Luang Prabang Cycle To Saigon – 23 days

By: | October 15th, 2015 | 0 Comment

Tags:    

Luang Prabang Cycle To Saigon ,Cycling is one of the best ways to experience the diverse scenery and rural cultures of Southeast Asia, and this unique itinerary takes us through the heart of northern Laos and Vietnam, from serene Luang Prabang to bustling Saigon. From golden temples and saffron-robed monks to wartime history and grand colonial architecture, charming river cities and colourful markets to isolated villages and tranquil rivers, this incredible journey encompasses the natural beauty, vibrant cultures and relaxing pace that makes this region a favourite among travelers. We begin in the mellow World Heritage Listed city of Luang Prabang, where we’ll savour its temples, waterfalls and gentle pace on the banks of the Mekong River. From here we head to laid-back river village of Nong Khiew where we’ll take a boat ride up the Nam Ou River to our local village homestay. We’ll then begin our gradual cycle journey southern towards Saigon ( Ho Chi Minh city ) , through scenes of forested slopes, rolling hills and tiny villages. We’ll visit the intriguing Vieng Xai Caves before crossing over into Vietnam where we’ll explore the ethnic minority villages of the beautiful Mai Chau highlands

Day 1 : Luang Prabang Arrival ( D )

If you’re flying into Luang Prabang today you will be met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel. The day is at leisure to start exploring before our group trip briefing in the hotel lobby at 5pm, and in the evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, allowing us to sample local specialties and meet our fellow travelers. Overnight in Hotel: Luang Prabang.

Accommodation : Hotel 3*

Meals : Dinner

Cycling distance: None

Day 2 : Luang Prabang City Tour ( B , L )

After breakfast and being fit for our bikes we’ll head off on a guided bike ride of the city. It won’t take you long to see why Luang Prabang has earned itself a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List! Today we visit some of Luang Prabang’s most majestic temple-monasteries and shrines: Wat Visoun, That Makmo stupa, Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong. Here we’ll see multi-gabled roofs sweeping low to the ground, and other hallmark features of classical Laotian architecture. We’ll also visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays an excellent collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. We’ll then head to Mount Phousi where we’ll climb the 328 steps to the top for stunning panoramic views of over Luang Prabang and the Nam Kan and Mekong Rivers. Once we’re back in town the evening will be free at leisure. Luang Prabang has many excellent restaurants to choose from, and you might like to explore the locally handmade textiles, handicrafts and souvenirs at the bustling Night Market. Cycling distance: 10 km Overnight in Hotel; Luang Prabang.

Accommodation : Hotel 3*

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch

Cycling distance: 10 Km

Day 3 : Luang Prabang Cycle to Khuang Si Waterfalls ( B , L )

Today we cycle out of town to the stunning Khuang Si Waterfalls, where we can walk along forest paths and enjoy a swim in terraced turquoise pools fed by the waterfall. After cycling back to town, the afternoon will be free at leisure to relax or explore Luang Prabang. Cycling distance: 60 km Overnight in Hotel: Luang Prabang.

Accommodation : Hotel 3*

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch ,

Cycling distance: 70 Km

Day 4 : Cycling to Nong Khiew ( B , L , D )

This morning we check out of our hotel and begin cycling north out of Luang Prabang, making our way to the Pak Ou Caves, two natural caves set on the Mekong River that are filled with thousands of golden Buddha statues. We’ll continue northeast through rolling mountain scenery, stopping for lunch in the Khmu Leu village of Ban Huay Pene. We’ll then drive the remaining distance to Nong Khiew, the beautiful laid-back village on the banks of the Nam Ou River where we’ll be spending the night. Cycling distance: 35 km Overnight in Nong Khiew Guesthouse

Accommodation : Nong Khiew Guesthouse

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 35 Km

Day 5 : Nong Khiew Cycle To Ban Sop Jam ( B , L , D )

We now get to relax and enjoy the serene beauty of northern Laos, with no cycling or driving for the next two days. From Nong Khiew we’ll take a boat ride up the tranquil Nam Ou River to the scenic village of Ban Sop Jam. This tiny village is accessible only by river, and we’ll get to experience daily life in rural Laos with tonight’s homestay in the village headman’s home. Our accommodations in Ban Sop Jam are simple but comfortable (no showers or Western-style toilets). We’ll be able to bathe in the pretty Nam Ou River in the afternoon, after which we’ll get to sample Lao cuisine with a delicious organic dinner. Overnight in Ban Sop Jam.

