Golden Triangle cycling tour in South East Asia

“Challenging 3 week small group cycling tour featuring mountainous terrain and some daily distances over 100kms, broken up by free days and a 2 day river cruise on the Mekong.”


Jinghong | Ganlanba village | Menglun botanical garden | Dai, Hani and Ailao mountain villages | Mengla | Mohan | Luang Namtha | Oudomxai | River Phak | Muang Khua | Nam Ou | Muang Ngoi | Pak Nam Nga | Laos homestay | Luang Prabang | 2 day cruise on Mekong River | Chiang Khong to Chiang Rai | Thaton to Chiang Dao | Chiang Mai |

Description of Golden Triangle cycling tour in South East Asia

This small group cycling tour in Southeast Asia follows sections of the Mekong River as it flows through southern China and into Laos before finally coming to rest in the walled city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.

Throughout, what is a challenging three week tour, cyclists will get to experience the tropical forests and waterways of Southeast Asia’s legendary Golden Triangle as well as coming face to face with many of the ethnic minority groups living in much the same way as they have for generations.

Most days consist of mornings spent in the saddle whilst afternoons are free to get orientated and settled in to new locally owned accommodation before either exploring on your own or under the guidance of a knowledgeable English speaking guide.

Village markets, Buddhist temples, street food stalls and regional restaurants make time away from your bike just as exciting as what you’ll experience on two wheels with luggage transfers, support vehicles and enthusiastic group leaders ensuring every effort has been made towards safety and comfort.

The majority of roads are paved to allow smooth passage however, this is still a challenging route; mountainous terrain, lengthy climbs and some daily distances over 100kms increase the need for cycling experience and a good level of fitness, so please bear this in mind if you're new to cycling tours.

Check out the cycle tour itinerary below or, if you’re still not sure whether this Golden Triangle adventure is for you, get in touch via the enquiry or book button and we’ll provide more detailed information including elevation profiles and tips on preparation and what you'll need to pack.

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09 Oct 2020
US $3780
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Since 2010, we are proud to be CSR-certified by TourCert – a certification which demands constant improvement on corporate responsibility issues which we work hard to fulfil.

We believe that cycling is one of the most responsible ways to travel!
On this unique trip through three different countries, we completely avoid transfers by car or domestic flights and cover all the distance by bicycle and boat. This will keep emmissions at a minimum while giving our participants the possiblity to experience the countries we travel through in the most genuine and unfiltered way.

Our tour guides are instructed to reduce waste by preferring regionally produced fruit from the market over heavily packaged goods from the supermarket. Participants as well as drivers will be advised to follow this example and use only public wastebins for disposal. Green Discovery, our partner in Laos, promises to save resources and reduce waste wherever possible.

We are careful not to leave any traces of garbage or harmed plants at any place we vistit, keeping the landscape as beautiful and clean (or even cleaner) as we find it.

Because of concerns about the well-being of elephants held in captivity we do not include visits to elephant camps on this trip.

The Impacts of this Trip

To support local businesses and keep in close touch with the local culture, we select small and family enterprises as partners for our tours.

Green Discovery, our long-term partner in Laos promises to support the local communities and provide a fair salary to all their staff throughout the year (including rain/low season). The same applies to the drivers and guides emplyed directly through us in China.

We support local structures as much as we can, choosing accommodation that represent the local culture. In Laos, one homestay is included in the itinerary, giving our participants the possibility to experience the local culture as close as possible while supporting the local economy in the most direct way. In Luang Prabang, we stay at Sala Prabang , an accomodation which combines comfort with the local spirit, designing their rooms in a subtle blend of colonial elegance and hand crafted contemporary Lao elements. The building was named as a protected structure when Luang Prabang was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

For food, we advise our guides to choose restaurants which serve regional dishes and buy local produce such as fruit and vegetables whenever possible.

Respect for the regional culture is one of our core concerns. Our company's guide, who has acquired deep knowledge of the Chinese everyday-culture and customs will share their knowledge with the group to help both sides understand each other and increase mutual respect. In China, our guide will lead the group alone. In Laos and Thailand, he/she will get support by competent and friendly local guides who likewise will be dedicated to establish friendly and direct relations betweeen the participants and the locals.

When looking for souvenirs, our guides will assist the participants to identify locally crafted goods which are sold at a fair price. In Luang Namtha we visit a local weaving cooperative which sells shawls and cloth woven in the traditional style of the local minority - the revenue from selling these handicraft goods will go directly to the producers.


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