12 Days
Duration
Moderate, Difficulty
Physicality
Luang Prabang , Nong Khiaw , Oudom Xai , Muang Khua ,Dien Bien Phu , Lai Chau , Tam Duong , Sapa , Hanoi
Location
Year-round
Dates

Expedition Cycling from Laos to Vietnam 12Days

Itinerary: Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw – Oudom Xai – Muang Khua – Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau – Tam Duong – Sapa – Hanoi

Highlights: Join us on one of the best adventures left in SE Asia as we ride from the beautiful Luang Prabang in Laos through to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, traveling up rivers and over the mountains through a remote corner of Asia. We start in World Heritage listed Luang Prabang with its French architecture, abundant temples and beautiful natural surrounds. Take a boat up the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers before cycling through the remote and densely forested areas of northern Laos meeting its charming inhabitants. Forge your way through the Vietnamese mountains, stopping to learn about the events of the Indochina War. Meet the minority hill tribes of this area and learn about their history and traditions. Finish the adventure in vibrant Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

HIGHLIGHTS
-Cycle 700+ kilometers through remote S.E Asia off the beaten track
-Visit World Heritage listed Luang Prabang
-Interact with hilltribes in Sapa, northwest Vietnam
-Dine on delicious local cuisine from French Provincial to Vietnamese
-Soak up the sights and sounds of the bustling Hanoi
OVERVIEW
Join us on one of the best adventures left in SE Asia as we ride from the beautiful Luang Prabang in Laos through to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, traveling up rivers and over the mountains through a remote corner of Asia. We start in World Heritage listed Luang Prabang with its French architecture, abundant temples and beautiful natural surrounds.
Take a boat up the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers before cycling through the remote and densely forested areas of northern Laos meeting its charming inhabitants. Forge your way through the Vietnamese mountains, stopping to learn about the events of the Indochina War. Meet the minority hill tribes of this area and learn about their history and traditions. Finish the adventure in vibrant Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
EXPEDITION GRADE
This expedition is considered difficult. Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your holiday as this trip involves some sustained hill-climbing and long distances over 80km. Riders should have a good level of cycling fitness but feel free to hop in the support vehicle if any of the riding is too hard.
Inclusive:
* English Speaking tour leader (other languages upon requests)
* All accommodations base on twin-share at Standard hotel, guesthouse and Home stay.etc…
* Meals detailed in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunches, D = Dinners)
* A/C transfers and transportation.
* Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary
* Pump, bike tools, spares tubes.
* Spare bike
* Mineral water drinking.
* Seasonal fruits.
* Snacks
Exclusive:
* International airfares
* Travel insurance and bike helmet (compulsory)
* Items of a personal nature
* Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
* Mineral water beyond that supplied
* Single Supplement
* Optional excursions
* Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
* Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
* Mountain bicycle (Bike Hire)
* Visa fees
* Departure taxes
* Tipping for guiding

Additional information

DestinationLaos, Vietnam
Day 1 Arrive Luang Prabang
Arrive in Luang Prabang in Laos. There we will meet our guide and hit the town for some tasty local cuisine (D)
Day 2 Kuang Si Falls – Luang Prabang
Today we set off on a scenic ride of 60km return to the amazing Kuang Sii waterfall where we can enjoy a swim in fresh, aqua colored water. We can visit Phet the tiger who resides in her shelter here and also the Asiatic Black Bears who are housed in the Free The Bears shelter. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Cycle to Nong Khiaw | 75km
Today we begin our epic journey towards Hanoi with an undulating ride along the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers with the surrounded mountains, often shrouded in fog. We will board a small boat to reach our destination of Nong Khiaw, where we stay in riverside bungalows. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Cycle to Oudom Xai | 108km
After a start on rolling hills, we will hit the first significant climb of the trip. This is hill-tribe country where we will see many Hmong andKhmu villages. The climb is worth the great views and the descent down into Oudom Xai which sits in a valley surrounded by dramatic mountains. (B L D)
Day 5 Cycle to Muang Khua | 95 km
An easier ride today, following a small river down to the town of Muang Khua takes us to our last night in a Lao town before hitting Vietnam. Muang Khua is a very small town on the Nam Ou river where electricity is not a full time luxury. A meal overlooking the river will give us time to ponder the next leg of our journey. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Cycle to Dien Bien Phu | 80km
Today’s road starts out in rough repair, but improves as the day goes on. We will say goodbye to Laos and meet our Vietnamese crew who will be with us through to Hanoi. Tonight we stay in Dien Bien Phu. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Dien Bien Phu
Today is a rest day for you to learn about the historical importance of the battle at Dien Bien Phu where the Vietnamese communists achieved a decisive win over the French in their battle against imperial rule. The afternoon will allow plenty of time to relax by the pool and prepare yourself for the next part of our adventure. (B)
Day 8 Cycle to Lai Chau | 93km
Today we ride out of the basin that accommodates Dien Bien Phu and over a mountain pass into another valley to find our home for the night, the small town of Lai Chau. Lai Chau is situated in a valley that has been ear-marked for a hydroelectric project, causing the town to be demoted from provincial capital. It is a charming spot with a character filled guesthouse. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Cycle to Tum Duong | 92km
We continue into the remote and sparsely populated mountain areas and will experience mind-blowing views over the valleys. You will become more and more of a curiosity to the locals as they will have seen very few bike travelers in this area. Tonight, we are again in a small town with a basic hotel.
(B,L,D)
Day 10 Cycle to Sapa | 80km
This is possibly the most stunning ride of the trip as we climb to Sapa and cross the pass that divides Vietnam’s hottest and coldest provinces. The ascent is on a nicely made road, that snakes up to the top, past small waterfalls and skirting deep valleys. A small descent takes us into town where we find our comfortable hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Sapa
It’s time to rest and take in the relaxed vibe of Sapa. If your legs are up to it, there are some short treks, otherwise the markets, restaurants and the view of Mount Fansipan will more than suffice. In the evening we will board the overnight train to Hanoi. (B,D)
Day 12 Hanoi & end
We arrive into Hanoi early morning. We will have some breakfast and then check into day rooms at our hotel to shower and prepare for the flight home or the next leg of your travels. You may wish to explore Halong Bay or head down one of South East Asia’s most diverse coastlines to Saigon. (B)
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