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Day 1: Chiengkhong (Thailand) – Viengphoukha (Laos)

Cross the border from Thailand to Laos, after immigration formalities in Laos, transfer from border 30 km, the rest of 90 km we ride through the hill tribe villages of Kamu and Lolandders. Lunch in the shade under trees by the road wherever we feel hungry. Lunch is prepared by our guide and helpers. We arrive at the small town of Viengphoukha in the late afternoon.

Ride:  90 km on good quality asphalt road.
Accommodation: primitive guesthouse (no electricity)
Meals:  (L/D)

Day 2: ViengPhouKha – LuangNamTha

We have breakfast at local restaurant. Our guide will help the restaurant prepare for the group. The riding distance today is only 51 km, on an undulating road, not as difficult as day 1. We also ride through hill tribe villages with a lot of children running out from their houses, greeting us  “SABAIDEE” in Lao language (“HELLO!) We arrive and have lunch in LuangNamTha at noon.

Ride:  51 km on good quality asphalt road.
Meals: B / L / D
Accommodation: boat landing guesthouse (nice bungalows with private bath and 24 h electricity)

 

biketour5 Day 3: Luangnamtha – Muangsing – Luangnamtha
Ride from guesthouse to a small town of Muangsing, close  to the Chinese border. Today’s ride will take us through    the most jungle covered mountains anywhere on the route,  the road crosses two valleys LuangNamTha and  Muangsing, so there will be some climbing, lunch in a  restaurant, hill tribe village, and a drive back to    LuangNamTha, where we will stay overnight at a boat      landing guesthouse.

 

Ride: 60 km on good quality asphalt road
Meals: (B / L / D)
Accommodation: boat landing guesthouse


Day 4: Luangnamtha – Udomxai

Transfer the first 43 km from the guesthouse to the junction to China, ride 84 km to Udomxai. Today we ride through the villages of Thai Lu, Kmue, and Hmong ethnic groups. The variety of these groups throughout the hills of the north of the country is a highlight of this trip. Lunch is prepared by our guide and helpers. We will eat when we feel hungry and will have lunch by the road under a tree. We arrive Udomxai in late afternoon.


Ride
: 84 km on good quality asphalt road
Meals: (B / L / D)
Accommodation: Litthavixai guesthouse with private bathroom and 24 h electricity

Day 5: Udomxai – Muangkhua
After breakfast, we head west toward the Vietnam border. Though the route is a gradual descent it ascends in some places. It is not too steep however. There are some excellent photo opportunities of the friendly Khmu tribe and their families. Lunch is prepared by our guide and helpers. We will find a nice spot for lunch stop by a stream. Today is a great day of riding.
Ride from Udomxai to MuangKhua, stay overnight at Xernaly Hotel

Ride: 103 km
Meals:( B / L / D)
Accommodation: Xernaly Hotel (with private bath, power by generator from 6 – 10 pm)

 

biketour6Day 6: Muangkua – Pakmong

After breakfast we get on the long tail boat on Nam Ou River. The boat journey takes us down one of the most beautiful River stretches in Laos. The lime stone mountains become steeper the further south we go. The amazing landscape is quiet and relaxing. After 4 hours we arrive Muang Ngoi village. Muang Ngoi Village was the capital district of LuangPrabang province controlled by communists before 1975 during the Indochina War. We lunch at a restaurant. After lunch we continue another an hour to Nongkiaw. We start riding from Nongkiaw. After 30 km we reach the junction of Pakmong village, where we stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Ride: 30 km

Meals: (B,L,D)
Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 7: Pakmong – LuangPrabang
After breakfast we turn right at the junction and again ride along Route 13 north head to LuangPrabang. Today is the longest day, the road ascends and descends but it is not as long as day 6. At kilometer 30 to LuangPrabang we turn from road 13 to a dirt road toward the Mekong River at Pak Ou village and visit Buddha caves. Riding is optional for the last 30 km to LuangPrabang.

Ride: 110 km
Meals: (B / L / D)
Accommodation:  SalaPrabang Hotel

Day 8: LuangPrabang
Day free in Luang Prabang.

Meal: (B)
Accommodation: SalaPrabang Hotel

 

biketour7 Day 9: LuangPrabang – Kiewkacham 

We ride out of town and join route 13 heading south. Today’s ride will rise around 1000 meters in elevation. Climbing starts almost as soon as we leave town. We ride out of the Mekong valley and into the mountains, following the Khan river. We fork left 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 stop for lunch. After lunch, we have one last climb (20 km) into the mountains to Phou Dam before we drop down to Kiew Kacham (1340 m above sea level). Accommodation is basic but dinner is good and there is plenty of Lao Beer.

