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Laos South to North Cycling and Cultural Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 16 people
Destination(s): Laos  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: August - February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1595 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1675 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Laos is most popular cycling destination. A beautiful, quiet country, still relatively untouched by western values. It is mountainous and land-locked, with a population of just 6 million who have a reputation for being amongst the most welcoming and friendly people in the world. You will enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery in Asia, mountain biking through rural landscapes. On all our Laos tours we visit a Hmong village school which redspokes has been supporting for a number of years and will be treated to a traditional Laos homestay. This will give you an insight into the traditions and culture of the Tai Lue people.

Day 1: Vientiane.
The Laos tour starts in Vientiane. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will have some free time to explore this delightful city. Accommodation: Hotel. Meals included: D.

Day 2: Vientiane.
This morning we will sort out any bike problems before we stretch our legs with a ride around this laid back city and the surrounding area. With its French colonial influences Vientiane is barely recognisable as an Asian capital, it has a relaxed 'small town' charm. Accommodation: Hotel. Meals included: B.

Day 3: Vientiane to Nam Ngum.
We cycle out of Vientiane. After leaving the bustle of the town, we cycle through pastoral agricultural land passing paddy fields and more intensively farmed areas. Towards the end of the day there are two short, but rewarding, climbs just before we reach our destination at Ang Nam Ngum reservoir.
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Cycling distance: 97 km
- Total climb: 489 m
- Total descent: 425 m
- Meals included: B, L, D

Day 4: Nam Ngum to Vang Vieng.
We have an early start this morning along mostly flat roads. Towards the end of the morning we reach the fishing village of Tha Heauna where all manner of salty fish are on sale by the road. We will have lunch here - sampling the local produce - before cycling on to arrive by early afternoon in Vang Vieng, where we stay the night.
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Cycling distance: 105 km
- Total climb: 706 m
- Total descent: 695 m
- Meals included: B, L.

Day 5: Vang Vieng.
Rest Day. Vang Vieng has recently become a popular destination for backpackers and is a comfortable place with nice restaurants and guesthouses. There are options to swim, tube or visit nearby caves. We can relax with a beer Lao to finish off the day and enjoy the sunset over the river behind the stunning limestone pinnacles.
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Meals included: B.

Day 6: Vang Vieng to Kasi.
We begin the day cycling a route with hills on either side. After about 28 km we begin to get a taste of what's to come with an 8 km climb. This is followed by a long gentle descent to Kasi.
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Cycling distance: 59 km
- Total climb: 571 m
- Total descent: 450 m
- Meals included: B, L, D.

Day 7: Kasi to Kiu Kachan.
We will have an early start in preparation for the hardest day of the trip. The cycling begins with a fairly gentle 10k ride as the scent of jasmine and lotus blossoms drifts through the clear air from the rich jungle flora. This is followed by a massive 38k ascent to reach Nung Phum. We will stop here for a well-deserved lunch. This afternoon we cycle a further 50k up and down through dramatic scenes of craggy limestone peaks some of which are the highest in South East Asia. At the end of this challenging day we arrive in Kiu Kachan.
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Cycling distance: 95 km
- Total climb: 2418 m
- Total descent: 1422 m
- Meals included: B, L, D.

Day 8: Kiu Kachan to Luang Prabang.
We cycle to Luang Prabang, which is a word heritage site and one of the highlights of the trip. The day starts with a long descent for 22 k followed by a 15 km hard climb. On the way we pass through Hmong villages each of which has its own distinctive character and style of house.
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Cycling distance: 78 km
- Total climb: 293 m
- Total descent: 2070 m
- Meals included: B.

Day 9: Luang Prabang.
Rest day in beautiful Luang Prabang, encircled by mountains and situated on the banks of the Mekong where it meets the Nam Khan River. The day is free to explore this delightful World Heritage town with 32 historic temples, ancient monasteries, the magnificent Royal Palace Museum and French Colonial architecture. This is a place to chill out, enjoy the food, the peaceful surroundings and the people.
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals included: B.

Day 10: Luang Prabang to Pak Mong.
The day starts out on pleasantly flat roads. We have the opportunity to visit the holy caves of Pak-Ou where there is an ancient collection of precious Buddhist statues (optional extra). This is a long gentle ride with interesting sights along the way, finishing in Pak Mong.
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Cycling distance: 81 km
- Total climb: 679 m
- Total descent: 554 m
- Meals included: B, L, D.

Day 11: Pak Mong to Oudom Xay.
An unforgettable day as we cycle into remoter areas, well off the beaten track. The day starts with a steep climb that takes us deep into lush jungle. We continue cycling over rolling hills and through magnificent scenery. At the end of the day we cycle down hill to Oudom Xay; the capital of the Province and home to 22 different ethnic minorities mostly Akha, Hmong and Mien.
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Cycling distance: 81 km
- Total climb: 1619 m
- Total descent: 1460 m
- Meals included: B, L, D

Day 12: Oudom Xay to Ban Nalay.
Another roller coaster day. Our cycle route is through lush jungle and passes many hill tribe villages that still retain their age-old cultural traditions. The simple bamboo houses rest on stilts, with children playing beneath them amongst the chickens and pigs. Tonight we stop in Ban Nalay where we will be hosted by local families. "Red Spokes" has developed a special relationship with this village and we support the local school. Our friends in the village will welcome us with traditional festivities and we will experience something of life in a real Loas village.
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Cycling distance: 58 km
- Total climb: 487 m
- Total descent: 644 m
- Meals included: B, L, D.

Day 13: Ban Nalay to Pakbeng.
Today we cycle along unsealed roads through friendly villages. As we pass by children will shout "sabaai - dii, sabaai dii" (the Loas greeting) to every passing cyclist. We finish the last days' cycling in the village of Pakbeng.
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Cycling distance: 88 km
- Total climb: 869 m
- Total descent: 757 m
- Meals included: B, L, D.

Day 14: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang.
Today we take a memorable boat journey though mist covered mountains up the mighty Mekong river to Luang Prabang. This journey gives is a wonderful insight into the significance of the Mekong river to the people who we have met along the way, and a memorable end to your visit.
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals included: B.

Day 15: Home.
In the morning you will be transferred to Luang Prabang airport for the return flight home.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Included is all accommodation which will be in hotels or guest houses. All food is provided on the tour except, lunches and dinners in Vientiane, Vang Veng and Luang Prabang. All transportation and local guides within Laos are included. International and local flights are not included in the tour costs.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Optional Extras:
- Own Room: From £325 (excludes one night)
- Bike Hire: From £180
- The extra costs for the Optional Extras are calculated after the booking process so will not appear in your shopping cart when booking the bike tour online. The extra costs will be added to your cycling Tour cost, we will contact you with a Tour Total Cost and give you instructions on how your remaining payments can be made.
- Flights
- Approximate Cost of Flights: £850.

Our holidays do not include flights to and from the designated cycle Tour countries, however, some bike tours contain internal flights that are included in the price.

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2011

M20818 is a specialist company taking small groups of cyclists to spectacular, remote areas of the world. We offer a unique blend of physical challenges, cultural experiences and cycling camaraderie, at highly competitive prices. M20818 guides are experienced cyclists and tour leaders. Destinations include Laos,...

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