13 Days
Duration
Challenge, Moderate
Physicality
Dien Bien Phu, Hanoi, Lai Chau, Luang Prabang, Muang Khua, Odomxai, Pak Mong, Paso, Sapa, Tam Duong, Xin Ho
Location
Year-round
Dates

Hanoi to Luang Prabang Bicycle Tour 13 days

Routes: Ha Noi – Sa Pa – Dien Bien Phu – Luongprabang( Lao) 13day/12night ( Mixed off and Tarmac road, Trails, Single Track)

  • Explore the beautiful valleys surrounding Sapa
  • Daily encounters with a colourful mix of hill tribe people
  • The remote Tay Trang border crossing from Vietnam to Laos
  • The best backroads biking holiday in SE Asia

This classic ‘out there’ cycling adventure takes us through Indochina’s most spectacular mountain scenery, close to Vietnam’s border with China. Starting in Hanoi we take the overnight sleeper train to Sapa, a former colonial hill station close to the Chinese border. We spend a couple of days cycling around its beautiful valleys before we set off on a long traverse of some pretty wild country, that will eventually take us into Laos. Beyond the Tram Ton Pass (2000m), the highest road pass in Vietnam, we cross into a land known to the local Hmong people as ‘beyond the clouds’, with our route snaking its way between lofty passes and steeply terraced river valleys. Staying in a succession of traditional towns we’ll discover the ‘Montagnards’, the amazingly colourful minority tribes that continue to make their living amongst these high valleys and villages. We end our Vietnam journey at the remote and historical town of Dien Bien Phu. Crossing into the mountainous northern part of Laos, we will find ourselves in a country only recently emerging from its turbulent past, where it will feel as if we are riding back in time. Unused to meeting foreign tourists, the Laotians retain a rare and innocent charm. Here we mix our biking with a traditional longboat journey down the Ou River. Our adventure ends in Luang Prabang.

ADVENTURE CYCLING. Riding on a combination of quiet roads for every day, jeep tracks and village trails through a remote and rarely-visited mountainous region, this is a classic IET point-to-point journey. It is also a long and challenging trip that will suit fit and experienced riders. Starting out with a couple of easier rides, we get the legs going with some very achievable undulating rides around Sapa. With average daily ascents of 600 metres and descents of 800 metres this gets us in good shape for our route over the Tram Ton Pass with 1188 metres of ascent and 1725 metres of descent. Having built up to some challenging 100 kilometre days, our most challenging day of climbing is our ride into Muong Lay as we ascend and descend 2090 metres. With a combined total of 8500 metres of ascent and 10250 metres of descent is perfectly achievable in the time we have allowed. Support is provided for the vast majority of the trip by a combination of jeep, minibus and boat according to the condition of the road. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.

Inclusive:

* English Speaking tour leader (other languages upon requests)
* All accommodations base on twin-share at 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
* Train Ticket from Hanoi to Lao Cai
* 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:Meet at the group hotel in Hanoi. Dinner and overnight at the group hotel 

Meet at the group hotel in Hanoi in the early evening. Airport transfers are not provided and we recommend that you use an official taxi from Hanoi Airport – for details see Holiday Information and the section on Joining Arrangements & Transfers. IET Land Only package services begin with dinner at the hotel, during which the local guide will brief the group about the week ahead

  • ACCOMMODATION Hotel
  • MEALS (D)

DAY 2: Guided city tour of Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Sleeper train to Lao Cai.

Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and Oriental temples. The Vietnamese capital has many cultural and historic sites and we will have a half day guided sightseeing tour to take in some of the many highlights. Departing after breakfast, we will start with a visit to the nearby mausoleum complex of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside), and also walk through the former president’s gardens including a visit to his house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. After this depending on time we will visit one or two of the many pagodas that that are found around the central Hoan Kiem Lake. We will take lunch in the old quarter after which you will have the afternoon to explore this bustling area of narrow streets and alleys, home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. After an early evening meal we will go to the train station to catch the overnight sleeper (the King  Express) to Lao Cai, near Sapa. The train is a very civilized affair with compartments sleeping 4 and a refreshment carriage serving food and drink.

– ACCOMMODATION Sleeper Train

  • MEALS ( B,L,D)

DAY 3: Transfer to hill station of Sapa. Afternoon of rural riding and tribal encounters.

