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5 Day Biking Trip - Northwest To Dien Bien Phu

This mountain bike trip will take you to some of the most scenic areas in Northern Vietnam. You are travelling through stunning mountainous landscape to the highest stretch of road in Vietnam called Heavens Gate. You will cycle downhill to Tam Duong passing through Binh Lu. Along the way, you will pass by picturesque villages and rice paddy fields of breathtaking beauty - you are sure to need more than one photo stop on this journey. You will also be able to walk around the small town of Lai Chau. On the last day you will arrive at the historically famous town of Dien Bien Phu. REF: SPT-B9

Day 1: Sapa - Heavens Gate - Binh Lu - Tam Duong (L,D)

You first travel by car uphill toward Heavens Gate. On the way, you can take a short walk to Silver Waterfall and then head to Heavens Gate, where you will be amazed by breathtaking view of the mountain surroundings including Fan Si Pan, the highest peak of Indochina. Your ride will be mostly downhill towards Binh Lu. You will stop by Chu Va village of Black Hmong for a break before you arrive in Binh Lu. Here you will have lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, you start to cycle mostly uphill for the rest of today, which requires incredible effort. You will be able to stop by a village. You will then probably need the help of the supply car to go up another high pass, before enjoying the easy ride downhill all the way to Tam Duong, where you spend the night in a hotel.

Approx: 40 minutes driving/ 5 hours cycling/ 1 hour for lunch
Up / Straight / Down: 17 km/ 8 km / 25 km

Day 2: Tam Duong - Border - Paso (B,L,D)

The trip commence from Tam Duong with your cycling uphill along the picturesque tributary of Na River. You will see some places of gold exploration along the river. You also pass by many villages of Thai minority spreading along the way before reaching Pa So. You stop for lunch in a local restaurant.
You will then continue the ride on a flat road towards Sino - Vietnamese border. You will enjoy a beautiful ride along river. You head back to Paso later to spend the night in a hotel, which is located by the river. You will be able to enjoy a cold beer on the balcony with beautiful river view.

Approx: 5 hours cycling/ 1 hour for lunch
Up / Straight /Down: 30 km/ 19 km / 21 km

Day 3: Pa So - Lai Chau (B,L,D)

Today's ride will be mostly downhill. You will have time to enjoy beautiful scenery as well as stop by a village of Thai minority, the largest ethnic group in this area. You still follow the road which goes along Na River until you arrive in Lai Chau in early afternoon. You check in a hotel and have a late lunch.
After having a rest, you will be transferred to the river, where you take a boat ride downstream in the Black River. You can visit a village of Thai minority and hear about their daily life on the riverbank. A friendly atmosphere makes your trip more enjoyable. The boat takes you further downstream. You will be transferred back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Approx: 5 hours cycling/ 1-2 hours boat cruising/ half an hour walking/ 1 hour for lunch
Up / Straight /Down - 30 km/ 10 km / 40 km

Day 4: Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu (B,L,D)

This will be a longest ride of the whole trip. You will start out on a good road, which makes your ride very comfortable. You will arrive in Muong Lay by noon. Here you will be able to take a walk around a local market. You either have lunch in a local restaurant or picnic lunch prepared by the hotel.
After lunch, you head towards Dien Bien Phu. You will continue on the good road and the ride is even more enjoyable in a beautiful nature. The ride will be downhill and then flat upon your arrival in Dien Bien Phu. The busy town is surrounded by mountains and huge rice fields. Here you spend the night in a hotel. You will be able to take a walk to a nearby market to spread your legs.

Approx: 7 hours cycling/ 1 hour walking/ 1 hour for lunch
Up / Straight / Down: 40 km/ 40 km / 20 km

Day 5: Dien Bien Phu - City tour (B,L)

After having breakfast, you will have an interesting bicycle trip around the town to visit famous historical sites such as Dien Bien Phu Museum, Glory Statue, A1 Hill and De Castrerie Tunnel. You will be back to the hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Ha Noi.

Approx: 1 hour cycling / 1,5 hour visiting / 1 hour for lunch
Up / Straight /Down: 0 km/ 6 km / 0 km.

Note: On the whole trip you will have a supply car, which can give you a lift whenever you feel tired.

Tour Cost:

Number of persons


2 - 3

4 - 6

7 - 10

Rate: USD/person

 $  $  $


•English or French speaking guide
•Good mountain bikes and helmets
•All indicated meals (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
•Water on the whole trip
•Supply car/ motorbike
•All entrance fees

•For the overnight trip in the village
•Sleeping bag and mattresses
•Silk sleeping bag
•Waterproof bluebag for luggage
•Tents if needed
•Mosquito net
•Overnight in local house


•Personal Pocket Money
•Soft drink (beer, coca cola...)
•Hotel/ guesthouse
•All other services not indicated above


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