Trip Description & Detailed Itinerary
This 5-day biking Mai Chau tam coc tour includes such highlights as Mai Chau village biking tour, bike on single track to Cun Pheo village, Mai Chau valley, countryside cycling in Tam Coc, cycling from Tam Coc to Hoa Lu ancient capital. We use support vehicle and professional mountain bikes, trek bikes offering a huge flexibility on cycling places and time. The 5-day biking tour is suitable for both professional cyclist and family travel.
Biking Mai Chau itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau valley. Biking in Mai Chau (L,D)
Depart Hanoi early for Mai Chau arriving at Poom Coong village around lunch time. Take a warm up ride around villages and enjoy home cooked lunch at local home.
After lunch cycle to the Tai village of Cun Pheo on a mix of good single track paths and undulating rough jeep trails. The views are stunning as the ride passes through many villages and across rice paddies. Pass hot springs, cycle across suspension bridges and follow the contours round beautiful terraced rice fields. On arriving in Cun Pheo village the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to wander by foot or explore the village trails further by bike.
Dinner and overnight in local village homestay at Van Village.
Day 2: Biking Mai Chau – Tam Coc (B,L)
A contrasting and more challenging ride today, though there is plenty of opportunity to stop, rest and admire the views. After breakfast enjoy relatively easy biking on undulating terrain for the first seven km then the trail begins to climb uphill – steep in parts, undulating in others. Rise above the valley and look down on small hamlets, feel and hear the forest surroundings as the trail snakes up and along the mountainside. Stop for a siesta in a Tai village house, a welcome relief from the heat – before tackling the last few km to the top of the pass. Cruise a final eleven km downhill all the way back to Mai Chau around lunch time, enjoy lunch at local house in Lac Village, then our shuttle will bring us out of Mai Chau to the HW6 Junction, branch off left at Muong Khen and continue to ride on undulating roads twist through mountain and forest. We end our cycling day at Lac Son and transfer our weary legs to Tam Coc, where we spend our night.
Day 3: Cycling Tam Coc – Hoa Lu – Hanoi (B,L)
The area around Tam Toc is famed for its spectacular karst scenery. The soaring limestone mountains jut straight out of the paddy fields are wonderful. We begin our day with a peaceful cruise by local sampan to explore the picturesque Tam Coc (dry Halong Bay), the canal running through three caves. Return to hotel for check out and start cycling on quiet country lanes which twist through mountains leading to Hoa Lu. We stop to visit to the ancient city of Hoa Lu since 9th century, where the remarkable remnants are King Dinh and Le Temple. After lunch we drive back to Hanoi. End of tour.