Ah, an adventurous cycling tour from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in Laos! What an exhilarating journey you're planning. This 18-day adventure will take you through the stunning landscapes of Vietnam and Laos, immersing you in the local culture and providing a truly unique experience. Let me guide you through a suggested itinerary for this exciting cycling tour:Throughout this cycling adventure, you'll have the opportunity to interact with locals, taste delicious cuisine, and witness the natural beauty of both Vietnam and Laos. It's important to ensure you have proper cycling gear, stay hydrated, and follow safety guidelines during the tour. Immerse yourself in the rich cultures and stunning landscapes as you pedal from Hanoi to Luang Prabang. Safe travels and enjoy this incredible journey!

Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival:

Pick up at the airport and we are welconme to Hanoi. – Vietnam by your driver and guide to Hanoi central hotel for check in and welcome dinner at the restaurant .

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi 4*

Transportation: Support Bus

Day 2  : Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Cruise  - Kayaking

We transfer this morning to beautiful Ha Long Bay. This spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site is the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. Traveling on a wooden junk, modeled on traditional Vietnamese court sailing boats, we will see some of the Heritage areas and quieter grottos and caves. You can swim fish and take a walk uphill for an unforgettable view over the bay. You will also have the opportunity to travel into some sea-level caves in a small sample. All meals will be provided onboard (mainly seafood-based). Check in cruise for welcome drink and check in your cabin for cruising and swimming,kayaking , fishsing .Over night in Cruise .


Accommodation:: on the Sapphire cruise ( or similar )

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycling Distance: None

Day 3  : Ha Long Bay – Cooking Class – Ha Noi

This morning we will cruise around Ha Long Bay, and enjoy a late brunch. The boat trip finishes around midday and you will be transferred back to Hanoi to arrive late afternoon. Check in at your hotel.


Accommodation: Hotel 4*

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch amd dinner

Day 4 : Hanoi Half day city tour and bike testing .

8.30 pick up at your hotel, start the tour on to beautiful Tran Quoc Pagoda located on the shores of West Lake and visit to Ho Chi Minh complex, including 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. The next place to move to is One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. Leave the Pagoda for the Temple of Literature – the first college of Vietnam and the place dedicating to Confucian. Then we pass by the well-known Hanoi train street for photo stop if you wish. Lunch at the local restaurant.

Afternoon is time for bikes checking for long adventure cycling trip. Dinner at the restaurant .

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi 4*

Transportation: Support Bus

Day 5:  Ha Noi  Challenging to  Nghia Lo ( Yen bai )
Pick up at your hotel in  Ha Noi at 7:30 you will be met up with our team at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart for Yen Bai. Stops will be made en route for you to cycle. Our cycling is a spectacular ride on back roads that take us to Nghia Lo through a terrain of tea plantations, lush forests, rice fields, and gum trees. The town sits on a mountain ridge overlooking the Red and Black River and is home to the Thai, Nung, Hmong, La Ha, and Ma peoples. Stay in Nghia Lo hotel.

Total Distance: 180 Km

Biking Distance: 100 Km ( 20 km road flat, 80 km mountain 4 to 10 % )

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Local Hotel in Nghia Lo

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 6 : Nghia Lo Challenging to Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen

Breakfast, Today we will tough cycle out of Nghia Lo passing large white limestone mountains as we explore the “Real Vietnam”.  Following the rolling road, to end the day in Tu Le. Leaving Tu Le we travel through rugged terrain with dense vegetation and come into contact with the Black Hmong and the mysterious White Tay people, who are famed for their folk music, poems, and songs. The road winds down out of the hills and we descend into the valley to end the day at Than Uyen.

Total Distance: 160 Km

Biking Distance: 100 Km ( 10 km road flat, 90 km mountain 5 to 12 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Than Uyen

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 7 : Than Uyen Tough to Sapa

From Than Uyen we begin with a gentle 30km ascent to ride along with the Hoang Lien Son mountain range through magnificent landscape. Then, from Binh Lu Junction there is another hard ascent of 30 km to the top of the Tram Ton Pass, on our way to Sa Pa. We stop on route to visit the “silver waterfall”, before descending into Sapa for the final 15kms.

