16 Days
Duration
Moderate
Physicality
Chiang Mai , Mae Taeng , Chiang Dao , Thaton , Chiang Rai , Chiang Saen , Chiang Khong , Luang Prabang , Kasi ,Vang Vieng ,Nam Ngum , Ban Pako , Vientiane
Location
Year-round
Dates

Cycling from Northern Thailand and Laos Tour 16days

Itinerary: Chiang Mai – Mae Taeng – Chiang Dao – Thaton – Chiang Rai – Chiang Saen – Chiang Khong – Luang Prabang – Kasi – Vang Vieng – Nam Ngum – Ban Pako – Vientiane

Destinations: This tour is suitable for every cyclist: great rides through ever changing landscapes combined with comfortable accommodation and lots of cultural as well as historical highlights in two countries. The Thai section of this tour leads over friendly roads along 3 former capital cities of the former Lanna Kingdom. A relaxing cruise along the Mekong River leads to another highlight of the tour, the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, the former capital of the Lanexang Kingdom. While cycling through amazing landscapes full surprises and meeting friendly local people, the tour ends in the laid back capital of Laos, Vientiane.

Including:

– English speaking guide
– Bike rent (Trek 4400 Mountain bike) in Laos
– Back-up Car with drinks and support
– Luggage Transport or non riding guest transfer
– 16 nights in hotels, resorts and guesthouses
– Meals as described in itinerary
– Boat rides as mentioned in the itinerary

Additional information

DestinationThailand, Laos

Day 1: arrival Chiang Mai (D)

After arrival you meet the local agent for a briefing about the tour.

Discover the old city with plenty of beautiful temples and visit lively local markets in the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom.

Overnight in hotel

Day: 2: guided round trip Chiang Mai 30 km (B)

A guided tour along non-touristy places around Chiang Mai.

This is the perfect introduction to the daily life of Thai people.

Overnight in hotel

Day 3: Chiang Mai – Mae Taeng 67 km (B)

Following the Ping River in Northern direction, you are passing many flower nurseries, rice fields, villages and temples.

You are cycling on small lanes and quite roads to the busy market of Mae Taeng. After Mae Taeng, you will continue on dirt roads to your beautiful situated resort along the Ping River.

Overnight in resort

Day 4: Mae Taeng – Chiang Dao 68 km (B)

Just 5 kilometers from the resort, you can visit the first founded Elephant Conservation Camp from Thailand.

A narrow, but never steep pass leads you into the beautiful valley of Chiang Dao. Cycling along the side of the valley, enjoy the stunning views on the 3rd highest mountain of Thailand, the 2240 meters high Doi Luang. Visit the famous caves of Chiang Dao, before heading to your comfortable resort.

Overnight in resort

Day 5: transfer to Tub Tao Caves and cycling to Thaton 67 km (B)

Starting the day with a short transfer to the unknown but not less interesting Tub Tao Caves, you will discover the interesting valley of Fang, which is well known for their extensive fruit- and vegetable plantations. Another day cycling on quiet roads brings you to the scenic village of Thaton, which is located on the banks of the Kok River. Above Thaton, you can visit a temple with rare architecture and stunning views over the surrounding area.

Overnight in resort

Day 6: boat ride from Thaton to Ruam Mit and cycling to Chiang Rai 23 km (B)

You will start the day with a 3 hours boat ride by long tail boat on the Kok River along many hill tribe villages.

Before cycling to Chiang Rai, you can visit the Elephant Camp of Ruam Mit. Chiang Rai is another former capital city of the Lanna Kingdom. Beside interesting temples, you can visit the Hill Tribe Museum and the lively night market.

Overnight in hotel

Day 7: Chiang Rai – Chiang Saen 70 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 Triangle which is 8 kilometers from Chiang Saen. Here you can also visit the Opium Museum.

Overnight in hotel

Day 8: Chiang Saen – Chiang Khong 68 km (B)

Following the Mekong River in Eastern direction, you cycle to the border town of Chiang Khong with great views on 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 hotel

Day 9: Cruise over Mekong to Luang Prabang (B-L-D)

Comfortable boat ride on the Mother of all Asian Rivers: The Mekong.

Enjoy the stunning landscape with food and beverages on board.

Before entering Luang Prabang, you visit the historical Pak Ou Caves, which is packed with thousands of Buddha statues.

Overnight in guesthouse

Day 10: round trip around the valley of Luang Prabang 30 km (B)

Today, enjoy a relaxed ride around the valley of Luang Prabang along some interesting non-touristy places. Luang Prabang used to be the capital of the Lanexang Kingdom and today, due to its architectural and cultural values, owns the status of a World Heritage Town protected by UNESCO.

Overnight in guesthouse

Day 11: round trip to Kuang Si Waterfalls 60 km (B)

An easy 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 guesthouse

Day 12: transfer to Kiu Kacham and cycling to Kasi 95 km (B)

A 2 hours transfer by minivan brings you to Kiu Kacham on an altitude of 1350 meters. The first part of this stage, you are cycling between 1000 and 1400 meters to Phou Khoun. After Phou Khoun a long descent with great views bring you to the valley of Kasi.

Overnight in guesthouse

Day 13: Kasi – Vang Vieng 59 km (B)

Today it goes through amazing scenery slowly into the lowlands along rivers, limestone formations and caves.

Overnight in resort

Day 14: Vang Vieng – Nam Ngum 25/40 km (B)

First, you cross the Song River for a scenic off road ride through limestone mountains with several caves, which are worth a visit. Continuing on the main road, you cycle to the ‘sea of Laos’: the 250 square kilometer artificial Lake Nam Ngum. A 2 hours boat ride brings you to your resort, with stunning views over the Lake.

Overnight in resort

Day 15: Nam Ngum – 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 brings you on undiscovered dirt roads to Ban Pako, where you will stay overnight in a special location along the Nam Ngum River.

Overnight in resort

Day 16: 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.

Overnight in hotel

Day 17: (B)

End of programme

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