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Along the Mekong River by Bike

This fully supported cycling adventure combines the best of Laos and Cambodia into one exciting itinerary. We explore intriguing cities, sleepy riverside towns, quiet traditional villages, waterfalls, caves and forests, all with one thing in common: the mighty Mekong River Delta. We experience the varied cultures and landscapes of these two fascinating countries as we snake our way along the Mekong the life-blood of this beautiful region. Cycling is one of the best ways to experience the diverse scenery of Southeast Asia, and our comfortable geared bikes, support crew and steady pace mean that you'll be free to enjoy the scenery along the way, with our backup vehicle available to give tired riders a break at any time. The combination of stunning scenery, back roads adventuring and engagement with local culture makes this an ideal trip for anyone looking for an active and engaging journey in Laos and Cambodia. If you're looking for an active adventure exploring the varied cultures and spectacular wilderness of the mighty Mekong River, this one's for you!

Inclusions

13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners
Airport transfers (day 1 and 14 only)
Comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis
Private air conditioned vehicles
21 gear bikes
Support vehicle on cycling days
Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
Expert bilingual guide
Medical kit
Hightlights
French colonial architecture and splendid temples in Vientiane
Exploring Khong Lor Cave and the tranquil Nam Hinboun River
Walking among the World Heritage Listed ancient ruins of Wat Phu
Peaceful Don Khong Island in Laos' "4,000 Islands" riverine archipelago
Vibrant local cultures and warm hospitality with our village homestay
Irrawaddy dolphins and stunning riverside sunsets in Kratie
Meeting rescued elephants at the Elephant Valley Project jungle sanctuary
History, architecture and world-class food in Phnom Penh
Supported cycling along the Mekong River, through traditional villages and stunning rural scenery
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $3,190
Start Location
Vientiane, Laos
End Location
Laos
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
6 to 14
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
12 Feb 201825 Feb 2018AvailableAUD $3,190
12 Mar 201825 Mar 2018AvailableAUD $3,190
14 May 201827 May 2018AvailableAUD $3,190
18 Jun 201801 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,190
17 Sep 201830 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,190
15 Oct 201828 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,190
12 Nov 201825 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,190
03 Dec 201816 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,190
14 Jan 201927 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,190
11 Feb 201924 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,190
11 Mar 201924 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,190
13 May 201926 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,190
17 Jun 201930 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,190
16 Sep 201929 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,190
14 Oct 201927 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,190
11 Nov 201924 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,190
02 Dec 201915 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,190
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Sabaidee! Welcome to Vientiane, the capital of Laos! On arrival you will receive a transfer to the group hotel. Please look for the WORLD EXPEDITIONS welcome sign in the arrivals hall. In the late afternoon your tour leader will meet you at the hotel where a trip briefing will be held in the hotel lobby. After that, you will join the welcome dinner in a local restaurant and have an opportunity to sample specialty dishes of Laos. Overnight in Vientiane
Day 2
Today, you will visit the major sights of Vientiane: Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao's national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph. In the afternoon, you continue the sightseeing tour to Buddha Park on the Mekong of which Buddha statues in modern style shapes. One of them is the largest Reclining Buddha in Laos. They were built by a Lao man in order to teach following generations about religions worldwide after his study in India. Overnight in Vientiane
Day 3
After early breakfast, you will take the drive towards Khammouane province. Along the way you will make several stops to stretch your legs and take some wonderful pictures of the breathtaking scenery of Laos countryside. After lunch is time for cycling. You will cycle passing ethnic villages with nice scenery of rice fields. Transfer for the rest part of the day. You will arrive at Ban Kong Lo by the late evening. Overnight at Ban Kong Lo Approx. cycling distance: 50km Up to approx. 8 hours driving due to long distance Starting time will be from 07:30AM
Day 4
Today, you first visit Kong Lor Cave, 7km length and was formed by the Hinboun River, which flows though the cave all year round. Here you embark on a small boat for an impressive excursion through the main cave to the valley beyond, stopping to observe the stalactite formations. The cave is still used by local villages as an access route. After visiting the cave you will cycle back to Muang Khoukam for around 30km and relax for lunch before taking the drive to near Thakhek where we continue our 30km cycling to the town. Overnight in Thakhek Approx. cycling distance: 60km Approx. 5 hours driving Starting time will be from 07:30AM. Finishing time will be approximately 19:00PM
Day 5
Today we cycle to Tham Nong Pafa Cave, also known as Buddha Cave. The cave which is located near Na Khang Xang Village, has recently came into the news following the discovery of 229 Buddha statues in a previously unexplored site. Cycle back to Thakhek where you will take the drive to Savannakhet. After lunch take a short city tour of Savanakhet with the dinosaur museum (depending on the day) - the former inhabitants of this province and the famous 16th century That Ing Hang Stupa with fine carvings. Continue driving to Pakse. Overnight in Pakse Approx. cycling distance: 40km Approx. 6 hours driving Starting time will be from 07:30AM.
Day 6
From Pakse you will enjoy a leisurely cycling trip to the former royal capital of Champasak, our base for exploring fascinating pre-angkorian ruins of Wat Phou, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. You will have time to explore these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Wat Phou is one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001. This wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 9th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. You then continue our journey to Khong Island, the largest island in the South Mekong river region known as the 4000 islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos. Overnight in Khong Island
