TDA Global Cycling
The road follows the Nam Song River into picturesque Vang Vieng which riders can enjoy a refreshing Radler and authentic German food at the Thai Deutsches Restaurant. The next 2 days include some serious climbing including a 1500m climb over 10 km with 12% grades. Riders are rewarded for their effort with some incredible views of the karst mountains and a nice downhill into a rest day in Luang Prabang.
Situated at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, Luang Prabang exudes a timeless atmosphere. Each morning monks wander the shaded streets in search of alms before returning to one of the town’s 33 sacred temples. The next day’s ride takes the riders along the Nam Ou River and through forests of bamboo and eucalyptus before depositing them in the oh so lovely town of Nong Khiaw. Here the riders will exchange their bikes for a local boat ride along the scenic Nam Ou River through some of the country’s most beautiful scenery.
The next day brings another deserted winding road, another challenging climb and some more sublime mountain views. A demanding 14 km climb ends at the Vietnamese border and, after completing the formalities, the cyclists will enjoy a long twisting descent into Dien Bien Phu, the site of a decisive battle between the French and the Vietnamese, one that marked the beginning of the modern Vietnamese nation. Three more days of cycling through rolling hills and tea plantations bring the riders to a rest day in the bustling resort hill town of Sapa.
Leaving Sapa, the cyclists will pedal along small, rural roads twisting along the sides of the forested hills. They should keep as sharp eye out for the hill tribes decked out in their colourful local dress. At the end of the day the riders will find themselves crossing the border into China. The next couple of days take them to one of the country’s most stunning sights, the Yuanyang Rice Terraces. Covering an area of 125 square km, these incredible scenes will remain in the cyclists’ memories long after they arrive in the Chinese city of Kunming and the end of this section.
19 Nights in hotels
All roadside lunches
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced tour leader
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-tour information bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum
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