Cycling Adventure from Ha Noi to Luang Prabang

Overview

Price from
USD $2650.00 2650.00
Tour code
VBT: MCT14A - HAN - LPQ
Number Of cycling days
11 days
Single supplement
325.00$
Average distance per day
45km
Bike Hire
US$110
Total cycling distance
540km

Full Itinerary

Bike map Vietnam to Laos
Day
1
Sleep a night on train from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Our team will will meet you at your hotels and make a brief and dine with our guide before you board on train. Stay a night on A/C cabinet to Lao Cai. It takes a round 9 night hours

Dinner
Violette Express Train
Day
2
Lao Cai - Sapa

The train arrives at the station of Lao Cai at 5:30 am. Our team’ll arrange your breakfast at local restaurant, then a transfer on windy road uphill to Sapa town. Check in and relax until your cycle riding starting from the hotel at 1:00 pm. Ride on the hilly back roads to Dao villages, past rice terrace paddy fields. We will ride on a dirty track to Ta Phin, stop at Ethnic at village’ market to chit chat with Red Dao. Ride to the high roads for a transfer back to Sapa.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
35km
Hilly - moderate
Day
3
Sapa – Ta Vang - Lao Chay – Home-stay

On your cycling adventure today, you could smell and taste the real life as you cycling on hilly track through particular mountainous scenery, villages and markets on the way to home-stay where we stay tonight. From the hotel, we ride down hill on beautiful back roads with particular scenery along the country roads. We turn right on concrete path to downhill, past the home of Dao before we cross a river to continue our biking to local market of Ethnic people. Stopping and walking around this market and have some photos taken before we bike through rice fields to Tay villages for lunch. In the afternoon, we continue cycling into the home of Red Dao people and stay a night at luxury home-stay by stream

Home-stay
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly - moderate/hard
Day
4
Nam Cang - Sin Chai - Ban Ho – Sapa

Bike routes are imaging today. They are mixed; single track, dirt country road through hills, mountains and valleys. We ride on hilly path along mountain areas through some villages of Tay Ethnic, passing some schools located by hills, remote villages and headquarter of local government. This morning ride gives opportunities to enjoy scenery on valley along the mountain ranges, streams and country back roads. You’ll meet different Ethnic people with colourful customs and having photo taken with them cannot be missed. Then we follow a trail to explore remote area, corn paddy, and many valleys of rice terrace, some young jungles forest, and waterfall. Lunch en route at the home of Tay Ethnic before the afternoon biking to Ban Ho. Today ride is end up here for a transfer back to Sapa.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 50km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/hard
Day
5
Sapa - Tan Uyen – Than Uyen

On your bike ride adventure today is almost all downhill ride from Haven gate to Binh Lu, Tan Uyen and Than Uyen. To avoid pedal up to the Heaven Pass, we’ll have van/bus transfer to its peak. Then we enjoy easy ride bicycling downhill’s on rolling mountain ranges to Binh Lu, then we turn left on to small path, ride rolling hill through villages; see buffaloes on farming land, ride pass many lakes, stopping at family furniture workshop, tiny markets of Ethnic people on back road. Top for lunch in small town before the afternoon ride continue. The easy on flat land and down hills ride passing corn fields, tea and rubber plantations to Than Uyen.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/moderate
Day
6
Than Uyen – Quynh Nhai

Most gentle back roads on your cycling adventure today are almost windy and thoroughly mountain ranges, love lake, beautiful rivers and jungle area of Son La province. Check out of hotel after your breakfast for a short transfer by vehicles. The ride will begin at the peak, downhill back roads allow to take time admire breath-taking views, limestone mountain scenery as we ride on new bridge and keep cycling onward to Quynh Nhai.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 75km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
Day
7
Quynh Nhai –Tuan Giao – Dien Bien Phu

It is not really quiet along way but there some big hills so you are really need some transfer to the peak/top as to save energy to enjoy easy ride downhill’s with best scenery. Ride pass farm land, see buffalos, cows and experience local’ daily life the Tuan Giao then enjoy lovely rice terraces, windy river along the road to Dien Bien Phu.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
8
Visit the base of Dien Bien Phu

Spend ½ day tour to visit A1 hill, cemetery of Dien Bien Phu, the former military head office of the General De Castries and Dien Bien Phu’s Museum. After lunch, we return to hotel and free to explore town by your own until dinner. 

