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Cycling From Saigon To Luang Prabang 18 Days (15)

Cycling from Saigon To Luang Prabang 18 Days

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Cycling from Saigon To Luang Prabang 18 Days

Vietnam cross border tours to discover the most beautiful natural and cultural sites in Vietnam ,Laos and Cambodia: Tours starting from the capital Hanoi or Saigon city .Hanoi cycling to Laos is ideal option for travelers who want to see the diversity of Vietnam’s culture, history and landscape with an extension to visit the laid-back charming cities of Luang Prabang of Laos. Hanoi cycle to Saigon cycle to Mekong delta and cross border to Phnom Penh and to Siem Reap and continue cycling tour to Laos , enables you to experience and understand the diversity of the culture, people, geography and history of the three countries. Explore together, these countries create a tour rich in experience and memories. Tours beginning from Hanoi or Saigon cycle to Siem Reap

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    All about the Cycling from Saigon To Luang Prabang 18 Days.

    Cycling From Saigon To Luang Prabang 18 Days

    Vietnam cross border tours to discover the most beautiful natural and cultural sites in Vietnam ,Laos and Cambodia: Tours starting from the capital Hanoi or Saigon city .Hanoi cycling to Laos is ideal option for travelers who want to see the diversity of Vietnam’s culture, history and landscape with an extension to visit the laid-back charming cities of Luang Prabang of Laos. Hanoi cycle to Saigon cycle to Mekong delta and cross border to Phnom Penh and to Siem Reap and continue cycling tour to Laos , enables you to experience and understand the diversity of the culture, people, geography and history of the three countries. Explore together, these countries create a tour rich in experience and memories. Tours beginning from Hanoi or Saigon cycle to Siem Reap

    TOUR INFORMATION

    • Total Distance  955 km
    • Number of cycling days 16 full days
    • Road Surface This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads, vehicle-width dirt roads, and rough tracks, so some off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.
    • Support Minivan and bus for group ( rider can stop any time you want )
    • Staff  Groups of 8 plus a Vietnamese leader cycling guide and truck  and assistants, doctor
    • Food all meals are included ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

    Things to be prepared:
    1. Hat
    2. Small backpack
    3. Shoes and shorts for cycling
    4. Sunglasses
    5. Gloves

    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.

    Bike ( Trek 4,300 or Giant ) and helmet
    All hotels (twin share ) and meals specified
    Cycle support by a/c vehicles ( to take care bike & rider and luggages)
    Permit tickets to villages and home stay
    All water, fruits and snacks whilst riding
    All entrances fee and sites mentioned
    Vietnamese English speaking guide
    All meals mentioned ( B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner )

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

    International Flights
    Departure Tax
    Visa Fees
    Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
    Tips for guides and driver
    Personal travel insurance
    Any services not mentioned in itinerary

    1. Day 1 Hochiminh city –Arrival

      Driver pick up at the airport , Transfer to hotel for check in . Free to explore city by your own . O/ N in Ho Chi Minh city .

      Accommodation: Le Le Hotel ( Central Hotel )

    2. Day 2 Hochiminh city – VinhLong – Biking 60 km [B ,L,D]

      Tour guide pick up 8:00 AM from your hotel and transfer to VinhLong, is the capital of the province and is a medium-sized town along the banks of the Mekong River about midway between My Tho and Can Tho., Crossing the ferry. Ride from  Tra On to An Binh islands along the tree lined roads, there are many of these beautiful small islands in the river, totally given over to agriculture, especially the growing of tropical fruits, which are shipped to Saigon. Some of the most popular islands to visit include An Binh Island with their ‘monkey bridges’, or makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs above the canals. Overnight at home stay in An Binh island – VinhLong .

      Summary

      Distance: 110 km
      Ride: 60 km on flat terrain , transfer 50 km.
      Meals : L = Lunch , D = dinner
      Accommodation: Home –Stay

    3. Day 3 Vinh Long – Tra Vinh – Hochiminh city -Biking 50 km [B,L]

      Am : After the breakfast. Taking a boat to visit Caibe floating market. a bustling market where wholesalers on big boats moor, each specializing in one or two types of fruit or vegetables. Customers cruise the market in smaller boats, and can easily find what they are looking for as the larger boats hang samples of their goods from tall wooden poles. There are also good views of the huge Catholic cathedral on the riverside. Ride  back to Tieu Can to visit old Khmer temple and lotus pond. Drive back to Hochiminh city.Dinner by your own .

      Summary

      Distance: 120 km
      Ride: 50 km on flat terrain , transfer 70 km.
      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
      Accommodation: Le Le Hotel

    4. Day 4 Saigon – Dalat (B ,L,D)

      Pick up at your hotel in Saigon .Enjoy 2 hours driving to Dong Nai province. Ride through coffee plantation, pepper on hilly country roads in surounding area of Nam Cat Tien park. Have in Madagui and have another stop at Bao Loc, the homeland of coffee and green tea. Enjoy delicious speciality snack, coffee and tea. Then have a transfer to Dalat.

