I have just returned from a cycling journey from Hanoi Vietnam to Luang Prabang in Laos. This is an adventurous and moving on tour that passes through the mountainous regions of the Northwest provinces of Vietnam to Luang Prabang in eastern Laos. The adventure cycling Hanoi to Luang Prabang tour is suitable for fit, experienced cycling enthusiasts.
Our first day of cycling in the outskirt of Hanoi – Photo credit @amasiatravel
Our adventure started in Hanoi, Vietnam, where we cycled the busy streets and crossed to the other side of the Red River before moving on to Hoa Binh, passing incredible panoramic scenery and enjoying the country life seen along the way. We cycled rode on stunning mountain trails and along the banks of Hoa Binh reservoir, the largest manmade lake in Vietnam and arrived in the sleepy small village of Lac, located in the Mai Chau Valley, and almost exclusively inhabited by a White Thai tribal group.
Mai Chau, Vietnam – Photo credit @amasiatravel
Continuing, we crossed the Vietnam – Laos border at Na Meo. Laos retains a rare innocence and charm, and we encountered it all along our way. Local rural life and the untamed topography mean that most of the populations live in bamboo huts that cling to the sides of scarred, limestone hillsides.
Plain of Jars, Phonsavan – Photo credit @amasiatravel
We cycled to Vieng Xai, a little historical town hidden amongst limestone karts and thick forests. This town was once the headquarters of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party during the Secret War.
Landscape in Laos – Photo credit @amasiatravel
Travelling west, we cycled to the sleepy town of Sam Neua, then on to Phonsavan. We spent the day touring the Plain of Jars, a mysterious plateau 50km wide scattered with over 300 stone jars, whose origin is still unknown. We continued through rolling mountain scenery to Phoukhoun and then finished our bicycle trip in the World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang with its friendly population, gorgeous golden temples and natural surrounds that include fabulous waterfalls.
Our cycling group on the last cycling day – Photo credit @amasiatravel
This was a true cycling expedition, I loved cycling through the amazing scenery, and would highly recommend the Hanoi – Luang Prabang Adventure Cycling tour to all cycling enthusiasts who are looking for adventure.