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Northern Vietnam: Hike, Bike & Boat

  • siem reapers
    DURATION12 Days | 11 Nights
  • siem raper adventure
    TRIP TYPEScheduled
  • ACTIVITY LEVEL3 - Moderate
From US$ 2,495
Trip Code: SRT-NVT

DESCRIPTION

In Northern Vietnam Tour, you’ll travel through the capital of Hanoi, cycle through the scenic wonderland of Ninh Binh, sail through the awe-inspiring Halong Bay on a traditional junk cruise, and hike to the area of Sapa, which is known for its ethnic villages, lively markets, and welcoming locals.

This journey to Vietnam will delight adventurous travelers, as it is a culturally diverse country with some of the best scenery in Southeast Asia. Our journey begins in Hanoi, where we walk and ride rickshaws through the busy old city. We will spend a few days on mountain bikes, snaking around steep mountains, passing through isolated towns, and passing through lush meadows. We also hike into Lai Ci Village in Sapa to see the colorful Red Dao hill tribe for a taste of culture.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trekking and cycling through lush landscapes, stopping at local communities to learn about traditional life, and unique homestay experiences are all on the itinerary.
  • Kayak through Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, discovering hidden caves, gorgeous lagoons, pearl farms, and fishing towns.
  • Cycle from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh, passing through magnificent karst scenery.
  • Discover Hanoi’s fascinating historic sites and bustling Old Quarter by foot and rickshaw.

DAY TO DAY

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

Our guide will meet you at the Hanoi airport and transport you to the hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you’ll probably have some spare time to rest, change, and wander around Hanoi’s busy Old Quarter. Meet your guide in the evening for a savory spread of Vietnamese dishes, followed by a visit to the Water Puppet Theatre for a presentation of this ancient traditional art form.

Meals: Dinner
Hotel: Trang Trang Premium Hotel

Day 2: Hanoi – Sapa

This morning, board a private minibus to Sapa, a town in northwest Vietnam’s Hoang Lien Son Mountains. It will take about 5 hours to complete this trip. Venture out from Sapa’s central market on a short trek through the nearby valleys to a village named Cat Cat. The Hmong people, who emigrated from China 300 years ago, call this place home. Set up your hotel in Sapa for the overnight.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
Hotel: Sapa Vista Hotel

What's Included

ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Airport pick up and drop off (Hanoi)
  • Sapa - Cat Cat Village trek
  • Sapa - Ta Van to Su Pan trek
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Tour
  • Mai Chau - Visit Pom Coong Village
  • Mai Chau to Ninh Binh cycling
  • Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments and offers lifts

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What's Included

ACCOMMODATION

Trang Trang Premium Hotel in Hanoi
Trang Trang Premium Hotel in Hanoi
Trang Trang Premium Hotel in Hanoi
Trang Trang Premium Hotel in Hanoi
Trang Trang Premium Hotel in Hanoi
Trang Trang Premium Hotel in Hanoi
Trang Trang Premium Hotel in Hanoi
Trang Trang Premium Hotel

Hanoi, Vietnam

Located in Hanoi and with Thang Long Water Puppet Theater reachable within 100 metres. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk and a private bathroom.

Sapa Vista Hotel

Sapa, Vietnam

This Sapa hotel offers an abundance of exceptional services and conveniences. This hotel has a variety of on-site amenities to please even the most discerning visitor.

Santa Maria Cruise Halong Bay
Santa Maria Cruise Halong
Santa Maria Cruise Halong Bay
Santa Maria Cruise Halong Bay
Santa Maria Cruise Halong Bay
Santa Maria Cruise Halong
Santa Maria Cruise Halong Bay
Santa Maria Cruise Halong
Santa Maria Cruise Halong

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Santa Maria Cruise Halong has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Ha Long. Featuring barbecue facilities, the 4-star cruise has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

What's Included

DINING

  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 10 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner

Meals are characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, classic style of Vientam. Food & cooking course is offering bountiful selections of local specialities and feature hand-made food among other favourites. Western food is also available during the trip.
Dietary Requirement
If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies), please inform in advance so that we can provide a notice to the restaurant or hotel where you will be served.

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What's Included

TOUR GUIDE

Each activity comes with an experienced tour guide responsible for offering local insight, pursuing great experiences and make every tour exceptional.

They are trained to make your trip magical. We know that it’s the unexpected surprises that make a trip memorable. That’s why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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TOUR STARTS | FINISHES

Hanoi | Hanoi

GROUP SIZE

Min. 2 – Max. 12 People

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MINIMUM AGE

18+ years old

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ACTIVITIES

Hike/Bike/Boat

What’s excluded

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa or visa arrangements
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hats and protective clothing.
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

Essential Information

Read important information about your destination(s), including weather, terrains, bike repairs, and tipping guidelines.

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DATES & PRICES

Single Occupancy: From: +$550

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Terrains

The terrain is varied, mainly flat and follows by the mixture of tarmac roads and dirt roads passing the countryside & Angkor complex. We cycle on backroads with lovely open landscapes and leisurely with plenty of stops to rest or take photos. Our Siem Reaper guides can also easily accommodate type riders, who seek less ride with a boost in the van.

Bike & Personal Equipment

We strongly recommend that you ride a mountain bike for our trips involved in asphalt, dirt, and backroads that some are sandy and rocky. If you are much more comfortable with your own stuff, we highly suggest bringing such as pedal, saddle, helmets, and water bottles. Our mechanic will adjust to your bikes and personal stuff.

Bike Repairs

The tools and spares are carried by your tour guide in the vehicle along with a full toolkit for the tour. However, it is also gauche for us to carry spares for every eventuality, therefore, it is necessary that when before departing, you should have a quick look at your two-wheel fellow whether it is in good order.

Safety

We recommend you to wear a helmet all our biking adventures and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour guide is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding.

Weather

The country has two distinct weather seasons but we can travel all year round in Cambodia. Our wet season runs from May to September and the dry season from October until April and the heaviest rainfall usually in August & September. The cooler is 24°C around November/December and hottest hitting 35°C around April/May.

Drink

Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit, and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer is freely available everywhere but is NOT included in the price.

Money

The currency of Cambodia is called ‘Riel’, and there are however no needs to change the currency into riel as US dollars are accepted everywhere. Please kindly note that ripped, torn, or old bills will not be accepted. ATM machines are available in the main cities across the country and mostly in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Saturday morning until 12:00 PM. Most hotels and restaurants in the major cities will charge US dollars, but for other currencies, it is advisable to visit a bank. Traveller’s checks can be exchanged at banks and some hotels, but it is not usable outside of the major cities. We would highly recommend using Visa Card or Master Card, as they are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants, and shops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. As if you wish to travel in a local taxi (Tuk-Tuk), make sure to have the right amount of cash and change with you as the drivers are unlikely to keep a lot of cash with them.

Visas & Passport

The visitors to Cambodia require a passport to enter the country and all travelers must hold a passport with the validation for 6 months after their planned exit from Cambodia.

Visas

Citizens of the UK, EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and almost all other nationalities will require a visa to visit Cambodia. Non-UK residents should check with the Cambodian Embassy in their country of residence for the most up-to-date information. Most nationalities can get a visa on arrival at Phnom Penh & Siem Reap international airports without prior registration. Visa issued on arrival for most nationalities, US $30/pax, and the visa has a one-month validity. You need to pay in cash and in US Dollars and provide two recent, identical passport photographs.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. As medical facilities in Cambodia are rather limited, so it is imperative for you to take out a good medical insurance policy when travelling.