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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.

Übersicht

Start
Hanoi
Ende
Hanoi
Besuchte Länder
Vietnam
Style
Original
Theme
Active Adventures
Trip Code
TVXA
Gruppengröße
12
Physical rating

Highlights

  • 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

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Hanoi
Xin chao. Welcome to Vietnam! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. The meeting is generally followed by an optional group meal out at one of Hanoi’s fantastic eating spots. If you have time before the meeting, head out and discover Hanoi. It’s a good idea to take a hotel business card so you can find your way back.

Day 2
Hiking in Sapa
After breakfast climb board a private bus to Sapa, a town in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of northwest Vietnam. This journey will take approximately 5 hours. From the Sapa market, venture out on a short trek (approximately 2.5 hours) through the surrounding valleys to visit a 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.

Day 3
Hiking in Lao Chai
Savour the dramatic landscapes and panoramic views of rural Vietnam on a trek from Lao Chai to Ta Van. You’ll pass by terraced farms ripe with corn and rice, over bubbling brooks and through bucolic villages. Stop for a picnic lunch before heading on to our home stay with a local family in the evening. The total trek today is around 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).

Day 4
Hiking in Su Pan
This morning trek to Su Pan before taking some time to rest your feet on a bus ride back to Sapa. In the afternoon the group returns to Hanoi (approximately 5 hours). Maybe get a bird’s eye view of the city from a rooftop bar and unwind with an iced coffee.

Day 5
Cycling in Hanoi
Vietnam’s capital is best explored on foot, which is why the group will head out on a city 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, have a practice on your bike with a warm up cycling trip around Hanoi’s West Lake.

Day 6
Cycling in Mai Chau
Leave behind the Hanoi hustle first by vehicle, then jump on your bike and and journey to the clean air of the Mai Chau valley (approximately 60km / 37mi). There are great photo opportunities along the way – stop at a vantage point to take in the view of Mai Chau, home to a variety of minority groups with their own unique culture and languages. Along the way, there’s also the opportunity to help local farmers plant rice seeds into the fields. Arrive in Mai Chau and head to the village of Pom Coong, where your local guide will introduce you to your hosts for lunch, and provide information on the region’s people, their lifestyles, customs and culture. Lunch is a traditional affair with examples of local cuisine on offer. This is a great opportunity to experience the local area, chat with your hosts, and gain a real insight into life in this fascinating and picturesque region. After lunch, take some time to relax before saddling up for a cycle trip to nearby villages. Back at the homestay, relax with a cold drink while watching the sun set over the peaceful mountains. Alternatively, for the food lovers, why not help your host cook dinner!

Day 7
Cycling in Ninh Binh
After breakfast set out again on your bike on a cycle 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.

Day 8
Cat Ba Island
Catch a bus this morning from Ninh Binh to Hai Phong then jump on a ferry to Cat Ba Island, which sits at the southeastern edge of Halong Bay. Lan Ha Bay, where Cat Ba can be found, is a part of Halong Bay with the additional attraction of numerous white-sand beaches. The total travelling time today is approximately five hours. Check in to your hotel in town then enjoy a free afternoon taking it easy. Hit the beach, jump in the sea, check out Cat Ba town or go walking around the island before a grabbing a sunset drink.

Day 9
Kayaking around Cat Ba Island
Explore the waters and limestone karsts of Lan Ha Bay on a full-day boat trip. Get up close and personal kayaking beside the tree-clad outcrops, with lunch onboard also included. Halong Bay’s World Heritage designation was extended to the Cat Ba Archipelago thanks to its similar aesthetic value, and the scenes of turquoise water and junk boats are quintessential Vietnam. No-one will judge you for taking a selfie here. Spend a second night on Cat Ba, with the evening free to visit the local restaurants and bars.

Day 10
Hanoi
Say goodbye to Cat Ba Island and head back to Hanoi (approximately five hours). Arrive in the late afternoon, and perhaps head down to the markets for some last-minute souvenir shopping or to pay a visit to one of the city’s many museums. Both the Fine Art Museum and Museum of Ethnology are great choices. In the evening, why not organise an farewell dinner with your group and toast the end of this active adventure.

Day 11
Hanoi
Your active adventure comes to an end today and there are no activities planned, but there’s plenty to see if you’d like to continue exploring Hanoi or further afield, including an Urban Adventure discovering Hanoi’s street food by night.

