Cycling the Northern Delta 7 days
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Cycling the Northern Delta 7 days

Ninh Binh - Cuc Phuong National Park - Cam Thuy - Mai Chau

Overview

Take a great opportunity to see the outstanding natural beauty of Ninh Binh and Mai Chau. We explore the beauty of “Halong Bay on the rice fields” on bikes. Then we ride in Mai Chau to encounter Muong and White Thai minorities allowing us to see firsthand how these minority peoples live. The local people you meet at their home and their farm, the scenery, and the variety of cultures make this journey of a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Explore Ninh Binh, an outstanding destination that has many attractions and stunning landscapes such as Van Long Natural Reserve 
  • See mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms and rice paddies
  • Discover the Cuc Phuong national park
  • Cycle through the spectacular natural landscape of Mai Chau with ethnic villages and rice paddies. Visit the local ethnic minority of Thai people.

Itinerary

Please check the full itinerary and photograph of this Mai Chau & Ninh Binh biking tour for your reference. If you have any query, please do not hesitate to contact us.

DAY 1: HANOI - CHI NE - KENH GA - NINH BINH

Drive to the outskirts of Hanoi before beginning your cycle ride from Chi Ne town to Van Long village. On this journey we use small back roads off the main highways and away from the traffic. This also affords you the maximum people contact and views of the rural countryside and farming. After lunch, we continue riding on small roads and water canal trails to cycle to Ninh Binh. Often described as the Halong Bay on the land, Ninh Binh is a peaceful settlement with long waterways rich with paddy fields stretching through the mountains. It is a superb landscape for cycling exploring by boat. Includes a 2 hours boat trip in Kenh Ga floating village. With its limestone mountains soaring out of verdant rice fields, Kenh Ga’s natural beauty creates a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.  

 

Biking: 75km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

ninh binh

DAY 2: NINH BINH - CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK

In the morning we leave Ninh Binh for Cuc Phuong National Park. Cycle along the small road off the heavy traffic from village to village. It offers more chances to see and know more of the Vietnamese traditional way of living based on wet rice cultivation in a self-sufficient style. Upon arrival in the National Park, we visit the Primate Rescue Centre, which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of the Endangered Primates of Vietnam. Dinner and overnight at Cuc Phuong resort.

 

Biking: 50 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

cuc phuong national park

DAY 3: CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK

From the gate of Cuc Phuong National Park, we drive further to the Park center (20km) include visit the Cave of Prehistoric Man, in the Park center we start our real jungle trek 6km to see the big tree “ Thousand years old”, then riding back to the gate of the park for dinner.  

 

Biking: 20 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

cuc phuong national park trekking

DAY 4: CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK - CAM THUY

Leave Cuc Phuong at 8 am. We ride southwest to Cam Thuy village, the gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The way is very nice with a stunning view of mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms, pineapple and rice paddies. Visit the former fortress of the Ho-Dynasty. We will stop along the way for a lunch of Vietnamese food before continuing on to arrive Cam Thuy village. Overnight in guesthouse (The best in town)  

 

Biking: 80km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: CAM THUY- MAI CHAU

In the morning we ride from Cam Thuy to Cam Luong village where we have a stop to see Fish Ferry Stream which is a great mystery of nature. It is a stream with thousand of big fish peacefully swimming in shallow water. Offer spectacular sceneries of a different world that’s like no others: bamboo forests, secret valleys with crisscrossing pipes bringing drinking water to different households and all encircled by evergreen mountains. Also, we stop to see local people making nearby Ma river. Riding along Ma river to Mai Chau, a Thai ethnic minority village. Settle into one of the traditional homestays on stilts, shower-up, then you have free time to wander around the villages taking photos and meeting the locals. Dinner and enjoy a Thai ethnic show. Overnight in Mai Chau.

 

Biking: 75km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 6: MAI CHAU - XA LINH - MAI CHAU

In the morning we go by van to Xa Linh where we can walking around to visit Blue H’mong and Red H’mong minority people, then we riding downhill to Mai Chau for lunch. In the afternoon we ride to Na Phon – Nhot – Van – Poom Coong villages Visitors will have a chance to discover the real-life of white Thai people with many daily activities such as weaving, farming, housework… experience the local people’s life can be arranged by our outstanding guides. 

 

Biking: 50 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

mai chau

DAY 7: MAI CHAU - HANOI

After breakfast, we leave Mai Chau on our support vehicle to Thung Khe pass, unload the bicycles from the van to start cycling 50km to Hoa Binh town where we will have lunch in local restaurant. After lunch, we transfer to your hotel in Hanoi by AC vehicle. (B,L)

 

Biking: 50km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Pricing

 

Category Price valid from Jan 1st – Dec 31th, 2020 (per person in US dollar)
2 people 3 – 4 people 5 – 6 people 7 – 8 people

Single

supplement

$1,180 $1,094 $833 $721 $251

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Cities Hotel Category
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm  – Superior Room
Cuc Phuong Cuc Phuong Resort  – Premium Villa
Cam Thuy Guest House – Basic Room
Mai Chau Mai Chau Ecolodge – Deluxe Room

Include & Exclude

TRIP INCLUSIVE

  • All private transfer and transportation
  • Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person.
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling.
  • Snacks and local fruits.
  • Certified English Speaking Guide with one first aid kit per guide.
  • Private boat trip as per tour
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
  • All sightseeing tickets
  • Water and tissues on coach
  • Services charges and government tax.

TRIP EXCLUSIVE

  • International flights & departures taxes
  • Beverage
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee.
  • Others not mentioned above

Note:

* Check-in time: 02.00pm – Check-out time: 12.00pm.

* Price is based on a minimum of 2 people sharing 1 double/ twin room. A single supplement is surcharged when one person occupies one room.

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