Cycling Adventures - Ha Noi to Luang Prabang

Overview

Price
USD $2870.00 2870.00
Tour code
VBR: MCT14G - HAN - LPQ
Number Of cycling days
11 days
Single supplement
425.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$110
Total cycling distance
540km
Introduction

North West Vietnam is a home of many hill tribal groups and terraced rice fields while Laos is a country of mountainous natural beauty and stunning scenery. On this cycling adventure our team will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of Vietnam and Laos. Enjoy a traditional meal with a local family, learn so much different cultures from differnt tribals in many regions. Ride on quiet countryside roads and off the beaten path in the stunning North West mountain region of Vietnam before cross border to Muan Khua, Laos. Following days; cycle through some of the most truly spectacular jungle covered limestone mountain landscapes of Northern Laos. Enjoy peaceful Nam Ou River from your bungalow in Nong Khiaw and explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves before arriving into the cultural capital of Laos, Luang Prabang.

Full Itinerary

Bike map Vietnam to Laos
Day
1
Sleep a night on train from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Our team will will meet you at your hotels and make a brief and dine with our guide before you board on train. Stay a night on A/C cabinet to Lao Cai. It takes a round 9 night hours

Dinner
Violette Express Train
Day
2
Lao Cai - Sapa

The train arrives at the station of Lao Cai at 5:30 am. Our team’ll arrange your breakfast at local restaurant, then a transfer on windy road uphill to Sapa town. Check in and relax until your cycle riding starting from the hotel at 1:00 pm. Ride on the hilly back roads to Dao villages, past rice terrace paddy fields. We will ride on a dirty track to Ta Phin, stop at Ethnic at village’ market to chit chat with Red Dao. Ride to the high roads for a transfer back to Sapa.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
35km
Hilly - moderate
Day
3
Sapa – Ta Vang - Lao Chay – Home-stay

On your cycling adventure today, you could smell and taste the real life as you cycling on hilly track through particular mountainous scenery, villages and markets on the way to home-stay where we stay tonight. From the hotel, we ride down hill on beautiful back roads with particular scenery along the country roads. We turn right on concrete path to downhill, past the home of Dao before we cross a river to continue our biking to local market of Ethnic people. Stopping and walking around this market and have some photos taken before we bike through rice fields to Tay villages for lunch. In the afternoon, we continue cycling into the home of Red Dao people and stay a night at luxury home-stay by stream

Home-stay
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly - moderate/hard
Day
4
Nam Cang - Sin Chai - Ban Ho – Sapa

Bike routes are imaging today. They are mixed; single track, dirt country road through hills, mountains and valleys. We ride on hilly path along mountain areas through some villages of Tay Ethnic, passing some schools located by hills, remote villages and headquarter of local government. This morning ride gives opportunities to enjoy scenery on valley along the mountain ranges, streams and country back roads. You’ll meet different Ethnic people with colourful customs and having photo taken with them cannot be missed. Then we follow a trail to explore remote area, corn paddy, and many valleys of rice terrace, some young jungles forest, and waterfall. Lunch en route at the home of Tay Ethnic before the afternoon biking to Ban Ho. Today ride is end up here for a transfer back to Sapa.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/hard
Day
5
Sapa - Tan Uyen – Than Uyen

On your bike ride adventure today is almost all downhill ride from Haven gate to Binh Lu, Tan Uyen and Than Uyen. To avoid pedal up to the Heaven Pass, we’ll have van/bus transfer to its peak. Then we enjoy easy ride bicycling downhill’s on rolling mountain ranges to Binh Lu, then we turn left on to small path, ride rolling hill through villages; see buffaloes on farming land, ride pass many lakes, stopping at family furniture workshop, tiny markets of Ethnic people on back road. Top for lunch in small town before the afternoon ride continue. The easy on flat land and down hills ride passing corn fields, tea and rubber plantations to Than Uyen.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/moderate
Day
6
Than Uyen – Quynh Nhai

Most gentle back roads on your cycling adventure today are almost windy and thoroughly mountain ranges, love lake, beautiful rivers and jungle area of Son La province. Check out of hotel after your breakfast for a short transfer by vehicles. The ride will begin at the peak, downhill back roads allow to take time admire breath-taking views, limestone mountain scenery as we ride on new bridge and keep cycling onward to Quynh Nhai.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 75km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
Day
7
Quynh Nhai –Tuan Giao – Dien Bien Phu

It is not really quiet along way but there some big hills so you are really need some transfer to the peak/top as to save energy to enjoy easy ride downhill’s with best scenery. Ride pass farm land, see buffalos, cows and experience local’ daily life the Tuan Giao then enjoy lovely rice terraces, windy river along the road to Dien Bien Phu.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
8
Visit the base of Dien Bien Phu

Spend ½ day tour to visit A1 hill, cemetery of Dien Bien Phu, the former military head office of the General De Castries and Dien Bien Phu’s Museum. After lunch, we return to hotel and free to explore town by your own until dinner. 

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Day
9
Dien Bien Phu – Muang Khua

Double check your passport before living Vietnam for Laos today. An early start transfers you to Tay Trang border. After we cross land border to Laos, meet our team and continue to discover this country, people and its cultures by bike on following days. From the border, we ride on 20 km smooth road downhill to Mong villages. Lunch is well- prepared in village before we get there. After lunch, the’ll will continue, there will 10 km on gentle road up and down before another 30 km on almost flat road, passing rice paddy fields to Nam Ou River to Muang Khua

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
10
Muang Khua – Park Dom - Oudomxai

Today we ride downhill through rubber tree plantation, teak tree plantation and jungle forest in the morning. In the afternoon, we will take an easy riding past beautiful rice fields, mountainous scenery by river.

