Cycling Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

Price from
US$ 2,750
Duration
11 days / 10 nights
Distance
Up to 778 kilometres
Tour code
MCT-MCL
Next departure
15-Oct-2017
Number of Cycling Days 7 full days, 2 half days
Average Distance Per Day: 86
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150 Km
Total Cycling Distance Up to 778 kilometres
Accommodation Included
Bike Hire US$ 200
Single Supplement US$ 350

All About this Tour

Travel by tributary and trail on this exploration through the remote jungles and mountains of tribal Thailand and Laos. Explore the fascinating network of trails and villages inside the famous Golden Triangle, before pushing deeper into tribal territory in Laos. Local encounters, raw countryside and wilderness, and great trails abound on this two-wheeled trek through regions seldom seen by outsiders.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai is the starting point of this adventurous tour. The tour starts leisurely with a ride along the Ping River and heads to the handicraft centre at Ban Tawai for some shopping.

Day 2

Today is a treat for mountain bikers as the trail winds from rice fields set among soaring limestone cliffs through villages of local hill tribes. After lunch at a Forestry Camp the riding continues along serene mountain trails

Day 3

On back roads ride through many small villages and see how the locals live and work. We top off with a stay at a beautiful resort along the banks of the Mae Kok River.

Day 4

Ride straight to a Lahu village before hopping onto a boat for a leisurely cruise down the Mae Kok river. The afternoon riding is off road, with beautiful views of the river, before the surface switches to tarmac for our final push into Chiang Rai.

Day 5

Another picturesque ride is on good roads with rice fields dotted with limestone karsts. The highlight is the lovely lodge set right in the middle of a Hmong village, allowing you to learn and mingle with villagers and have tea with the shaman.

Day 6

Today we leave Thailand behind, cross to Laos and spend our day relaxing on the Mekong River. We have a private boat so we can stop when we want to visit some riverside villages along the way.

Day 7

Embark on an epic day of challenging riding on a broken track along the Beng River, through peaceful Lao villages and lush mountain scenery. Exploring rural Laos, you'll have to make way for all types of colourful vehicles and livestock.

Day 8

We are now in the central highlands, and there are some spectacular views across the rugged mountain landscape. We cycle through Hmong villages few people will ever visit and through some of the region's last remaining rainforest.

Day 9

After two challenging cycling days it’s time to take it easy as we boat down the Nam Ou River to the pleasant town of Nong Khiau. Watch life on the river, from the fishermen to the children playing in the waters.

Day 10

The last long ride of the tour! We cycle on an undulating road along the Nam Ou River and stop at Pak Ou to visit the famous caves crammed with Buddha images. Then we ride on to Luang Prabang to the hotel to freshen up for our farewell dinner.

Day 11

Rise early to watch the monks in their saffron robes collecting alms before we say goodbye at breakfast.

Additional journey information

Meets: Chiang Mai
Ends: Luang Prabang
Fly in to: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Fly out of: Luang Phrabang Airport (LPQ)
Countries visited: Thailand, Laos
Minimum age: 18 (on scheduled departures)

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