This exceptional, fully supported cycling odyssey takes us through some of the most stunning landscapes and culturally significant parts of Laos then over the border for a richly rewarding taste of Vietnam. We commence cycling on the banks of the Mekong river in the World Heritage listed town of Luang Prabang with its exquisite golden temples and waterfalls. We continue through rolling mountain scenery to Phoukhoun – phonsavanh to admire tea and coffee plantation. Travelling northeast we cycle to the intriguing Vieng Say Caves where the Lao People`s Revolutionary Party lived during the Secret War. Cycling to the Vietnamese border we cross over to explore the beautiful valley of Mai Chau and its many ethnic minority villages. exploring amazing Halong Bay on Nigh Cruisebefore completing our adventure in the bustling northern capital of Hanoi.
Day 1: Arrival LuangPrabang:
Arrive at the airport in a small town of Northern Laos Luang prabang. After arrival, clear immigration meets a local guide and transfer to hotel (about 15 minutes). After check in hotel in town, free to relax or explore town before dinner and visit night market.
*Laos Visa processed on arrival with two passport-size photos and US$35 – US$40 cash
Important note: Verify your passport is valid for at least six months after your date of exit from Laos. You may not be permitted to get in Laos with less than 6 months expiration on your passport
Activity: Transferring and briefing
Accommodation: Sanctaury Luang prabang Hotel****
Cycling distance: No
Day 2: LuangPrabang city tour
After breakfast, explore the treasures of sublime world heritage town of Luang Prabang. Rising at dawn to view traditional alms procession of monks passing slowly through town, get back to hotel for Breakfastbefore exploration of the town, by bike through the town, pausing to explore major temples dating to the 15th century such as Wat Xieng Thong a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture, Royal Palace structures, and French-colonial period buildings, visiting the colorful local market Phosi, and visiting other sites in town by preference, such as weaving and handicraft paper villages. In the evening, enjoy the outdoor night market, one of the most interesting in all of Southeast Asia.
LuangPrabang is the oldest city in Laos, before the 14th century was the capital city of the land of million elephants (Laos). The town is a beautifully preserved and in 1995 it was added to UNESCO`s World heritage list.
Activity: Visiting city
Accommodation: Sanctuary LPB Hotel****
Cycling distance: No/ 25 Km
Day 3: LuangPrabang – Phoukhoun
We transfer out of town and join route 13 heading south to Kiewkacham to start cycle, Today’s ride will take us up around 1000 meters in elevation and the climbs start almost as soon as we leave town, we pass many villages and stop for refreshments every 15 or 20 km, we ride along the mountain ridge for 20 km. At 22 km, we start our first climb of the day for 8 km then start a series of tough climbs. After the last climb to a small town of Phoukhoun we reach the junction to Vientiane capital. We overnight in Phoukhoun.
Activity: Tranferring and Cycling
Accommodation: Xala Phoukhoun
Cycling distance: 96/130 km
Day 4: Phoukhoun – Phonsavan (the plain of jars)
Our guide will prepare breakfast. This area is the coldest place in our trip especially in the morning; we drive on route 7 to the plain of jars. After 135 km driving we reach Phonsavan where we stay overnight. Phonsavanh used to be the battled field between the communist government and anti-communist government in 1964 – 1973.
Activity: Cycling and transferring
Accommodation: Favanhmai Hotel****
Cycling distance: 85 Km
Day 5: Phonsavan – Muangkham
After breakfast we drive out of town for 8 km to see the plain of jars. The history of the stone jars remain a mystery today, there are more than 60 sites, scattered in different group all across the plateau. Only three groups have been surveyed and assigned registration. The other groups have not yet been surveyed because the locations are covered with thick bushes and contaminated by many remaining UXOs (Unexploded ordinances) leftover from the Indo-China war. The highest jar is more than 3 meters. There are several difference theories as to the purpose of the jars, which are estimated to be 2500 – 3000 years old. According to local legend, King Khoun Chuang had them constructed in order to store wine for the big celebration of his victory in the 6th century. We cycle back to the town for lunch before heading east on direction to Vietnam to a small town of Muangkham.
