Remote Vietnam and Laos by Bike

Price from
US$ 3,200
Duration
14 Days / 13 Nights
Distance
761 km
Tour Code
MCT-MVL
Next departure
15-Dec-2019
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$ 185
Single SupplementUS$ 400

About this Cycle 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

Just finished Remote Vietnam and Laos tour. What a great experience every day. The route was most enjoyable, the food and scenery - fantastic. Most enjoyable were the mountain climbs. Mr. Choy is an excellent guide, great local knowledge. A great representative for SpiceRoads and Laos.

Brett WinnMarch 2019

Fantastic trip which really delivered the remote experience in both Vietnam and Laos, awesome climbs with plenty of great local food to fuel us. I would like to mention Mr. Choy our guide in Laos, he is a great representative for SpiceRoads and a real gentleman. His knowledge on Laos and willingness to provide information was fantastic. He went out of his way to ensure our holiday and the cycling was enjoyable and provided a great variety of food for us to sample and enjoy. His cycling ability was fantastic and attention to detail on safety for our group was impeccable. The driver in Laos was very attentive as well. I enjoyed this cycling trip and it delivered the remote experience.

Leanne McKellarFebruary 2019

Fabulous! A journey full of wonderful surprises. Enchanting scenery, beautiful souls and delicious nourishing delights. The biking each day was varied, and the route mainly off the beaten tracks. I loved the challenge of the hills which were always going to be achievable purely because of the encouragement and support from both the guides and drivers. A magical memorable holiday. Thank you!

I would like to make anew additional comment about Xue, our Laotian guide. He is a big asset to your team. I was very impressed by his eagerness and willingness to learn and please. He was very polite, kind and genuine, but professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. His winning smile and zest for life was infectious and both my husband and father agree, he really made our trip. Biggest thumbs up for Xue.

I would definitely want to do another trip with SpiceRoads. A very professional team. Thank you all.

Hannah StainesDecember 2018

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