3 Countries 16 Days
Thailand, Laos and Vietnam
From Thailand our journey begins in Chiang Rai, we cycle through Chiang Kham district to Phu Lang Ka for an unforgettable morning sun rise through karst rocks shrouded in rolling clouds. We cycle onto Laos for a traditional welcome and Baci ceremony at our homestay village. Following quiet mountain roads in the least populated areas of Northern Laos we reach Vietnam, cycling to historic Dien Biên Phu where the French military were defeated in 1954. We continue to hill station Sa Pa over the Tram Ton pass South Asia’s highest mountain pass. We end the cycling 35km down hill from Sa Pa with a transfer to Vietnamese capital Hanoi.
From Vietnam our journey takes us from Hanoi to the mountains we cycle the last 35km up to Sa Pa near to the Chinese border, biking over the Tram Ton (1,900m; 6,230 ft). cycling through narrow gorges and minority villages to Dien Biên Phu, where the French were defeated in 1954. A significant moment in Vietnam’s history. We cross into beautiful landlocked Laos with a warm welcome from traditional rural communities at our home stay at Ban Nalay village, including a traditional Baci ceremony. Cycling northwards with some challenging climbs we reach Northern Thailand where you will encounter more hills, rugged scenery and traditional Temples. At Phu Lang Ka in Chiam Kahn district, a scenery of rolling ‘sea clouds’ enveloping a Karst rock landscape will take your breath away. We end the tour in Chiang Kham district and will transfer you to Chiang Rai for your flight home.
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Key details of our Cycling holiday in Laos:
- Nan Province: minority cultures, ancient wats.
- Sunset and sunrise at Phu Lang Ka, Phayo province.
- Laos: home stay and traditional Baci ceremony.
- Dien Biên Phu: location of 1954 Viet Minh conquest.
- Tam Tron: the highest mountain pass in Vietnam.
- Hanoi: Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
This map is for illustration purposes only and may not show the exact route taken on this Laos tour.