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Luang Prabang

Explore Luang Prabang the local way: by bike! The UNSECO-heritage city rewards those who travel at a slower pace with a sensory experience second to none. Hear the sounds of bells tinkling at the top of a crumbling pagoda, witness the deft skills of craftsmen, taste farm-to-table delicacies and feel the rhythms of a timeless lifestyle.    

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for Cycling - Exploring Luang Prabang by Bike
Mekong River Cycling

Mekong River Cycling

Pedal along small tracks on the Mekong River banks, stopping to visit rural villages, hidden temples and a secret waterfall.

Bike Luang Prabang

Bike Luang Prabang

Criss-cross along quiet back roads and through residential neighbourhoods to explore the UNESCO heritage city by bike.  

Cottage Industries

Cottage Industries

Bike to rural villages and learn about traditional production of rice wine, pottery and other local Laos products.

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ITINERARY

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

DAY 1 - Arrival in Luang PrabangMealsMEALS [D]

Exo TravelTransfer from hotel to Tamarind restaurant : 15 mins Cycling distance: 7 km Difficulty: Very Easy

Welcome to Laos, the Land of a Million Elephants!

Upon arrival to Luang Prabang, our guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to the hotel for check in. After check in, embark on a half day guided cycling tour to experience the rich cultural and historical heritage of this charming town. The day’s cycle 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).

Finish the cycle with a visit to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’s ethnic minorities. After the visit, enjoy cocktails and snacks at the Patio.

After returning to the hotel for a rest and refresher, head into town via tuk tuk for dinner at Tamarind. One of the most celebrated restaurants in Luang Prabang, Tamarind serves up gourmet Lao cuisine in a beautiful setting.

Overnight In Luang Prabang.

DAY 2 - Luang Prabang - Mekong Hidden Side MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer by Boat from Ban Pak Loung to Ban Chan: 1 hr Cycling distance: 27km Difficulty: Medium

The day starts with a pick up from the hotel at 08:30, followed by a guided transfer by minivan to the bike station. After collecting the bikes, begin the cycle towards the former Royal boat pier. Enjoy a ride along the Mekong on small village paths and rocky trails leading towards Vat Chom Phet and Vat Long Khoun.

Continue along dirt roads, pedaling through untouched and rarely visited countryside. During the cycle, a stop will be made at Ban Nakham for snacks and refreshments. Please note that some parts of the path are hilly and some tracks irregular.

The next visit will be to Khmu village and the secret Hoy Khoua waterfall, where there will be a picnic lunch waiting followed by a bit of time to cool down. Please note the for agricultural purposes and depending on the seasons, the waterfall can be dry at periods.

After taking time to relax and rest, cycle back towards the mighty Mekong. A minivan is always available if a further rest is needed. Before reaching the river, a short stop is made at the Hmong village of Ban Pak Luong. Afterwards, board a private boat for the cruise upstream to Ban Chan, a village known for its production of pottery.

Dinner this evening will be at Khai Phaen Restaurant, 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.

DAY 3 - Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Loop MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelOptional Transfer by boat from Ban Pak On to Luang Prabang: 1.5 hrs Cycling distance: 30.9 km or 61.8 km Difficulty: Medium

This morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel before taking off for the day’s guided journey. Hop on the bicycles and begin the journey for Ban Xang Khong, a village known for its textiles and Saa paper production. Continue the ride on quiet back roads, visiting an old brick manufacturing factory before breaking for snacks in a cool, shaded spot. Next stop is Ban Xang Hay, a village which specializes in the production of traditional rice wine.

The journey stretches on to Ban Pak Ou. Enjoy a brief village visit before having lunch in one of the best local restaurants of the area. Dine on delicious traditional cuisine with amazing views of the surrounding caves and rivers.

After paying a visit to the caves, hop back on board and cruise down river to Luang Prabang. For those keen on a bit more adventure, continue the cycle back to Luang Prabang. Taking a local boat cruise is 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, cycle (or transfer) back to the hotel. After arriving, enjoy a farewell dinner at Tangor Restaurant for some Asian/French fusion cuisine.

Overnight In Luang Prabang.

DAY 4 - Luang Prabang DepartureMealsMEALS [B]

Enjoy the day at leisure until transport (provided) to the airport for the departing flight. 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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 refillable 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. 
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