Discover a slice of Vietnamese paradise on this active adventure.

The spectacular valleys and mountains of Vietnam were simply made for exploration. Put on your hiking shoes and get ready for this immersive journey that gets away from the bright lights of Hanoi and under the skin of Vietnam's bucolic countryside. In between trekking and cycling past lush landscapes, stop in at local villages and learn about traditional life with memorable homestay experiences. It’s not all mountains and trails either, with an opportunity to kayak across the majestic waters of Lan Ha Bay and spend a night in a waterside resort. Prepare to be led off the beaten track.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2019:
From 1st January 2019 this trip will become 11 days in length with an additional night on Cat Ba Island. Departures are not yet guaranteed for 2019 so please do not book any flights at this time. Any changes will be finalised in the coming months.


Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Destination
Vietnam
Style
Original
Theme
Active Adventures
Code
TVXA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Get active while exploring the very best that Vietnam has to offer, in true Intrepid style.

  • The chance to experience two community home stays is the best way we know to get insight into local life and culture.

  • See the country from the back of a bike as you cycle through rural regions and busy cities, on foot as you hike through the hills of Sapa and from the water as you paddle across Lan Ha Bay.

  • Escape the crowds at Halong Bay and explore more secluded lagoons and caves of nearby Lan Ha Bay - less visited but just (if not more!) beautiful.

  • See more about why we love it from one of our travellers here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/vietnam-adventure-tour/

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an active and varied tour with a number of activities to get your pulse going. While specific prior training isn't necessary, some travellers have found parts of the itinerary quite challenging and a reasonably high level of fitness is needed to get the best out of the experience.

  • The hike in Sapa is approximately 10 kilometres (6.2miles) in total, on sometimes steep and uneven terrain.

  • You will spend 2 days on your bike, riding to Mai Chau and Ninh Binh, with approximately 60-70 kilometres of cycling each day. The cycling in these areas is relatively flat and you will have time to get used to your bike in Hanoi before departing.

  • Our community homestays in Sapa and Mai Chau are in multishare accommodation with simple bedding and shared bathroom facilities which may not have hot water. The warm welcome and home-cooked meals will definitely hit the spot after a day of exercise.

  • We kayak around secluded islands in Lan Ha Bay to explore this world renowned scenery. While this bay is generally sheltered, this is open water kayaking so you will need to be confident on and in water for this activity.

Itinerary

Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader.

