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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.
- Duration13 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance393.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance43.5 miles
There is something about mountains that always draws people to exploring them and it is no different in Vietnam and Laos. These two spectacular neighbouring countries are full of majestic ranges perfect for mountain biking and that’s what you'll do on this incredible adventure as you head into the remote highlands of both countries to gaze down upon stunning landscapes.
This is a challenging ride as you tackle numerous climbs, but the end of each uphill battle presents rewards like none other in the world with spectacular views over green rice fields and limestone mountains.
Having soaked up the unique and fascinating history of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, you'll head to the former French colonial hill station of Sapa. This popular getaway is an introduction to the first gentle climbs as you tackle dirt tracks and revel in the greenery. The tour moves through the gears as you head further into the remote mountain valleys.
Everywhere you look green sprawling land surrounds you, but in the valleys of the mountains dazzling colour pops up in the vibrant hill tribes you'll be fortunate to meet. These include the Hmong, Dai and Tsao from whom you'll learn about their culture from local and experienced guides.
The last stop in Vietnam is the historic city of Dien Bien Phu, an important landmark location where the country secured its independence from French colonization in a brutal battle in 1954. It is a fascinating place to explore before bidding farewell and rolling your wheels into the land of Laos.
Given the arduous cycling, it is vital to rest and the quiet riverside village of Muang Ngoy has been picked to be place for you to rest your tired legs. Only accessible by boat, you'll travel four hours on a serene river to reach this picture perfect destination and lap up the wonderful village life.
This day of rest gears up for the big final push of riding as you head towards Laos’ former royal capital of Luang Prabang. The riding here is stunning with mountains following you all the way before we entering this wonderful spiritual city to explore and reflect on what has been an incredible journey together.
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Bring Your Own Bike
Quality Mountain BikeWe use well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes or disc brakes and Shimano components. Mountain bikes all have front suspension.