This 5-day mountain bike trip takes us through beautiful countryside and intriguing villages. We will have the opportunity to observe the local minority communities at work, tending their fields in the shadow of the Chay river massif. The overnight stays in Bac Ha will give us the chance to explore the villages and visit the local market. We will also be able to visit the Can Cau market as well as enjoy a boat cruise on the Chay River.

Tour Code: VCT 01
Duration: 5 Days
Tour Type:
Starts / Ends: Hanoi / Hanoi
Tour Route: Hanoi – Sa Pa – Bac Ha – Can Cau Market – Sapa – Hanoi
Tour Level: Moderate
Group Size: Private only – 1 person and above

Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai
Day 2: Sapa – Ta Phin – Sapa
Day 3: Sapa – Bac Ha
Day 4: Bac Ha – Can Cau – Bac Ha
Day 5: Bac Ha – Coc Ly – Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi

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Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai by night Train (Wed)
We will be met at the lobby of the hotel and transferred to the Hanoi Railway station. The train will depart Hanoi at around 22:00. We spend a night on a 4 soft sleeper berth cabin.

Day 2: Sapa – Ta Phin village – Sapa (Thu) (B, L)
Up on arrival in Lao Cai Railway station early in the morning, we will be met by a local guide who will escort us to Sapa town. After checking in hotel, we enjoy our breakfast at the hotel restaurant and take a quick shower before going out to visit the town. Firstly in the morning we climb up the Ham Rong mountain for the overview of Sapa town and villages where will visit after that. After lunch we will take a car to the village where we can visit the Red Dzao people, chatting with them as well as see how they live to share culture with families here. The rest of the day, we walk back to the town to join the local market. Overnight in Sapa.

Ta Phin Village, Sapa

The rustic of Ta Phin Village, Sapa

Trekking distance 5 km
Approx: 1,5 hours driving/ grade 2 of 5/ 2,5 hours walking

Day 3: Sapa – Bac Ha (Fri) (B, L, D)
After having breakfast, we will start cycling downhill to Lao Cai town and also on good flat road leading towards Bac Ngam. We pass by peaceful countryside of the Red River valley. Villages and rice fields are all along the way. We arrive in Bac Ngam by noon, where we stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we will keep cycling uphill to Bac Ha town. We will check in a hotel in the late afternoon, where we will stay for the next two nights. A cold drink, a shower and a tasteful dinner will complete this day, and make it one to remember.
Approx: 6 hours cycling/ 1- hour lunch

Bac Ha town

Bac Ha Town

Day 4: Bac Ha – Can Cau Market – Bac Ha (Sat) (B, L, D)
Today is time for a special market experience: the Can Cau market. The road between Bac Ha and Can Cau is hilly but extremely beautiful. The ride will take us around 1 and half hours. The products on the market are interesting, as well as the groups of ethnic minority people represented make the market an unforgettable experience. We will spend all the morning to walk around the market, exploring its magnificent chaos. We will have picnic lunch on the way. In the afternoon, we head back to Bac Ha. We will be able to take a nice ride to Ban Pho village of Flower Hmong and Nung minorities, which is nearby Bac Ha. The villagers grow vegetables and fruit trees. One of the most famous fruit of the area is plum. We will be able to visit a local house, where we might have chance to taste a cup of corn wine, another famous product of the village. We will spend another night in the hotel.
Approx: 4 hours cycling/ 1-hour lunch

Can Cau Market

Can Cau Market

Day 5: Bac Ha – Coc Ly Market – Hanoi (Sun) (B, L)
After having a morning coffee, we take a short walk to visit the old castle of the former Hmong King. From there we can have a view over the town. We will then visit this huge market with its colorful array of ethnic minority people such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, and Nung who gather to buy and sell. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, our lunch will be served in a local restaurant. We will then start out from Bac Ha by cycling downhill to Bao Nhai, where we get on a boat to have a cruise on the Chay river. It is a perfect way to finish your trip by sitting in the boat exploring the life at the riverbank. Our jeep will wait for us in Coc Ly and take us to Lao Cai Railways Station to reach the train back to Hanoi. Another possibility is to return to Sapa for more adventures holiday experiences in the mountains of Vietnam.

