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Cycle Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Start in Vientiane and end in Luang Prabang! With the Bicycle tour Cycle Vientiane to Luang Prabang - 9 Days, you have a 9 days tour package taking you through Vientiane, Laos and 4 other destinations in Laos. Cycle Vientiane to Luang Prabang - 9 Days includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

HIGHLIGHTS

Various activities on sites

  • Cycling & hiking through villages and meeting local people 
  • Visit the Plain of Jars UNESCO site and UXO landmine museums
  • Relax on a boat ride and cycle through luscious national parks

Unforgettable moments

  • Head off the beaten track by riding on some of the most secluded and beautiful roads in Lao
  • Pass from rice fields through to rainforests as we cycle passed the limestone cliffs of Phou Khao Khuay NP. 
  • Refresh at Kuang Si waterfalls, explore the surrounding area, or take the dip at the natural pools

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 Vientiane to Luang Prabang

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 - Welcome to Vientiane

On arrival at the Vientiane airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel (early check-in upon availability)
There is no activities planned for today, so you may stroll around for the first impression of this ancient city. Overnight in Vientiane.

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Day 2 - Vientiane - Tha Lat

In the morning, we’ll visit the local NGO team of Peuan Mit (“Good Friends” in Lao). They are part of the Friends International organisation and operate a holistic program for children, youth and caregivers living on the streets and in marginalized communities in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. From here, we’ll depart Vientiane by van to get out of the city hustle. Our ride will take us from rice fields through to rainforests as we cycle passed the limestone cliffs of Phou Khao Khauy NP. Lunch will be in the small village of Ban Kern on the Nam Ngum river.

Notes

Cycling: 68km | easy | +560m/-485m
Transit: 20km

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Day 3 - Phou Khao Khuay - Paksan

We’ll start the day after breakfast on a boat, making our way through to the village of Longsan, just north of the national park. Our ride takes us straight through the heart of this magnificent natural beauty and through to Tad Leuk waterfall for a well deserved break. We’ll cycle out of the park and transit through to Paksan for the evening.

Notes

Cycling: 48km |moderate | +874m/-955m
Transit: 2.5 hr boat + 1 hr drive

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Day 4 - Paksan - Phonsavan

An early start to beat the heat of the day, this ride departs directly from the hotel and travels through remote areas and deep forest, where villages are untouched by modern civilisation. Our lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Ban Thasi, after which, we truck about 2 hours to Muang Khoun where we will visit Old stupa and Buddha sculpture which was bombed during the Vietnam war.

Notes

Cycling: 81km | moderate | +1,088m/-1,032m
Transit:  3 hr drive

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Day 5 - Plain of Jars

In the morning, we’ll visit a local NGO that works with victims of land mines, still remaining from the Vietnam War. This is an incredible experience to learn about the devastation let behind from the war and the effects that remains to this day.
In the afternoon we’ll visit the Plain of Jars site, an archeological landscape consisting of thousands of stone jars scattered throughout the valley. These ‘jars’ are considered to be up to 2000 years old and theorised to potentially be old burial pits.

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Day 6 - Phonsavan - Kasi

We’ll avoid riding the main road, the climbs and the trucks between Phonsavan and Phou Khoun by transferring in the morning. After lunch, we’ll take the bikes on the much quieter and scenic downhill ride to Kasi. This laid back little river town will be our last stop before riding into Luang Prabang.
 

Notes

Cycling: 45km | easy | +664m/-1,672m
Transit: 3 hrs
 

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Day 7 - Kasi - Luang Prabang

We’ll skip the first 30km of climbing by jumping in the van to the viewpoint. From here we’ll attempt to cycle all the way into Luang Prabang, with twice as much downhill as up in the remaining 95km.There’s no rush and a support van that’s with us the whole way. Once we get into Luang Prabang, we’ll meet up again for dinner at the Friends International restaurant, KhaiPhaen. It’s a social enterprise based restaurant that empowers disadvantaged youth with vocational training amongst other support

Notes

Cycling: 95km | moderate | +1233m / -2778m
Transit: 30km

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Day 8 - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si waterfalls

The relaxed road out of Luang Prabang will take us as far as Kuangsi Falls, one of the most spectacular swimming holes on the continent. Along the way we’ll visit the Lao Buffalo Dairy. Here, you’ll meet Aussie farmer and founder, Suzie, whose initiative provides an insight into the issues surrounding village farmers and water buffalo care. The dairy also provides animal husbandry nutrition programs to the rural  communities close to the falls.
Before taking a dip in the beautiful Kuangsi Falls, we’ll get a behind the scenes experience with the team from Free the Bears. This sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates sun, moon and sloth bears from bile farms.

Notes

Cycling: Optional 30km | easy | +402 m / -291 m
Transit: 30km

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Day 9 - Luang Prabang - Departure

You are free before transferring to the airport to take the departure flight

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