Hanoi Train to Sapa and Cycling to Dien Bien Phu – 7 days

Sa Pa District is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. The Hoang Lien Son range of mountains dominates the district, which is at the eastern extremity of the Himalayas. This range includes Vietnam’s highest mountain, Fan Si Pan, at a height of 3142m above sea level. The town of Sa Pa lies at an altitude of about 1600 m. The climate is moderate and rainy in summer (May—August), and foggy and cold with occasional snowfalls in winter.Hanoi Train to Sapa and Cycling to Dien Bien Phu

Activity Cycling tours
Start in Sapa
End in Dien Bien Phu
Group Size 2 -16 pax
Tour type Group Tour
Code VNBKT -43
Depart Monthly
Price from 958 usd

Sa Pa is a quiet mountain town and home to a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. The total population of 36,000 consists mostly of minority groups.  Besides the Kinh (Viet) people (15%) there are mainly 5 ethnic groups in Sapa: Hmong 52%, Dao 25%, Tay 5%, Giay 2% and a small number of Xa Pho. Approximately 7,000 live in Sapa, the other 36,000 being scattered in small communes throughout the district…

The French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 signalled the end of French influence in Indochina. The battle fought around Dien Bien Phu was the last major campaign by a European state in the region; by the end of the decade the United States was to become the prominent foreign power in Vietnam and the influence of France dwindled to barely nothing – such was the impact of their defeat at the hands of General Giap’s forces.

Day1: Arrive Ha Noi – Overnight train to Lao Cai .

Day2: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van Valley afternoon ride (20km cycling) (B,L)

Day3: Sapa – Ta Phin Loop ride full day (30km cycling) (B,L)

Day4: Sapa – Tam Duong (Phong Tho) – New Lai Chau (90km cycling) (B,L,D)

Day5: Lai Chau –  Muong Lay  (85km cycling) (B,L,D)

Day6: Muong Lay –  Dien Bien Phu (90km cycling) (B,L)

Day7: Dien Bien Phu Flight to Hanoi (no cycling) (B,L)


Day1: Arrive Ha Noi – Overnight train to Lao Cai .
Airport transfer to Ha Noi capital, exploring the old city on your own or meet at the hotel for trip briefing ( or  pick up from your hotel in Hanoi ) ,Our van drive pick you to the train station for catching atrain at 9:00 pm to Lao Cai. Overnight on travel train.( 4 persons / A/C Cabin )

Day2: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van Valley afternoon ride (20km cycling) (B,L)
Arrive Lao Cai in early morning, transfer to Sapa for breakfast, short rest and time to fit bike before riding into the Sapa Valley.We will vist H’mong people villages & Giaz People . Lunch in the villages .Before ride back to Sapa town .
Overnight in Sapa.

Day3: Sapa – Ta Phin Loop ride full day (30km cycling) (B,L)
Breakfast at your hotel .Cycle off road track to the village of Ta Phin, when the ride will be more challenging in a loop across a steep and forested hillsides and minority villages.Lunch at the local restaurant . Cycle up hill back to Sapa .
Overnight in Sapa.

Day4: Sapa – Tam Duong (Phong Tho) – New Lai Chau (90km cycling) (B,L,D)
Cycle shortly uphill as warm up to the Tram Ton Pass, before starting a long descent ride  down hill to Binh Lu
Ride a truly off the beaten track (jeep track) mixed of hard pack gravel and clay to Tam Duong and Lai Chau. Overnight in Lai Chau city

Day5: Lai Chau –  Muong Lay  (85km cycling) (B,L,D)
Buffet breakfast and Take a brutal ride this day to Old Lai Chau  and get a reward of truly spectacular views.
The ride is on the main road, uphill and tarmac downhill, mixed of gravel and hard pack clay. Visit some minority people on the way . Overnight in Muong Lay .

Day6: Muong Lay –  Dien Bien Phu (90km cycling) (B,L)
Take a hardest but challenging ride this day to  Dien Bien Phu, on a rough tarmac terrain all the way, but you will be rewarded with the stunningly beautiful scenery and untouched remote villages.
Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.

Day7: Dien Bien Phu Flight to Hanoi (no cycling) (B,L)

Take a half morning tour exploring the historical sites of Dien Bien Phu.War Museum , Hill A 1 ,  Late morning flight to Hanoi and driver pick up and transfer to Hanoi .( your own accommodation ) . End of tour.



Tour Price : 958 Usd / persons

Inclusive of :

  • Support Air conditioned bus/van
  • Truck to carry bikes
  • English speaking biking/trekking tour guide
  • Entrance fees/Jeep for tour
  • Train ticket Ha Noi – Sapa
  • Airport transfer in/out ( in tour )
  • Pick up & drop off at your hotel
  • Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic/Doctor(10 travelers)
  • Water, snacks, cold towers, soft drinks and fresh fruits for cycling day
  • Accommodation in tour
  • Flight tickets  from Dien Bien Phu to Hanoi

Exclusive of:

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Accommodation in Hanoi

 

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