Day 2 - Luang Prabang - Mekong Hidden Side (B,L,D)
Your guide will pick you up at the hotel at 8.30am by minivan and head to the bike station to collect our bikes before cycling towards the former Royal boat pier.
We will cycle along the Mekong on small village paths and rocky trails towards Vat Chom Phet, which used to be Kings’ favorite temple to retreat when he needed to get away from the court’s hassles, and Vat Long Khoun.
We then take a dirt road and peddle our way through the untouched and rarely visited countryside. Along the way, we will stop at a Ban Nakham for snacks and refreshments. Certain parts of the path are hilly and tracks are irregular.
Next stop, we’ll ride towards a Khmu village and the secret Hoy Khoua waterfall, where we will enjoy our picnic lunch and take time to cool off (note: for agricultural purposes, and related to abundance of rain during rainy season, the waterfall can be dry at periods).
After taking time to relax and rest we cycle back towards the mighty Mekong. If you feel the need for a short rest you can hop on the back up minivan at any time.
We stop in Ban Pak Loung, a Hmong village, and then board our private boat, cruising upstream to Ban Chan, this village is renowned for its pottery making.
Tonight’s dinner will be at the excellent Khai Phaen restaurant (crispy Mekong River weed), established by the Cambodian based NGO, Friends International. Khai Phaen is a training and vocational school for street children and young people in the Luang Prabang region.
Overnight In Luang Prabang.
Distance and journey time:
Transfer by Boat from Ban Pak Loung to Ban Chan: 1 hr
Cycling distance: 27km