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Your journey begins in the old historical city of Hanoi, take your time to explore the old French quarter with its many preserved buildings and sights. Take the overnight train up to the beautiful hill town of Sapa with is many rice terraces. From here you will begin cycling through the wild northern hills close to the Chinese border before crossing into Laos. Laos is like stepping back in time with is old traditions still very prevalent alongside limited modern developments. Cycle through the valleys before taking a boat ride down a stunning stretch of river eventually reaching the UNESCO Town of Luang Prabang where you can have a well-deserved rest under the shade of the tree lined colonial boulevards.

 

Notes

  • There is surcharge for travelling on Lunar New Year, Christmas, regional New Year, Tet and other public holidays throughout the region please check with your consultant for date confirmation.
  • Please note that this proposed itinerary is subject to availability. We will only proceed with all reservations upon receiving your written confirmation. We recommend your confirmation as early as possible to.
  • Flight times and the daily order of sightseeing are subject to change.
  • Transfer times are approximate and subject to local conditions at the time of travel.
  • All flight times are local.
  • All cycling and trekking/walking distances displayed are approximate and subject to the guests’ ability and availability of the route, the guide will use his discretion to ensure safety and comfort for all participants.
  • All Destinations: Our guides are briefed not to promote or recommend any specific shopping outlets, curio stores, gem factories or outlets. INDOTREK operates a strict policy on this matter. Should your guide recommend any form of shopping or any other commercial activity outside of what may have been included in this itinerary, INDOTREK can accept no responsibility should you decide to accept any such recommendations.

 

Disclaimer

Hotels and services in the itinerary are proposed for your review only. We will book services once we receive your official booking requirement and payment. Booking status will be advised afterward. In case we cannot book hotel as we initially proposed due to their unavailability, we will choose a similar hotel in the same category and discuss with you for your final approval as the price may change.

 

Hotel check out is normally 12:00pm but sometimes earlier. Check-in is after 14:00pm. Early check-in and late checkout is subject to availability only.

 

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed in the proposal, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes made as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to flight schedules or other operational factors.

 

Singles Joining – If you are joining a trip as a solo traveller please add the single supplement to the trip price. If you are willing to share a room please let us know and we will do our best to find someone for you to share with, we will inform you before finalizing the final payment of the trip.

 

BOOKING AND PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY

A non-refundable deposit of 30% of total trip cost per person is required to confirm your tour. Please note that the full balance, as indicated on our confirmation which will be sent to you, is due 45 days before your departure date. If you are booking within 45 days of your departure date the full amount is due when booking. Failure to pay by the due date could be considered as a cancellation on your part and we reserve the right to impose cancellation charges as detailed below (These are default conditions unless you have a predetermined, overriding agreement with us).

 

 

CANCELLATION CHARGES

Notice of cancellation of your holiday by you once it has been confirmed must be in writing to us. Cancellation charges will be calculated from the date we receive written notice of cancellation. Any amendment charges that arose before the cancellation, and any deposits paid for any pre-booked items or services will still be payable.

If we cancel your holiday you will receive a full refund of all monies paid to us.

Deposits are non-refundable.

Land & internal air cancellation fees apply.

In addition cancellation fees per person/ per trip.

Days prior to Departure

45 or more Deposit
30 – 44 50% of total tour cost
21 – 29 75% of total tour cost
0 – 20 100% of total tour cost

 

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Itineraries

Day 1

Hanoi Arrival

Our English speaking guide will meet your group at your hotel lobby for a trip briefing at 18:30pm.

Meal: None

Day 2

Hanoi City Experience

With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the day at the historic Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, this imposing monument, lavishly built using marble and granite is where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. Afterwards, you can visit One Pillar Pagoda which is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. Wind your way to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoian culture and appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture. In the afternoon, visit the serene Museum of Ethnology, a 20-minute drive out of town that offers a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups.

Lunch is at a local restaurant.