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Breakfast/ lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
hilly- easy/ moderate
Day
11
Odomxai – Park Mong- Nong khiaw

To avoid many big hills, we will have a transfer to the top for moderate biking through jungle. Ride past villages of ethnic people, stop and find out where plenty of wild animals’ meat selling on roadside. Stop for lunch at Park Dom. From the fork/T-junction of Park Dom, the cycle route to Nong Kiaw is the best. With moderate hilly back roads, past local markets, rice terrace paddy fields and scenery along River bank and limestone mountains allows you challenge your biking all the way to the Cave by the stream. Then we cycle to hotel for a night in town

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
Day
12
Nongkhiaw - Park Mong – Luang Prabang

We start to ride from the top after an hour vehicle transfer from Nong Kiaw. We pedal on paved with kids riding bicycle to schools. Umbrellas are every popular used as they can be seen almost everywhere in Laos. Take time with your easy time on cycling on smooth road along river to Luang Prabang. Have a 20 km vehicle transfer to city centre to avoid traffic.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
Day
13
City tour by van/bus – Countryside bike tour in afternoon

We start in morning with a ferry to further of Mekong River, explore local life on dirty track, and bike into countryside’ village and have a transfer back to Luang Prabang for lucnh. Visit some highlight sites in city in the afternoon. 

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25km+
Hilly - easy
Day
14
Luang Prabang - fly home

Free to explore the town and spend your time on shopping until a transfer to airport for home. Tour End!

Breakfast

Tour details

Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
04
Large Group
14
What's included
Private A/C vehicle takes up all cyclists, luggage
Truck to carry all bikes
New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
12 nights: double room/ twin room
1 night on train to Lao Cai
English speaking guide throughout the tour
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Visa to Vietnam & Laos
Tips to bike guide and driver
Road Condition
Weather
Vehicles

Private Support Vehicles

2 to 4 riders in a group

There is only one A/C 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases and bikes. There are four rows of seating for passengers on A/C 16 seater van.Two people seat on each row. The third row is for luggage and suitcases. The last row of seat will be fold up so all bikes will be uploaded here.


 


 


A medium group tour: from 5 to 7 people

There will be 2 vehicles to support riders on entire trip. One 16 seater van to take up all riders, luggage & suitcases. Another truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, tool kits, ice box to keep cold drinks....


 


 



A large group tour: 8 to 14 people

One minibus to take up all riders including luggage & suitcases and one truck to carry all bikes, spare bikes, water, cold drinks and snacks...Ice box


 


 


Truck to carry bicycles



A group has more than 15 riders and more than 20 people

We provide 2 vans and 1 minibus and one truck to escort large groups of riders and help ensure their safety. Our pro guide will motivate a team with support vehicles to bring the best services to riders.


 

truck to carry bicycle on tour

 

minibus to support bicycle trip

27.5 Giant MTB bikes & Trek Hybrid Touring Bikes

1. There are 45 mtb bikes available in store and they are ready for all cycling tours

Pro Giant Mountain Bike - 650B/ 27.5" wheel size

27.5" Pro mountain bikes are use for off-road cycling; on dirt track and hilly single track narrow paths and also country back roads.

27.5" wheel size and MTB tires 27.5" x 1.95 is the best choice and suitable and good for challenge and technical mountain biking. 

1 - Good quality and lightweight Alloy MTB 27.5" frames 

2 - 27.5" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout

3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable for riding

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake

6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes

7 - 27.5" Alexrims disc brake rims - 32 holes

8 - Maxxis Cross Mark 27.5 x 1.95 - Good quality and suitable for both on road and off-road riding

9 - Soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team








2. There are 25 Trek hybrid mountain bikes available in our store.  Hybrid bike tires 700 x 38- Good choice for a long trip: Saigon to Hanoi and Hanoi to Saigon

Hybrid bikes are use for an off-road cycling through countryside, dirt track and but working on muddy road. Its really good for touring a long trip, it moves faster and easier. Hybrid bike gives you an easy to pedal uphills, smooth bicycle riding on quiet concrete paths and country back roads. The best choice to challenge mountain and serious hills

1 - Good quality and lightweight alloy hybrid frame

2 - 29" Rockshox XC30 , 100mm travel, manual lockout

3 - SR Gel saddle - Very soft and comfortable saddle

4 - Deore Shimano Group set

5 - Shimano hydraulic disc brake

6 - Shimano Deore hubs - 32 holes

7 - 29" Alexrims touring rims, disc brake - 32 holes

8 - Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 38 - Good quality and suitable for both off-road cycling and touring a long trip

9 - Soft grips

10 - FSA sealed bearing headset

11 - Cycle Track, massive MTB flat pedals with sealed bearings

12 - All bikes are well-maintained by Mr Van and his team



Guaranteed to depart

Currently, this tour have no schedule, yet.

Reviews

I have just completed my 3rd ride with Vietnam Backroads, having ridden from Hanoi to Saigon in 2012, Mekong Delta/Cambodia 2013 and now Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2014. The trips have been for 2 weeks and private tours with 12 to 15 friends from the South Coast, NSW, Australia. Van again organised an amazing ride for us. He goes out of his way to make sure our trips are memorable ones. I cannot speak highly enough of his professionalism. We are so impressed with our cycling holidays organised by Van that we will be back in 2015 for another memorable cycling trip

Leonie S Jambe…
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