|Date||De/date||Destination||Accommodations||Cycling Dist.||Include meal|
|Day 1||15 Sept2015
|Hanoi Arrival – Night train||On train***
Wooden Cabin share
|Day 2||Saturday||Lao Cai – Lung po – A Mu Sung A Lu – Y ty||Homestay
Mrs Si Homestay
|Day 3||Sunday||Y ty – Den Sang -Muong Hum – Sapa||Sunny Hotel ***||78 km||B/L/D|
|Day 4||Monday||Sapa Track trail||Sunny Hotel***||35km||B/L/D|
|Day 5||Wednesday||Sapa – Thanh phu – Sin chai||Homestay||57 km||B/L/D|
|Day 6||Thursday||Sin Chai –Suoi Thau – pholu||On Train
Wooden cabin share
|Day 7||Friday||Hanoi Departure||Flight On awards||N/A||B|
Best Northwest Mountain Bike Tour 7 Days
Destination cycling route:
Lao Cai – Bat Xat – Trinh Tuong – Lung pho – A Mu sung –A Lu – Ngai Thau – y Ty – Muong Hum – Ban Xeo – Sapa – Laochai –Ta van – thanh phu – sin chai – ngai thau – Pho Lu
Sapa is Located at 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level in Vietnam’s remote northwest mountains, Sapa is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity. Sapa is an incredibly picturesque town that lies in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the Chinese border in northwestern Vietnam, known as “the Tonkinese Alps”. Sapa and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes, as well as rice terraces, lush vegetation, and Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam..
Y Ty is located at an altitude of over 2,000m, leaning back into the mountains furrowed available but its peak 2.660m high, cloud cover almost all year round. The sun may have little place that shines all day is 12 hours. Y Ty is the way to trails zigzag lines and then sank in the forest leaves, the house in the clouds looming. Is it so that when the next Y Ty, many people feel like you are entering another world, separate from the earth .
Trip at glance:
|when||Best time for cycling from mid September – April .||Total cycling Distance||341 km|
|Start in||Hanoi||Terrain||Undulating road, relatively escend and stiff pass in our trip|
|Finish in||Hanoi||Tour level||Adventure cycling|
|Health request||Good health, fitness||Tour cost||Contact with us to get the best price.|
|Bike hire||Include in tour cost||Road condition||Offthe beaten track, and Paved road, tarmac road, dirt road, single track|
|Departure||Upon request||Arrive in||Upon request|
|Support||Fully support by vehicle||Staff||01 guide for group less 10 people|
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, Travelo Vietnam 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. Following dinner meal, our shuttle bus take to Train Station to catch the night
Train to Lao Cai. Stay over night train with four cabin share ( wooden cabin – soft bed with air-condition)
The Train arrives Lao cai Train station at 5: 30 A.m. Our cycling guide and support van will pick you up to
Local Restaurant for early breakfast and change your cycling suit. We commence riding at 7h30 in Laocai City cross the Bridge and follow the bank of the Red River to Bat Xat Township. We ride on newly paved frontier road between Vietnam and China. You will be fascinated by pristine nature and magnificent untouched scenery. We keep riding to Trinh Tuong Commune where we spend the time to explore the daily life of hill tribal villages, learn about their unique architeture house, meet and talk with curious people and their kid. we continue to ride upward of Red river where Three Rivers meet each other (the Lung Po river and Nguyen Giang from China River runs into Vietnam territory at Lung Pho Village – Call Red River). Take picture the marverlous sightseeing and milestone of Vietnam and China. After visiting Lung Po Commune, we turn off the road to A Mu Sung And A Lu commune .You will admire extraordinary rice terraces, picturesque hill tribal villages and fairytale scenery. Upon Arriving in A Lu village stop for picnic lunch . after refreshment and filling up energy, we start riding ascending to Y ty commune. On the way, you are rewarded by fresh nature and limestone panoramas.
Arriving in Y Ty commune late afternoon. Take relax and have dinner with local family. Stay overnight in Hmong family.
