Expedition Cycling from Laos to Vietnam 12Days (14)
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Expedition Cycling from Laos to Vietnam 12Days

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Expedition Cycling from Laos to Vietnam 12Days Join us on one of the best adventures left in SE Asia as we ride from the beautiful Luang Prabang in Laos through to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, traveling up rivers and over the mountains through a remote corner of Asia. We start in World Heritage listed Luang Prabang with its French architecture, abundant temples and beautiful natural surrounds. Take a boat up the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers before cycling through the remote and densely forested areas of northern Laos meeting its charming inhabitants. Forge your way through the Vietnamese mountains, stopping to learn about the events of the Indochina War. Meet the minority hill tribes of this area and learn about their history and traditions. Finish the adventure in vibrant Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

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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 Expedition Cycling from Laos to Vietnam 12Days.

    Expedition Cycling from Laos to Vietnam 12Days

    Itinerary: Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw – Oudom Xai – Muang Khua – Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau – Tam Duong – Sapa – Hanoi

    Highlights: Join us on one of the best adventures left in SE Asia as we ride from the beautiful Luang Prabang in Laos through to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, traveling up rivers and over the mountains through a remote corner of Asia. We start in World Heritage listed Luang Prabang with its French architecture, abundant temples and beautiful natural surrounds. Take a boat up the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers before cycling through the remote and densely forested areas of northern Laos meeting its charming inhabitants. Forge your way through the Vietnamese mountains, stopping to learn about the events of the Indochina War. Meet the minority hill tribes of this area and learn about their history and traditions. Finish the adventure in vibrant Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    -Cycle 700+ kilometers through remote S.E Asia off the beaten track
    -Visit World Heritage listed Luang Prabang
    -Interact with hilltribes in Sapa, northwest Vietnam
    -Dine on delicious local cuisine from French Provincial to Vietnamese
    -Soak up the sights and sounds of the bustling Hanoi
    OVERVIEW
    Join us on one of the best adventures left in SE Asia as we ride from the beautiful Luang Prabang in Laos through to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, traveling up rivers and over the mountains through a remote corner of Asia. We start in World Heritage listed Luang Prabang with its French architecture, abundant temples and beautiful natural surrounds.
    Take a boat up the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers before cycling through the remote and densely forested areas of northern Laos meeting its charming inhabitants. Forge your way through the Vietnamese mountains, stopping to learn about the events of the Indochina War. Meet the minority hill tribes of this area and learn about their history and traditions. Finish the adventure in vibrant Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
    EXPEDITION GRADE
    This expedition is considered difficult. Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your holiday as this trip involves some sustained hill-climbing and long distances over 80km. Riders should have a good level of cycling fitness but feel free to hop in the support vehicle if any of the riding is too hard.
    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 (other languages upon requests)
    * All accommodations base on twin-share at Standard hotel, guesthouse and Home stay.etc…
    * Meals detailed in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunches, D = Dinners)
    * A/C transfers and transportation.
    * Sightseeing excursions as outlined in itinerary
    * Pump, bike tools, spares tubes.
    * Spare bike
    * 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
    * Single Supplement
    * Optional excursions
    * Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
    * Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
    * Mountain bicycle (Bike Hire)
    * Visa fees
    * Departure taxes
    * Tipping for guiding
    1. Day 1 Arrive Luang Prabang

      Arrive in Luang Prabang in Laos. There we will meet our guide and hit the town for some tasty local cuisine (D)

    2. Day 2 Cycling Kuang Si Falls – Luang Prabang

      Today we set off on a scenic ride of 60km return to the amazing Kuang Sii waterfall where we can enjoy a swim in fresh, aqua colored water. We can visit Phet the tiger who resides in her shelter here and also the Asiatic Black Bears who are housed in the Free The Bears shelter. (B,L,D)

    3. Day 3 Cycle to Nong Khiaw | 75km

      Today we begin our epic journey towards Hanoi with an undulating ride along the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers with the surrounded mountains, often shrouded in fog. We will board a small boat to reach our destination of Nong Khiaw, where we stay in riverside bungalows. (B,L,D)

    4. Da 4 Cycle to Oudom Xai | 108km

      After a start on rolling hills, we will hit the first significant climb of the trip. This is hill-tribe country where we will see many Hmong andKhmu villages. The climb is worth the great views and the descent down into Oudom Xai which sits in a valley surrounded by dramatic mountains. (B L D)

    5. Day 5 Cycle to Muang Khua | 95 km

      An easier ride today, following a small river down to the town of Muang Khua takes us to our last night in a Lao town before hitting Vietnam. Muang Khua is a very small town on the Nam Ou river where electricity is not a full time luxury. A meal overlooking the river will give us time to ponder the next leg of our journey. (B,L,D)

    6. Day 6 Cycle to Dien Bien Phu | 80km

      Today’s road starts out in rough repair, but improves as the day goes on. We will say goodbye to Laos and meet our Vietnamese crew who will be with us through to Hanoi. Tonight we stay in Dien Bien Phu. (B,L,D)

    7. Day 7 Dien Bien Phu

      Today is a rest day for you to learn about the historical importance of the battle at Dien Bien Phu where the Vietnamese communists achieved a decisive win over the French in their battle against imperial rule. The afternoon will allow plenty of time to relax by the pool and prepare yourself for the next part of our adventure. (B)

    8. Day 8 Cycle to Lai Chau | 93km

      Today we ride out of the basin that accommodates Dien Bien Phu and over a mountain pass into another valley to find our home for the night, the small town of Lai Chau. Lai Chau is situated in a valley that has been ear-marked for a hydroelectric project, causing the town to be demoted from provincial capital. It is a charming spot with a character filled guesthouse. (B,L,D)

    9. Day 9 Cycle to Tam Duong | 92km
      We continue into the remote and sparsely populated mountain areas and will experience mind-blowing views over the valleys. You will become more and more of a curiosity to the locals as they will have seen very few bike travelers in this area. Tonight, we are again in a small town with a basic hotel.
      (B,L,D)
    10. Day 10 Cycle to Sapa | 80km

      This is possibly the most stunning ride of the trip as we climb to Sapa and cross the pass that divides Vietnam’s hottest and coldest provinces. The ascent is on a nicely made road, that snakes up to the top, past small waterfalls and skirting deep valleys. A small descent takes us into town where we find our comfortable hotel. (B,L,D)

    11. Day 11 Sapa

      It’s time to rest and take in the relaxed vibe of Sapa. If your legs are up to it, there are some short treks, otherwise the markets, restaurants and the view of Mount Fansipan will more than suffice. In the evening we will board the overnight train to Hanoi. (B,D)

    12. Day 12 Hanoi & end
      We arrive into Hanoi early morning. We will have some breakfast and then check into day rooms at our hotel to shower and prepare for the flight home or the next leg of your travels. You may wish to explore Halong Bay or head down one of South East Asia’s most diverse coastlines to Saigon. (B)
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    Expedition Cycling from Laos to Vietnam 12Days (12)
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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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