A great arrangement for cycling travelers who love to get in touch with culture and people during their cycling holiday in Thailand and Laos. This biking tour offers some of the most beautiful areas in northern Laos. The highlights are the Mekong river journey, the back roads of Laos, UNESCO World Heritage Town of Luang Phabang, refreshing waterfalls, high mountains and different cultures along the way.
Day 1 – Chiang Rai Arrival .
Arrival Chiang Rai where you will be met by your guide, who will transfer you to your hotel. Over Night in hotel . Laluna Hotel & Resort
Day 2 – Chiang Rai to Chiang Saen – Biking – 65 km
After leaving Chiang Rai, you follow the Kok River in northern direction through fruit plantations and paddy fields. You also passing a rubber plantation, rarely seen in Northern Laos. Chiang Saen, the oldest urban settlement of Thailand and former capital of Lanna Kingdom, is nice located on the banks of the Mekong river. In the afternoon, you can visit the viewpoint in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Over Night in hotel .
Day 3– Chiang Saen to Chiang Khong – Biking 68 km
The first stage of today’s ride is easy going. With mountain backdrops, the road follows the Mekong river through picturesque hill tribe villages, tobacco and rice fields. The last 12 kilometers are more challenging with some steep but short ascents. The road joins the main road just before the entry to Chiang Khong: The border entry to Laos. This is the last night that you will stay overnight in Thailand on this tour. Over Night in hotel .
Day 4 – Boat to Pakbeng
This morning we board our slow boat for our journey to Pakbeng. The ride is slow and laid back passing spectacular scenery as you chug through the mountains of Udomxai Province to arrive at Pakbeng some 10 hours later. This journey gives a wonderful insight into how important the river is to the survival of the Laos people. Not only in people transportation but in irrigation, fishing, and the transportation of essentials to areas not covered by a reliable road system. Over Night in hotel .
Day 5 – Pakbeng to Oudomxai – Biking – 70 km
After a one hour transfer, we are cycling in very rural Lao. An area inhabited by hill tribe villages who eke a meagre existence from the land. Along the way you will pass villages of Phu Thai, Thai Lu, Hmong, Thaai Dam, Lao and Khamu. The people are very friendly and yet not tourist tired. We stop at weaving villages along the way, where you still see families sitting in the shade weaving on old looms. After cilimbing a 300 meter pass, a long descent bring you in Udomxai the capital of the Udomxai Province. Over Night in hotel .
Meals B –L-D
Day 6 – Udomxai to Nong Kiaw – Biking – 110 km
Back into the jungle stretches of this spectacular route, although hilly it soon gives way to gentler gradient and opens to magnificent scenery and a 30 km downhill ride to Pak Mong. This is a small supply depot town. This is one of the more difficult days of the trip, so either challenge yourself or take an enjoyable ride in the vehicle.
Meals B –L-D
Day 7- Nong Kiaw to Luang Prabang – Biking 95 km
In the morning, we start wit a short transfer to Pakmong. Today, we are cycling on flatter and better roads today will enable you to complete the longer distance to Luang Prabang. Only a few minor passed have to be climbed before you cycling along the banks of the Nam Ou river with stunning views on huge mountain ranges. The last stage, you cycling through teakwood plantations before arriving in Luang Prabang. Over Night in guesthouse .
Meals B –L-D
Day 8- Luang Prabang – ride to Kuang Si Waterfalls –Biking -60 km
An easy ride to the scenic Kuang Si Waterfalls along ethnic villages such as Hmong and Khmu. Enjoy a swim in the clear water basins of the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Overnight in a comfortable guest house.
Over Night in guesthouse .
Day 9 – Cycling from Luang Prabang to Kiu Kachan –Biking -75 km
This is `THE DAY`, although the day starts easy as we ride out of Luang Prabang we begin the first of 2 climbs, 15 km up into the mountains. Take your time and remember the support vehicle is there to help. The scenery will help the pain as you pass some of Asia’s highest and most spectacular limestone mountains with odd angles from jungle covered mountains. You will see Phu Pha a craggy limestone peak considered holy to the animist hill tribes and Buddhists alike. The ride down the other side will help you recover for the next onslaught a further 22 km to our much awaited guest house at Kiu Kachan. Overnight simple guest house. Over Night in guesthouse .
Day 10 – Cycling from Kiu Kachan to Kasi- Biking – 90 km
More mountains today though less steep passes. The day will take you up and down the rolling hills and through the magnificent, craggy, limestone mountains and dense jungle. We stop for lunch along the way. We journey down hill as we leave behind the mountains into the fertile valley and rice fields of Kasi. Guest house in Kasi. Over Night in guesthouse .
Meals : B –L-D
Day 11 – Kasi to Vang Vieng –Biking – 60 km
A much easier day today as we cover a shorter distance on gentle rolling hills to Vang Vieng where we will be in time for lunch. In the afternoon you can choose to visit the Tham Xang or Tham Hoi caves which are set in dramatic scenery on the banks of the Nam Song. Relax with a Lao beer and watch the dramatic sunsets over the mountains you have just crossed. Over Night in Resort.
Day 12 – Vang Vieng to Ban Keune –Biking – 55 km
Continuing on the main road, you cycle to the ‘sea of Laos’: the 250 square kilometer artificial Lake Nam Ngum. A 2 hours boat ride brings you to the dam, where are some great fish restaurants. After lunch, you continue on a quit back road through hidden small valleys and authentic villages. You stay overnight on the banks of the Nam Ngum River. Over Night in Resort.
Meals B –L-D
Day 13: Ban Keune – Vientiane –Biking- 65 km
Today, you cycle through paddy fields with fine views in the Phou Khao Khouay mountain range, before entering the capital city of Laos: Vientiane. Along the suburbs, you cycle to the centre of the city, situated along the bank of the Mekong , Arrival in hotel and say good bye driver and your guide . End The Tour in Hotel . Over Night in Hotel .
The Price : Contact Us
* English speaking guide
* Backup Car for luggage and non riding guest transfer
* Accommodation in hotel, resort or guest house incl. ABF
* Meals , B = Breakfast , L = Lunches,D= dinner as mentioned in
* Entrance fees
* Water, fruit and snack on cycling days
* Boat ride on Mekong (public) and Nam Ngum Lake (private)
Tour Not including:
*Private expenses on alcoholic drinks and soft drinks
* Other meals not mentioned
* Visa for Laos
* Insurance and tips
Remark: Depending on weather and road conditions, this itinerary is subject to changes