Biking Hanoi To Vientiane Tour (17)
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Biking Hanoi To Vientiane Tour

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Biking Hanoi To Vientiane Tour
Hanoi, Mai Chau, Vieng Xai, Vieng Thong, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Kiu Ka Cham, Bor Nam, Vang Vieng, Vientiane
Hanoi to Vientiane our cycling holiday begins in the Vietnam capital city Hanoi . Situated on the banks of the Red river, Hanoi has a relaxed, elegant charm. From here you will enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery in Asia and mountain biking towards Northern Vietnam. We travel through a rural landscape to Nam Ngum, then cycling on to Vang Vieng.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Mountain Cycling, Multi-Country Cycling
    • Activity Level Tough
      6/8
    • Group Size Small Group
      16
    All about the Biking Hanoi To Vientiane Tour.

    Biking Hanoi To Vientiane Tour 13 Days

    Hanoi to Vientiane our cycling holiday begins in the Vietnam capital city Hanoi . Situated on the banks of the Red river, Hanoi has a relaxed, elegant charm. From here you will enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery in Asia and mountain biking towards Northern Vietnam. We travel through a rural landscape to Nam Ngum, then cycling on to Vang Vieng.
    We enter a landscape of stunning limestone karst formations as our journey continues on via rolling hills to the historic city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient, royal city full of exquisite Buddhist Temples, where time seems to stand still, is a magical place to explore and relax.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind JET Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

    Vehicle for transfers and support
    Tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
    Bicycle rental
    Accommodation
    Meals
    Snacks
    Sightseeing entrance fees.
    Bottled water.

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

    Visa (required)
    Flight/Train tickets.
    Accommodation pre/post trip.
    Travel insurance
    Tips
    Personal expenses

    1. Day 1 Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam

      Arrive Hanoi’s war-era Noi Bai Airport. After clearing immigration and customs meet driver and escort for transfer into Hanoi, the cultural and political capital of Vietnam that has slumbered largely unchanged for decades. After transfer to hotel on central Hoan Kiem Lake, midday meeting at hotel for lunch orientation at an outdoor cafe for introductions, followed by bike assembly, testing and other preparations for beginning of the trip. Afterwards, free time in the capital before we rendezvous at our hotel and stroll for dinner of local specialties such as pho in the busy Old Quarter.

      Dinner at the local restaurant . O / N in Hanoi .
      Note: Vietnam visa required in advance of arrival.
      Meals = Dinner

    2. Day 2 Hanoi Cycle to Mai Chau

      In the morning, early departure for Mai Chau, a picturesque river valley region populated with a diversity of hilltribes. After a 2.5 to 3 hour drive, arrive Mai Chau for lunch. Balance of afternoon leisurely, warm-up cycling in and around Mai Chau to hilltribe villages, farms and scenic backroads of the area. Overnight in Mai Chau, home stay with Thai people  before the moving on into the hinterland of Laos.

      Meals: B / L / D
      Accommodation: Home – Stay

    3. Day 3 Mai Chau Cycle to Vieng Xai ( Laos ).

      After morning ride to Na Meo border gate , cross into Laos. Meet crew at Laos-Vietnam border, the continue cycling to Viengxay on paved roads under karst scenery, passing hilltribe villages in the area, including Thai Dam, Thai Dang, Meuy, and Kmu. Picnic lunch en route. After lunch heading to Vieng Xay, arriving in afternoon. exploring the nearby Khayson Cave, the office and residence of the Pathet Lao chief during the war period, and Souphanouvong Cave, also called Red Prince Cave, the residence of royal Prince Souphanouvong at one time. Then, onto Nouhak Cave, named for Nouhak Phoumsavanh, who served as Lao PDR president from 1992.

      Meals: (B, L,D)
      Distance: 53 
      km
      Accommodation: 
      Thavyxay Hotel

    4. Day 4 Vieng Xai Cycle to Samneua to Vieng thong

      Our longest cycling day, today after a sunrise breakfast, departing early for an epic day’s century ride to Vieng Thong over the mammoth “Laotian Alps,” cycling the quiet and winding route past a smattering of villages over two 5,000 foot passes. From Vieng Xai, on National Highway 6 we will ride about 65 miles to Nam Noen (with about 4,500 feet of climbing, nearing an altitude of 5,400 feet). Time permitting en route, pausing to explore Hing Tang (Suan Hin), a man-made formation of vertical stones that may be related to those on the Plain of Jars. At Nam Noen, we’ll turn northwest (right) on route 1 towards Vien Thong, a hilly 36 miles way that we’ll shuttle in by van rather than bike.

