Conquer Vietnam by cycling 280km across stunning Northern Vietnam over 6 days. A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hilltribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling.
Few places on this Earth capture the imagination quite like Vietnam. It’s a country steeped in history and rich in culture; lined by an unbeatable coastline and famed for its mouth-watering national cuisine. This stunning bike challenge gives you the opportunity to witness many of the dignified sights Vietnam has to offer. We start our journey in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. From here, we ride for five adventurous days through Northern Vietnam, besides the Red River Delta, surrounded by lush karst mountains and green rice fields. We pass traditional minority villages and spend our evenings in the homes of local families.
Our journey passes through Cuc Phoung National Park. With 307 species of bird, 133 species of mammal, 122 species of reptile and more than 2000 species of plant, this national park is one Vietnam’s most important protected areas. Our unique biking challenges finishes in the idyllic valley of Mau Chai, hemmed in by hills and a patchwork of rice fields, speckled by tiny Thai villages.
Challenge grade Moderate -Tough
The cost per person based on 8 participants is £1,105 excluding flights plus TVF contributes an additional £350 per person - for a lower/higher number of participants the cost will increase/decrease as below
There is the opportunity to extend the trip before/after the challenge dates and to book alternative flights to those included in the cost. Full payment for the challenge must be received by 31st August 2018 at the latest.
Fundraising Target excluding Gift Aid is £2,500 per person
The Victoria Foundation will support your fundraising - 50% of the funds you raise can be forwarded to a medical charity of your choice approved by TVF when the challenge is complete.
NB (Participants from TVF Brazil Challenges 2017 have a reduced fundraising target of £1,000 excluding gift aid)
• Return international flights from London to Hanoi
• Airport transfers upon arrival and local transfers incl boat transfers
• Park fees
• Bikes and mechanics
• Back up vehicle on the ride
• Full board (except lunch on departure – day 9)
• Celebratory dinner at the end of the trip
• Professional qualified local guides
• Shared accommodation (mixture of hotels, dorm style in local homestays and local guesthouses)
• UK UTC Doctor
• Airport taxes and fuel surcharges
• Single supplement (approx. £105pp– hotel nights only)
• Personal expenses
• Lunch day 9
• Visas (if applicable)
• Personal travel insurance
• Optional tours and activities
If you would like to find out more please contact Lorna Votier on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07533 166 552
Full details of the challenge are below
Day 1: Depart UK for Vietnam
Depart London for our international flight to Hanoi.
Day 2: Arrive Hanoi
On arrival we will meet our local guides and transfer to our hotel. In the afternoon we take a cyclo or electric car tour of the Old Quarter and through the streets of Old Ancient Hanoi. We will have the opportunity to visit the Hoan Kiem lake with Ngoc Son temple and explore the fascinating Dong Xuan market. In the evening, we will have a full bike briefing about the challenge ahead.
Day 3: Hanoi – Thai Binh – Giao Thuy 60km
After breakfast we transfer out of Hanoi (approx 2.5hrs). Our ride starts on the banks of the Red River. Our journey takes us south into the heart of the Delta passing through many traditional villages, rice fields, pagoda, and temples. Lunch will be in a local restaurant before we continue cycling to the town of Thai Binh. From here we transfer to Nam Dinh, the town Christianity first arrived in Vietnam. A wonderful town with beautiful Christian and gothic churches. We end our first day in Giao Thuy village staying overnight in a traditional local home stay.
Day 4: Tam Coc circuit 40km
After breakfast we transfer to Tam Coc. Today’s ride is off-road amongst the karst cliffs to a small pier. We board a boat for a cruise along Ngo Dong River, and float through three natural caves, the largest of which is 125 m long. A wonderful trip to see rural Vietnam from a different perspective and take in the dramatic limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields. We disembark and cycle back through the karst cliffs to visit Thai Vi Temple, one of the oldest temples in Vietnam, built in the 13th Century. Overnight hotel in Tam Coc.
Day 5: Tam Coc – Cuc Phuong National Park 55km
A flat ride out of town takes us to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the Dinh and Ly dynasties. The route is stunning as we pass green rice fields amongst karst mountains and the Hoang Long River . A quick visit to Dinh Le Temple, built in the shape of a Chinese character in the 17th Century. The route encounters some small hills after around 35km as we head into Cuc Phuong, Vietnam's largest national park. We visit the endangered Primate Rescue Center which has a variety of native monkeys and gibbons, including critically endangered langurs – all have been saved from wildlife smugglers and are being rehabilitated to return to the wild. Overnight guest house within the park.
Day 6: Cuc Phuong – Buoc Village 60km
After breakfast, we take a short transfer (approx. 2hrs) to meet the historic Ho Chi Minh trails where we start our cycling on a small tarmac road with dramatic mountain scenery. We ride along the Buoi River, passing local Muong tribe villages with fields of rice, corn, cassava and sugarcane. After a lunch of Pho at a local restaurant we have a short transfer uphill to start our afternoon ride with a descent to Buoc as there is no better way to enter this rice paddy filled valley than by bicycle. Overnight at local home stay
Day 7: Buoc Village – Mai Chau 35km
Our ride today heads into the hills along a dirt road frequented by local villagers. As we head into higher ground the views of the valley open up to spectacular scenery. A steep 2km climb is rewarded with a 10km rolling dirt road through quiet villages and stunning jungle terrain. Tonight we stay in the village of Buoc where you will be welcomed by the host family.
Day 8: Mai Chau - Hanoi c35km
Our final day! We will wake up early to the sound of chickens, ducks and children preparing for school. We will have opportunity for an early morning walk through the village to experience life in a tradtional farming community. Back on the bikes, the route today is gentle as we pass through many villages on small country lanes toward the main road. The final stretch will be 10km along a paved road back to Mai Chau, where we will meet our vehicles to transfer back to Hanoi via Hoa Binh for lunch.
Tonight meet the trekking group to all celebrate our achievements with a special farewell dinner and time to share memories about the trip.
Day 9: Hanoi to UK
Transfer to the airport for our overnight fight back to the UK.
Day 10: Arrive UK
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