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Day 1

The Mad Dogs check into the hotel in the Old Town for a briefing on the next day's action before many will head into the old city's maze of tiny streets for some superb local food.

 

 

Day 2

195km

HanoiTinh Gia

The early start means the usually hectic streets are much quieter and you'll soon find yourself outside the city, following the railway tracks south. You have the best seat in the house for seeing real Vietnamese daily life and the road is lined with tempting stalls squeezing fresh sugar cane or pouring the contents of huge green coconuts over ice.

 

Elevation:+ 458 / - 470 m

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Day 3

182km

Tinh GiaSon Kim

The route continues south in the morning before turning inland in the afternoon, towards the mountains. It's amazing how many imposing and impressive cathedrals were built in the countryside here by the colonial French government. There are some stunning hills towards the end of the day, and you'll finish in a hot spring resort. The water is very hot, but really soothing if you ease yourself in very slowly!

 

Elevation:+ 713 / - 656 m

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Day 4

150km

Son KimBan Thangbeng (near the Mekong River)

The day begins with an enormous 16.5km climb up to the border pass with Laos. There are absolutely stunning views on the way up and at the top, there's a cafe which serves delicious Vietnamese coffee! You'll head through the border formalities before being unleashed on Laos. The roads are quieter and the pace of life is noticeably sleepier I this landlocked country. You'll pass mountain rivers (it takes willpower not to join the children for a swim) and sleepy villages as you climb and descend gentle hills - with another large climb in the afternoon.

 

Elevation:+ 2367 / - 2271 m

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Day 5

198km

Ban Thangbeng (near the Mekong River)Sakhon Nakhon

You will enjoy some delicious descents through the deep Lao greenery. You pass more forgotten villages and if you see a stand with a blender be sure to stop - they'll whiz you up a delicious ice smoothie! The mountains give way to a large flat which is populated by gigantic karst mounts. You'll then cross the Third Friendship Bridge into Thailand where the roads are silky smooth. A victorious cold beer awaits you at the finish line - what a fabulous achievement!

There is a vibrant night market opposite the hotel in the evening; the pad thai is highly recommended!

 

Elevation:+ 728 / - 726 m

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Perhaps you're lingering for a few days in Thailand's beautiful North-East, or perhaps Mad Dogs have organised an airport transfer to send you conveniently to nearby Sakhon Nakhon Airport, for your onward flight.... with a great deal of stories and heaps of pride.

Info

 What are the dates for the next edition?

 

This ride is only available to private groups. Get in touch and make it happen!

 

How much is the single supplement? (Note you will only need to pay this if you do not want to be paired with (an)other rider(s) of the same gender.)

Price on enquiry - approx US$150

 

What is the terrain like?

The route through Vietnam is mostly flat, until a large 16.5km climb up to the Laos border. Laos itself has gentle hills most of the way, and Thailand is generally quite flat.

 

What are the roads like?

The roads in Vietnam are generally good quality. The roads in Laos are asphalted although the surface is slightly grainy but perfectly acceptable. In Thailand the road surface is generally silky smooth.

 

What type of bike should I use?

We think a touring bike or hybrid would be most ideal for this ride although a road bike would also be good.

 

Where does the Challenge start?

The Hanoi Impressive Hotel (subject to change), which is located in the Old Town of Hanoi. 

 

How do I get home after the challenge?

Sakhon Nakhon has several daily low-cost flights to Bangkok (1 hour) from where you can easily transfer to multiple sestinations on both budget and full-service carriers. Check out the destinations and airlines here and here respectively. We can easily arrange an airport transfer for you.

 

Do I need a Visa for Vietnam, Laos and Thailand? 

We're happy to assist with visa applications for those who will be in HK before the challenge.

Some nationalities, such as British, no longer need a visa, so long as you have not visited Vietnam in the past 30 days. If you need a visa, you need to obtain a it in advance. The consulate in HK is located in Wanchai and getting the visa is very straightforward. Visa on arrival does not apply. It normally takes 3 working days but you can get same day rush service.

Although it is possible to get visa on arrival at the Nam Phao border into Laos,  it will save time and "faff" if you obtain it in advance. The consulate in HK is located in Sheung Wan.

Most nationalities do not require a visa to enter Thailand - you may refer to this list. If you are in doubt about this please contact us.

Vietnam: 15/F, Great Smart Tower, 230 Wanchai Road. www.vietnamconsulate-hongkong.org/eng tel 852 25914517 [email protected]

Laos: Room 1402, Arion Commercial Centre, 2-12 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan. tel 852 2544 1186 [email protected]