Day 7
After breakfast, grab your bike and start cycling to explore the island. You will pass by several villages and see the daily life of local people before embarking a boat cruise downstream to Som Island. Cycle passing rice fields and villages before venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River where during the dry season the waters recede and leave behind thousands of islets, giving this area a lovely name "Si Phan Done" (4,000 Islands). Explore the local villages of Ban Hang Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, including old French architecture buildings and the remnants of the first Lao railway with its locomotive. You then visit the Liphi Waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking the end of Lao border to Cambodia, also known as the Samphamith. If you are lucky, you may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone. Overnight in Khone Island
Day 8
After breakfast, you will cruise upstream to Nakasang Village where you will start cycling to visit the breathtaking Khone Phapheng Waterfall, the South East Asia's largest waterfall, known as the Niagara of the East. You will then transfer to the Laos/Cambodia border (approx. 10:00AM) and cross the border to Cambodia. Welcome to Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonders! Your Cambodian guide will welcome you and escort you to the boat dock where you will have a boat trip to Preah Rumkel Community-Based Tourism site. Take your bike, cycle around the village and observe this picturesque jungle village etched along a sandy Mekong riverbank in an exotic location. The rest of the day is free at your leisure: stroll around to learn more about local life, play volleyball with the locals or simply take a rest in the peaceful village. Overnight at homestay in Preah Rumkel Approx. cycling distance: 52km (12km in Laos and 40 km in Cambodia) Facilities at homestay are very basic: Toilet: Squat Sleeping facilities: Mattress, blanket, pillow Water: Hot water is not available. However, in case clients need, the house owner could boil it for clients Maximum 3 pax per home (depending on room types). If the group size is more than 3 pax we will use 2 or several homes.
Day 9
Wake up early and admire the breathtaking sunrise over the horizon and witness local fishermen start their day. Today you cycle down to the town of Stung Treng, where the Mekong and the Sekong rivers meet and continue your journey to Kratie. Along the way, you will visit the 100-Column Pagoda before setting out on a very scenic route along the Mekong. Also you will stop at Kampi Pool - 15km outside of Kratie to see the rare Irrawady Dolphins. Kampi pool has the highest concentration in the world of these amazing creatures. In the late afternoon you will arrive in Kratie, a charming town with plenty of old French colonial buildings and a great waterfront with stunning sunset views. Overnight in Kratie Cycling distance: approx. 60km
Day 10
After breakfast you head towards Sen Monorom passing untouched countryside to one of the remotest areas of Cambodia. As the total distance covered would be too much you will start the cycling from Snoul. Pedaling through untouched countryside some 40km out of Sen Monorom, If time permits, you will visit Boo Sra Water fall - Cambodia's largest waterfall. You will do a short ride to a hilltop to admire the scene of forest-clad rolling hills, resembling ocean waves and thus commonly known as "sea forest". Close the day from the top of Phnom Dak Reimon for an excellent sunset view of Sen Monorom. Overnight in Sen Monorom Note: Visit to Boo Sra Waterfall should be optional if time permits because in some cases the group starts the tour late and wants to cycle longer distance then they will arrive in Sen Monorom late. We also cannot move the waterfall to day 11 as the group will do full day activities at Elephant Valley Project. Cycling distance: approx. 55km
Day 11
Today, you will head out to a special project - a sanctuary for elephants: the Elephant Valley Project near Sen Monorom. Jack Highwood - a passionate animal lover and vegan set up a camp in the jungle to give old and mistreated elephants a dignified life after they were abandoned by their owners or saved from their misery. Unlike other camps where elephants are misused as tourist attractions, here you are not allowed to ride on the animals but rather have the chance to really get to know them by spending time alongside these gracious animals. Explore the jungle shadowed by two families of elephants and learning about these pachyderms, the local mahouts and the forest. Overnight in Sen Monorom Note: Elephant Valley Project activities are not available on Saturday & Sunday. Emario Hotel cannot arrange meal so breakfast will be at local restaurant.
Day 12
Today you will drive towards the quaint town of Chhlong, home to some of the most beautiful French colonial houses remaining in Cambodia. Then take your bike and start the cycling along the Mekong River. You will follow the back road to close to real life and gain experience of the local people who earn their living along the river. Arrive at Kampong Cham and enjoy the sunset along the quiet Mekong River bank. Overnight in Kampong Cham Cycling distance: approx. 50km
Day 13
This morning you cycle south west for Phnom Penh. After a short cycling from Kampong Cham you will arrive at Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei Hill (Man and Women Hill), where you will take a short walk to the summit allowing us a fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Continuing on, you cycle to Skuon, also known as Spiderville, a town which boasts one of Cambodian's more exotic culinary delights: the deep-fried spiders - a great snack for those more daring cyclists! Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in town before continue cycling to meet our bus for the transfer to Phnom Penh. End the day with a delicious Khmer farewell dinner at Romdeng a charity restaurant housed in a restored colonial building where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. Overnight in Phnom Penh Cycling distance: approx. 60km
Day 14
Enjoy your final day in Cambodia by exploring Phnom Penh on your own before your flight. Bargain for silk scarves or shadow puppets at the Central Market, or relax into a wicker chair in a sidewalk caf . We will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.