biking vietnam tours

Hanoi Luangprabang touring bike 14 days

hochiminh_trails_highway_2012_2HANOI-LUANGPRABANG -TOURING CROSS BIKE

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS    

This tour combines some of the best parts of our Vietnam and Laos Tours. We start  in Hanoi and end of tour in Luang Prabang. Start the cycling tour with stop over homestay with Thai Minority people in Mai Chau and then on the way to Laos. The premier destination in North Vietnam, then cycling,we’ll ride through a land still untouched by the modern world. Continuing on. The subsequent exciting descent also offers outstanding sceneries through local tea plantations, tribal communities and vibrant countryside. We’ll cycle into the picturesque , through the surrounding hills of Moc Chau  .Leaving Vietnam , we’ll bike into Laos. Agrarian local life and untamed topography means that most of the population lives in bamboo huts that cling to the sides of scarred, limestone hillsides.  We’ll finish our bicycle trip in atmospheric Luang Prabang.

A true cycling expedition

Testimonials of this trip

Joe,

Merry Christmas also.   It’s been a week after I came back in Tokyo and just getting things settle after a long three weeks vacation .Just want to thank you that I have enjoyed every moment with you and the tour in Vietnam. I had a lot of fond memories and these will not be forgotten. It was a great trip and will see again soon

Jose Dec,2008

Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Pickup in airport transfer to Hotel, free time. Overnight in Hanoi.

laos2015Day 2: Hanoi –SongThao-Yen Bai (+-55km)

A ride down other side of the spectacular Red river side, plenty of timeto stop and take pictures of the local landscape. Arrive in SongThao, time for lunch before biking to Yen Bai.Overnight in YenBai. ( B,L)

Day 3: Yen Bai- Nghia Lo (+-65km)

A 70 km ride down other side of the spectacular Khe thang Valley provides plenty of timeto stop and take pictures of the local sights in tea hill, rice field . Arrive in Nghia Lo .Overnight in YenBai hotel.(B,L, )

Day 4:Nghia Lo – BacYen (+-90km)

We will cycle through undulating road before we finally end the day in Phu Yen. It sits on a mountain ridge overlooking the Red and Black River and is home to the Thai, Nung, H’mong, La Ha and Ma peoples. Overnight in Phu Yen .(B,L)

Day 5: BacYen- Moc Chau.

Breakfast in hotel and starting ride down to Mu Cang Chai – Tu Le through valleys of old growth forest, tea plantations and rice paddies. After 90 km we arrived Tu le . Overnight in Tu Le local Hotel (B,L)

Day 6: Moc Chau-Mai Chau (+-95km)

This is a scenic lightly traveled road to bustling Odomxai. Odomxai seems to be undergoing a renaissance. Lots of construction and activity in the town these days. They have an airport here also (with less than daily service). We stay at the nicest place in town. (B,L)

Day 7:Mai Chau- Naneo border( +-75km)

This morning, we make a run for the border by bus on National Highway 15 through Pu Luong and and Pu Ha Nature preserves to beat the 11:00AM border closing (about 70 miles). (B,L)

Day 8: Nameo border – Sam Neua ( +-105km)

After crossing into Laos, obtaining visas and meeting up with crew, begin riding on national route 217 , cycling uphill towards Vieng Xai on paved roads under some of the most picturesque karst scenery in Laos, passing hilltribe villages in the area, including Thai Dam, Thai Dang, Meuy, and Kmu. Picnic lunch en route.

hochiminh_trails_highway_2012After lunch, continued riding to Vieng Xai. After arrival, freshen up before driving outside of the town to explore a nearby network of hundreds of caves. The caves, both natural and artificial, were developed and used by Pathet Lao in Vieng Xai during the Vietnam 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. Then, onto Nouhak Cave, named for Nouhak Phoumsavang, who served as Lao PDR

Day 9:Sam Neua- Vieng Thiong (B,L )

After sunrise breakfast, departing for an epic day’s journey over the “Laotian Alps” to Vieng Thong, cycling over the massive 4,000+ foot Phou Lao and Phou Leuy mountain passes, where we’ll spy the 2,062 meter peak of Phou Leuy and 2,079 meter Phou Pan-Cnai in the distance. From Vieng Xai, we continue riding on national highway 6 to Nam Noen (64.5 miles and about 4,500 feet) of climbing. En route, pausing to explore Hing Tang (Suan Hin), a man-made formation of vertical stones that may be related to those on the Plain of Jars. At Nam Noen, we’ll turn northwest (right) on route 1 towards Vien Thong, a hilly 36 miles way. After arrival in Vien Thong, walking to nearby hot springs to soak worn legs before exploring the small town set on the Nam Khan River and largely inhabited by a collection of hill tribes particularly Hmong and “lowland” Lao. Before dinner, we’ll stroll to neaby hot springs to soak our legs. Overnight at simple guesthouse.

Day 10: Vieng Thiong- Nong khia

Our longest, most difficult day. Another early sunrise departure after breakfast (optional, but recommended van shuttle to ay least top of the first climb). National route No 1c between Vieng Thong and Nong Khiaw passes through beautiful scenery with lush green mountains, even in the drier season when we are passing through.

