My brother and I did the North Vietnam Mountain Bike Tour and Experience with Footprint.
We landed in Hanoi, and Footprint arranged everything from the domestic airport transfer to our hotel, and then from there, a van pick-up for the first day of cycling.
Our trip was middle-July 2014, North Vietnam was quite hot but we were lucky with not much rain while riding. We covered around 200klms to 250klms on bikes cycling, with a van in support for another couple hundred klms to read accommodation including nights in homestay and nights in a hotel. This was part of our longer trip in Hanoi. Footprint dropped us back at our hotel and also organised the final domestic airport transfers.
The mountain biking was a very enjoyable way to see North Vietnam and the country villages. There we just 3 people riding - myself and my brother, along with our guide, Ban. Ban was great -he kept a good pace on the bikes, stopped occassionally and got us banana's, or dragonfruit, and was there for the local lunches and dinners.
The driver in support was there and met us at planned stops, with water top-ups, more banana's, and if we needed it, our own bags with our camera's, clean dry t-shirts and sunscreen. The van is a clean, pretty-new larger Ford Transit - had enough room for our bags, suitcases, 3 mountain bikes, plenty of water, had wi-fi too, and big enough we could nap there after riding.
A very enjoyable trip that both my brother and I really enjoyed and would recommend to anyone who wants to see other parts of Vietnam, and get some good exercise in at the same time.
Our trip left Hanoi, and including van and mountain biking to Ba Be, Ba Be National Park, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc Waterfall at Cab Bang, and Lang Son.
Ban Gioc Waterfall is amazing and is a must for anyone who can get a chance to visit.
Tra at Footprint was the great person who answered our first inquiry, helped us pick the best mountain bike tour for us, and helped with the accommodation and bookings. Tra was so kind as to also call us while at the hotels and home-stays to make sure we were having a good time and see if we needed anything.
Overall a really great time and an experience we will remember fondly. Tra, the guide, Ban, and the driver were all very accommodating, helpful, positive and great service providers.
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