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Highlight: Hanoi - Thai Nguyen - Bac Can - Ba Be National Par - Bac Me - Ha Giang - Heaven gate pass - Hoang Su Phi - Xin Man - Bac Ha - Lao Cai - Sapa - Than Uyen - Tu Le - Nghia Lo - Yen Bai
No Camping or Cooking
Offering our tours on the Internet is a prime example of our efforts to keep costs down. This allows us to become more efficient in a number of ways. First, there is advertising. We don't produce slick, full-color, glossy brochures, which saves you money. Our correspondence costs are significantly lower because we use e-mail rather than a postal system or telephone company. This means that we can pass significant savings on to you.
We live in Vietnam , Cambodia and/or countries around, rather than some where around the world, so you don’t have to pay for our airfare to Vietnam ,Cambodia and/or countries around as part of your tour. In addition, our living expenses in Vietnam and Cambodia are about one-third those of living in the EUROPE or US - these lower required costs also help to keep our rates low for you.
As bicycle travelers with many years of touring experience, we consider money to be a scarce resource, and we try to provide the best value. We evaluate the quality of a bicycle touring experience by the experiences of the road, rather than the bellhop, chandelier or maitre d’. This means that we choose clean, economical Vietnamese hotels before Holiday Inns or Best Westerns. We choose clean restaurants with quality food rather than those with expensive decorations. What this means to you is that you will enjoy the excitement and thrill of exploring a strange culture by bicycle without spending your life savings on all of the glitter that would actually distance you from the real Vietnam , Cambodia and/or countries around.
We know Vietnam , Cambodia and/or countries around well - it is the only country in which we conduct tours and we do advantage bicycle tours. While we have bicycled all over the globe in many extraordinary places, we believe that Vietnam and Cambodia offers some of the best cycling in the world. We have spent months at a time exploring this vast and amazing country by bicycle, and we have selected for you those experiences that appeal to us as cyclists. If you would like to combine your bicycle touring with some conventional sightseeing, we will be more than happy to refer you to other sources, but we will be spending our time cycling.
Explore Hill Tribes By Bike Tour
Itinerary in brief
Day1: Hanoi Arrival
we are met and transferred to hotel. Ha Noi , Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia ?s most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. If time permits we embark on a cyclo for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. O/N in Ha Noi
Day 2: Hanoi - Thai Nguyen - Bac Can. (B, L, D, ~80km)
We take bus transfer to Thai Nguyen. Bike ride to Bac Can. First day easy ride up and down hill, scenery of palm trees with village of Tay and Nung a long the way. O/N Bac Can.
Day 3: Bac Can - Ba Be National Park. (B, L, D, ~78km)
Morning ride 20 km outside Bac Can and up hill, turn off highway 3 to a quiet road, great view small village of Tay and Thai on the opposite of the river. Later afternoon we take our boat cruise on Ba Be lakes and walk around Pac Ngoi village. O/N Ba Be national park.
Day 4: Ba Be - Bac Me. (B, L, D, ~ 80km )
Morning boat cruise with our bike to waterfalls, then we start a cycling adventure on a small trail to Bac Me (no jeep support). O/N Bac Me.
Day 5: Bac Me - Ha Giang. (B, L, D, ~ 63km )
Good paved road along Gam river. O/N Ha Giang.
Day 6: Ha Giang - Heaven gate pass - Hoang Su Phi. (B, L, D, ~106km)
Easy ride 45km down highway 2 to Tan Quang where we turn left and up hill to the mountain again. Best mountain view today, chalenge climb through the Heaven gate pass to Hoang Su Phi town. O/N Hoang Su Phi.
Day 7: Hoang Su Phi - Xin Man - Bac Ha. (B, L, D, ~70km)
Some part of the road is bad, but great view along Chay river. This is totally a new road - built on the former trail of the flower H'Mong tribes. O/N Bac Ha.
Day 8: Bac Ha - Sapa (B, L, D, ~ 80km)
A relaxing day promenade around Bac Ha Sunday market, see a market day for all tribes: Tay, Nung, Dao, Flower H?Mong, Giay, and Phu La etc? Afternoon we ride bike around H'Mong village. O/N Sapa.
Day 9: Sapa - Than Uyen. (B, L, D, ~ 95km)
From Sapa we start the day’s ride with a 15kms climb to the top of the Tram Ton Pass, stopping on route to visit the “silver waterfall”. Then it’s a 26kms plunge down to Binh Lu junction. From here we continue along the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, there are a number of hard climbs but the magnificent landscape makes the hardship all worthwhile. We finish with a 20kms descent to Than Uyen.
