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CHINA - VIETNAM - LAOS
November 10-27, 2016

Imagine Tours China Tour


Come with us on an incredible and unique cycling adventure in southeast Asia! You'll ride through three countries: rural southern China, northern Vietnam and over the newly-opened border into Laos!

Bicycling through this amazing region allows you to see things in ways that are impossible with any other type of travel. Your cycling days will be nicely balanced with strolls through night markets, hiking, a river cruise or two, evening performances or other activities, and sharing snacks and experiences on the bus between rides.

Here's just a fraction of what you will experience:

  • Stop to photograph small roadside shrines
  • Venture down dirt paths to a remote village
  • Encounter children walking or riding to school
  • Watch farmers working their fields with water buffalo
  • See villagers threshing rice and drying fruit

This will be an extraordinary tour and one you're not likely to forget.

Click here for our 2016 Tour Itinerary

CHINA

Hong Kong is our arrival city, and from our hotel you can walk along the famous Victoria Harbor walkway to see the city lights at night. I'd recommend coming a day or two early to tour the city and shop in the street markets.

Our adventure begins with the train to mainland China where we meet our local guides. Grand China Bike Tours has been our host in China for 15 years, and they will show us some incredible sights and deliver up delicious Cantonese meals. We'll eat our way through China, and the cuisine will be a memorable part of your tour.

This southern route is my favorite part of China for cycling because we observe so much rural life. We'll pedal through green rolling farmland, bamboo forests and along scenic rivers. This time of year farmers will be harvesting rice alongside the road, drying fruit and loading their carts with crops for market. You'll see it all.

We stop at night in cities with very comfortable hotels: Guangzhou, Zhaoqing, Wuzhou, Yangzhou and Guilin. From our hotel you can stroll through town or visit night markets that sell anything you can think of - jewelry, antiques, clothing, spices, produce, fresh meat (extremely fresh). We'll also stay in Lipu, a small village surrounded by limestone karsts, and our last night in China is in Pingxiang on the border with Vietnam. The distance we travel each day may be as much as 300 km, but part of this is by motor coach. Our crew has selected the best 40-80 kilometers along the route for cycling, and you can ride as much or as little of this as you like.

VIETNAM

At the Pingxiang Friendship Pass we cross the border into Vietnam and meet our Vietnamese crew. We've ridden in Vietnam before, but this will be a new route and full of incredible discoveries! First will be a hiking (and eating!) trip to beautiful Sapa in the mountains just over the border. We then take the train to Hanoi, where you'll tour the sights of this tree-shaded city. You'll see how the French presence influenced architecture, from the elegant colonial buildings in the cities to the tall, narrow homes of the small villages.

We then cycle through Mai Chau, with its lush scenery and bamboo stilt homes. Vieng Xai is next on our itinerary. Located in a fertile valley surrounded by limestone karsts, Vieng Xai is best known for the many caves that sheltered 20,000 people during the Vietnam War. Vieng Thong and Nhong Khiaw are two towns, one large and one small, both lie in picturesque river valleys with gorgeous backdrops of imposing limestone mountains. From this area you'll take a day trip to Mung Ngoi, a sleepy and remote river town that was on the route of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Here, too, many people lived in caves to escape the bombing during the war.

LAOS

Now that the Nam Meo border has opened, we'll ride into Laos via the overland route! We'll cycle over the Laotian Alps through small hilltribe villages and visit two of Laos' most remarkable national parks. We ride to Nhong Khiaw, a charming and rustic town on the banks of the Ou River, surrounded by limestone mountains. We finish our tour in the World Heritage site of Luang Prabang on the Mekong River where you'll enjoy this remarkable city's temples, stupas and rich, old-world culture. There's so much to see here that you can arrange to stay a day or two extra before making your connection in Bangkok for the trip home.

$3,880 for 18 days
Based on double occupancy; single supplement $TBA

    Included in your tour fees:
  • Supported & guided tour with vehicles/drivers
  • Local English-speaking guides, interpreters
  • Local tour guide and Imagine Tours' staff on call 24 hours/day
  • All sightseeing entrance fees and transfer services as detailed in itinerary
  • Hotel accommodations (3-star and above)
  • Daily breakfast and lunch; all but 4 dinners when city touring
  • Vietnam visa on arrival
  • Bicycle rental
  • In-country transportation (trains)
  • Drinking water
  • Nominal gratuities to local guides - you can supplement for excellent service
    Not included:
  • International flight tickets: to Hong Kong and from Luang Prabang
  • Chinese Visa fees
  • Personal expenses (snacks, laundry, etc.)
  • Additional optional gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Travel cancellation/medical insurance
  • Services not mentioned in itinerary

    Grand China Bike Tours will be our host for all three countries
    Imagine Tours' staff will escort participants on the entire tour

Click here for 2016 Tour Itinerary

First 4 photos of China by Imagine Tours ... Last 5 photos of Vietnam & Laos by VeloAsia

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