What To Expect
Starting in Hanoi, Vietnam, we take the train to the scenic hill-station of Sapa, a village built by the French in a valley almost exclusively inhabited by tribal Montagnards. Here, discover the stunning mountain trails through Indochina's highest peaks, including the towering Mount Fansipan. This is where mountains dip to form basins rest Lai Chao and Fansipan valleys, which are as isolated as they are beautiful. Home to a bewildering number of tribes. We'll ride through a land still untouched by the modern world.
Continuing on, we'll climb the region's 2,000m mountain pass into the land known by the local Hmong people as "Beyond the Clouds." The subsequent exciting descent also offers outstanding sceneries through local tea plantations, tribal communities and vibrant countryside. We'll cycle into the picturesque Na River gorge, through the surrounding hills and into Dien Bien Phu, the historic site of the Viet Minh's decisive victory over the French. We will spend the day touring the battlefields where Ho Chi Minh and his indefatigable military defeated the colonial French in a decisive, and unexpected, victory.
Leaving Dien Bien Phu, we'll 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. Regionally reputed as the Shangri La of Southeast Asia, Laos retains a rare innocence and charm that we will encounter along the way. We'll finish our bicycle trip in atmospheric Luang Prabang.
A true cycling expedition, the mountain scenery on this tour is nothing short of awesome.
Our tour is the ultimate mountain bike adventure. After an overnight train ride from Hanoi, we ride 800 kilometers through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world.
The roads are a mixture of good asphalt, broken or potholed roads and some off-road cycling tracks. Although the riding is tough, it is very enjoyable. Anyone who enjoys riding hills and remote valleys will love this tour. The scenery really is fantastic, and the people are extraordinarily colorful and friendly.
This trip is supported by a mixture of jeep, motorbike and air-con buses. Due to the nature of some of the trails, the jeep cannot follow during some sections. We then will have motorbike support and rendezvous points with the support vehicle.
Meet in Hanoi for sightseeing and gather for welcome dinner.
After a city tour, we'll catch the overnight train to Lao Cai, where we'll start our biking adventure.
Upon arrival, we will transfer to the hill station town of Sapa where we will check in our hotel. We'll have a bike testing on the roads and trails used by the locals and ethnic tribes.
Ride to the village of Ta Phin, before doing a loop on a dirt track that traverses forested hillsides and passes many of Sapa's ethnic villages.
Climb Tram Ton pass-the highest road pass in Vietnam at 2000m. Then descend into countryside, tea plantations and small communities along the way to Tam Duong before finishing in Lai Chau.
Head for a challenging uphill ride from Lai Chau before cruising down to Sinho for lunch. The climb continues as we cycle through mountains and hill tribe villages to Muong Lay to spend the night.
Ride on rough roads and hills towards Dien Bien Phu and encounter many ethnic minorities on the way. Be sure to have your cameras as they will welcome you in colorful, traditional clothes.
We'll take the day to explore the historic Dien Bien Phu and visit the war museum. Afterwards, we will cycle out of town towards Muong Phang Commune on scenic roads before biking back to the hotel.
We'll start on trail of twists and turns until we reach the Vietnam-Laos border. After a swap of brews, we cycle to the crossroads town of Muang Khoua on dirt roads through remote villages mainly comprised of Red or Black Thai ethnic tribes.
Today we will rest and relax. We will boat down the Nam Ou River as we observe the serene life of the locals along the banks and stop over at a remote village before reaching Muang Ngoy in the afternoon.
After a short boat transfer, we ride primarily on dirt roads past the ethnic villages in a region that very few people visit. We will stay overnight in Nong Kiau at a guesthouse that overlooks the river.
We head west along the Nam Ou River away from Nong Kiau, towards the historic Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Here, we will freshen up and gather for our farewell dinner.
Day 13 - Luang Prabang (starting 01 January 2015)
The morning is yours to explore the historic and beautiful city of Luang Prabang before heading to the airport.
All hotels (twin share or dorm) and meals specified
Cycle support by a/c vehicles
All entrances to museums and sites mentioned
All water and snacks whilst riding
Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
Tips and gratuities
Personal travel insurance
Starting 01 January 2015, the tour will be extended to 13 days. Itinerary to be advised.
Children under 18-years old are not allowed to join this tour.
This tour has a 4 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.
The roads for this bike tour are a mixture of good asphalt, broken or potholed roads and some off-road cycling tracks. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.
The bike tour will be supported by an experienced cycling guide, as well as drivers and assistants. For groups of 8 or more, an additional local guide will also support the tour.
Due to the remoteness of this tour, most of the accommodation will be tourist class hotels. All hotels will be clean, comfortable and include private facilities, such as hot water, etc.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.