Essential Information - Thailand & Laos
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Before booking please check the status of the trip you are joining. We do not advise you to book flights until a trip is confirmed to run.
There is a 5% booking incentive discount for all "Available" and "Available 2 More To Guarantee" tours. To confirm your place on a tour please make the deposit payment. Your deposit payment is fully refundable at any stage before the tour shows as "Guaranteed". Your final balance is payable no later than 56 days before the trip start date.
On booking your trip you are agreeing to our booking conditions. Please read them fully via the link here. For each holiday a minimum number of participants is required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed'. You can check the trip status for each departure on our ‘Dates and Prices’ page. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has reached guaranteed status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.
Guaranteed Limited - trips are open for booking and confirmed to run but have a limited number of spaces available.
Guaranteed - trips are open for booking and confirmed to run.
Available 2 More To Guarantee - trips are open for booking but not yet confirmed. 2 more bookings will guarantee the running of this tour.
Available - trips are open for booking but not yet confirmed.
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Fully Booked - trips now closed for booking.
- Support vehicle
- Most meals (see trip notes for details)
- Snacks and mineral water during cycling days
- Airport transfers on the start and end day of the tour
- Local professional English speaking guide(s)
- International flights
- Alcoholic drinks
- Meals not stated on the itinerary
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guide (s) and support staff
- Bike hire (available if required)
- Boat Trip to the Pak Ou Caves (S20- Optional)
- Boat trip form Ang Nam Ngum to Na Nam (S10 - Optional)
The tour starts in Chiang Rai. You will need to arrive on Day 1 of your itinerary. Your flight departure at the end of the trip should be booked for the final day of the itinerary. You will need to arrange a flight home from Vientiane. Most flights from Bangkok back to the UK depart later in the evening and it is possible to leave your luggage at Bangkok airport so if you fly out of Vientiane early in the day you can explore Bangkok while awaiting your onward flight. If you are travelling home on this day, please ensure that your flights depart after 4pm (local time), to allow enough time for transfers.We appreciate that people join redspokes tours from all over the world. Whatever time you arrive at the airport on the trip start date you and your luggage will be transferred to the joining hotel. Please bear in mind that if you arrive before midday you may have to wait for your room to be made available. If you decide to arrive early or stay on after the tour, redspokes can assist you in booking your extra accommodation and airport transfers at additional cost.
Our tour price does not include your international flight.
You will at all times have the security of a back-up vehicle; either a jeep or a bus. The vehicle will carry your luggage (we transport your main baggage by support vehicle from each overnight stop to the next) and yourself if you want. The backup van will be with us throughout the day stopping around every 12 miles (20 km).
Our leaders carry a good tool kit and will help to fix any bike problems so all you normally need to carry is a daypack, for your camera etc. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be equipped for all repairs, so if you are bringing your own bike on the tour you must ensure that it is in good working order. If in doubt, have it fully serviced by a bike shop before you travel.
If you wish to hire a bike or have a single room for the tour this can usually be arranged for you at extra cost. You will have the opportunity to request these extras at the time of booking or, subject to availability, at a later date, by emailing your request to us.
If you require additional accommodation or transfers in advance of the trip start date or at the end of your trip we can arrange this for you at extra cost.
We have a wide mix of cyclists on our tours from couples, friends to solo travellers. Our prices are based on twin shared accommodation. If you sign up for one of our tours as a solo traveller we will twin share you with another person of the same gender in your group. If you prefer to have your own room this is an option on most of our tours for an extra charge.
Most meals are included in your trip price apart from on non cycling days and some other exclusions. Please check the itinerary for full details. If you have a special dietary request, please advise us at the time of booking. Most diets can be catered for, but it is always important to advise us in advance.
The typical evening meals served are noodle and rice stir fries. Breakfasts and lunches are a mixture of local and western style food and cater for vegetarians. Bottled water will be offered to you whilst
cycling; other drinks are not included in the tour price. You are welcome to put drinks in the support vehicle at the start of the tour. We recommend bringing a supply of energy bars/snacks with you as these may not be readily available when you are on the trip.
It is mandatory that you are well-insured for the full duration of the tour. This must include personal injury, medical expenses, death, repatriation, helicopter or aircraft rescue, loss of luggage or equipment, cancellation or curtailments.
You should also ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities included in your tour. Any claims concerning matters for which you are insured must be directed to your insurers. We strongly recommend that you take out insurance at the time of booking your trip to ensure that you are covered in the event of cancellation.
For people within the UK Snowcard Insurance Services specialize in all mountain sports holidays including mountain biking. Follow the link above to obtain full information and a quote.
We choose accommodation on the basis of comfort rather than luxury. Our prices are based on sharing a twin room. Should you wish to have a room all to yourself there is a single supplement option on the majority of our tours. For more information on the additional costs please see dates and prices.
The majority of the accommodation for this trip is in either Guest House or Hotel.
Some Hotels will have En-suite facilities and Air Conditioning.