      After arrival in Vien Thong, freshen up before walking to nearby hot springs to douse worn legs before exploring the small town set on the Nam Khan River and largely inhabited by a collection of hill tribes particularly Hmong and “lowland” Lao. Dinner at the small town’s only restaurant and overnight at simple guesthouse.

      Meals: B, L, D
      Distance:  
      161 km
      Accommodation:
       Souksakhone GH.

    5. Day 5 Vieng Thong cycle to Nong Khiaw

      Another long cycling day over the “Laotian Alps,” rising early from the noise at sunrise from the hilltribe market directly in front of our hotel. After browsing the market, we’ll begin biking after breakfast. Today we ride National route No 1c between Vieng Thong and Nong Khiaw passing through the beautiful jungle and forest scenery of two National Park with lush green mountains over three passes. After departing Vien Thong, cycling on flats until reaching our first challenge, a 2,400 foot climb, before descending to a winding river valley road for about 12 miles until we reach our next climb of about 2,100 feet, plummeting down to Vieng Kham at mile 86 (at 1,200 feet elevation) where we’ll enjoy lunch along the scenic river. Afterwards, shuttling by van over a third climb of 900 feet (or cycling if you prefer), the rest of the day is over the undulating hills on a paved, good-condition side road heading northwest to Nong Khiaw, a picturesque northern outpost being discovered by backpackers.
      In Nong Khiaw, we’ll enjoy drinks along the pleasant Nam Ou River directly in front of our bungalows. Now this is Laos! Afterwards, venturing into town to eat at one of the restaurants along the river. After dinner, a massage in town can be arranged.

      Meals: B, L, D
      Distance: 
       184 km (115 miles)
      Accommodation: Phaxang Resort

    6. Day 6 Nong Khiaw excursion around Muang Ngoi

      After a leisurely breakfast, one-hour cruise by longtail boat to Muang Ngoi, base for hiking to remote villages in the area. Muang Ngoi was controlled by the communist before 1975 and the province was under control of Pathet Lao. During Vietnam War, people in this area hid in the caves in the day times and worked at night because of continuous bombing ( land mines remain in the area).
      Today, trekking to Tham Kang through stunning scenery, where, according to local legend, a sacred Naga resides. Also visiting in the villages of Ban Na and Thai Daeng before returning back to Nong Khiaw by boat in the afternoon for dinner and accommodation, and perhaps another leg massage before tomorrow’s ride.

    7. Day 7 Nong Khiaw cycle to Luang Prabang

      Today we’ll ride the initial, quiet and scenic section out of Luang Prabang which after 18 miles, joins a larger road with traffic coming in from China. Mostly flat with short rollers. After riding until lunch (at 54 miles), boarding a longtail boat for the remaining distance to Luang Prabang, once we reach the Mekong River making a slight upstream detour to visit the renowned Pak Ou caves. Located beside the river, the cave is filled with Buddha images and is a sacred place of worship for locals.

      After the caves, continued cruising downstream to Luang Prabang. In the late afternoon we arrive Luang Prabang, one of Asia’s gems and a UNESCO World Heritage. It is pleasantly located at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers and encircled by distance jagged peaks. In recent years it has been a popular, but not spoiled tourist destination, but it will be a bit of a shock to see so many tourists for the first time since Hanoi. In the evening a private baci ceremony, a traditional lao welcoming ritual for centuries.

      Meals: B, L, D
      Distance: 
       139 km
      Accommodation: SalaPrabang Hotel

    8. Day 8 Luang Prabang rest day

      Breakfast and all day free in Luang Prabang.

    9. Day 9 Luang Prabang Cycle Tour

      After breakfast, cycling outside of the city to the Kuang Si Waterfalls (28 kms/18 miles) or quieter roads looping through the countryside, by preference.
      After leisurely hike up to and swimming in the falls, continued biking in the scenic rural areas nearby passing through several villages and pausing to visit a local family and school as well as cottage industries until mid-afternoon.
      Return to Luang Prabang by van to freshen up before sunset cruise on the Mekong, enjoying drinks on board before dinner in town.

