Mountain Biking Vietnam's Northwest Mountains

Starts: Xom Pho, Vietnam
Finishes: Xom Pho, Vietnam

Visit: Xom Pho, Nam Ma, Tat La, Ouei Hon, Dien Bien Phu, Ban Him Lom, Son La, Kim Chung, Xom Pho

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Mountain Biking


Vietnam is one of the most delightful places in Southeast Asia. It is a land of stunningly varied landscapes: idyllic beaches in tranquil bays and stunning mountain scenery constantly compete for attention. The warm and hospitable people are now welcoming foreigners in a land that has had more than its fair share of the worlds spotlight. Having endured years of colonialism, war and communism, Vietnam is now open and encouraging the outside world to discover a beautiful country and people.

Most people have heard of Saigon, Hue and Danang and when they think of Vietnam think of shimmering rice fields, jungles and beaches, but much of this extraordinarily diverse country is made up of mountains. The Northwestern region is home to the most stunning mountain scenery in Vietnam, if not the whole of Southeast Asia. Fansipan Mountain, Vietnam's highest peak, and the hill station of Sapa, a retreat created by the French at the beginning of the century, is one of the most scenic places in the region.

The valleys of Northwest Vietnam are home to a bewildering number of minority tribes, most of whom retain their unique tribal traditions. Named Montagnards, or mountain people, by the French, these colourful people still live as they have for centuries, forging a life high in the mountains. Easily distinguished by their colourful tribal costumes, the Hmong, Dai and Tsao are the most conspicuous of more than 100 different ethnic groups in the mountains.

Vietnam's history is inescapable. Dien Bien Phus place in the country's history was assured when Ho Chi Minh led his Peoples Liberation Army to a bloody but decisive victory over the French colonizers in 1954. The French, commanded by General Henri Navarre, had gone to enormous lengths to build a fortified garrison that was considered impregnable. But they underestimated the resolve and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese, who, aided by many of the hill tribes, laid siege to the town. After 54 days of constant battle, the Viet Minh burrowed and fought their way through the French lines until finally on May 7, 1954, they were victorious. All 14,000 French troops were either killed or taken prisoner. The battle ended Frances colonial domination of Indochina and was Vietnam's first major victory in a war for independence that was to last another 21 years.


    • Take the train to the scenic hill-station of Sapa.
    • Ride the amazing mountain trails around Fansipan.
    • Ride through valleys and river gorges to Dien Bien Phu.
    • Visit battlefields and learn how Ho Chi Minh defeated the colonial French.

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 127465
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private
Guide Language: english

Starts: Xom Pho, Vietnam
Finishes: Xom Pho, Vietnam
Duration: 10 days
Physical rating: Average


  • Jersey
  • Water bottle
  • Support vehicle
  • Guide(s)
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Accommodation
  • Snacks and Drinks


  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Alcohol
  • Tips
  • Bike hire: US$135


Price person (sharing double) $1,895 ($190/day)


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Full Amount for bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

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SpiceRoads endeavors to offer high-quality, educational, and adventure-filled itineraries that highlight and focus on the diversity of landscapes found in Asia and its people. As a specialized "niche" bicycle tour operator since 2000, we provide the most authentic, unique and exciting adventures in Asia. 

The SpiceRoads family began back in the mid 1990s, when Hamish Keith was creating, operating and leading ground breaking cycle tours throughout Thailand and in emerging destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar for well known companies such as Exodus Travels and World Expeditions and his own company the Wild Planet.

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