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Biking Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Come and cycle the majestic mountain ranges of Vietnam and Laos for a fresh perspective on these Southeast Asian countries that few others will ever have the privilege of seeing. The journey will lead you past flowing rivers, towering limestone cliffs, cascading green rice paddies and introduce you to fascinating hilltop tribal communities. Put simply: this is the adventure of a lifetime and one you will cherish forever.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration13 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance393.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance43.5 miles
How many days is the tour?
You have 13 days and 12 nights of fun on this tour. 9 of which will be spent on the bike.
Where does the tour start and finish?
Hanoi is the starting point of the tour where you can explore the city before meeting the rest of the crew over dinner. The tour operator will provide more details. Nearest airport is Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).
Luang Prabang is the final destination where you can laze around in the morning before heading off to Luang Phrabang Airport (LPQ).
How many riders will be in the group? And is there an age limit?
We can't say for certain how many will be joining. However to keep the tour personal the maximum number of participants is 16 and minimum is 2.
Minimum age to join is 18 years old.
Can you describe the tour?
This tour is the ultimate mountain bike adventure. After an overnight train ride from Hanoi, you'll ride up to 633 km through Indochina’s most spectacular mountain scenery. Although the riding is tough, it is very enjoyable, and anyone who enjoys hill riding and remote valleys will love this tour. The views are really fantastic, and the people are extraordinarily colorful and friendly.
This trip will have support from a mix of jeeps, motorbikes, and air-con buses. Due to the nature of some of the trails, the jeep cannot follow, then you will have motorbike support, and during these motor bike sections, the group will have rendezvous points with the support vehicle.
Suitability: This trip is tough due to the nature of the area. It is a very mountainous region, and you must cross many valleys and mountains to get to Dien Bien Phu and then onwards to Luang Prabang. The tour starts with some easier rides but builds up to some tough all-day riding. This trip should only be attempted by fit and experienced cyclists.
Biking Conditions: The roads are a mixture of good asphalt, broken or potholed roads, and some off-road cycling tracks. While the off-road riding is not that technical, some experience will help. Support is always available when required.
Are rental bikes available?
Yes, bike hires are available for USD 200.
The bikes are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, in good mechanical order.
Please see a message from the tour operator about policies relating to COVID-19
The Tour Operator is committed to ensuring all trips are safe and that they travel responsibly with the safety of riders, staff and local communities paramount, always.
Their health and safety policies follow recommendations from the World Health Organisation and the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators and they have worked with all their suppliers to undergo a comprehensive risk assessment and safety audit for every trip. As every country is different with varying and fast-changing requirements for entry, they require for every trip tocommit to the following basic requirements:
- All participants must be double vaccinated by a recognised vaccine and will need to show evidence upon booking and on arrival.
- All Tour Operator tour leaders and support staff will have completed a COVID-19 health and safety training course and will all have been double vaccinated prior to a tour starting. For 2021 departures onwards, they are planning to have our leaders tested within 72 hours of meeting the group.
- The Tour Operator follows the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels protocol and has received the stamp of approval, which provides travellers with an assurance that they have adopted the health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
Are helmets included when hiring a bike?
Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.