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Laos by Bike

For an in-depth, active adventure in Laos this trip is a must! Cycling is one of the best ways to experience the diverse scenery of Southeast Asia, and this journey from Luang Prabang in the north to Pakse in the south is one of the best ways to see the sights of Laos. From charming river cities and colourful markets to isolated villages and ancient archaeological sites; golden temples and saffron-robed monks; tranquil lakes and sleepy riverine islands to wartime history and grand colonial architecture: Laos has a unique mix of stunning natural beauty, rich culture and a relaxing, gentle pace that makes it a consistent favourite among travelers. 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. 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. From here we begin our journey southward to the capital of Vientiane, cycling through stunning landscapes of forested mountains, lush valleys and terraced rice paddies, along riverbanks and through villages. We continue heading south to Pakse and the fertile Bolaven Plateau, where we'll stop to visit indigenous villages and the twin waterfalls of Tad Fan. From here we continue our cycle to the former royal capital of Champasak, our base for exploring the World Heritage Listed ancient Khmer ruins of Wat Phu. We wrap up our adventure with a stay on Dong Khong Island, the largest of the 4,000 Islands, Southern Laos' stunning riverine archipelago. If you're looking for a cycle adventure that takes in the must-see natural and cultural highlights of Laos, this is it!

Inclusions

13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
Airport transfers (day 1 and 14 only)
Comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis
21 gear 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
Temples, monks and markets on Luang Prabang's tranquil riverbanks
French colonial architecture and splendid temples on the Mekong in Vientiane
Waterfalls, lush plantations and cooler weather on the fertile Bolaven Plateau
Walking among the World Heritage Listed ancient Khmer ruins of Wat Phu
Exploring Southern Laos' 4,000 Islands riverine archipelago
Supported cycling through some of Laos' most spectacular landscapes
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $3,690
Start Location
Luang Prabang, Laos
End Location
Laos
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Walking/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
18 Jul 201831 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,690
13 Aug 201826 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,690
12 Sep 201825 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,690
10 Oct 201823 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,690
07 Nov 201820 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,690
28 Nov 201811 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,690
02 Jan 201915 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
06 Feb 201919 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
13 Mar 201926 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
10 Apr 201923 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
15 May 201928 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
17 Jun 201930 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
17 Jul 201930 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
12 Aug 201925 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
11 Sep 201924 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
09 Oct 201922 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
06 Nov 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
27 Nov 201910 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,690
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
If you're flying into Luang Prabang today you will be met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to start exploring the beautiful small city of Luang Prabang. In the late afternoon we'll have a trip briefing with our guide in the hotel lobby, before heading out for a welcome dinner with our group. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2
After breakfast, you will fit you for your bike then enjoy a tour around Luang Prabang with the Mekong river as our backdrop. You will soon understand why it deserves the World Heritage title! Visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. Wat Xieng Thong further emphasizes & characterizes the uniqueness of Luang Prabang, its several roofs sweeping low to the ground. See also the impressive "tree of life" mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts episodes from the Ramayana. Then visit the National Museum (closed on Tuesday), once a king's palace, where displayed inside is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries. Wat Mai was built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. This afternoon, you continue settle in that will take you to the secrets of the town's wetlands, centuries old temples, a Saa Paper village before going back to the town, you will visit a weaving centre, where you get an explanation of the silk weaving process. Look at silkworm, natural dyes and meet the weavers. Then climb Phousi Hill to enjoy the view overlooking the city and watch the amazing sunset. From here you can see the magic Mekong and the small Nam Khan rivers. This evening you have to yourselves. Maybe explore the local restaurants or indulge in another massage, the choice is yours. Overnight in Luang Prabang Cycling distance: 20 km 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. After cycling back to town, the afternoon will be free at leisure to relax or explore Luang Prabang. Cycling distance: 60 km Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4
