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Day3: Lao Cai - Sapa [B/ L / D]
We'll disembark from the train very early in the morning and either bike or transfer to Sapa.It's not all that far but it is virtually ALL up hill.Sapa is the hilltribe capital of North Vietnam. There are a variety of minority people in thisarea and they all come to Sapa to the market.
Day4: Sapa -Tam Duong [B/ L / D]
Started from Sapa by cycling about 16 kilometres uphill to the Vietnam highest pass at2000 meters above sea level where you see beautiful Silver Waterfall and Tram Ton heavengate then it is downhill for around 26 kilometres on the road described as the most beautifulone in Vietnam with breathtaking scenery all the way to Binh Lu. In the late afternoon youwill arrive in Tam Duong, where you will stay overnight in a comfortable Hotel.
Day5: TamDuong - Xin Ho [B/ L / D]
We cycling through Tam Duong plain which is covered in shark's teeth-like limestone karst.We would visit a village of Mang
people near Sin Ho with the next stop being Sin Ho which ishome land of the Red Hmong, Kho Mu, Mang and Dao ethnic minorities. They are settledthere longtime ago and still retain their traditional culture and habits. The trip to Sin Ho isoccasionally suspended due to the restriction of the local authority.
Day6: Xin Ho - Paso - Laichau ( MuongLay ) [B/ L / D]
We Cycling down hill to Chan Nua then cycling to Lai Chau have a couple pretty big climbsand then follow the picturesque Nam Na river into Muang Say (aka "Old Lai Chau"). We stayat the hip Lan Anh hotel where there no doubt will be an active badminton game in theevening.
Day7: Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu [B/ L / D]
In 1954, the French Garrison at Dien Bien Phu was pinned down when the Vietnamese wereable to do something thought impossible....carry heavy artillery into the mountains. Whenyou ride in this area you will wonder yourself how they ever did it. The siege at Dien BienPhu ended in a French surrender and marked the end of French Indochina. Little known isthe fact that the US had developed a plan to aid the French by using tactical nuclearweapons at Dien Bien Phu
Day 8: Dien Bien Phu to Muang Khua, Laos [B/ L / D]
We depart Dien Bien and cross into Northeast Laos at Tay Tran. This is the least populatedsection of Laos. We continue on to Muang Khua on the banks of the Nam Ou river.
Day 9: Muang Khua to Odomxai [B/ L / D]
This is a scenic lightly traveled road to bustling Odomxai. Odomxai seems to be undergoinga rennaisance. Lots of construction and activity in the town these days. They have anairport here also (with less than daily service). We stay at the nicest place in town.
Day 10: Odomxai to Pak Mong [B/ L / D]
A tough climbing day at the start and then rolling hills with magnificent scenery before a 29k Descent to Pak Mong.