Laos to Vietnam Mountain Bike Tour 9Days
Laos to Vietnam Mountain Bike Tour 9Days Explore the most secret areas of Laos and Vietnam with a mountain bike between the two heritage towns Luang Prabang and Hanoi…Travel with your mountain bike from Laos to Vietnam on less traveled roads. this is probably the best border crossing ride for cyclists, who enjoy cycling in mountainous surroundings. The ever changing and often spectacular landscapes and multi diversity in ethnic groups makes every day different. Luang Prabang, Dien Bien Phu and Hanoi
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Laos to Vietnam Mountain Bike Tour 9Days
Itinerary: Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw – Muang Khua – Dien Bien Phu – Tuan Giao – Son La – Moc Chau – Mai Chau – Cuc Phuong – Hanoi
Highlights: Explore the most secret areas of Laos and Vietnam with a mountain bike between the two heritage towns Luang Prabang and Hanoi…Travel with your mountain bike from Laos to Vietnam on less traveled roads. this is probably the best border crossing ride for cyclists, who enjoy cycling in mountainous surroundings. The ever changing and often spectacular landscapes and multi diversity in ethnic groups makes every day different. Luang Prabang, Dien Bien Phu and Hanoi are the cultural historical highlights of this tour Starting in the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang and ending in the vibrant city Hanoi , this is probably the best border crossing ride for cyclists who enjoy cycling in mountainous surroundings. The ever changing and often spectacular landscape and multi diversity in ethnic groups makes every day different. Luang Prabang, Dien Bien Phu and Hanoi are the cultural historical highlights of this tour. Other highlights are a boat ride on the Nam Ou river in Laos and a visit to Cuc Phuong National Park in Vietnam
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).
Sightseeing entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
Accommodation pre/post trip.
Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw 70 km.
After a one hour transfer, start cycling along the Nam Ou River to Pak Mong village, where will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, the landscape getting more spectacular while entering an area with huge limestone mountains.B-D Overnight in a resort
Nong Khiaw – Muang Khua boat ride on the Nam Ou River
Today, a spectacular boat ride (4 to 5 hours) over the Nam Ou River through a remote area. On the way, we will stop in some remote villages.B-D Overnight in guesthouse
Muang Khua – Vietnamese border 60 km and transfer to Dien Bien Phu
Today, a challenging cycling day brings us in Vietnam . Most of the day, we cycling through primary forest and passing some hill tribe villages.After border crossing, the Vietnamese agent will pick you up and transfer to Dien Bien Phu. The city is well known through out the world as a battle field in the first Indochina War and the French found here their Waterloo . The city is located in Muong Thanh Valley famous for its tasty rice and Thai minority traditional dance. B-D Overnight in hotel.
Dien Bien Phu – Tuan Giao 80 km
Cycling from Dien Bien Phu to Tuan Giao after breakfast we have easy ride 80 km through many Thai villages to Tuan Giao (one climb mt. pass 15 km outside Dien Bien). B-D Overnight is basic guesthouse16/1
Tuan Giao – Son La 70 km
Cycling from Tuan Giao to Son La After a short transfer to the Pha Din pass (heaven and earth pass) to the summit of 1450 m, you will start the day with a 15 km down hill. Nice landscape of green rice fields and karst valley. Light traffic, wandering water buffaloes, Thai and Hmong kids.B-D Overnight in Hotel
Son La – Moc Chau 80 km
After a short transfer, a less hilly day in store but no less spectacular as we head off gradually downhill, our roads overshadowed by karst cliffs. After lunch, continuing through lush, terraced rice paddies against the jagged cliff backdrop.B-D Overnight in Guesthouse
Moc Chau – Mai Chau 67 km
After a hearty breakfast we set off on a testing yet spectacular day, the majority of which is uphill! Cycling on a narrow, quiet back road we head in to a region predominantly populated by Black Thai minority cultures. As we near Mai Chau, situated at 1000m, we pass through plum orchards and corn and tea plantations.B-D Overnight in homestay
MaiChau – Cuc Phuong 80 km
After a early morning transfer, start cycling on country lanes and backroads to Cuc Phuong National Park . The scenery is timeless, and photo opportunities bountiful as you pedal through a working landscape of people and crops. Cuc Phuong is one of Vietnam ‘s most important nature reserves and contains the country’s largest area of primary forest. Visit the Primate Rescue Centre and learn about the plight of endangered species such as the Cat Ba Langur.B-D Overnight in Bungalow
Cuc Phuong – Hanoi 60 km
Cycling from Phuong NP to Ninh Binh and transfer to Hanoi . Morning visit the Primate Rescue center where you could have much joy with funny languor species and admire the eco-loved scientists working here. We then ride 20km through Cuc Phuong forest to the park center, tea break then Transfer out of Cuc Phuong in the afternoon then ride through rice fields, limestone rocks to Ninh Binh After lunch we take bus transfer to Hanoi .B Overnight in Hotel
Departure from Hanoi
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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.
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.
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What if I can’t find the departure date I need?
Please give us a call or send massage. If you are a group of four or more, we can usually add a departure date within the season to suit you.
Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?
We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you & Best homestay in mountainous or read more at Accommodation.
Will I have a local guide?
Yes, your guide will be English speaking and local. The local guide will be a highlight of your tour as they are experienced and will pass on their knowledge and passion for their country. They will show you the best places to eat, help you meet local people along the way and give you a real feel for the local culture.
Can I take a break from the cycling?
Yes, if you want to take a break, jump into the the air conditioned support vehicle that is always available.
What will the group size be?
The tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run and there will be a maximum of 16 guests.
What will the food be like?
Vietnamese or Asia food is very varied across the length of the country. Each regional has local adaptations of classic dishes. Your guide will share their passion for their cuisine and they will lead you along a culinary adventure. Drinking water is always included with meals, any other drinks will be extra.
What snacks will I get during the cycling?
You will be supplied with local snacks & energy bars. Clean water and electrolyte drinks are provided to keep you hydrated.
Is there a single supplement?
No, there is no extra charge for single travellers if you share a room with another same sex single guest. If you want your own room you can pay a supplement.
What will the weather be like?
Seasons vary across the vast length of the country, meaning you can travel to Vietnam , Laos and Cambodia.Etc… at any time of the year. You will probably have some rain during your visit.
Can you arrange my flights?
Flights are not included with our tours. However, we are more than happy to offer advice on long haul and regional flights, based on our extensive esperience of travel in Asia.
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.
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.