Biking Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Mai Chau, Vietnam)
  • Routing: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong - Hanoi
  • Grading tour:

    • Biking on the first part of Ho Chi Minh Trail
    • Homestay in villages of Thai people
    • Stunning scenery
    • Traditional foot massage
    Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau/Biking to Pu Luong (Hang Village)
    Leave Hanoi at 7 am. We drive southwest 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. We would have a stop en route for refreshment. Upon arrival in Mai Chau we have a lunch stop in Pom Coong, a village of Thai ethnic minority. We will have lunch in a local house. After lunch we embark on a biking on village road to Hin, a village of Thai minority group which is located within Pu Luong Nature Reserve. We will first bike on beautiful tar road through Mai Chau valley before jumping into undulating dirt paths. We reach Hang Village around 5 pm. We will have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.
    Summary
    Biking:   40km – unpaved bumpy road – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Home stay


    Day 2: Climbing mountain slopes to Hin Village
    Today is a tough day with long climb on mix of dirt paths and village roads. In the morning we climb mainly. In the afternoon we enjoy easier ride slightly downhill to Hin, a village of Thai minority. Great mountain view and scenic villages. Lunch in local house en route. Dinner and overnight in Hin village.
    Summary
    Biking:   30km – unpaved bumpy road – Challenging grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Home stay


    Day 3: Downhill ride to Canh Nang Town/Transfer to Mai Chau
    After breakfast we say good bye to the villagers and ride toward Ma River passing expansive maize fields. Near the river we would see many water wheels which used by the local to water their farms. We cross the river on bridge and have lunch in Canh Nang town. After lunch we can continue biking along Ma River or take the bus back to Mai Chau. Dinner and overnight in Pom Coong Village. 
    Summary
    Biking:   25km – unpaved bumpy road – Moderate grade
    Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Home stay


    Day 4: Drive back Hanoi
    Breakfast at the home-stay and drive back to Hanoi. We reach Hanoi around noon time. Trip concludes.
    Summary
    Transfer:   2 hrs
    Meals:   Breakfast


    Note on client safety
    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety. 

    Min - Max List Prices ($/person)

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    WHAT ATA SUPPLIES?
    Professional Mountain Bikes
    Specialized Hardrock Sport (brand USA) assembled in Taiwan with 27-speed (3 levels, 9 speed each), manufactured in 2012 with size S, M, L, XL, XXL applied for customer height from 1,55m - 2,00m.
    Giant Revel 24 speed (with 3 levels, 8 speed each), manufactured in Taiwan in 2013 with size S, M, L, XL customers' height 1,55m to 1,95 m.
    Baby bikes available on request with 21 speed and 6 speed for kids' height from 0.90m - 1.40m
    High Quality Helmets: Offer maximum protection during off-road uses
    ATA first-aid kit: Available on any ATA trip
    If you pick the price option Incl. Mechanic and Support truck, we will supply:
    Support truck: each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the group on the day's ride. The local biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and will carry mobile phones, allowing you to contact them in the case of a breakdown or other incident. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. At times there can be a fair distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group, with the support vehicle and cycling leader out of sight. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.
    01 professional mechanic along the biking trip who greatly understand the technical issues and fix the professional bikes as manufacturer's requirements. That will maximize the safety and the duration of our bike usages.
    Spare parts of the bike such as: Tyres, Pump, Plastic tyre levers, Small tube of grease, Brake cable, Gear cable, Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear), Spare spokes for front and rear wheels, Spoke key, 4 x inner tubes etc
     
    WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WITH?
    Cycling Shoes
    Regular cycling gloves
    Biking glasses - sun protection recommended
    Helmet best fitting your head size recommended
    Personal knee and elbow protections
    Bottles of water
    Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top
    Long sleeved cycling top
    Lightweight waterproof jacket
    Several T-shirts
    Long-sleeve, lightweight casual shirt
    Fleece jacket or jumper
    Padded cycling shorts, pair of baggies
    Cycling tights or tricksters
    Lightweight travel trousers
    Casual shorts
    Sun block, anti-insect repellent, rain coat, toiletries
    GoPro Camera - optional
    Mobile phone with multi sockets - optional
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    THIS ADVENTURE INFORMATION
    Depart from:  Hanoi - End at:  Hanoi
    When:    Oct - May see more Vietnam weather
    Activities:   Biking, Home stay
    Transportation:  AC vehicle, high-end mountain bike 
    Accommodation:  Home stay
    Tour guide:  biking English speaking guide

    BIKING GRADE
    Moderate Grade that means this tour involve in active, physical-required activities can be up to 4 - 5 hours a day at a steady pace. The tour is going to involve a considerable amount of ascent or descent under different weather conditions. Support facilities may not be available on-site and there are some occasional difficult days. You will need a good level of fitness. 
    * Suggested preparation: 30 - 45 minutes of physical exercises, 3-4 times per week for a few weeks leading up to your adventure are recommended.
    Who suits: For outdoor novices and above.
    Activity: 4-5 hours most days 
    Distances: Hike up to 8 miles (or 13km) most days, cycle 20-40 miles (or 32 – 68km) most days 
    Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails 
    Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day (about 900m)
    Altitude: up to 8,000 ft (about 2500m)

    MEALS AND FOOD
    - Day 1: Lunch, 
    - Day 2-3: Breakfasts, Lunch, 
    - Day 4: Breakfast
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. We will have foods cooked by our chef with the emphasis on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.

    THE HOMESTAY
    Homestay in Mai Chau Area is basic in term of bedding condition and amenities. We will stay overnight in the traditional house-on-stilt of the Thai and Muong people and, as the locals do, we will sleep on bamboo floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets. Toilet is some steps away from the house.

    THE BIKING DAYS

    A typical biking day starts at about 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch time can vary depending on the distance. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 or 5. During the biking we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing. 
    Depending on the distance and the terrain the biking day can be part-drive part-ride or riding the whole way. 

    OUR BIKES
    On this tour we use high-end mountain bikes with different sizes. Biking helmets of good quality are also provided. 
    The bikes often are:
    ++ Specialized Hardrock Sport (brand USA) assembled in Taiwan with 27-speed (3 levels, 9 speed each), manufactured in 2012 with size S, M, L, XL, XXL applied for customer height from 1,55m - 2,00m.
    ++ Giant Revel 24 speed (with 3 levels, 8 speed each), manufactured in Taiwan in 2013 with size S, M, L, XL customers' height 1,55m to 1,95 m. 
    ++ Baby bikes available on request with 21 speed and 6 speed for kids' height from 0.90m - 1.40m


    OUR BIKING TOUR GUIDE

    The tour will be led by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guided cycling tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.

    Note on client safety
    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

    Total day

    4-Days 3-Nights

    Activity

    Culture Tour SightSeeing Biking Homestay

    Group size

    Min: 1 persons

    Max: 6 persons

    Transportation

  • Accommodation

  • Inclusions

    Private A/C vehicle to transfer and carry the bikes
    Good quality helmets
    High-end Mountain bikes rental 
    Professional biking English speaking guide 
    Meals as indicated in the itinerary 
    Homestay permission
    Accommodation in twin share basis as listed
    Boat trip in Phong nha
    Water and snack on every biking segment
    First-aid kit
    Entrance & Sightseeing fees
    Service charges and taxes

    Exclusions

    Travel insurance
    All flights and other accommodation
    Visa process and stamp fee
    Tips and gratitude
    Personal expenses
    Others not mentioned