Cycling in Laos & Northern Vietnam Itinerary

Jump on a bicycle and journey through the stunning scenery and enchanting cultures of northern Vietnam and Laos travelling from Hanoi to Bangkok via Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane.

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Having a break, Vietnam

Monks, Laos

Days 1-2 Hanoi

Warm up with a ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, visiting the peaceful West Lake area, before exploring the Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison and the 36 streets of the eclectic Old Quarter.
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Day 3 Tam Coc

Hit the road to Tam Coc, known as ‘Halong Bay on land’, then take a paddle boat out onto a lake ringed by limestone mountains.
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Day 4 Cuc Phuong National Park

Cycle along quiet country roads to Vietnam’s first national park and meet the cheeky residents of the Primate Rescue Centre.
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Day 5 Vieng Xai

Cross the border into Laos and pass through the remote landscapes that few people get to see.
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Day 6 Sam Neua

Explore a nearby cave system that was once occupied by revolutionary leaders then cycle through challenging yet marvellous scenery.
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Days 7-8 Phonsavanh

Continue to explore Laos's fascinating landscapes and visit the cave of Tham Piu. The next day, marvel at the alien landscape of The Plain of Jars, a collection of strange sculptures whose original purpose consistently baffles historians.
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Days 9-11 Luang Prabang

Ride through a beautiful pine forest area before passing H'mong villages and small, picturesque lakes. Fall in love with the temple-studded city of Luang Prabang and its nearby waterfalls. Ride to the Pak Ou Caves to witness hundreds of Buddha statues standing serenely by.
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Days 12-13 Vang Vieng

Make the incredible descent from Phou Khoun and pedal through rice paddies on the way to the relaxing riverside town of Vang Vieng – a great place to enjoy a quiet drink and soak up the stunning limestone scenery.
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Day 14 Vientiane

Take the back roads to Laos’ s laidback capital, Vientiane.
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Day 15 Overnight train

Enjoy a morning exploring Vientiane and see one of the city’s oldest temples. Ride out over the Friendship Bridge into Thailand before jumping on an overnight train to Bangkok.
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Days 16-17 Bangkok

Wind things up in Bangkok, a fascinating South-East Asian metropolis.
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