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18 DAYS - VIETNAM - LAOS CYCLING TOURS

Highlight:
18  Days – Hanoi – Luang Prabang Mountain - Phonsavan -Sam nuea - Vieng Xai - Na meo - Mai Chau bikes tours offers the opportunity to experience two stunning countries; Vietnam and Laos. In both countries, communities who have had very little contact with the western world will give you a warm respectful welcome.

 Our cycling tour starts in Hanoi, Vietnam's beautiful capital. Vietnam has the richest and most complex ethnic make-up in the whole of South-East Asia.  We set our way to North East Vietnam, cycling through breathtaking scenery in Nghia Lo forward to untouched  and remoted region of Yen Bai province. We mountain bike through villages of H'mong, Tay, Dao and Xa Pho minorities, whose markets and festivals add such colour and character to the cycle tour. Our bicycle holiday includes challenging cycling and a wonderful opportunity to experience the traditional and varied lifestyles in Vietnam and Laos.

 We travel through a landscape of amazing karstic rock formations, cycling past stilted houses with thatched roofs and mountains nestled between limestone outcrops. We cross into North Eastern Laos at Tay Trang, the least populated area of the country, from here we will bicycle on through tranquil scenery meeting very few fellow cyclists. Laos is a mountainous land-locked country, of outstanding beauty, and is known for the warmth and friendliness of the Laotian people. 

Our  Vietnam & Laos cycling holiday includes a visit to 
Luang Prabang,  UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. This ancient royal city, full of exquisite Buddhist Temples, where time seems to stand still, is a magical place to explore and relax. Our trip continues to Southeast. We will cycle on hilly road and admire mysterious plain of Jars.

Cycling on scenic road and rustic villages to Muang Kham and  Vieng Xai to visit and learn bout the history of Phathet Laos.
These huge caves were home to around twenty thousand Pathet Lao communist fighters during the secret war of Laos. This war, termed secret because the US was not supposed to be engaged in combat in neutral Laos, was all part of the larger geo-political events and changes of the sixties and seventies. While the communist forces were being bombarded from the air by the CIA funded Hmong Army, they used these caves as a refuge, complete with hospital, school and underground villages. we will say good bye our Laos’ Crew, check in Vietnam Border again and cycle to Phu Luong and Mai Chau Scenic Valley.

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Highlight: 18 Days – Hanoi – Luang Prabang Mountain bikes tours offers the opportunity to experience two stunning countries; Vietnam and Laos. In both countries, communities who have had very little contact with the western world will give you a warm respectful welcome.

 Our cycling tour starts in Hanoi, Vietnam's beautiful capital. Vietnam has the richest and most complex ethnic make-up in the whole of South-East Asia.  We set our way to North East Vietnam, cycling through breathtaking scenery in Nghia Lo forward to untouched  and remoted region of Yen Bai province. We mountain bike through villages of H'mong, Tay, Dao and Xa Pho minorities, whose markets and festivals add such colour and character to the cycle tour. Our bicycle holiday includes challenging cycling and a wonderful opportunity to experience the traditional and varied lifestyles in Vietnam and Laos.

 We travel through a landscape of amazing karstic rock formations, cycling past stilted houses with thatched roofs and mountains nestled between limestone outcrops. We cross into North Eastern Laos at Tay Trang, the least populated area of the country, from here we will bicycle on through tranquil scenery meeting very few fellow cyclists.

Laos is a mountainous land-locked country, of outstanding beauty, and is known for the warmth and friendliness of the Laotian people.  Our  Vietnam & Laos cycling holiday includes a visit to Luang Prabang,  UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.
This ancient royal city, full of exquisite Buddhist Temples, where time seems to stand still, is a magical place to explore and relax. Our trip continues to Southeast.
We will cycle on hilly road and admire mysterious plain of Jars. Cycling on scenic road and rustic villages to Muang Kham and  Vieng Xai to visit and learn bout the history of Phathet Laos.

These huge caves were home to around twenty thousand Pathet Lao communist fighters during the secret war of Laos. This war, termed secret because the US was not supposed to be engaged in combat in neutral Laos, was all part of the larger geo-political events and changes of the sixties and seventies.
While the communist forces were being bombarded from the air by the CIA funded Hmong Army, they used these caves as a refuge, complete with hospital, school and underground villages. we will say good bye our Laos’ Crew, check in Vietnam Border again and cycle to Phu Luong and Mai Chau Scenic Valley.

