SpiceRoads has launched a new 14-day tour of
Vietnam and Laos.
The Remote Vietnam and Laos by Bike tour will
take cyclists from bustling Hanoi to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang
traditional local communities nestled in stunning landscapes and
fascinating historical sites.
The tour has been designed
for people who want to get away from the main tourist
thoroughfare, stay in authentic guest houses, and eat as a local.
The first day starts with a short transfer out of
the frenetic city of Hanoi and into the peaceful countryside. The
tour includes a visit to local artisans in Bat Trang, a leisurely
cruise through three natural caves, and a visit to the ancient
capital of the Dinh and Ly dynasties. After a night in Cuc Phuong
National Park, the tour heads to the beautiful Mai Chau valley
before cycling across the border into Laos at Na Meo. In Laos,
there is a visit to the Vieng Xai caves, a nighttime wildlife
safari along the Nam Nern River, and a trip to the prehistoric
Plain of Jars. The tour ends in the enchanting Luang Prabang.
Highlights of the tour include:
- Riding through remote
regions of Vietnam and Laos;
- Travelling by boat on the Ngo
Dong River to Bich Dong Pagoda;
- Staying in Vietnam's largest
national park, Cuc Phuong National Park;
- Visiting the
Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, where a wide variety of native
monkeys and gibbons are saved from wildlife smugglers;
Discovering the serene Mai Chau valley surrounded by rice fields
and stilt houses;
- Exploring some of the 480 Vieng Xai caves
used by the Communist army during the Vietnam War;
spotting in the jungles of Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected
- Cycling through the historical Plain of Jars; and
Boating to the famous Buddha-filled Pak Ou Cave.
The tour cycles on paved roads, alongside rivers,
through lush paddy fields, into karst landscapes and peaceful
villages before taking on some climbs to truly appreciate the
views of the surrounding natural splendors.
On days when the
climbs are tough, distances cycled are shortened; rides vary
between 30 and 70 km per day with the option of cycling 100 km for
The journey takes a route less frequented, and therefore
some overnight stays at guesthouses will be basic (but clean),
with shared facilities.
The tour cost is US$2,950
with an additional US$180 for bike rental. The single supplement
is US$325. The tour cost is inclusive of accommodation, the
majority of meals, support vehicle, and drinks and snacks while
Bookings for 2015 tours (Sep, Oct, Dec) will
include free bike rental.
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