dalat and the Central Highlands was great and the coastal areas had their own touch of beauty. The accommodation provided was of a very high standard and better than expected. The food provided certainly provided us with a broad taste of the local cuisine. We wanted to make special mention of Tuyen who was a fantastic guide and certainly showed his obvious experience . He not only had an extensive knowledge of the local customs and history but he also displayed excellent people skills and always had the interest and the safety of those of us on his tour foremost in his thoughts. From the moment he met us at the airport, we felt comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed all the days we had with him as our guide! All Drivers were excellent in the provision of their services to the tour. Dzung, we also felt privileged to have you on the tour with us. We appreciated your assistance (particularly Tuyen who benefited from your help when climbing the mountains!) and your attention to detail in making sure all of our needs were being met throughout the tour. Over all, we congratulate you on the excellent tour services that you provide and we hope that our circumstances in the future will allow us the opportunity to take part in one of your other tours. Best Wishes. Read more

Sophie, Australia

Dear Tru, We are now back to Australia-and quite sad we had to return. Our dreams are still full of bikes beeping, of food and incense smells, of of still rivers and majestic mountains and of all the smiles we were given in the past 3 weeks by the beautiful Vietnamese people. We would like to thank you personally for your kindness, patience and support over our holidays. The small chaos we experienced with the hotels did in no way diminished the wonderful holidays we had and was a small discomfort with comparison to the great holiday we had. I will probably go in your records as a "grumpy traveller -and couldn¹t blame you for this, although I guess we were just unlucky we the proximate noise in some hotels! Vietnam is a country we will not forget and will always keep close to heart. Most importantly, we will cherish all our encounters with the Vietnamese people, whose resilience, kindness, gentleness, respectfulness and patience is an inspiration for all westerners. We have learnt a great deal from the people of Vietnam in general and from all those we have met along the way indeed. Particularly, we won't forget Ms Lan, Mr Chin, Mr Vinh, Mr Wu and Mr Tanh (and all our drivers) who have made our holidays a journey through wonder, beauty, timelessness, enjoyment and great learning. Indeed we have learnt from all our guides and we have treasured their company and our conversations, both casual and educational. Additionally we have learnt through the people of Vietnam, through our encounters and our observation that life -as we know it in our Western countries - can happen more harmoniously in different ways, with more humility and respect of others and nature. Briefly our journey through Vietnam will make us (one would hope) better people, more humble, more patient, more grateful and less complaining (this last one for me particularly...). Just one little thing perhaps: we would have preferred being taken to more modest but perhaps more traditional Vietnamese restaurant for lunch. Perhaps travellers could be given a choice every day of places they could have lunch. We will however remember the Secret Garden in Hoi An and the Mekong Delta restaurant we were taken to as restaurant of excellent cuisine quality. Also we had the pleasure to see A O show in Saigon. It was wonderful. I would highly recommend it to your clients (if they are finishing their journey). Thank you again for all your time and patience. We will definitely be in touch with you should we decide to pass by Vietnam again in the future. Kind Regards and best wishes to you and your family. Read more

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