Hanoi to Luang Prabang cycling holiday, Laos and Vietnam
Description of Hanoi to Luang Prabang cycling holiday, Laos and Vietnam
Join a small group of fellow cyclists on this unique itinerary through Vietnam and Laos. Taking in areas far from the beaten track as well as must-see landmarks such as the Ho Chi Minh Complex and Temple of Literature of Hanoi, you’ll ride at a relaxed pace through nature reserves, riverside and mountainous communities, overnighting at homestays in remote yet welcoming villages.
Depart from Hanoi, after a hospitable meal with a local family, on a comfortable, geared bike, and head out first of all to the attractive Ba Vi National Park. Expect some long rides, up to 75 kilometres, through wild landscapes. The going is never too tough however, and at the end of each day there is something to look forward to, be it a refreshing swim in a lake or pool, sunset from a hilltop, or a delicious homecooked meal.
On day five you’ll say goodbye to your Vietnamese guide, and ‘Sabaidee’ to your Lao guide as you cross the border after a stretch on the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail. A rest day follows, during which you’ll explore the fascinating Vieng Xai Cave City, used by fighters during the Indochina War. The hospital cave really brings home the hardships that were endured.
Over the next few days, as you approach Luang Prabang, you’ll be riding through some of the most dramatic scenery of the trip, in particular the beautiful river valley of Nong Khiaw. There are still some challenging ascents to tackle, but they’re more than worth the effort.
The final day arrives with a couple of stops, at a weaving village where you can learn about the lives of local people, and the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, with their many gold Buddha statues. Finally, you’ll cruise into Luang Prabang, one of the best preserved cities in southeast Asia, in a traditional longtail boat.
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Our Responsible Travel Guidebook - Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.
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PeopleOn tour, we travel in small groups of maximum 16 cyclists, led by a locally employed and trained leader, to minimise our impact on the communities we visit. We also aim to maximise the financial benefits to local and remote village. We do the latter by purchasing and preparing food locally and providing home stay opportunities, where appropriate, which provide the local villagers with an extra source of revenue. We assist the home stay visits by providing the required sleeping needs for our travelers to the communities.
Getting well away from the main roads by cycling rural back roads will bring you into contact with local people who do not see masses of tourists. This provides you with an opportunity for real and authentic cultural exchange and allows you to make purchases or even supply appropriate gifts to communities that do not benefit from the mass tourist trails.
On certain nights on tour we organise local cooking demonstrations, rather than visiting a restaurant, to again employ the services of locals, utilise their fresh and delicious produce and provide you with an authentic experience.
Cycling tours allow us the opportunity to employ more local staff as bike mechanics and local drivers who are required for additional support. We employ a different local team in each country we visit on the cross-border cycling tours.
With the assistance of our local guides we distribute donated clothing, books & stationery supplies to the children living in remote hill-tribe villages. We also support our local partners clean-up program in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay.
No local payments policy - Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.