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Cycling - Exploring Luang Prabang by Bike - 4 Days / 3 Nights
Cycling - Exploring Luang Prabang by Bike - 4 Days / 3 Nights

Cycling - Exploring Luang Prabang by Bike - 4 Days / 3 Nights

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Luang Prabang


With the mighty Mekong River a central element, the landscapes are notable for their serenity. Using pedal power to explore, guests can branch out of the city itself to see attractions such as Hoy Khoouy Waterfall and Pak Ou Cave, head into the hinterland and cycle along the banks of the fabled waterway.

Day 1 - Arrival in Luang Prabang (D)

Welcome to Laos, the Land of a Million Elephants, and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide and transfered to your hotel.

After check-in we enjoy a half day guide tour on bicycles to experience the rich cultural and historical heritage of this charming town with visits to French Indochinese buildings and ancient Buddhist temples. Today’s itinerary includes a visit to Wat Sensoukarahm, Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thong- the most revered temple in Luang Prabang and the former Royal Palace (now the National Museum) where you will explore the history of Laos. Finish with the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’s ethnic minorities. The entrance includes and Cocktails and snacks at the Patio when you are done with the Center visit.

Returning to the hotel, take a rest and freshen up before being transferred by electric tuktuk to the most famous restaurant in town, Tamarind, for an adventurous Lao Gourmet culinary discovery!

Overnight In Luang Prabang.

 

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from hotel to Tamarind: 15 mins

Cycling distance:  7 km

Difficulty: Very Easy

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

Difficulty: Medium

Day 3 - Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Loop (B,L,D)

This morning, enjoy your bountiful breakfast at the hotel before meeting up with your guide for the day’s briefing.

Hop on your bike to start today’s exciting journey. Our first stop will be Ban Xang Khong, a village which is popular for their textiles and Saa paper making. There are many potholes created by trucks that sometimes take this road so ride with caution. We soon hit the quieter back roads and explore an old brick manufacturing factory before stopping to enjoy some shade and some snacks. Next stop is Ban Xang Hay, a village which specializes in making traditional rice-wine. We then encounter diversified agriculture and hill tribe villages whilst the mighty Mekong is never far away.

Upon arrival at Ban Pak Ou, we will have time to stretch our legs and visit the village before stopping for lunch at one of the best local restaurants in the area with unique views of the caves and river.

After visiting the caves we get back on board the boat for a cruise down river to Luang Prabang (the more adventurous riders have the option to cycle back to Luang prabang). Laos has several waterways that have traditionally been used as the local form of transportation and they continue to be used in that manner today in many parts of the country. Taking a local boat cruise is probably one of the most rewarding ways to discover the life along the rivers and observe daily activities of fishermen and villagers.

Upon arrival back at the boat pier you cycle back to your hotel or take a transfer.

This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at Tangor restaurant to have a taste of Asian and French fusion cuisine.

Overnight In Luang Prabang.

Distance and journey time:

Optional Transfer by boat from Ban Pak On to Luang Prabang: 1.5 hrs

Cycling distance:  30.9 km or 61.8 km

Difficulty: Medium

Day 4 - Luang Prabang Departure (B)

Today is at leisure until you transfer to the Airport for your onward flight.

“An itinerary may at times be altered by our guides due to local conditions, the skill of participants and other unexpected circumstances. Our priority is always the experience and safety of our clients.

Tour Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / OnDemand
Tour Price: Available upon Request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.


Our services include:

  • Luggage transfer
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • 1 ExoAdventure Certified English Speaking Guide
  • 1 assistant guide for 11-15 cyclist, 2 assistant guides for 16+ cyclists
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides

 

Important Notes:

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.

 

Creating Unique Touring Experiences

All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Laos tour to your individual specifications.


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