Hanoi to Laos Mountain Bike Epic
Vietnam, Bike - Semi Slick, 14 days - from £1,675 (land only) - from €1,995 (land only) - from $2,765 (land only)
Long and tough and logistically challenging, this is probably the best backroads cycling holiday in SE Asia!
- An epic mountain biking journey from NW Vietnam into Laos
- Cycle the Tram Ton Pass, the highest in Vietnam
- Daily encounters with a colourful mix of hill tribe people
- Spend a free day in the historic town of Dien Bien Phu
- The best and toughest backroads biking holiday in SE Asia
This classic ‘out there' cycling adventure takes us through Indochina's most spectacular mountain scenery, close to Vietnam's border with China. After a couple of days biking at Sapa, we set off on a long traverse of some pretty wild country, that will eventually take us into Laos. Beyond the Tram Ton Pass (2000m), the highest road pass in Vietnam, we cross into a land known to the local Hmong people as ‘beyond the clouds', with our route snaking its way between lofty passes and steeply terraced river valleys. Staying in a succession of traditional towns we'll discover the ‘Montagnards', the amazingly colourful minority tribes that continue to make their living amongst these high valleys and villages. Crossing into the mountainous northern part of Laos, we will find ourselves in a country only recently emerging from its turbulent past, where it will feel as if we are riding back in time. Unused to meeting foreign tourists, the Laotians retain a rare and innocent charm. Our adventure ends in Luang Prabang, where we can celebrate amongst the faded French Colonial elegance of this most atmospheric of Asian cities. A flight to Bangkok and a night in the Thai capital is included in the holiday price. This amazing holiday offers a unique opportunity to ride this route.
Is this holiday for you?
SEMI-SLICK ADVENTURE. Riding on a combination of quiet roads, jeep tracks and village trails through a remote and rarely-visited mountainous region, this is a classic KE point-to-point journey. It is also a long and challenging trip that will suit fit and experienced riders only. Starting out with a couple of easier rides, we build up to some challenging ‘all-day' cycling, with several 100 kilometre days. Support is provided throughout the trip by a combination of jeep, minibus and motor bike according to the condition of the road. Bike hire available locally.