Altitude: LuangPrabang = 270 m. Kewkacham = 1340 m
Ride: 82 km
Meals: (B / L / D)
Accommodation: Kiewkacham guesthouse (primitive with shared bath, 24 h electricity)


Day 10: Kiewkacham  –  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. We stop for lunch at Phoukhoun, 46 km from Kasi, our destination, at an altitude of 1300 m. This is a big crossroads where Route 7 enters the Plain of Jars. We continue down Route 13. This 25 km descent is one of the best in Southeast Asia. We enjoy an excellent after noon ride, regrouping at a abridge across a small stream at 75 km. We then have a short climb before a flat ride into Kasi where we stay overnight.

Altitude: Kiewkacham = 1340 m. Kasi = 405 m
Ride: 94 km
Meals: (B / L / D)
Accommodation: Vanphisith guesthouse (good guesthouse with private bath and hot shower. 24 h electricity)

Day 11: 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. Though there are short climbs most of the ride is downhill or flat. The scenery is beautiful and you should really enjoy stretching your legs. The large village of Ban Phatang. The last 18 km is a fast flat ride among 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 foreigners.

Altitude: Kasi = 405 m. Vangvieng = 280 m
Ride: 58 km
Meals:  (B / L)
Accommodation: Elephant Crossing Hotel.

Day 12: VangVieng – Thalat

We have a long ride today and the heat may be the factor so we will want to get on the road early. We continue along Route 13 and stop for refreshments 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, and 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 we enter the town of Thalat near the NamNgum dam. We stay in Napakuang Resort where we have dinner.

Altitude: VangVieng = 280 m. Thalat 190 m
Ride: 100 km
Meals: (B / L / D)
Accommodation: Napakuang Resort (good room)

Day 13: Thalat – Vientiane
We ride out of Thalat, passing the Namngum dam. We have one sharp climb in the morning then it is fairly flat. We stop for lunch in a local restaurant when we feel like it. Riding today there is more traffic so remember to ride on the right side all the times. We regroup before getting into town. We then cycle to our hotel. Dinner is at the KuaLao restaurant.

Altitude:  Thalat = 190 m. Vientiane = 180 m
Ride: 93 km
Meals: (B / L / D)
Accommodation: Sengtawan hotel. Tel: (856) 21 219362. www.sengtawan.com

Day 14: Vientiane to Bangkok
After leisurely breakfast, transit to airport for one-hour flight to Bangkok. After arrival, transit by own taxi to riverfront hotel. Balance of day free in Bangkok or fly back to your country.

Meal: B

 

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Staffs and support team:

Lao team:
1  English speaking Lao guide (cycling guide)
1- 2 helper(s) that depending on the group size
1 support truck for all luggage and bicycles
1-2 mini buses depending on the group size.
          
Packing instruction: When packing you should understand that your main luggage would not be accessible during the day so if you have items you want to use please put them in a smaller “day pack “which we will store in the van. This applies to every day.

SUPPORTED TEAM

We will be supported by air conditioned mini bus and truck that have been specially modified for cycle tours. The vehicles follow us the whole time and are always available for tired cyclists. It is very easy to get bikes on and off the truck, so you can rest when you are tired and cycle whenever you fell like it, and you will be well looked after, all support vehicles will follow around 100 – 150 m behind the last cyclist, water stop is every 1 – 1:30 h or every 15 – 25 km depending on the road condition and the cyclists.

BIKE REPAIRS:

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicles such as alum key set, chain splitter, puncture repair kit, pumper, in case of any problem you just stop. Though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. If bringing your own bike please make sure that it is fully serviced prior to the trip to ensure that nothing serious is about to break.

WEATHER: There are two seasons in Laos: from March to September is hot and raining with temperatures between 25–40 C. From October to February is winter with the temperatures between 10-25 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.

VISA: 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 two passport photographs.

FOOD: Meals are included as per the itinerary where B= breakfast, L = lunch, D= dinner. Most meals are Lao food and it is very similar to Thai food. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.

LUNCH: Some days restaurants for lunch cannot be found. I normally bring sandwich components for all bikers (I bring bread, tuna, tomatoes, salad, cheese… Clients make their own sandwiches)

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)


TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Lao English speaking guide.(cycling guide)
Support truck.
All meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Drinking water. (big bottles for refilling)
Seasonal fruits. (Bananas, papayas, pineapples, mangoes…)
Soft drinks and Snacks.(Pepsi, Coke, Sprite, biscuits, crackers, dry peanuts…)
Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
Hotels and guesthouses as mentioned in the itinerary.

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Bike hire.
Personal travel insurance
Visa cost.
Flights
Airport tax
Laundry
Alcoholic beverages and drink at dinner
Other personal expenses

 

HOW TO BOOK TOUR:
1. Online booking
2. Phone booking:  +85620 55771646, +85671 254675
3. Email booking:   journeyofasia@gmail.com