Sunday, March 1, 2009

ATA Kicks Off New Vietnam Biking Tour "Biking Hidden Paths of Mai Chau & Ninh Binh"


This trip of Active Travel Asia offers a great opportunity to see the two areas of outstanding nature beauty; the North west highlands of Mai Chau and the Limestone Mountains of Ninh Binh.


Biking in Ninh Binh & Mai Chau, Vietnam

Biking is a great way to see this fascinating and visually stunning part of Vietnam, offering both physical activity and the unique opportunity to observe a way of life that has changed little over the centuries. As travelers ride in Mai Chau Active Travel Asia encounter Muong and White Thai minorities and are guests in the traditional stilt houses allowing us to see firsthand how these minority peoples live. In Ninh Binh, travelers explore the beauty of “Halong Bay on the rice fields” on bikes.

Day 1: Overland to Mai Chau/bike to Buoc Village

Leave Hanoi at 8am. Travelers drive southtravelersst to Mai Chau, the gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The drive is very nice with stunning view of mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms and rice paddies. Travelers would have a stop en route for refreshment. Upon arrival in Mai Chau travelers have a lunch stop in Pom Coong, a village of Thai ethnic minority. Travelers will have lunch in a local house. After lunch travelers embark on a biking on village road to Buoc, a village of Thai minority group. Travelers will have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.

Summary
Biking: 30km
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 2: Bike on back road to Mai Chau

Breakfast in the home stay and then travelers start biking on beautiful country road through scenic villages of Thai minority. Travelers will have lunch in a local house in Xo village. After lunch travelers continue riding to Pom Coong village. Dinner and overnight in Pom Coong Village.

Summary
Biking: 35km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 3: Bike/drive to Ninh Binh

Breakfast and free at leisure to cycle around in the Mai Chau valley or shopping for Thai handmade fabric. Lunch in Mai Chau. After lunch travelers drive to Ninh Binh. Stop on the way for a beautiful ride through country side. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Summary
Biking: 30km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4: Bike/sightseeing of “Halong Bay on the rice field”/Drive back to Hanoi

Biking from the hotel to Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam date back from 8th century. Visit the temples and climb some hundred steps to the top of a mountain for a great view over the “Halong Bay on the rice field”. After here travelers bike through an amazing area of limestone mountains uprising on rice paddies. After 1hr riding travelers reach Tam Coc. Lunch in local restaurant and then enjoy an interesting rowing boat trip on river to explore the Halong Bay on the rice paddies. Drive back to Hanoi. Trip concludes.

Summary
Biking: 22km
Boat trip: 2 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

More information at
- Biking Hidden Paths of Mai Chau & Ninh Binh