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    15 Days Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Cross Border Bicycle trip

    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.

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    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****
    Meals: D
    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****
    Meals: B/L/D
    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
    Meals:B /L/D
    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****
    Meals: B/L/D
    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.
    Activity: Cycling
    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meals: B/L/D
    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
    Meals: B/L/D
    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
    Accommodation: Bungalow
    Meals: B/L/D
    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.
    Activity: Cycling
    Accommodation:  Truong Son Hotel
    Meals: B/L/D
    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..
    Activity: Cycling
    Accommodation: PhuLuong Retreat
    Meals: B/L/D
    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
    Activity: Cycling
    Accommodation: Mai Chau Sunrise ecolodge
    Meals: B/L/D
    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
    Activity: Cycling
    Accommodation: Mai Chau Sunrise Ecolodge
    Meals: B/l.D
    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.
    Activity: Transferring
    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.
    Activity: Transferring
    Accommodation: Flower Gardern Hotel****
    Meals: B/L/D
    Cycling distance: No
    Note: Hotels  are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent  accommodation
    Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Snail Adventure tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes

    Tour included in:

    • English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
    • Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
    • Meals details in itineraries ( 14 breakfast, 13 lunches, 13 dinners)
    • A/C transfer/ and transportation
    • Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
    • Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
    • Trek mountain bikes – 4300  with disc brake and  helmets
    • Boat trip in Halong Bay
    • Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
    • Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
    • First aid kit
    • Cold water box, small fresh towel.
    • Mineral water for drinking
    • Fruit and snack for cycling days

    Tour excluded in:

    • International airfare
    • Travel insurance
    • Items of personal nature
    • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
    • Mineral water beyond that supplied
    • Optional excursions
    • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
    • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
    • Visa fee
    • Departure  tax
    • Tip for team and guide

    Creating Unique Touring Experiences:
    All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar tour to your individual specifications.