Drive back to central Hanoi for a walking tour through the Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life, then cap off the day with a show at the water puppet theatre – a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes of rural life and episodes of national history. Later depart to the railway station for your overnight sleeper train to the North.

NOTE: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday & Friday, all afternoons and from early September until mid-November for maintenance (the closed period is subject to change by the Mausoleum Management). Ho Chi Minh’s House is closed on the afternoon of Monday & Friday. Museum of Ethnology is also closed on Mondays. An alternative visiting sight in the city can be arranged without surcharge if time permits.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Lao Cai to Sapa for full day trekking

Pick up and transfer you to local restaurant for a breakfast before head south of Sapa town into the Muong Hoa valley, home to the largest terraced rice fields in Vietnam. If you are lucky enough visit between May and October, it will coincide with the planting and harvesting time and provides a chance to see the local farmers in action. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of the Giay minority. The magnificent views of the terraced fields, Fansipan mountain range and the cool climate all contribute to an excellent experience. Enjoy boxed lunch on the way. Continue to trek through farmlands and rolling hills to Giang Ta Chai village to visit Red Dao people. Tonight you will be treated with local culinary delights complimented from the village. Experience this homestay with the friendly and welcoming hosts who will introduce you to some of their local traditions.

Overnight at a homestay.

Note:
- The homestay standard is very basic. The bedding and mosquito net may be not be to the same standard as a hotel; however, this is a great way to get in tune with nature and to experience local life in Sapa.
- We can change homestay to hotel if unexpected bad weather

Trekking: Approx. 10 kilometres
Difficulty: Easy
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Sapa – Thac Bac – Tram Ton Pass – Tam Duong – Lai Chau

In the morning, take in the sounds of the countryside over breakfast and learn all about H’Mong life and culture with your English-speaking hosts. Transfer back Sapa and start riding out of Sapa to complete the 15 kilometre road climb up to Tram Ton pass – the highest road pass in Vietnam at 2,000 metres. We then have a superb 25 kilometre descent into a beautiful valley. The countryside is truly wonderful as we pass tea plantations and all inhabitants are from minority tribes. The weather always seems to get clearer this side of the mountains and if we look back we should get views of Fansipan (3,143 metres) the highest mountain in Indochina. At the small town of Tam Duong we will have lunch and then turn left off the main road to cycle 28 kilometres on a lovely country lane through the remote villages of Ban Hon and Ban Giang. We have now left any sign of other western tourists and are in a land of rice paddies, small coffee plantations and sharp limestone cliffs. We finish the day in the new city of Lai Chau.

Cycling distance: Approx. 50-60 Kilometres
Difficulty: Challenge
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Lai Chau – Sin Ho – Muong Lay

Following breakfast we have a short transfer of around 45 kilometres to avoid traffic and construction on the main road. Just after the town of Phong Tho we turn off the main road to start cycling on a quiet country road. Transfer and then ride uphill of 20 kilometres to a pass at 1,630 m before a short 5 kilometre drop down the market town of Sin Ho where we have lunch. After lunch the cycling is superb as we make our way across a high plateau covered in hill tribe villages before we start a 1,300 m descent to Chan Nua where we meet the main road again. Depending on time we will either ride or transfer the last 30 kilometres to our riverside hotel.

Cycling distance: Approx. 60 kilometres
Difficulty: Challenge
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Muong Lay – Dien Bien Phu

Another hilly day but we start nice and easy following a river for 15 kilometres before starting our first climb of the day, after a further 19 kilometres we reach a pass at 860 m. At the top we'll take a break at a well-located tea shop for refreshments. The average gradient of the pass is relatively easy averaging around 6 -8 %. Dropping down to a plateau around 400 metres we will stop regularly at some of the last hill tribe villages and have lunch in a local restaurant, where our guide can introduce you to the local customs and we prepare a broad smile to greet the kids as we cycle through paddy fields on the final flat stretch into the historic town of Dien Bien Phu.