Day 1: Ha Noi – Nghia Lo

 Having hearty breakfast in hotel, leaving hustling and bustling city behind, we  set our way to Mid North Vietnam. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and magnificent limestone mountain ranges whilst we take shuttle bus from Thanh Son to Yen Bai. Upon arrival cycling point. Having enroute, after lunch meals, we  fix our bikes and commence cycling to Nghia Lo. Enjoy  undulating route lead to Van Tran and descending to Muong Lo rice field.  Cycling around the village to contemplate the scenic beauty and rustic village life of Thai Community. Arrival towards Nghia Lo Town, which is tucked away in a big, flat Muong Lo valley we have an easy biking then later on around the villages of Thai people and we’ll enjoy Mass Xoe dance performance & dinner in the stilt house at the hotel’s campus.

Summary
Activitiy: Transferring and Warm up Cycling
Accommodation:  Nghia Lo Hotel ***
Meals: B/L/D
Total distance: 55 Km
 
 

Day 2: Nghia Lo – Tu Le  - Mu Cang Chai

Get up early to join in coloreful hill tribe market in morning. Interact with local people to unnderstand their life. Having breakfast in Local restaurant. we gear up our pedal from Hotel to Tu Le. Today is amazing day for us as we cycle on tarmac road and mixed emotion road,
The first stage, we cycle on undulating road, passing local village and tea farms, rice terrace paddy field.
The second stage is harder and  more challenging whilst we cycle ascendingly to the pass then descending to Tu Le Town.  Upon arriving in Tu Le. Having lunch in local restaurant.  challenge  22 Km of  Khau Pass. Upon arriving on summit, the soft drink and fruits will be available for you. Then we hold on our depal to descend on scenic route lead to Mu Cang Chai. we will have nice cycling surround the village and seeing wonderful terrace rice field of Mu Cang Chai.

Summary
Activitiy: Cycling
Accommodation: Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 78  Km

Day 3: Mu Cang Chai – Son La

Enjoy tasty breakfast in Ecolodge, we kick off our bikes  from lovely place, look forward to amazing scenery and landscape today. Cycling through untouched region with colorful hill tribes villages and rice terrace paddy field.
We cycle on newly paved road and along river to observe two giant hydropower in North Vietnam. Have lunch enroute. After lunch, we continue our trip to Son La city

Summary:
Activities: Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
Accommodations: Muong Thanh Hotel****
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 87km

Day 4: Son La – Tuan Giao

Today is great day and challenging for all most riders.  We  will do conquer  and challenge one of the longest pass “Pa Din Pass” link between Son La and Tuan Giao with 32 km long ( 18km ascent, 14 km desent) Start from Hotel, we ride ascent 7 km out of Son La Town, then descent  new asphalt road, through stunning, rural scenery where limestone mountains rise out of the valley floor. We reach to Summit stop for refreshment, and photo moment . Checking the gear, brake before rolling down 12 km to Tuan Giao Town.

Summary:
Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
Accommodations: Hong Ky Hotel***
Meals:B/L/D
Cycling distance: 82km
 

 Day 5: Tuan Giao -  Dien Bien

Today contrast agaist previous day when we cycle  on undulating route and enjoy breathtaking scenery to Dien Bien phu.
Start from hotel, we gear up our bike to conquer short  pass before descending long long  hill to  Bung Lao. We start cycling on undulaing road lead to Muong Ang Town then challenge 8 km pass to Summit for picnic lunch. After lunch meals, we descendingly cycle to Dien Bien Phu city.
Summary

Activitiy: Cycling
Accommodation:  Muong Thanh Hotel****
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 78 Km

Day 6: Dien Bien  Phu – Muang Khuar ( Hello Laos – Bye VietNam)

Dien Bien Phu was the site of a decisive battle that led to a 56-day siege of the French garrison and consequential end of the French colonial occupation. On the  site of the battle there now stands Dien Bien Phu Museum were  old French tanks and artillery can be seen along with the re-building of the bunker headquarters of the French commander Colonel Christian de Castries. We’ll explore the city in half the morning and then cycle 20km (around 2 hours on the flat road to the foot of Tay Trang Pass). Enjoy picnic lunch and the final 10km is transferred to the border gate. After Laos visa procedure is completed, we will drive 2-3 hours to Muang Khua for overnight stay.
Summary

Activitiy: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Phong Padit G.H
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling  distance: 75 Km
 
 

Day 7: Muang Khua – Udomxai

After breakfast, we head east in direction to Udomxai province, you should be feeling refreshed, although it is a gradual downhill it is up hill in some places but do not worry it is not too steep. There are some excellent photo opportunities of the friendly Khmu tribe and their families. Lunch is prepared by our guide and helpers so we can find a nice spot for lunch stop by the stream. Today is a great day riding. 

