Hanoi to Luang Prabang Bike Tour

  • The mighty rivers and spectacular karst mountain ranges become the focus of the trip as we skirt the edges of the two watery snakes for a long time. Once you are done with the trip, you will miss them.
  • Get into the localness of a place, whether it’s the people, culture or topography.
  • The local Vietnamese & Lao food should be top on the experience list for foodies or experimental travelers.

Northern Vietnam and Laos are home to mountains covered with lush tropical forests. The rolling terrain combined with gradual long climbs from low-lying riverside valleys to highlands are just perfect – a cyclist’s delight. Here you get to ride along the beautiful rivers and through spectacular karst mountain ranges and hike the lush valleys. This is an excellent way to experience life in the highlands of Vietnam & Laos. The rivers are the lifelines here and you can soak up the beautiful vistas of this intriguing country, at a leisurely pace and meet its people too, on a hike and the slow boats.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start / End

    Hanoi, Vietnam / Luang Prabang, Laos

  • Price

    From $2,695 pp dbl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDuration~ Cycling DistanceActivity
1 – 2HanoiSilk Path Boutique Hotel2Overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai
3SapaBamboo120km / 12miBiking
4Lai ChauMuong Thanh170km / 42miBiking
5 – 6Sin HoSin Ho Hotel260km / 36miBiking
Hiking
7Muong LayLan Anh160km / 36miBiking
8Dien Bien PhuHim Lam160km / 36mi*Biking
9Muang KhuaSernalli Hotel160km / 36mi*Biking
10OudomxayLao Charming Hotel 180km / 50miBiking
11Pak BengPak Beng Lodge170km / 42mi*Biking
12 – 13Luang PrabangLuang Prabang River Lodge26 hrs boat ride
14Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi and enjoy Hanoi at your own pace.

Day 2: Overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Take an overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. The train journey is included in your tour price and the tickets will be emailed prior to your journey.

Day 3: Lao Cai to Sapa (1600m)

Meet your tour guide at Lao Cai railway station and get transferred to Sapa. This morning, take a short hike around and visit some of the ethnic villages. After lunch, we go for a short bike ride, giving a glimpse of spectacular karst scenery and what is to come in next few days.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 20km / 12mi
Shuttle: 1.5hrs

Day 4: Lai Chau (700m)

A classic ride today. Starting from your hotel at Sapa, we make a gradual climb up to Tram Ton Pass (2000m), Vietnam’s highest mountain pass on the northern side of Fansipan and 15km from Sapa and then drop to 750m in about 25km to the Lai Chao side. We stop here for lunch at roadside restaurant and continue cycling to Lai Chau. Scenery is spectacular throughout the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 70km / 42mi

Day 5: Sin Ho (1600m)

Sin Ho is regarded as a sleeping beauty. You’ll be surprised that hardly anybody comes here and yet it boasts some of the best mountain scenery in this region. Another amazing day on a bike as we ride the old highway and reach Sin Ho. A tough day on a bike today, rewarded with amazing views all around.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 6: Sin Ho District

Today we hike into the clouds and stay with a local family into the mountains. Discover some untreaded trails here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Muong Lay

We go for another hike in nearby area and discover the local life at close quarters. After lunch, get ready to bike towards Muong Lay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Dien Bien Phu

A long riding day today. We cross few not-so-high passes along the way before arriving at Dien Bien Phu. Along the way, you may see villagers working in vast paddy fields.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 70km / 42mi*

Day 9: Muang Khua

We continue riding to Muang Khua. This is one of the most unvisited parts of Laos and the experience is truly unique.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 42mi

Day 10: Oudomxay

To get to the Oudomxay, we ride along the Nam Pak River. Along the way, you will notice how the homes are made of wood and bamboo. We spend some time here talking to the locals, just walking around or just sitting at the edge of the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 50mi*

Day 11: Pak Beng

Today it’s a long full day cycling to Pak Beng. This is one the most spectacular stretches of long mountain road. The road is dotted with small villages and this is a great way to get acquainted with local rural life. The dramatic limestone and green rolling hills formations make for great photographic opportunities. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the wonderful scenery. The journey passes through beautiful mountain ranges and H’mong hill tribe villages.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 50mi*

Day 12: Luang Prabang

We transfer to pier and board a huge traditional Mekong riverboat for the upstream cruise to Pak Beng, departure at 08.00 hrs. This portion of the Mekong is very remote, which sometimes allows glimpses of wildlife in the extensive forests. There are occasional stops at local hill tribe villages to meet people and observe life on the riverside. Lunch will be serving on boat and you will have opportunity to stop and visit local villages and the Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot. Today many people still pay respect to this tradition. Enjoy the lovely scenery along both sides of the Mekong cruising to today’s destination.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Luang Prabang