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Day
9
Dien Bien Phu – Muang Khua

Double check your passport before living Vietnam for Laos today. An early start transfers you to Tay Trang border. After we cross land border to Laos, meet our team and continue to discover this country, people and its cultures by bike on following days. From the border, we ride on 20 km smooth road downhill to Mong villages. Lunch is well- prepared in village before we get there. After lunch, the’ll will continue, there will 10 km on gentle road up and down before another 30 km on almost flat road, passing rice paddy fields to Nam Ou River to Muang Khua

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 60km
Hilly - easy/ moderate/ hard
Day
10
Muang Khua – Park Dom - Oudomxai

Today we ride downhill through rubber tree plantation, teak tree plantation and jungle forest in the morning. In the afternoon, we will take an easy riding past beautiful rice fields, mountainous scenery by river.

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Breakfast/ lunch/ Dinner
30 - 80km
hilly- easy/ moderate
Day
11
Odomxai – Park Mong- Nong khiaw

To avoid many big hills, we will have a transfer to the top for moderate biking through jungle. Ride past villages of ethnic people, stop and find out where plenty of wild animals’ meat selling on roadside. Stop for lunch at Park Dom. From the fork/T-junction of Park Dom, the cycle route to Nong Kiaw is the best. With moderate hilly back roads, past local markets, rice terrace paddy fields and scenery along River bank and limestone mountains allows you challenge your biking all the way to the Cave by the stream. Then we cycle to hotel for a night in town

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
Day
12
Nongkhiaw - Park Mong – Luang Prabang

We start to ride from the top after an hour vehicle transfer from Nong Kiaw. We pedal on paved with kids riding bicycle to schools. Umbrellas are every popular used as they can be seen almost everywhere in Laos. Take time with your easy time on cycling on smooth road along river to Luang Prabang. Have a 20 km vehicle transfer to city centre to avoid traffic.

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25 - 80km
Hilly - easy/moderate/ hard
Day
13
City tour by van/bus – Countryside bike tour in afternoon

We start in morning with a ferry to further of Mekong River, explore local life on dirty track, and bike into countryside’ village and have a transfer back to Luang Prabang for lucnh. Visit some highlight sites in city in the afternoon. 

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Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
25km+
Hilly - easy
Day
14
Luang Prabang - fly home

Free to explore the town and spend your time on shopping until a transfer to airport for home. Tour End!

Breakfast

Tour details

Destination
Ages to ride
18 years old
Tour meets
Tour ends
Small group
02 - 04
Large Group
05 - 14
What's included
Private vehicles
New Giant MTB, wheel size: 27.5" hydraulic brake
Helmets, new bottles of water
All entrance fees, ferry tickets in countryside
Daily cold water, snack, fresh fruits, facial tissues
12 nights: double room & twin share
1 night on train to Lao Cai
Experienced English Speaking bike guides
Pick up/ drop off at hotels
What's not included
Personal travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Drinks are not included with any meal
Tips to bike guide and driver
Road Condition

We select the best paths, single track and country back roads for our cycling tours. Mostly, routes are paths, single track that are too small for vehicles. Country back roads are less traffic which A/C van could support riders. Vietnam Backroads offers fascinating cycling tours to discover this diverse country. Bicycle touring from the capital of Ha Noi or Ho Chi Minh City to central coastal provinces and west Chi Minh trails along mountain ranges are our top bike tours in Vietnam. Its the best way to meet locals, to enjoy breathtaking views and to receive an extremely warm welcome from the hospitable locals. You will travel through colourful fishing villages, green rice paddy fields, across mountain ranges and through the jungle, ride rolling hills and pedal up the the peak of Ha Van Pass. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long and exlpore Hue Citadel and Hoi An ancient town. In general, mixed of roads; single track, dirt track are rough and but asphalt country back roads and coastal back roads with smooth surface allows you touring the Charm of Vietnam.

 

Weather

In Cambodia:
The best season is from November through to April, roughly corresponding to the dry season and the tourist high season. May, June and July need not be a bad time either, as it is hard to predict when the rains will come. We would not recommend biking trips from August and September.

Guaranteed to depart

Currently, this tour have no schedule, yet.

Reviews

I have just completed my 3rd ride with Vietnam Backroads, having ridden from Hanoi to Saigon in 2012, Mekong Delta/Cambodia 2013 and now Hanoi to Luang Prabang in 2014. The trips have been for 2 weeks and private tours with 12 to 15 friends from the South Coast, NSW, Australia. Van again organised an amazing ride for us. He goes out of his way to make sure our trips are memorable ones. I cannot speak highly enough of his professionalism. We are so impressed with our cycling holidays organised by Van that we will be back in 2015 for another memorable cycling trip

Leonie S Jambe…

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