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FAR EAST Travel

OVERVIEW

Start
Luang Prabang, Laos
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Destinations
Luang Prabang, Muang Khua, Dien Bien, Mai Chau, Cuc Phuong, Hanoi, Halong Bay
Style
Adventure
Theme
Cycling
Code
FETMCCYCLV16
Ages
Min 1, Max 65
Group size
Min 1, Max --

This 16-day tour explores the majestic mountainous regions of two magical countries: Vietnam and Laos. This bike journey from Hanoi to Luang Prabang presents stunning views and rare cultural encounters. Challenging inclines and scintillating descents make our trail, which winds through grooved hillsides, up Vietnam’s highest mountain pass and through enchanting tribe villages. During this biking trip, you will cycle back roads through some of the country, most beautiful scenery and natural surroundings while breathing the cool fresh air from countryside of Vietnam & Laos. The cycling is moderate and there is full support by our prepared vehicle, allowing tired cyclists to take a rest during the trip.

Tour Highlights


 Conquer the mountains and admire the natural beauty of Laos.

 Opportunity to meet the friendly locals along the way.

 Discover an off the beaten track.

 Experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi

 Sit back & discover the amazing limestone formations of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat.

 An excellent cultural immersion.

MAP

ITINERARY

Cycling Laos and Vietnam

Meet with our team for a short sunset ride around Luang Prabang to ensure we are confident for the journey ahead and to get acclimatized to life in SE Asia. We will have an informal trip briefing and dinner at a local vocational training restaurant.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

We begin our exploration of northern laos well off the beaten track interacting with the rural Hmong and Khmu communities of Northern laos, Dirt road riding over rugged terrain on a road rarely used by tourists. In the small village of Pakxang we meet our host family and spend the night in there home for a real Homestay experience.

Overnight in Paxxang.

This day will probably be the most challenging of the tour, But rewarded with the best views and pristine jungle landscape.

Overnight in Vieng Kham.

Today you are truly rewarded for your efforts a great up and down days cycling to back packer haven of Muang Ngoi, This route take you well off the beaten track and into parts of Laos that have only just got electricity. Muang Ngoi nestled deep in valley surrounded by stunning limestone peaks. You have the afternoon to do as you please.

Overnight in Muang Ngoi.

The Bikes get put a traditional long boat for the beautiful trip up the Nam Ou river, we will stop for a picnic lunch on the way as we gently put-put our way up stream.

Overnight in Muang Khua.

The Ride to the Vietnamese border is straightforward and an easy ride over mountain passes. We will arrive at around lunch time ready to cross and meet our Vietnam team and a 1 hour transfer to the Historically significant city of Dien Bien Phu take the afternoon and evening to explore this beautiful and fascinating city.

Overnight in Dien Bien.

Cycling from Dien Bien Phu to Tuan Giao is an easy 80 km through many Tai ethnicity villages to Tuan Giao (one notable climb is a mountain pass 15 km outside Dien Bien).

Overnight in Tuan Giao.

Cycling from Tuan Giao to Son La. After a short transfer to the Pha Din pass (“Heaven and Earth” pass) to the summit of 1450 m, you will start the day with a 15 km down hill featuring a nice landscape of green rice fields and karst valley along the way. This stretch has light traffic, wandering water buffaloes, and Tai and Hmong children.

Overnight in Son La.

After a short transfer, our day will be less hilly but no less spectacular, as we head off gradually downhill, our passage overshadowed by looming karst cliffs. After lunch, we'll continue through lush, terraced rice paddies against the jagged cliff backdrop.

Overnight in Moc Chau.

After a hearty breakfast we set off on a testing but spectacular day. Cycling along a narrow, quiet back road we'll head into a region predominantly populated by Black Tai (Tai Dam) minority cultures. As we near Mai Chau, situated at 1000m, we pass through plum orchards and corn and tea plantations.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

Following the banks of the Ma River, this day will be an easy easy one. The scenery, however, is timeless and photo opportunities abound as you pedal through a working landscape of people and crops. In the late afternoon, you will get a transfer to Cuc Phuong National Park. Cuc Phuong is one of Vietnam's most important nature reserves and contains the country's largest area of primary forest. Visit the Primate Rescue Centre and learn about the plight of endangered species such as the Cat Ba Langur.

Overnight in Cuc Phuong.

We'll make a morning visit the Primate Rescue center, where you can enjoy the amusing languor species and admire the deeply dedicated ecologists working here. We'll then ride 40km through Cuc Phuong forest to the park center and break for tea before taking a transfer to Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Today you will have a city tour to discover Hanoi’s major sights — from ancient temples and Ho Chi Minh’s sanctuary, to museums and street life in Hanoi's Old Quarter.

The first stop is at Hoa Lo Prison museum—atypically dubbed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by US POWs during the American War. Here you can see the remnants of the former prison and discover the history of the Vietnamese struggle for independence from France. Then, head to one of the largest and oldest churchs in Hanoi—St Joseph’s Cathedral—and admire the Gothic architectural style, often compared to the Notre Dame de Paris. The next stop will be Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of Vietnamese great father or Uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house- where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969. Nearby is One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. 

Back to downtown for refreshment by Hoan Kiem Lake. Here you will have the chance to stroll along Huc Bridge—featuring classical Vietnamese designs—that connects to a delightful island situated in the north part of the lake, to visit Ngoc Son temple. Wander around the serene complex, surrounded by water and dappled trees.

Optional: Late afternoon, enjoy watching a Water puppet show for one hour – a unique traditional performance of Vietnam.

Overnight in Hanoi.

We will pick up at the hotel and transfer you by shuttle bus to what is considered to be on of the greatest sites in Asia the spectacular Limestone strewn massif of Halong Bay. Arrive in Ha Long city, board our traditional wooden junk boat, for an overnight journey. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the Bai Tu Long Bay, the wildest beauty with the panoramic natural views. Admire the grace of the bay while enjoying the delicious lunch in the restaurant at the first deck. After that we explore the well-hidden Co Cave (known as Thien Canh Son Cave), enjoy kayak activities around magnificent karst mountains or back cruise for sunset party. 

At the end of the day, we drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets in Cong Do and have dinner on board. After dinner, unwind in the bar where there is a selection of books, magazines and board games or relax in the spa, join some of our team to go cuttle fishing at night.

Overnight on Halong Cruise.

For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body and there is no better environment to practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and islands.                                                       

Take an opportunity to view the sunrise over the Bay or have an early morning swim. Breakfast, coffee and tea and served. After breakfast we sail through the waters and explore Vung Vieng Fishing Village and short visit the Pearl Farm to learn how natural pearls are grown. We will then check out the cabin and enjoy Vietnamese cooking class and set menu lunch follow by. Cruise back to Ha Long city for disembarkation where you take a shuttle bus to be back to Hanoi. A Free final Evening at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Today you are free at leisure till departure time. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

END THE TRIP!

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