Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
This is another 3 days Vietnam mountain bike tour we arrange in northwest Vietnam for those who take the overnight train Hanoi – Lao Cai. The bike tour starts from Lao Cai train station and finishes there as well.
DAY 1: LAO CAI -> SAPA -> LAI CHAU
Arrive early this morning at Laocai Railways Station at 5:30. You will be greeted by Lotussia local team and transferred to Sapa. Breakfast will be provided in a local restaurant in town. 8:30: Drive uphill towards Tram Ton. It’s a tough climb out of Sa Pa to Heaven’s gate, so your support vehicle will transfer you out to a starting point at the ‘Silver Waterfall’. Then it’s a 3Km climb up the highest mountain pass in Indochina where you’ll stop to marvel at the spectacular view of Hoang Lien mountains before free-wheeling down 26km to Binh Lu Junction. Heading off the main road, its 20kms of sometimes rocky road to Than Thuoc, a charming little tea town where you’ll spend the night in a local guesthouse.
DAY 2: BIKING LAI CHAU
After breakfast, your support vehicle will transfer you up a steep mountain pass to the starting point where you’ll glide down 20kms to Than Uyen through valleys where the old growth forest, tea plantations and verdant rice paddies surround you during your ride. After lunch in Than Uyen, you’ll have a wonderful afternoon as you explore some single track trails to visit local minority villages, including the interesting Lu people with their distinctively black teeth. Arrive back in Than Uyen for dinner and overnight in the local guesthouse.
DAY 3: LAI CHAU -> LAO CAI -> HANOI
After breakfast, ride 40kms around the other side of the stunning Muong Kim valley with time for lots of stops to take pictures of the local hill tribe people and the stunning scenery there. Arrive in Van Ban for a late lunch then hop on the minivan to drive back to Lao Cai.. Train ??? Departure at ??? (to be advised). Overnight on board train.