General Information & Ride Overview
This cross border adventure takes place across 3 countries (Thailand, Laos & Vietnam), over 18 days/ 17 nights in January, the best time to visit. Starting at 6pm on Saturday 15th January, at Tamarind Village Resort, Chiang Mai Thailand (CNX), and ending after breakfast on Monday 31st January at Church Boutique Hotel, Hanoi Vietnam. (HAN).
Our journey begins with a tour of the walled city, Chiang Mai, the northern cultural capital of present day Thailand, and former centre of the Lanna kingdom. Leaving the city, we ride 3 days northeast via hill tribe villages and jungle lined ways to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle, the confluence of Mekong and Ruak rivers, triple border of Burma, Laos and Thailand.
Those who have experienced Laos, know it as one of the best kept secrets in South East Asia. Seemingly stuck in a timewarp, a trickle of adventurous tourists have done little to change the traditional culture and make up of the sparsely populated and tribal country. Crossing from Thailand into Laos by boat, we land at Pakbeng, before riding through areas where foreigners are rarely seen, to experience river life en route to Luang Prabang.
As we arrive into our second Cultural Capital, it is immediately obvious why Luang Prabang is the centre of history and art for the country. Traditional hardwood houses rub shoulders with coloni… (Join People Cycling to read more)