We begin our biking adventure in the world heritage town of Luang Prabang and explore very rural northern Laos looping through both remote hill tribal areas and lowland regions. We visit the mysterious Plain of Jars at Phonsavanh which was also a central point during the Laotian Civil War, try elephant riding and take a boat trip on the Nam Ou river as we return to Luang Prabang.
Quiet roads, friendly people, tasty food and spectacular scenery combine to make this an awesome biking adventure.
What is the biking like?
10 days biking - 90% on quiet paved roads, and a wee bit of non-technical unpaved road. While most of the riding on this trip is on paved roads the terrain is hilly so a good level of fitness will add to the enjoyment of your trip. This trip is suited to bikers with a good level of fitness and hill climbing ability. From 30 km to 120 km per day. Total distance approximately 640 km.
The basic low-down.
We travel in a loop through the very rural Northern Laos. Luang Prabang to Luang Prabang. 100% vehicle supported. Our trusty support vehicle carries all your luggage, helps you up those hills (if you like) and always has lunch, snacks and water at hand. Group size minimum 5, maximum 12 plus M15202 leaders and local crew. Accommodation is twin share - 5 nights in hotels and 7 nights local guesthouses. Food includes 3 meals per day from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast This excludes one lunch and five evening meals which are at your own expense to give you the opportunity to experience local cuisine of your own choosing.
- Visit to a rural primary school.
- Trip leader and a local bilingual guide/interpreter.
Day 1: Arrive in Luang Prabang, free day to enjoy this stunning and relaxed world heritage town. We will meet for a pre-departure meeting at 5:00 pm. D. Acc: Hotel.
Day 2: Our first day’s ride takes us out to an elephant sanctuary dedicated to giving working elephants a brighter future. Take a ride on an elephant along the banks of the Nam Khan river. 35kms biking. BL, Evening meal at own cost. Acc: Hotel.
Day 3: We take a short vehicle transfer out of town and ride to Phou Khoun, a small junction market town. 80 kms drive, 50 kms biking BLD, Acc: Guesthouse.
Day 4: A challenging day of undulating terrain and rural farmland to Nong Tang. 90kms biking. BLD, Acc: Lakeside Guesthouse.
Day 5: In the morning we head out to explore the nearby Buddha caves before biking on to Phonsavanh. 45 kms biking. BL, Evening meal at own cost. Acc: Hotel.
Day 6: Phonsavanh free day or explore the Plain of Jars, and unexplained field dotted with huge carved stone jars. In the afternoon visit the SOS orphanage, BL, Evening meal at own cost. Acc: Hotel.
Day 7: Ride on through rolling countryside to Muang Kham. Soak away the days ride in a bath filled with natural hot spring mineral water. 73kms biking, BLD, Acc: Guesthouse.
Day 8: A big day as we climb up into the lush hills and hill-tribe villages of rural Laos. At the end of the day a 20km decent brings us to Nam Nuen. 85kms biking. BLD, Acc: Guesthouse.
Day 9: We start the day with a visit to a local village primary school and meet the children and teachers. We ride on narrow, quiet winding roads and through small villages and lush forests to Vieng Thong. Biking 65km, BLD, Acc: Guesthouse.
Day 10: Our longest and most challenging day, but remember there is always the support vehicle! The roads are narrow and quiet and we share them with grazing buffalo and farmers on their “tractors”. The day ends with a descent into Vieng Kham. Up to 120km biking. BLD, Acc: Guesthouse.
Day 11: A spectacular ride through mountains and rocky bluffs as we drop down to Nong Kiaw on the banks of the Nam Ou River. 46km biking. BL, Evening meal at own cost. Acc: Riverside Hotel.
Day 12: This morning we take a scenic long-boat trip down the Nam Ou river and visit the spectacular Buddha caves at Pak Ou. We finish the day with a ride beside the Mekong river back to Luang Prabang. 30km biking. BL, Evening meal at own cost. Acc: Hotel.
Day 13: Depart, airport transfer; or stay on to spend time relaxing/exploring the very charming Luang Prabang.
School visits. The local schools in Laos are very different from what we are used to in the western world. We have established a relationship with a school along our route which we try to visit on every tour and help in a small way with practical gifts etc. Please contact us for more information regarding these school visits and how you may be able to help them.
Price: Single supplement (if requested) - NZ$300.
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