On arrival in Lao Cai around 0700 hrs, we meet our support vehicle and make the short 50 min transfer up to the former hill station of Sapa (1450 m) where we will have breakfast at our hotel. Depending on availability we will check into our rooms or use a day room to shower and change and will then either assemble our own bikes or are introduced to our hire bikes. Late morning we will set out on a ride to get those legs moving. We cycle from the hotel for 4 km on a tarmac road and branch off at Lao Chai junction and cycle downhill on jeep track to a Black Hmong village. We will ride 2 km of single track past rice paddies. When we reach Ta Van village, which is home to the Red Dzao people, we’ll go for a stroll around the village and learn about their unique culture and building style and then have lunch. We continue our cycle journey to Thanh Kim village riding on terrain of gentle hills and on a tarmac road. The village is situated in a high mountain area and from the Thanh Kim village we will have panoramic views of the Ban Ho valley. Depending on time and energy levels we can ride back up to Sapa or transfer back. Overnight at a hotel in Sapa.

– ACCOMMODATION Hotel

  • ASCENT 850m
  • DISTANCE 45km
  • GPS DATA View now
  • MEALS( B,L,D)
  • DESCENT 850m
  • TIME4 – 5 hrs cycling

DAY 4: Cycle the dirt tracks and challenging hills of the Sapa Village Loop.

We cycle 4 km on a tarmac road, then turn left and enjoy a 3 km off-road ride along a hillside. The undulating ride along a dirt track has a few short challenging hills but with beautiful mountain scenery. We cycle downhill to Ma Tra village, which is home to the Black Hmong. Here we’ll have lunch, before we continue cycling on a rough track looping to Ta Phin village and will experience dramatic mountain scenery. We take a break in Ta Phin village, which is one of the most beautiful villages in Sapa, and our guide will take you around and introduce you to the culture and customs of the Red Dzao people. From Ta Phin, there are several alternative tracks that loop and drop down to the main Lao Chai road. Depending on weather conditions these can be muddy and slippery but are great fun to ride. Once we get to the main road usually transfer back to Sapa to wash the bikes, but you can cycle the extra 15 km if you wish. Due to the nature of the trail the ride cannot be supported the whole way by jeep but there will be spots along the trail where we can rendezvous with the support vehicle. Late afternoon can be spent exploring Sapa before we have a meal in one of the towns many restaurants.

 -ACCOMMODATION Hotel

  • ASCENT 300m
  • DISTANCE 20kmGPS
  • DATA View now
  • MEALS( B,L,D)
  • DESCENT 700m
  • TIME 2 hrs cycling

DAY 5: Road climb over the Tram Ton Pass (2000m). Superb 25km descent to La Chai.

Today we ride out of Sapa and complete the relatively easy 15 km road climb up to Tram Ton pass, the highest road pass in Vietnam at 2000 metres. We then have a superb 25 km descent into a beautiful valley. The countryside is truly wonderful as we pass tea plantations and all inhabitants are from minority tribes. The weather always seems to get clearer this side of the mountains and if we look back we should get views of Fansipan (3143m) the highest mountain in Indo China. At the small town of Tam Duong we will have lunch and then turn left off the main road to cycle 28 km on a lovely country lane through the remote villages of Ban Hon and ban Giang. We have now left any sign of other western tourists and are in a land of rice paddies, small coffee plantations and sharp limestone cliffs. We finish in Lai Chau a new modern open plan administrative capital.

 – ACCOMMODATION Hotel

  • ASCENT 12000
  • DISTANCE 75km
  • GPS DATA View now
  • MEALS ( B,L,D)
  • DESCENT 1700m
  • TIME5 – 6 hrs cycling

DAY 6: A day of hilly riding through market towns to the riverside village of Muong Lay.

We start the day with an easy pedal from the sleepy town of Lai Chau, but things pick up after 10 km where there is a climb, followed by a long sweeping downhill. The first half of today’s route is amongst mountains and rice terraces, whilst the second part is alongside the Nam Na River, with towering mountains on both sides of the road. The afternoon ride toward Muong Lay is overall flat with a few slight dips and rises to keep things interesting. This pleasant town is at the triple confluence of the Nam Na River, the Nam Lay River and the Da River.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel

  • ASCENT 1150m
  • DISTANCE 105km
  • GPS DATA View now
  • MEALS  (B,L,D)
  • DESCENT 1850m
  • TIME6 – 7 hrs cycling

DAY 7: Another superb day of backroads cycling to the historic town of Dien Bien Phu.