After departing Vien Thong, cycling on flats until reaching our first challenge, a 2,400 foot climb, before descending to a winding river valley road for about 12 miles until we reach our next climb of about 2,100 feet, plummeting down to Vieng Kham at mile 86 (at 1,200 feet elevation). After a third climb of 900 feet, the rest of the day is over the undulating hills on a paved, good-condition side road heading northwest to Nong Muang, a picturesque northern outpost being discovered by backpackers. (B,L)

laos cycling 2015Day 11; Nong kia- LuangPrabang

On to the historic and enchanting city of Luang Prabang. We follow the banks of the Mekong before entering the city proper. It’s also possible, with advance planning, to bike the 20k in the opposite direction to Nong Khiaw and then take a boat down the Nam Ou .River. This will take you right by the Pak Ou caves at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers. (B,L)

Day 12:LuangPrabang

Today is a rest day in Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is encircled by mountains and situated on the banks of the Mekong where it meets the Nam Khan river. There is a lot to see in this World Heritage Town: Temples, Monasteries, the Royal Palace and French Colonial Architecture as well as the beautiful falls outside of town. It’s worthwhile to get up and observe the monks collecting alms at 6 am (B,L)

Day 13: Luang Prabang

Free time in LuangPrabang. Overnight in hotel in LuangPrabang

Day 14: Luang Prabang departure:

Free time until transfer to airport for departure flight. (B)

Email us for details itinerary: info@bikingvietnam.com: bikingvietnam@mail.com

 

Tour Cost

Group Size  private tour  Group tour
Price/person 2,250USD   1,680 USD

Note: Prices are based per person, double occupancy, with a separate cost for solo travelers. If you are traveling in a group but prefer single accommodations, a single supplement fee applies. Triple accommodations are not available in many of the destinations we visit.

Best Time to go

From October to May,

 WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • English speaking local guide
  • Accommodations in hotels in Hanoi, home stays and  local hotel around trip as mention
  • Meals as mention with B= breakfast, L= Lunch, D= dinner
  • Sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Additional guides where necessary
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Basic medical

WHAT NOT

International airfare; meals not noted on itinerary; Vietnam visa; insurance other than basic medical ; optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff; excess baggage charges; international airport taxes; cost of medical immunizations; items of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Bike Hire

Trek4500, Giant Yukon  including in tour price in Vietnam, Trek 4300 in Laos,

Bikes suggest :  XC hardtail,  Cyclo-cross, Touring, 29er rigid

If you bring your bike please ensure that you bike is in good working order before you leave on tour. If you are not the most mechanically minded we suggest that you get your bike looked at by a professional bike mechanic. In particularly we would suggest looking and adjusting all wheel spokes, greasing all your bearings, checking your brakes/gears cable, tighten all nuts and bolts, check chain, quick release clamps, tires and put in new inner tubes and check wheel rims are not worn. In addition make sure the bike is well serviced and ride it with as much care and attention as possible.

Gears checklist

Total Distance

+- 750 km

Number of cycling days

9  full days and one half-day

Average Daily Distance:

+- 85km

Off Road

5%

Max. Altitude

1.700 metres

Road Surface

This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads. A lot of up hill with 10 to 12%  with  3 or 4 climb per day  You should be confident of your physical condition .

Support

One or two 15-seat air-conditioned transit vans converted to take bikes and bikers.

Group Size

Minimum 2. Maximum 12.

Staff

Groups of 6 or more  Vietnamese cycling guide and drivers and assistants. Groups of 4-5, an experienced English speaking Vietnamese cycling leader plus guide and support team.

Accommodation

1 night in 3 star hotel in  Hanoi. 8 nights in comfortable tourist class hotels, 3 nights in basic tourist class  hotels. All accommodation has a/c or fan, hot water and private facilities.

Food

All meals are included except lunch on day 1 , and lunches, dinners on Day 12, 13 .

Break every 15- 20 km ( 10 miles)  for tea break with water, coffee ,tea, juice, bread, tuna ,banana, apple… including: nutritional ( 3 Clif Bar MoJo energy bars /per day)

During the ” BikingVietnam.com”  the main meals are breakfast and the evening meal. Thus, breakfast should be large and substantial (and include cereals). We recommend that all participants should bring a supply of their favorite cereals as many of the hotels where we stay don’t yet have cereal on offer at breakfast.

For lunch (picnic) you will need to make sandwiches in the morning, and take some fruit. We recommend you also bring along some of your favorite energy bars.

The evening meal will be in a restaurant, and precooked by the Organizers. We will make sure there are always plenty of carbohydrates and protein on the menu.

Don’t forget adequate hydration is as important as a good meal and so you should make sure you carry enough water with you. In some stages there is no where to “top up” along the way. Follow your guides instructions for each stage. We recommend you use a hydration pack with at least 2l capacity, rather than water bottles. The water bottles don’t carry as much water, plus it will get warm during the day, they are not as hygienic and the water bottle cage can get in the way when you may have to carry your bike.

Hi Joe, Thank you for providing us with a memorable riding experience in Vietnam. Much appreciated. I know Dan and you took a couple of pictures on our tour. Do you have a face book page where you post these or are we able to get a copy? Thanks again
HANOI-LUANGPRABANG -TOURING CROSS BIKE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS     This tour combines some of the best parts of our Vietnam and Laos Tours. We start  in Hanoi and end of tour in Luang Prabang. Start the cycling tour with stop over homestay with Thai Minority people in Mai Chau and then on the way to Laos. The premier…