15 days Explore Luang Prabang Hanoi by ride
Explore the most secret areas of Laos and Vietnam with a mountain bike between the two heritage towns Luang Prabang and Hanoi…Travel with your mountain bike from Laos to Vietnam on less traveled roads. this is probably the best border crossing ride for cyclists, who enjoy cycling in mountainous surroundings. The ever changing and often spectacular landscapes and multi diversity in ethnic groups makes every day different. Luang Prabang, Dien Bien Phu and Hanoi are the cultural historical highlights of this tour
Starting in the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang and ending in the vibrant city Hanoi , this is probably the best border crossing ride for cyclists who enjoy cycling in mountainous surroundings. The ever changing and often spectacular landscape and multi diversity in ethnic groups makes every day different. Luang Prabang, Dien Bien Phu and Hanoi are the cultural historical highlights of this tour. Other highlights are a boat ride on the Nam Ou river in Laos and a visit to Cuc Phuong National Park in 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: Dien Bien Phu – Tuan Giao 80 km
Cycling from Dien Bien Phu to Tuan Giao after breakfast we have easy ride 80 km through many Thai villages to Tuan Giao (one climb mt. pass 15 km outside Dien Bien). B-D Overnight is basic guesthouse
Day 9: Tuan Giao – Son La 70 km
Cycling from Tuan Giao to Son La After a short transfer to the Pha Din pass (heaven and earth pass) to the summit of 1450 m, you will start the day with a 15 km down hill. Nice landscape of green rice fields and karst valley. Light traffic, wandering water buffaloes, Thai and Hmong kids.
B-D Overnight in Hotel
Day 10: Son La – Moc Chau 80 km
After a short transfer, a less hilly day in store but no less spectacular as we head off gradually downhill, our roads overshadowed by karst cliffs. After lunch, continuing through lush, terraced rice paddies against the jagged cliff backdrop.
B-D Overnight in Guesthouse
Day 11 Moc Chau – Mai Chau 67 km
After a hearty breakfast we set off on a testing yet spectacular day, the majority of which is uphill! Cycling on a narrow, quiet back road we head in to a region predominantly populated by Black Thai minority cultures. As we near Mai Chau, situated at 1000m, we pass through plum orchards and corn and tea plantations.
B-D Overnight in homestay
Day 12: MaiChau – Cuc Phuong 80 km
After a early morning transfer, start cycling on country lanes and backroads to Cuc Phuong National Park . The scenery is timeless, and photo opportunities bountiful as you pedal through a working landscape of people and crops. Cuc Phuong is one of Vietnam ‘s most important nature reserves and contains the country’s largest area of primary forest. Visit the Primate Rescue Centre and learn about the plight of endangered species such as the Cat Ba Langur.
B-D Overnight in Bungalow
Day 13 Cuc Phuong – Ninh Binh 60 km
Cycling from Phuong NP to Ninh Binh and transfer to Hanoi . Morning visit the Primate Rescue center where you could have much joy with funny languor species and admire the eco-loved scientists working here. We then ride 20km through Cuc Phuong forest to the park center, tea break then Transfer out of Cuc Phuong in the afternoon then ride through rice fields, limestone rocks to Ninh Binh. Overnight in Hotel
Day 14: Ninh Binh – Hanoi 56 km
Breakfast in Resort, we start riding back road to Tam Coc from where we take two hours boat trip for exploring three grotto the first, the second and the third grotto links together with breaktaking scenery in open air. Then we ride through breaktaking natural beauty of Trang AN, Bai Dinh Temple, Kenh Ga Floating Villages.Having lunch in Kenh Ga before the van transfers three hours back to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, Say good bye. End of our trips
Day 15: Hanoi Departure
End of programme
Tour included in:
English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Meals details in itineraries ( 15 breakfast, 14 lunches, 15 dinners)
A/C transfer/ and transportation
Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
Trek mountain bikes – 4300 with dist brake and helmets
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
First aid kit
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Fruit and snack for cycling days
Tour excluded in:
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
Visa fee in Laos ( 35 USD per person upon arrival + 02 passport pictures