MUANG NALE CYCLING TOUR
This is an overnight trip to Muang Nalè along the Nam Tha River. The tour follows the at times rugged Nam Tha River road through Black Tai, Lanten, Khmu Rok and Tai Leu ethnic villages. You will be able to see silk weaving in the Black Tai villages and paper making during the cold season in the Lanten villages. The road skirts the edge of the Nam Ha National Protected Area, which borders the opposite bank. If the timing is right you may see the monthly traders' rendezvous in Ban Nam Jaleng.
Day 1: Luang Namtha - Ban Mai - Ban Soap Dute - Ban Samtao – Nale (70 Km of rough dirt road)
We depart from the Boat Landing Guest House on the banks of the Nam Tha River. After a short orientation on how to use the bikes and the trip schedule, we start along the river road stopping first at Ban Mai, a Black Tai village, to learn about silk production and weaving. We continue down the river to Ban Soap Dute, a Lanten Village. In the cold season we will be able to see bamboo paper production. At the mouth of the Nam Ha River, we stop for a picnic lunch. We then pedal down along the river, passing Leu, Samtao and Khmu villages until reaching the town of Nale for the night.
Approximately: 15 minutes transfer / 7 hours cycling
Day 2: Nale - Ban Pueng Cave - Nale (20 Km of rough dirt road)
After breakfast, we spend the day cycling around Muang Nale and to the Ban Pueng Cave for a visit. Picnic lunch is served en route. We return to Nale in the afternoon.
Approximately: 5 hours Cycling
End of 2 days tour: After lunch we return to Luang Namtha.
You can either ride the bicycle for the whole journey back or use the support vehicle
Approximately: 3 hours transfer or 7 hours cycling
Day 3: Nale – Luang Namtha (70 km of rough dirt road)
Today we cycle the 70 km back to Luang Namtha or just cycle part way and ride the support vehicle the rest.