Cycling in Mai Chau 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 we cycle, we encounter Muong and White Thai inhabitants.
We overnight in traditional houses allowing us to see firsthand how these minority people live. Our modern lightweight European bikes make exploring this part of the country an enjoyable and relatively easy experience and there is a support vehicle on hand if necessary.
Day 1: Hanoi – Maichau- Pom Coong Village (L, D)
7:30AM Depart Hanoi for Hoa Binh Province. 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.
Arrive at Poom Coong village for an early lunch. After lunch, we 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- Hanoi.
After breakfast enjoy relatively easy biking on undulating terrain for the first seven km then the trail begins to climb uphill – steep in parts, undulating in others. Rise above the valley and look down on small hamlets, feel and hear the forest surroundings as the trail snakes up and along the mountainside.
Stop for a siesta in a Thai village house, a welcome relief from the heat – before tackling the last few km to the top of the pass.
Cruise a final eleven km downhill all the way back to Mai Chau. Hop on bus and transfer our weary legs to Hanoi.