Get up early in the morning to walk around the village and local market to observe the daily life of hill tribal people. Meeting with school kid on the way to school with big sound Hello you. Or go to the summit of Yty to hunt amazing cloud passing over your head. Come back to the homestay have breakfast with family, enjoy local pancake and hot coffee. Do check out and say good bye our friendly host .We start cycling at 8:30 a.m from homestay around the villages and head to Den Sang commune. We make warm up by riding in cloudy ascending 4,6 km to summit of Y Ty where you are impressive on breathtaking scenery, Nhiu Co San summit panoramas and picturesque rice terraces valleys. We check the gear and brake, wearing cycling jacket before descending 20 km to Den Sang and Muong Hum township. Arriving in Muong Hum take the time to explore Sunday local market .meeting with different colorful hill tribal people from all corner of Bat Xat district to Muong Hum Market on Sunday morning. After visiting Market, we restart ascending to O Quy Ho and Sapa Town. Have lunch enroute and spend your time to take some highlight pictures on the way. Upon arriving in Sapa,. We do check in and relax. Or you can try traditional herbal medicine massage of Red Dao people for your refreshment. Have dinner in local restaurant, stay overnight at Sunny Mountain Hotel.
After hearty breakfast in Hotel, we commence riding through the Town to village where you will be enthralled by the majestic beauty of nature, the mountains and the people here. We ride on single track trail and dirt road lead to Ma Tra and Ta Phin village, passing kindergarten, primary school, clinic, church, Hmong family to Ta Phin Cave. Stop on the way to take picture and interact with hill tribal people who ask you with the same question from different people.
Have lunch in local restaurant. After lunch meal, we ride on paved road and off road lead to Sapa town. Arriving in Sapa Town, leave your bike in Hotel and wander around the town to discover Sapa by your own.your guide will meet you again in lobby at 7:00pm and going out for dinner. Stay overnight in Sunny hotel
Have breakfast in hotel, clear the bill and check out . we start cycling from Hotel, down to Muong Hoa Valley to explore all highlight of Sapa Today. Sapa valley boasts magnificent rice terraces, colourful hill tribe villages and breathtaking scenic beauty. You leave the hustle and bustle Sapa touristic area behind, we ride on descending paved road, off the beaten track, single track, and dirt road , cross the suspension bridge to Lao Chai – Ta Van Village, you will meet and talk with local people on the way we passby. Or visit their home to learn their life and culture. Crossing again the bridge to paved road lead to Su Phan and down to Den Thang, Thanh kim, Thanh phu , have lunch in local family. After lunch, we continue to ride on single track, dirt road, passing many villages and stream to Sin Chai B where we will stay overnight with Dao Family. Dinner and stay overnight in Homestay.
Wake up early in the morning to participate with local activites or just walk around the village to enjoy pristine nature and peaceful villages. Have breakfast with traditional pancake and banana cake, try herbal tea with the Host . we start our cycling from homestay, passing villages and villages, rice terrace, streams and buffalo road lead to Suoi Thau, Nam Chiec,Ta Thang have lunch en route. Following lunch meal, we ride on undulating road to Pho Lu and turn off the scenic road lead to Lao Cai city. Upon arriving in Lao Cai , our guide will arrange the room for taking shower and have early dinner before catching the night train back to Hanoi. Stay over night on 04 wooden cabin share with soft bed and air condition
5:00- a.m the train arrive in Hanoi, Our driver will meet you and pick you up to Hotel for breakfast and relax by your own. You will transfer to air port for on wards flights.
Our service finish. Thank you very much for your joining a life time cyling adventure tours in Vietnam with us. Thank you very much to join and share cycling experience with us
Don’t see the date for this tour to suit your schedule? No problems, Create Your Own Date. Choose the dates that you want to travel and as long as you happy to open the tour to other people joining we will charge you the standard tour price – no markups!
1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 1 to 3 months in the future. This just gives us time to promote the trip and find other people to join you.
2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of two or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can do our best to get a group for the dates you choose but we cannot guarantee standard pricing until we achieve a minimum of 2 people.
3. This offer is subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule.
Tour included in:
English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Meals details in itineraries ( 6 breakfast, 05lunches, 06 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
Tour excluded in:
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
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, Travelo Vietnam can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.
Bikes: we use the new 4300/4500 trek mountain bikes for all most cycling trip with different size from 13.5 – 23.5 We generally use 2012 /2013 models of TREK montain in bikes because they are high quality, durable pieces of equipment. Besides,
We like the versatility and durability of the mountain bike as it has been designed to cope with different types of terrain and riding. Our trips can be on asphalt and can often be broken or potholed, and there are usually unsurfaced sections included, so mountain bikes are the most suitable. They also have the range of gears to cope with the hills.
Each bike comes with a single water bottle cage, if you prefer more you are welcome to bring your own. Bikes also have gel seat cover slips if you prefer a softer ride. If you have your own saddle that you are comfortable with seat, you are welcome to bring it and we’ll fit it. On long tours women specific seats are recommended and we have some available, but we cannot guarantee we will available for every tour.These bikes also are available for rent in case you want to go it alone or just need a bike for a day.
