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HANOI-LUANGPRABANG SUPER-CROSS BIKE

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS                                                    

This tour combines some of the best parts of our Vietnam and Laos Tours. We start  in Hanoi and end of tour in Luang Prabang. Start the cycling tour with stop over homestay with Thai Minority people in Mai Chau and then on the way to Dien Bien Phu. The premier destination in North Vietnam, then cycling  over 1,567 meter high Pha Din Pass.  well ride through a land still untouched by the modern world. Continuing on. The subsequent exciting descent also offers outstanding sceneries through local tea plantations, tribal communities and vibrant countryside. We'll cycle into the picturesque , through the surrounding hills of Lai Chau and into Dien Bien Phu.Leaving Dien Bien Phu, well bike into Laos. Agrarian local life and untamed topography means that most of the population lives in bamboo huts that cling to the sides of scarred, limestone hillsides.  Well finish our bicycle trip in atmospheric Luang Prabang.

A true cycling expedition

 
 

Testimonials of this trip

Joe,

 

Merry Christmas also. Its been a week after I came back in Tokyo and just getting things settle after a long three weeks vacation .Just want to thank you that I have enjoyed every moment with you and the tour in Vietnam. I had a lot of fond memories and these will not be forgotten. It was a great trip and will see again soon

Jose

Dec,2008

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

12days/ 11 nights starting  in Hanoi and finishing in Luang Prabang

Day 1:Hanoi  arrival

Pickup in airport transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.(D)

Day 2: Hanoi-MaiChau (+-80 km )

We transfer Southwest to Hoa Binh Province and then we cycling to Mai Chau, home of the White Thai. We have a home stay in traditional style house.

Overnight in home stay in MaiChau .

Day 3: Mai Chau - Moc Chau (cycling +- 68 km ) (B,L,D)

The ride today, starts relatively flat, but we climb up and over into a valley with some great views. A good way to start the tour.

Overnight in hotel in MocChau.  

Day 4: MocChau- Yen Chau (cycling +- 60 km )(B,L,D)

We head North to Yen Chau and pass many minority villages as we generally ascend. The ride today, starts relatively flat, but we climb up and over into a valley with some great views. A good way to start the tour.

Day 5: YenChau-Sonla  (cycling +- 60 km)(B,L,D)

Virtually every town we go through has an active market. Everything is brought in fresh daily. The larger markets serve as distribution points for smaller markets and, if you are there early enough, you will see things being scootered off to other market. Son La has a history. The French built a prison in Son La, it was partially destroyed during the Vietnam War but there is now a museum and what remains is interesting. Dissident Vietnamese were often transferred between french built Hoa Loa prison in Hanoi (aka "TheHanoi Hilton") and Son La Prison.

Day 6: Son la - Tuan Giao (cycling +- 85 km)(B,L,D)

Today's ride begins with an easy 5k climb through every present rice paddies. At the 60k mark there is a good 14k climb and then 7k of ups and downs along a ridge followed by a 11k descent into Tuan Giao. This area is home to the Black Thai minority which originated in China

Day 7: Tuan Giao- Dien Bien Phu  ( +-102km)

Ride to  Dien Bien Phu.(B,L,D)

Day 8: Dien Bien Phu to Muang Khua, Laos  (+-98km)

We depart Dien Bien and cross into Northeast Laos at Tay Trang. This is the least populated section of Laos. We continue on to Muang Khua on the banks of the Nam Ou river. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Muang Khua to Odomxai   (+-95km)

This is a scenic lightly traveled road to bustling Odomxai. Odomxai seems to be undergoing a renaissance. Lots of construction and activity in the town these days. They have an airport here also (with less than daily service). We stay at the nicest place in town.(B,L,D)

Day 10: Odomxai to Pak Mong  ( +-75km)

A tough climbing day at the start and then rolling hills with magnificent scenery before a 29 k Descent to Pak Mong. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Pak Mong to Luang Prabang  ( +-105km)

On to the historic and enchanting city of Luang Prabang. We follow the banks of the Mekong before entering the city proper. It's also possible, with advance planning, to bike the 20k in the opposite direction to Nong Khiaw and then take a boat down the Nam Ou .River. This will take you right by the Pak Ou caves at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Rest day in Luang Prabang  (B )

