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Sapa to Dien Bien Phu 5 Days

Promotions: 5% discount for all bookings between May 1 - Sept 30 , 2014
Grade: Moderate/Challenge
Destination: Sapa - Heaven Gate - Tam Duong - Lai Chau - Dien Bien
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

This mountain bike trip will take you to some of the most scenic areas in Northern Vietnam. Travelling through stunning mountainous landscape to the highest stretch of road in Vietnam, called Heavens Gate. You will cycle downhill to Tam Duong passing through Binh Lu. Along the way, you will pass by picturesque villages and rice paddy fields of breathtaking beauty - you are sure to need more than one photo stop on this journey. You will also be able to walk around the small town of Lai Chau. On the last day you will arrive at the historically famous town of Dien Bien Phu.

Exchange Rate:US$1=VND22,750
Group size2-3 pax4-6 pax7-9 paxSingle supplement
Prices/per personVND 13,470,030
(~US$ 592)
VND 9,619,155
(~US$ 423)
VND 8,962,380
(~US$ 394)
VND 1,323,000
(~US$ 58)
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Above prices are valid till Oct 31, 2015

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Sa Pa – Tram Ton – Binh Lu – Tam Duong
You first travel by car uphill toward Tram Ton. 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 probably need the help of the supply car to go up another high pass, before enjoying the easy ride downhill all the way to Tam Duong, where you stay overnight in a hotel.

Meals: -/L/-
Summary: 40 minutes driving/ 5 hours cycling/ 1 hour lunch

Day 2: Tam Duong – Border – Paso
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 the ride on a flat road toward Sino – Vietnamese border. You will enjoy a beautiful ride along river. You head back to Paso 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. 

Meals: B/L/-
Summary: 5 hours cycling/ 1 hour lunch 

Day 3: Pa So – Muong Lay
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 riverbank. 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.

Meals: B/L/-
Summary: 5 hours cycling/ 2 hours boat cruising/ 0,5 hour walking/ 1 hour for lunch 

Day 4: Muong Lay - Dien Bien Phu
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 a local restaurant or picnic lunch prepared by the hotel. 

After lunch, you head toward Dien Bien Phu. 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 upon your arrival in Dien Bien Phu. Mountains and huge rice fields surround the busy town. Here you spend the night in a hotel. You will be able to take a walk to a nearby market to spread your legs.

Meals: B/L/-
Summary: 6 hours cycling/ 1-hour walking/ 1 hour lunch

Day 5: Dien Bien Phu - City tour
After having breakfast, you will have an interesting bicycle trip around the town to visit famous historical sites such as Dien Bien Phu Museum, Glory Statue, A1 Hill and De Cattery Tunnel. You will have lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Ha Noi.

Meals: B/L/-
Summary: 2 hours cycling/ 1-hour walking/ 1 hour lunch

Inclusions:
• 4-night stay at Standard hotels in Tam Duong, Paso, Muong Lay and Dien Bien (twin share)
• Private air-conditioned minibus support all the way with experienced driver
• Experienced English speaking biking guide
• Use of Trek bike with helmets, spare parts, first aid kits, tool kits 
• Lunches and dinners at a local restaurants as mentioned in the detailed itinerary  
• All entrance fees
• Bottled water, snacks and fresh fruits 

Notes:
• This cycling tour can be fully customized to your needs. Pre-trip or post trip extension can be arranged.
• Train ticket Hanoi - Lao Cai and flight ticket Dien Bien - Hanoi is not included, please advise if you need them.

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