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Ethnic Voyage

Mountain Cycling >> Northwest to Dien Bien

Northwest to Dien Bien


Day1: Sapa - Heavens Gate - Binh Lu - Tam Duong (L, D)
You first travel by car uphill toward Heavens Gate. On the way, you can take a short walk to Silver Waterfall and then head to Heaven gate, where you will be amazed by breathtaking view to mountain surrounding included Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina. Your ride will be mostly downhill toward Binh Lu. You will stop by Chu Va village of Black Hmong for a break before you arrive in Binh Lu. Here you will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you start to cycle mostly uphill for the rest of today, which requires incredible effort. You will be able to stop by a village, you will then be probably need the help of the supply car to go up another high pass before enjoying the easy ride downhill all way to Tam Duong, where you stay overnight in a hotel

Approx: 40 minutes driving/ 5 hours cycling/ 1hour for lunch.

Up/ Straight/ Down: 17km/8km/25/km.

Day2: Tam Duong - Border - Pas So ( B, L, D)
You will start out from Tam Duong by cycling uphill along picturesque tributary of the Na River. You will see some places of gold exploration along the river. You also pass by many villages of Thai minority spreading along the way before reaching to Pa So. You stop for lunch in a local restaurant. You will then continue reaching the ride on the flat road toward Sino- Vietnamese border. You will enjoy a beautiful ride along the river. You head back to Pa so later to spend the night in a hotel, which locates by the river. You will be able to enjoy a cold beer on the balcony with beautiful river view.

Approx: 5 hours cycling/ 1 hour for lunch.

Up/ Straight/ Down: 30km/19km/21km

Day3: Pa So - Lai Chai (B, L, D)
Today's ride will be mostly downhill. You will have time to enjoy beautiful scenery as well as stop by a village of Thai minority, the largest group ethnic in this area. You still follow the road, which goes along the Na River until you arrive in Lai Chau in the early afternoon. You check in a hotel and have a late lunch. After having a rest, you will be transferred to the river, where you take a boat ride downstream in the Black River. You can make a stop to visit a village of Thai minority and hear about their daily life on the river bank. A friendly atmosphere makes your trip more enjoyable. The boat takes you further downstream. You will be transferred back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Approx: 5 hours cycling/ 1-2 hours boat cruising/ half an hour walking/ 1hour for lunch

Up/straight/down: 30km/10km/40km

Day 4: Lai Chau - Dien Bien
Today will be a longest ride. You will start out on a good road, which makes your ride very comfortable. You arrive in Muong Lay by noon. Here you will be able to take a walk around a local market. You will have either lunch in local restaurant or picnic lunch prepared by hotel. After lunch, you head toward Dien Bien. You will continue on the good road and the ride is even more enjoyable in a beautiful nature. The ride will be downhill and then flat upo your arrival in Dien Bien. The busy town is surrounded by mountains and huge rice fields. Here you spend the night in a hotel. You will be able to take a walk to a nearby market to spread your legs.

Approx: 7 hours cycling/ 1 hour waking/ 1 hour for lunch.

Up/ Straight/ Down: 40 km/ 40km/20km

Day 5: Dien Bien - City tour (B, L)
After having breakfast, you will have an interesting bicycle trip around the town to visit famous historical sites such as Dien Bien Museum, Glory Statue, A1 Hill and De Castrerie Tunne. You will be back to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Hanoi.

Approx: 1 hour cycling/ 1,5 hours visiting/ 1hour for lunch.

Up/Straight/Down: 0km/6km/0km

Note: On the whole trip you will have a supply car, which can give you a lift whenever you feel tired 


  • English or French speaking guide
  • Good mountain bikes and helmets
  • All indicated meals ( B as breakfast, L as lunch, D as dinner)
  • Water on the whole trip
  • Supply car/ motorbike
  • All entrance fees
  • For overnight trip in the village

- Sleeping bag and mattresses
- Silk sleeping bag
- Waterproof bluebag for luggage
- Tents if needed
- Mosquito net
- Overnight in local house or tent


  • Personal pocket money
  • Soft drink (beer, coca cola)
  • Insurance
  • Hotel/ Guest house

All other services not indicated above

* Duration: 5 days

* Rates (quoted in $USD):

1 - 3 pax 4 - 6 pax 7 - 9 pax > 10 pax
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Note: On the whole trip you will have a supply car, which can give you a lift whenever you feel tired

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