      Meals: B 
      Distance: 35 km
      Accommodation: SalaPrabang Hotel

    10. Day 10 Luang Prabang to Kiu Ka Cham, Kiu Ka Cham to Bor Nam

      Depart Luang Prabang by van, shuttling to Kiu Cham (48 miles) to begin our ride. Our ride this day involves more beautiful mountain scenery with a fair bit of up and down. In the afternoon we have a gorgeous 25 km downhill ride, the road surrounded by peaks and cliffs to Bor Nam where we lose about 800 meters. Bor Nam is nothing more than a hot spring, a tiny guest house and a trucker’s restaurant. The bungalows are very simple, but clean. Hopefully we will have the place all to ourselves. The spring warm not hot, but it’s definitely worth going for a dip to loosen up those leg muscles. Next to the hot spring is a good restaurant with simple tasty food and a gorgeous views of the mountains.

      Meals: B, L, D
      Distance: 
      76 km
      Accommodation: 
      Bornamoun Bungalows (basic).

    11. Day 11 Bor Nam cycle to Vang Vieng

      Another early start, not to cover a long distance, but so we have the afternoon to enjoy Vang Vieng. Downhill ride to the valley floor and the town of Kasi. From here to Vang Vieng is pretty easy riding with one notable climb. For the those who are interested, we can kayak on the Nam Song River in the afternoon. Plastic sit-on-top kayaks would meet about 5 miles before Vang Vieng and we would paddle the river from here right to the door of our hotel. There are a few easy rapids and the river is suitable for beginners. Our hotel is set beside the Nam Song River with a long row of beautiful karst peaks as a back drop. Drinks all around to celebrate this last day in the saddle!

      Meals: B, L
      Distance: 78 km
      Accommodation: 
      Elephant crossing hotel. www.theelephantcrossinghotel.com

    12. Day 12 Vang Vieng cycling to Vientiane

      After breakfast transfer by van for 3 hours to the small capital city of Lao PDR, after check in the hotel you can hang around or discover the most tourist attractive sites of Vientiane such as emerald Buddha temple, Thatluang stupa, appear on the national symbol of the country, or shopping at the morning market.

      Meals: B, L
      Distance: 155 km 
      Accommodation: Sengtawan hotel . www.sengtawan.com

    13. Day 13 Vientiane departure

      After leisurely breakfast, transit to airport for fly back to your country.

      Meal: B

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    Our Accommodations

    Our Accommodations:

    When cycling we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

    Our Homestays:

    Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Our Accommodations

    Our Homestays

    Bicycle Advice

    Suitable Bicycle. MTB, Touring Bike, Cyclocross/Gravel bike.

    At JET we hold firmly to the opinion that using your own bike, the bike on which you feel at home and comfortable is the finest way to enjoy a cycling adventure.

    Most kinds of bicycle, except light-weight racing bikes are suitable for this tour: touring bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids or cyclocross bikes are all fine. Road conditions vary from asphalt to gravel and some hard packed dirt tracks. Tyre’s from 35mm in width upwards will be fine but we recommend 40mm on 700c and 2” on 26” wheels as a minimum.

    South East Asia is generally a warm place so the ability to carry one or two water bottles is essential (either on your bike or in a backpack). Our back-up vehicle carries water and tools although for those competent with tools bringing your own pump, puncture kit, and multi took is recommended as it would speed up repairs and minor adjustments. If bringing your own bike please bring along a few spare spokes that fit your wheels (please note that different wheels have different size spokes). If your bike has disk brakes or hub gears please bring any components that you feel may be necessary. We carry some spares for our hire bikes but we cannot guarantee that we will have any tubes other than 26” car type valves. Tyres and tubes other than 26” can be difficult to come by in many parts of the world so please make sure you have spares. If in doubt please ask at your local bike shop. A means of carrying your camera, sunblock etc is also useful – either an on-bike bag, handlebar or saddlebag for example, or a lightweight day-pack.

    Recommendation: Although our hire bikes come equipped with a saddle if you have a saddle you use and are happy with it is strongly recommended that you use it on tour. If you use SPD type shoes please bring your own matching pedals. We are happy to fit these for you. You may also like to bring bar ends if you use them at home.

    ESSENTIAL! Please be sure that your bicycle is in perfect condition before you leave home. Again, if in doubt please consult your local bike shop.

    Rental Bicycles

    If you wish to hire a bicycle for the duration of your holiday with us we can arrange for the hire of good quality cycles from our in-country agent. Typically these bikes are mountain bikes, often Trek 4 series or similar. Please request a hire bike at the time of booking, fields to do so are on the booking form. Payment for hire bikes can be made with the balance of the tour payment or in cash on arrival.

    Rental Bicycle Recommendation. Although our hire bikes come equipped with a saddle if you have a saddle you use and are happy with it is strongly recommended that you use it on tour. If you use SPD type shoes please bring your own matching pedals. We are happy to fit these for you. You may also like to bring bar ends if you use them at home.

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