Summary
Activitiy: Cycling
Accommodation: Charming Laos Hotel ***
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance :98 Km

Day 8: Udomxai – Pakmong – Nong Khiaw

Today is the hardest day but the best rides of the trip, we ride along Route 13 north, after 5 km from guesthouse the road starts to wind upwards and we start the first of a series of long climbs through high mountains but scenery is perfect. We are in the land of the Hmong (high Lander) who are known as originally live in high elevation in northern Laos, in former time they lived by growing opium. After long climb, we rest on the first peak for water, snacks and seasonal fruits. Then we continue the next 30 km to the second and the third peak for lunch stop, after lunch it is down, down and down as we descend 30 km into the valley, this is a last downhill. At the end of the descent, we arrive our destination at Pakmong, a village that marks the junction at where the road turns towards Luangprabang/. Then we take transfer 31 km to Nong Khiaw.

Summary
Activitiy: Cycling
Accommodation:  Phaxang Resort***/Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort****/ Mandala Ou Resort
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 120 Km

Day 9: Nongkhiaw  – Luang Prabang

After breakfast we ride along Route 13 north head to LuangPrabang, today is the longest day, the road is up and down hill but no big climb, it is easy ride. At kilometer 30 to LuangPrabang we turn from road 13 on dirt road toward the Mekong River at Pak Ou village and visit Buddha caves. Optional riding or driving the last 30 km to LuangPrabang

Summary
Activitiy: Cycling
Accommodation: The Sanctuary Hotel****
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 126 Km

Day 10:  Khuang Si waterfalls 1 day cycling

An easy ride to the scenic Khuang Si Waterfalls along ethnic villages such as Hmong and Khmu. At the falls, crystal water cascades into idyllic turquoise pools. Please bring a bathing suit if you would like to swim! Also take time to visit the nearby Sunbear Refuge to learn more about the poaching of these endangered creatures.

Summary
Activitiy: Cycling and Relaxing
Accommodation:  The Sanctuary Hotel****
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 55 Km

Day 11: Luang Prabang -  Phoukhoun

After a 2-hour transfer, we start cycling in Kiu Ka Cham. Through very scenic mountain landscape and authentic  hilltribe  villages, we are cycling on an altitude between 1000 and 1400 metres altitude.

Summary
Activitiy: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation:  Xala Phoukhuon Guesthouse
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 85 Km
 

Day 12: Phoukhoun -  Phonsavan

The total distance to Phonsavan is 130 kilometers. The first half of this stretch is mountainous. The second half is almost flat after arriving on the plain on an altitude of 1100 meters. This day, we are flexible which part of the day we will do on the bicycle.
Summary

Activitiy: Cycling  and Transferring
Accommodation:  Favanhmai Hotel****
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 86 Km

Day 13: Phonsavan -  Plain of the Jar

The Plain Of Jars is probably South East Asia’s most enigmatic tourist attraction. There are hundreds of huge stone jars scattered across several square miles. While most ancient Asian sites, such as the Angkor temples in Cambodia, have revealed many of their secrets, historians are still completely baffled as to where the jars came from, how old they are and what they signify. They are, in short, jars of a deeply spooky nature. We will visit the 2 most interesting sites by bicycle.
Summary

Activitiy: Cycling and visiting
Accommodation:  Favanhmai Hotel****
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 38Km

Day 14: Phonsavan -  Muang Kham

Today, we will have an easy ride on a mainly flat road over the high plains to Muang Kham. Through the high altitude, we will see huge pine trees, which is very unusual for the rest of Laos.

Summary
Activitiy: Cycling
Accommodation:  Hot spring G.H
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 58 Km

 

Day 15:  Muang Kham -  Sam Neua

We start with a 2.5 hours transfer to a mountain pass. Today, we are cycling up and down through thick forest between 1400 and 1600 metres. On the way, we visit Saleuy Waterfall and for a refreshing dive. After a long descent, we arrive in Sam Neua.

