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Classic Laos Biking Tour

Escape the bustling city of Luang Prabang and discover the beautiful countryside of Vang Vieng. Bike uphill on some challenging roads and take in the stunning scenery of Kiu Kacham and Ban Keun.  Chat with the local hill tribes and take a peek into the Nam Ngum Lake.

HIGHLIGHTS

Various activities on sites

  • Refresh at Kuang Si waterfalls, explore the surrounding area, or take the dip at the natural pools
  • Cycling & hiking through villages and meeting local people 
  • Explore several temples, meet with monks and local villagers

Unforgettable moments

  • Head off the beaten track by riding on some of the most secluded and beautiful roads in Lao
  • Take a relaxing ride to a Nam Ngum Lake with its awesome views, quiet back roads with good surfaces
  • Enjoy Kasi Hot Spring Resort, where the hot spring can help you recover from the cycling day.

Nature exploration

  • The amazing and peaceful scenery of the countryside of Laos
  • The nature of dreamy of Kuang Si waterfalls
  • The untouched nature along the way from Luang Prabang to Vientiane

Culture experience

  • Learn about the culture & history of the Laos
  • Experience different cultures while observing everyday life in the village

Map

Detailed schedule

Day 1 - Luang Prabang - Arrival

On arrival at the Luang Prabang airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel (early check-in upon availability)

Situated in the centre of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding cultural, historic and architectural values and its harmonious relationship between the natural and built environment.

There is no activities planned for today, so you may stroll around for the first impression of this ancient city. Overnight in Luang Prabang

 

Notes

Tip: if you arrive early and want to get familiar with the ancient city, take a short ride around the old small streets inside the old quarter. This is the great start for your Laos cycling adventure.

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Day 2 - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall

An easy ride to the scenic Kuang Si Waterfalls through Khmu and Hmong ethnic villages.

Enjoy a swim in the clear-water basins of the Kuang Si Waterfalls. 

After visiting Kuang Si waterfalls, you can visit the nearby Butterflies Park, where you can enjoy the afternoon tea with the homemade cookies whilst relaxing inside the green peaceful garden full of colorful butterflies.

Late afternoon, we will take the boat back to Luang Prabang whilst the sun is setting behind the mountain.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Notes

Note: 30km – 1.5-hour riding

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Day 3 - Luang Prabang - Kiu Kacham

Today, we will cycle up and down along the rolling hills of northern Laos. The ride is quite difficult in some parts (altitude up to 1400m) and you may not up to it. However, there is nothing to worry as we have the supporting van escorting you along the way.

We will arrive in Kiu Kacham late afternoon, check in your simple guesthouse. It is time to enjoy the view with a cold beer.

Overnight in Kiu Kacham

Notes

Note: 91km, 5-6-hour riding

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Day 4 - Kiu Kacham - Kasi Hot Spring Resort

After breakfast, you ride between 1000 and 1400 meters to Phou Khoun, which is up and down the whole way for 48km, with one big steep descent and ascent in the middle from 12-30km. You’ll be experiencing some steeper grades than the day before, but they are short. 

In the afternoon, you steadily climb for another 10 or so kilometers coming out of town, then it is a screaming descent for about 12km. Once you reach the bottom and cross the river there is a short very sharp climb to Kasi Hot Spring Resort, where the hot spring can help you recover from the cycling day.

Overnight at Kasi Hot Spring Resort

Notes

Note: 91km, 5-6-hour riding

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Day 5 - Kasi Hot Spring Resort - Vang Vieng

It starts to get a lot easier from here than the previous days but still a bit of up and down in the middle of the ride. 

From the Hot Spring Resort to Kasi it is about 20kms of undulating hills but mostly descent. Here, we may stop to have a drink and recharge before continuing further.

From Kasi it’s flat for around 10kms, then you will climb a bit from 35-55km, then mostly downhill and flat for the last 30km into tourist hot spot Vang Vieng.

Check in your hotel in town before taking a short ride around the town.

Overnight in Vang Vieng

Notes

Note: 76km, 4-5-hour riding

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Day 6 - Vang Vieng - Nam Ngum Lake

It’s still pretty hilly coming out of Vang Vieng and is up and down the whole way. But today, we just take a short ride to the village of Ban Thaheua, which locates at the north side of Nam Ngum lake.

Here you have ample time to stop and enjoy the view whilst sipping a cup of tea or coffee.

In the afternoon, we will take the 2-hour traditional boat along the Nam Ngum lake to Ban Thalat.

Upon arriving in Ban Thalat, check in your hotel overlooking the lake, which offers a truly amazing view during the sunset and sunrise.

Overnight in Ban Thalat

Notes

Note: 25km, 2-hour riding | 2-hour boating on Nam Ngum lake to Ban Thalat

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Day 7 - Nam Ngum - Ban Keun

You are free in the morning to relax and enjoy the view.

In the afternoon, we first start our riding along a short but steep rolling hills, which will last around 3km.

After that, the road starts to be very easy until we reach Ban Keun in the late afternoon.

Check in your simple hotel overlooking Nam Lik river, where we will spend the night

Notes

Note: 30km, 3-hour riding

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Day 8 - Ban Keun - Vientiane

Today, you cycle on dirt roads through paddy fields with fine views in the Phou Khao Khouay mountain range to the village of Thangon before entering the capital city of Laos: Vientiane. 

You'll pass through the suburbs as you cycle to the centre of this historic, lively city situated along the bank of the Mekong. 

Overnight in Hotel. 

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Day 9 - Vientiane - Free

It is the last day and your time to grab up.

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration.

There is the option to cycle along the Mekong River and/or taking the kayaking too. Discuss with our guide if you wish to have the extra activities.

Overnight in Vientiane

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Day 10 - Vientiane - Departure

Free for the last-minute shopping before taking the departure flight

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