What will the next curve in the road reveal? Will you find yourself amazed by a view of forest covered mountains? Will you ride alongside rice paddies and stop to chat with a local farmer? Will a dirt road become a singletrack trail where you can pause for a picnic in the shade of ancient trees?
The Handspan staff is passionate about providing incredible cycling experiences both on and off road that are tailored to your desires and skill level. Do you prefer to glide along a smooth trail next to a river or feel your heart pound as you fly down a mountain pass? We think that Vietnam offers some of the best opportunities for pedaling in the world - so grab a helmet and click through the gears as you discover something new around every corner.
Located 160km south of Ha Noi, Cuc Phuong National Park is home to rare and endangered mammals including: leopards, langurs, birds and butterflies. The park is also well known for its Endangered Primate Rescue Center that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation of the endangered primates in Vietnam
...Tucked away in a majestic mountain range lying between Vietnam and China, the Cao Son Ecolodge is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding natural and cultural diversity. Let us introduce you to deep valleys, stunningly terraced rice fields, lush forests, weekly markets, remote villages, and the ethnic minority groups with their colorful textiles and personalities, dwelling for centuries in mountains high above the rest of us. Spend the second night in Sapa and enjoy one day at leisure to discover the town or choose of our optional day-tour... Read More
Often referred to as "Inland Ha Long Bay", the area of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu is characterized by the limestone geology that gives rise to the towering karst formations that make this picturesque area so unique. Let's embark on a small rowboat tour to explore the area, with some scenic cycling also on the menu.
Mai Chau offers a most splendid vista of the valley surrounded by the lush green forests, fields and stilt houses of the White Thai ethnic group. This is a quiet piece of countryside to stroll and cycle through and to be wrapped in the warm and nice hospitality of the Thai people. The Sunday market brings hundreds of locals where many traditional Thai dishes are made and you can revel in the sounds of traditional music and dance.
This tour takes you to one of the few remaining old villages in Northern. Unlike most communities near Hanoi that have succumbed to rapid urbanization, Ky Son and Duong Lam village is known as the best preserved villages in Vietnam in terms of its ancient architecture and the unique character of its people. Staying in an ancient house among your amazing "neighbors", working in the field, cooking Vietnamese dinner or learning about Vietnamese tradition will give you a glimpse into the daily lives of people on the Red River Delta.
If you don't have much free time left in your holiday schedule, but you refuse to go back home without a quick taste of ancient and rural Vietnamese lifestyles, this trip will suit your needs perfectly. Let's go back in time, walking paths paved with tradition and cycling along rural trails and along rich fields. We always meet local families along the way, and your guide makes it easy to learn more about the intersection between ancestral culture and modern changes. If you're serious about cycling and want an even more in-depth exploration of life in the Vietnamese countryside, then choose the 'Maxi Cycle' option... Read More
Ba Be conjures images of lush forests, sparkling deep lakes resplendent with glimmering fish, mysterious caves and the cloud-capped limestone mountains standing as guardians to a hidden natural kingdom. This trip takes you deep into Ba Be National Park. With simplicity and humility, let’s meet the Queen and her extremely hospitable subjects who are eager to share their natural and cultural heritage.
Moc Chau is all about its surroundings – a mountainous area, famous for its tea hills, limestone karsts, endless plum orchards, corn fields and dairy products... But hold on a minute, we've found some even better reasons to take you there: a range of traditional and deep-rooted ethnic cultures, hidden misty valleys surrounded by crenellated karsts and dense forests, small remote villages that appear mysteriously from the fog, stunning panoramic views, ideal biking routes, and as is so often the case in Vietnam, warm and heartfelt local hospitality.
Beware! This trip is a must, but is reserved for fellow adventurers with an unquenchable love of ecological beauty, and an equal desire to mingle and share time with locals. In four days you will get acquainted with the Dao culture and meet a few green farmers who decided to veer away from the standard agricultural practices. Hiking, biking, boating, bathing... there are too many to list here. Some travelers have gone there and decided to never return... you might meet them along your way.
