Chieng Mai Biking To Luang Prabang and Hanoi – 19 Days

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Chiang Mai Cycling to Hanoi .Connecting the two magical cities of Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang, Hanoi this journey starts in the northern part of Thailand, a mountainous region bordering Burma and Laos, punctuated by the mighty Mekong River. The area has been baptised the “Golden Triangle” with a history as colourful as the people that inhabit it. Cycling though the Northern of Vietnam to Sapa beautiful mountain to Hanoi Capital .

Day 1 :Chieng Mai Arrival and eary ride ( D )

Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai is the starting point of this adventurous tour. The tour starts leisurely with a ride along the Ping River and heads to the handicraft centre at Ban Tawai for some shopping.

Day 2 : Chieng Mai – Chiang Dao ( B , L )

Today is a treat for mountain bikers as the trail winds from rice fields set among soaring limestone cliffs through villages of local hill tribes. After lunch at a Forestry Camp the riding continues along serene mountain trails

Day 3 : Chiang Dao – Thaton ( B , L )

Cycling on back roads through many small villages you’ll see how the locals live and work. The afternoon ride is one of the most scenic on the trip and a real pleasure to cycle. The day is topped of with a stay at a beautiful resort with a splendid view of the Mae Kok River.

Day 4 : Thaton – Chieng Rai ( B , L )

Ride straight from the resort to a Jakhu village before hopping onto a boat for a leisurely cruise down the Mae Kok river. The afternoon riding is off road, with beautiful views of the river, before the surface switches to tarmac for our final push into Chiang Rai.

Day 5 : Chieng Rai – Chieng Khong ( B , L )

Though today’s riding is picturesque, through rice fields dotted with limestone karst mountains, on good road surfaces, the highlight will be the lovely lodge we’ll spend the night at. Set right in the middle of a Hmong village you’ll be able to mingle with villagers and have tea with the shaman.

Day 6 : Chieng Khong Boat To PaK Beng ( Laos ) ( B , L )

Today we leave Thailand behind, cross to Laos and spend our day relaxing on the Mekong River. We have a private boat so we can stop when we want to visit some riverside villages along the way.

Day 7 : PaK Beng – Muong Beng ( B , L )

Be prepared for an epic day of challenging riding on a broken track along the Beng river, through pretty Lao villages and unforgettable mountain and jungle scenery. Cycling through rural Laos, you’ll have to make way for all types of colourful vehicles and livestock.

Day 8 : Muong Beng – Odom xai ( B , L )

We are now in the central highlands, and there are some spectacular views across the rugged mountain landscape. We cycle through Hmong villages few people will ever visit and through some of the region’s last remaining rainforest.

Day 9 : Odom xai – Nong Khiaw ( B , L )

A day to relax those overworked legs and enjoy the balcony of your riverside room or take a leisurely stroll around the small rustic town of Nong Kiau.

Day 10 : Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang ( B , L )

A river journey between limestone cliffs on the Nam Ou river starts the day. Disembark at Pak Ou and visit the famous caves which are crammed with sacred Buddha images. Time to get back on the bicycles and a scenic ride to oneof Asia’s most picturesque towns, Luang Prabang.

Day 11 : Luang Prabang – City Tour And Cycling To Water Falls ( B ,L )

Visit Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa, That Makmo, stylistically more Srilankalese than Lao. Then walk to the nearby Vat Aham, which is one of the city’s major tutelary shrines. Climb Vat Phousi hill for an outstanding view over the city. Continue to visit Vat Sene and Vat Xieng Thong, considered as the most beautiful temple. Next, drive to visit Ban Phanom, a weaving village populated by Thai Lu. After lunch at Un Petit Nid Restaurant, visit the National Museum (former King’s Palace) displaying a collection of personal artifacts of the Royal Family. Lunch at the restaunrant , Then stroll through the lively Central Market where the ethnic minorities of the surroundings come daily to trade their goods. Drive to Ban Xang Khong village to see how traditional Sa paper is made. View the sunset from the banks of the Mekong River. Afternoon An easy ride to the scenic Kuang Si Waterfalls along ethnic villages such as Hmong an Khmu. Enjoy a swim in the clear water basins of the Kuang Si Waterfalls .Transfer bacck to Luang Prabang .

Summary

Cycling : 60 km

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch

Accommodation: Sanctuary Hotel

Day 12: Luang Prabang to Pak Mong ( B , L )

Today is the longest and the most rewarding day of cycling, we will be treated to our first glimpse of karst rock formations rising boldly out of the landscape. We will be riding on good, mainly flat roads. After 82km you can choose to take a boat into Pak Mong, stopping to visit the holy caves of Pak Ou, (optional extra) or cycle all the way to beautiful Pak Mong encircled by mountains and situated on the banks of the Mekong where it meets the Nam Khan River the peaceful surroundings and the people.