Day 10: Than Uyen - Tu Le (B, L, D, ~ 88km)
We follow the valley out of Than Uyen until the road begins to wind up into the hills. This rugged terrain of dense vegetation brings us into contact with the Black Hmong and the mysterious White Tay people who are famed for their folk music, poems and songs. We end the day at Tu Le.
Day 11: Tu Le - Nghia Lo (B, L, D, ~ 65km)
Today we pass large white limestone mountains as we explore the “real Vietnam”. We will cycle through meandering roads before we finally end the day in Nghia Lo. It sits on a mountain ridge overlooking the Red and Black River and is home to the Thai, Nung, H’mong, La Ha and Ma peoples.
Day 12: Nghia Lo - Yen Bai (B, L, D, ~ 74km)
The route today day takes us on the back roads to Yen Bai. A spectacular road through undulating terrain of tea plantations, lush forests, rice fields and gum trees.
Day 13: Yen Bai -Hanoi (B, L, D, ~ 38km)
Our last day in the saddle takes us back to paved roads through the rolling terrain of tea plantations lush forests, rice fields and gum trees used for paper production. We finish cycling early in the afternoon, then transfer back to Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi - Departure (B)
There is a free time for you to relax or further explore Ha Noi. The trip ends after your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure
This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on your hotel choice, number of people in your group and time of travel. An indication of the cost for this itinerary is between US$1627 -US$2818 per person based on four people travelling in high season.
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BEFORE YOU GO ON CYCLING TRIP VIETNAM - CAMBODIA AND/OR COUNTRY AROUND
Check your passport
It is a standard requirement for entry into any country in the world that you have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you complete your travels. If your passport has only a few months' validity or only a few pages remaining, you should to apply for a new one before you start your trip. If you need to apply for a new passport, make sure you can get it before your travel date. In most parts of Vietnam, Laos ,Cambodia and/or countries around you will have to show your passport when checking in to hotels and resorts, buying airline tickets, changing airline date or changing money.
Make a copy
Cycling thought Vietnam, Cambodia and/or countries around, we are highly recommended that you make a note of your passport details: passport number, visa number and place and date of issue of both, or even better, take a photocopy. Keep this information separate from your passport. If you lose your passport you must report it at once to your local Guide or Tour Leader, the local police and the nearest embassy or consulate of your country.
Most travelers to Vietnam need to apply for a visa. ''Green Trail Tours Co., Ltd '' help you arrange it.
A Vietnamese entry visa is required for all foreigners wishing to visit Vietnam except for citizens of countries with visa exemption agreements who may stay up to 30 days without a visa. Exempted countries include most Asean countries, Korea, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. All other citizens are required to get an entry visa before arrival or a pre-approved entry visa (a visa that is issued on arrival at Vietnam’s international airports but which must be arranged before arrival in Vietnam).
There are two ways to apply for your visa to Vietnam:
First: Apply by yourself at the embassy or consulate of Vietnam in your country or to any one of the Vietnam embassies and consulates around the world.
Documents needed: Passport of six months’ validity, visa application forms, and any other documents requested by the particular embassy or consulate. Visa forms are available directly at the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your country or by sending the embassy or consulate a stamped, self-addressed envelope addressed to the Visa Section. Fees vary between embassies. It will take 4 to 10 days depending on your country of origin.
Second: Get your visa instantly by using ''Green Trail Tours Co., Ltd ''
In the event that there is no Vietnam embassy or consulate in your country, or you just want to make Vietnam part of a multi-destination trip, then we recommend Visa on Arrival as your best option.
This is most likely the easiest way to obtain your visa without having to chase down embassies, consulates and the like prior to your trip, and is a valid alternative when applying for a tourist visa. The entry visa will be stamped on your passport as you pass through our immigration checkpoint at the airport. Though valid for thirty days, it can be extended once you enter Viet Nam. With this type of visa, you only can enter the country by air.
This is where the service at ''Green Trail Tours Co., Ltd '' comes to the fore. We are one of best travel agencies to offer this kind of service, whereby we will obtain what is called an “Approval Letter” for you from the Vietnam Immigration Department in Hanoi. After we obtain the approval for you, we will forward you a copy by fax or email. Copies of the same document will be forwarded on your behalf to Vietnam immigration checkpoints at International Airports, so that when you arrive in Vietnam, the immigration officers will have those documents on hand and will be able to issue your entry visa expediently. For further information please click here...