Accommodation : Ban Sop Jam Guesthouse

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: None

Day 6 : Ban Sop Jam – Muang Ngoi ( B , L , D ) 

Today you enjoy a local breakfast and explore the surrounding village. You will likely be the object of curiosity for the village children. They only rarely get the chance to interact and play with westerners. A game of football is a great icebreaker for those physically up for it. Watch the village women weaving their ancient patterns on aged looms, or just relax on our balconies. Depending on the season, you will suggest other interesting activities to watch or participate in. Later we cruise downstream for 20 minutes to Muang Ngoi, check in and having lunch in Muang Ngoi. The afternoon is at leisure for discover this single street town and get acquainted with its local people. You can also walk or rent a bike to the cave Tham Kang or explore further to Ban Na Overnight in Muang Ngoi .

Accommodation : Guesthouse

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: None

Day 7 :Muang Ngoi – Vieng Kham ( B , L , D )

This morning we farewell the village and return by boat to Nong Khiew where we’ll pick up our bikes and begin our gradual journey eastward towards Vietnam. Today we take a leisurely ride through rural villages and lush green rice fields, passing farmers as they go about their daily work. The day from Nong Khiew to Vieng Kham is uphill from 355m to 1200m above sea level. The rest of the day is a more relaxing ride down hill Cycling distance: 55 km Overnight in Vieng Kham local basic guest house .

Accommodation : Guesthouse

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 55 Km

Day 8 : Vieng Kham – Vieng Thong ( B , L , D )

After breakfast we hop back on our bikes and continue our eastward journey. Today’s ride is a challenging one as we head up into the mountains to cover 3 peaks, but we are rewarded along the way with lush scenery as we pass the Nam Et Phou Louey National Protected Area. After today’s long ride we’ll really have earned the delicious Lao dinner and good night’s sleep that awaits us in Vieng Thong! Cycling distance: 60 km Overnight in Vieng Thong Guesthouse

Accommodation : Guesthouse

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 60 Km

Day 9 : Vieng Thong ride to Sam Neua ( B , L , D ) 

Today is the most challenging ride as we cycle through more mountainous terrain towards the provincial hub of Sam Neua. We’ll start out early today and cycle until mid-afternoon, before meeting our vehicle and driving the remainder of the way to our hotel in Sam Neua. Cycling distance: 30 km Overnight in Sam Neua Hotel .

Accommodation : Sam Neua Hotel

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 30 Km

Day 10 : Sam Neua – Vieng Xai ( B,L , D )

Today’s ride is much shorter to give us a well-earned rest day, and there is plenty to see and do in this scenic town. This morning after breakfast we’ll explore the quaint morning market along the Xam River, before cycling to the fascinating Vieng Xai cave city, an extensive network of caves set into limestone karst mountains that famously housed Lao military operations and tens of thousands of civilians during the Second Indochina War. We’ll take a guided tour of some of the caves and learn about the historical significance of the area. After lunch at a local restaurant we’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to relax in this charming town. Cycling distance: 20 km Overnight in Vieng Xai Guesthouse

Accommodation : Guesthouse

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 20 Km

Day 11 : Vieng Xai Cross Border – Quan Son ( Vietnam ) ( B , L , D )

Today we cycle on towards the Vietnam border, where we will be saying goodbye to our Lao guide. We’ll meet our Vietnamese guide who will take over from here, cycling with us throughout the Vietnam section of the journey to ensure the best local knowledge for our group. Tonight we stay in a small Vietnamese border town. Cycling distance: 59 km Overnight: Quan Son Guesthouse.

