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Vietnam to Laos

Itinerary


 Day 1: Hanoi

Our Vietnam/Laos cycling tour starts in Hanoi.  On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the old quarter. There will be a group meeting with your guide in the evening at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 2: Hanoi to Yen Bai

After a leisurely breakfast we transfer the group out of Hanoi and drive part of the way to Yen Bai. We will ride the last 32km to Yen Bai arriving late afternoon.

Cycling Distance: 32km (20 miles)
Accommodation: Guest House (B,L,D)


Day 3: Yen Bai to Nghia Lo

Our first full day in the saddle takes us on the back roads to Nghia Lo. A spectacular ride through undulating terrain of tea plantations, lush forests, rice fields and gum trees. The town sits on a mountain ridge overlooking the Red and Black River and is home to the Thai, Nung, H'mong, La Ha and Ma peoples.

Cycling Distance: 82km (51 miles)
Cycling Ascent: 5188ft (1581m)

Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 4: Nghia Lo to Tu Le

Today we will cycle out of Nghia Lo passing large white limestone mountains as we explore the "real Vietnam". Following rolling road, to end the day in Tu Le.

Cycling Distance: 48km (30 miles)
Cycling Ascent: 4596ft (1400m)

Accommodation: Guest House (B,L,D)


Day 5: Tu Le to Than Uyen

Leaving Tu Le we travel through rugged terrain with dense vegetation and come into contact with the Black Hmong and the mysterious White Tay people, who are famed for their folk music, poems and songs. The road winds down out of the hills and we descend into valley to end the day at Than Uyen.

Cycling Distance: 85km (53 miles)
Cycling Ascent: 9976ft (3040m)

Accommodation: Guest House (B,L,D)


Day 6: Than Uyen to Sapa

From Than Uyen we begin with a gentle 20km ascent to ride along the Hoang Lien Son mountain range through magnificent landscape. Then, from Binh Lu Junction there is another hard ascent of 26km to the top of the Tram Ton Pass, on our way to Sa Pa. We stop en route to visit the "silver waterfall", before descending into Sapa for the final 15km.

Cycling Distance: 95km (59 miles)
Cycling Ascent: 9651ft (2941m)

Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 7: Sapa

A well deserved rest day. Sa Pa is an old French hill station perched at 1,600m in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains near the Chinese border. Its position offers some of the best vantage points from which to admire the surrounding mountain peaks.

Famous for breathtaking landscapes, Sapa is also a place to see the great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. Go for a walk in the market where a colourful display of hill tribe people mingle wearing their intricately embroidered traditional dress. It is no wonder French colonialists saw Sapa as the perfect summer retreat.

Accommodation: Hotel (B)


Day 8: Sapa to Lai Chau (Old Tom Duong)

Today is the highlight for many as we cycle up to the Tram Ton Pass (1,900m/6230ft) the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. We then make a momentous 30 km descent. The beauty of Mt.Fan Si Pan, South East Asia's highest peak, is often hidden by a veil of moving mist and fog; hopefully we will glimpse its lofty peaks.

Cycling Distance: 58km (36 miles)
Cycling Ascent: 4622ft (1409m)

Accommodation: Guest House (B,L,D)


Day 9: Lai Chau (Old Tom Duong) to Muong Say (Old Lai Chau)

We cycle out of Lai Chau today making two big climbs and then follow the Na River passing through spectacular gorges and Black Dao villages.

Cycling Distance: 105km (65 miles)
Cycling Ascent: 6471ft (1972m)

Accommodation: Guest House (B,L,D)


Day 10: Muong Say to Dien Bien Phu

In 1954, the Vietnamese achieved the impossible carrying heavy artillery into the mountains to defeat the French Garrison at Dien Bien Phu. As you ride along this route you will wonder at how this was ever achieved. The surrender at Dien Bien Phu marked the end of French Indochina. It is not widely known that the US had developed a plan to aid the French by using tactical nuclear weapons at Dien Bien Phu.

Cycling Distance: 105km (65 miles)
Cycling Ascent: 8013ft (2442m)

Accommodation: Guest House (B,L,D)


Day 11: Dien Bien Phu to Muang Khua

Today is a longer day's cycling. Leaving Dien Bien Phu behind, we cross into Northeast Laos at Tay Tran. This area of Laos is the least populated part of the country. From here we travel on to Muang Khua on the banks of the Nam Ou river.

Cycling Distance: 103km (64 miles)
Cycling Ascent: 8344ft (2543m)

Accommodation: Guest House (B,L,D)


Day 12: Muang Khua to Oudam Xai

For much of today we follow a road alongside the Nam Ou River on a relatively flat route through mountain scenery and agricultural landscapes. The final 25km stretch into Udom Xai is along rolling road first climbing before we descend for final drop into Oudam Xai. Close to the border with China, Udom Xai has a distinctly Chinese feel.

Cycling Distance: 100km (62 miles)
Accommodation: Guest House (B,L,D)


Day 13: Oudam Xai to Luang Prabang

An unforgettable, but hard day as we go deep into the rich jungle, a tough climb at the start, then rolling hills with magnificent scenery before an exhilarating 29 km descent. From Pak Mong we will transfer by vehicle to Luang Prabang.

Cycling Distance: 82km  (51 miles)
Ascent: 3137ft (956m)

Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 14: Luang Prabang / Home

The tour ends today. This morning you will have time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you are transferred to the airport for an afternoon flight. 


 

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