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HANOI & RED RIVER DELTA CYCLING - STREET FOOD - SAPA TREKKING - HA GIANG TREKKING & MOTORBIKE TOUR 6D5N

The North Trail Vietnam is specially designed for travelers who are looking for of the beaten track experiences to enjoy real and authentic Vietnam. We offer you a new view on Hanoi with our Hanoi City & Red River Delta Cycling Tour, a great insight in Vietnam... View more
Destinations: Sapa, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Meo Vac
Duration: 6 days & 5 nights
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Day 1 : Hanoi – City & Red River Delta Cycling Tour Hanoi - Old Quarter Street Food Tasting Tour – Lao Cai (Dinner)

Picture of Hanoi – City & Red River Delta Cycling Tour  Hanoi - Old Quarter Street Food Tasting Tour – Lao Cai

Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi City & Red River Delta Cycling Tour - Old Quarter Street Food Tasting Tour – Lao Cai 

->    Get a real feel of local life in Hanoi and the Old Quarter

->    Cycle through narrow alleys to discover hidden gems parts of Hanoi not known to tourists

->    Ride on and under the famous Long Bien Bridge

->    Ride single-tracks through farms and plantations in the Red River Delta

->    Wind through alleys and street markets, where locals shop every morning

We meet up at our office at 13 Bat Su Street at 7:45am and after a brief introduction of the trip and safety instructions on how to navigate safely through Hanoi on a bicycle, we set off towards the famous Train Street and Hanoi Street Murals, along the Train Street.

On this cycling tour we furthermore take you through the most interesting parts and markets of the Old Quarter and move on towards the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum area where we will take narrow-car-free-alleys to hidden backyards so you can get a real feel of how life has been here for centuries.

We cycle along beautiful tree-lined streets and take in the fresh air around the West Lake area, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Truc Bach Lake.

Experience how tranquil and peaceful it is just 5-minutes from the buzzling Old Quarter of Hanoi when we cycle on narrow roads through impressive banana plantations and vegetable gardens that cover the fertile grounds of the Red River Delta. The noisy city suddenly seems very far away…

We finish the trip around 12:30pm. 

At around 5pm your private tour guide will meet you at your hotel to start your Street Food Walking & Tasting Tour through the most interesting streets of the 36 streets of the Old Quarter of Hanoi. He will give you a brief introduction about the route of the tour and about the places you will be visiting before we set off to explore Hanoi’s buzz ling Old Quarter in the early evening.

This tour is specially designed to give you the best of what Hanoi as Street Food has to offer, not just to eat full dishes but to also to give you the opportunity to taste here and there so you will have a complete and full experience.

Highlights:

  •      Spend most time on tasting Vietnamese cuisine around Hanoi
  •      A nice relaxed experience walking around the Old Quarter while enjoying the company of your tour guide who will inform you about the history and local customs while soaking up the nightlife of Hanoi

Your tour guide will drop you off at the hotel after the tour at around 8:30pm. Our guidance service will take it from there to take you to the train station for the overnight journey by soft sleeper to Lao Cai.

 

Transportation: Bicycle – walking – taxi to train station

Meals: Dinner

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Overnight train (soft sleeper – 4-berth shared cabin) from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Day 2 : Lao Cai - Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Lao Cai - Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van

Itinerary Details Day 2: Lao Cai - Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van

On arrival (6.35am) your pick-up service will be ready with a sign with your name to transfer you to our partner hotel - Cat Cat View Hotel (7th floor, 46 Fansipan street) for breakfast and shower. Enjoy the amazing scenery over Sapa town and the Muong Hoa valley. Your local private Hmong tour guide will meet you there at around 9am to start trekking into the valley. She can also arrange a transfer of your luggage to your overnight stay. 

During the 15km walk we’ll visit villages of ethnic populations. Enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful valley that leads towards Fansipan, the highest peak in Viet Nam and Indochina. The trek leads through the village of Black Hmong people, where you can learn how they weave and embroider their incredible clothes. Further along our descent we’ll enjoy the many colorful rice paddy fields until we reach Ta Van village, inhabited by the Dzay people. We’ll have a filling lunch on the way at a local family and dinner with your host in a beautiful and traditional Hmong homestay. 

