Remote Vietnam and Laos by Bike

Price from
US$ 3,150
Duration
14 Days / 13 Nights
Distance
761 km
Tour Code
MCT-MVL
Next departure
09-Sep-2018
Number of Cycling Days12
Average Distance Per Day: 63
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 959
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance761 kilometres
AccommodationHotels, Guest Houses, Eco Lodge
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 195
Single SupplementUS$ 350

All About this Tour

One of the most popular destinations in Asia, Vietnam abounds with natural and cultural splendours that are second to none in the region. When you venture away from frenetic Hanoi, you will discover the untouched natural beauty and charming people of northern Vietnam.

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Itinerary

Day 1

We meet in Vietnam's capital of Hanoi for dinner and a trip briefing.

Day 2

A day exploring the countryside and local artisans. We start riding on a dyke along the Red River, a perfect quiet place to get used to cycling in Vietnam as we make our way to Tam Coc.

Day 3

A flat, scenic ride takes us to Hoa Lu and Dinh Le Temple, built in the shape of a Chinese character. We explore Vietnam's first and largest national park with a visit to the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, home of rescued and rehabilitated native monkeys, gibbons, and langurs.

Day 4

We cycle through dramatic mountain landscapes along the Buoi River. A transfer uphill means a descending ride past rice paddies to Mai Chau.

Day 5

Take a stroll around Mai Chau valley before we transfer to the top of the hill and ride downhill to Dong Tam. After lunch we'll continue cycling west towards Laos and along the way you will be treated to the dramatic scenery of mountains, rivers and local villages.

Day 6

We cross the border in the morning, and our Laos guides will lead us along streams and farms to the historic Vieng Xai caves, once the war-time headquarters of Laos’ communists.

Day 7

We cycle amongst the vast network of caves, which were used as shelters from air raids during the Vietnam War. After lunch, we cycle to Xam Neua, Houaphanh’s provincial capital.

Day 8

Today we will have a rest from the bikes and and go on a different type of adventure, a safari in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area. As we enter the park, we stop to see Saleuy Waterfall, and in the late afternoon, we boat upriver so that we can drift down in the evening to spot wildlife.

Day 9

It's back on the bikes today after a short transfer. We cycle down to the Xieng Khouang Plateau and to the Ban Xang Hot Springs, where we’ll be staying the night in a community lodge.

Day 10

This morning we ride to the town of Phonsavanh, but on the way, we'll stop for a cool down and lunch at Tad Ka Waterfall in Tachok and hike a spectacular jungle trail that winds its way up and crosses the waterfall.

Day 11

An easy day to visit the mysterious prehistoric jars. We return to town for lunch and the afternoon is free to visit the MAG Office-UXO Visitor Information Centre and gain an insight into the legacy of the Vietnam War to the region.

Day 12

We head east to Phou Khoun via Nongtang, a large natural lake surrounded by high limestone cliffs. We explore the temple ruins, visit a cave, and have lunch. After, we continue cycling for another 27 km be-fore transferring the final uphill section.

Day 13

We have an overall descent to Luang Prabang. However, before we go down, we have 40 km of up-and-down riding. We then descend 20 km and have lunch at the bridge over the Ming River. Then we decide if want to continue riding and conquer one more mountain or to transfer to Luang Prabang.

Day 14

We ride to Pak Ou to visit the Buddha-filled Tham Ting and Tham Teung Caves. We return to Luang Prabang by boat, with a stop at Ban Xang Hai. Return to your hotel to freshen up before your onward journey.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Hanoi - Tam Coc Ride 58km. +315m / -311m.
Day 2 - Hanoi - Tam Coc Ride 58km. +315m / -311m.

Reviews

This route really does take you to some remote places, which allows for more complete immersion, as well as authentic experiences. I loved the access that the guides provided, and I appreciated that SpiceRoads allows the guides to be flexible with itineraries. We had so many experiences with local people and got a real sense of daily life in Vietnam and Laos. And the riding was amazing!

I cannot say enough good things about our guides, Cuong and Choy. They made the trip for me, really. I appreciated that they were both outgoing and fun.

For winter trips, warm clothes on the bike were definitely needed (I brought arm and leg warmers, which were perfect).

Ernestina NelanDecember 2017

Our tour had 16 riders, total strangers in the beginning, but really close friends at the end. What a great way to meet new people, experience exotic new places and cultures, all while doing the thing you love.

Gary FogalDecember 2015

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