Total Distance: 75 Km

Biking Distance: 75 Km ( mountain  tough 6 to 13 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa 4*

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 8 : Sapa Loop To Lao Chai and Ta Van Villages

After breakfast and this morning, we ride to get those legs moving. We cycle from the hotel for 4 km on a tarmac road and branch off at Lao Chai junction to cycle downhill on a jeep track to a Black Hmong village. We ride 2 km of single track past rice paddies. When we reach Ta Van village, home to the Red Dzao people, we can stroll around the village and learn about their unique culture and building style before having lunch. We continue our cycle journey to Thanh Kim village, riding on gentle hills and a tarmac road. The village is situated in a high mountain area, and from the Thanh Kim, we have panoramic views of the Ban Ho valley. Depending on time and energy levels, we can ride back up to Sapa or transfer back,

Afternoon free for relaxing in beautiful Sapa . Explore dinner on your own.

Biking Distance: 25 Km ( mountain  tough 4 to 13 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, ( Explore dinner by  your own – so many restaurant in Sapa )

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa 4*

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 9 : Sapa – Tran Ton Pass – Tam Duong – Lai Chau

We ride out of Sapa and complete the 15-km road climb up to Tram Ton Pass – the highest road pass in Vietnam at 2,000 m. We then have a superb 25-km descent into a beautiful valley. The countryside is truly wonderful as we pass tea plantations, and all inhabitants are from minority tribes. The weather always seems to get clearer this side of the mountains, and if we look back, we should get views of Fansipan (3,143 m), the highest mountain in Indochina. At the small town of Tam Duong, we have lunch and then turn left off the main road to cycle 28 km on a lovely country lane through the remote villages of Ban Hon and Ban Giang. We have now left any sign of other western tourists and are in a land of rice paddies, small coffee plantations, and sharp limestone cliffs. We finish in the new city of Lai Chau.

Biking Distance: 75 Km ( mountain  tough 4 to 12 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Lai Chau 3*

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 10 : Lai Chau – Muong Lay

We start the day with an easy pedal from the sleepy town of Lai Chau, but things pick up after 10 km, where there is a climb, but soon there will be a long, sweeping downhill. The first half of the road is amid mountains and rice terraces; the second one is along the Nam Na River with towering mountains on both sides of the road. The afternoon ride to Muong Lay is overall flat with a few slight dips and rises to keep things interesting, The town is at the confluence of the Nam Na River, the Nam Lay River, and the Da River.

Biking Distance: 110 Km ( mountain  tough 4 to 10 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Loca Hotel in Muong Lay

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 11 : Muong Lay – Dien Bien Phu

Another hilly day, but we start nice and easy following a river for 15 km before starting our first climb of the day. Over a further 19 km, we reach a pass at 860 m. At the top, we take a break at a well-located tea shop for refreshments. The average gradient of the pass is relatively easy, averaging around 6-8%. Dropping down to a plateau around 400 m, we stop regularly at some of the last hill tribe villages and have lunch in a local restaurant, where our guide can introduce you to the local customs. There is another short final climb up to a 650-m pass before we prepare a broad smile to greet the kids as we cycle through paddy fields on the final flat stretch into the historic town of Dien Bien Phu.

Biking Distance: 105 Km ( mountain  tough 4 to 12 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Dien Bien Phu 3*

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 12 : Dien Bien Phu Loop

We explore war history in Dien Bien Phu. Our first stop will be the excellent new war museum, which offers good insight into the climactic battle in 1954 when the Viet Minh communist revolutionary forces defeated the French Union forces in Dien Bien Phu, leading to Vietnam gaining its independence from colonial rule. Other stops on the bikes will include de Castries’ bunker and Glory Statue before we stop for lunch. We then head out of town and cycle towards Muong Phang Commune to visit the Dien Bien Phu Campaign Headquarters. Shortly into our ride, the climbing begins, which lasts for about 15 km, but there is a transfer option. Then, our route takes us among forests and a large reservoir, which provides water to two hydroelectric projects. We cycle back down to Dien Bien Phu, and you are free to explore the city. Dinner is on your tonight giving you the chance to venture out and try new food and local drinks!

Biking Distance: 55 Km ( mountain  tough 3 to 8 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Dien Bien Phu 3*

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 13 : Dien Bien Phu – Border – Muang Khua ( Laos )

Early breakfast and transfer to Tay Trang border. We say goodbye to Vietnam and hello to Laos. We start the day with a 35-km transfer to a quiet border crossing where it takes between 1-2 hrs to complete immigration formalities. We swap crews, pick up new hire bikes and begin the journey to the riverside town of Muang Khua. The ride is beautiful as we descend at first on a recently built but very quiet road, cycling through remote villages mainly comprised of Red or Black Thai ethnic tribes. After lunch, there is a short climb for 10 km, before dropping down to Tat Muang Khua (390 m) a small sleepy market town built on a steep hillside at the confluence of two rivers, offering plenty of great views.