    Tour infor
    Bikes: we use the new 4300/4500 trek  and Cannondale Trail 5 and tango 5 mountain bikes for all most cycling trip with different size from 13.5’’  - 23,5’’.We generally use 2012 /2013 models of TREK  mountain bikes because they are high quality, durable pieces of equipment. Besides,
    We like the versatility and durability of the mountain bike as it has been designed to cope with different types of terrain and riding. Our trips can be on asphalt and can often be broken or potholed, and there are usually unsurfaced sections included, so mountain bikes are the most suitable. They also have the range of gears to cope with the hills.
    Each bike comes with a single water bottle cage, if you prefer more you are welcome to bring your own. Bikes also have gel seat cover slips if you prefer a softer ride. If you have your own saddle that you are comfortable with seat, you are welcome to bring it and we'll fit it. On long tours women specific seats are recommended and we have some available, but we cannot guarantee we will available for every tour.These bikes also are available for rent in case you want to go it alone or just need a bike for a day.
    Bikes repairs: basic spaires and tools kid are generally carried by guide and on the support vehicle, although we can not guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carring a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is  recommended.
    we can not guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carring a basic tool kids, a spare tube and a pump while riding is  recommended.
    Safety: wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Your tour guide are trained in first aid and emergency rescure, tour guide often carry first aid  box with their bikes while riding
    Support: we often used mini bus and bus  with air condition for transfer and back up as itineraries
    We use van Support bikes and cyclist
    ( 1 – 4 pax) we use Van to support and carry out bikes)
    ( 5 – 8 pax) we use one Van and one truck to supports
    Accommodation: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 guides: the tour will be led by one of English - speaking guides. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture,  and religions of the area where you are cycling and introduce that experiences for you . our guides have been  trained  in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by Vietnam National Tourism. Our guides are also medically skilled in first Aid by SOS  and they know how to deal  with hard situations.\
    Grading definition: To assist you visualise how our trip is difficult, we have graded our adventure tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging, we group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, weather conditions and vehicle support
    Easy: suitable for most people in good health. These trips  generally include short days, on good paths and at low attitudes
    Moderate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels, hill longer days and altitude.All of our moderate trips have a support vehicle following closely, weary travellers can hitch a ride and take a rest for a while.
    Challenging: these trips are physically demanding and best suite for  fit people with high endurancce level. Day can be longer, often at altitude, in remoted regions and sometimes without supports vehicle nearby.. travellers may be required  to carry a backpacks.
    Terrain: Distances on full cycling days average around 50 – 80km. Our route is mainly on tarmac roads of varing quality with are some more like hard – packed dirt, Terrain is generally flat or undulating with a few notable climbs..  Distance for second days and  half of third day is around 60- 80 km. Our routes are mainly on single track, dirt road and trail , we cycle around villages and villages, through rice paddy terraces.
    Food: All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary, are included in the price of this tour. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food in Homestays . while in towns, we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in delicious restaurants
    Meals consist of a variety of banlanced dishes and aim for universal appeal, we avoid highly spiced foods.
    Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking.  Beverage  and alcoholic drink are not included  at mealtime or in restaurants
    Snack/ Water: when we transfer, ride by minibus ( no cycling day),  our bottled waters are always available  for you ( two little for one day for person with wet tissue)
    When we have cycling days, we will offer cold water and wet tissue in box plus fresh tropical fruides, soft – drink, energy – drinking, ( five little water for cycling day/ person).
    Beer is freely available everywhere in Vietnam, but not include in our trip.
    The 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.
    Weather: Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons - the southwest monsoon from April to September and the Northeast monsoon  from October to late march  or early April.
    Due to regional climate differences, there are no right or wrong  seasons to visit Vietnam.the north Vietnam is cool, damp in winters between November and December and February with tempreture in Hanoi falling to around 15oC. The summer months from April to October  are hot and dry.the best time visit Vietnam is spring ( February – April) or Autunm( late September – December) when it is not so humid. The weather turns quite cold and wet in January and this continues to  march. The humidity can prove oppresive from May to the early September.
    Money:  the official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong ( VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in allmost tourist centers. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the best networks with  a limit a single withdraw limit of 2000,000 d ( 95 USD). Most major currrencies can be exchanged in leading in Vietnam, but th USD is preferred  away from the tourist centers. Changing 100 USD  wil make you to be a millionaire. You can not legally take the dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it into USD on departure,.
    Clothing:  comfortable lightweight clothing  in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as it is in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evening against bitting  insects. A light weight raincoat or rain cape  is a good ideal in the raining season. For on the bike you will need to bring a couple of pairs of cycling shorts and short leeve jerseys, a pairs of cycling glove and if you use them, your clip in cycling shoes/ sandals.. when travel in the North Vietnam during winter months ( late November – March) warm clothe is needed.Visitors to Buddhist countries should not to wear shorts, short skirts  or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious centers and shoes should be removed  before entering private homes.
    Passport and visa: All visitors  are required to have a valid  visa to enter Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficients for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange  three months  or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors. The Snail Adventure Tours company  is authorised to issue visa on arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Danang International Airport in Danang,  and Tan San Nhat in Ho chi Minh city.The same authorisation proceduce  and a minimum mof 5 days working  notice is required. In emergency case they can arrange a visa o arrival if notice of 2  working days is given
    Tipping: Tipping for good services is always appreciated in these developing countries. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for . We recommend 5 US Dollar  / person/per day  for cycling tour guides .. 2 USD/ person/ day for driver and 1 USD/ person/ day for door bell when checking in and out.
    Responsible tourism: we strongly believe that Responsible Tourism  can support to local  communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural invironment. We recognise that  there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
    Environment : we have been turning invironmently responsible tourism into practices  to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re - usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.
    Community:  Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging custommers  to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
    Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit  cottage industries  for local handicraft souvenir, generating  income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, moto taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that  the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.



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