The Classic Route From Hanoi Vietnam to Laos, Luang prabang, Vamg vieng. Vientiane
This is one of the most popular bicycle routes to take here in Southeast Asia.
Starting in Hanoi, we make our way across Vietnam and down into Laos.
- Every moment of the ride is full of beautiful scenery, local culture and the peaceful feeling of being one with the world around you.
- We recommend you give yourself a few days to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Hanoi. It’s a fantastic city to explore, with some really nice museums and other attractions like Trấn Quốc Pagode, Hoan Kiem Lake, One Pillar Pagoda and Huong Tich Cave.
- The first leg of the journey is an overnight train ride from Hanoi to Sa Pa. From there, we ride along the northern edge of Vietnam in some stunning country. Lao Cai province is at the eastern edge of the Himalayas, and offers some amazing views. That’s where we encounter some of the local ethnic tribes.
- As we wind our way down towards the Laos border, we go through beautiful countryside. Impressive mountains are the backdrop to the terraced rice fields, villages and natural feel of this ride.
After a hard 4 days of riding, you get to relax and enjoy the boat transfer from Muang Khoua to Muang Ngoy. Even if you’re still feeling tired, Muang Ngoy is a nice place to chill and recover.
Once you reach Luang Prabang, it’s like you’ve caught back up with the modern world. Here you can find a huge range of attractions like elephant riding, canoeing, temples to visit etc.
Depending on how much time you have left on your trip, you can head further south towards to Vang Vieng then the capital of Laos, Vientiane. It’s right next to the border between Laos and Thailand.
When we finish our trip, we need to get back to Bangkok, so we find a local flight from within Thailand. The price is much higher to fly from Laos, so we trek into Udon Thani or Nong Khai on the Thai side of the border, and find a cheap flight from there.
What a fun ride. We always go at our own pace, where we can stop and enjoy whatever is happening without needing to rush.
If you ask me, it’s the only way to travel!