Mai Chau – Ninhbinh – Catba Island – 9 days

Mai Chau is a district of Hoa Binh Province in the northwestern region of Vietnam. The district is located about 160 km from Ha Noi. The scenery of Mai Chau attracts many tourists. In 2003 the district had a population of 48,570. The district covers an area of 520 km². The district capital is the city of Mai Chau.Mai Chau – Ninhbinh – Catba Island

Activity Cycling tours
Start in Hanoi
End in Hanoi
Group Size 2 -10 Pax
Tour type Group Tour
Code VNBKT -11
Depart Every 8th & 28th Monthly
Price from Contact Us

Mai Chau is located 135 km south-west of Hanoi in the Northern province of Hoa Binh which is bordered by Son La in the West, Phu Tho and Ha Tay in the North, Ha Nam and Ninh Binh in the East, and Thanh Hoa in the South.

Mai Chau has a population of about 47,500 inhabitants that belong to different ethnic minority groups such as the White Thai, H’mong, Zao, Muong, Tay, Hoa and Viet. The Mai Chau hill tribes are warm and welcoming, and famous for their handicrafts – in particular for their skills in embroidering clothes.

Mai Chau offers a most splendid vista of the Valley which is surrounded by lush greens and stilt houses inhabited mainly by the White Thai ethnic group. The Sunday market brings a lot of people into town where traditional Thai dishes are made and revel in traditional dances.


Day 1 – Ha Noi-Mai Chau (Buoc Village) (L/D) (55 km)
Leave Ha Noi at 7:30 am for Mai Chau. Drive past Hoa Binh and drive southwest to Mai Chau, the gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. See picturesque scenery with stunning mountain views along the way. Reach to Mai Chau at noon and have lunch in local house, in a village of the Thai ethnic minority. After lunch, start biking on rural roads to Buoc, another Thai ethnic group village. Stay overnight in a traditional stilt-house (home-stay) of a Thai family

Day 2 : Mai Chau – Cuc Phuong National Park (B/L/D) (trekking and cycling)
Breakfast in the home-stay stilt-house, start cycling or trekking on a beautiful country road through scenic Thai villages and visit a local family  in the morning. Enjoy local meal at lunchtime in Thai family before a transfer to Cuc Phuong Park in the late afternoon. Over night in the park.

Day 3: Cuc Phuong Park – Tam Coc  (B/L/D) (70 km)
A visit Endangered Primate Rescue Center then cycling along the forest road, riding through the jungle to gate of the national park, continue biking to Tam Coc, enjoy rowing boat trip through rice fields and limestone mountains to visit 3 caves in Tam Coc. Overnight in Tam Coc.

Day 4: Tam Coc – Bich Dong – Hoa Lu – Ninh Binh (B/L/D) (30 km)
Start cycling to Bich Dong where your lunch is prepared. Bich Dong is a pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac mountain dating to 1428, comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order. Guided tours generally cover historical points and end with a pleasant view from the top..After lunch, continue your bike ride on hilly rural roads through countryside villages to Hoa Lu. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 5: Ninh Binh – Hai Phong: (B/L/D) (70 km)
Start to pedal through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta to Hai Phong. You will have the opportunity to experience farming works by local farmers. In the afternoon, we will spend a short time to drive to Hai Phong. Overnight in Hai Phong.

Day 6: Hai Phong – Ha Long: (B/L/D) (70 km)
Have breakfast at the hotel, then start pedal to Ha Long Bay by bike in the morning . On the way will stop to visit some local market and rice field  . Arrival Halong bay free for swimming and beach relaxing , dinner with seafood in local restaurant  . Overnight in Ha Long.

Day 7: Ha Long – Cat Ba: (B/L/D) ( 30 km ) and (boat ride)
A short drive to the boat station for cruising, get on board, discover the World Heritage Site, visit the beautiful grottos and admire the scenery of the Bay from your boat. Drop anchor for swimming, and enjoy seafood on board. Continue cruising until the afternoon, disembark from your boat and cycling from Gia Luan to Cat Ba town and stay a night on Cat Ba island.

Day 8: Cat Ba Island: (B/L/) (25 km)
Explore Cat Ba by bicycle in the morning: cycle to the National Park, central market, and fishing port. Relax on beach in afternoon, explore dinner by yourself , stay one more night in Cat Ba.

Day 9: Cat Ba – Hai Phong – Ha Noi (B/L/) (100 km)
In the early morning, we take public ferry back to Hai Phong, then continue our bike ride until the afternoon. Then, drive back to Ha Noi, with a stop to visit the Bat Trang pottery village on our way back. Enjoy a water puppet show in evening. Overnight in Ha Noi.Tour End!

Tour Price : Contact Us

Departure Date : Monthly

Group Size : Min 2 to Max 10 persons

Services included:
♦ Transport by A/C mini van,bus, and truck carry bikes
♦ Trek Bike  speeds, helmets, spare parts, aid kits, tool kits
♦ Entrance fees, boat trips
♦ B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner as mentioned in the tour itinerary
♦ For daily cycling only: Water, snacks, fresh fruits, wet towels
♦  7 nights in hotels and 1 nights in home-stay, double occupancy, twin share
♦ Experienced English speaking bike guides
♦ Pick up/ drop off at  hotels

Not included:
♦ Travel insurance
♦ Other personal expenses
♦ International flights to/ from Vietnam
♦ Accommodation in Hanoi
♦ Tip for guide and driver

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