Summary
Activitiy: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation:  Chittavan Hotel **
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 85 km

Day 16: Sam Neua -  Vieng Xai- Na Meo ( say good bye Laos – Hello Vietnam team)

In the morning, we are cycling through a nice landscape to Vieng Xai, famous  for its caves. These huge caves were home to around twenty thousand Pathet Lao communist fighters during the secret war of Laos. This war, termed secret because the US was not supposed to be engaged in combat in neutral Laos, was all part of the larger geo-political events and changes of the sixties and seventies. While the communist forces were being bombarded from the air by the CIA funded Hmong Army, they used these caves as a refuge, complete with hospital, school and underground villages.Through a narrow valley, we are driving to the border, where you say goodbye to your Lao support team. Upon arriving check point, say good bye our Laos team, and checking in Viet Nam border at Na Meo.After completely processing customs declaration, we cycle  Quan Son township. Have dinner and stay overnight in Quan Son..

Summary
Activitiy: Cycling
Accommodation: Mien Tay Hotel**
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 136 Km

Day 17: Quan Son - Phu Luong

Have hearty brerakfast in Hotel, we commence our new cycling day from hotel, cycle 10 km on undulating route before ascendingly ride 4 km steep pass on slope. Tea and coffee will be available for us onthe to. After refueling energy, we roll down 25 km on sealed road, along the river and hillside to contemplate breathtaking scenery and lush bamboo forest. Upon arriving in Dong Tam Town, we have picnic lunch in local coffee shop.
After refreshment, we continue cycling ascendingly through Phu Luong Nature Rerserve to Ecohomestay.

Have dinner and stay overnight in Phu Luong.
Summary
Activitiy: Cycling and Transferring
Accommodation: Phu Luong Retreat***
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 64 Km
 

Day 18: Phu Luong Nature Reserve – Mai Chau - Hanoi

Experience the rural life of Mai Chau valley from the saddle of your bicycle. After breakfast we’ll take the cycling trip from the hotel. We cycle the back roads through quaint small villages where you can experience Mai Chau close-up including: bamboo factory, and village surrounding like Poom Coong or Lac village. After lunch we will drive back to Hanoi

Summary
Activitiy: Cycling
Accommodation:  The light Hotel****
Meals: B/L/D
Total Cycling distance: 45 Km
 
  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 ( 18breakfast, 18lunches, 18dinners)
  • A/C transfer/ and transporttion
  • 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
  • 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
  • Visa fee in Laos ( 35 USD per person upon arrival + 02 passport pictures )
  • 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, and Myanmar tour to your individual specifications.
 

Highlight:

18  Days – Hanoi – Luang Prabang Mountain - Phonsavan -Sam nuea - Vieng Xai - Na meo - Mai Chau bikes tours offers the opportunity to experience two stunning countries; Vietnam and Laos. In both countries, communities who have had very little contact with the western world will give you a warm respectful welcome.

 Our cycling tour starts in Hanoi, Vietnam's beautiful capital. Vietnam has the richest and most complex ethnic make-up in the whole of South -East Asia.  We set our way to North East Vietnam, cycling through breathtaking scenery in Nghia Lo forward to untouched  and remoted region of Yen Bai province. We mountain bike through villages of H'mong, Tay, Dao and Xa Pho minorities, whose markets and festivals add such colour and character to the cycle tour. Our bicycle holiday includes challenging cycling and a wonderful opportunity to experience the traditional and varied lifestyles in Vietnam and Laos.

 We travel through a landscape of amazing karstic rock formations, cycling past stilted houses with thatched roofs and mountains nestled between limestone outcrops. We cross into North Eastern Laos at Tay Trang, the least populated area of the country, from here we will bicycle on through tranquil scenery meeting very few fellow cyclists. Laos is a mountainous land-locked country, of outstanding beauty, and is known for the warmth and friendliness of the Laotian people. 

Our  Vietnam & Laos cycling holiday includes a visit to 
Luang Prabang,  UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. This ancient royal city, full of exquisite Buddhist Temples, where time seems to stand still, is a magical place to explore and relax. Our trip continues to Southeast. We will cycle on hilly road and admire mysterious plain of Jars. 

Cycling on scenic road and rustic villages to Muang Kham and  Vieng Xai to visit and learn bout the history of Phathet Laos. 
These huge caves were home to around twenty thousand Pathet Lao communist fighters during the secret war of Laos. This war, termed secret because the US was not supposed to be engaged in combat in neutral Laos, was all part of the larger geo-political events and changes of the sixties and seventies. While the communist forces were being bombarded from the air by the CIA funded Hmong Army, they used these caves as a refuge, complete with hospital, school and underground villages. we will say good bye our Laos’ Crew, check in Vietnam Border again and cycle to Phu Luong and Mai Chau Scenic Valley.

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