Biking Hanoi to Luang Prabang

Price from
US$ 2,900
Duration
13 Days / 12 Nights
Distance
613 - 633 km
Tour Code
MCT-MHL
Next departure
07-Oct-2018
Number of Cycling Days9
Average Distance Per Day: 70
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 948
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance613 - 633 kilometres
Accommodation12 Nights Hotels and Overnight Train All Included
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 200
Single SupplementUS$ 450

All About this Tour

This 13-day tour explores the majestic mountainous regions of two magical countries: Vietnam and Laos. Vietnam, where our adventure begins, is a land of stunningly varied landscapes - shimmering rice fields, mysterious jungles, and radiant beaches - compose Vietnam’s postcards, but the northwestern region is home to spectacular mountains and valleys. Amidst the crests rests Indochina’s highest peak, Mount Fansipan, as well as the fascinating hill station of Sapa, a colonial retreat created by the French.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Hanoi and explore the city before we gather for welcome dinner.

Day 2

We take a city tour before catching the overnight train King Express to Lao Cai, the start of our biking adventure.

Day 3

Upon arriving in Lao Cai, we transfer to the hill station town of Sapa and check into our hotel. We then test out the bikes by riding on roads and trails used by the locals and ethnic tribes.

Day 4

We ride to Ta Phin before doing a loop on a dirt track that traverses forested hillsides and passes many of Sapa's ethnic villages.

Day 5

We climb to Tram Ton Pass - the highest road pass in Vietnam at 2,000 m. We ride past tea plantations and stop for short visits to tribal villages along the way to Tam Duong before finishing in Lai Chau.

Day 6

We take on a challenging uphill from Lai Chau before cruising downhill to Nam Na River. The climb continues as we cycle through mountains and hill tribe villages to Muong Lay to spend the night.

Day 7

We ride on rough roads and hills to Dien Bien Phu. Encounter many ethnic minorities on the way, so be sure to have your camera handy as they will welcome you in colourful, traditional clothes.

Day 8

Enjoy a leisurely, 50-km loop in the history-rich city of Dien Bien Phu and visit the war museum. After, we cycle out of town towards Muong Phang Commune on scenic roads before biking back to the hotel.

Day 9

The trail twists and turns before reaching the Lao 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 10

A rest day to lean back and relax. We boat down the Nam Ou River en-joying serene local life along the banks and stop at a remote village be-fore reaching Muang Ngoy in the afternoon.

Day 11

After a short boat trip, we ride primarily on dirt roads past ethnic villages in a region that few people ever visit. We overnight in Nong Kiau at a guesthouse that overlooks the river.

Day 12

Cycling an undulating road away from Nong Kiau we head west along the Nam Ou River to historic Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we freshen up and gather for our farewell dinner.

Day 13

Explore Luang Prabang before your onward travel.

Elevation Profiles

Day 3 - Lao Cai to Sapa Ride 22km. +860m.
Day 3 - Lao Cai to Sapa Ride 22km. +860m.

Reviews

We would like to commend SpiceRoads for a fantastic holiday.

We were actually surprised that the tour went ahead with just the 2 of us. Although we were initially a little reticent about this, it turned out to be a very personalised experience with just the guides and drivers.

Before we departed, the staff at the Bangkok office responded very promptly to a number of questions that we had. Once in Vietnam, the quality of the service from the guides, accommodation and food, logistics and the equipment were excellent.

In Vietnam, our guide, Dan, was extremely professional and clearly had lots of experience as both a cyclist and a guide. He used the latter and his knowledge of the area, to individualize the tour and to engage us with the local community and traditions, for example, buying provisions en route and cooking lunches at local establishments, visiting a popular local restaurant in Dien Bien Phu where I sampled the fried "bee larvae" that the crew had bought along the way. Dan and the driver, Cuong were both very personable and helpful.

In Laos, the guide, Lor, was very attentive to our needs but a quieter and more humble person with a strong interest in the history of his country, which we enjoyed.

The handover at the Vietnam/Laos border was smooth, the hotels were very comfortable and the food plentiful. There were always a number of dishes at the restaurant meals that enabled us to try a range of Vietnamese/Lao food. The standard of the restaurants in Hanoi and Luang Prabang were well above what we had expected.

The route was particularly interesting as it took us away from the well-trodden tourist trail – in between Sapa and Muang Ngoy.

All in all, a great trip and we look forward to travelling with you again.

Julie WebberNovember 2017

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 blancNovember 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 CalverDecember 2012

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