Accommodation: Hotel
Cycling distance: 112km or 82km

Day 13 : Pak Mong To Muong Khoa ( B , L )

This morning the bikes 30km and will be transferred to Nong Khaiaw whilst we take a glorious boat trip along the Nam Ou river. The scenery is breathtaking as we journey past mountains and caves and cycling to Muong Khoa .

Accommodation: Guest house
Cycling distance: 30km

Day 14 : Muong Khoa to  Dien Bien Phu ( B , L, D )
Continuing on the dirt road, you will cross the border to Vietnam. After the border crossing, asphalt is coming back and it goes mostly downhill, before you will arrive in the valley of Dien Bien Phu. The city is well known throughout the world as a battle field in the first Indochina War, where the French found their Waterloo. The city is located in the Muong Thanh Valley, famous for its tasty rice and Thai minority traditional dance. Cycling to visit War Museum . Dinner in resort .

Summary

Cycling : 45 km

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation: Him Lam Resort & Hotel

Day 15 : Dien Bien Phu – Muong Lay ( B , L , D )
After breakfast we will start to visit French Blockhoude , Take a brutal ride this day to Old Lai Chau  and get a reward of truly spectacular views. On the way we will have interesting stops to visit H’mong and Dzao villages.The ride is on the main road, uphill and tarmac downhill, mixed of gravel and hard pack clay. Visit some minority people on the way . Overnight in Muong Lay .

Summary

Cycling : 85 km

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation: Hoa Binh Hotel .

Day 16 :Muong Lay – Lai Chau ( B , L , D )
After breakfast we will start long day cycling along the river. On the way we will have interesting stops to visit H’mong and Dzao villages. Lunch on the way . ride along stunning gorges and Nam Na River. On the way we will have interesting stops to visit H’mong and Dzao villages. Lunch on the way . We would reach Lai Chau around 5.00 pm. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Hotel .

Summary

Cycling : 80 km

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Accommodation:  Muong Thanh Hotel

Day 17  : Lai Chau Ascend to Sapa ( B ,L )
The ride today is the highlight of the whole trip. Climbing the highest pass in Vietnam, the Tram Ton Pass. Lunch in local restaurant en route. We will reach Sapa in the noon time. Sapa is the former hill station for the French colonists hundred years ago. Today Sapa is the paradise for trekking lovers thank to its beautiful trekking routes, stunning terraces, colorful minority groups and the highest mountain in Indochina, the Mt. Fansipang. and overnight in Sapa.

Note: The weekend market (Sunday market) in Tam Duong is very interesting with lots of colorful ethnic minorities. If this day is Sunday the market will be included in the program and we would reach Sapa around 3pm.

Summary

Cycling : 75 km

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch

Accommodation: London Sapa Hotel

Day 18 : Sapa Cycling to Villages ( B )

Breakfast in the hotel. We will ride downhill to Muong Hoa valley ( Lao Chai and Ta Van villages ) . Today we enjoy the most beautiful  route in Vietnam. We will cycling on dirt path through pine forest, terraces and H’mong villages. En route we stop to visit minority villages, schools and we cycling back to Sapa. Lunch and Dinner free to explore local restaurant in Sapa .

Summary

Cycling : 22 km

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: London Sapa Hotel

Day 19 : Sapa downhill to Hanoi ( B ,L )

Breakfast in the hotel. Starting long downhill from your hotel to Lao Cai city with so beautiful view on the way to stop for photos. Arrival Lao Cai city and loading bikes to the Van to transfer via new hightway to Hanoi .arrival in Hanoi around 4 PM . End The Tour

Summary

Cycling : 35 km downhill

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch

Accommodation: Mayde Villa Hotel

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Tour Price : Contact Us

Departure : 5th January – 5th March – 5th August – 5th October – 5th November

 

Tour Inclusive :

– Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy at hotel, guesthouse and Home stay.etc…
– Meals as indicated in program,
B=Breakfast , L=Lunches ,D=Dinner
– Professional English speaking guide cum biking
– Support van or bus , truck for group
– Boat trip mention in itinerary
– Pump, bike tools, spares tubes, Spare bike , Helmet ,Mountain Bicycle
– Cold water box, small fresh towel ,snacks and fruits
– All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
– Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees


Tour Exclusive

Visa stamping fee
– Travel assurance
– Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
– Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
– Tips and gratuities
– Personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.
– International air tickets and airport departure taxes
– Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
– Optional excursions

Special offers :
– Mineral water drinking.
– Seasonal fruits.
– Snacks
– Fresh tissue and some fruits while touring !

What to bring :
Sun Block , Wide brim hat, Camera + Film, Comfortable shoes, Rain Gear , Warm clothes in winter, Original

  
 
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Chieng Mai Biking To Luang Prabang and Hanoi – 19 Days
Indochina Bike Tours was first established in 1994, we have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to cycle with a wealth of great people from all over the world. They have come to experience and see Southeast Asia in a truly remarkable way – by bicycle.

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