Hanoi-LuangPrabang northern way gravel cycling 10 days

HANOI-LUANGPRABANG cycling Vietnam Lao in northern way gravel bike

This trip use gravel road bike or touring bike for cycling combines some of the best  mountain parts of Vietnam and Laos.

We start  in Hanoi and end of tour in Luang Prabang.


Take the overnight train to Lao Cai, near the Chinese border, and then on to Sapa . The premier destination in North Vietnam, then cycling  over 2,000 meter high Tram Ton Pass. we’ll ride through a land still untouched by the modern world. Continuing on, we’ll climb the region’s 1,750 m mountain pass into the land known by the local Hmong people as  Sin Ho. The subsequent exciting descent also offers outstanding sceneries through local tea plantations, tribal communities and vibrant countryside. We’ll cycle into the picturesque Na River gorge, through the surrounding hills of Lai Chau and into Dien Bien Phu.Leaving Dien Bien Phu, we’ll bike into Laos. We cross into Laos at Tay Trang, outside Dien Bien Phu. We bike through the remote Northeast of Laos before heading South at Odomxai. We stop in Luang Prabang, a Unesco World Heritage Site,  the tour ends in LuangPra bang

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Testimonials of this trip


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




night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai

Hanoi meeting: PM group meeting, Transfer to Hanoi railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai at 20:15. Overnight on train

Day1 :LaoCai-Sapa

Arrival Lao Cai at 6 AM,. Arrive in Lao Cai: after breakfast, transfer to Bat Xat ( 30 km )Back road riding to Sapa. Afternoon rest and free time for visiting Sapa. Overnight in Sapa . (B) Sapa hotel or homestay 2*

Day2 Sapa-Lai Chau:

Ride over Tram Ton Pass and downhill to  Tam Duong. (+- 80 km ) . Overnight in Lai Chau.(B)

3* Hotel

Day 3 :Lai Chau- Xin Ho( +-65km )

There are two hard climbs today the first starts after 1 km with a 11 km ascent but the second, and most challenging comes at the end of this stunning day, with an 25 km strength-sapping climb. All this hard work is easily forgotten as we finish the day with a stunning descend on a winding road into XinHo .Overnight in hotel in XinHo 2* hotel. (B)

Day 4: Xin Ho- MuongLay  ( +-75km)

Ride down to LaiChau We have a couple pretty big climbs and then follow the picturesque Nam Na river into Muang Say (aka “Old Lai Chau”). We stay at the hip Lan Anh Resort where there no doubt will be an active badminton game in the evening.  (B)  2* hotel

Day 5: Muong Lay-Dienbienphu

In 1954, the French Garrison at Dien Bien Phu was pinned down when the Vietnamese were able to do something thought impossible….carry heavy artillery into the mountains. When you ride in this area you will wonder yourself how they ever did it. The siege at Dien Bien Phu ended in a French surrender and marked the end of French Indochina. Little known is the fact that the US had developed a plan to aid the French by using tactical nuclear weapons at Dien Bien Phu. 105k – Rated 3.5. (B). 3* hotel

Day 6: DienBien Phu-Muong Khua

We depart Dien Bien and cross into Northeast Laos at Tay Tran. This is the least populated section of Laos. We continue on to Muang Khua on the banks of the Nam Ou river. (B)

Home stay

Day 7: Muang Khua to Odomxai   (+-95km)

Over night at the nicest place in town.(B)

Odomxai hotel : 2* hotel

Day 8: Udomxai- Pakmong

In the morning we will load our things into boats for a trip down the scenic Nam Ou River ( boat not including ).  We will pass places that are only accessible by boat and which do not  see many visitors.   At Nong Kiau we disembark and ride our bikes 37k to Pak Mong.  (B)  Pakmong Hotel 2*

Day9: PakMong-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 ( boat not including ). Luang Prabanghotel 2*

Day10:  Luang Prabang (B)

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Tour cost self guide :

Group Size  1 2-3
Price /person 1,980USD 1,490 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:  year around

Self-guide tour including :

  • Pick up car transfer luggage, bicycle, biker
  • Bicycle rental : Electric Specialized Tubo Tero  see the details of bike >>>
  • Hotel 3* x 5 nights , hostel x 4 nights with breakfast.
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