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Vietnam: Hike, Bike & Kayak

11 Days | Discover a slice of Vietnamese paradise on this active adventure.

5 out of 5 based on 42 reviews submitted.
Multi-Active Adventures
EUR €1,176
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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 overview

Map of Vietnam: Hike, Bike & Kayak including Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Multi-Active Adventures
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 80.62 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Gain a greater insight into life in northern Vietnam with an itinerary that explores not just Hanoi but also heads out into the countryside
  • Hike through the picturesque valleys surrounding Sapa and visit local communities
  • Cycle out to Mai Chau and on through the stunning karst landscapes to Ninh Binh
  • Kayak around karsts and explore the secluded lagoons and caves of Lan Ha Bay - the lesser visited but just as beautiful sister of Halong Bay
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip has a number of activities to get your pulse going. Whilst prior training for each activity is not necessary, a moderate level of fitness will help you to get the most out of the included activities
  • The hike in the hills of 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
  • There are 3 nights of homestay on this trip in Khau Pha, Sapa and Mai Chau. Accommodation will be multishare rooms, with simple bedding and shared bathroom facilities. While accommodation is simple, the warm welcome and home-cooked meals will be comforting after a day of exercise
  • Kayak around secluded islands in Lan Ha Bay to explore this world renowned scenery. While this bay is generally sheltered, this is sea kayaking so you will need to be confident on and in water for this activity


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9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners


Private minibus, Bicycle, Boat


Hotel (5 nights), Homestay (3 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

  • Traditional Thai Cloth making demonstration
  • Khau Pha Community Village Walk
  • Khau Pha Community Village Homestay
  • Sapa - Lao Chai to Ta Van trek & Homestay
  • Sapa - Ta Van to Su Pan trek
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
  • Hanoi - West Lake bike ride
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Mai Chau - Pom Coong Village visit & traditional lunch
  • Mai Chau - Cycling
  • Mai Chau to Ninh Binh cycling
  • Cat Ba Island - Kayaking
Add on activities
  • Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Street Food Experience Urban Adventure - USD35
  • Hanoi - Hanoi Highlights Urban Adventure - USD39

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Important notes

1. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 2 (Sapa homestay) and Day 6 (Mai Chau homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. 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.
4. Helmets are compulsory and we do not allow anyone to ride without one. You can bring your own to ensure fit and quality, or purchase one that meets international safety standards on the ground. Your leader can assist with this.

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5 out of 5 based on 42 reviews submitted.
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Alison · Traveled August 2023
Having never done an organised tour, or ventured overseas solo, I can’t recommend this adventurous trip around Vietnam enough. The combination of hiking, cycling and kayaking, with a mix of home stays and hotels is the perfect balance to see the varied terrains and culture Vietnam has to offer, all whilst keeping fit. A sensory explosion and friendships made for life with a bunch of like minded individuals. Absolutely awesome
Review submitted 29 Aug 2023

Adele · Traveled July 2023
This trip was so much fun. The heat was challenging but the whole group (aged 15 to early 50’s) managed the physical activities. We were well looked after throughout. The home stays were a unique experience and really enjoyable. Book it!
Review submitted 12 Jul 2023

Rohan · Traveled July 2023
The trip was amazing, have fun first and don’t worry about the excessive there are heaps of facilities and no real danger. In summer this trip is very hot but you will get accustomed to it. Bring shorts and r shirts.
Review submitted 12 Jul 2023

Kate · Traveled July 2023
As a solo female traveller I would thoroughly recommend a tour with Intrepid. The small group sizes allow you to get to know and build relationships with everyone on tour. By the end of our 11 day trip in Vietnam we had a really tight knit group. I had an amazing time seeing the culture, food and scenes in a good contrast of both city and village life.
Review submitted 13 Jul 2023

Melanie · Traveled July 2023
This was my second adventure with Intrepid and it did not disappoint at all! The itinerary was perfect. Vietnam is a breathtaking country in so many ways. The physical rating was accurate. The group did work hard to hike, bike and kayak. Please note that Vietnam is extremely hot and humid in July. The Intrepid team made sure that we took frequent breaks and were well hydrated during our physical activities. Son is an absolutely fantastic leader. His experience, kindness and intuition greatly contributed to the vibe and overall enjoyment of this trip. I highly recommend!
Review submitted 17 Jul 2023
Vietnam: Hike, Bike & Kayak
EUR €1,176