Biking Angkor to Chaing Mai Mountain Bike tour Cambodia, Laos and Trekking in Thailand
This a tour for biking lovers who like a combination of other activities: trekking, camping, sightseeing. The three countries encountered around south east Asia enable the participant to discover the beauty of lost civilization, cultural life and traditions( through the royal way ancient king pass and number kilo meter of the under development of the region 2nd Angkorian)
Day 1: pick up from airport, transfer to the hotel, dinner at 7pm with tour leader
At Pub street area visit night life Siem Reap.
Day 2: Angkor Wat temple, Bayon temple and Ta Phrom temple 25km
- Departure 8am from the hotel to ticket booth (Angkor Park pass) ride direct to Angkor Wat Temple time to visit 2 hours max.
- Water & snack break in front of Angkor for 30mn then continue to ride through south to gate ride over the wall of Angkor Thom city to Bayon Temple.
- After Bayon lunch at Elephant terrace
- During 2pm the humidity and temperature will be high so our guide takes you via secret track single under the forest canopy to escape the crowds and sun to Ta Phrom Temple.
- Finish by Ta Phrom transfer to hotel.
- Dinner with tour leader
Day 3: Depart to the Beng Mealea temple. A 65 km ride and tracks
- Depart to Beng Mealea temple on one of the country’s nicer tracks. We pass inside villages where local houses are hidden under thousands of Betelnut trees.
- Visit of one of remote Angkorian ruins.
- Lunch in one local house.
- Arrive at Beng Mealea temple.
- Discover the area and a few remote temple lost in the forest.
- Overnight in a wooden house in front of the temple.
Day 4: Transfer to Koh Ker over night at Preah Vihear Boutique hotel 140km
Morning: departure 8am
- Begin our journey by minivan to Koh Ker temple, visit the pre Angkorian temple build by the reign of the kings Jayavarman IV a harshavarman II. Koh Ker was briefly the capital of the whole empire (928–944 AD).
- Lunch in the local restaurant then transfer to Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel
- Dinner and relaxation
Day 5: Depart 7am Preah Vihear temple by biking around 12km then climb on foot by the old stairway which our king Norodom Sihanouk and his Teacher Chhoun Nath used back in 1962. This was an historic moment where an agreement was signed between Thai and Cambodia Government to return Preah Vihear temple and city to Cambodia.
Lunch will be taken on the top mountain temple. Following this a transfer to Strung Treng by minivan (distance is too long to ride; some 250km). Overnight at Guest house & dinner at local restaurant.
Cambodia border to LuangPrabang: 11 days
Day 6 Itinerary: Transfer to border from Strung Treng - 146km
Check in to the border of Laos to get pass and waiting for transportation.
Border – Champasak
Meet Lao guide and van at Lao immigration, after immigration formalities, start riding on road 13th south heading north to Champasak. Lunch pack will be brought by our guide and we stop to eat on the way when you are hungry, you can cycle as long as you can depending on how early we get into Laos. We transfer the last section (by Van –146km) to our destination
Distance: 146 km
Meal: L, D
Accommodation: Siamphone hotel
Day 7: Champasak – Tadfan waterfall
After breakfast we ride from the hotel on flat roads in town. Then the road rises slightly as we continue our journey into coffee growing area of Laos, the Bolaven plateau. After town we start to climb up into the temperate coffee growing area renowned for its Arabica and Robusta beans. These beans fetch some of the highest coffee prices in the world. The road undulates but has a definite upward feeling. As we climb, we see coffee everywhere as the plantations converge on the side of the road. We finish at the wonderful Tad Fane resort, which provides a stunning backdrop and the very impressive Tad Fane fall, if you are feeling energetic you can cycle to the other waterfall for swimming. Alternatively, you can relax in the restaurant and take the wonderful view. Dinner is at the resort.
Elevation: Champasak = 170 m above sea level. Tadfan resort = 959 m above sea level.
Distance: 80 km
Meal: B / L / D
Accommodation: Tad Fane resort.
