Chiang Mai Cycle to Luang Prabang – 11 Days


Chiang Mai Cycle to Luang Prabang  .This tour is a challenging journey through the remote hills of northern Thailand and Laos. Starting in the bustling and energetic Chiang Mai, we take dirt tracks north to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle before heading into Laos and down the mighty Mekong River to Luang Prabang. Traveling by boat as well as bicycle, this tour gives you a unique glimpse into rural Thailand and Laos

Day 1 : Bua Thong waterfalls to Mae Ngat Dam (L/D)
8:00 Am pickup from hotel in the morning, we transfer to start off at Buathong waterfall, called the sticky falls since you can walk up to the top. After that we start cycling through villages where time seems to be standing still. We stop at a local school and see the farmers working in rice paddies. Through a rolling landscape we reach the Mae Ngat Dam at the end of the afternoon where we take a long tail boat which takes us in half an hour to the center of the giant lake. We will overnight on floating bungalows. You can spend the evening relaxing, swimming, canoeing or fishing. Ride: 29 km.

Day 2: Around Chiang Dao  (B/L/D)
We take a transfer from our resort to the Chiang Dao Caves and the start of our ride. After a visit to the cave we’ll ride through rice fields set among soaring limestone cliffs. Our ride will be a mixture of dirt paths cut by local hill tribes and we may meet some local tribe peoples – Akha, Lisu and Palaung – from the area. The colorful Palaungs are recent migrants and you will see their women adorned with heavy brass waist-bands working the fields. Ride: 35 km

Day 3: Chiang Dao to Tha Ton (B/L/D)
After breakfast we transfer to Fang and the start of our ride. From here we ride the back roads through many small villages. The ride to Mae Salak follows the Mae Kok River and is one of the most scenic on the trip. We end the day’s pleasurable ride at the small town of Mae Salak and give you time to enjoy the well-situated resort. After enjoying the view over the river from your room, or having a dip in the pool, you’ll be entertained by local Lahu children who will come to the resort and perform traditional music and dance. Ride: 40 km

Day 4: Tha Ton to  Chiang Rai (B/L/-)
We ride to a hilltribe village where we take a a longtail boat towards Chiang Rai. Just before Chiang Rai we start to cycle and we will pass the Ruammit elephant camp and visit some hot springs. Then to the famous Wat Rong Khun where you stay in Chiang Rai.Ride: 60 km

Day 5 : Chiang Rai to Chiang Saen ( B / L / D)
After leaving Chiang Rai, you follow the Kok River in northern direction through fruit plantations and paddy fields. You also passing a rubber plantation, rarely seen in Northern Laos. Chiang Saen, the oldest urban settlement of Thailand and former capital of Lanna Kingdom, is nice located on the banks of the Mekong river. In the afternoon, you can visit the viewpoint in the heart of the Golden Triangle.
Over Night in hotel . Ride: 65 km

Day 6 : Chiang Saen to Chiang Khong ( B / L / D )

The first stage of today’s ride is easy going. With mountain backdrops, the road follows the Mekong river through picturesque hill tribe villages, tobacco and rice fields. The last 12 kilometers are more challenging with some steep but short ascents. The road joins the main road just before the entry to Chiang Khong: The border entry to Laos. This is the last night that you will stay overnight in Thailand on this tour. Over Night in hotel .Ride: 68 km

Day 7 : Boat to Pakbeng ( B / L / D )

This morning we board our slow boat for our journey to Pakbeng. The ride is slow and laid back passing spectacular scenery as you chug through the mountains of Udomxai Province to arrive at Pakbeng some 10 hours later. This journey gives a wonderful insight into how important the river is to the survival of the Laos people. Not only in people transportation but in irrigation, fishing, and the transportation of essentials to areas not covered by a reliable road system. Over Night in hotel .Ride: 0 km

Day 8 :  Pakbeng to Oudomxai ( B / L / D )

After a one hour transfer, we are cycling in very rural Lao. An area inhabited by hill tribe villages who eke a meagre existence from the land. Along the way you will pass villages of Phu Thai, Thai Lu, Hmong, Thaai Dam, Lao and Khamu. The people are very friendly and yet not tourist tired. We stop at weaving villages along the way, where you still see families sitting in the shade weaving on old looms. After cilimbing a 300 meter pass, a long descent bring you in Udomxai the capital of the Udomxai Province. Over Night in hotel . Ride: 70 km

Day 9 : Udomxai to Nong Kiaw ( B / L / D )
Back into the jungle stretches of this spectacular route, although hilly it soon gives way to gentler gradient and opens to magnificent scenery and a 30 km downhill ride to Pak Mong. This is a small supply depot town. This is one of the more difficult days of the trip, so either challenge yourself or take an enjoyable ride in the vehicle. Ride: 100 km

Day 10 : Nong Kiaw to Luang Prabang ( B / L )
In the morning, we start wit a short transfer to Pakmong. Today, we are cycling on flatter and better roads today will enable you to complete the longer distance to Luang Prabang. Only a few minor passed have to be climbed before you cycling along the banks of the Nam Ou river with stunning views on huge mountain ranges. The last stage, you cycling through teakwood plantations before arriving in Luang Prabang.
Over Night in guesthouse . Ride: 90 km

Day 11 : Luang Prabang – ride to Kuang Si Waterfalls ( B /  L )
An easy ride to the scenic Kuang Si Waterfalls along ethnic villages such as Hmong and Khmu. Enjoy a swim in the clear water basins of the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Overnight in a comfortable guest house. Ride: 50 km . End The Tour

Over Night in guesthouse .





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  • Transfers as mentioned above by private air conditioned car
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Accommodation in tour
  • Trek mountain bike and helmet
  • Meals as mentioned in program
  • Water , Snacks , Fruits for cycling day

Not Including

  • Beverages, guide tips and personal expenses
  • “Hall of Opium” museum entrance fees (optional visit, to be paid locally)
  • Compulsory Gala Dinner at hotels (only during festive periods)

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