Just 100 km South of Hanoi, NinhBinh is a province of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks whose splendor is often said to surpass that of Ha Long Bay. It is even often referred to as “Ha Long Bay on land”. You will discover the charm of NinhBinh by bike as you visit Van Long Nature Reserve, Cuc Phuong National Park, and Tam Coc and Bich Dong. This trip makes for a truly unforgettable experience, as you pass between towering limestone peaks, rice fields, lotus flowers ponds and local villages. As you cycle along the local roads between villages, you’ll have the chance to meet local people, see their daily lives and often have a cup of tea and chat with them.
This two-day excursion is for all types of travelers, including families and small groups. You will stay at the best available hotels in the region. Further, you will be fully supported by a van and a guide who is a cycling enthusiast with extensive experience a passion for providing top notch service.
Our bikes are top quality, lightweight, and can be adapted according to the terrain. We can also accommodate all sizes of riders, including children.
Day 1: Hanoi – Van Long – Cuc Phuong National Park
You will be picked up at 8:00 am at the hotel and leave Hanoi for a two-hour drive along Highway One (formerly Mandarin Road). You will start cycling from Dich Long Bridge and bike on the dike of Van Long Nature Reserve. You will see caves, green rice fields, limestone peaks and the rural life of the locals. Your final biking destination of this morning will be your hotel.
In the afternoon (following a short transfer by van to the Cuc Phuong National Park) you will visit the Primates Rescue Center. You will then cycle up hills further into the jungle (18km), which is a challenging ride, but worth it once you find yourself in the middle of the jungle, listening to the musical sound of the local birds. Next, you will go back to the comfort of your hotel where you will enjoy the spa and dine in style at your hotel. (You will also have the option to take a boat cruise or do absolutely nothing and simply relax.
Accommodation: Cuc Phuong Resort and Spa or Ana MandaraNinhBinh
Cycling Distance: 30 km
Day 2: BaiDinh Pagoda – Dinh and Le Temples – Tam Coc – Thai Vi Temple – Bich Dong Pagoda – Hanoi
You will travel by van to BaiDinh Pagoda which is the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. From here you will start cycling on the countryside road to Hoa Lu, an ancient citadel of Vietnam dating back to the 10th Century. You will stop here in order to visit Dinh and Le Temples, as well as NhatTru Pagoda or the One Pillar Pagoda which is reached on foot.
Then you will continue riding through the limestone peaks to Tam Coc, passing rice paddies and rural villages.You will have lunch in Tam Coc near the boat pier before continuing biking to explore Tam Coc, Thai Vi Temple, Bich Dong Pagoda and more.
At 4 pm we will load your bikes on our van and take you back to Hanoi, arriving around 6 pm.
Cycling Distance: 30 km