3 Countries 15 Days
Vietnam, Laos & Thailand
Beginning in Hanoi our journey takes us from the mountains of North West Vietnam through rural Laos into undiscovered Northern Thailand. The redspokes South Asia adventure offers challenging cycling through areas where you will encounter minority communities and dramatic landscapes.
We transfer from Hanoi and cycle the last 35km to Sa Pa near to the Chinese border, biking over the Tram Ton (1,900m; 6,230 ft); the highest mountain pass in Vietnam and South East Asia. A route through narrow gorges and minority villages leads us to Dien Biên Phu, where the French were defeated in 1954. A significant moment in Vietnam’s history.
We cross into beautiful landlocked Laos to be greeted with a warm welcome from traditional rural communities and experience a home stay at Ban Nalay village, including a traditional Baci ceremony. Cycling northwards with some challenging climbs our next destination is Northern Thailand where you will encounter more hills, rugged scenery and traditional Temples. At Phu Lang Ka in Chiam Kahn district, a mountainous 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:
- Hanoi: Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
- Tam Tron: the highest mountain pass in Vietnam.
- Dien Biên Phu: location of 1954 Viet Minh conquest.
- Laos: home stay and traditional Baci ceremony.
- Sunset and sunrise at Phu Lang Ka, Phayo province.
- Nan Province: minority cultures, ancient wats.
This map is for illustration purposes only and may not show the exact route taken on this Laos tour.