18 Days
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Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, Chiang Khong, Xieng Kok, Muang Sing, Luang Nam Tha, Oudom Xai, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Kiu Kacham, Kasi, Vang Vieng, Nam Ngum Lake, Ban Pako, Vientiane
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Biking From Chiang Rai To Vientiane Tour 18Days

Highlights: Challenging tour with great nature, cultural highlights and ethnic diversity For the cyclist who enjoys mountain terrain, this is the best tour we offer in Laos. Another highlight of this tour is observing the great diversity of the tribal ethnic groups throughout Laos. In just the Luang Namtha Province alone, 38 different tribal ethnic groups can be seen. In addition to the stunning views, comes the Nam Ha National Protected Area, the limestone mountains filled with dozens of caves around Vang Vieng and the Nam Ngum Lake with hundreds of islands. The cultural highlight of this tour is the charming World Heritage Town, Luang Prabang. This tour begins with 3 days of relaxed cycling through Northern Thailand in order to acclimate before entering the more challenging terrains of Laos.

Itinerary: Chiang Rai – Chiang Saen – Chaing Khong – Xieng Kok – Muang Sing – Luang Nam Tha – Oudom Xai – Nong Khiaw – Huai Kan – Luang Prabang – Kiu Kacham – Kasi – Vang Vieng – Nam Ngum Lake – Ban Pako – Vientiane

Inclusive:
– English speaking guide
– Bike rent (Trek 4400 Mountain bike)
– Back up Car with drinks and support (except in Luang Prabang)
– Luggage Transport or non riding guest transfer
– 17 nights in hotel, resort and guesthouse
– Meals as described in itinerary
– Boat rides as mentioned in the itinerary