Day 8: Tad Fane – Tad lo (Tad means waterfall)
(Resort is at an altitude of 960 m above sea level) Today has some of the best riding in this trip. After 12 km of climb we reach the top of Bolavene plateau (at an altitude of 1280 m above sea level). Riding in the early morning makes you warm even though it maybe a cold morning on the plateau. This combination will provide you with enough energy to continue enthusiastically the journey ahead. In the morning, after a short break in a small town on top of plateau we continue our riding for another 38 km to a small town of Tha Teng (at an altitude of 860 m above sea level), this 38- kilometer decent is one of the best ride in this trip. We have noodle soup for lunch at the local restaurant, 30 km from our destination, Tad Lor Resort (at an altitude of 750 m above sea level). Riding after lunch takes us on a very easy downhill dirt road for 21 km to the junction. The rest of the road just 9 km on asphalt road is mainly flat. We check-in the hotel in the afternoon and it is your time for swimming at the waterfall, relaxing, enjoying the view or riding around. Dinner is at the hotel.
Elevation: Departure point 959 m above sea level. Highest point: 1280 m above sea level. Tadlor: 346 m above sea level.
Distance: 80 km (12 km ascend, the rest is slightly up and down)
Meal: B / L / D
Accommodation: Sayse resort
Day 9: Tad Lor – Pakse
Following breakfast, we head towards Pakse. This road undulates and has a couple of lengthy climbs; one for 5 km, the other for 49 km, but they are quite gradual. We stop for lunch at local restaurant on the way before we turn right and head downhill all the way into Pakse. The last 20 km in to Pakse is downhill and can be covered quickly, be careful as we head into town as the traffic increases significantly. After hotel check-in we are free to explore Pakse on our own.
Elevation: Tad Lor: 346 m above sea level, highest point: 606 m above sea level. Pakse: 124 m above sea level.
Distance: 84 km
Meal: B / L
Accommodation: Sengaloun hotel
Day 10: Pakse – Vientiane:
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Vientiane capital. Thereafter hotel check-in we are free to explore the small capital of Laos. We recommend visiting Phakeo temple (emerald Buddha temple), that luang stupa the oldest and biggest stupa in the country and shopping at the morning market.
Vientiane became the capital city of Laos from 1560, when the country was divided into tree kingdoms, then lost its independent after Siam (Thailand) invasion in late 18th century. The city remained empty until the end of the 19th century whereupon resettlement began to occur.
Distance: 700 km (2 h flight)
Meal: B / L
Accommodation: Sengtawan hotel
Day 11: Vientiane – Vangvieng:
We have a long ride on this day and the heat may be the factor so leaving early is prudent. We transfer from our hotel to Phonhong district where the road meets road No. 13. At the junction, we head northerly for the first 23 km on flat road. Then we cross the range of Phoupanang Mountains and continue along the route 13 and stop for refreshment every 20 or 25 km. The rest of the ride is along undulating roads all the way to Vangvieng. We stop for lunch by the road under the shade of the tree or at the small shop by the road. The ride today is up and down no big climb, we will reach our destination in Vangvieng in the afternoon, after check in hotel is free to explore the town or take a swim in the river.
Vangvieng has a lively traveler’s scene with all the usual accompanying facilities: e-mail, pubs, pizza and many young foreigners. Vangvieng locates 155 km north of Vientiane on road 13 north. The town lies along the bank of the Namsong River; the landscape is made up of strange shaped limestone mountains, caved by erosion.
Elevation: Thalat 190 m. Vangvieng = 280 m
Distance: 155 km (transfer: 70 km, cycle: 85 km)
Meal: B, L
Accommodation: Elephant crossing hotel or similar
Day 12: Vangvieng – Kasi
We can leave Vangvieng after lunch so there is time to spend your morning in extra relaxation time in Vanvieng. After lunch we start riding up north to Kasi along route 13 and although there are some short climbs, most rides are easy. The scenery is just beautiful and you should really enjoy stretching your legs. We will stop for refreshments a few times along the way, we expect to reach Kasi in late afternoon, Kasi is a small district of Vientiane province and no tourist in this town.