Cycling distance: Approx. 65 kilometres
Difficulty: Challenge
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Dien Bien Phu – Border (Tay Trang/ Sop Hun border) – Muang Khua

Today we say goodbye to Vietnam and hello to Laos. We start the day with a short transfer to the quiet border crossing where it takes between 1-2 hours to complete immigration formalities. We’ll swap crews, pick up our new bikes and begin the journey to the riverside town of Muang Khua. The ride is beautiful as we descend at first on a recently built but very quiet road, cycling through remote villages mainly comprised of Red or Black Thai ethnic tribes. After lunch there is a short climb for 10 kilometres before dropping down to Tat Muang Khoua (390 metres) a small sleepy market town built on a steep hillside at the confluence of two rivers, offering plenty of great viewpoints.

Cycling distance: Approx. 69 kilometres
Difficulty: Moderate
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Muang Khua – Oudomxay

Today is an exhilarating long cycle to the town of Oudomxay is one of the most beautiful places in Laos, located in the upper North. A place where you can experience untouched nature as well as cultural life. It is considered as one province that has lots of potential for trade. It creates lots of interest for both domestic and foreign business investors.

Along the way you will have a good chance to meet local hill tribe people working on their farms. Take a well-earned rest this evening in your hotel.

Cycling distance: 126 kilometres
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Oudomxay – Pak Mong – Nam Thouam

Today is another long day in the saddle, after a 50km cycle and we will arrive at a traditional Hmong village, where they make paper from bamboo and if time allows you can join them with a hands-on in bamboo paper-making. Afterwards, we continue our trip to Pak Mong, here is the junction that the local people use as a connection road to go to Nong Khiaw, Viengthong and Luang Prabang.

Tonight we will spend the night in a simple guesthouse in Nam Thouam village.

Cycling distance: Approx. 104 kilometres
Difficulty: Challenge
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Nam Thouam – Luang Prabang

The last long ride of the trip! Cycling a relatively quiet undulating road, it is satisfying to cycle into the beautiful and historic town of Luang Prabang to end our epic journey. Situated on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong River, Luang Prabang is well-known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms, you should be able to see this tomorrow. Evening to relax at leisure.

Cycling distance: Approx. 92 kilometres
Difficulty: Moderate
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Luang Prabang Experience

Today’s trip combines cycling, trekking and boating in a beautiful rural area along the Mekong River. We will experience local daily life and the unique culture. Enjoy the chance to interact with the friendly local people of various ethnic minorities before short boat trip down the mighty Mekong!

Tonight you will have a Farewell dinner at Tamnaklao restaurant. Tamnak Lao means "The Residence" because this restaurant is located in one of the original French-style homes built in Luang Prabang. Traditional Laos food prepared and cooked in elegant colonial surroundings.

Activity: Approx. 5 hours cycling (39 km), 2 hours walking, 20 minutes boat trip
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Luang Prabang Departure

This morning we will visit the museum at the former Royal Palace Museum which was built between 1904 & 1905, during the French colonial times as a residence for King Sisavangvong; We then continue to the monasteries of Wat Xieng Thong which is also known as the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang. The next stop is Wat Visoun temple which was built by King Visounnarath 500 years ago in 1513!

Option: This morning is free at leisure until time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Meal: Breakfast
  • Experienced English speaking local guides (different guide in Vietnam and Laos).
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and support truck for cycling days (from 05 pax up).
  • Bicycle rental and helmet for cycling days.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing.
  • Snack and fresh fruit for cycling day.
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.
  • Train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai (shared 4 berth cabin).
  • Mechanic support from 07 pax up.
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room in hotel, and shared room in homestay with daily breakfast.
  • Basic first aid kit.
  • International flight to Hanoi/from Luang Prabang.
  • Vietnam, Laos visa.
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home.
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters. We recommend 5 USD/person/day for guide, 3 USD/person/day for driver and 3 USD/person/hotel when you check in/out. This is for guidance only.
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks.
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.

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