 

Transportation: Trekking

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: Local Hmong English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Traditional Hmong Homestay – private room

Day 3 : Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van

Itinerary Details Day 3: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van

After a traditional breakfast we leave Ta Van and continue our trek to visit the Red Dao people in Giang Ta Chai village. We pass some stunning scenery and a lovely waterfall along our route. As their name suggests, red is used extensively in the Red Dao women’s clothing and scarves.

Our journey leads us along the small paths edging the rice fields, across the Muong Hoa River and lunch will be on the way at a fantastic spot. We’ll head back to the homestay in Ta Van after our second amazing trekking in the early afternoon where you can enjoy a refreshing shower. Dinner will be served later in the evening and the further evening will be at your own interpretation.

 

Transportation: Trekking

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: Local Hmong English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Traditional Hmong Homestay – private room

Day 4 : Ta Van – Ha Giang (Breakfast and dinner)

Picture of Ta Van – Ha Giang

Itinerary Details Day 4: Ta Van – Ha Giang

After breakfast your driver will pick you up at around 9am for the journey by car to Ha Giang. After arriving at a traditional Tai Village we take you for a hike in the area. Dinner will be served by your host at the homestay.

 

Transportation: Private transfer by comfortable A/C car

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Guide: English-speaking guide in Ha Giang

Accommodation: Homestay – private room if available

Day 5 : Ha Giang – Dong Van (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Ha Giang – Dong Van

Itinerary Details Day 5: Ha Giang – Dong Van

After breakfast at around 8.30am we'll start your adventure through this stunning part of Vietnam towards Dong Van.

We will of course take you to the best scenic places on the way and we'll stop at several places to show you the best the area has to offer.  Among those, Heaven’s Gate, the Twin Mountains in Quan Ba, Hmong King’s Palace and Lung Tam Weaving Village. Lunch will be served on the way and dinner will be served later in the evening in a local restaurant.

 

Transportation: Motorbike (big bikes)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local tour guide

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6 : Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Ha Giang - Hanoi (Breakfast and lunch)

Picture of Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Ha Giang - Hanoi

Itinerary Details Day 6: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Ha Giang - Hanoi

After breakfast we’ll make our way to the most thrilling ride of your life! The Mã Pí Lèng Pass is a mountain pass in Vietnam at an altitude of 1.500m. The road was first built by minority Zao, Hmong, Tay and “Lolo people. It is a stunning road but also known as dangerous and almost 20 kilometers in length.

We continue our thrilling ride and take you via Meo Vac back to Ha Giang for a refreshing shower before the 16-seat limousine bus will pick you up for the 6-hour journey back to Hanoi. We arrive in Hanoi at around 10pm where the trip ends. Drop off at your accommodation is not always possible but we always try to keep it as close as possible. 

 

Transportation: Motorbike (big bikes) - Limousine bus

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English-speaking local tour guide

Accommodation: N/A

Luggage

Sapa

To bring you luggage is no problem, we will have your bigger luggage transferred to the homestay prior to the start so the hike you can just do with a light day pack with necessities. On arrival at the homestay your luggage will be there.

Ha Giang

Normally it is no problem to bring your luggage however roller suitcase is not handy or suitable for the motorbike trip.! A normal backpack however should fit comfortably on the bike so it is best to take it in that way. If it is not convenient or in case you’re travelling with a roller suitcase it is better to leave it at the Tai village or at the start of the motorbike trip and prepare a day pack for the motorbike trip. At the end of the trip you will return to Ha Giang and you can just pick it up for the rest of your trip.

Recommended

Normally shorts and t-shirt will do but the weather in this part of Vietnam can be pretty unpredictable so make sure you’ll have some alternative clothing like long trousers and a warmer (rain) jacket. Rain protection during the motorbike trip will be provided but make sure you have something warm.

Dietary or special food request

In order to take care of your special food requests we would like you to inform us by email in advance.

What’s included in the tour?

  •         Transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  •         Accommodation as specified
  •         Meals as indicated in the day programs
  •         All entrance fees (as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  •         English speaking (local) tour guides.
  •         Motorbike and rider-guide

What’s excluded?

  •         Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
  •         Travel insurance
  •         All not indicated in our itinerary

What do I need to bring?

  •         Booking voucher from us
  •         Cash for personal expense (Vietnamese Dong or USD)

Get Up And Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!

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