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)
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)
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)
Day 6: Muangkua – Nongkiaw
After breakfast we get on the long tail boat on Nam Ou River. The boat journey takes us down one of the most beautiful stretches of all the rivers of Laos. The lime stone mountains become steeper as further south we go and the amazing landscape passing by in a quiet and relaxing place after 4 hours we arrive Muang Ngoi village (it was the capital district of LuangPrabang province controlled by communist before 1975 during Indochina war) lunch at the restaurant. After lunch continue another an hour to Nongkiew. Stay overnight at BanLao bungalows (I recommend to stay and eat with local people)
By boat to Nongkiaw for 5 h, stay overnight at Banlao bungalows
Ride: no ride.
Accommodation: Phaxang Resort
Day 7: Nong Khiaw excursion around Muang Ngoi
After a leisurely breakfast, one-hour cruise by longtail boat to Muang Ngoi, base for hiking to remote villages in the area. Muang Ngoi was controlled by the communist before 1975 and the province was under control of Pathet Lao. During Vietnam War, people in this area hid in the caves in the day times and worked at night because of continuous bombing ( land mines remain in the area).
Today, trekking to Tham Kang through stunning scenery, where, according to local legend, a sacred Naga resides. Also visiting in the villages of Ban Na and Thai Daeng before returning back to Nong Khiaw by boat in the afternoon for dinner and accommodation, and perhaps another leg massage before tomorrow’s ride.
Day 8: Nongkiaw – LuangPrabang
After breakfast we ride from Nongkiew to the junction after 30 km we turn left to LuangPrabang, transfer last 30 km to LuangPrabang.
Ride: 110 km.
Meals: (B / L / D).
Accommodation: Ancient Luangprabang hotel or Phousi hotel.
Day 9: LuangPrabang
For this day, you can choose as following option:
Option 1: After having breakfast we cycle 30 km to water fall and have lunch there.
Option 2: Haft day cycle around town to discover the small city of LuangPrabang and visit the oldest temples in the town and cycle 5 km out of town to visit handicraft paper and the weaving village then come back to the town for lunch at nice restaurant by the Mekong River, after noon free.
option 3: Free.
There is plenty to do in LuangPrabang. The town is a beautifully preserved and in 1995 it was added to UNESCO`s World heritage list. Most of the best temples of Lao/ French architecture are along Phothisalat road, which is where you will find the royal palace museum. You should also see Xieng Thong temple, King Setthathirat built it in 1559 before moving the capital city of the land of million elephants from LuangPrabang to Vientiane. Before1975 it considered to be the royal temple. In the afternoon, you can climb Mount Phousi for great views of the town and sun set
Ride: option 1 = 30 km.
option 2 = 12 km.
Meals: (B / L)
Accommodation: Ancient Luangprabang hotel or Phousi hotel.
Day 10: LuangPrabang – 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.
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Staffs and support 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.
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)
Full support with truck and mini bus.
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:
Personal travel insurance
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: firstname.lastname@example.org