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Laos by Bike

Our itinerary takes us into the heart of this beautiful and fascinating country, taking in the must-see gems but also stepping off the well-worn path to gain a deeper appreciation of Laos's people, history and culture. We begin in the enchanting World Heritage Listed city of Luang Prabang, where we'll savour its temples and shrines, caves and waterfalls, colourful markets, fragrant cuisine and gentle pace on the banks of the Mekong River. We cycle south to Kuang Si falls and get a glimpse of village life, from Phou Khoun we enjoy the view cycling to the valley of Kasi and stop to explore Vang Vieng and rest along the scenic Nam Song river. From here we finish our journey southward to the capital of Vientiane, cycling through stunning landscapes, lush valleys and terraced rice paddies, along riverbanks and through villages. Climb to the top of the Patuxay monument to marvel at the view and take in the ancient temples and monuments of Hor Phra Keo, Wat Si Saket and That Luang Stupa. If you're looking for a cycle adventure that takes in the must-see natural and cultural highlights of Laos, this is it!

Inclusions

8 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Airport transfers (day 1 and 9 only)
Comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis
Modern mountain bikes
Bike mechanic and support vehicle on cycling days
Drinking water, snacks and fruit whilst cycling
Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
Expert bilingual guide
Medical kit
Hightlights
Experience temples, monks and markets on Luang Prabang's tranquil riverbanks
Supported cycling through some of Laos' most spectacular landscapes
Relax in the beautiful surrounds of rustic Vang Vieng
Witness the French colonial architecture of Vientiane and splendid temples on the Mekong
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $1,690
Start Location
Luang Prabang, Laos
End Location
Laos
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
3 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
21 Nov 201829 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $1,690
28 Nov 201806 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $1,690
05 Dec 201813 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $1,690
19 Dec 201827 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $1,690
28 Dec 201805 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
09 Jan 201917 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
23 Jan 201931 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
06 Feb 201914 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
20 Feb 201928 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
06 Mar 201914 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
20 Mar 201928 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
03 Apr 201911 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
17 Apr 201925 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
01 May 201909 May 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
15 May 201923 May 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
29 May 201906 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
12 Jun 201920 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
26 Jun 201904 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
10 Jul 201918 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
24 Jul 201901 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
07 Aug 201915 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
21 Aug 201929 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
04 Sep 201912 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
18 Sep 201926 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
02 Oct 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
16 Oct 201924 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
30 Oct 201907 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
13 Nov 201921 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
27 Nov 201905 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
11 Dec 201919 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $1,690
25 Dec 201902 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $1,690
08 Jan 202016 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
22 Jan 202030 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
05 Feb 202013 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
19 Feb 202027 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
26 Feb 202005 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
11 Mar 202019 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
25 Mar 202002 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
08 Apr 202016 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
22 Apr 202030 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
06 May 202014 May 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
20 May 202028 May 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
17 Jun 202025 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
01 Jul 202009 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
15 Jul 202023 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
29 Jul 202006 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
12 Aug 202020 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
26 Aug 202003 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
09 Sep 202017 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
23 Sep 202001 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
07 Oct 202015 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
21 Oct 202029 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
04 Nov 202012 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
