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Splendors of North Laos Biking Tour - 5 Days / 4 Nights
Splendors Of North Laos - 5 Days / 4 Nights

Splendors of North Laos Biking Tour - 5 Days / 4 Nights

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Luang Prabang - Oudomxay - Luang Nam Tha - Mung Sing - Xiengkhok - Houay Xay

Northern Laos is an adventurer's delight. Quiet roads, diverse terrain, and friendly locals present a side of Laos not often seen by travellers. This 5 day biking tour allows you to discover the hidden splendor of Northern Laos on two wheels. With full vehicle support, you can opt to rest your legs and soak in the view from the comfort of a van!

Starting from Luang Prabang, you head north by bike to Oudomxay and on to Luang Nam Tha. The ride immerses you in the scenery of the area, but also provides a chance to view the diversity of the people. The Northern Region is inhabited by several groups of ethnic minorities such as Akha, Hmong and Mien.

Upon reaching Luang Nam Tha, relax by the banks of the river or stroll through town to explore its unique blend of architecture. The next morning, a spectacular ride through the Nam Ha Protected Area takes you to Muang Sing. The fresh air and dense forests are sure to revive those tired muscles!

Awake early to visit Muang Sing's local market. Join the vendors- most of whom come from the ethnic minority villages in the area- as they buy and sell fresh fruit, meats, and dry goods. The market is one of the best ways to experience the local lifestyle and culture.

The last day of cycling is alongside the Nam Ma River to Xieng Kok, a small town with wooden houses and bamboo shacks. On this peaceful stretch of road, the biggest hazards you are likely to see on the road are the cows and chickens who roam freely around the area!

What better way to finish up four days of hard cycling than with a boat ride down the Mekong. Travel past the riverside villages and fisherman before reaching the border town of Huay Xai and the end of your journey through magnificent Northern Laos.

Day 1 - Luang Prabang - Oudomxay (B,L,D)

houey_xay_bnDrive out of Luang Prabang early and into the heart of Laos countryside. Begin your cycling adventure travelling along mountain roads, alternating up steep climbs with breezy descents all the while soaking in the beautiful scenery and fresh air. Late in the afternoon reach Oudomxay, an important trading town on the banks of the Nam Beng river.Overnight in Oudomxay.

Day 2 - Oudomxay - Luang Nam Tha (B,L,D)

Today's ride to Luang Nam Tha is a long, spectacular route. Cycle along an undulating ridge road with great views and excellent downhills to enjoy. Quiet remote jungle sections are punctuated by the welcome sight of a village or two, great places to meet locals and top up on bikers fuel. Arrive in to Luang Nam Tha, a peaceful town surrounded by ethnic villages and ricefields. (Today's ride is approximately 82km)

Overnight in Luang Namtha.

Day 3 - Luang Nam Tha - Muang Sing (B,L,D)

Splendors Of North Laos - 5 Days / 4 Nights - itineraryThe winding road from Luang Nam Tha to Muang Sing runs parallel to the Nam Tha, Nam Luang and Nam Sing rivers, crossing them at various points along the way. The ride passes through strikingly beautiful monsoon forest and several hilltribe villages of the Nam Ha Protected Area. This evening in Muang Sing, enjoy the tranquility and laidback pace of life that is common in Northern Laos. (Today's ride is approximately 58km)

Overnight in Muang Sing.

Day 4 - Muang Sing - Xiengkhok (B,L,D)

This morning, get a taste of local life with a visit to the morning market where the area's ethnic minorities gather to buy and sell their wares. Then hop on your bike for your last day of riding to Xieng Kok. The ride parallels the Nam Ma River, passing through peaceful villages and quiet countryside. (Approximately 72km of cycling)

Overnight in Xieng Kok.

Day 5 - Xiengkhok - Houay Xay (B,L)

Splendors Of North Laos - 5 Days / 4 Nights - itineraryAfter breakfast, travel down the Mekong River by speed boat to Houay Xay (around 4 hours), a town on the border of Thailand. From here, cross the Mekong by boat to Thailand or travel down river to Luang Prabang.

Henry Fenner - Laos Biking Tour AdviceHenry Fenner
General manager - Exo Travel Laos

As a former resident of Luang Prabang, I feel the best way to experience the city and the region is by electric bike. That is why I love the Splendors of North Laos Biking Tour.

This tour was designed so you can fully experience the region's amazing scenery, quiet roads and ethnic minorities. The program is also very flexible, allowing you to choose your ride and rest times. A very knowledgeable guide will accompany you as well as help arrange soothing foot and leg massages.

The highlights of tour are definitely the region's quiet roads, beautiful scenery and the numerous hilltribe villages. Later on in the tour, you will relax on a Mekong cruise to your next destination; Luang Prabang. A few days is definitely necessary for you to discover the town's hidden corners not mentioned in any guide books where you will see amazing galleries, observe original houses, taste great food and meet some of the most amazing people ever. A great way to end a memorable trip!

If you are planning on taking this trip, it is best to do a little research on the country's history and its minorities so you have a little understanding of Laos before asking deeper questions.

My next travel destination is to Indonesia, where I am scheduled to go to later this year. It will be fun! However, Myanmar is always in the back of my mind and I have to find a way to get there! Maybe arrange a business meeting there someday.

Tour Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
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:

  • Accommodation at selected hotels/villages or in tent as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Local staff
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Drinking water
  • Visits as mentioned

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance, tips, visa


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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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icon-quote-l  On the occasion of our journey in northern Laos from 5th to 15th of November we like to thank you and the overall Exotissimo team for the wonderful time.  icon-quote-r

Nicole Niedik & Patrick Zuechner

Exo Foundation