Cycling Odyssey From Ba Be National Park To Bac Son Valley 6 Days

6 Days Hanoi - Ba Be - Ba Be National Park - Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Bac Son

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Tour Style: Cycling Tours

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Overview

Discover the lakes, rivers, waterfalls and caves in Ba Be national park, and Cao Bang surroundings. This is the most beautiful limestone mountain area in the north east. Challenge cycling up and downhill, karst valleys and limestone rocks.

Besides being known as a place of culture discovery and a popular trekking and mountain climbing destination, Bac Son Valley is also a heaven for taking photos in beautiful sceneries that consist of rustic villages, rice paddy fields, high mountains, and windy rivers. The crops in Bac Son Valley are grown into many seasons, intertwined at different times. So if you want to admire the colorful paddy fields, you can go to Bac Son at different times of the year. If you want to observe the most amazing golden paddy fields in the ripe season, then you should travel around the end of July or mid-November.

Ripe paddy fields are interspersed with green fields and harvesting fields which create a picture of colorful and vivid landscapes that make the valley an unforgettable memory during the harvest season.

Capture The Vivid Landscapes In Vietnam

  • Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Departure: Hanoi
  • Theme: Cycling Tours

Highlights

  • Visit Bac Son valley in Lang Son Province where is the great combination of the sky, the land, and the mountains.
  • Fill with awesome beauties from the top of the hills and mountains down the valley.
  • Enjoy the rich cuisine of Thai minority people and homestay at stilt house to get new experience.
  • The chance to immerse ourselves in an authentic rural setting typical from Northern Vietnam and influenced by different ethnic groups like the Tay, Kinh or Nung, among others.  
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Tour itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Bac Kan - Ba Be Lake - Ba Be National Park MEAL: L/D
Mini Bus Bicycle

In the morning, tour guide and driver of Ultimate Odyssey will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi to start the tour. We transfer 4hours outside Hanoi and have a lunch break in Bac Kan.

Then we cycle off highway 3 to a quiet road, small villages of Tay and Thai on the riverside and scenery of palm trees along the way. Passing Cho Ra little small market then keep on 17km to BaBe.

Upon arriving at Ba Be Lake, takea walk around the village where Tay ethnic minority inhabits. This is a great chance to learn more about the unique traditions and customs of the locals here.

  • Accommodation: Homestay at Ba Be National Park
  • Riding distance: Approx. 178kms/110 miles
  • Cycling distance: Approx. 60kms/40 miles

Day 2: Discover Ba Be National Park Area MEAL: B/L/D
Boat Bicycle

In this early morning, get up to take in fresh air of the region. After breakfast, set off your exploration in a local hand-crafted wooden canoe to visit to the lake and Nang River. You cruise through the biggest fresh water lake in Vietnam, visit Dau Dang waterfall - one of the highlights of the lake and Puong Cave- a large cave in Ba Be National Park.

Later, we cruise back to Ba Be Lake and jump on on our bike for cycling over some scenic passes on the way and to Pac Ngoi village of Tay tribe.

  • Accommodation: Homestay at Pac Ngoi Village
  • Cycling distance: Approx. 60kms/40 miles

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Nang River 

Day 3: Ba Be - Cao Bang MEAL: B/L/D
Mini Bus Bicycle

Morning transfer outside Ba Be to Ha Hieu, then we ride on village road 60 km to Nguyen Binh. Challenge climb up Phia Oac/Phia Den mountain pass at level of +1,200 m. Picnic lunch en route.

In the afternoon, we cycle on paved road to Nguyen Binh where our minivan pick us up for transfer to Cao Bang.

  • Accommodation: Max Boutique Hotel in Cao Bang City or similar
  • Riding distance: Approx. 53kms/32 miles
  • Cycling distance: Approx. 80kms/50 miles

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Cycling Phia Oac Mountain Pass 

Day 4: Ban Gioc Waterfall And Nguom Ngao Cave MEAL: B/L/D
Mini Bus Bicycle

This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, our car will transfer us out of the highway and start cycling on pave road village road to the remote area of Trung Khanh District. Along the way, make a short stop at Phuc Sen village where you have chance to get to know more about the techniques of making farming tools used by local blacksmiths.

At around 11.30, you will arrive at the waterfall. Take a short walk down to Quay Son River and embark on a small local boat to explore Ban Gioc waterfall.

Ban Gioc is the fourth largest waterfall in the world that is situated on a border between two nations, Vietnam and China. It’s also the most majestic and beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. It is more than 30 meters tall and it flows through many layers of limestone.

Afterwards, transfer to the nearby local restaurant for lunch.

Your afternoon exploration will continue with a visit to Nguom Ngao Cave- famous for its unusual limestone formations. You will be fascinated by the breathtaking charm of stalagmites and stalactites. Nguom Ngao Cave was discovered by local people in 1921. This cave is classified as the most beautiful cave in Vietnam. The system of stalactites and stalagmites has created an extremely magnificent and interesting scene.

After sometime exploring the cave, get on our minivan and drive back to Cao Bang.

  • Accommodation: Max Boutique Hotel in Cao Bang City or similar
  • Riding distance: Approx. 120kms/51 miles
  • Cycling distance: Approx. 30kms/18 miles

Stunning beauty of Ban Gioc Waterfall 

Day 5: Cao Bang - Lang Son - Bac Son Valley MEAL: B/L/D
Mini Bus Bicycle

After breakfast, bid Cao Bang farewell and begin cycling about 50KMS to the border town of Lang Son, a settlement booming with trade. Have lunch enroute.