Coc Ly Market

Coc Ly Market

Approx: 1.5 hours cycling/ 3-hour boat cruising/ 1-hour walking/ 1-hour lunch

Day 6 Hanoi (Mon)
Up on arrival in Hanoi very early morning, we transfer back to our hotel.

About Price:
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give you as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

What’s included?

  • English speaking guide in Hanoi and Sapa
  • All hotels based on a twin-share basis.
  • Transfers and transportation in Hanoi and Sapa
  • Jeep or Van supported during cycling time
  • Return train from/to Hanoi (4 soft sleeper berths cabin)
  • Meals indicated in itinerary (4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 2 Dinners)
  • Water and Snacks on cycling day
  • All needed equipments as: Pump, bike tools, spares tubes or Spare bike
  • Entrance fees, permits, insurance
  • Mountain bicycle with mechanic (Trek bike or Grant)

What’s excluded?

  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Personal expenses: Bar, Telephone and Laundry bills
  • Tips and gratuities

If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they san server you better. If you are a food lover, Viet Vision Travel can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes.
Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Recommended Accommodation List:



SapaBamboo Sa Pa Hotel
TrainTRatraco train – 4 soft sleeper berth cabin

The hotel subject to change due to the availabilities. In that case we will choose the equivalent hotels.



  • How long should we bike a day?

    • Tracey

      The distance from 30 km to 80km is a good option for a day of cycling trip in Vietnam. Depend on your status of health that we can organize the best itinerary as well as distance for your trip.

  • Is it possible for us to make biking trip in Vietnam if we are in 50s, not really fit?

    • Absolutely, you can. We always arrange the tours which are fit with our customer’s body and health. The distance and the roads are calculated to be easiest for you to cycle. And our tour guides also support you during the time of biking trip.

  • Do you offer water during biking tours?

  • Do you have fast food or snacks for the breaks?

    • Yes, we support fast food, snack and fresh fruit during cycling adventure. It is one of importance element to refresh you energy.

  • Is it safe to do the cycling tour in Vietnam? I heard that you have millions of motorbikes throughout the country.

    • Jeanny

      Yes, motorbikes are the most popular means of transportation in Vietnam, however, please do not worry about this since all of your Vietnam cycling tours are designed in the back roads and village roads, away from the busy traffic. If any part of the cycling days are in busy roads and we have no other choices, we will advise our clients to take the support vehicle instead.

  • Neil Keller

    Do you have any longer Vietnam cycling tours, something like 14 or 15 days cycling in the North and Central Vietnam? I can’t find it in your website.

    • Jeanny

      Yes, we do have. Actually, most of our tours are customized based on our client’s requirement so no problem for us to design a longer Vietnam cycling tour to meet your request. Just let us know your intended travel date and number of participants in your group, we will then get back with detailed itinerary and cost within 24 hours.

  • Do we have a support vehicle in our Vietnam Cycling tour?

    • Jeanny

      Yes, you do. Actually, our support vehicle will always in front of or in the back of the group. This is not only for safety reason in case of emergency but also in some parts of the tour, if you feel tired, you’re welcome to take the vehicle instead. Have fun!

  • Nelson

    Should we bring some candy or picture books to give children at remote area in our Vietnam Cycling Tour?

    • Stephen

      Thank you! How thoughtful you’re! Yes, you’re more than welcome to bring biscuit, candy, picture books or so to the children in the remote areas. We always encourage our clients to bring gifts to the children instead of giving them money. We will have several stops at minority groups in your Vietnam Cycling Tour so this gift will bring joy to the children, for sure.

  • Michelle Reynolds

    What kind of bike you use for your Vietnam Cycling Tour?

    • For Vietnam Cycling Tour, we use high quality mountain bikes like Trek bike or GIT Avalanche bike. Please feel free to ask your tour designer what kind of bike use for your tour; he/she will advise you the details.

  • Danielle

    Do you think winter is the great time for biking trips in northern Vietnam?

    • Tracey

      In general, the winter in northern Vietnam is quite cold. It is very nice weather for physical activities especially cycling.

