Vietnam: Hike, Bike & Kayak

11 Days | Cycle through rice paddies and villages, hike valleys and kayak turquoise waters of UNESCO islands

4.9 out of 5 based on 46 reviews submitted.
ZAR  22,072
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The spectacular valleys and mountains of Vietnam were simply made for active exploration. On this 11-day adventure, you’ll put on your hiking shoes and get ready for an 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 through lush landscapes, you’ll stop in at local villages and learn about traditional life, spending the night in rural homestays. After cycling through the valleys of Mai Chau and Ninh Binh and getting your heart rate up on Sapa’s hiking trails, you’ll head to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cat Ba Island and kayak across the turquoise waters of Lan Ha Bay. Spend a night in a waterside resort in the bay and make the most of every sunset, before heading back to Hanoi and indulging in street food.

Trip overview

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Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 99 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
  • Kayak around limestone karsts and explore the secluded lagoons and caves of Lan Ha Bay – the lesser visited but just as beautiful sister of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay.
  • Hike through the picturesque valleys surrounding Sapa and visit local communities on a full-day active adventure – the best way to get to know a place is on two feet, after all!
  • Cycle out to Mai Chau and on through the world-renowned karst landscapes to Ninh Binh. This area is known for its lush valleys and natural beauty.
  • Explore Hanoi with ample free time to indulge in street food, get to know the locals at streetside eateries and hunt down one of the famed Vietnamese iced coffees.
  • Spend some time in homestays, relaxing after full day cycling and hiking trips with traditional home-cooked meals and time to soak up the sunset form a hammock – this is the best chance to get to know the locals!
  • 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. While prior training for each activity is not necessary, a moderate level of fitness will help you to get the most out of all the activities.
  • The hike in the hills of Sapa is approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) in total, on sometimes steep and uneven terrain.
  • You’ll spend two days on your bike, riding to Mai Chau and Ninh Binh, with approximately 60 to 70 km of cycling each day. The cycling in these areas is relatively flat, and you’ll have time to get used to your bike in Hanoi before departing.
  • There are 3 nights in a homestay on this trip in Khau Pha, Sapa and Mai Chau. Accommodation will be in 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.


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10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 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 - VND50000
  • Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum - VND30000
  • Hanoi - Street Food Experience Urban Adventure - USD40
  • Hanoi - Crowd-free Morning Highlights of the City - USD89

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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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4.9 out of 5 based on 46 reviews submitted.
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Zorica · Traveled May 2024
Review submitted 31 May 2024

Colette · Traveled May 2024
This was our 1st Intrepid experience, and it exceeded expectations. It was very easy to communicate with this Australian company, both online before leaving, and with the tour leader (Oscar) once travelling. I wish I'd known I could hire and ebike (for $28 per day) before leaving. So glad that I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the cycling as a result. We had a lovely group. 2 Australian couples in their early 60's inc us, one Swiss couple and one solo Kiwi female in their early 30's. So lots of space to stretch out in the air-conditioned bus. Lots of fun.
Review submitted 31 May 2024

Cassandra · Traveled April 2024
Vietnam was lovely, but the accommodations for this trip weren’t great. The eco lodge in halong bay was terrible. It wasn’t clean (we found maggots in the fridge), had no view of the bay, and wasn’t walking distance to the beach or town. It was a 30 minute drive the beach and town and there were limited options to catch a ride to town. Google showed plenty of hotels at a similar price point as the eco lodge so it’s a wonder they chose the dirty, unkept and terribly located eco lodge. The rest of the trip was lovely though. The tour guide and group was amazing!
Review submitted 04 May 2024

Barbara · Traveled April 2024
This was a fantastic trip. If you enjoy bushwalking, cycling and being on the water this is definitely a trip to enjoy and at the same time get a feel for the country of Vietnam
Review submitted 06 May 2024

Sophie · Traveled April 2024
UNREAL trip- brilliant guide - Ha; and the best group. A great way to see a lot off the and on beaten path, and genuinely connect with the culture whilst being active. WARNING: if you book in Summer, careful of the temps- cycling cut short due to 40-45 degree heat. Overall you could join this trip with any level of fitness. SO WORTH IT! Book it :)
Review submitted 30 Apr 2024
Vietnam: Hike, Bike & Kayak
ZAR  22,072