Trans-Vietnam: Northwest to Northeast

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15 Day(s)
Moderate
937 Km
avg 104 Km
Guided
Deal

Tour operator:  Painted Roads


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Route 279 - Dien Bien Phu To Halong Bay

The Vietnamese had, by the 1970s, suffered more than their fair share of bother with the unwanted interference of other nations. So when the Chinese crossed their northern border without invitation in 1979, the war-weary nation wasted no time defending its newfound sovereignty. The North Vietnamese Army was arguably more aware than any other military on Earth of the importance of keeping military supply lines open, and so, in February '79 military engineers set about building a supply road tracing their northernmost border - a road that was aptly named 2/79.

And like the wonderful Ho Chi Minh Trail road that follows the border with Lao, QL279 is a mountain road, little used by motorised traffic but kept in good condition due to its strategic importance. 

A well maintained rural road through stunning mountain scenery, bereft of traffic and leading from one side of a nation to the other - what is there for a cyclist not to like?

We begin our ride in Dien Bien Phu, the site of the battle that finally bought French colonial power to an end in Indo-China, and saw the rise of Communism in Southeast Asia. Our journey ends an unforgettable 900 kilometres later with a relaxing cruise on the UNESCO World Heritage Ha Long Bay.

Special Deal

Book November 2020 trip for $2400 (single supplement $300).

Information

Tour Location

Country:
Vietnam
From:
Hanoi
To:
Hanoi

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Bike Hire available, Bring your own bike
Duration:
15 Day(s)
Level:
Moderate
Terrain:
Hills, Mixed on/off-road
Accommodation:
Double Occupancy
Cost From:
USD 2850
Single Supplement:
$400

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
937 Km
Riding Days:
9
Month(s):
November
Departure:
November 21, 2020; November 20, 2021

Additional Information

Inclusions

All accommodation, local guide and tour leader, support vehicle (1 or 2 depending on group size), meals on cycling days, snacks during cycling days, drinking water whilst cycling.

Options

Rental bike are available for a fee of US$250.
For those in need of a little assistance e-bikes are available.

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