Activity: Cyclig and Visiting
Accommodation: Kinlaong GH
Cycling distance: 65 Km
Day 6: Muangkham – Namneuan
After breakfast at the local restaurant, we head north at the junction to Vietnam border, the road today is quiet, after 5 km undulating road from our guesthouse we start the big climb of 15 km at 1500 m above sea level on the top, after water stop we cycle downhill and the next climb is shorter. Picnic lunch will be brought by our guide and we stop for lunch on the way when we fell hungry. The last section of 20 km we cycle downhill from the attitude of 1400 m – 500 m above sea level to Namneuan village where we stay overnight.
Accommodation: Guest House
Cycling distance: 86 km
Day 7: Namneuan – Samnua
Breakfast today is prepared by our guide at the local restaurant, today is long day and big climbs, after breakfast we leave Namnuean and start the first big climb of 7 km from 600 – 1000 m to the junction (optional transfer through the big climb) we turn right on direction to Vietnam and cycling on the quiet and winding route past a smattering of villages. We reach Xamnua province in late afternoon.
Xamnua province is a small province in northern Laos; it was 1 of two provinces controlled by communist before 1975 during Indochina war and was heavily bombed.
Activity: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Xaiphasouk Hotel
Cycling distance: 100 km
Day 8: Xamnua – Viengxai
After breakfast, we'll spend time cycling through local villages and enjoying the stunning scenery and tranquil setting during the short ride to Viengxai. This area is one of the most remote and undeveloped in Laos. After a leisurely start this morning, heading over to explore the nearby famous network of caves inhabited by the Pathet Lao during the Vietnam War. The large caves, both natural and artificial, were extensively developed and used by Pathet Lao in Vieng Xai during the war, including Khayson Cave, the office and residence of the Pathet Lao chief during the war period, and Souphanouvong Cave, also called Red Prince Cave, the residence of royal Prince Souphanouvong at one time.
The biggest attraction of the town is the caves. The former Pathet Lao (Lao communist) Revolutionary headquarters of Vieng Xai sit in a striking valley of fertile hills and limestone cliffs riddled with caves, several of which were used to shelter communist officers during the second Indochina War. In these caves the Pathet Lao established a “hidden city” which supported around 20,000 people. During nine years of almost constant bombing, they sheltered in caves and the surrounding jungle. Most of their daily lives were conducted under cover of darkness. Schools, hospitals, and markets as well as government ministries, a radio station, a theatre, and military barracks were all hidden in the caves.
Activity: Cycling and Visiting
Cycling distance: 25Km
Day 9: Viengxai – Nameo border - Quan Son Town
After crossing into Laos, and meeting up with our new crew, After breakfast begin riding on national route 217 , cycling uphill and then over rolling hills towards Nameo border on paved roads surrounded by limestone mountains, passing hill tribe and local villages in the area, including Thai Dam, Thai Dang, Meuy, and Kmu, pausing for snacks en route. After arrival at the border and immigration formalities say good bye Lao guide and driver through the border to Vietnamese immigration meet Vietnamese guide and driver. After clear immigration formalities, we kick off our pedal on the scenic route to Quan Son. We ride through bammo forest and quaint village life to Town. Arriving in hotel. Do check in and relax your self.
Accommodation: Truong Son Hotel
Cycling distance: 86 km
Day 10: Quan Son – Dong Tam – Phu Luong Nature Reserve
Wake up in the morning to capture the pristine nature, go to local market to to join festive atmosphere. You are impressive on friendship and mutuality between people when deal with their products. After hearty breakfast in hotel, we set our way to Phu Luong Nature Reserve.
The Pu Luong limestone landscape is an area of outstanding beauty, culture interest and high biodiversity value stretching from Mai Chau in the North to West to Cuc Phuong national park in the South East. It is blessed with rich forest, limestone panoramas, magnificent rice terraces and breathtaking scenery.
