Hanoi-LuangPrabang mountain bike

laosHANOI-LUANGPRABANG MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR    

This trip use mountain bike front suspension biking combines some of the best  mountain parts of Vietnam and Laos. We start  in Hanoi and end of tour in Luang Prabang.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS    

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 Tran, 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

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

night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai

Hanoi meeting: PM group meeting , dinner,  Transfer to Hanoi railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai at 20:15. O/N on the train.(D)

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,L,D)

Sapa hotel

Day2 Sapa-TamDuong (new Lai Chau ):

Ride over Tram Ton Pass and downhill to  Tam Duong. (+- 80 km ) . Overnight in Tam duong.(B,L,D)

Muong Thanh Hotel

Day 3 :TamDuong- 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. (B,L,D)

Xin Ho hotel

Day 4: Xin Ho- Laichau ( 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. 106k – Rated 2.7 (B,L,D)  Lan Anh hotel

Day 5: Muong Lay-LaiChau-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,L,D)

HimLam 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. 103k – Rated 4.3. (B,L,D)

Home stay

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

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

Odomxai hotel

Day 8: Udomxai- Pakmong

In the morning we will load our things into boats for a trip down the scenic Nam Ou River.  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,L,D)

Pakmong Hotel

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. 108k – Rated 2.1

Nam Oui hotel

Day10:  Transfer to airport for departure flight. (B)

Tour Cost

Group Size  private tour from 2 people  Group tour
Price/person joe@bikingvietnam.com joe@bikingvietnam.com

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, 

 (Guaranteed to run)

 WHAT’S INCLUDED IN HANOI LUANG PRABANG CYCLING

  • 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,  Cycle-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.

 
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