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15 Days Biking Northern Loop Vietnam – Conquer The Nature!

North Vietnam proved its fame on the world tourist map with impressive natural landscapes. That’s why we offer a 15-day package tour biking northern loop Vietnam

15 Days Biking Northern Loop Vietnam - Conquer The Nature!

Biking Tram Tau, Ta Xua, Yen Bai

Joining our adventure to the mountainside, you will gradually discover the mysterious and poetic beauty of the passes and valleys. You can also get a chance to integrate into the vivid local life of ethnic groups.

You will depart from the ancient capital of Hanoi and rouge through the charming landscapes of the Northwest provinces such as Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Ha Giang, and Ba Be. Hanoi will become the last stopover, ending the memorable 15-day cycle trip.

15-day Biking Northern Loop Vietnam Tour 

Day 1: Hanoi- Arrival

On the first day of the journey, our MTB Vietnam’s guide will welcome and pick you up from Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) to your accommodation in the central districts. Here, we will gather and disseminate specific information about our 15-day cycling tour.

After the check-in procedure, the group tour can visit the capital Hanoi – the convergence between civilization’s imprint and the urban areas’ hustling development. You will encounter not only the ancient architectures that have existed for centuries but also skyscrapers. 

Some highly recommended activities include enjoying the cyclo ride, shopping feature items in the Old Quarter, and tasting egg coffee.

Hanoi- Arrival

Traditional cyclo ride down the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam. The cyclo is a three-wheel bicycle taxi that appeared in Vietnam during the French colonial period

Day 2: Hanoi – Moc Chau Cycle Tour

A shuttle bus will take us to Mai Chau town (Hoa Binh province), which is 140km from Hanoi. The estimated travel time is 3 hours. There, we will warm up our cycling tour through the rolling trails along the Da river. 

You probably take a lot of effort to conquer this treacherous terrain. You can immediately admire the breathtaking and lyrical landscape along the way. We also pass a historical witness during the illustrious Dien Bien Phu campaign – National Road No. 6. We will refuel with a snack before reaching the Moc Chau plateau.

Moc Chau Plateau will impress us with its distinct charm. Immaculate plateaus with green tea hills and villages scattered underhill loom behind a thick haze layer. Taking a breath, the cool air is as refreshing as purifying your body. You will end the 2nd day at a themed hotel here.

Hanoi – Moc Chau Cycle Tour

Tea Farm, Moc Chau District, Son La Province, Vietnam: Ethnic Minority Children on a Tea Hill in Tea Farm, Moc Chau District, Son La Province, Vietnam

Day 3: Moc Chau- Bac Yen Cycle Trip

We will arrive at Bac Yen – our third destination of the North Vietnam mountain bike tours, well-known for its cloud paradise and magnificent rice terraces- a unique beauty of the Northwest region that any tourist can not ignore. 

In Bac Yen, terraced fields are ubiquitous, with more than 1,000 hectares. During the harvest season, terraced fields are like a warm golden carpet spread across the hillside. After lunch, we pedal up along Bac Yen and stay overnight at a 3-star hotel.

Moc Chau- Bac Yen Cycle Trip

View of Dinosaur backbone Ta Xua, Bac Yen, Son La, Vietnam. Sunrise, mountain hill path road panoramic landscape

Day 4: Bac Yen- Tram Tau- Nghia Lo Cycle Trip

Tram Tau and Nghia Lo may be unfamiliar names to many tourists. That’s why we will explore these two landmarks by riding through the winding passes. Cycling through these towns, you will enjoy the remarkable natural beauty of Yen Bai province. 

This place is more majestic, with dense forests, tea or rubber plantations, and immense terraced fields. Several ethnic minorities also reside in this province. You can take advantage of this opportunity to integrate into the cultural identity of Thai, Nung, or Hmong people.

