Biking Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Escalating the most spectacular mountain range in Southeast Asia — this bike journey from Hanoi to Luang Prabang presents stunning views and rare cultural encounters. Challenging inclines and scintillating descents make our trail, which winds through Sapa’s grooved hillsides, up Vietnam’s highest mountain pass and through enchanting tribe villages. Cycle into the picturesque Na River gorge, through the surrounding hills and valleys to Dien Bien Phu, the historic site of the Viet Minh’s decisive victory over the French. Bike into Laos to witness agrarian local life and untamed topography as we overnight at riverside guest houses. We’ll finish our bicycle trip in atmospheric Luang Prabang.
Our tours in 2015 have changed to a 13 day/12 night tour. We have a new Factsheet for those dates, please email us for it!
|Tour Cost||US$2,450 (US$2,650 after Jan 1, 2015)||Single Supplement||US$340 (US$395 after Jan 1, 2015)|
|Bike Hire||US$200||Total Cycling Distance||780 kilometres (654 kilometres after Jan 1, 2015)|
|Tour Grade||out of 5||Number of Days||12 days / 11 nights (13 days / 12 nights after Jan 1, 2015)|
|Number of Cycling Days||8 full days, 2 half day.||Tour Meets||Hanoi|
|Tour Ends||Luang Prabang||Countries Visited||Vietnam, Laos.|
|Group Size||Minimum 2. Maximum 16.||Minimum age on scheduled departures||18 years old|
- Day 1
- Meet in Hanoi before we catch the King Express Train, the overnight train to Lao Cai and the start of our adventure.
- Day 2
- After an early morning arrival in Lao Cai we transfer to the hill station town of Sapa and check into our hotel. We test out the bikes with an off road ride on trails used by the ethnic locals to get to market.
- Day 3
- Starting from the hotel we head off road to the village of Ta Phin and ride on a loop track that traverses forested hillsides and takes in many of the minority villages of the Sapa area.
- Day 4
- Today we ride out of Sapa and climb up to Tram Ton pass - the highest road pass in Vietnam at 2,000 m. We pass tea plantations and stop for a short visit at ethnic tribal villages along the way before we reach Tam Duong.
- Day 5
- Start a challenging ride from Tamdoung to Paso where we meet and cycle along Na river on route that undulates through quiet back roads and picturesque gorges.
- Day 6
- Today we will ride on rough road and hills towards Dien Buen Phu. Encounter many ethnic minorities on the way and be sure to have you camera handy as they will welcome you in colorful traditional clothes.
- Day 7
- Enjoy a leisurely, 50 km ride in the history-rich city of Dien Bien Phu and time to visit the war museum and a cycle out of town towards Muong Phang Commune on scenic road before cycle back.
- Day 8
- The trail twists and turns before reaching the Laos border. After a swap of crews we cycle to the crossroads town of Muang Khoua on dirt roads through remote villages mainly comprised of Red or Black Thai ethnic tribes.
- Day 9
- A mixture in scenery today, as we start with jungle that gives way to rice paddies, the road rises and falls and varies from broken road to dirt tracks. At the end of the day we have a long down hill into the town of Udom Xai.
- Day 10
- We are now in the central highlands of Laos and there are spectacular views across the rugged mountain landscape. Cycle through Hmong villages in a region that few people ever visit. Overnight in Nong Kiau at a guesthouse that overlooks the river.
- Day 11
- Cycling an undulating road we head west along the Nam Ou River to Pakbeng. After a transfer we cycle south to the historic town of Luang Prabang.
- Day 12
- The morning is free to explore the beautiful city of Luang Prabang before onward travel.
|Date||Availability||Price||Single Supplement||Bike Hire||Book|
|October 12, 2014||Guaranteed to Depart||USD 2,450.00||USD 340.00||USD 200.00|
|November 9, 2014||Guaranteed to Depart||USD 2,450.00||USD 340.00||USD 200.00|
|January 18, 2015||Available||USD 2,650.00||USD 395.00||USD 200.00|
|February 8, 2015||Available||USD 2,650.00||USD 395.00||USD 200.00|
|October 11, 2015||Available||USD 2,650.00||USD 395.00||USD 200.00|
|November 8, 2015||Available||USD 2,650.00||USD 395.00||USD 200.00|
I enjoyed our group and especially Kien who is just too funny- we really had a great time.
As a vegetarian I had enough food even though it wasn't always taken into consideration. Loved that we ate at local places and none of us got sick.
All but one hotel was way above expectations. We were very spoiled.
Overall it was an excellent trip. We were very well taken care of the entire time, eating well and seeing incredible scenery with such friendly and beautiful people.
Loved seeing all the hill tribes. Thank you for the great organization- there weren't any problems encountered.
Debra Friezner blanc - November 2013
Thoroughly enjoyable Bike Tour . The riding was amazing, the food was very enjoyable and did it's best to cater for all at the table. The Lao Guide (Joi) and his team were absolutely wonderful. They had very good awareness of our groups needs and no request was ever ignored or too hard to accommodate.
Spice Roads proved that they were a professional and well run organisation and I was thankfull that we had chosen a Spice Roads tour!
Stuart Calver - December 2012
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.
Felicity - October 2012
Really enjoyed it. Our guide, Kien, tried to make sure all went smoothly, and as one of the slower riders he made sure we were ok. Joy (Laos) was excellent.
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.
Susan - October 2012
The riding in Vietnam was tough but this is exactly what I had hoped for. The scenery was beautiful, I especially liked the big hill climbs followed by the thrilling decents. I loved riding through and visiting the villages.
Then to Laos and words cannot decribe how wonderful this part of the trip was. The accomadation was always clean and comfortable and exceeded any expectations I had. The food including our picnic lunches was nothing short of sensational. The country side was amazing and the riding very very enjoyable.
A huge thank to the guides and driver who really made this trip extra special.
And once again I thank your company for making this such a memorable trip and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Spice roads to anyone interested in seeing Asia by bike.
Emma Sandy - October 2011
Overall a superb trip.
Jill Blacklock - December 2010
I LOVED the riding - some of the best I have ever done. The roads in Vietnam were terrific!! Laos was a bit rough, but with mountain bikes it was no problem. We really did not have much traffic at all. I was very pleasantly surprised.
Allegra Calder - January 2011
The tour guide and the support team in Lao were excellent. They worked hard to give us the best possible experience. They explained all about Lao culture. we were particularly lucky to cycle through Hmong communities during their New Year festival and the guide and drivers explained the customs and pointed out aspects to us as we went past.
Mairead Forsythe - December 2010