The tour is suitable for Hybrid/Cyclocross/Gravel bikes or a mountain bike with slick tyres.
We strongly recommend that you have your bike fully serviced before going on the tour. Ensure that wheel spokes are adjusted, greasing all bearings, check gear and brake cables, tighten all nuts and bolts, check chain, quick release clamp and tyres. Put in a new inner tubes and check wheel rims aren't worn.
We recommend that you take the following items with you.
- Multi tool
- Tyre levers
- Spare inner tubes
- Spare spokes
- Check with your bike shop for disc/ brake pads
- A few links for your chain
- Spares for any unique things for your bikes i.e fluid or bleed kit.
Your bike must be carried as part of your luggage allowance. The weight of a bike in cardboard box is about 15-20kg, so please bear this in mind when packing for the trip and you may have to pay for excess luggage.
Whilst we endeavour to provide correct and relevant information obtained directly from the relevant Embassies, High Commissions and Consulate Generals - this information is subject to frequent changes, without warning and at very short notice. Due to this, we cannot be held liable for any errors in the information provided on this site. We strongly advised you to check all information with the relevant embassy for details on your visa/passport requirements.
A valid passport is essential when you travel abroad. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of arrival or for 1 month after the expiration of your visa.
For U.K. residents visas are not required for Thailand. Passport holders from 46 countries do not require a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes if their stay in the Kingdom does not exceed 30 days.
For a list of these countries please click here.
A 15 day Visa is required for Laos, which we will arrange for you on your arrival in Laos the cost is approximately $40. All other nationalities should check with their nearest Laotian/Thai embassy.
We strongly recommend that you contact your doctor or local Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks before going on your trip for advise on the correct vaccinations required for your trip. Also please refer to advice from National Travel Health Network and Centre.
There are no mandatory vaccinations for this trip, however the following are recommended Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis.
Vaccination requirements can change and we aren't medically qualified to answer your questions regarding vaccinations so please also check again with your health professional before departing for your trip.
The climate in Thailand is classed as tropical with the average temperature of 82 degrees everyday throughout the year. March to May are the hot seasons, June to October being the rainy season and November to February being classed as the cooler season. The best time to visit thailand is all year round although most choose November to April when the temperature is cooler and dryer.
In terms of clothing this is clearly up to you and we can only supply a rough guide as to what to take. This guide is entirely flexible and should be tailored to your specific needs.
- Cycle Helmet
- Water bottles or camelbak
- Base layer tops
- Fleece jacket/ pullover
- Waterproof cycling jacket (breathable fabric)
- Padded cycling shorts
- Cycle shoes/ Trekking shoes
- Lightweight socks & heavyweight socks
- Trekking Shorts
- T-shirts– lightweight
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Fingerless cycling gloves
- Lipbalm/ sunscreen
- Flip-flops/ Sandals
Our guides carry first aid supplies, however we recommend you bring your own first aid kit which should contain the following item;
- Paracetamol/ Ibuprofen (or whatever you prefer for headache)
- Lomotil or Diacalm
- Rehydration salts (Dioralite)
- Antiseptic cream
- Throat lozenges
- Plasters (band aids)
- Nasal spray
- Eye drops
- Ear plugs
- Anti bacterial hand wash
- Antiseptic wet wipes
- Insect Repellent
- Energy Bars (gels, power bars)
- Energy/recovery drinks
Tipping is an accepted part of everyday life, and although it is always at your discretion, you will be expected to tip to reward service. 40USD for the guide and team at the end of the tour is recommended.
It is customary for this to be collected up and given to your guide who will distribute it amongst the team. Unfortunately there is usually a hierarchy for the division between guides, helpers and drivers.
Spending money depends on your taste for souvenirs, drinks etc. We estimate that £200 will be more than enough to cover the 14 day tour.
Kingdom of Thailand - Capital: Bangkok
Population 69 million
Area 513,115 sq km (198,115 sq miles)
Major language Thai
Major religion Buddhism
Life expectancy Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 79 years (women)
Lao People's Democratic Republic - Capital: Vientiane
Population 6.7 million
Area 236,800 sq km (91,400 sq miles)
Major languages Lao, French
Major religion Buddhism
Life expectancy 65 years (men), 68 years (women)
Our professional cycling tops are designed with three rear elasticated pockets to give you plenty of space for your cycling essentials and comes with a silicone bottom hem. Lined with COOLMAX ® to keep you cool and comfortable and ensure moisture wicking. Available in varies sizes so please refer to size charts for more information.
- Chiang Rai: night markets.
- River trip on the mighty Mekong.
- Traditional Baci ceremony.
- Luang Prabang: temples, royal palace, scenic views.
- Vientiane: crumbling colonial elegance, stupas.
- Charity visits: Hmong village school, COPE project.
"All in all an absolutely fantastic trip which has opened my eyes to the huge advantages of seeing a country by bike instead of zooming past in a bus from..."