Travel Documents & Vouchers
When you book a tour you will be issued with a Confirmation Invoice. Please ensure that all the services which you have booked and paid for are shown on your travel documents and that all names have been spelled correctly. If you have booked additional services like extra nights' accommodation, transfers or excursions, please make sure that these are shown on your Confirmation Invoice and that you have been issued with a voucher for these services. (please contact to the sales agent for your service voucher)
There are a wide variety of different ways that you can obtain or carry money overseas, including credit cards, ATM cards and cash. Traveller's cheques are a useful back-up which are popular for security reasons. Foreign currencies and tourist Traveller's cheques can be exchanged into Vietnamese Dong or Cambodian rail at all banks or foreign exchange agencies in most City in Vietnam and Cambodia. Credit cards are popularly used, especially in cities and big tourist centers. Before leave Vietnam Cambodia , Vietnamese dong or Cambodian Riel can be changed into foreign currencies at the airport.
Do carry some cash – a small amount is often useful in more remote regions. It is a good idea to obtain a small amount of the currency of the country you are visiting prior to arrival as this can be very useful for any immediate expenses. If you can’t obtain currency in advance, you will usually find banking services in the Arrivals Hall of the airport, port or border post, though these won’t necessarily be open 24 hours a day.
You should try to carry at least some of your money in small denominations so that you can change only the amount you will actually need. US dollars are widely accepted in all city of Vietnam ,Cambodia and/or countries around. This is particularly important near the end of your holiday as it is sometimes difficult to change back surplus local currency.
By choosing to cycling with ''Green Trail Tours Co., Ltd '' you can be sure that your safety and well-being is our prime concern. Over the years we have built up a network of local offices, and local staffs enable us to maintain constant contact with events on the ground in each of our destinations, and to ensure that every aspect of your tour runs as smoothly as possible.
Our tour prices do not include insurance. However, it is a condition of joining our tours that travelers are fully insured for any medical expenses they might incur while traveling. At the start of your tour the Tour Guide will ask to see your insurance documents and will note down the policy number and emergency contact number.
Travel insurance is compulsory for any participant. It is advised that all travelers should have travel insurance covered before your departure. This will be really helpful in case of medical emergency evacuation. It is with go safe. The travel insurance will cover against Hospital and Medical expenses, the cover relates to expenses as a consequence of accidents occurring to the bearer during the period of Insurance and/or unforeseen illnesses which arise during that period as well.
Concessions are available on some entrance fees for holders of some student and youth cards. If you have a card, or are entitled to one, you should bring it along so you can take advantage of any discounts.
Health & Medical
Vaccinations are officially required by the Vietnamese authorities, however immunization against cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, polio and Japanese encephalitis is advised. Please consult your doctors for further medical advice. Also plan to bring mosquito repellent. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and slacks from dusk onward and avoiding perfume is also recommended. In addition to an ample supply of any prescription drugs you are taking (and a prescription which can be filled in case your pills go missing) bring medicines for: Headaches, diarrhea, constipation, insect bites, sore throats, eye drops, cuts, etc. Medical standards outside Hanoi and Saigon, Siemreap and Luangprabang are lower that those found in western countries.
Personal Medical Kits
It is up to you to bring along a personal supply of basic medical items like plasters, aspirin, insect repellent etc. In areas of limited or suspect medical facilities, some travellers also like to take their own emergency medical kit which can be used by the local medical staff in case of accident or illness. Our cycling Tour Leaders carry a comprehensive First Aid Kit (including a sterile pack) for emergencies, but do not dispense medicines.
Existing Medical Conditions
All persons joining our tours are assumed to be in good health and to have a sufficient level of fitness to complete their chosen itinerary. If you have an existing medical condition or disability you must make this known at the time of booking. If accepted on the tour, you must also make your condition known to the cycling Tour Leader.
What to Pack
The first thing to remember when you are packing for your trip is that your airline baggage allowance is almost certainly going to be no more than 20kg. The next thing to remember is that apart from a few occasions when hotel porters will take your bags from the hotel out to a tour bus, you will have to carry your own luggage.
For ease of use, the best type of bag to bring is a backpack or a hold all, preferably with some sort of shoulder strap. This type of bag tends to be less bulky and easier to handle than rigid suitcases. Wheeled suitcases might be useful for airport concourses, but not for anywhere else.
In addition to your main bag, we also recommend that you bring:
A smaller day pack for items like camera, water, sun cream, hat, etc.
A money belt or waist pouch (bum bag) for your travel documents and money.
Your luggage, bags and personal belongings are your own responsibility at all times.
Luggage Requirements checklist
As a guideline we have compiled a list of things that you might need on tour. Naturally you will have your own ideas so please remember that with the exception of The Essentials these lists are only intended as a guide and you should choose which items you wish to bring.
Keep a note of the emergency contact number for your Visa or ATM card, and the serial numbers of any traveller's cheques, if used.
-Take a photocopy of your policy with you and make sure you leave a photocopy at home.