Pu Luong Nature Reserve was established in 1999 is roughly 170km from Hanoi. Being a nature reserve with a total area of 17,662 ha, 3/4 of the nature reserve is primary tropical forest. This is also living place of ethnic Muong and Thai people. Pu Luong means the highest peak of the village, in Thai language.
Recently, Pu Luong becomes a great destination for a few day trips from Hanoi. Trekking in the forest and a long rice paddy fields, cycling through the reserve and visit many beautiful small villages are among the activities travelers like. Pu Luong is among a few "off the beaten path" places near Hanoi that receives recommendations from explorers recently.
Scenery is beautiful with two ranges of mountains on both sides creating a lush green valley in the middle dotted with traditional villages. The locals here are among the most friendly people in Vietnam. You can always be invited to their homes for a cup of tea on your way. The local culture is rich and authentic. Villagers are living in small villages nested in the valleys, in their traditional house on stilts. Joining on a dance after dinner is always an unforgettable experience..
Accommodation: PhuLuong Retreat
Cycling distance: 95 Km
Day 11: Phu Luong Nature Reserve – Mai Chau Scenic Areas.
Have breakfast with the Host, we start our new cycling day from eco homestay, we ride on back road to Mai Chau .ride on Hochiminh Trail to capture stunning rice terrace on hillside and rustic village hidden under dense forest. You will ride on undulating road in the morning, conquere a steep pass between before descending to Mai Chau Town. Upon arriving in Mai Chau. Do check in and relax in swimming pool
Accommodation: Mai Chau Sunrise ecolodge
Cycling distance: 65 km
Day 12: Mai Chau – Village ride.
Waking up you early in the morning by birds and chicken sounding, you will be treated by Thai traditional cake for breakfast with hot coffee and tea After light breakfast, we cycle through different villages on a mix of good single track paths link from villages to anothers, the view are stunning as the ride passes and cross lush rice paddies./ Unique to this area are fan palms, grown specifically to use for roofing.We pass hot springs, cycle cross suspension bridges and follow the contours around beautiful terraced rice fields We stop for lunch en route in local family. After lunch, we cycle back road, single tracks, buffalo trails through rice terraced fields .Stay at local homestay of Buoc Village/ Ecolodge
The rest of afternoon is at leisure to wander by foot or explore the village trails further by bike.Dinner and over night at Thai Homestay
We ride 48km off – road
Accommodation: Mai Chau Sunrise Ecolodge
Cycling distance: 45 Km
Day 13: Mai Chau - Hanoi
After breakfast, we pick up our bike and cycle on the scenic route around Mai Chau, past green rice paddies and villages, meeting friendly local villagers. Arriving back in phomcoon Village for in local home stay. After lunch we have sometimes to explore the village and to do some shopping of the local handmade textiles.. Transfer 3hours back to Hanoi, arriving Hanoi at late afternoon
Activity:Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Flower Gardern Hotel****
Cycling distance: 54km
Day 14: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Experience Halong Bay, on a V’Spirit Classic Cruise, one of the best mid-range cruises available. You will not only see many fantastically shaped islands, beautiful beaches, and great natural caves, but you will also learn more about Halong Bay’s history and local people.
Accommodation: Oncruise Halong Bay
Cycling distance :No
Day 15: Halong Bay – Hanoi.
Get up early to enjoy outstanding scenery and pristine nature, join in morning Thai Chi on sundesk for 30 minutes. Have hearty breakfast on boat , we commence visiting mazing Cave for 45 minutes. Enjoy legendary world with full of stalagmite and stalagtide inside. You are also impressive on story related on each image. After exploring cave, we come back to boat for check out and clear the bill whilst our boat set the way come back to port. Our diver will meet you again and pick you up to Hanoi. Stop on the way for refreshment . arriving in Noi Bai International Airport to catch your flight onward. Our service is finished. Thank for your joining a life time holiday with us.
Accommodation: Flower Gardern Hotel****
Cycling distance: No
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent accommodation
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