What better and more exciting way to get off the beaten path and experience the incredible scenery and diverse culture that Viet Nam has to offer than on one of our modern mountain bikes? Together with our experienced guides you’ll ride through breathtaking mountain passes, visit markets in remote hill tribe villages, and interact with the locals as they indulge their curiosity in you and your cool bike.
A highly recommended add-on option for your Sapa holiday plans.
With its towering mountains, sculpted rice terraces and plum orchards rising and falling as far as the eye can see, Bac Ha creates the perfect setting for a mountain biking adventure. The main roads winding along high mountain passes are sealed and yet see little traffic. With endless interwoven trails leading to local hill tribe villages, you'll be rewarded with great exercise and an unforgettable cultural experience as you exchange smiles, stories and a glass of rice wine with the people you'll meet along the way. This area is home to the colorful Flower H'Mong, Phu La, Tay, and Nung hilltribes. Experience their bustling weekly markets which play an important part in the social and economic aspects of hilltribe life here. Read More
This wonderful itinerary takes you over the Tram Ton (Heaven's Gate) Pass to explore the far side of Mt. Fansipan and the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. Often, when Sapa is shrouded in clouds and fog, this side is clear and blue. Descend through one of Vietnam's most picturesque and awe-inspiring valleys. The occasionally rocky road meanders along the base of the mountain range past old growth forest and through the villages of Thai, H'Mong and Lu ethnic minority people. This area sees few tourists, so expect plenty of curious faces and smiling children shouting "Hello!"
This exciting trip down through the stunning Hoang Lien Valley takes you into the heart of local hill tribe communities. Gliding through the fresh air, you are surrounded by dramatic vistas, dotted with hamlets belonging to H'Mong, Dzay, Dzao and Tay tribes. An incredibly friendly Tay family will host you for a night in their traditional stilt house. Keeping with tradition, be sure to share a glass of local rice wine with your hosts as you enjoy your wonderful home cooked meal! Trade songs and stories after dinner. Come away changed.
This trip is a must, a great combination of on-land discovery and marine exploration. It includes a big part of cruising and kayaking throughout the remotest region of Halong archipelago; but it must be seen as a much different trip from a simple “Halong tour”. This 3-day adventure takes you to seafood market, ancient house, traditional garden, jungle trails, hidden village, secret lagoons and, of course, on the emerald waters of the most famous marine limestone landscape. Give yourself a chance to experience something totally unique, be hosted by locals and feel like a pioneer. This is the Handspan version, and our vision, of what a trip to “Halong” should be. Read More
The Cu Chi tunnels are a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used during the war and a symbol of Vietnamese resilience. You'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles. The tunnel system covers a vast area, parts of which were directly beneath a US air base. Hopping on a bike is a relaxing, ideal way to explore the countryside around the tunnels.
As one of the world's largest rivers and Vietnam's agricultural heart, the Mekong River and its vast delta provide endless opportunities to experience sights, sounds and smells that will stay with you long after you have left the region. This lovely cycling tour takes you to a variety of Mekong Delta highlights. You can marvel at the variety of bird life in nature reserves, encounter Khmer monks in incense-filled pagodas, cruise through tangled mangrove swamps, and join one of the most lively floating markets in the region.
As one of the world's largest rivers and deltas, the Me Kong River and Me Kong Delta provide endless opportunities to experience sights, sounds, and smells that will stay with you long after you have left the region. This exciting day offers you a glimpse of the delta on bicycle through lush green orchards on countryside road and along the lively rivers.
The city of Hue has long been one of the country's foremost cultural, religious, and educational centers. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1993. Restoration and preservation work continues with tourism by Vietnamese and foreigners alike providing an important contribution. This tour takes you at a relaxing pace to some of the must see sites, letting you wander through this city of galleries of Vietnam's history.This tour takes you away from the standard city tour routes to explore rural life, country lanes, and handicraft villages. What could be better than gentle cycling while waving at locals and getting great smiles in return? Come make an unforgettable memory with us in and around this fantastic city...Read More
Journey from one World Heritage Site to another. Experience two different atmospheres, both charming and deeply etched with history. But whereas most visitors speed by bus to link Hue and Hoi An, we offer you the chance to take your time to savor the sights in between. The time to get out of major Historical sites to renew with the simple beauty of nature. A smooth ride along back roads, magnificent scenery included at no extra charge.