Spend the day by walking the old quarter of Luang Prabang, starting at Heuan Chan Heritage House and after to Luang Prabang’s National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. Displayed within is a collection of personal artifacts of the former Laotian Royal Family. Visit nearby Wat Mai – the five-tiered roof epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Continue cycling along the Mekong River and stop at the hillside temple of Wat That Luang. Take a short walk and visit the ancient stupa called That Dam (the Black Stupa) before biking to Wat Visoun, the oldest living temple in Luang Prabang. Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddha images. Continue along the Nam Khan River to Wat Xieng Thong – often considered to be Luang Prabang’s most elegant. The temple is characterized by tiered roofs sweeping low to the ground and the impressive “tree of life” mosaic. Before sunset, cycle back to your hotel on the town’s main street, stopping at Wat Sop and Wat Sen along the way.

Meals: Breakfast

Boat: 6 hrs

Day 14: Departure – Luang Prabang Airport

This day is going to draw you into the spiritual ambience of Luang Prabang. We wake up as early as 5.30 to offer alms to monks at the giving ceremony. The pious tradition is still followed in the city, and to be a part of it, is truly heart warming.

Later walk up to Mount Phousi for a beautiful tinge of orange in the sky and seeing the city bathe in the arm glow of the setting sun.

Our trip concludes late morning, we make arrangements for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

*With shuttle – short transfers

INCLUSIONS & MORE

we go the extra mile

Beautiful Hotels

On this Casual Inn tour, experience the best of small boutique hotels at each destination. They are chosen carefully so that you are well rested, get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah! Under circumstances of non-availability of hotel, we will put in equivalent or a better hotel. Any extras at hotel are at your expense.

Quality Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Most of our tours in Vietnam & Laos run on some of the best mountain/hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry. Upright position, excellent traction and optimal comfort under gravel roads are some of the characteristics.

Outstanding Food

Local food plays an integral part in experiencing the culture of region and we make sure that you get plenty of this. The inclusion of daily meals is highlighted in detailed itinerary. Drinking water and soft drinks such as juice, tea/coffee is included while riding. Plenty of fresh fruits, cookies and water is provided while cycling.

Charming Guides

Our most visible and perhaps most important role is played by a Trip Leader, the folks who make a trip exciting, comfortable, knowledgeable and who are able to steer you towards the real experience! In most of the trips, we have two guides riding with you. One is leading the group of riders and other is closing at the back.

Comfortable Support Van

A Van follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries all belongings. If at any point riding seems a little hard, the van takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to. It also provides you refreshments along the way and sometimes a chilled beer.

Guaranteed to Depart Tours

We run most of our tours with minimum 2 people traveling and sometimes even with 1 person, without any extra fee. Rest assured, your trip is always guaranteed to depart. If for some reasons you don’t wish to join a tour then you can always transfer to another trip or we’ll give you a credit which you can settle against any future trip.

Entrance Fees & Transportation

Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples & other exclusive events and transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off is always included in your tour price. Our tour designers give as much focus on non-cycling activity as on cycling.

Deep Local Knowledge & Presence

Presence of local associations at Vietnam & Laos and ad-hoc field network allows us to leverage local know-how and deliver on what is promised to you without any culture and communications barrier.

Singles Friendly

It is applicable in cases where you want to opt for a room alone or we don’t find a room partner. In other cases, we will try to club you with another person, preferably of same sex.

MEET THE LOCAL SPECIALIST

Ms Ly

Ms Ly

From Saigon, Vietnam

I have always had an interest in travel and discovering new places, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. The experience offered on a bike cannot be matched by touring in a car or bus. By seeing the countryside on two wheels, we are able to immerse ourselves in the culture, feel the wind in our face and see what village life is like as we ride through it.

REVIEWS

from our friends

“Dao was phenomenal, the best guide I have ever had in all of my travels. He made us feel like family and taught us so much about Laos, the people, cuisine etc. It was a very special trip because of him. Driver mr dan was great too! Thank you Pankaj, we had a fantastic time and appreciate all you did to organize and make the trip special for us. Please keep us posted on any additional trips that you add! Happy new year!”

Nicole & AndrewUSA

INSPIRATION FROM THE ROAD