      Summary

      Distance: 280 km
      Ride: 50 km on flat terrain some uphill and downhill , transfer 230 km.
      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
      Accommodation: Thang Loi Hotel

    5. Day 5 Dalat – Nha Trang (B,L )

      Start to ride from your hotel in Dalat. Ride through majestic mountains and valleys. Have a picnic lunch in Khank Vinh town. In the afternoon, we ride on backroads through villages to Dien Khanh where we get on a van/bus for a short trip to Nha Trang. Overnight in Nha Trang.

      Summary

      Distance: 120 km
      Ride: 60 km and transfer 60 km.
      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
      Accommodation: Quoc Te Hotel

    6. Day 6 Nha Trang – Qui Nhon (B,L,D)

      Visit the Po Nagar Cham tower in city of Nha Trang and have a transfer out of Nha Trang city, pedal on quiet country roads through rice paddies and beautiful village coastal roads. Enjoy lunch on the way,then continue pedaling on back roads through fishing farms and villages to Tuy Hoa. Transfer 2 hours to Qui Nhon city.

      Summary

      Distance: 210 km
      Ride: 50 km and ransfer 160 km.
      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
      Accommodation: Quy Nhon Hotel

    7. Day 7 Qui Nhon – Quang Ngai (B,L,D)

      Transfer 30 minutes of out busy city of Qui Nhon. Begin with cycling through rice-paddy to mountain areas . Cycle past many little villages to ocean roads. Today you will have the opportunity to admire beautiful coastal roads. In the afternoon, cycle uphill through mountains, rice fields, and coconut plantations. Transfer by bus/van in the late afternoon to Quang Ngai.

      Summary

      Distance: 160 km
      Ride: 70 km and transfer 90 km
      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
      Accommodation: My Tra Hotel

    8. Day 8 Quang Ngai – Hoi An (B,L)

      Have breakfast at the hotel start to ride to My Lai village from the hotel. Have a short visit and talk to locals about the massacre of more than 504 locals in 1968.  Continue riding 35 km on hilly roads before having lunch in town. After lunch, ride on back roads, passing by white sand dunes.  Cycle on broken track trails along the ocean to fish farms. Then continue biking to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

      Summary

      Distance: 170 km
      Ride: 70 km and transfer 100 km.
      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
      Accommodation: Thanh Van Hotel

    9. Day 9 Hoi An – Hue (B,L )

      Van/bus takes you out Hoi An, have a little time to warm up your body before pedaling uphill to the peak of Hai Van pass. Then travel by back roads to the ocean, cycling through fishing villages and an ancient burial-ground of Hue (called a “ghost city” by the locals), to Hue city. Another option, keep biking on a little country roads to Hue city.

      Summary

      Distance: 130 km
      Ride: 70 km ,transfer 60 km.
      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
      Accommodation: Hue DMZ Hotel

    10. Day 10 Hue – Hanoi (B,L)

      Ride to visit the forbidden city, the capital of Vietnam from the 17th to 20th centuries, continue riding on single track trails to the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty. Visit the Tu Duc tomb and Khai Dinh tomb before having lunch. Say good bye your team and Fly to Hanoi in the afternoon. Pick up at the airport to Hanoi hotel for check in .

      Summary

      Distance: 630 km
      Ride: 25 km on flat terrain
      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
      Accommodation: May De Villa Hotel

    11. Day 11 Hanoi city tours (B/L/) (no cycling)

      Spend a whole day exploring Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Visit the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, the old town of Ha Noi, and Ho Chi Minh complex. See the Water Puppet Show in the evening. Overnight in Hanoi.

      Summary

      Distance: 40 km
      Ride: None

      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch
      Accommodation: Mayde Villa Hotel

    12. Day 12 Hanoi – Mai Chau ( 50 km cycling) (B ,L,D)

      Pick up at your hotel at 7:30 Am .Transfer out of Hanoi city to Luong Son – picturesque landscapes,starting cycling via Bai Chao village and Kim Boi hot spring until Doc Cun pass and then loading bike to local restaurant for lunch in An Lac town end then transfer by van to the top of Thong Khe pass to down hill to Mai Chau . Arrival in the late afternoon and overnight in the home stay of white Thai ethnic.

      Summary

      Distance: 150 km
      Ride: 80 km ,transfer 70 km.

      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
      Accommodation: Home- Stay

    13. Day 13 Mai Chau to Son La ( B , L , D )

      We rose early to have another brief cycle before commencing our five hour drive to Son La. As we moved further from major population centres, the drives became more spectacular. Moc Chau is a major tea growing region along the way and definitely worth a stop though not as exciting as it was written up in our itinerary.

