Connecting the two magical cities of Chiang Mai in Thailand and Luang Prabang in Laos, SpiceRoads Cycling Tours takes you on an eleven day and ten night journey, paddleling through beautiful landscapes, rice paddies and remote villages.
The journey begins in the northern part of Thailand, a mountainous region bordering Burma and Laos, punctuated by the mighty Mekong River. A region once made infamous by warlords and drug smugglers, it has been baptised the “Golden Triangle” with a history as colourful as the people that inhabit it. High in the hills is a multitude of villages, linked by old opium trails. Located between Thailand and Vietnam, Laos has a population of less than five million people yet, the country covers an area roughly the size of the United Kingdom.
Apart from cycling, this SpiceRoads Tour also takes you on boat journeys on the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers (day 6 & 10); it’s a great way to discover the surrounding
jungle scenery, which looks like it has erupted straight out of “Apocalypse Now”. The beautiful trip ends in Luang Prabang city, the ancient capital of Laos, famous for its many Buddhist temples, including the gilded Wat Xieng Thong, dating back to the 16th century.
Suitability: This trip covers four days in excess of 100 km, however most days are around 70-80 kms and not too hilly except for day 2 and 7 which have several climbs. Anyone who is reasonably fit will find the tour to be a good cycling holiday, with some challenging days. Fitness, of course, will be helpful but the tour is fully supported and the bus is always close at hand.
SpiceRoads Cycling Tours in Chiang Mai are the best way to travel on two wheels. The company also offers a range of short tours that run in and out Chiang Mai base;
these include daily half-day tours out of Chiang Mai and full day tours of the surrounding countryside. SpiceRoads has tours suitable for all abilities.