Bac Yen- Tram Tau- Nghia Lo Cycle Trip

Cycling in Nghia Lo, Yen Bai province

Day 5: Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai Cycle Trip

Ending the joy at Nghia Lo, we start cycling about 45km to Tu Le town-. The landscape on the way will make you flutter: a green and peaceful valley lies between 3 high mountains. We plan to observe the entire Tu Le town from above, so we need to pedal up the slope for about 8km for the best view. Lunch is offered before reaching uphill.

We will pedal along a riverside path down to Mu Cang Chai district: the home of most H’Mong people. In the villages of Mu Cang Chai, you’ll get a panoramic view of the most spectacular rice terraces, which are honorably listed in the National Rice Terraces Heritage of Vietnam. Our overnight accommodation is the Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge.

Nghia Lo – Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai Cycle Trip

H’mong family harvesting in Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai

Day 6: Mu Cang Chai- Than Uyen Biking Trip

Our cycling trip continued to a romantic land between Pung Luong mountain and the legendary Hoang Lien Son range: Than Uyen district (Lai Chau province). Than Uyen is blessed with several nature presents. Besides the marvelous mountains, you also observe the vast rice fields and the rich system of rivers and lakes.

The scenery becomes even more impressive if you book a tour in the ripe rice season. During July to September, you probably pedal through a sea of gold and catch the panicles fluttering under the sunlight.

Mu Cang Chai- Than Uyen Biking Trip

Biking in Mu Cang Chai

Day 7: Than Uyen – Sapa Cycling Trip

The 46km-length pass dividing Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces is waiting for our adventurers to conquer on the 7th day of our bike tours North Vietnam.

We will enjoy the refreshing feeling at the roof of Indochina – Fansipan pinnacle with an altitude of 3142m above sea level. Reaching the top, your sight perfectly gains the entire imposing cordillera.

The group moved to Sapa town and went into the city center to experience the unique rhythm of life here. You can feel the harmonious blend between modern growth and the traditional Northwest culture vibe. Finally, we will stay overnight in this appealing town.

Than Uyen - Sapa Cycling Trip

O Quy Ho A top in Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam. This is a very nice road and dangerous. Sapa is a famous tourist destination

Day 8: Sapa – Coc Ly – Bac Ha Biking Tour

After breakfast, we will cycle descendingly about 48km to visit Coc Ly market – one of the Sapa’s signatures held on Tuesday every week. This is an opportunity for you to join the weekly bustling market activities where the residents sell colorful brocade products, socialize, or exchange goods with each other.  

We continue to follow the single paths along the Chay river to find Bac Ha town. We offer wandering time at Bac Ha market, located in the town’s heart. 

Here, visitors can enjoy specialties only in the highlands (red pho, thang co, and corn wine); buy local agricultural products (cai meo, Duong Quy, yellow turmeric, and other precious medicinal herbs), or experience some daily activities of the Tay, and Phu La ethnic groups. Bac Ha will be the stopover of our group tonight!

Sapa - Coc Ly - Bac Ha Biking Tour

Ethnic people, flower hmong at Bac Ha Sunday market, Vietnam

Day 9: Bac Ha – Sin Man – Hoang Su Phi – Thong Nguyen Cycle Trip

The 9th day of our cycling tour stretches in 3 districts of Ha Giang province. In the morning, we cycle to Lung Phing, follow the trail, and have lunch at Xin Man. This district is famous for its overlapping mountains, steppe, and immense primeval forest.

The next destination is the 2″ Heaven’s Gate Pass, which takes visitors into a dreamland covered with sky and clouds.

We will gradually move down the hill to Hoang Su Phi Town. This remote town also owns as spectacular terraced fields as that of Mu Cang Chai. In addition, if you pursue the tour in late autumn, you will be immersed in the purples sea of the scenic buckwheat flower hills.