Today is a rest day in Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is encircled by mountains and situated on the banks of the Mekong where it meets the Nam Khan river. There is a lot to see in this World Heritage Town: Temples, Monasteries, the Royal Palace and French Colonial Architecture as well as the beautiful falls outside of town. Its worthwhile to get up and observe the monks collecting alms at 6 am

Day 13; Luang Prabang departure:

Free time until transfer to airport for departure flight. (B)

Email us for details itinerary: info@bikingvietnam.com: bikingvietnam@mail.com

 

 

Tour overview

Tour Cost

Group Size

 private tour

 Group tour

Price/person

2,250USD

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Note: Prices are based per person, double occupancy, with a separate cost for solo travelers. If you are traveling in a group but prefer single accommodations, a single supplement fee applies. Triple accommodations are not available in many of the destinations we visit.

Best Time to go

From October to May, 

 

 WHAT'S INCLUDED

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English speaking local guide

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Accommodations in hotels in Hanoi, home stays and  local hotel around trip as mention

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Meals as mention with B= breakfast, L= Lunch, D= dinner

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Sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary

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Ground transportation

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Additional guides where necessary

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Entrance fees and permits

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Basic medical

WHAT NOT

International airfare; meals not noted on itinerary; Vietnam visa; insurance other than basic medical ; optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff; excess baggage charges; international airport taxes; cost of medical immunizations; items of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Bike Hire

 Trek4500, Giant Yukon  including in tour price in Vietnam, Trek 4300 in Laos,

Bikes suggest :  XC hardtail,  Cyclo-cross, Touring, 29er rigid

 If you bring your bike please ensure that you bike is in good working order before you leave on tour. If you are not the most mechanically minded we suggest that you get your bike looked at by a professional bike mechanic. In particularly we would suggest looking and adjusting all wheel spokes, greasing all your bearings, checking your brakes/gears cable, tighten all nuts and bolts, check chain, quick release clamps, tires and put in new inner tubes and check wheel rims are not worn. In addition make sure the bike is well serviced and ride it with as much care and attention as possible.

 

Gears checklist

Total Distance

+- 750 km

Number of cycling days

9  full days and one half-day

Average Daily Distance:

+- 85km

Off Road

5%

Max. Altitude

1.700 metres

Road Surface

This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, broken roads. A lot of up hill with 10 to 12%  with  3 or 4 climb per day  You should be confident of your physical condition .

Support

One or two 15-seat air-conditioned transit vans converted to take bikes and bikers.

Group Size

Minimum 2. Maximum 12.

Staff

Groups of 6 or more  Vietnamese cycling guide and drivers and assistants. Groups of 4-5, an experienced English speaking Vietnamese cycling leader plus guide and support team.

Accommodation

1 night in 3 star hotel in  Hanoi. 8 nights in comfortable tourist class hotels, 3 nights in basic tourist class  hotels. All accommodation has a/c or fan, hot water and private facilities.

Food

All meals are included except lunch on day 1 , and lunches, dinners on Day 12, 13 .

 Break every 15- 20 km ( 10 miles)  for tea break with water, coffee ,tea, juice, bread, tuna ,banana, apple... including: nutritional ( 3 Clif Bar MoJo energy bars /per day)

During the " BikingVietnam.com"  the main meals are breakfast and the evening meal. Thus, breakfast should be large and substantial (and include cereals). We recommend that all participants should bring a supply of their favorite cereals as many of the hotels where we stay don't yet have cereal on offer at breakfast.

For lunch (picnic) you will need to make sandwiches in the morning, and take some fruit. We recommend you also bring along some of your favorite energy bars.

The evening meal will be in a restaurant, and precooked by the Organizers. We will make sure there are always plenty of carbohydrates and protein on the menu.

Don't forget adequate hydration is as important as a good meal and so you should make sure you carry enough water with you. In some stages there is no where to top up along the way. Follow your guides instructions for each stage. We recommend you use a hydration pack with at least 2l capacity, rather than water bottles. The water bottles don't carry as much water, plus it will get warm during the day, they are not as hygienic and the water bottle cage can get in the way when you may have to carry your bike.
NUTRITION

We recommend you should bring nutrition  as  details:

 

* Hammer Gel energy gels are 100% pure complex carbohydrates
* Clif Bar energy bars are a great-tasting, convenient source of energy for any activity. Made with 70% organic ingredients

Mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber promote steady increase in blood sugar levels followed by a gradual decline for sustained energy

4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein; excellent for post workout recovery "

 

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