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Cycle Northern Vietnam

8 Days | An unforgettable cycling and cultural tour of vibrant and verdant Northern Vietnam.

4.9 out of 5 based on 25 reviews submitted.
EUR €927
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More than 30 million Vietnamese can't be wrong - handle-bar height gives you the best view of Vietnam! Our one week cycling tour through the north of this beautiful country provides opportunities to meet the locals and experience their culture in a way that wouldn't otherwise be possible. So come with us and get active as we cycle from Hanoi to Halong Bay, down country lanes and through spectacular mountain scenery. And, of course, all the exercise gives you the perfect excuse to indulge in delicious Vietnamese cuisine.

Trip overview

Map of Cycle Northern Vietnam including Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
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 16
Trip code
This trip generates 50.41 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
  • If you love the feel of a bike between your legs, the wind in your (helmet-covered) hair and tropical breeze on your face then this speedy but comprehensive 8 day adventure is for you
  • A bike lets you see Vietnam like never before – you’ll go from road to beaten track to something way beyond
  • Think of the calories you’ll burn and the appetite you’ll work up cycling around Vietnam’s incredible landscape – all the more reason to indulge in the wealth of delicious local and regional food
  • This two-wheeled adventure will show you all the different sides of this country – wildlife-filled natural landscapes, small villages and ancient ruins, along with the region’s liveliest city
  • What better way to finish a good week's cycling than relaxing on an overnight boat cruise on the majestic 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?
  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • This trip covers quite some distance – you’ll be cycling for up to 70 kilometres a day on varied terrain, so this trip is for the reasonably fit.
  • There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there maybe – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure
  • You'll be spending one night in a homestay. While the accommodation is shared and basic, this is a great opportunity to interact with the locals, and get a real sense of Vietnamese daily life.
  • The weather in this region can be varied. Be prepared to get sweaty and for the occasional rainstorm, which may require a change of plans.
  • If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip.


Map of Cycle Northern Vietnam including Vietnam



7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners


Bicycle (e-bike option available), Support vehicle, Boat, Kayak, Taxi


Hotel (4 nights), homestay (2 nights), overnight boat (1 night)

  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda & HCM stilt house
  • Guided Hanoi city bike ride
  • Guided & vehicle-supported cycling in Mai Chau
  • Guided & vehicle-supported cycling in Pu Luong National Park
  • Guided & vehicle-supported cycling in Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Guided & vehicle-supported cycling near Ninh Binh
  • Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
Add on activities
  • Hanoi - Army Museum - VND20000
  • Hanoi - Women's Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology - VND40000
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Street Food Tour - USD35

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Important notes

1. Please provide your height at time of booking so that we can ensure a suitable sized bike is arranged.
2. Please see your Trip Notes if your departure takes place during Tet, usually in late January/early February. Although we do our best to run trips during Tet as per the scheduled itinerary, it is likely that there will be some changes to transport, accommodation or order of destinations visited.
3. Whilst bicycle helmets are not compulsory in Vietnam, Intrepid cyclists must wear a quality helmet at all times while riding in Vietnam. Good quality helmets are not available in Vietnam so make sure you bring yours from home.
4. During the group meeting, your trip leader will ask you if you would like to contribute to the snack kitty. This would be used to purchase extra supplies of snacks, including nuts and other energy packed goodies. It is not a compulsory kitty, although will make the purchasing of snacks easier and more convenient for you. You can find out more information from your leader upon arrival but costs are indicated in the Money Matters Section of your Essential Trip Information.
5. In 2022 this trip will not stay overnight on a boat on Ha Long Bay but will stay at Lan Ha Bay.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 25 reviews submitted.
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Debbie · Traveled October 2023
This was a fantastic trip. Nothing beats cycling through the small streets and towns. Truly unique experience. I love being active and the satisfaction of completing the day by bike. Our group was fantastic.
Review submitted 22 Oct 2023

Alicia · Traveled September 2023
This was an excellent adventure and each day there were unforgettable experiences. If you are thinking of booking this trip, the answer should be a loud YES
Review submitted 09 Sep 2023

Valerie · Traveled September 2023
Intrepid cycling in Vietnam was so easy from the time I booked to the end. Son our Guide was amazing his love for the people and country side was second to none. I would highly recommend meeting Son and experiencing his Cycling or walking tours. Thank you Son for making my holiday so enjoyable!!!!
Review submitted 09 Sep 2023

Lynne · Traveled September 2023
Our cycling trip far exceeded my expectations, Son our guide was the kindest and most considerate person. He taught us so much about this beautiful country. He took care of us and organized everything so well , we even got to kayak by ourselves without any crowds . Son made this trip specifical. Our driver mr Tung kept us safe, our back up rider mr Tang was always there to support and our mechanic Mr Bin was an expert. Congratulations Intrepid for employing these gems.
Review submitted 09 Sep 2023

Sarah · Traveled September 2023
The trip was unbelievable First time, I’ve travelled on my own the whole experience was I was on beatable. Son was outstanding as a tour guide on you so much and more
Review submitted 10 Sep 2023
Cycle Northern Vietnam
EUR €927