Biking Distance: 69 Km ( mountain  tough 2 to 7 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Local guesthouse  in Muang Khua

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 14: Muang Khua To Udomxai

Good road along Namphak river today, very nice view. The first stage is flat about 70km through forest and tribal village. In the afternoon, we have a gentle climb from +450 to 750m elevation then going down to Udomxai. Cycling distance 100km. O/N Villa Keoseumsack.

Biking Distance: 85 Km ( mountain  tough 2 to 7 % )

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Loca Guesthouse  in Udomxai

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 15 : Udomxai – Nong Khiaw

Morning warm up your leg 6km outside the town, the moutain begins. This is a challenge day, climb up mountain passes through tropical forest. After 5km up hill we pass by a waterfalls over a limestone cliff into a Nam beng tributary. First summit at level +1,200 meter, then we decent down and climb to a second pass, Hmong villages living along road to the second summit. The third pass is the longest one, at this summit, we have only 28km to go , all way down to Pakmong little town, then we keep on to Nongkiaw. Cycling distance ~ 110km. Overnight at Phaxang riverside resort in Nongkiaw.

Surrounded by jungle, sheer limestone cliffs carpeted in vegetation, and looking down onto the river, this is an excellent spot to chill out. It has only recently been hooked up to electricity and some small restaurants and bars have opened, the first real coffee machine only just arrived! On arrival, we check into a small bungalow complex where the rest of the afternoon is free to spend at your leisure. Hike to nearby ethnic Lao villages, explore caves where locals lived during the “secret war”, or just relax on the river. We meet up for a riverside dinner.

Biking Distance :  80- 110 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ressort in Nongkiaw

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

Day 16 : Nong Kiau – Luang Prabang

The last long ride of the bike tour! Cycling a relatively quiet undulating road, we head west along the Nam Ou River, which makes for a very scenic ride. The road undulates the whole way with some short climbs that never ascend more than 50 m at a time. It makes for a fast-paced, and although it is a reasonable distance, it is satisfying to cycle into the beautiful and historic town of Luang Prabang to end our epic journey. Situated on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, Luang Prabang is well-known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. Once we reach this historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, we head to our hotel and freshen up for our farewell dinner.

Biking Distance:  80 - 120 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Hotel in Luang Prabang 4*

Transportation: Support Bus and Truck

17 : Luang Prabang City Tour and Cycling To  KuangSi Waterfall

Luang Prabang is known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Witness the morning ritual by hundreds of monks from the various monasteries as they walk through the streets collecting alms.
After breakfast,we will visit Wat Xieng Thong, one of the largest and most decorative temples in the city - Explore Wat Mai, a breathtaking temple with a beautiful gilded façade - Spend time at the National Museum at the center of town, and was the former Royal Palace - Enjoy a guided walking tour around the nearby historical and culturally important museums and temples around Luang Prabang - Extremely useful for travelers who have a limited amount of time exploring Luang Prabang, Lunch at the local restaurant .

 Afternoon we cycle to Kuangsi waterfall, on the way visit villages, see the local people work in the rice fields and local activities. After 30 km riding enjoy swimming at the waterfall then we have lunch at the local restaurant. Optional driving or cycling back to town. Expplore dinner by your own .
Luangprabang is the oldest city in Laos, and before the 16th century it was the capital city of the land of million elephants (Laos). The town is a beautifully preserved and in 1995 it was added to UNESCO`s World heritage list.
Activity: Cycling to Kuangsi waterfall
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang 4*

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
Cycling distance: 35 Km

Day 18 : Luang Prabang  - Departure

This morning free time until deaprture to airport for international departure . End The Tour .

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Join in group departure: 6th Monthly

Group sizes: Min 2 to Max 16 Pax

 Tour Inclusive :

* Support transport by A/C minivan or bus and  truck for group

* Trek MTB &  helmets, spare parts, aid kits, tool kits

* Private cabin in Sapphire cruise or similar

* Entrance fees, Permission for a border tour

* B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner as mentioned in the tour itinerary

* For daily cycling only: Water, snacks, fresh fruits, wet towels

*Accommodation in tour - 17 nights

* Experienced English-speaking bike guides

* Bikes machenic folowing the tour

Tour Exclusive :

* Travel insurance

* Other personal expenses

* Tips for guides and drivers

* Drinks at restaurants

* Flights tickets and visas to Vietnam and Laos

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