3-Day Cycling Itinerary Hanoi Mai Chau Pu Luong
3-Day Cycling Itinerary Hanoi Mai Chau Pu Luong. The Pu Luong is an important example of Limestone Karst, ecosystems renowned for their complexity, richness and beauty. Biking in Pu Luong is one of the best ways to discover the natural beauty of the region and exotic culture of minority groups. On this biking tour that includes both off-road, single track mountain biking and homestay experience, you will cycle through Mai Chau valley, on dirt roads to Pu Luong Nature reserve.
DAY 1: HANOI - MAI CHAU CYCLING
You will be met up by our guide and driver at around 7h30. Then depart Hanoi for Mai Chau. Enjoy the spectacular scenery whist transfer. From the top of Cun Mountain, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Do not miss to take the photo! Arriving at Poom Coong village for an early lunch. After lunch cycle to the Thai village of Cun Pheo on a mix of good single track paths and undulating rough jeep trails. The views are stunning as the ride passes through many villages and across rice paddies. Pass hot springs, cycle across suspension bridges and follow the contours round beautiful terraced rice fields. On arriving in Cun Pheo village the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to wander by foot or explore the village trails further by bike. Overnight in local village homestay.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU - PU LUONG CYCLING
After breakfast, you will continue riding to Co Luong on paved road. You start the off-road bike from Co Luong to Kho Muong village. You cycle past rice fields and bananas plantations as you pass through small minority villages inhabited by the Muong and the Thai. There are two hard climbs today the first starts after 1 km with a 3 km ascent but the second, and most challenging comes at the end of this stunning day, with an 5 km strength-sapping climb. You finish the day with a stunning descend on a winding trail into Kho Muong village. Dinner and homestay in a stilt house in Kho Muong village of Thai minority people.
DAY 3: PU LUONG BIKING - HANOI
After breakfast, you will bike on the village path uphill to the dirt road. This part of the road is in bad condition but offers beautiful views over Thai villages and terraced rice fields on the valley. You cycle downhill on the single track to Pho Doan. After lunch, provided in a local restaurant in town, you will continue pedaling along a mix of dirt tracks and tarmac trails through Thai village and across rice paddies. The biking follows a river gradually upstream, though the ride appears flat. You will be picked up by your support vehicle at Canh Nang town and transferred back to Hanoi. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi.
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