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.
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
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 2 nights of homestay on this trip in 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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1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 3, 6 (homestay) and 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.
Our Vietnam: Hike, Bike & Kayak trips score an average of 4.92 out of 5 based on 50 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid was my first experience with a group trip. I was more than happy and satisfied with the group size, our group were from different parts of the world yet I think the mood of the trip was fun, informative and challenging at times. The activities were very well paced and all of us worked well together. Our leader, Bao Tran had everything very well organized regarding our activities and our hotels and meals. He even offered to arrange for extra services to accommodate our needs. His direction in our activities and arrangements for meals and hotels was always organized allowing us to relax and concentrate on our activities and just enjoy. I felt Bao had a very understated way of conducting our trip and his patience in answering every question and making sure everyone had what we needed never failed. The entire group felt extremely fortunate to have had Bao show us Vietnam in his own words and demeanor. He was such an asset to our adventure and if he is an example of how Intrepid chooses leaders I would love to do more trips with Intrepid .
Review submitted 20 Mar 2018
Good sized group, friendly staff, relaxed style of travel with plenty of time to recuperate after large amounts of exercise. I wouldn't travel in this country in summer or I would melt. Tips: You will need an average amount of fitness. If you're cycling for more than 20km a day, take riding pants or a pad for the bike seat. I don't think my body is going to be the same ever again. if you have not been on a bike for about a year, get some practice in, not a lot, but enough to be able to do 60km in a day. It's not 60km of riding all in one it. It's divided into three parts. Definitely don't miss what equates to mountain biking on small paths through the tiny villages in the afternoons. Take a bit of money with you when you hike from Sapa to the Hmong village. The helpful older ladies who will be holding your hand so you don't stack it over a ravine will want you to buy something when they leave you at lunch. You will need their help if the track is muddy. The track is always muddy. Apple wine is not what you think it is. Corn wine is what you think it is. It's moonshine. You'll love it.
Review submitted 19 Mar 2018