18 Nov 202026 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
02 Dec 202010 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
16 Dec 202024 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $1,740
06 Jan 202114 Jan 2021AvailableAUD $1,740
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
If you're flying into Luang Prabang today you will be met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel. We meet in the afternoon to brief everyone thoroughly and make sure the bikes fit. Then, we take a short transfer out of town and start a nice, easy ride along the Mekong River to get accustomed to riding in Laos. We will have a welcome dinner at a traditional Lao restaurant. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2
Luang Prabang is best seen on two wheels. You will soon understand why it deserves the World Heritage title! This morning we will explore the city on bike Luang Prabang remains one of Asia's most beautiful historic towns, earning it the status of a World Heritage Site in 1995. Rising from the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, it is popular for its many temples and preserved French colonial architecture. There are also ancient monasteries and a Royal Palace Museum and the bustling morning market. This evening you have to yourselves. Maybe explore the local restaurants or indulge in a massage, the choice is yours. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 3
Today we cycle out of town to the stunning Khuang Si Waterfalls, where we can walk along forest paths and enjoy a swim in terraced turquoise pools fed by the waterfall. A easy warm up ride to one and half hour trip to Kuang Si falls for a dip in the brilliant blue ice-cold waters is a must see in Laos. On the way we get our first glimpse of village life and spectacular scenery. After cycling back to town, the rest of the day will be free at leisure to relax or explore Luang Prabang. Cycling distance: 60 km (about 37 miles), well paved roads. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4
After a 2-hour transfer by minivan we arrive at Kiu Kacham, at an altitude of 1350 meters. The first part of this stage, you'll cycle between 1000 and 1400 meters to Phou Khoun. After Phou Khoun, you'll enjoy a long descent with great views, bringing you to the green valley of Kasi. (There are 3 starting points for this days ride, you can opt for which one to do the night before.) Cycling distance: 95 km, well paved roads Overnight in Kasi
Day 5
This morning we cycle through incredible scenery as we make our way from Kasi to Vang Vieng, riding through lush lowlands alongside rivers, caves and dramatic limestone karst hills. Vang Vieng is set on a bend in the tranquil Nam Song River, surrounded by spectacular scenery of rugged limestone outcrops clad in thick jungle. The beautiful Nam Song River is fringed in lush greenery and its riverbanks are dotted with guesthouses, bars and restaurants. This day will be much easier, as we cover a shorter distance on gentle rolling hills to Vang Vieng, which we'll reach in time for lunch. In the afternoon you can choose to visit the Tham Xang or Tham Hoi caves, which are set among the dramatic scenery on the banks of the Nam Song River. Relax with a Lao beer and watch the sun set over the mountains you have just crossed. Cycling distance: 48 km, well paved roads Overnight in Vang Vieng
Day 6
Today you have time to enjoy Vang Vieng and the scenery. It is a rest day so you can take some time to explore the Nam Song river, take a boat ride, go tubing or visit some of the nearby caves. There is an optional off road cycling excursion to the nearby man made lakes. Overnight in Vang Vieng
Day 7
Continuing on the main road, you cycle to the 'sea of Laos': the 250 square kilometers, artificial Lake Nam Ngum. A 2-hour boat ride brings you to the dam, where you'll have your choice of great fish restaurants. After lunch, you'll continue on a quiet back road through small, hidden valleys and authentic villages. You stay overnight on the banks of the Nam Ngum River. Cycling distance: 55 km, well paved roads Overnight in Ban Keun
Day 8
Today, you cycle through beautiful scenery of terraced rice paddies, rugged forested slopes and the sheer sandstone cliffs of the Phou Khao Kouay mountain range before entering the capital city of Laos: Vientiane. You'll cycle through the suburbs on your way to the center of this bustling, historical city situated along the bank of the Mekong. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore Vientiane's temples, markets and handsome colonial architecture. A final pasta party in the city center to celebrate completion of the trip, by this time you will have eaten enough rice to last a lifetime. Cycling distance: 65 km (20km on dirt road) Overnight in Ban Keun
Day 9
Enjoy the quiet capital see the sites and cycle along the Mekong. The tour begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, before continuing on to the nearby Hor Phra Keo. Acting as a religious museum, the site displays a unique collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace. Though it can only be viewed from the outside, the stunning building offers some excellent insight into the colonial history of Vientiane. Continue to the Patuxay monument. Laos' version of the Arc de Triomphe, it is possible to climb the stairs of the monument where breathtaking views over the city await. The tour wraps up at That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirath in the 16th century, the temple is one of the city's most iconic with its towering golden spire. The trip concludes today at the end of our sightseeing tour in Vietiane.