cycling hanoi to luang prabang (14)
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Hanoi to Luang Prabang Mountain Bike Tour 13Days

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Hanoi to Luang Prabang Mountain Bike Tour 13Days

Hanoi to Luang Prabang Mountain Bike Tour is an adventurous, moving on tour through the mountainous north-west provinces of Vietnam and Laos. Luggage transfer and vehicle support will be provided. The tour is suitable for fit, experienced cycling enthusiasts.

Vietnam’s far North West is undoubtedly the best place to cycle in the country as the roads see virtually no tourists and avoid Vietnam’s notorious highways. It wasn’t until the late 1990’s that travel restrictions were lifted.

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      Mountain Cycling, Multi-Country Cycling
    • Activity Level Tough
      6/8
    • Group Size Medium Group
      16
    All about the Hanoi to Luang Prabang Mountain Bike Tour 13Days.

    Hanoi to Luang Prabang Mountain Bike Tour 13Days

    Itinerary: Hanoi – Sapa – Tam Duong – Xin Ho – Paso – Lai Chau – Dien Bien Phu – Muang Khua – Odomxai – Pak Mong – Luang Prabang

    Highlights:

    Hanoi to Luang Prabang Mountain Bike Tour is an adventurous, moving on tour through the mountainous north-west provinces of Vietnam and Laos. Luggage transfer and vehicle support will be provided. The tour is suitable for fit, experienced cycling enthusiasts.

    Vietnam’s far North West is undoubtedly the best place to cycle in the country as the roads see virtually no tourists and avoid Vietnam’s notorious highways. It wasn’t until the late 1990’s that travel restrictions were lifted.

    Starting in Hanoi, we;ll pass through stunning landscapes, amazing karst rock formations, stilted houses with thatched roofs, mountains nestled between limestone outcrops and the highest concentration of hill-tribe people in the country. We’ll cross into a remote area of Laos via the newly opened border crossing at Tay Trang.

    From the small market town of Muang Khua, we’ll take a slow boat down the beautiful Nam Ou river before cycling on to World Heritage Luang Prabang, with its beautiful temples and colourful night market. Our route south to Vientiane, the sleepy capital of Laos, is on virtually traffic-free roads. Great cycling and some of the friendliest people in Asia.

    The opening in 2007 of the Tay Trang border crossing between Vietnam and Laos has made this exciting tour possible. This is an adventurous, moving on tour through the mountainous north west provinces.

    We enter Northern Laos at Tay Trang. The trip includes a spectacular journey by boat down the Nam Ou River, a day off the bikes in World Heritage town, Luang Prabang with its beautiful temples and colourful night market, and time to explore vibrant Hanoi and Vientiane.

    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 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
    * Train Ticket from Hanoi to Lao Cai
    * 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 Hanoi – Arrival

      Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport our guide who will accompany you to your hotel will welcome you. There are no activities planned for today but your guide will be able to offer advice and assistance as required. This evening your guide will return to your hotel to escort you to sample some of Hanoi’s superb cuisine. Overnight in Hanoi

    2. Day 2 Hanoi – Lao Cai (B)

      21h00: Transfer to Hanoi railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai. O/N on the train.

    3. Day 3 Cycling Lao Cai – Sapa (B/ L / D)
      We’ll disembark from the train very early in the morning and either bike or transfer to Sapa. It’s not all that far but it is virtually ALL up hill.
      Sapa is the hilltribe capital of North Vietnam. There are a variety of minority people in this area and they all come to Sapa to the market.
    4. Day 4 Cycling Sapa – Tam Duong (B/ L / D)

      Started from Sapa by cycling about 16 kilometres uphill to the Vietnam highest pass at 2000 meters above sea level where you see beautiful Silver Waterfall and Tram Ton heaven gate then it is downhill for around 26 kilometres on the road described as the most beautiful one in Vietnam with breathtaking scenery all the way to Binh Lu. In the late afternoon you will arrive in Tam Duong, where you will stay overnight in a comfortable Hotel.

    5. Day 5 Cycling Tam Duong – Xin Ho (B/ L / D)

      We cycling through Tam Duong plain which is covered in shark’s teeth-like limestone karst. We would visit a village of Mang people near Sin Ho with the next stop being Sin Ho which is home land of the Red Hmong, Kho Mu, Mang and Dao ethnic minorities. They are settled there longtime ago and still retain their traditional culture and habits. The trip to Sin Ho is occasionally suspended due to the restriction of the local authority.

    6. Day 6 Cycling Xin Ho – Paso – Laichau ( MuongLay ) (B/ L / D)

      We Cycling down hill to Chan Nua then cycling to Lai Chau have a couple pretty big climbs and then follow the picturesque Nam Na river into Muang Say (aka “Old Lai Chau”). We stay at the hip Lan Anh hotel where there no doubt will be an active badminton game in the evening.

    7. Day 7 Cycling Lai Chau – Dien Bien Phu (B/ L / D)

      In 1954, the French Garrison at Dien Bien Phu was pinned down when the Vietnamese were able to do something thought impossible….carry heavy artillery into the mountains. When you ride in this area you will wonder yourself how they ever did it. The siege at Dien Bien Phu ended in a French surrender and marked the end of French Indochina. Little known is the fact that the US had developed a plan to aid the French by using tactical nuclear weapons at Dien Bien Phu

    8. Day 8 Cycling Dien Bien Phu to Muang Khua, Laos (B/ L / D)

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

    9. Day 9 CyclingMuang 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.

    10. Day 10 Cycling 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.

    11. Day 11 Cycling Pak Mong to Luang Prabang (B/ L / D)

      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.

    12. Day 12 Rest day in Luang Prabang (B/ L / D)

      Today is a rest day in Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is encircled by mountains and situated on the banks of the Mekong where it meets the Nam Khan river. There is a lot to see in this World Heritage Town: Temples, Monastaries, the Royal Palace and French Colonial Architecture as well as the beautiful falls outside of town. It’s worthwhile to get up and observe the monks collecting alms at 6 am.

    13. Day 13 Luang Prabang departure (B)

      At leisure until transfer to Airport for onward flight

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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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