Accommodation : Guesthouse

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 59 Km

Day 12: Quan Son -Mai Chau ( B ,L , D )
Today after breakfast, you take a transfer to Dong Tam town and start your cycling in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. En-route you will have plenty of opportunities to catch the activities of locals working in the fields or their normal daily activities. Stop at any places interest you to capture nice photos or chat with friendly peoples. Arrive Mai Chau in late afternoon, free to relax and enjoy time at your own pace. Overnight in Mai Chau Cycle Distance approx 75kms

Accommodation : Home – Stay

Meals : Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance :75 Km

Day 13 : Mai Chau – Cam Thuy ( B , L , D )

Breakfast in Thai village house before setting off along a spectacularly beautiful river valley towards Hoi Xuan along an undulating tarmac road. The road follows the flow of River Song Ma. This is an old supply route of the HCM Trail that fed the main trail with ammunitions during the American War with Vietnam.. just passing scenes of local village life and rice paddies. ( If time permit we will visit spirit fish stream in Cam Thuy – Thanh hoa province ) .Dinner at the hotel .

Accommodation : Thanh Nhan hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 80 Km

Day 14 : Cam Thuy -Ngoc Lac – Thai Hoa ( B , L , D )
An early morning start to beat the heat of the day. The route takes us away from the river and appears to contour through the same range of mountains that stretch from Cam Thuy to Thai Hoa on Ho Chi Minh trails . The road gets more beautiful the closer you ride to Ngoc Lac with looming karst limestone cliffs and lush vegetation. The route is tarmac all the way, but quite hard riding due to the undulating terrain. We ride for the first time on the newly built two lane Ho Chi Minh Highway. It hardly warrants two lanes as there is no traffic! The road makes for smooth fast riding, and for those who prefer there is always the old highway dirt and gravel – that weaves around the new highway allowing for plenty of exploring possibilities along the way. Ride to Muc Son, on the banks of River Song Chu. On the outskirts of this small town are the famous Kan Linh historical relics – a pagoda where the first king of the Ly dynasty, Le Thai To, ruled, in 1428. Continue riding on the trail to Yen Cat. The distance covered today is quite long and there will be the chance to transfer some sections by the back-up vehicle to rest weary legs.There are fewer villages today as the route cuts through forests and jungle. Picnic lunch en route. Overnight Thai Hoa guesthouse. 80+ km.

Accommodation : Thai Hoa guest house

Meals : Breakfast ,Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 80 Km

Day 15 : Thai Hoa-Nghe An ( B , L , D )
Continue riding the incredible Ho Chi Minh Trail. Have lunch in Lat town. In Kim Lean visit the famous museum and birthplace of Ho Chi Minh in 1890. This province has a reputation for producing charismatic revolutionary leaders; not only Ho Chi Minh but also Phan Boi Chau – another fervent anti colonialist -was born here. Overnight in Nghe An Town. 100 km.

Accommodation : Hoa Phuong Do Hotel

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 80 Km

Day 16 : Nghe An- Phong Nha National Park ( B , L , D )
From Nghe An to Huong Khe the mountains rise and the road winds up, down and along the hillsides. The scenery is spectacular, the road tranquil. Ride up to 80km then transfer the last few km to Phong Nha National Park. The park contains one of the most spectacular caves in Vietnam, It is a true speleological wonder. Visit the cave by boat then wander through the cavern, past the foundations of ancient Cham ruins. Pause to admire the incredible formation of stalactites and stalagmites. Formed approximately 250 million years ago Phong Nha was used as a hospital and ammunition depot during the war, the entrance still showing evidence of fighter aircraft attacks. There are community projects underway with Flora and Fauna International and it may be possible to visit village initiatives and learn more about the forests of the National Park. Overnight at the National Park. 70 km.

Accommodation : Song Son Hotel

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 70 Km

Day 17 : Phong Nha National Park-Hue ( B , L )
Explore Phong Nha Cave in the early morning. Continue riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail across the DMZ  (better known as the 17th Parallel,) to Cam Lo. The road is now quite flat and makes for good cruising! Stop en route to visit Truong Son Cemetary, a memorial to the tens of thousands of North Vietnamese soldiers who were killed in the Truong Son Mountains along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.  Fourteen miles further on is the town of Cam Lo – the Trail here intersects a strategic feeder road (H9) from Dong Ha and at this junction part of  the Ho Chi Minh Trail heads across country into Laos. We finish our exploration of the Ho Chi Minh trail here. This is where we end the cycling section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Transfer to Hue visiting war relics en route. Overnight Hotel in Hue. 60 km.

