Adventure Backpacking Bike Tours Budget Travels Cycling Thai border to Vietnam border


Duration
9 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+
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What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Vietnam Border
Price includes
  • Accommodations as mentioned
  • Drinking water
  • English cycling guide
  • Fruit and snacks
  • Hotels as mentioned in the program
  • Public Boat
  • Support Vehicle
  • Tax
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bike hire
  • Other International flights
  • Service outside Laos
  • The other personal payment not mention in the itinerary
  • Visa Fee
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
Day 1

Chiangkhong (Thai border) – Bakbeng (Laos)

Cross the border into Laos through the bridge on Mekong River, after immigration formalities in Laos meet local guide and transfer for 20 minutes to pier, boarding on boat down the Mekong River, the longest river in Southeast Asia, the 7 longest in Asia and the 12 longest in the world, which flows from China along the Lao/Burma border, the Thai Lao border before turning east and running through the heart of Laos. The boatman prepares our lunch and we have in the boat. We visit the villages and see the countryside life style. Our journey takes around 7 - 8 hours look out for water buffalo and villagers doing their laundry as well as hundreds of smiling children enjoying the river. We finally arrive the small town of Pakbeng.

 Distance: No ride, boat trip 7 - 8 hours

  Accommodation: Phetsokxay hotel,

  Meal:  L/ D

Day 2

After breakfast we start riding to the capital district of Sayaboury province, it is a non-touristic area, and strange for local people to see tourists are riding on bicycles for long distance but they are very friendly and we can stop for photo at the villages and talk to them. We stop for lunch by the road and keep riding the rest to Sayaboury province where we stay overnight.  Sayaboury was a province of Siam (Thailand) colony from 1779, in 1904, the area of the province was ceded from Siam (Thailand) to the French Indochina colony. It is the only Laotian province that is completely to the west of the Mekong River, the province is quite mountainous. It has the largest concentration of elephants in Laos; it is home to Laos’ majority of domesticated Asian elephants. Approximately 75% of the nation's 560 domesticated elephants work in Sayaboury. Their main work duties are within the logging industry, which causes a loss in both wild and domestic elephant habitat. The area is little patrolled, which makes the enforcement of conservation measures difficult. It is also home to the annual Elephant Festival. The province is rich in timbers and is considered the rice basket of northern Laos. Distance: 87 km Meal: B, L, D Accommodation: Guesthouse

Today we cross the Mekong River from left side (Lao side) to the right side (Thai side) but we are riding in a remote area of Lao territory.  After 12 km cycle on new road along the Mekong River we cross The Mekong River by ferry to the other side and keep riding along the new road, this road was built in 2011 to connect the northeast provinces of Thailand to the south of China, we stop for lunch at a small district of Muang Gneun the border to Nan Province of Thailand.  After lunch we continue riding the rest 37 km to our destination of Hongsa district where we stay overnight. 

  • The Mekong River is a long boundary river between Laos and Thailand; it is a river that crosses at least one political border, either a border within a nation or an international boundary. It is the world's 12th longest river and the 7th longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km. From the Tibetan Plateau this river runs through China’s Yunnan province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. In 1995, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam established the Mekong River Commission to assist in the management and coordinated use of the Mekong's resources. In 1996 China and Burma (Myanmar) became "dialogue partners" of the MRC and the six countries now work together within a cooperative framework. The river is a major trading route linking China’s southwestern province of Yunnan to Laos, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand to the south, an important trade route between western China and Southeast Asia.

Distance: 86 km                                                                                 

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 3

Hongsa – Sayaboury

After breakfast we start riding to the capital district of Sayaboury province, it is a non-touristic area, and strange for local people to see tourists are riding on bicycles for long distance but they are very friendly and we can stop for photo at the villages and talk to them. We stop for lunch by the road and keep riding the rest to Sayaboury province where we stay overnight.

  • Sayaboury was a province of Siam (Thailand) colony from 1779, in 1904, the area of the province was ceded from Siam (Thailand) to the French Indochina colony. It is the only Laotian province that is completely to the west of the Mekong River, the province is quite mountainous. It has the largest concentration of elephants in Laos; it is home to Laos’ majority of domesticated Asian elephants. Approximately 75% of the nation's 560 domesticated elephants work in Sayaboury. Their main work duties are within the logging industry, which causes a loss in both wild and domestic elephant habitat. The area is little patrolled, which makes the enforcement of conservation measures difficult. It is also home to the annual Elephant Festival. The province is rich in timbers and is considered the rice basket of northern Laos.

Distance: 87 km

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 4

Sayaboury – LuangPrabang

After breakfast we head east along the road to LuangPrabang and cross by bridge back to the left side of the Mekong River, no big climb today, lunch pack will be brought by our guide and we stop for lunch by the road when we are hungry, we reach LuangPrabang in Late afternoon.

  • 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.

Distance: 115 km

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: Sanctuary hotel or similar

Day 5

LuangPrabang (city tour)

After breakfast, 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.

  • 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.