  • What will you recommend us for 15 days tours in Vietnam? Should we take Vietnam biking tours instead of normal tours? We are really love adventure trips in Vietnam.

    • Tracey

      If you are people who love traveling as adventurers, you should take biking tours in Vietnam. It is entire possible to visit all highlights in Vietnam with 15 days as normal tours. We recommend you 15 Days Discover Vietnam by Bike tour with long itinerary for you visit most highlights in Vietnam during 15 days trip.

  • Andrias

    What is longest itinerary for your cycling tour packages in Vietnam?

    • The longest tours for biking trip in our tour program is 23 days including Hanoi – Sa Pa – Fansipan – Halong – Hue – Hoi An – Kon Tum – Pleiku – Buon Me Thuot – Dalat – Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi. If you want to extend more tome for your biking trip or change some destinations in biking itinerary, you can also make customized tours for your trip in Vietnam.

  • Marcela

    Is cycling tour in Vietnam worth? Should I go from North to South by bike?

    • Stephen

      A great way to visit Vietnam is to cycle. The roads are not the best in the world, though it is theoretically possible to cycle the length of Highway One, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s probably better to cycle in the countryside around Hue or Hoi An and away from the big cities with their traffic jams. We have many tours for cycling in Vietnam to offer you. A 12 day trip starts in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh City could be one of the good option.

  • I have 2 boy one 15 year old and one 17 year old. Could they have a biking tour with us? Are they too small to bike around Vietnam?

    • Stephen

      Yes, they can join biking trips with you. Vietnam terrain is not too hard to bike around.

  • We really love northern Vietnam especially Sapa, could we do a long biking trip in Sapa? Around 5 days.

    • Stephen

      Of course, we have dropped you some biking tours in and around Sapa you may like, please check and let us know if you need more help.

  • We are looking for a biking tour in Vietnam for 5 days. Any recommendation?

    • Here are some recommendations for your 5 days biking trips in Vietnam: 5 Days North East Vietnam Soft Cycling, 5 Days Explore the spirit of Mekong Delta on wheels tour, 5 Days Sa Pa Biking Tour. We have dropped you more information about other biking tours in Vietnam, please check.

  • Is it possible to have 2 days biking tours with you tour company? We just have 2 or 3 days for biking because of short time in Vietnam, please help.

    • Yes, you can. There are many things to do and see with 2 or 3 days biking tours. 2 Days Softly Cycling Mekong Delta Tour With Home-Stay, 3 Days Discover Mekong Delta by Bike, 2 Days Cycling Tam Coc & Cuc Phuong National Park, 3 Days Dong Trieu Home Stay – Soft Cycling & Ha Long Kayaking. Please check and let us know if you are interested in them.

  • We are traveling as family with two boys, we will visit Vietnam on next month. But we just have ten days in Vietnam. We want to spend 3 day for biking or other outdoor activities in northern Vietnam after arrive in Hanoi. Could you help us find a tour in or around northern Vietnam?

    • There are many choices for your trip in Vietnam. We recommend tour 3 Days Dong Trieu Home Stay – Soft Cycling & Ha Long Kayaking. This trip with many activities and joys, your boys may like it. Please check your email, we have sent you more optional choices for your tours in Vietnam.

  • Daniel

    Hi there, we are from Australia. We love biking around over countries in the world. We will arrive in Vietnam on November. Could you help us a challenge biking tour in Vietnam?

    • Stephen

      Of course, we are pleased to help you. There are many biking tours in a specific region or over all of the country. Do you have much time in Vietnam? If you much time in Vietnam you can try 23 Days Vietnam challenge tour. We have sent you more information about biking tours in Vietnam for your choice, please let us know if we can help you.

  • Tiffany

    We will visit Vietnam in late September, and we like to spend 2 weeks for biking over Vietnam. Could we have biking tours with your company?

    • Stephen

      You can spend 2 week for a specific regions or all over the country. Have a look at our tours 15 Days Discover Vietnam by Bike tour, 15 Days Cycling & Trekking in the North of Vietnam Tour, 12 Days Adventure North West loop by bike tour… We have dropped you more information about biking tours in Vietnam, please check your email.