Hoi An outskirts are the perfect cycling places to explore the agricultural & natural waterway sights in the normal life of local farmers, and surrounding landscape of this charming town. Peaceful & ancient villages, farmlands, fields, markets... sketch out a long story about the legendary Thu Bon river. This half-day cycling route gives you a true appreciation of Hoi An outskirts.
This trip is a must for the travelers who crave adventure and who are eager to find unique destinations and veer off the well trodden paths. We'll begin with a mellow cycling exploration of Hue's tree-lined back roads. We'll do more than a mere 'transfer by car' to take you to Hoi An, instead we'll take the scenic route and journey along the Ho Chi Minh trail into the lands of the Co Tu people. Encounter locals and gain insights in their ancient culture. We'll finish in relaxing, natural style with a trip to the Cham Islands archipelago by chilling out in clear blue waters and savouring a full set of aquatic and sub-aquatic activities... Read More
A full day cycling to minorities' villages around Luang Prabang: Ban Xieng Man, Ban Na Kham, Ban Houay Tan (Khmu village), Ban Chan Neua and Ban Chan Tai – a perfect way to get closer to ethnic cultures of Laos and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
This package is dedicated to people eager to discover an authentic Vietnam while enjoying some of the best treats en route. From North to South, travel the country in style. You'll get immersed in culture, tradition, charm and exoticism all along. We've picked for you the best gastronomic spots and made a selection of hotels, resorts and lodges that all mix harmoniously tradition and luxury. The "crème de la crème" of Vietnam served with our usual excellence of services.
This 7-day-tour gives you an amazing experience of truly local life in Vietnam. From the unique Thai ethnic culture in Mai Chau and Moc Chau to the peaceful rural life in countryside land of Ky Son and Duong Lam villages. From a graceful traditional homestay to a luxury boutique garden homestay, come with us to see the difference; to enjoy cycling, trekking between mountainous valleys then immerse yourself in ancient architecture of the best preserved villages.
...Let's prepare your backpack and ready to experience our beloved country in an exotic way: Northern with Moc Chau – a range of traditional and deep-rooted ethnic cultures, hidden misty valleys, small remote villages that appear mysteriously from the fog, stunning panoramic views, ideal biking routes; ... Central with a glorious route - the ancient imperial city of Hue and the sixteenth century silk route trading port of Hoi An. Southern with Mekong Delta - home of lush orchards, vibrant flower gardens, musicians playing traditional music and boat trip through the canals and stroll on small islands. This is the Handspan version, and our vision of what a trip to "Vietnam off the beaten path" should be!!! Read More
"We love adventure – we love biking!!!" – ...We give you "Moc Chau plateau" with a range of traditional and deep-rooted ethnic cultures, hidden misty valleys ...; .. "Journey from one World Heritage Site to another" - experience two different atmospheres, both charming and deeply etched with history,...; ..."fantastic coastal bike route" from Da Lat to Mui Ne through small minority villages, jungle forested valleys and beautiful beaches; ..."lovely cycling Mekong Delta highlights" to marvel at the variety of bird life in nature reserves, encounter Khmer monks in incense-filled pagodas, cruise through tangled mangrove swamps, and join one of the most lively floating markets in the region... Read More
An alternative way to explore the Angkor temple complex, we suggest you join us for some leisurely cycling to explore the area on two wheels and ride trails from one temple to another. Through shady jungle, past ancient crumbling ruins, we'll cross wooden bridges and find no shortage of beautiful spots all along the way.
An alternative way to explore the Angkor temple complex, we suggest you join us for some leisurely cycling to explore the area on two wheels and ride trails from one temple to another. Through shady jungle, past ancient crumbling ruins, we’ll cross wooden bridges and find no shortage of beautiful spots all along the way.
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