Elevation: Vangvieng = 280 m. Kasi = 405 m.
Distance: 55 km
Meal: B, L, D
Accommodation: Vanphisit guesthouse
Day 13: Kasi – Kiewkacham
After breakfast we start riding from our guesthouse up north, after 8 km we start climbing, today is the hardest day of our trip and there are big climbs, after 17 km uphill to a small town of Phoukhoun where the junction turns to Phonsavanh (the plain of jars) we turn left on road 13th north there are more climbs before our destination of Kiawkacham. Kiawkacham is a small village locates on top of the mountain range.
Elevation: Kasi = 405 m. Kewkacham = 1340 m
Distance: 94 km
Meal: B, L, D
Accommodation: guesthouse (primitive with share bath room)
Day 14: Kewkacham – LuangPrabang
Our guide will prepare breakfast. This area is the coldest place in winter time especially in the morning; our riding today is easier than yesterday, as this village locates on top of the hill after 22 km riding downhill from guesthouse to the bottom we climb 13 km to the top then another 13 km downhill to a small town of Xiang Nguen before easy ride to LuangPrabang.
Elevation: Kewkacham = 1340 m. LuangPrabang = 270 m
Distance: 77 km
Meal: B, L
Accommodation: Villa Phoumalin or similar
Day 15: LuangPrabang, city tour and waterfall
After breakfast, we cycle to visit a local market (Phosi market) then onward to visit the former royal temple of Vat Xiangthong, and former royal palace (museum). Exploration of the town and afterwards cycle to Kuangsi waterfall, after 30 km riding enjoy swimming at the waterfall then we have lunch at the local restaurant, optional driving or cycling back to town.
Luangprabang is the oldest city in Laos, and before the 16th century it was the capital city of the land of million elephants (Laos). The town is a beautifully preserved and in 1995 it was added to UNESCO`s World heritage list.
Distance: 30 km (1 way)
Meals: B, L
Accommodation: Villa Phoumaline or similar
Day 16: Departure
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport to Chiang Mai Treking 3 day in Chiangdao Mountain
Doi Chiangdao mountain range lies North of Chiangmai. The area is home for many ethnic hill-tribe villages, down to the west of the mountain where flows the Mae Tang river through scenic forest and valley. This adventurous and strenuous mountain will take participants across the mountain range, down to the Maetang River valley on trails that are regularly used by villagers. Trekkers will enjoy scenic views from the mountain as much of the hike is on the mountain ridges.
DAY 17: DRIVE TO THE COUNTRYSIDE AND START OUR TREK
08h30 Meeting at your hotel in Chiang Mai city. Departure by covered truck to Maetaman valley. We make our first stop at the elephant camp to watch the demonstration of elephant at work. After the show, enjoy an elephant-back ride around the valley (45 min.) before driving up the mountain to reach our trek starting point. We begin our hike with a first hour mostly uphill, to a village. We make a packed lunch break there. Continue for another two hours hike on forested trails to reach our overnight destination. Overnight as guests of a village family in their traditional wooden house. A Thai dinner will be cooked by your guide.
[Meals: Lunch, Dinner]
DAY 18: LONGEST TREKKING DAY WITH APPROXIMATELY 6-7 HOUR’S WALK
After breakfast, we will begin today’s hike. We walk the mountain ridges on well-marked trails with some scenic views. Picnic lunch on the way. Eventually reach a tiny Lahu village on the top of the mountain overlooking the valley. Simple bamboo hut accommodation. Your guide will cook an excellent Thai dinner tonight. Participants should be ready to walk for about 6 hours on undulating terrain.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
DAY 19: EASIER TREK DOWN THE MAETANG RIVER VALLEY CAMP; BAMBOO RAFTING
After breakfast, walk through the forest around two hours, mostly downhill to reach the Maetang river valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the river’s bank at Mae-Tang River Camp. After lunch, we experience bamboo rafting on a peaceful river before transfer back to Chiangmai and drop off at your hotel.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch]
Day 20Free day: Free at leisure until transfer to the airport
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