After a hearty breakfast we first follow the river for 15 km, an area which has suffered from severe flooding over the years, before starting our first climb of the day over a further 19 kms we reach a pass at 860 m which has an excellent tea shop for refreshments. The average gradient of the pass is relatively easy averaging around 6 -8%. Dropping down to a plateau around 400 metres we will stop regularly at some of the last hill tribe villages and have lunch in a local restaurant, where our guide can introduce you to the local customs. There is another short final climb up to a 650 m pass before we prepare a broad smile to greet the kids as we cycle through paddie fields on the final flat stretch into the historic town of Dien Bien Phu.

– ACCOMMODATION Hotel

  • ASCENT1600mDISTANCE100km
  • GPS DATA View now
  • MEALS (B,L,D)
  • DESCENT 1500m
  • TIME6 – 7 hrs cycling

DAY 8: Cycle the historic war memorial sites of Dien Bien Phu. Afternoon free for further exploration.

Today we’ll explore war history of Dien Bien Phu. Our first stops will be the excellent new war museum which gives a really good insight on the climactic battle in 1954 when the Viet Minh communist revolutionary forces defeated the French Union forces in the Dien Bien Phu which led to Vietnam gaining its independence from colonial rule. Other stops on the bikes will include de Castries’ bunker and Glory Statue before we stop for lunch. We then head out of town and cycle towards Muong Phang Commune to visit the visit the site of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign Headquarters. Shortly into our ride the climbing begins, which lasts for about 15 kms, but this section can be transferred. Thereafter our route takes us amidst forests and a large reservoir which provides water to two hydroelectric projects. We cycle back down to Dien Bien Phu where you arefree for the evening to discover local dishes.

  • ACCOMMODATION Hotel
  • MEALS ( B,L)

DAY 9: Cross te border into Laos. Cycle through tribal villages to the sleepy village of Muang Khoua.

Today we say goodbye to Vietnam and hello to Laos. We start the day with a 20 km transfer to the quiet border crossing (1130m) where it takes between 1-2 hrs to complete immigration formalities. We’ll swap crews, pick up new hire bikes and begin the journey to the riverside town of Muang Khoua. The ride is beautiful as we descend at first on a recently built but very quiet road, cycling through remote villages mainly comprised of Red or Black Thai ethnic tribes. After lunch there is a short climb for 10 kms before dropping down to Tat Muang Khoua (390m) a small sleepy market town built on a steep hillside at the confluence of two rivers, offering plenty of great viewpoints

  • ACCOMMODATION Hotel
  • ASCENT 950m
  • DISTANCE 70km
  • GPS DATA View now
  • MEALS (B,L,D)
  • DESCENT 1700m
  • TIME4 – 5 hrs cycling

DAY 10: A day to lean back and relax. Long boat journey down the Nam Ou River to Muang Ngoy.

No journey through the emerald lands of Laos is complete without experiencing a traditional long boat journey. Today, we kick back and relax as we have a day off the bikes and voyage to one of Laos prettiest riverside villages, Muang Ngoy. Inaccessible by road, our 4-hour boat trip provides a unique experience to watch the daily life on the river as we greet fisherman, traders and cheeky children along the way. After 2.5 hrs we will stop off at one of the local villages and go for a short 2km hike to another riverside village that is a centre for local handicrafts and excellent for souvenirs. Lunch on the beach and then rejoin our boats for the final hour to Muang Ngoy. Surrounded by jungle, sheer limestone cliffs carpeted in vegetation and looking down onto the river this is the number one chill out spot in Laos. It has only recently got electricity and a number of small restaurants and bars have opened, the first real coffee machine only arrived this year! On arrival we check into a small bungalow complex where the rest of the afternoon free to spend at your leisure. You are free to hike to the nearby ethnic Lao villages and there are also caves where locals lived during the “secret war” to explore. We meet up for a riverside dinner.

– ACCOMMODATION Bungalow

   MEALS (B,L,D)

DAY 11: Cycle fast flowing dirt trails through remote Lao action countryside to Nong Kiau.

After a short 15 min boat transfer to the western side of the river we will rejoin our bikes and ride down to Nong Kiau primarily on dirt tracks . This section will have no support vehicle. We’ll cycle through some ethnic Hamong villages, giving you plenty to see along the way. This undulating route will be jeep-width initially but narrows to single track in sections. It is not really technical but fast flowing hard pack with the some shallow stream crossings and should be well with the capabilities of anyone on this trip. The last 6 kms are on tarmac into the tourist town of Nong Kiau where we will have lunch and check into our comfortable and charming guesthouse that overlooks the Ou River. Anyone who wishes to jump on the boat instead of cycling is welcome to do so, it will bring the luggage down anyway. In the afternoon there is a chance to cycle to the fascinating limestone caves were the villages sheltered from the carpet bombings of the USA in the “secret war”.