Accommodation : Hue DMZ Hotel

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch

Cycling distance : 60 Km

Day 18 : Hue – Hoi An (135 km) ( B , L )
Hue was the capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty of emperors from 1802 till 1945. In the morning cycle to the elaborate mausoleums of Emperor Tu Duc and Khai Dinh along the banks of the Perfume River . Leave Hue in the afternoon for the ancient trading port of Hoi An 120km to the south via the spectacular Pass of Ocean Clouds . Arrive in Hoi An late afternoon and transfer to hotel. Visit Hoi An’s historic town centre or perhaps cycle to Cua Dai Beach 5km away. Explore dinner by your own . Overnight in Hoi An.

Accommodation : Thien Trung Hotel

Meals : Breakfast ,Break , Lunch

Cycling distance : 60 Km

Day 19 : Hoi An – Qui Nhon (280 km) ( B , L , D )
Leave Hoi An after breakfast and cycle to the sacred Marble Mountains where caves contain dozens of Buddhist shrines. Stop off at Da Nang to visit the famous China Beach , once a ‘rest and recreation’ resort for American servicemen.Down Highway One to Qui Nhon. Travel by bus and bike as the scenic highway follows the coast southwards. Transfer to hotel on arrival in Qui Nhon. Overnight in Qui Nhon.

Accommodation : Quy Nhon Hotel

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance: 50 Km

Day 20: Qui Nhon – Nha Trang (240 km) ( B , L )
Continue down Highway one by bus and bike to Vietnam ‘s premier beach destination, Nha Trang.,Cycling around Nha Trang to visit the 9th century Po Nagar Cham Towers, Long Son Pagoda with its enormous Buddha statue and the interesting Dam Market. It’s time for swimming on beach . Overnight in Nha Trang.

Accommodation : Quoc Te Hotel

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch

Cycling distance: 60 Km

Day 21 : Nha Trang – Phan Thiet – Mui Be beach (250 km) ( B , L , D )
Leave after breakfast by bus and bike for Phan Thiet breaking the 250km journey at Phan Rang to visit the spectacular Po Klong Garai Cham Temple. The landscape between Phan Rang and Phan Thiet changes to an arid semi-desert with sandy soil and prickly pear cactus. In Phan Thiet turn off to the Mui Ne Peninsula with its sandy white beaches and swaying coconut palms. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

Accommodation : Hon Rom 1 Beach Resort

Meals : Breakfast , Break , Lunch , Dinner

Cycling distance : 65 Km

Day 22 : Mui Be beach – Beach relaxing ( B )
Breakfast all day on sandy white beaches , swimming and swaying coconut palms. Overnight in Mui Ne .

Accommodation : Hon Rom 1 Beach Resort

Meals : Breakfast

Cycling distance : None

Day 23 : Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City (200 km) ( B , L )
Early swimming and breakfast , check out hotel and today last cycling day from hotel and passing through dense rubber plantations before reaching Bien Hoa and the outer suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City . Transfer to hotel on arrival. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City .Say good bye your team and
End The Tour in Saigon Hotel .

 

Tour price : Contact Us

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

January : 1st  – 23rd

February :

March : 1st  – 23rd

April :  1st  – 23rd

May :

June :

July : 1st  – 23rd ( Reduce 5 % )

August :

September : 1st  – 23rd

October:

November : 1st  – 23rd

December : 1st  – 23rd

Full Name (*)

Your Email (*):

Tel (*) :

Address (*):

Nationality (*)

Number of traveler (*):

Children (0 to 12 years old):

Starting Date (*)

Ending Date (*)

Payment Method (*)

Your Message


captcha

About Indochina Bike Tours

Luang Prabang Cycle To Saigon – 23 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.