-Travel documents / service vouchers
-Comfortable clothing for cycling allowing your legs to move freely
-Stiff soled cycling shoes
-Insulated water bottle
-Waterproof jacket (rain is always possible in South East Asia)
-Spare inner tube
-A Bike (please see below for more details)
-Front and rear bike lights
-Cycling Water bottle
-Money belt or pouch
-Torch and batteries
-Personal washing / shaving kit
-Camera and film / memory cards
-Swiss Army Knife / Leather-man
-Lightweight wind / waterproof jacket
Medical / Personal
-Sun cream or sunblock
-Moisturizer / After Sun lotion
-Personal medical supplies
Aspirin, paracetamol, plasters, bandage, safety pins, antiseptic cream, diarrhea tablets, tampons, etc. Our Cycling Tour Leaders carry comprehensive First Aid Kits but these are for emergency use only.
-Antihistamine / insect bite cream
If you are taking any medication or have a condition that needs specific medicines (e.g. asthma) you must take all necessary medicines with you. You must also inform your Cycling Tour Leader of your condition at the start of your tour.
As a general guideline, clothing should be lightweight, hard-wearing and easily washed. Almost everyone brings too many clothes so try to travel as light as possible.
you should not forget that special cycling clothes and shoes are not easy available in Vietnam, Cambodia and/or countries around. You may want to bring SPD shoes or sandals with overshoes. You will be not able to buy specialized cycling clothes during your journey in Vietnam, Cambodia and maybe in some Asian cities (Bangkok, Hong Kong, Penang) but don't count on it. Shoes can be outside the western world a problem since the sizes are limited. If you have big feet, buy your shoes at home.
We prefer the Trek mountain bike as it has been special designed to deal with different types of road and riding. Even on a our road trips, the asphalt can often be broken or potholed, and there are usually unsurpassed sections included, so mountain bikes are the most suitable. The bike has 24 and 27 gears, which you can change easily when padding up hill or down trails.
As the case of soft cycling in the country side, where the road is paved and flat, we general use simple Japanese pushed bikes.Bike Sizes
We provide mountain bikes on all our tours (except Tibet). Available sizes are 15"(38cm), 17"(43cm), 19"(48cm), and 21"(53cm). If you normally ride a mountain bike you simply need to tell us its size. If you are not sure, have a look at the table below for our suggestions. If in doubt it may be a good idea to visit a bike shop and try a few mountain bikes to find a comfortable size.
Occasionally some historical sites have a charge for taking your camera on site, and others prohibit cameras altogether. Often flash photography is prohibited (even if you have bought a permit). Rules for video cameras are usually more restrictive than for still cameras. Video cameras must be declared to customs on arrival in many countries and special permits are often necessary for use at historical sites.
Film & Digital
Film may not always be available locally and can be of variable quality, so you should bring plenty with you. If you use digital, ensure you have an adequate supply of memory cards. Many internet cafés or photo shops can burn memory cards onto CD, but do not delete any images from the card until you have seen the CD on a different computer. Take spare batteries, especially if they are of an unusual size. Two sets of rechargeable are best so one set is always full. Don't forget to take the charger as well as a travel plug adapter.
If someone needs to contact you while you are on tour, the best method is for them to contact your sale agent, who can then pass on a message. If your sale agent is closed and someone needs to make contact with you urgently, they should telephone our hotline in the tour operation department in ''Green Trail Tours Co., Ltd '' . Emergency Contact details are shown in each service voucher. We recommend that you leave a copy of your Trip and Service Voucher and details of your booking agent with someone at home.
We do not recommend that you ask friends and relatives to contact you by phoning tour hotels. Receptions are often manned by non-English speaking staff and it is highly unlikely that the person answering the phone would be able to locate you. In addition it is also not possible to give out details of hotels before the tour starts (except for the Meeting Point hotel) as these may be subject to change.
The internet is everywhere, Vietnamese people adopted it massively. E-mailing and chat gather several thousands of people in the Internet Cafes now equipped with ADSL, which is convenient when we use vocal chat and webcam. Using the internet in Vietnam is cheap, about 3000-4000 dong / hour depending on the place where you go.
You can use your own cell phone if you come from a European, Asian country or Australia (GSM 900/1800). If it isn’t yet unlocked, it’s going to be easy to do it here. For those who come from USA or Japan, you will need to buy a new cell phone.
Three telecom companies are sharing the market, Vinaphone, Mobiphone and Viettel. They propose prepaid cards and pay as you call solutions (You receive a bill at the end of the month). But whatever solution you pick, you will need to get a SIM card (your telephone number), about 300.000 VND.
Cell phone shops can be found very easily everywhere in Vietnam and/or countries around, even in the most remote part of the country.