Back Road Biking Luangprabang- Hanoi
Vietnam cycle and bike– Luang Prabang cycling to Hanoi ,cycling tour starts in Luang Prabang, Lao, the acient beautiful capital to Hanoi , Vietnam has the richest and most complex ethnic make-up in the whole of South-East Asia. We mountain bike through villages of H’mong, Tay, Dao and Xa Pho minorities, whose markets and festivals add such colour and character to the cycle tour. Our bicycle holiday includes challenging cycling and a wonderful opportunity to experience the traditional and varied lifestyles in Vietnam and Laos.
DAY 1 Arrive Luang Prabang
On arrival in Luang Prabang you will be met at the airport and transferred to our group hotel.
Overnight in Hotel
DAY 2 Cycle Luang Prabang to Kuang Sii Waterfalls
Today we cycle out south of town with to the Kuang Si Waterfall. The falls cascade over many
calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. The water here
has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content. You can climb the stairs and look down
from various high viewpoints on the way to the top! Bring a bathing suit if you’d like to swim. We
cycle back to town and enjoy our evening at leisure.
Cycle approx 50kms
DAY 3 Cycle Luang Prabang- Pak Ou- Nong Khiew
We check out this morning and begin cycling north out of Luang Prabang. We arrive at Pak Ou
village, cross the Mekong River and climb the stairs to Pak Ou Caves where hundred of Buddhist
statues are housed. We then continue north through rolling mountain scenery to Ban Huay Pene, a
Leu Tribal village and enjoy lunch along the way. We visit the old temple then travel the remaining
distance by vehicle to Nong Khiew.
Cycle approx 35kms
DAY 4 Boat to Bansopjam
This morning we take a boat up the Ou River, which originates near the border with China then feeds
into the Mekong near Luang Prabang. We board a boat for our journey northward to a scenic village
and overnight homestay. This village was the stage of an NXNE assistance project to build a new
school. The locals are subsistence farmers as well as proficient hunters and fishermen. In the late
afternoon, we will go for a refreshing bath in the river. Women should wear a sarong. Tonight we
enjoy tasty organic Lao cooking! To get a real taste of Lao life, we will sleep in the village headman’s
house which will have comfortable mats, pillows and mosquito nets. Please be aware that there are
no showers or western toilets in the village.
DAY 5 Boat Nong Khiew, cycle Vieng Kham
This morning we say goodbye to the villagers and return by boat to Nong Khiew and pick our bikes.
We then take a more leisure ride, as we cycle through rural villages and along side lush green
rice fields as farmers go about the daily work. We arrive in the small town of Vieng Kham for your
Cycle approx 55kms
DAY 6 Cycle Vieng Kham – Vieng Thong
After breakfast we mount our bikes and continue on our path eastward. Today our road travels
through Phou Loei National Biodiversity Protected Area, so the forests lining the road will be quite
lush. A long days ride today so we will no doubt earn our delicious local meal and a good nights
Cycle approx 60kms
DAY 7 Cycle Vieng Thong- Sam Neua
Today we cycle through more mountainous terrain. We get started early and pedal towards Sam
Neua in Houaphan province. We ride until the mid afternoon, then climb into the van to make it to
Sam Neua before dark.
Cycle approx 60kms
DAY 8 Cycle Sam Neua – Vieng Say
This morning we explore the quaint morning market along the Xam River in this mountainous town.
Today’s ride is much shorter to give us a bit of a rest. We cycle to Vieng Say, the cave city which
was home to the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. Marvel at the amazing karst landscape in the
middle of town. Visit the Information Center near the guesthouse to learn more about the interesting
historical significance of the area during the Indochina War. With the help of a local guide, we travel
to some of the nearby caves to see how the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party lived during the war.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant then relax in this charming town in the late afternoon.
Cycle approx 28kms
DAY 9 Cycle Vieng Say- Nam Meo Border (Vietnam)
Today after breakfast, we set off and say goodbye to Laos as we cycle to the Vietnamese border. We
say good bye to our Laosian guide here and are met by our Vietnamese guide who will cycle with us
throughout the Vietnam section of our journey to ensure the best local knowledge for our group.
Cycle approx 55kms
DAY 10 Cycle Nam Meo- Mai Chau
Today after breakfast, we cycle through the beautiful country side of Vietnam on the way to Mai
Chau. Enroute we will have plenty of opportunity to catch the activities of locals in the field. Mai
Chau is located in a beautiful valley with patchwork quilt rice fields, farms and stilted houses. In the
spring Mai Chau displays a riot of blooming flowers and peach blossoms. Only 60km’s southwest of
Hoa Binh is the home of the White Thai and H’mong hilltribe people.
Cycle approx 65 kms
DAY 11 Cycle Mai Chau then transfer to Hanoi
Today after breakfast we cycle around the beautiful outlying villages and to the local market to visit
the minority White Thai. It is interesting to see their custom and life style, their houses on stilt and
the local handicrafts produced by them. Late afternoon, we drive to the capital of Vietnam.
Cycle approx 25kms
Price: 1,680 USD/person
- English speaking biking guide include eating with clients for all meals mentioned in the itinerary (2 for group from 10 pax). Biking guides are first aid qualified and can maintain bikes. Their role is to deliver a safe and enjoyable tour to the clients, they manage the group, co ordinate the driver and support vehicle, buy snacks and fruit along the way, look out for clients needs. They are cultural guides as well as pure biking.
- Private air-conditioned vehicles for transfers and support until drop off at the hotel in Hanoi.
- Bottled drinking water for cycling day as itinerary. (5 liters per person per day)
- Snack, soft drinks, ice fresh fruits and refresher tissues for cycling day as itinerary.
- Meals in local restaurants and home stay as mentioned in the itinerary. (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Welcome dinner on day 1 at Wild Lotus restaurant and farewell dinner inHanoi at Au Lac House (or equivalent)
- All entrance fees and permits
- Basic First Aid kit
- Accommodation twin sharing room standard hotel with daily breakfast
- Home stay accommodation are in stilted dormitory style room and include bedding, sheets, blankets, pillows, and mosquito net
- Local bike hire including helmet, water bottle, transport of bikes, and spares