Dong Thai lake bike tour
A tour from Hanoi, looping around ex-Tonkin, exploring three ‘must-see’ sites : Pu Luong Nature Reserve, inhabited by the Thai and Muong ethnic tribes, with its confluence of terraced rice fields and primitive forests; Trang An Landscape Complex, otherwise called ‘Halong Bay on land’ ; and an exceptional cruise on Halong Bay proper. While 4 days is barely enough time to complete this loop, you can, of course, extend the tour to give yourselves more time, in which case we can suggest additional activities.
Departure by car, about 15 km, to Yen Mac – a typical village of the Red River Delta.
Arrival at Yen Mac village, meet the hosts of your guesthouse.
Departure to the market of this village to enjoy the local lifestyle of the Vietnamese countryside.
The market takes place in a large plot where villagers meet each others exchange their agricultural products from their agrarian activities.
Continue to explore the village: visit of its communal house – a place of meeting for dignitary villagers before 1945 until today; and visit a pagoda where worship Buddhist and the Mother Goddess.
Back to guesthouse to have lunch.
In the afternoon, take a bike excursion to enjoy a typical scenery of Tonkin village, rarely known by tourists.
Arrive at beautiful lake Dong Thai, source of life for a large community of people live by fishing here. Enjoy the reflection of imposing Tam Diep limestones on the lake.
Ride from West to East, along grandiose Tam Diep mountain – a natural boundary between the North and the South.
In 11th century, the ancestors kept expanding territory of Viet Nam to fertile Cuu Long delta by continuously conquered Champa’s kingdoms there. So that, this particular geographical location brings this destination as the end of the world or somewhere that is forgotten by time.
Arrival at another lake named Yen Thang, turn left to the North and crossing by the paddy fields of ripe rice and meet the driver.
Get back to the car and comeback Le Clos du Fil.
Transfer : 0h30 // Distance : ±15km
Bike : 25km ; 300m positive – 300m negative ; Duration: ± 4h00