Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Rivers and Rice
Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Rivers and Rice
Thursday 7-Sunday 17 November 2024

10 days • 5 days cycling • 326km

We’re really excited to be adding this stunning itinerary late to our 2024 programme.

Flying into the craziness of Hanoi, we’re settling in for a couple of days with the option of a visit to the delights and limestone karst mountains of UNESCO World Heritage Ha Long Bay, before starting our cycle on Sunday. Riding south into the heart of the delta, it’s rice paddies and traditional villages with a cruise of the Ngo Dong river to Ninh Binh and our hotel for the next two nights. It doesn’t stop there. While we may be battling with some long days in the saddle, undulating roads and some humid conditions, there’s a wonderous reprieve at Cuc Phuong, Vietnam’s largest national park, where we visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre. We then follow the historic Ho Chi Minh trails cycling on small tarmac roads with dramatic mountain scenery and a section along the along the Buoi River before finally resting at Mai Chau.

An absorbing experience that combines the challenge of cycling off the beaten track with dramatic backdrops and the calming tranquillity of a completely different culture, places are limited and we recommend booking early.

Frequently Asked Questions
Challenge highlights
  • Experiencing the madness of Hanoi

  • A cultural cycling adventure through Northern Vietnam

  • Traditional villages along the Red River Delta

  • Optional excursion to Ha Long Bay

  • Ancient Buddhist Temples

  • Cuc Phuong National Park – monkey sanctuary

  • Spectacular scenery – Ngo Dong River journey among the green rice paddies and lime karst mountains

  • Meeting local hilltribe villagers – Mau Chai

  • Back to basics at a local homestay

  • Riding 5 days, approx. 6-7hr a day. Mix of tarmac and off-road tracks, mainly flat with some climbs

What’s included
    • Airport transfers if taking the recommended flight/meeting at the scheduled times – London to Hanoi
    • Internal transfers
    • Accommodation. 8 nights twin-sharing in local hotels and traditional homestays with the final day of cycling finishing at the Mai Chai Eco Lodge. Limited singles available on request, subject to availability and at an additional charge.
    • Hard Tail Mountain Bike
    • Excursions as highlighted in the itinerary
    • All meals on cycling days
    • Fully supported ride with organised waterstops, lead rider, mechanics, support vehicles and medic
    • FREE Norwood cycling jersey
What’s not included
  • Your flights (international). We will advise on the recommended flights following registration, but currently Vietnam Airlines flying into Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh is offering the best option with a direct return flight early on 17 November
  • Airport transfers outside of the times of meeting the recommended group flight
  • Option excursions
  • Ebike hire. Available at an additional £150
  • Personal cycling equipment and kit
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements, limited but available at an additional charge of £370
  • Any personal expenses, drinks, tips and gratuities
How challenging is it?

This is a moderately challenging ride. We’ll have some long daily distances and you’ll need to be used to being in the saddle for 6-7 hours a day, over consecutive days. But while there will be a few significant climbs, there is nothing too overwhelming and the challenge will be cycling in humid conditions. The landscape, the cycling along the river and through the tranquillity of picturesque rice paddies will surely allow your mind to wander as we journey from our starting point in Hanoi on a mix of tarmac and off road tracks. Ideally you should be a keen cyclist, enjoy training and ride regularly. You should be used to doing long rides in the countryside of 6 hours +. You should be doing regular exercise – with some serious cycle training.

Why choose Norwood?

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Registration & Fundraising

Places are limited on this event. To secure your place, we’ll be asking for an initial registration fee of £395 (if aged over 35) and £295 (35 or under). You will then have the option to (A) fundraise the entire balance of £3350 (B) cover the costs of the challenge yourself (£1700) and fundraise a minimum amount or £1650 (C) cover the entire costs of the challenge and the minimum fundraising requirement yourself.

 

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