Red River Delta by Bike and Boat
Duration: 3 days, private tour
Locations: Hanoi, Vietnam; Thai Binh, Vietnam;Ninh Binh, Vie
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Explore the unique landscape of the Red River Delta by bike and boat. Vibrant green rice paddies thrive in the fertile delta formed by the reddish-brown, silt-laden water of the Red River. It is a great 3 Days/2 Nights adventure!
Vibrant green rice paddies thrive in the fertile delta formed by the reddish-brown, silt-laden water of the Red River.
Ha Long-Bay-on-Land, an area where limestone karsts rise dramatically from the rice field.
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• Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle
• Fully escorted by English-speaking guide
• Bike Hire
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- If you need help or advice arranging flights please contact us.
- Passports and Visas: Most nationalities require a visa for Vietnam and they can be obtained from any embassy worldwide, here’s a list of locations. For a list of those countries exempt, go to this page. A tourist visa is valid for a single 30 day stay. You must specify your arrival date when applying for a visa and it is from this date that the 30 days will be calculated. When picking up your visa check to be sure the dates match your travel plans and that it is stamped directly into your passport as it will not be accepted if it is stapled in or loose. You can obtain a pre-approved entry visa online before arrival in Vietnam for a fee, however, the visa is still issued on arrival at international airports.
- This trip is a mixture of hard-packed dirt trails and tarmac. An air-conditioned bus travels behind the group to support us and participants can cycle as much or as little as they like and still enjoy the tour.
Tributaries wind their way through limestone mountains, forming caves and unique karst formations. Dynasties have flourished and built majestic pagodas as their legacies.
From Hanoi we transfer out of the city to start our riding through rural Vietnam. A cycle on the dyke of the Red River takes us to the traditional pottery village of Bat Trang and into the heart of the delta. We cycle past ancient temples and Ha Long-Bay-on-Land, an area where limestone karsts rise dramatically from the rice field. We board a boat to cruise through caves and then ride to Han Lu, the ancient capital of once powerful dynasties. Our last overnight is in the midst of the rain forests of Cuc Phuong, Vietnam's first and largest national park. A visit to an animal rescue centre will allow us to see endangered monkeys up close,
Our route is designed to take us off the main roads as much as possible. We explore scenic back roads on the way to all our destinations and once away from the main roads, cycling in Vietnam is a wonderful experience as the bicycle is still the most common form of transport.
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D=Dinner
Day 1 - Hanoi – Thai Binh - Ninh Binh (L,D)
A day exploring the countryside and local artisans. Our guides will meet you at your hotel in Hanoi and we have a short transfer out of the city to avoid traffic. We start with a lovely ride on a dyke along the Red River, a perfect quiet place to get used to cycling in Vietnam. Our first stop will be Bat Trang known for handmade ceramics. The pottery is quite varied and interesting. We then cycle south into the heart of the delta passing through many traditional villages and rice fields. We stop for lunch at a local pagoda and will learn about religious practices in the region. We continue meandering through the delta to the town of Thai Binh visit Keo Temple, built in 1061 under the Ly Dynasty, one of the most revered temples in the Red River Delta. After our visit we have a short drive to our overnight at the nice hotel of Ninh Binh.
Yen Nhi Hotel. Ride 60 km.
Day 2 - Ninh Binh – Tam Coc – Cuc Phuong ( B,L,D)
After breakfast we board a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Ngo Dong River to explore a special temple from 1428. The journey there is unique as we float through three natural caves, the largest of which is 125 m long. Sit back, relax, see rural Vietnam from a different perspective and take in the dramatic limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields. We disembark to climb up for a visit to the three structures that comprise Bich Dong Pagoda. After lunch we hop back on the bikes for a flat ride to the town of Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the Dinh and Ly dynasties. The route is stunning as you pass green rice fields amongst forest covered mountains. We overnight in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam's largest national park.
Cuc Phuong Guest House. Ride 60 km.
Day 3 - Cuc Phuong - Hanoi (B,L)
This morning you will have the opportunity to explore Vietnam's first national park and hopefully sight one of the 97 species of mammals said to inhabit the park. We cycle to visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center where a wide variety of native monkeys and gibbons, including critically endangered langurs were saved from wildlife smugglers and are being rehabilitated to return to the wild. Continue cycling from the park to Chi Ne, a small peaceful town on the banks of the Boi River. Here we have lunch before we head back to Hanoi. The drive will take one and a half hours and we should arrive by late afternoon.
Ride 60 km.
Nuts & Bolts
Bikes: The bikes you will be riding are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension.
Suitability: The daily distances are not too long and the terrain is gentle so this trip is suitable for most people, but it’s advisable to have a modicum of fitness to enjoy the riding!
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