  • ACCOMMODATION Guesthouse
  • ASCENT 400m
  • DISTANCE25km
  • GPS DATA View now
  • MEALS (BLD)
  • DESCENT 400m
  • TIME2 – 3 hrs cycling

DAY12: Ride a long and challenging route to the historic UNESCO city of Luang Prabang.

The last long ride of the tour! Cycling a relatively quiet undulating road, we head west along the Nam Ou River, which makes for a very scenic ride. The road undulates the whole way with a number of short climbs that never climb more than 50 metres at a time. It makes for a fast pace and although it is a reasonable distance it is satisfying to cycle into the beautiful and historic town of Luang Prabang to end our epic journey. Situated on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong River, LP is well-known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. Once we reach this historic town we head to our central hotel and then freshen up for our farewell dinner.

  • ACCOMMODATION Hotel
  • ASCENT 900m
  • DISTANCE 145km
  • GPS DATA View now
  • MEALS (BLD)
  • DESCENT 900m
  • TIME5 – 6 hrs cycling

DAY 13: Depart from Luang Prabang.

We are Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel. You can arrange your transfer to Luang Prabang Airport with the assistance of the hotel reception desk.

  • ACCOMMODATIONHotel
  • MEALS (B)

Included

  • Water,Cold drinks, cafe and fruit, snack
  • All entrance fees
  • Good Mountain bikes (European standard)
  • Support: Van, Truck, motocycle
  • All indicated meals
  • Overnight in local house/hotel
  • Train
  • English or French speaking guide
  • ticket
  • first aid
  • – Airport transfers, all transfers
    – transportation of all bike bags/boxes
  • We recommend that you check with your local doctor for vaccination advice (not compulsory when entering Vietnam).

Exclusion:

  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks (beer, alcohol etc)
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Tax

What to bring:

  • Sun Block , Wide brim hat, Camera + Film, Comfortable shoes, Rain Gear , Warm clothes in winter, Original Passport

AVAILABLE DEPARTURE DATES

26 Mar 2017 – Seats Available …
18 Apr 2017 – Seats Available …
14 May 2017 – Guaranteed departure
10 Jun 2017 – Seats Available …
22 Aug 2017 – Seats Available …
25 Sep 2017 – Guaranteed departure
09 Oct 2017 – Guaranteed departure
14 Nov 2017 – Guaranteed departure
13 Dec 2017 – Guaranteed departure
19 Jan 2018 – Seats Available …
09 Feb 2018 – Seats Available …
11 Mar 2018 – Guaranteed departure

Bike Hire USd130/person

Tour information

Bikes: we use the new 4300/4500 trek and Cannondale Trail 5, Tango 5 Mountain bikes for all most cycling trip with different size from

13.5’’ – 23, 5’’.We generally use 2012 /2013 models of TREK mountain bikes because they are high quality, durable pieces of equipment. Besides,

We like the versatility and durability of the mountain bike as it has been designed to cope with different types of terrain and riding. Our trips can be on asphalt and can often be broken or potholed, and there are usually unsurfaced sections included, so mountain bikes are the most suitable. They also have the range of gears to cope with the hills.

Each bike comes with a single water bottle cage, if you prefer more you are welcome to bring your own. Bikes also have gel seat cover slips if you prefer a softer ride. If you have your own saddle that you are comfortable with seat, you are welcome to bring it and we’ll fit it. On long tours women specific seats are recommended and we have some available, but we cannot guarantee we will available for every tour. These bikes also are available for rent in case you want to go it alone or just need a bike for a day.

Bikes repairs: basic spares and tools kid are generally carried by guide and on the support vehicle, although we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carring a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

Safety: wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Your tour guide are trained in first aid and emergency rescure, tour guide often carry first aid box with their bikes while riding

Support: we often used mini bus and bus with air condition for transfer and back up as itineraries

We use van Support bikes and cyclist

( 1 – 4 pax) we use Van to support and carry out bikes)

( 5 – 8 pax) we use one Van and one truck to supports

Accommodation: When cycling we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

Our guides: the tour will be led by one of English – speaking guides. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling and introduce that experiences for you. Our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by Vietnam National Tourism. Our guides are also medically skilled in first Aid by SOS and they know how to deal with hard situations.\

Grading definition: To assist you visualize how our trip is difficult, we have graded our adventure tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging, we group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, weather conditions and vehicle support

Easy: suitable for most people in good health. These trips generally include short days, on good paths and at low attitudes

Moderate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels, hill longer days and altitude. All of our moderate trips have a support vehicle following closely, and weary travellers can hitch a ride and take a rest for a while.