If you arrive early into the capital of Hanoi, there’s plenty to see and do. Consider booking one of our active Urban Adventures available too if you want to warm up for the rest of your trip! Or take it at your own pace and wander the Old Quarter and admire the city’s French-colonial architecture, relax in a park, or enjoy some street food.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Village Discovery by Bike Urban Adventure - USD33
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure - USD31
  • Hanoi - Citadels, Karsts & Cycle Urban Adventure - USD88
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Highlights Urban Adventure - USD40
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
You may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the group meeting and have time to explore Hanoi. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're expecting to be late, please inform the hotel reception or your booking agent in advance.
After breakfast climb board a private bus to Sapa (approx. 5 hours), a town in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of northwest Vietnam. After exploring the Sapa market, venture out on a short trek (approximately 2.5 hours) through the surrounding verdant valleys and past grazing water buffalo to visit a hill-tribe village called Cat Cat. This is home to the H’mong people, who emigrated from China 300 years ago. In the evening, settle into your hotel in Sapa for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sapa - Cat Cat Village trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Savour the dramatic landscapes and panoramic views of rural Vietnam on another trek today, this time from Lao Chai to Ta Van. Our trek supports a local social enterprise that invests back into the villages it visits and benefits ethnic minorities. You'll pass by terraced farms ripe with corn and rice, cross bubbling brooks and through bucolic H'mong and Giay minority villages. Stop for a picnic lunch before heading on to our home stay with a local family in the evening where we will enjoy a home-cooked meal. The total trekking distance today is around 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sapa - Lao Chai to Ta Van trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Our first homestay of the trip tonight is in multishare accommodation, with shared basic bathroom facilities.
This morning trek enjoy another scenic trek to Su Pan via Giang Ta Chai, through bamboo forests, past a waterfall and over a rattan suspension bridge, meeting Red Zao minority villagers along the way (approx 8 km). Rest your legs on the bus ride back to Sapa (approx 12 km). Return to Hanoi by private vehicle this afternoon (approximately 5 hours). Check into our hotel and maybe get a bird's eye view of the city from a rooftop bar or unwind with an iced coffee.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sapa - Ta Van to Su Pan trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Much of Vietnam's capital is best explored on foot, which is exactly what we will do today on our walking tour. See the final resting place of Vietnam's revered revolutionary at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum before stopping by the Temple of Literature. Although the shrine was originally built in the 11th century, and is therefore considered to be the city's oldest temple, the current structure and shrine to Confucius actually dates from the 18th century. In the afternoon, there's a chance to practice on your bike with a warm up cycle around West Lake.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Hanoi - West Lake bike ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave behind the Hanoi hustle first by vehicle to escape the traffic, then jump on your bike and and journey to the clean air of the Mai Chau valley (approximately 60km / 37mi). There are plenty of great photo opportunities along the way. We may also have the chance to try our hand at planting in fields depending on the season. Stop at a vantage point to take in the view of Mai Chau, which like Sapa is home to a variety of minority groups each with their own unique culture and languages. Arrive in Mai Chau and head to the village of Pom Coong where we have a home cooked lunch. After lunch, take some time to relax before saddling up for a bike trip to some nearby villages. Return to our home stay to relax and for dinner. 
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mai Chau - Pom Coong Village visit & traditional lunch
  • Mai Chau - Cycling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
At tonight's community homestay you’ll sleep on mattresses on the floor in a communal room. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities are basic and hot water may not be available.
After breakfast set out again on your bike, riding from from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh, a region well-known for its green valleys, karst mountains and conservation areas. Today's ride will cover approximately 70 kilometres in total. Stop for lunch along the way to break up the trip and check in to our hotel for the night on arrival in Ninh Binh.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mai Chau to Ninh Binh cycling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
In the morning catch a bus from Ninh Binh to Cat Hai, where you'll take a ferry to Cat Ba Island which sits at the southeastern edge of Halong Bay. Lan Ha Bay is a part of Ha Long Bay with the additional attraction of numerous white-sand beaches. Dock on the island and drive to Cat Ba town then to hop on another boat and ride from Ben Beo to Lan Ha Bay while enjoying your lunch on the boat. Total travel time including driving and ferries is around 5 hours today. 

After lunch, grab a kayak and spend some time surrounded by towering limestone islands dotted with green foliage, paddling away from other tourists across the turquoise water and through the caves of Lan Ha Bays. Following our kayaking activity, take a short boat trip to Monkey Island Resort where you'll stay the night in a secluded property right on the water's edge. If you would like to explore there is a walking trail for a short walk around the island. Just be aware that this island is named as it is for a reason! 
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lan Ha Bay - Kayaking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Another chance to kayak this morning before we catch the bus back to Ben Beo for lunch and then head back to Hanoi (approximately 5 hours travel time), arriving in the afternoon. Perhaps head down to the markets for some last-minute souvenir shopping or pay a visit to one of the city's many fascinating museums, such as the Fine Art Museum, Women's Museum or Museum of Ethnology. Toast the end of this active adventure with an optional farewell group dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lan Ha Bay - Kayaking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This active adventure comes to an end today. You are free to depart at any time. Perhaps consider exploring further on one of our Urban Adventures.
Optional Activities
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure - USD31
  • Hanoi - Village Discovery by Bike Urban Adventure - USD33
  • Hanoi - Citadels, Karsts & Cycle Urban Adventure - USD88
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Highlights Urban Adventure - USD40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Bike, Boat

Accommodation

Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (6 nights), Resort (1 night)

Included activities

  • Sapa - Cat Cat Village trek
  • Sapa - Lao Chai to Ta Van trek
  • Sapa - Ta Van to Su Pan trek
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Hanoi - West Lake bike ride
  • Mai Chau - Pom Coong Village visit & traditional lunch
  • Mai Chau - Cycling
  • Mai Chau to Ninh Binh cycling
  • Lan Ha Bay - Kayaking

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, and excludes Days 3 & 6 (homestays) and Day 8 (Lan Ha Bay) where you will be in shared accommodation.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
3. From 1st January 2019 this trip will become 11 days in length with an additional night on Cat Ba Island. Departures are not yet guaranteed for 2019 so please do not book any flights at this time. Any changes will be finalised in the coming months.

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Reviews

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