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Vietnam Backroads Bicycle Tours: 10-Day Biking the Remote Northeast Mountains

Gear up and hit the road for a challenging but rewarding Vietnam biking adventure. Head to the rugged north where miles of quiet roads await. Pedal over imposing mountains, passing through vibrant countryside and stay in hilltribe homestays. After the difficult biking days, relax with an overnight Halong Bay cruise.


Various activities on sites

  • Cycling through the northeastern mountainous area of Vietnam
  • Walking around to visit the remote villages hidden inside the secret corner of northern Vietnam
  • Cruising the peaceful Ba Be Lake and visit the local village living around the lake
  • Cruising the famous Ha Long Bay, exploring the surrounding area and join various water activities

Unforgettable moments

  • Cycling through the secret mountains of Northeastern Vietnam admiring the colorful hill tribe villages
  • Cruising along the peaceful lake of Ba Be and breathing in the fresh air
  • Admiring the mighty Ban Gioc waterfall in Cao Bang
  • Cruising around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay

Nature exploration

  • The ever-green mountainous area of the northeastern of Vietnam
  • The nature of the peaceful Ba Be Lake & surrounding area
  • The nature of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay

Culture experience

  • The culture of various ethic groups in northeastern Vietnam
  • The bustling culture of Hanoi with the effect of Western Culture waves


Detailed schedule

Day 1 - Welcome to Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, Sonasia’s guide & driver will pick you up and transfer directly to the hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi.

Vietnam's capital races to make up for time lost to the ravages of war and a government that as recently as the 1990s kept the outside world at bay. Its streets surge with scooters vying for right of way amid the din of constantly blaring horns, and all-around layers of history reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation – offering a glimpse into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at one of the best local restaurants in Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.


Transfer:45 mins

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Day 2 - Hanoi - Vu Linh

Day 2 begins with a transfer about 2 hours outside the city. Cycle Route 313 up to Ha Hoa Bridge, passing the red river and reaching the homestay, which sits on the border of Thac Ba Lake, the biggest lake in the north. A vehicle will be available throughout the cycle.

Overnight in Vu Linh

  • The homestay has hot shower, but there is no air-conditioning
  • Transfer: 2 hrs // Cycling distance up to 80km Difficulty: Medium
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Day 3 - Vu Linh - Ba Be

Begin the long day’s cycle from Lavie Vulinh to Tuyen Quang, riding a new tarmac road linking Tuyen Quang about 31 kilometres into the trip. From there, continue cycling toward Chiem Hoa, cruising on quiet, scenic roads toward Bang Lung. The route is comprised of rolling hills and some fairly decent ascents.

Overnight in Ba Be

  • This area is home of a variety of minorities including the Tay, Red Dao, Coin Dao, and White H’mong.
  • The homestay in Ba Be is a traditional stilt house of the Tay people; it has a hot shower but no air conditioning
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Day 4 - Ba Be - Cao Bang

Depart early from the homestay cycling along Route 257 to Bac Kan, and continuing the route to Phu Thong – Na Phac on National Route 3. The cycle runs along on small, quiet routes with several manageable climbs. Expect beautiful, sweeping views across the mountains in the area of the Nui Pia Oac Nature Reserve. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route.

Overnight in Cao Bang


Transfer: 30 mins // Cycling distance up to 100 km Difficulty: Hard

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Day 5 - Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Cao Bang

Begin the day with a cycle up the road to the famous Ban Gioc waterfalls, located on the border between Vietnam and China in the province of Cao Bang.
En route to Ban Gioc Waterfall, take note of the many terraced rice paddies dotted with quaint houses creating a peaceful, poetic landscape. Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the waterfalls, followed by a transfer back Cao Bang.

Overnight in Cao Bang


Transfer: 2 hrs // Cycling distance up to 90 km Difficulty: Hard

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Day 6 - Cao Bang - Lang Son

Day 6, begin the cycle from Cao Bang along route 4A toward That Khe, riding three mountain passes to Dong Khe. En route, enjoy some beautiful scenery of forested mountain ranges, lush fertile valleys, and traditional minority villages, with the road weaving and twisting through the mountains. The ride heads mostly downhill from Dong Khe to Lang Son.

Overnight in Lang Son


Transfer: 1.5 hrs // Cycling distance up to 130 km Difficulty: Very Hard

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Day 7 - Lang Son - Ha Long

Take the quieter, old Highway 1 towards Hanoi until reaching the new road. Transfer 4-5 hours to Halong for the overnight stay.

Overnight in Halong.


Transfer: 4-5 hrs // Cycling distance up to 50 km Difficulty: Medium

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Day 8 - Ha Long Bay Cruise

This morning is free at leisure until the transfer to the pier (around noon) for the cruise check-in. After being welcomed aboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day, the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations; dinner will be served on board.

Overnight on Halong Bay.

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Day 9 - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Soak in the mystical Halong morning with a sun rise over the middle of the Bay. Breakfast is served while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards the port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi


This tour to Halong Bay may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.

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Day 10 - Hanoi - Departure

Free at leisure until transport (provided) for the departing flight.


Transfer:45 mins

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