Distance: 30 km (1 way)

Meal: B

Accommodation: Sanctuary hotel or similar

Day 6

LuangPrabang – Pakmong

We transfer out of town head north on road 13th north after 1 h driving we start riding through the villages and rice fields, riding today is easy, the road is up and down hill no big climb. Lunch pack will be brought from LuangPrabang and we stop for lunch when we feel hungry, after 80 riding we reach the junction of Pakmong where we stay overnight.

Distance: 110 km

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: guesthouse

Day 7

Pakmong – Udomxai

Today is the hard day we ride from our guesthouse riding along Route 13 north towards Udomxai we go straight on the direction to China, after 10 km the road starts to wind upwards and we start the first of a series of long climbs through high mountains but scenery is perfect. We are in the land of the Hmong (high Lander) who are known as originally live in high elevation in northern Laos, in former time they lived by growing opium. After long climb, we rest on the first peak for water, snacks and seasonal fruits then we continue downhill before the second and the third peak, lunch will be prepared by our guide and we stop on the way when we are hungry and the last section of 20 km is easy downhill to our destination of Udomxai province know as China town. (a lot of Chinese start their business here)

Distance: 81 km

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Villa Keosermsack

Day 8

Udomxai - Muangkua

After breakfast, we head east in direction to Vietnam, you should be feeling refreshed, although it is a gradual downhill it is up hill in some places but do not worry it is not too steep. There are some excellent photo opportunities of the friendly Khmu tribe and their families. Lunch is prepared by our guide and helpers so we can find a nice spot for lunch stop by the stream. Today is a great day of riding. 

Distance: 100 km

 Meals: B / L / D

 Accommodation: Phongpadit GH

Day 9

Muang kua (Laos) – Tay Trang border - Dien Bien Phu

Meet Lao guide and driver with bikes at Tay Trang border check point,

we ride from hotel head to Vietnam border after 10 km flat and undulating through Local villages we start climbing up for 10 km, after climbing the road is descend, we stop for lunch at a small town, after lunch we keep riding up and down hill, we start climbing up the last 14 km to Lao immigration Lao immigration, after immigration formalities; meet Vietnamese guide and say good bye to Lao guide and driver.

Meals:  B / L   

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Accommodation:

All accommodations are not luxury hotels but good quality

 

Meals:

Breakfast: breakfast will be served at the hotels

Lunch: Some days we will not find the restaurant for lunch on the way, lunch pack will be brought from the restaurant where we stay by our guide; it would be fried rice, sandwiches, noodle soup, or Lao food such as sticky rice, grilled fish, and chicken.

Dinner: we will have at the restaurant and most are Lao food. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking

 

Support vehicles:

For group of 6 or less than 6 bikers we will be supported by air conditioned mini bus, for group of 7 – 10 bikers we will be supported by 1 minibus and 1 truck. The vehicles follow us the whole way, and you will be well looked after, All of our staff have been trained to serve for cycling tour support vehicles will follow around 100 - 150 m behind the last cyclist, when you cycle you feel free and incase of any problem for your bike you will be helped immediately, water stop is every 1 – 1:30 h or every 15 – 25 km depending on the road condition and the cyclists.

 

Bikes:

We provide trek mountain bikes (Trek 3900, trek 4300) for hire

 

Mechanic and bike repairs:

Basic spares, tools and a basic first aid kit are carried in the support vehicle such as alum key set, chain splitter, puncture repair kit, pumper…incase of any problem you just stop and you will be helped by our mechanic and helpers

 

Weather:

There are two seasons in Laos: from March to September is hot and raining with temperatures 30 -40 C. From October to February is winter with the temperatures 10 - 30 C, it also depends on which part of the country, northern part is cooler than southern part. In winter season is the best time to travel in Laos and riding conditions are perfect.

 

Passports and visas:

Visa can be obtained from Lao embassies and consulates abroad; in addition, visa can be obtained on arrival at international checkpoints and the cost for this is from 30 – 42 US$ in cash with a validity of 30 days(the cost of visa is different from every nationality )  and you will also need one passport photograph

Note: Laos Visa processed on arrival (1 passport-sized photos and US$ cash required for processing).

Important note: Verify your passport is valid for at least six months after your date of exit from Laos. You may not be permitted to get in Laos with less than 6 months expiration on your passport

 

Currency:

 

The official currency in Laos is Kip.

1 US$ equivalent to 8900 Lao kip.

1 Thai Baht equivalent to 290 Lao kip.

When you travel in Laos, it is necessary to have some Lao currency; you can change at the exchange unit at the border check point or at the bank. Credit card and traveler check are possible only in the banks and some shops in the big city; US dollar or Thai baht are possible when you buy in the big shops in the big city, you should have some cash.

 

What to bring:

Jackets, padded cycling shorts, T- shirt, cycling shoes, socks, stiff-soled cycling shoes (if needed) cloves, sun classes, sun cream, camel bag or water bottle and the other personal stuff needed (camera, video camera, MP 3…)

Or any other gifts for kids during cycling days when you pass the villages (pens, pencils, books or toys)

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Cycling Thai border to Vietnam border

Duration
9 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+

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