Bikes Repairs: basic spires and tools kid are generally carried by guide and on the support vehicle, although
we can not guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Caring a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
we can not guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Caring a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Safety: wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Your tour guide are trained in first aid
and emergency rescue, tour guide often carry first aid box with their bikes while riding we often used mini bus and bus with air condition for transfer and back up as itineraries
Support: We use van Support bikes and cyclist
( 1 – 4 pax) we use Van to support and carry out bikes)
( 5 – 8 pax) we use one Van and one truck to supports
Accommodation: When cycling we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than
others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Our Guides: the tour will be led by one of English – speaking guides. All our guides have great knowledge of
history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling and introduce that experiences for you . our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by Vietnam National Tourism. Our guides are also medically skilled in first Aid by SOS and they know how to deal with hard situations.\
Grading definition : To assist you visualize how our trip is difficult, we have graded our adventure tours into
three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging, we group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, weather conditions and vehicle support
Easy: suitable for most people in good health. These trips generally include short days, on good paths and at low attitudes
Moderate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels, hill
longer days and altitude.All of our moderate trips have a support vehicle following closely, weary travellers can hitch a ride and take a rest for a while.
Challenging: these trips are physically demanding and best suite for fit people with high endurance level. Day can be longer, often at altitude, in emoted regions and sometimes without supports vehicle nearby.. travellers may be required to carry a backpacks
Terrain: Distances on full cycling days average around 50 – 80km. Our route is mainly on tarmac roads of varying quality with are some more like hard – packed dirt, Terrain is generally flat or undulating with a few notable climbs. Distance for second days and half of third day is around 60- 80 km. Our routes are mainly on single track, dirt road and trail , we cycle around villages and villages, through rice paddy terraces.
Food: All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary, are included in the price of this tour. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food in Homestays . while in towns, we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in delicious restaurants Meals consist of a variety of balanced dishes and aim for universal appeal, we avoid highly spiced foods. Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking. Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants
Snack & Water: when we transfer, ride by minibus ( no cycling day), our bottled waters are always available for you ( two little for one day for person with wet tissue) When we have cycling days, we will offer cold water and wet tissue in box plus fresh tropical fruides, soft – drink, energy – drinking, ( five little water for cycling day/ person Beer is freely available everywhere in Vietnam, but not include in our trip.
The Home stays: Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and enticements. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
Weather: Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons – the southwest monsoon from April to September and the Northeast monsoon from October to late march or early April. Due to regional climate differences, there are no right or wrong seasons to visit Vietnam.the north Vietnam is cool, damp in winters between November and December and February with temperature in Hanoi falling to around 15oC. The summer months from April to October are hot and dry.the best time visit Vietnam is spring ( February – April) or Autumn( late September – December) when it is not so humid. The weather turns quite cold and wet in January and this continues to march. The humidity can prove oppressive from May to the early September.
Money: the official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong ( VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in allmost tourist centers. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the best networks with a limit a single withdraw limit of 2000,000 d ( 95 USD). Most major currencies can be exchanged in leading in Vietnam, but th USD is preferred away from the tourist centers. Changing 100 USD wil make you to be a millionaire. You can not legally take the dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it into USD on departure
Clothing: comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as it is in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evening against biting insects. A light weight raincoat or rain cape is a good ideal in the raining season. For on the bike you will need to bring a couple of pairs of cycling shorts and short leave jerseys, a pairs of cycling glove and if you use them, your clip in cycling shoes/ sandals.. when travel in the North Vietnam during winter months ( late November – March) warm clothe is needed.Visitors to Buddhist countries should not to wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious centers and shoes should be removed before entering private homes
Passport & Visa: All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors. The Snail Adventure Tours company is authorized to issue visa on arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Danang International Airport in Danang, and Tan San Nhat in Ho chi Minh city.The same authorisation procedure and a minimum mof 5 days working notice is required. In emergency case they can arrange a visa o arrival if notice of 2 working days is given
Tipping: Tipping for good services is always appreciated in these developing countries. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for . We recommend 5 US Dollar / person/per day for cycling tour guides .. 2 USD/ person/ day for driver and 1 USD/ person/ day for door bell when checking in and out
Responsible Tourism: we strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice
Environment: we have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abidance by all, long after the trip ended.
Community: Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner. Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, moto taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future