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.
• Son La province, Moc Chau district, area of Tan Lap, Ban Doi village
• Ride the old French colonial road no. 6• Taste the culture and the art of tea• Remote and wondrous ethnic villages• Fantastic, rugged mountainous scenery
[Day 1] Hanoi – Moc ChauMeals: lunch and dinner | Accommodation: homestay
7.00: Departure from the Handspan head office. We head west, and arrive for lunch in a beautiful valley filled with rice paddies and surrounded by limestone mountains of the Thai and Muong minority peoples.
After lunch we enter the Moc Chau plateau and stop at Hua Tat. From there we start a beautiful and leisurely mountainside ride along the old colonial road 6. It is a 25-kilometer ride to Moc Chau town, and the journey is at your own pace, usually taking about 3 hours.
We arrive in a large and beautiful Thai village lying at the bottom of a limestone mountain. Time for a shower and some rest before dinner. Overnight in the stilt house of our gracious hosts.
[Day 2] Moc Chau BikingMeals: breakfast, lunch and dinner | Accommodation: homestay
After breakfast, we discover the secrets of making the excellent local Oolong tea. We then take a ride on a quiet road, up and down along plum orchards, trading 'hellos' with locals along the way. We stop after a few kilometers to walk down to a beautiful valley inhabited by H'mong people. Your awesome guide will set up a picnic lunch here before we get back on our bikes. We keep riding for few kilometers more before veering left on one of the most beautiful roads of the area. The ride ends at our homestay where we can shower and rest before dinner and a good night's sleep.
[Day 3] Moc Chau - HanoiMeals: breakfast and lunch | Accommodation: N/A
In the morning, we take a walk through the village bordered by rice and tea fields. If time allows, we may also walk to the tea factory of our host on the edge of the village to learn about the processing of the precious leaves. We then leave the area and start on our way back to Hanoi with a stop for lunch at a local restaurant between Moc Chau and Mai Chau. We typically arrive back in Hanoi around 5.30pm. Tour ends at the Handspan office.
PRICE PER PERSON (Valid from 01/01/2013 to 31/12/2013)
Solo: $537From 2 participants: $325Single supplement: N/A
Group discount is available, please contact our sales staff at
• Accommodation in stilt house• Tea farm visit and tea tasting• Meals as specified in the program• Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver• Mountain bikes and safety gear (currently using Trek 4500 bikes)• The services of an experienced English-speaking guide• All entrance fees• VAT and other taxes
• Hotel in Hanoi• International flight tickets and airport tax• Visas• Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses• Camera fees (if any)• Insurance• Surcharge of peak season
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