Vietnam Lifestyle Bicycle Tour – 8 Days

Lifestyle Bicycle Tour from $4269 NZD
(5/5) from 2 reviews

Spoil yourself with easy cycling and great accommodation on this diverse and cultural 8 day Vietnam bicycle tour.

You’ll pass rice paddies, meander through tiny fishing and mountain villages, and be immersed in the bustling city of Hanoi. Kayak in idyllic HaLong Bay, visit a military cave site in CatBa, and ferry to a floating fishing town.

We’ve chosen beautiful resorts and hotels, but the highlight may just be the 2 nights in Halong Bay on a deluxe ‘junk’ boat in comfortable ensuite cabins. Nearly all meals are included in this tour.

Please Note: We also offer a 12 Day Vietnam bicycle tour, which continues to Hué, HoiAn and Saigon.

8 Days
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • Best time to travel: April-May / September-October
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Reviews for Vietnam Lifestyle Bicycle Tour – 8 Days - Tour

Global Cycling Adventures - Vietnam biking tours

We had an amazing time on our trip and would like to take this opportunity to say how great the three guides were. They looked after us so well, providing snacks, checking our bikes and ensuring that our experiences were outstanding. I have no hesitation in recommending this tour and the Halong Bay trip to anyone that will listen. Thank you to you for your part in the organization of our trip as well.

Peter April 20, 2015

The trip exceeded my expections and we all loved Hoa. He was perfect for our group! Even the things out of our control (weather, flights being on time, etc) went perfect.

Kymberly Lehenbauer USA February 14, 2015

Hanoi to Hanoi

Hanoi
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • Tour price is for group size 4-12
  • Surcharge applies for group size of 2-3
  • Accommodation is 4 to 5 star
  • USD580 single room surcharge
  • This tour is invoiced in USD
  • We can customise this tour to suit your group. Call us for details!
The biking is easy, with an average daily distance of less than 30 km. The tour is fully guided with an English-speaking guide, and a support van close at hand.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Day: Hanoi

No cycling

Welcome to Vietnam! On your arrival at the airport you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi (check in any time from 2 pm). Later this afternoon you'll get together with the other tour members and be treated to a traditional water puppet show (a pool of water forms the puppets' stage), and dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Hanoi to MaiChau

Cycling: 30 km

We leave the hotel bright and early at around 8am and drive south for about an hour and a half before hopping on our bikes for the first time. Our picturesque ride takes us on back-roads through rice paddies and small villages. There's time for a picnic lunch along the way before we continue to MaiChau, located in a beautiful valley filled with rice paddies and surrounded by limestone mountains. This region is home to the Thai and Muong people. We will stay here for the next 2 nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

MaiChau to MocChau to MaiChau

Cycling: up to 60 km

After breakfast its an hour's drive to the MocChau plateau, where we'll stop at HuaTat. From there we start a beautiful and leisurely mountainside ride along the old colonial road No. 6. It's 25km to MocChau town, and the journey is at your own pace (usually about 3 hours). Then we arrive in a beautiful Thai village at the foot of a limestone mountain, where lunch is waiting. Next, we'll visit a tea factory and discover how best to make excellent local Vietnamese tea. We continue on a quiet road through plum orchards, trading ‘hellos’ with locals, before cycling (or driving) back to MaiChau.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

MaiChau to Hanoi

Cycling: approx. 20 km

In the morning cycle through tiny mountain villages alongside rice fields at the foot of the mountains. Maybe chat with the friendly locals while observing their lifestyle which is simple and serene. You may see people weaving brocade and on our journey we can visit one of the families for a cup of tea. After a circuit of the village, we return to MaiChau for lunch before a 4 hour transfer back to Hanoi, where we'll stay tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5

Hanoi to HaiPhong to CatBa

Cycling: 30 km

We have an action-packed travelling day ahead, with plenty of changes of scenery. After breakfast, we'll drive 2 hours to Hai Phong City, Vietnam's 3rd largest, through the Red River Delta for an early morning ferry to Cai Vieng. From there, cycle past karst formations until Hien Hao village. We'll make a stop there and chat with local people about their daily life. After lunch, hop on your bike and head to Tran Chau fishing village, with its blend of coastal and jungle scenery. You'll stay overnight in the Cat Ba Sunrise Resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6

CatBa to GiaLuan to HaLong

Cycling: 15 km

This morning we'll cycle to GiaLuan where your small transfer boat is waiting to take you for a cruise into mythical HaLong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you'll board a stylish 'Treasure Junk' equipped with 15 ensuite cabins plus comfortable and modern amenities. During lunch, including fresh seafood we'll cruise to more remote parts of the Bay, passing majestic limestone rock formations on the way. This afternoon there will be the opportunity to kayak or swim before a relaxing dinner on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

HaLong Bay kayaking

No cycling — but as much kayaking as you wish!

Have an early morning swim, or relax on the upper deck with a cup of tea or coffee, fresh fruit and cake. Soak up the beautiful HaLong Bay views of rocky islands rising from crystal-clear waters. At 8 am there's a brief paddling and safety introduction by our guide. Then, explore the bay by kayak at your own pace in peace and serenity, and head towards some hidden lagoons if tidal conditions permit. After lunch, we'll kayak to a lively floating village with floating houses, fish farms, and a primary school. We'll have dinner and stay another night on our beautiful boat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

Departure Day: HaLong to Hanoi

No cycling

As its our last day we'll make the most of our time before returning to Hanoi. After a light breakfast we'll visit one of the nicest caves in HaLong bay. There will be time for another swim and some lunch before heading back to the harbour. Later, we'll take you by car to Hanoi airport, or alternatively to your hotel if you have chosen to stay longer in this fantastic country.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation (twin share):5 nights: 4 to 5 star hotels2 nights: 4 star boat
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers days 1 and 8 only
  • English speaking tourguide
  • Support vehicle
  • Bike hire
  • Bottled drinking water while cycling
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay (guided)
  • Entrance fees & sightseeing as per itinerary

Tour Excludes:

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Passport and travel visas (Vietnam visa required prior to arrival)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guide and support crew
  • Drinks and personal expenses