Go beyond the busy streets and modern buildings of Vientiane to discover a more tranquil, more authentic side of the capital. Spend four days biking around the city and its suburbs, meeting friendly locals, exploring beautiful natural landscapes and experiencing the rich traditions of Laos.
Bike through suburban neighbourhoods, visit local markets and explore hidden temples to see scenes of authentic daily life.
Ride away from central Vientiane to cave temples, gaining a better understanding of Laos’ spiritual beliefs.
Pass through rice paddies to Vat Pa Na Khoun Noi to meet with local monks and learn about Buddhist meditation.
Cycling - Vientiane Rediscovered - 4 Days / 3 Nights
Upon arrival to Vientiane, our guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to the hotel for check in. After settling in, enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure to explore the city or visit the bustling Mekong riverside area.
Overnight in Vientiane
After breakfast (around 08:30), meet up with the guide in the morning to go over the day’s itinerary.
After getting acquainted with the bike equipment, begin the tour at Wat Sisaket, one of the most beautiful temples in the capital. Continue the ride to Wat Phra Keo, which is today used as a religious museum displaying a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace. Though it cannot be visited on the inside, its exterior offers some excellent insight into the colonial history of the city.
Cycle onwards to Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane, considered the guardian of the spirit of the city. Continue the ride outside the city, cycling through vegetable plantations along the Mekong River. After riding some lesser-used trails passing through Ban Home and Ban Tin Pia, enjoy a local-style lunch in Sala Kham.
After lunch, make a stop at the Mai Savanh showroom and workshop. This shop specializes in high quality silk products and involves several families in the process from the Northern Province of Luang Nam Tha and the southern provinces of Attapeu and Sekong. (Note: Mai Savanh is closed on Saturday & Sunday).
Heading back to the main road, cycle to the biggest Beer Lao factory of the country before passing into smaller, residential roads surrounded by paddy fields. Cycle to the great ‘forest temple’ of Vat Sop Pa Luang before heading to the country’s the holiest site in Laos; the That Luang.
Stop by the nearby market for a stroll and discovery of local curiosities before cycling by the That Dam (‘Black Stupa’). Cycle back downtown, finishing the ride around 16:00, depending on the day’s pace.
Note: backup vehicle not included today.
This morning, meet up with the cycling guide around 08:30 for an introduction to the day’s ride.
Instead of visiting the usual temples and touristic sites of Vientiane, the guide will lead a tour to nearby sacred caves and the capital’s diverse surroundings.
The first stop will be at Talat Si Khai, to pick up some fresh fruits and snacks for the day. Cycle onwards along a quiet Mekong road before arriving to Vat Tham Paleu Si. This temple cave has a replica of the famous Xieng Thong temple of Luang Prabang!
Continue on a dirt road to Vat Tham Pha, a temple cave filled with statues and offering scenic, panoramic views of the Mekong.
Stop at a local restaurant for lunch.
Next, pay a visit to the Vat Tham Kok Ma, or the “horses’ cave”, located at the top of a cliff housing representations of the 12 Lao Zodiac animals. Similar to the Chinese Zodiac, Laos has a 12-year cycle, each related to an animal.
Cycle away from the riverside along rice fields and fish farms.
Cycle back Downtown to the hotel or to the Fa Ngum park behind the Presidential Palace, arriving around 16:00, depending on the day’s pace.
Note: backup vehicle included today.
This morning, meet with the cycling guide around 08:30. Begin the day with a trial ride around Fa Ngum Park and the Mekong Shore Boardwalk before setting off for the day.
Today the ride will visit some more of the lesser visited areas of Vientiane. Start on the main road of Vientiane, cycling by the Patuxai “Arc of Triumph” and That Luang, the most famous monument of the city.
The first stop of the day will be the Don Mak Khai Market to buy fruits and snacks, which can be offered to the monks later in the day. This market is also famous for its diversity in insect food.
Cycle North to the Nam Ngum River and board a restaurant boat at Thanong, a very popular place for locals during the weekend. Enjoy a 1-hour cruise upriver before getting back on the bike.
Ride through rice paddies to the Vat pa Na Khoun Noi, one of Vientiane’s most revered meditation temples. When visiting, please remember to dress appropriately, covering the shoulders and staying quiet inside.
After discovering the site, the guide will advise how present to the Head Monk the fruits and snacks previously purchased in the morning. Take time to meet with the monks and enjoy some conversation. Before leaving, the monk will perform a “Mat Khaen” ceremony, providing both good luck and protection from bad spirits.
The ride continues south along smaller roads through Dong Dok University Campus, the first University of Laos.
The final stop of the day will be the Phaeng Mai Gallery. Opened in 1990, the Gallery offers a refined variety of naturally dyed silk and hand-woven pieces. Depending on the day’s pace, the ride will finish around 16:00.
Note: backup vehicle included today.
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