Additional information

DestinationThailand, Laos
Day 1: arrival in Chiang Rai (D)
After meeting your local agent and guide, you have time to explore the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Rai. Beside interesting temples, you can visit the Hill Tribe Museum and the lively night market.
Overnight in hotel
Day 2: Chiang Rai – Chiang Saen 70/88 km (B)
Leaving Chiang Rai along the bank of the Kok River, you are cycling in north-east direction to one of the oldest cities of Thailand, Chiang Saen.
On the way, you can visit a rubber plantation, which is rare in this part of Thailand. Chiang Saen is located on the banks of the Mekong River and is one of the oldest cities of Thailand and also a former capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Interesting place to visit are the National Museum and the viewpoint of the Golden Triangle which is just 8 kilometers from Chiang Saen. Here you can also visit the Opium Museum.
Overnight in hotel
Day 3: Chiang Saen – Chiang Khong 68 km (B)
Following the Mekong in Eastern direction, you cycle to the border town of Chiang Khong with great views of the mountain ranges on the Laos side of the Mekong River. On the way, you pass some interesting temples and hill tribe villages with local markets.
Overnight in guesthouse
Day 4: Chiang Khong – Xieng Kok(speed boat over the Mekong River)(B)
A spectacular speed boat ride on the Mekong River will bring you in 3 to 4 hours to Xieng Kok, a trade centre for Burmese, Chinese and local Lao hill tribes.
Overnight in resort
Day 5: Xieng Kok – Muang Sing 72 km (B)
Today, you pass one of the most remote areas of Laos. Overlooking the peaceful scenery of forest-covered hills, you pass many Akha villages along the way. This Akha’s didn’t have much contact with the lowland Lao people, which is reflected in their traditional clothing and their way of life. Half way, you will pass Muang Long, which has a lively market. After Muang Long, the valley of the Ma River is getting very narrow and the steep mountains come right to the edge of the road.
Muang Sing district is bordering with Myanmar and China and is a traditional Tai Lue, Tai Neua and Akha cultural nexus, as well as a trade center for Tai Dam, Hmong, Mien and Lolo. Muang Sing town is a town of much historical significance. The museum building and the old French military fort are worth a visit.
Overnight in guesthouse
Day 6: Muang Sing – Luang Nam Tha 60 km (B)
Another beautiful ride through the Nam Ha National Protected Area is laying in front. This Protected Area represents one of the most important international wildlife corridors in the region. In the dense mountain forest harbor clouded leopard, tiger, elephants, gaur, muntjac and 288 different bird species. This area houses also many ethnic groups, including Hmong, Akha and Khmu.
Along the way, have a short stop over at the That Xieng Tung Stupa. The stupa is located 5.5 km from the center of town, on the road towards Luang Namtha, situated on top of a hill. It is the most important stupa in Muang Sing. It is said to contain the adam’s apple of Buddha. Another refreshing stop over would be at the small Tad Pha Nuang Waterfall, along the way to Luang Namtha. Luang Namtha is the provincial capital, which offers good accommodation and several tasty restaurants.
Overnight in guesthouse
Day 7: Luang Nam Tha – Oudom Xai 80 km (B)
In the morning you get a short transfer to Na Tuey Village, which is located on a cross road leading either to China or to other Northern Lao provinces. From here you continue cycling again to Oudom Xai. Another great mountain ride with stunning views is on the role. The first stage, until the valley of the Na Xe River, is not so demanding. In the second stage, there’s a long ascent to Ban Nampik, which will be followed by a long descent to Oudom Xai with fine views of the surrounding mountains.
Overnight in a hotel
Day 8: Oudom Xai – Nong Khiaw 110 km (B)
Another long day cycling. After leaving the town, a long but never steep climb will bring you stepwise high into the mountains. Enjoy the great views and the daily life in the Hmong villages who dominating this region. After Song Cha village, a long descent will bring you to Pak Mong, which is a good place for a lunch break. From Pak Mong, you cycle over a small tar road into the scenic limestone mountains, which are dominating the area around Nong Khiaw. You stay overnight in a resort with fine views over the mountains and the Nam Ou River.
Overnight in resort
Day 9: Nong Khiaw – Huai Kan (boat ride) – Luang Prabang 66 km (B-D)
The day starts with a relaxed 2-3 hours boat ride on the Nam Ou River, going downstream with fine views at the limestone mountains. You will ride your bike again from Huai Kan village onwards. Following the slightly going up and down Road Nr. 13, you will cycle to Luang Prabang, the perfect destination for doing some relaxation.
Overnight in comfortable guesthouse
Day 10: Luang Prabang: around the valley 30 km (B)
Enjoy an easy ride to some interesting non-touristy places, pedaling around the valley of Luang Prabang.
Overnight in comfortable guesthouse
Day 11: Luang Prabang: to Kuang Si Waterfall 60 km (B)
A ride to the scenic Kuang Si Waterfalls along ethnic villages such as Hmong and Khmu. Enjoy a swim in the clear water basins of the Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Overnight in comfortable guesthouse
Day 12: Luang Prabang – Kiu Kacham 78 km (B)
Leaving the town in Southern direction, the first 23 kilometers are smoothly. After Ban Xieng Ngeun, the road is climbing up into the mountains for 15 kilometers. Although some parts are steep, mostly it’s going up by an average of 5 tot 6%. On the top of the pass, you will descent to the valley of the Nam Ming River. Here, you can take a rest for the last climb from today, a 20 kilometer long but never steep climb to Kiu Kacham, which is allocated on an altitude of 1350 meters.
Overnight is basic guesthouse.
 
Day 13: Kiu Kacham – Kasi 95 km (B)
The first part of this stage, you cycle between 1000 and 1400 meters to Phou Khoun. After Phou Khoun a long descent with great views brings you to the valley of Kasi.
Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 14: Kasi – Vang Vieng 60 km (B)
Today, it goes through amazing scenery slowly into the lowlands along rivers, limestone formations and caves.
Overnight in a comfortable resort along the Nam Song River.
Day 15: Vang Vieng – Nam Ngum Lake 25/40 km (B)
First, you cross the Nam Song River for a scenic off road ride through limestone mountains. Several caves are worth a visit. Continuing on the main road, you cycle to the ‘sea of Laos’: the 250 square kilometer artificial Lake called Nam Ngum. A 2 hours boat ride brings you to your resort, with stunning views over the Lake.
Overnight in resort
Day 16: Nam Ngum Lake – Ban Pako 88 km (B)
In the first part of this stage, you have to climb a few hills that lead into scenic valleys, where daily village life can be seen. The last part of this stage will bring you on undiscovered dirt roads to Ban Pako, where you stay overnight in a special location along the Nam Ngum River.
Overnight in resort
Day 17: Ban Pako – Vientiane 64 km (B-D)
Continuing on dirt roads in the first part of this stage, enjoy for the last time the countryside life, before entering the capital city of Laos: Vientiane. Along the suburbs, you cycle to the centre of the city, situated along the bank of the Mekong River.
Overnight in comfortable hotel/guesthouse.
Day 18: departure Vientiane
End of programme

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