CYCLING 2016-17 p050-051

exodus Cycling2016

ROAD • THAILAND, LAOS 50 Vientiane 16 days inc. flights from £2399 Udomxai province Thailand, Laos 1 2 3 4 5 Activity Level MODERATE/CHALLENGING Trip Code MOL At a Glance Itinerary - Day by Day 1 Depart London. 2 Arrive Chiang Mai. 3 Ride around Chiang Mai old town; visit Doi Suthep temple 4 Transfer to Chiang Rai; cycle along the Thai/Burma border into the heart of the Golden Triangle. 5 Journey to border town of Ban Sew for boat ride on the mighty Mekong, cycle into Laos. 6 Cycle to Luang Nam Tha to the hill tribe village Tai Dang. 7 Cycle a loop around the picturesque countryside pausing at Moung Sing, the city of multi hill tribe culture. 8 Rural cycle to the Udomxai province; arrive Pak Beng. 9 Mekong boat to Luang Prabang; visit Buddha caves. 10 Cycle to beautiful Kwang Si Waterfalls; chance to see monks receiving alms at dawn. 11 Cycle from Luang Prabang to picturesque Vang Vieng through stunning mountainous terrain. 12 Scenic drive south through striking karst landscape; cycle to sedate capital Vientiane. 13 Free morning to explore then cross over the Friendship Bridge into Thailand; board overnight train to Bangkok. 14 Bangkok city tour; free afternoon. 15 Depart Bangkok. 16 Arrive London. Call Cycling in Laos Remote route with few tourists l Charming Luang Prabang l Scenic mountain roads • 10 days cycling with 100% vehicle support • Surfaces are mostly good but with some broken tarmac and unsurfaced sections • There are some tough climbs and long downhills • Group normally 6 to 18, plus leaders. Min age 16 yrs • 11 nights hotels, 1 night boat, 1 night sleeper train • All breakfasts included A journey to the heartland of Laos, a country known for its laid-back way of life and stunning mountainous landscape. Our route takes us through some spectacular scenery, from narrow roads shaded by jungle vines to shimmering rice paddies and mountains which are home to a mix of ethnic groups. Out of the saddle, we walk through villages and bamboo forest and visit Luang Prabang with striking colonial buildings, tree-lined avenues and colourful temples. We finish our trip in colourful Bangkok. The cycling is demanding at times, but our reward is to have roads almost to ourselves in South East Asia's friendliest and least known country. Dates & Price Guide START END FLIGHT LAND START END FLIGHT LAND INC ONLY INC ONLY 2016 06 Feb 21 Feb 2399 1559 05 Mar 20 Mar 2399 1559 12 Mar 27 Mar 2399 1569 15 Oct 30 Oct 2399 1569 12 Nov 27 Nov 2399 1569 03 Dec 18 Dec 2399 1569 Please see our website www.exodus.co.uk for all dates and prices. Dates and prices correct at time of publication (see page 13). Prices are £ Sterling per person. • Optional single supplement £220 (hotel nights only) • Land only start Chiang Mai day 2, end Bangkok day 15 • Free airport transfer for any flight • Insurance: please see page 106 Bike details: • Trek/Specialized mountain bike with front suspension, included in the trip price • Discount for bringing your own bike £150 Moung Sing Luang Namtha Luang Prabang Vang Vieng Pak Beng LAOS Chiang Rai Chiang Mai THAILAND cycle/drive Bangkok train boat Mekong ACCOMMODATION We will spend one night on the banks of the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, staying at The Elephant Crossing Hotel. Boasting breathtaking views of the striking karst limestone mountains, this location offers the perfect opportunity to watch the world go by with a sundowner and absorb the serene pace of Laotian life. Daily Distance (km) 3 20 4 80 5 60 6 75 7 75 0845 863 9626 or visit www.exodus.co.uk and enter the three letter trip code 8 75 10 60 11 60 12 60 13 30 BIKE HIRE NOW INCLUDED SEE PAGE 10 COMBINE WITH TRIP: MOC SEE PAGE 52


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