Bac Ha – Sin Man – Hoang Su Phi – Thong Nguyen Cycle Trip

Terraced fields in the harvest in autumn in Hoang Su Phi district, Ha Giang province, Vietnam

Day 10: Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang Bike Tour

Ha Giang’s landscape is breathtaking, thanks to the limestone peaks and massive cliffs. You impossibly take your eyes off and then immerse yourself in the vast enchanting space of this natural Northeast masterpiece. 

You also observe the terraced fields recognized as the National Heritage of Northeast Vietnam in Hoang Su Phi. After crossing some more hills, we will arrive at our hotel in Ha Giang.

Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang Bike Tour

Biking Ha Giang loop

Day 11: Ha Giang – Quang Ba – Yen Minh Bike Trip

The morning begins with winding roads to vast limestone mountains, continuing to the “Heaven Gate 1”. Our backpackers can visualize the Tam Son valley with Twin Hills and picturesque Quan Ba town.

The time after lunch is a bit challenging since we have to continuously go up and down steep slopes. However, we were rewarded with the remarkable architecture of houses and villages of the Chinese ethnic group in Yen Minh town.

Ha Giang – Quang Ba – Yen Minh Bike Trip

Ma Pi Leng mountain pass in Ha Giang, Vietnam.

Day 12: Yen Minh – Dong van Cycle Tour

Our group will start pedaling on Hanh Phuc road to conquer the Dong Van rock plateau. The higher you pedal, the more you feel the typical wildness here. You can take some time to visit the historical site: the Hmong King’s Palace.

Coming to Dong Van, we cannot ignore a historic symbol of Vietnam: the Lung Cu flagpole. This spot marks the sovereignty of North Vietnam.

The rest of the time will be for participants’ check-in and relaxation.

Yen Minh – Dong van Cycle Tour

HA GIANG, VIETNAM: Ethnic minority village in Sung La, Ha Giang.

Day 13: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng – Meo Vac – Bao Lac Bike Trip

Today, we will conquer Ma Pi Leng pass: one of the four great peaks of Vietnam. This is also a bumpy and dangerous trail suitable for our thrill-seekers. The main challenge is 7km on a zigzag road with sharp turns.

Coming to Meo Vac town, we will roll through another slightly sloping terrain. During cycling, we can take a break by the road to glance at the lively local markets with ethnic people in their costumes.

The bicycle tour continues with a rather difficult pass to arrive at and rest in Bao Lac town.

Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng – Meo Vac – Bao Lac Bike Trip

Ma Pi Leng Pass Biking

Day 14: Bao Lac – Ba Be Lake Bike Tour

We will say goodbye to the massive mountains in the past few days and immerse in the peaceful and poetic Ba Be Lake. However, the pass leading to Ba Be is not easy. We need to destine for the Son Dong section and rest at the pinnacle. 

Then, we will descend to discover the gem hidden in the forest. This is the largest freshwater lake in Vietnam, recognized by UNESCO as the world’s freshwater reserve.

Bao Lac - Ba Be Lake Bike Tour

Serenity Ba Be Lake in Vietnam

Day 15: Ba Be Boat Trip – Hanoi Cycle Tour

The last day of Vietnam biking tours is to fully enjoy the poetic scenery of Ba Be Lake and the natural landscape between Ba Be and Thai Nguyen. We will feel the freshness in every breath through green tea, palm leaf, or palm tree farms.

We will say goodbye to the northern mountains and return to Hanoi. The 15-day journey has come to an end. You will experience the last night in Hanoi city. It is totally up to you to rest or try a few other activities here!

Ba Be Boat Trip - Hanoi Cycle Tour

The small and rural village of Ba Be Lake in northern Vietnam on a cloudy, humid and moody day.


Our adventures may memorize wonderful moments with the nature of the Northern mountains of Vietnam. Thanks to the 15-day journey of biking northern loop Vietnam, you not only understand more about this beautiful and hospitable country but also make new friends in the cycling group.

A trip is well worth the effort. We will hopefully accompany you on your next trips. So, don’t forget to follow our website!

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