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Active Travel Asia Kicks Off New Vietnam Biking Tour "Biking HiddenPaths of Mai Chau & Ninh Binh"

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Old March 10th, 2009, 12:12 PM posted to rec.travel.asia
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Default Active Travel Asia Kicks Off New Vietnam Biking Tour "Biking HiddenPaths of Mai Chau & Ninh Binh"

This trip of Active Travel Asia (www.activetravelvietnam.com) offers a
great opportunity to see the two areas of outstanding nature beauty;
the North west highlands of Mai Chau and the Limestone Mountains of
Ninh Binh.

Biking 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 travelers ride in Mai Chau Active Travel Asia encounter
Muong and White Thai minorities and are guests in the traditional
stilt houses allowing us to see firsthand how these minority peoples
live. In Ninh Binh, travelers explore the beauty of “Halong Bay on the
rice fields” on bikes.

Day 1: Overland to Mai Chau/bike to Buoc Village

Leave Hanoi at 8am. Travelers drive southtravelersst to Mai Chau, the
gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The
drive is very nice with stunning view of mountains, valleys, sugarcane
farms and rice paddies. Travelers would have a stop en route for
refreshment. Upon arrival in Mai Chau travelers have a lunch stop in
Pom Coong, a village of Thai ethnic minority. Travelers will have
lunch in a local house. After lunch travelers embark on a biking on
village road to Buoc, a village of Thai minority group. Travelers will
have dinner and overnight in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai

Biking: 30km
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 2: Bike on back road to Mai Chau

Breakfast in the home stay and then travelers start biking on
beautiful country road through scenic villages of Thai minority.
Travelers will have lunch in a local house in Xo village. After lunch
travelers continue riding to Pom Coong village. Dinner and overnight
in Pom Coong Village.

Biking: 35km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 3: Bike/drive to Ninh Binh

Breakfast and free at leisure to cycle around in the Mai Chau valley
or shopping for Thai handmade fabric. Lunch in Mai Chau. After lunch
travelers drive to Ninh Binh. Stop on the way for a beautiful ride
through country side. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Biking: 30km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4: Bike/sightseeing of “Halong Bay on the rice field”/Drive back
to Hanoi

Biking from the hotel to Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam date
back from 8th century. Visit the temples and climb some hundred steps
to the top of a mountain for a great view over the “Halong Bay on the
rice field”. After here travelers bike through an amazing area of
limestone mountains uprising on rice paddies. After 1hr riding
travelers reach Tam Coc. Lunch in local restaurant and then enjoy an
interesting rowing boat trip on river to explore the Halong Bay on the
rice paddies. Drive back to Hanoi. Trip concludes.

Biking: 22km
Boat trip: 2 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

More information at http://www.activetravelvietnam.com/t...tail&tourId=32

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