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Overview

Set off on a biking adventure through the Red River Delta, a land of immense beauty and quiet villages. Pedal through Tam Coc, marvelling at the vibrant rice paddies and limestone karsts of ‘Halong on Land’. Then ride through dense forest to encounter gibbons in Cuc Phuong National Park.

Trip Highlights

Cycling The Red River Delta

Explore ‘Halong on Land’

Travel by bike and boat through the majestic landscapes of Tam Coc, admiring limestone karsts and lush rice paddies.

Visit charming traditional villages

See Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital, and other rural villages where time seems to stand still.

Discover Cuc Phuong’s wildlife

Ride through tropical rainforests to an animal rescue centre to come face-to-face with gibbons and monkeys.

Itinerary

1

Hanoi - Ninh Binh

Transfer: 2 hoursCycling distance: up to 60kmDifficulty: Easy

Begin the cycling tour with a short transfer out of Hanoi to avoid the busy capital city streets. Start with a lovely ride on a dyke along the Red River, a perfect quiet place to get used to cycling in Vietnam.

Once out of the city, start cycling along the Red River toward the ceramic village of Bat Trang. After a brief tour, continue heading south into the heart of the Delta, passing many traditional villages, rice fields, pagodas, and temples along the way. After that, we will have a two hour transfer to lunch in Tam Coc. In the afternoon it's back on the bikes to ride a bit off road amongst karst cliffs to a small pier. We board a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Ngo Dong River, and float through three natural caves, the largest of which is 125 m long. Sit back, relax, see rural Vietnam from a different perspective and take in the dramatic limestone karst jutting out from the green rice fields. We disembark and cycle back through the karst cliffs to visit Thai Vi Temple, one of the oldest temples in

Vietnam, built in the 13th Century.

Overnight in Tam Coc.

2

Ninh Binh – loop ride to the coast – Tam Coc

Cycling distance up to: 70kmDifficulty: Medium

Begin the day with an 8AM departure for a full day of cycling. Once out of town, the route runs along numerous rivers fingering out towards the coast. Pass a number of very rural communities during this picturesque cycle towards the sea. After a local lunch, loop back to Ninh Binh with a stop at Phat Diem Church. Take note of the passing scenery, changing from the flat plains of the delta to the limestone mountains of Tam Coc (nicknamed the “Halong Bay on Land.”)

Overnight in Tam Coc

3

Tam Coc – Cuc Phuong

Cycling distance up to: 60kmDifficulty: Easy

After breakfast, board a sampan for a leisurely cruise along the dramatic limestone karst mountains that dominate the region. As the boat gently slices through the water, explore caves cut from the mountains and enjoy a tranquil ride under the gaze of the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields.  For the adventurous type, climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda (1428) on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, comprising of three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas.

After lunch, hop back on the bikes and ride to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties. The route is stunning passing along green rice fields amongst forest-covered mountains. From here, continue cycling to the temple complex of Bai Dinh, soon to be the largest temple in Vietnam. Following a short visit, it’s on to Cuc Phuong National Park with a chance to experience its thick, tropical rain forest.

Overnight in Cuc Phuong

4

Cuc Phuong – Hanoi

Transfer: 1.5 hourCycling distance up to: 60kmDifficulty: Easy

Spend the morning riding into the center of the park, with a chance to take some short treks into the forest. Visit the animal rescue center, home to a wide variety of native monkeys and gibbons currently being rehabilitated to return to the wild. Continue cycling from the park through small towns situated along the banks of the Boi River. After lunch, transfer one and a half hours back to Hanoi, wrapping up the cycling excursion.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person.
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling.
  • Snacks and local fruits.
  • 1 Exo Adventure Certified English Speaking Guide.
  • 1 assistant guide for  8-16 cyclist, 2 assistant guides for 16+ cyclists.
  • 1 first aid kit per guide.
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools.
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner).
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Boat trip where mentioned is itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations.

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request.
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes.
  • Tips.
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc).
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone).
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides.

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