Challenging: these trips are physically demanding and best suited for fit people with high endurance level. Day can be longer, often at altitude, in remoted regions and sometimes without supports vehicle nearby.. travellers may be required  to carry a backpacks.

Terrain: Distances on full cycling days average around 50 – 80km. Our route is mainly on tarmac roads of varying quality with are some more like hard – packed dirt, Terrain is generally flat or undulating with a few notable climbs.

Distance for second days and half of third day is around 60- 80 km. Our routes are mainly on single track, dirt road and trail, we cycle around villages and villages, through rice paddy terraces.

Food: All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary, are included in the price of this tour. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food in Homestays. While in towns, we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in delicious restaurants

Meals consist of a variety of balanced dishes and aim for universal appeal, we avoid highly spiced foods.

Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking.

Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants

Snack/ Water: when we transfer, ride by minibus ( no cycling day),  our bottled waters are always available  for you ( two little for one day for person with wet tissue)

When we have cycling days, we will offer cold water and wet tissue in box plus fresh tropical fruits, soft – drink, energy – drinking, ( five little water for cycling day/ person).

Beer is freely available everywhere in Vietnam, but not include in our trip.

The Homestays: Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and amenities. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

Weather: Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons – the southwest monsoon from April to September and the Northeast monsoon from October to late march or early April.

Due to regional climate differences, there are no right or wrong seasons to visit Vietnam. The North Vietnam is cool, damp in winters between November and December and February with temperature in Hanoi falling to around 15oC. The summer months from April to October are hot and dry.the best time visit Vietnam is spring (February – April) or Autumn ( late September – December) when it is not so humid. The weather turns quite cold and wet in January and this continues to march. The humidity can prove oppressive from May to the early September.

Money:  the official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong ( VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in almost tourist centers. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the best networks with  a limit a single withdraw limit of 2000,000 d ( 95 USD). Most major currencies can be exchanged in leading in Vietnam, but th USD is preferred away from the tourist centers. Changing 100 USD wil make you to be a millionaire. You cannot legally take the dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it into USD on departure,.

Clothing:  comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as it is in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evening against biting insects. A light weight raincoat or rain cape is a good ideal in the raining season. For on the bike you will need to bring a couple of pairs of cycling shorts and short leeve jerseys, a pairs of cycling glove and if you use them, your clip in cycling shoes/ sandals.. when travel in the North Vietnam during winter months ( late November – March) warm clothe is needed. Visitors to Buddhist countries should not to wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious centers and shoes should be removed before entering private homes.

Passport and visa: All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors. The Travelo Vietnam company  is authorized to issue visa on arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Danang International Airport in Danang,  and Tan San Nhat in Ho chi Minh city.The same authorization procedure  and a minimum mof 5 days working  notice is required. In emergency case they can arrange a visa o arrival if notice of 2 working days is given

Tipping: Tipping for good services is always appreciated in these developing countries. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for . We recommend 5 US Dollar / person/per day for cycling tour guides.. 2 USD/ person/ day for driver and 1 USD/ person/ day for doorbell when checking in and out.

Responsible tourism: we strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes, positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

Environment: we have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.

Community:  Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.

Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, moto taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that  the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
March 17, 2017

Cycling Hanoi to Luang Prabang was picturesque and full of interest for us. There were plenty of interesting cycling activities. The homestay was authentic. This was our first ever cycling holiday and it was one of the best holidays we’ve ever had. The weather was beautiful, the biking was a joy and we couldn’t help wearing a smug smile on our faces every morning as we set off. The people were friendly and had a great sense of humour. A fabulous and different experience.

March 22, 2017

Charming Lao a stand-out. Loved the Ancient in Luang Prabang. Sapa hotel breakfasts were great as was the hotel itself.
Loved day 2 – for combination of challenge and culture. I found the distances tough – but as expected for 4 chilies! The ferry across new dam was brilliant – even though the ‘roads’ on the other side were a challenge!
The tour guides worked well with the bikes.

March 22, 2017

2 weeks, starting in Vietnam, going on to Laos including visiting Hill tribes and remote villages, only accessible by boat!
Fantastic experience.
Excellent staff and group, and very well organised.Highly recommended.

March 22, 2017

The Hanoi – Luang Prabang trip was tough but very enjoyable!! IET Vietnam Bike Tours organisation was 1st class and it was a pleasure to do another trip with your organisation!!
Restaurants and menu’s were fabulous. Really a highlight of the trip, having great food at the end of the day, and great variety too.

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