Today we cycle south of Luang Prabang and up into the mountains through incredible scenery, using our support vehicle to break up the journey on the uphill sections. After breakfast, cycle towards Muang Xieng Ngern where you will cycle passing beautiful land scape and villages along the way to Ban Pongdong, at the T-junction where you will transfer up and down through the lush mountain scenery to Ban Thong Meuad. From there hop on your bike and cycle downhill to the green valley of Kasi. Cycling distance: 80 km (flat, up / downhill) 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. After checking into our riverfront hotel we'll explore the nearby Tham Jang cave, famously used by locals as a defense bunker against invading Chinese in the early 1800s. Cycling distance: 60 km Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Day 6
Today we leave Vang Vieng and cycle our way through the scenic villages of Ban Houei Elert, Ban Keun and Ban Nakeun as we make our way towards the Nam Ngum Lake. Nam Ngum Lake is a huge man-made reservoir created by the installation of a hydrlectric dam across the Nam Ngum River, one of the major tributaries of the Mekong River. Once at Nam Ngum we'll take a longboat ride across the beautiful reservoir where we can enjoy the scenery and observe locals at work in small fishing villages. Cycling distance: 80 km Overnight at Nam Ngum Lake.
Day 7
Today we cycle through beautiful scenery of terraced rice paddies, rugged forested slopes and the sheer sandstone cliffs of the Phou Khao Kouay mountain range, making our way towards the capital of Vientiane. We cycle through the outer suburbs and into the city centre before arriving at our hotel on the banks of the Mekong River. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore Vientiane's temples, markets and handsome colonial architecture. Cycling distance: 82 km (mostly flat / downhill) Overnight in Vientiane
Day 8
Depart early for your trip towards Khammouane province. Along the way you can make several stops to stretch your legs and take some wonderful pictures of the breathtaking scenery of Lao 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 in Ban Na Hin Kong Lo Cycling Distance approx: 50 km Approx. 8 hours driving due to long distance Starting time should be from 07:30AM
Day 9
Today, you first visit Kong Lo 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.
Day 10
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. Cycling distance: 40kms Overnight in Pakse.
Day 11
From Pakse we'll cycle to our next destination of Tadlo, passing through lush scenes of hills, forests and plantations. Today's drive gives us a chance to venture off the beaten track to discover the wild beauty of southern Laos' Bolaven Plateau. This scenic plateau sits high above the Mekong Valley with rivers and waterfalls spilling off and down into the valleys below, and the region is blessed with cooler temperatures, thick forests and rich fertile soils for growing coffee, tea, bananas and spices. We'll pass lush plantations as we make our way to the twin Tad Fan Waterfalls, stopping along way in hilltribe villages where we can experience the cultural traditions of the Kato people. The evening will be free at leisure to relax in the scenic surroundings of Tadlo. Cycling distance: 90 km Overnight in Tadlo.
Day 12
Leaving Tadlo, we'll cycle through lush scenery for around 50 km before driving the remaining two hours to the former royal capital of Champasak, our base for exploring the World Heritage Listed Khmer ruins of Wat Phu (aka Vat Phou). Once in Champasak we'll be hopping back on our bikes for a 30 km round-trip cycle out to the ruins. Set at the base of Mount Phu Kao, the dramatic ruins of Wat Phu date back to the 9th century and contain a geometric layout of temples, shrines and waterworks, bearing witness to the sophistication and artistry of the Khmer civilsation. From here we continue our journey by boat to Dong Khong Island, the largest island in the South Mekong's stunning riverine archipelago known as the 4000 islands. It's one of Laos' most scenic areas, and we'll spend tonight on Don Khong Island relaxing at our riverfront hotel. Cycling distance: 80 km Overnight on Dong Khong Island.
Day 13
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 on a long tail boat for 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". We cycle to 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. We continue discover the 4000 islands area by cycle at our leisure to 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 Cycling distance: 20 km
Day 14
After breakfast, transfer back to Pakse for your return flight home. If your flight schedule permits we'll drive further south to visit the breathtaking Khone Phapheng Waterfalls, the Southeast Asia's biggest waterfalls, known as the Niagara of the East before back to Pakse. We wish you a pleasant flight!