      The most enjoyable parts of this entire trip were the improvised stops to walk down into villages and commune with minority communities. Those experiences were unforgettable.

      We were especially fortunate to encounter a White Thai “cho coc” – a leaping market – as we neared Son La. “Cho coc” refers to a mobile market that sets up on a side road for a day and moves on to another location the following day. We spent close to an hour chatting, laughing and buying fruits from sellers who were incredibly hospitable.

      We arrived in Son La at our hotel, The Cong Doan or Trade Union Hotel in the late afternoon. Rooms were as you would expect from a Trade Union Hotel in remote Vietnam – or perhaps a little better. Perfectly adequate in any case.

      Summary

      Distance: 140 km
      Ride: 70 km ,transfer 70 km.

      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
      Accommodation: Cong Doan Hotel

    14. Day 14 Son La to Dien Bien Phu ( B , L , D )

      Son La was once a very small mountain outpost. The French used it as a garrison and then  decided that its harsh climate and remoteness made it a suitable location for a prison. These days Son La is expanding rapidly as Vietnam tries to bolster its population across the far north. Tourist arrivals are still tiny though. The town itself has little to recommend it except that it is a convenient stop between Mai Chau and Dien Bien Phu. The simple streetside market not far from the Cong Doan Hotel is friendly and colourful and an early morning visit is a nice way to start the day.
      The French era prison is the most well known tourist sight in Son La. In the 1930s, French colonial authorities decided to use the prison for the incarceration of some of the country’s most militant revolutionary leaders.
      Like its counterparts in Hanoi and on Con Dao Island in the south, the prison is a timely reminder for travellers overcome with Indochine nostalgia of the brutality of the French rule in Vietnam. It’s also a lesson in how not to quell an insurgency. Many of Vietnam’s most celebrated communist leaders did time in these barbaric prisons. I’ve often wondered whether these prisons in part shaped the harshness of Vietnam’s post 1975 national government – most of the country’s leaders at the end of the war were the alumni of French era prisons.
      The prison at Son La is in ruins and features a small museum that celebrates the great achievements of its former prisoners and remembers those who never made it out.

      Summary

      Distance: 180 km
      Ride: 80 km ,transfer 100 km.

      Meals : B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
      Accommodation: Him Lam Resort and Hotel

    15. Day 15 Dien Bien Phu to Muang Khua, Laos ( B ,L ,D )

      We depart Dien Bien and cross into Northeast Laos at Tay Trang. This is the least populated section of Laos. We continue on to Muang Khua on the banks of the Nam Ou river.

      Summary
      Distance: 160 km
      Ride: 60 km on dirt road, transfer 100 km.
      Meals: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner
      Accommodation: local guest house

    16. Day 16 Muang Khua to Odomxai ( B ,L ,D )

      This is a scenic lightly traveled road to bustling Odomxai. Odomxai seems to be undergoing a rennaisance. Lots of construction and activity in the town these days. They have an airport here also (with less than daily service). We stay at the nicest place in town.

      Summary
      Distance: 110 km
      Ride: 60 km on dirt  road, transfer 50 km.
      Meals: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner
      Accommodation: local guest house

    17. Day 17 Odomxai to Pak Mong ( B ,L ,D )

      A tough climbing day at the start and then rolling hills with magnificent scenery before a 29 k Descent to Pak Mong.

      Summary
      Distance: 100 km
      Ride: 60 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 40 km.
      Meals: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner
      Accommodation: local guest house

    18. Day 18 Pak Mong to Luang Prabang ( B ,L )

      On to the historic and enchanting city of Luang Prabang. We follow the banks of the Mekong before entering the city proper. It’s also possible, with advance planning, to bike the 20k in the opposite direction to Nong Khiaw and then take a boat down the Nam Ou River. This will take you right by the Pak Ou caves at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers. End The Tour.

      Summary
      Distance: 100 km
      Ride: 40 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 60 km.
      Meals: Breakfast , L = Lunch
      Accommodation: Maonuok Hotel – 3

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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.

    Special offers :
    – Mineral water drinking.
    – Seasonal fruits.
    – Snacks
    – Fresh tissue and some fruits while touring !

    What to bring :
    Sun Block , Wide brim hat, Camera + Film, Comfortable shoes, Rain Gear , Warm clothes in winter, Original Passport, Small backpack , Shoes and shorts for cycling ,Sunglasses , Gloves , Professional Pedal ,Insect repellent ,Wide brim hat ,Bike water bottle (if you don’t want to use ours bottle)

    Notes:
    Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.
    This itinerary allows for 18 days on the cycling section. You will be able to decide for yourself at any time during each of these days how far you want to cycle. Average daily cycling distances are approximately 40 -100 km. These distances may vary according to weather, road conditions and group fitness and preferences. This is a sightseeing cycle tour, not a marathon or time trial.

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