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Duration
11 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+
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Destination
Departure Location
Vietnam Border
Price includes
  • Accommodations as mentioned
  • Drinking water
  • English cycling guide
  • Fruit and snacks
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Support Vehicle
  • Tax
Price does not include
  • All Flights
  • Bike hire
  • Insurance
  • 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 10
  • Day 11
Day 1

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

Meet Lao guide and driver with bikes at Tay Trang border check point, after immigration formalities; we ride from Lao immigration, after 14 km descent to the bottom we keep riding other 13 km on undulating road to a small town of Muangmai for lunch. After lunch we start climbing up on some descent and ascent road to the top. We ride downhill for 10 km to the bottom and easy ride the rest 10 km to our destination of Muangkua.

Distance: Dien Bian to border = 30 km (From Lao immigration to hotel) 70 km

Meals:  B / L / D         

Accommodation: Sernaly hotel

Day 2

Muangkua - Udomxai

After breakfast, we head east in direction to Udomxai province, 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: 103 km

Meals: B / L / D

Accommodation: Villa keosermsack

Day 3

Udomxai – Pakmong

Today is the hard day with the big climb, continuing along Route 13 north towards Luangprabang.after 5 km from guesthouse 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 the next 30 km to the second and the third peak for lunch stop, after lunch it is down, down and down as we descend 30 km into the valley, this is a last downhill. At the end of the descent, we arrive at Pakmong, a village that marks the junction at where the road turns towards Luangprabang.

Distance: 81 km

Meals: B / L / D

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 4

Pakmong – LuangPrabang

After breakfast we ride along Route 13 north head to LuangPrabang, today is the longest day, the road is up and down hill but no big climb, it is easy ride. At kilometer 30 to LuangPrabang we turn from road 13 on dirt road toward the Mekong River at Pak Ou village and visit Buddha caves. Optional riding or driving the last 30 km to LuangPrabang,

Distance: 110 km

Meals: B / L

Accommodation: Villa Phoumalin

Day 5

Luang Prabang (free day)

Today is free to explore the world heritage town yourself. We recommend getting up early to see Buddhist daily activity at 6:00 AM to view traditional alms procession of monks passing slowly through town, and afterwards, visit the local morning market open every morning to see the local products that people at the country side bring from their villages to sell early morning. It is easy day to visit temple, former royal palace and other sites in 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.

            Meal: B

            Accommodation: Villa Phoumalin or similar

Day 6

LuangPrabang – Kewkacham

We ride out of town and join route 13 heading south. Today’s ride will take us up around 1000 meters in elevation and the climbs start almost as soon as we leave town .we ride out of the Mekong valley and into the mountains, following the Khan river. We pass many villages and stop for refreshments every 15 or 20 km. we will take the left folk staying on route 13, then start a series of tough climbs. After 15 km of climbing (1005 m above sea level), we are rewarded by a 14 km descent to Nam ming (350 m above sea level) where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we have one last climb (20 km) into the mountains to Phou Dam before we drop down to Kew Kacham where our destination ( 1340 m above sea level ) . Accommodation is basic but dinner is good and there is plenty of Beer Lao.

Altitude: LuangPrabang = 270 m. Kewkacham = 1340 m

Distance: 78 km

Meals: B / L / D

Accommodation: Kewkacham guesthouse (primitive and share bath room, 24 h electricity)

Day 7

Kewkacham - Kasi

Our guide will prepare breakfast. This area is the coldest place in our trip especially in the morning, as we ride along the mountain ridge for 20 km. At 22 km, we start our first climb of the day for 8 km. After the big junction (the highest point on this route) where route 7 goes to the plain of jars we turn right along the Route 30 north to the restaurant with the panoramic view, 40 km from our destination Kasi, after lunch we continue down route 13, this 25 km descent is one of the best in southeast Asia, we will enjoy a most excellent after noon ride. At the bottom we have a short climb before a flat ride into a small town of Kasi where we stay overnight.

Altitude: Kewkacham = 1340 m. Kasi = 405 m

Distance: 94 km

Meals: B / L / D

Accommodation:  guesthouse (good guesthouse with private bathroom and hot shower. 24 h electricity)  

Day 8

Kasi - Vangvieng

We should be able to do today’s ride in a single morning leaving extra relaxation time in Vanvieng. We continue along route 13 and although there are some short climbs most of the ride is downhill or flat. The scenery is just beautiful and you should really enjoy stretching your legs. We will stop for refreshments a few times along the way, but we make a main stop after 50 km at a big village of Ban Phatang we you can take great pictures of fantastic view. The last 18 km is a fast flat ride among the spectacular limestone mountains. We will reach the hotel in time to enjoy lunch overlooking the river. The afternoon is free to explore the town or take a swim in the river. Vangvieng has a lively traveler’s scene with all the usual accompanying facilities: e-mail, pubs, pizza and many young foreigners. 

Altitude: Kasi = 405 m. Vangvieng = 280 m

Distance: 55 km

Meal:  B

Accommodation: elephant crossing hotel or similar

Day 9

Vangvieng - Thalat

We have a long ride today but easy ride so we will want to leave early. Riding today there are more traffic so please remember to keep riding on right side all the time. We continue along the route 13 and stop for refreshment every 20 or 25 km. The rest of the morning is along undulating roads to Hinherb village. After 69 km we reach a long bridge, we stop for lunch in a restaurant. The afternoon ride is along fast flat roads. After 83 km, we turn left at a main junction of Phonhong town. After 15 km of riding along the flat road and takes us into the town of Thalat near the NamNgum dam.

Altitude: Vangvieng = 280 m. Thalat 190 m

Distance: 100 km

Meals: B / L / D

Accommodation: Guesthouse 

Day 10

Thalat - Vientiane

We ride out of Thalat pass the NamNgum dam, we have one sharp hill in the morning then it is all fairly flat, we stop for lunch in a local restaurant when we feel like it. We regroup before getting into town and then we cycle to hotel. Dinner is at KuaLao restaurant.

Altitude:  Thalat = 190 m. Vientiane = 180 m

Distance: 93 km

Meala: B / L  

Accommodation: Sengtawan hotel or similar

Day 11

Departure

Transfer to the airport.

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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 Vietnam border to Lao capital

Duration
11 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+

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