It’s been over 50 years since French Indochina has disappeared off the map, but there is no reason that we can’t put some of the pieces back together.
This tour combines some of the best parts of our Vietnam and Laos Tours. We start out in what has been called the Paris of Southeast Asia, Hanoi. We spend a couple nights to soak up the Old Quarter and the non-stop motion of the streets. We then take the overnight train to Lao Cai, hard on the Chinese border, and then on to Sapa, the premier destination in North Vietnam, then over 2,000 meter high Tram Ton Pass.
We cross into Laos at Tay Tran, outside Dien Bien Phu. We bike through the remote Northeast of Laos before heading South at Odomxai. We stop in Luang Prabang, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and Vang Vieng, where we usually do some kayaking, as well as smaller towns. The tour ends in Vientiane. Tour d’Indochine is 18 nights.
This tour is NOT for everyone. There is plenty of climbing on the tour so you should take a close look at the elevation profiles. Additionally, the accommodations are basic in some spots (shower out of a bucket). You need to be the type of person who likes an adventure.