Our Adventure Tours
Historical Adventure Tours
Ho Chi Minh Trail
Information About Our Tours
Our guided tours are carefully developed with every ability level in mind. We have the most exciting and rewarding routes in Laos. Guesthouses, restaurants, and ‘things to see’ along the way are specially selected to ensure unforgettable experiences for everyone. We aim to fulfill the dreams of travelers seeking the complete immersive experience into the history of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Road changes in Laos are continuous. Consequently, we monitor the conditions regularly to ensure roads are passable, thus ensuring safety and comfort. History dictates a large part of the tours. Each day we brief you on sites that we pass by or stop in and their relevance.
The Challenge tour lasts 14 days and is the definition of a historical adventure tour. During the tour, you cycle 900 km along The Ho Chi Minh Trail’s southern length starting in Hue (Vietnam), traveling via Laos, to end in Ho Chi Minh City.
In the late 1990s, Virginia and her husband Clive became the first westerners to walk the full length of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos during peacetime. This tour follows their journey from the Mu Gia Pass southward along 2400km of the Trail.
Over the course of10 days and 1568 kilometers, this tour takes you to the border areas of Southern Laos and Cambodia and Vietnam. Then we head up through the Annamite mountain range to ride along the Ho Chi Minh Trail network.
The Ho Chi Minh Trail
The Ho Chi Minh Trail in Southern Laos was an integral part of the Vietnam War. North Vietnam created this elaborate system of roadways over mountains, jungle paths, and trails to infiltrate its troops and supplies into South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The Trail meanders through nearly 20,000 km. Southern Laos was the optimal location because the ground is flatter and more densely covered by forest and jungle than the same region across the border in Vietnam. Additionally, there were no enemy troops stationed in its vicinity. It was also the shortest way from Hanoi to Saigon.
Records show American planes attacked the Trail in Southern Laos some 600,000 times during the conflict. On average, a USAF plane dropped a bomb on it once every eight minutes, 24/7 for nine years. The Trail’s use began in 1959; however, nearly 50 years have passed since the Trail ceased to be operational in 1975. Now ‘progress’ is slowly, but steadily, further eroding it in different ways. Luckily, recent surveys show large parts of the trail are there to ride still. (Survey March 2020)s
All our Guides are handpicked for their ability to run a tour. They are the forefront of our enterprise, and will meet you upon arrive in Laos to begin your exciting adventure. It is the law in Laos that you travel with a properly licensed Tour Guide. Consequently, all our Guides are properly licensed by the Laos Tourist board. At all times they carry the appropriate ID cards with them.
Legalities aside, our Guides will make sure you have a great time. They will see to your every need, answer your every question, and keep your vehicle on the road. Not only are they very experienced, they also have medical training. You are in safe hands travelling with our Guides. Local knowledge is key here as it becomes difficult in the remote areas where languages change frequently.
Licenses & Permits
We are registered with the Laos Tourist Board. All of our licences are on display in our office should you wish to see them. We take immense pride in our achievements to date and a huge satisfaction in being included within the Laos Tourist Board’s plans to promote tourism in Laos. All our tours are registered with the tourism department and all taxes are up to date .
Lao Adv Tours: Reserves the rights to change routes and planning. Weather conditions can change very quickly. All rights reserved.