Sapa – Binh Lu Market Bikking Fullday Trip
Sapa is located at the foothills of Vietnam’s northern mountain range at an altitude of 1,600 metres. In the early 20th century, the French took advantage of Sapa’s cool climate, developing it into a summer retreat from the heat and humidity of Hanoi. At that time, there were more French people living in Sapa than Vietnamese. Today, Sapa retains its European feel, largely because of the remnants of French buildings, gardens and roads that populate this alpine city. Sapa was originally home to the Black Hmong ethnic minorities. With the arrival of the French and, more recently, the growth of tourism, many of the hill tribes have moved away from Sapa’s city centre into the surrounding hill country. Still, ethnic minorities often come to Sapa’s main market to sell weavings and artwork. Sapa has become a destination for travelers seeking adventure. It is a staging point for trekking at Fansipan Moutain, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and for motorcycle trips into the wild hill country. Extended treks to visit villages of minority tribes are also available.
You will commence the trip from Sapa going uphill to the Silver Waterfall. From here you will cycle up to Heavens Gate, the highest stretch of road in Vietnam. Here you will experience the stunning views across the valley. You will then travel by bicycle downhill to the Black Hmong village of Chu Va, where you can enjoy a swim in the river, while your cook is preparing lunch. It is also possible to walk around in the village and explore the local way of living. After lunch, you will continue the descend to Binh Lu Village – Market. Upon arrival in Binh Lu you will be able to visit the local market. From Binh Lu it is also possible to take another 1 hour on the bike and 1 hour walking to visit a remote village inhabited by the Coin Dao minority.
A long day of activity, adventure, and of course a fantastic nature experience is almost over. It is now time for the jeep ride back to Sapa.
Total distance: 46 Km
Up / straight / down: 15 km / 0 km / 31 km
English or French speaking guide
Good mountain bikes (European standard)
All indicated meals, plus snack
Water and fruit
All entrance fees.
Supply car / motorbike.
Overnight in local house or tent
Drinks (beer, Coca Cola etc.)