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Cycling Vietnam to Laos and Thailand 12days Three neighbouring nations, three written scripts, two and a half languages, two political systems, one major religion.

Not only is this tour a cycling odyssey through fascinating regions along a path less trodden, it is a journey of discovery through three lands that for all the world should be so alike, but in actuality are so very different. History, colonial powers, war, religion, extreme political struggles – all have left deep marks on these lands and their people. Even now these same forces are morphing and changing these countries as we cycle though, and it is passing through at a human pace, by bicycle, that allows us to meet the people, sample the food, smell the aromas, and hear the daily life exchanges that are what travels and exploration are all about.

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      Mountain Cycling, Multi-Country Cycling, Road Cycling
    • Activity Level Tough
      6/8
    • Group Size Small Group
      16
    All about the Cycling Vietnam to Laos and Thailand 12days.

    Cycling Vietnam to Laos and Thailand 12days

    Thailand & Vietnam is a great destination for cycling tours, either on road or off road.The North of Vietnam & Thailand with it’s rugged landscape, mountain, jungle, and hill-tribe villages is certainly the best destination for any off road cycling

    Three neighbouring nations, three written scripts, two and a half languages, two political systems, one major religion.

    Not only is this tour a cycling odyssey through fascinating regions along a path less trodden, it is a journey of discovery through three lands that for all the world should be so alike, but in actuality are so very different. History, colonial powers, war, religion, extreme political struggles – all have left deep marks on these lands and their people. Even now these same forces are morphing and changing these countries as we cycle though, and it is passing through at a human pace, by bicycle, that allows us to meet the people, sample the food, smell the aromas, and hear the daily life exchanges that are what travels and exploration are all about.

    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.

    * English Speaking tour leader
    * All accommodations base on twin-share at hotel, guesthouse…
    * Meals detailed in the itinerary (B = Breakfast , L = Lunches ,D = Dinners)
    * Support Van transfers and transportation.( Truck fro group )
    * Boat trip mention in itinerary
    * Mountain bicycle 24 or 27Speed ( Trek bike. etc…) and Helmet
    * Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary
    * Pump, bike tools, spares tubes.
    * Spare bike
    * Cold water box, small fresh towel.
    * Mineral water drinking.
    * Seasonal fruits.
    * Snacks

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

    * International airfares
    * Travel insurance and bike helmet (compulsory)
    * Items of a personal nature
    * Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
    * Mineral water beyond that supplied
    * Optional excursions
    * Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
    * Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
    * Visa fees
    * Departure taxes
    * Tipping for guiding

    1. Day 1 Hanoi cycle to Yen Bai ( L ,D )

      Pick up at your hotel at 7;30 and transfer by vehicle to Trung Ha bridge and cycling on the top of Red river bank and cycle to Yen Bai . Arrive late afternoon. Stay 1 night.
      Accomodation : Hao Gia Hotel ( 2 stars )
      Cycling distance : 90 km
      Meals : Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner

    2. Day 2 Yen Bai cycle to Sapa ( B ,L ,D )

      After breakfast. A demanding, hilly, day along the mountain and river range culminating with the ascent of the spectacular , visiting the Vietnam & China border gate if time permitting. Stay 2 nights.
      Accomodation : Holiday Hotel -3*
      Cycling distance : 90 km
      Meals : Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner

    3. Day 3 Sapa Trekking to Village ( B )

      Today we bikes to explore Sa Pa an old French hill-station, in a spectacular location close to the Chinese border. This morning we will trekking to Village , Lao Chai and Ta Van village ( Red Dzao and H’mong people ) . car pick you back to Sapa .afternoon free for explore Sapa market .
      Accomodation : Holiday Hotel -3*
      Meals : Breakfast
      Biking : 20 Km
      Meals : Breakfast

    4. Day 4 Sapa Cycle to Lai Chau ( B ,L ,D )

      Retrace our route back over the Tram Ton pass to Binh Lu junction and follow the road 4D north west to Tam Duong and to Lai Chau . O / N in Muong Thanh hotel 3*.
      Distance: 90 km
      Ride: 90 km on good quality asphalt road
      Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner
      Accommodation: Muong Thanh Hotel -3 *

    5. Day 5 Lai Chau Cycle to Muong Lay ( Old Lai Chau ) ( B,L ,D )

      Cycle to old Lai Chau via the Hang Tom suspension bridge, following the Nam Na through spectacular gorges and Black Dao villages. A long day with some climbs. Stay 1 night. Hoang Long Hotel ,
      Distance: 110 km
      Ride: 80 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 30 km.
      Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner
      Accommodation: Hoang Long 2*

    6. Day 6 Muong Lay Cycle to Dien Bien Phu ( B, L , D )

      Our full day in Vietnam. Cycle to Dien Bien Phu – 120 kms. Dien Bien Phu was the scene of the historic French defeat in 1954. visit Dien Bien Museum and Hill A 1 and local market. Stay 1 night. O / N in Muong Thanh Hotel .
      Distance: 120 km
      Ride: 90 km on good quality asphalt road, transfer 30 km.
      Meal: Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = dinner
      Accommodation: Muong Thanh Hotel – 4 *

    7. Day 7 Dien Bien Phu fly to Hanoi to connecting flight to Bangkok ( B ,L ,D )

      Short city tour to visit Hill A 1 , War Museum and transfer to Dien Bien airport for short flight to Hanoi to connecting flight Thailand , Arrival airport connecting domestic flight to Chieng Mai ,Arrival pick up to hotel for check in . O / N in Chieng Mai. O/N in Hotel .

    8. Day 8 Cycling Chieng Mai – Chieng Dao ( B ,L ,D )

      After breakfast transferred towards the northern hill region around Chiang Dao, The roads conditions are very poor; however the breathtaking mountain scenery make for an interesting drive. After an enjoyable visit to a remote elephant camp at Chiangdao we have our first chance to get on bike to explore Chiangdao Caves which is home of a sacred Buddhist sanctuary. We continue cycling from rural lanes onto off road trails leading to hill tribe villages where we will spend the night as guest of villagers. O/N at Tribal Hut.

    9. Day 9 Mountain Biking ( B ,L ,D )

      Upon leaving the village of previous night we ride our bike off road trails to get out of the valley. We rest our legs on a short drive delivering us to another remote village from which we will start two hour walk past the rough and verdant mountain landscape. There are many stop opportunities to meet local people and shoot some wonderful pictures. At the end of our trek we pedal the tough trails as we please. The roads are difficult at times with some uphill and downhill riding but it is still an unforgettable experience. O/N at Tribal Hut.

    10. Day 10 Mountain Bike – Sri Lanna National Park ( B ,L ,D )

      oday we continue riding around this charming valley before we head out on undulating roads towards the Sri Lanna National Park. Here we drop our bike and embark on our sit-on-top kayaks for an energetic three hours paddling on a lake, exploring the beautiful limestone rock formations and watching many species of bird , as it is part of the park. Arriving at floating house by late afternoon we enjoy an well – earned rest . O/N at Floating House.

    11. Day 11 Sri Lanna National Park – Chieng Mai flight to Bangkok . ( B ,L )

      An impressive way to begin our day is a view of the beautiful sunrise over the lake. We have plenty of time for swimming, paddling or exploring the lake. After lunch we row our kayak towards the lake shore and meet with our waiting vehicle for a rough drive back to Chiang Mai airport and short flight to Bangkok airport.( So from here you can connecting flight home or stay more day in Bangkok )

    12. Day 12 Bangkok- Departure

      today we have free time until transfer to airport for your departure

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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 12 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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