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9 Frühstück, 4 Mittagessen, 2 Abendessen

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Reviews

Robyn Jill Woodward
Intrepid Travel enables us to enjoy Vietnam in a way that’s incredibly difficult traveling independently. Great group we traveled with, superb guide, lovely place and locals and excellent place to hike, cycle and kayak
Michael Lauterstein
amazing value, amazing activities, brilliant guides, food is next level
Henry Wei
Pack a rain jacket and plenty of active wear that you can clean and dry overnight in a hotel.
Julie Barker
This trip does require a good level of fitness so make sure you can cycle at least 60km with some steep gradients as well as be to hike sometimes in steep areas. May/June was verging on too hot I would recommend going outside of this season to be able to really enjoy the cycling and hiking. The areas visited are amazing (there is not a chance you could see Vietnam, the true culture and way of life if you did this by yourself) and the schedule worked like clockwork, as a solo traveler among the group I felt safe the whole time. Make sure you take Chafing cream for cycling and sunscreen both can be a bit hard to come across in Vietnam.
Ester Allen
Absolutely loved this trip. It’s a perfect itinerary for those who like to be active but also want to see more of Vietnam.
Kim Jenkins
A wonderful blend of activities to explore some of Vietnam's most beautiful countryside and vibrant city life. A real cultural experience from amazing home stays with great food to resort style accommodation. Our tour guide Loc was fantastic. An adventure to remember.
Karina Nadalin
Very much enjoyed my experience with intrepid, everything was smooth and easy all the way through, I loved the type of experience that we had with our trip involving honestays with the locals. I liked that we had a smaller group (7) and that we all came from different areas of the world. I would definitely choose intrepid again and can't think of anything worth complaining about.
John Wondergem
If you wish to be active on your holiday and explore some remote places then this is the trip for you. You need a reasonable level of fitness and some good walking shoes but the views are worth the effort. Lots of fun and exercise.
Anna Maria F Adamo
Be prepared for a variety of weather, so bring a warm jacket, socks hat and a scarf as well as lighter clothing for warm days, also an easy care dress-up outfit for is useful. Rely on ATM withdrawals for cash.
Patricia Demarco
Travel light, highly recommend backpack versus luggage
Matthew Wooller
Excellent mixture of bustling city life, tranquil rice fields that feel like you've stepped back in time and activities to keep you engagaed from cycling backwaters of Sapa to canoeing around the beaches of Monkey Island. Feels like to get a taste of every corner of Vietnam. Our tour leader Hung was absolutely fantastic !
Brett Halloran
This trip is a fantastic introduction to Northern Vietnam. The activities get you outside and close to the local sights and scenery. An excellent value for the money!
Glenn Batey
A truly fantastic way to travel in a country that you are not familiar and do not speak the language, traveling with like minded people just adds to the fun and long term friendships, I will be traveling with untrepid again.
Lorraine Batey
For the traveller that wants to indulge in the food and culture of a country, Intrepid is the company to use. Their guides have an abundance of knowledge to share.
Kevin George
This was a wonderful experience. We spent longer on a bus between places than we had realised we would and had not prepared for that. The bikes were very good but a gel seat is an additional must. The boat at the end of the trip was a wonderful way to unwind and relax at the close of the week.
Michelle Hearne
I had never done a tour before I did the trip with Intrepid and it was great, very well organised with a friendly and helpful guide and a great group of like minded people.
Amber Clarke
If you are after a relaxing time, this is not it! A lot of beautiful scenery and amazing people but you will have to work to get there! IT WILL BE TOTALLY WORTH IT THOUGH!
Lucy Williams
Intrepid was well organised and as a solo traveller, I felt safe and well catered for. Our guide was conscientious and enthusiastic.
Erin Morris
I would highly recommend the Vietnam Hike, Bike, and Kayak tour for active travelers! You get to see so much of northern Vietnam in 10 days, and learn a lot about the different cultures of the region. There's not much downtime, but that's how I like to vacation. The landscape you get to see is breathtaking- and it was nice to explore more closely on foot and by bike.
Katrina Tily
I chose this trip to get off the beaten track and explore Northern Vietnam in an active way and it definitely lived up to expectations. Trekking through superb scenery, seeing the local people go about their every day life and the homestay were all such authentic experiences. The trek can be slippery and I would recommend good hiking shoes. The cycling was equally as picturesque, riding through small villages and seeing the children playing was so much fun. It was very hot so cycling was challenging at times, I would recommend padded shorts or a gel seat cover! You don't need to take a bike helmet as they are provided. The boat trip was a fantastic, more relaxing end to the trip. Our guide, Cong, and driver were absolutely brilliant they made the whole trip more enjoyable and ensured that everything ran smoothly. Overall an amazing experience but be prepared for some early starts and action packed days!
Emma Nestor
A fantastic trip! A very active, busy trip and a good level of fitness is needed. With the heat it was harder than I expected but very rewarding. The Sapa homestay was definitely a highlight.
Holly Jones
The hike, bike and kayak trip was a really fun, fast paced trip which was a great way to be introduced to the country and see areas you wouldn't otherwise. Particularly during the cycling part we travelled through some great roads and villages which I wouldn't have found as a tourist.
Rebecca Gadsby
A great experience; stunning and varied views. You will get muddy on the hike! The cycling is exhilarating and tiring! The kayak/boat felt like luxury. Homestays were the best experience. Take decent walking boots and bike pants! Time of my life.
Alison Oatey
Great mix of activities, lots of culture and fabulous scenery. One of the best hike, bike, kayak trips I've done.
Sian Bunio
Great variety of activities! Learnt so much about the culture and got to see so many different areas of Vietnam! I love Intrepid and will defintely be doing another trip with them after this one!
Katie Brennan
I absolutely love intrepid tours. They are so well organised, varied and I love that you can be active and explore the world. Highly recommend them to anyone ready for an adventure.