Afternoon that our minivan will transfer us to Bac Son Valley.

Take a short stroll around the village to get a closer look at the lifestyle of Tay people. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the famous mountain of the region - Nay Lay Mountain. You will climb from the foot to the top of the hill where there is a cell phone tower. Here, after a hard journey, you will see the beauty of Bac Son gifted from Mother Nature. It is hard to resist the allure of the blazing sun, the vast rice fields, and the seemingly reachable sky. You will have plenty of time to save this moment for yourself and enjoy to your heart’s content. This is a great point for those who love photographing.

Afterward, you will return to the local house and regain your energy by having a delicious dinner made by the host family. After that, you may choose to rest for the night or to complete your curiosity about Tay people by talking with the host.

  • Accommodation:  You can choose to stay at a basic mini hotel or at a homestay of the Tay people (If you stay overnight at the homestay, you will be separated to different beds (for couple) as it is the culture of the local people for guests – men and women sleep separately)
  • Riding distance: Approx. 75kms/46 miles
  • Cycling distance: Approx. 50kms/31 miles

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Bac Son Valley

Day 6: Bac Son Valley - Hanoi MEAL: B/L/D
Mini Bus Bicycle

After having a traditional breakfast, time for us to visit another village in the region on a 3-hour biking trip. Along the way, you will experience the peaceful land of Bac Son, the fresh air of the mountainous area and the nice breezes blew on the way. Moreover, there will be a lot of traditional houses, mountains and forests await you on the trip.

Stop at the banyan tree, which marks the traditional architecture style of the old village in Vietnam, visit Nong Luc temple, an epitome of Vietnam traditional communal house. This place is not only a culture site but also a historical one since the temple is the meeting place to launch the Bac Son revolutionary campaign on September 27th, 1940.

Then, you will bike back to the homestay to have last meal with the host. After that, it is time to say goodbye to our generous host. Our minivan will transfer you back to Hanoi.

Around 17:00 you will arrive in Hanoi and the odyssey ends here. If you wish to extend more cycling days or go to Halong bay to enjoy a cruise trip, please contact us then we can arrange for you at additional cost.

  • Accommodation: NA
  • Cycling distance: Approx. 40kms/24 miles

Price & Inclusion

Tour Class Price Booking
2 pax3 - 4 pax5 - 7 pax
Private Tour USD $920USD $732USD $589

NOTE: PRICE PER PERSON

* Please contact our travel consultants at sales@ultimateodyssey.com to get discount for big group OR special price for children (under 10 years old).

* Private tour for a solo traveler is also available with a surcharge. Single supplement: applies for those who travelling with others but requires an single room for him/herself.

* The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our product experts to include the best of every destination. Our travel consultants are also happy to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel: longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades, or add an extension to additional places of interes

 

Accommodation

Homestay (3 nights) / Hotel (2 nights)

Meals

06 Breakfasts, 07 Lunches, 06 Dinners

Vegetarian meal is available, please request at the booking time

Transportation

Air-conditioning back-up car

High quality mountain bike (TREK or GIANT)

Price Includes

  • Mountain Bike (TREK), helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person
  • 1 Experienced Cycling English Speaking Guide
  • 1 Assistant guide for 8-16 cyclist, 2 Assistant guides for 17+ cyclists
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • 16-seater van for two to three pax
  • 16-seater van and luggage truck for  to seven pax
  • 29-seater van, luggage truck and backup bike for eight to nine pax
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as listed above
  • Complimentary Vietnam Visa Approval Letter

Price Excludes

  • International flights and Visa arrangement
  • Others meals not mentioned above
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at your request
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.

Important Notes

  • Routes: There are some parts of the ride that could be busy with traffic, please always follow your guide’s instructions for a safe ride. The cycling route can be changed due to external circumstances such as weather.
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.

Tour Information

 Type of Bike
  •  High Quality Mountain Bike (TREK or GIANT brand) (Included)
  •  E-bike: Rent with Fee
 Total Cycling KM ~ 320KM 
 Total Cycling days 6 days 
 Road Surface
  • This tour follows asphalt roads, and one dirt road passing the countryside and the rice field.
  • The back road along village is small but good enough for cycling, less busy.
 Support Fully supported van including spare part, back up service
 Group Size Minimum 2 pax
 Staff
  • Experienced English speaking-biking guides who is enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Biking guides are first aid qualified and can maintain bikes. Their role is to deliver a safe and enjoyable trip to customers. They lead and care for the group, co-ordinate the driver and support vehicle, buy snacks and fruit along the way, look out for customers needs. 
  • Groups below 7 will be led by our local guide.
  • Groups of 8 or more: A Cycling Tour Leader, plus cycling assistants and drivers.
 Cycling pace
  •  Are you a beginner or professional biker? We all care with our best efforts to make your trip superb.
  •  Enjoy your riding speed from 10km per hour up to as many more as you can (40km/day or 70km/day or 100km/day).
  •  If you would like easy cycling mode, whenever you feel tired, just jump on the minivan.
 Climate
  • Rainy season from May to end of October. Dry season is the rest of the year.
  • We bike all year round while raincoat is standby in the rain season. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Customers

  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 10% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 500% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 70% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

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