Discover the Mountains of Laos by Bike

Discover the Mountains of Laos by Bike is the perfect tour for those who can’t find the time for an extended adventure. This tour is a compact, challenging ride through an intriguing part of Laos. We set off from Luang Prabang and ride our way through this amazingly green mountain range with small communities of Hmong and Khmu hill-tribes dotted throughout. Very light traffic adds to the enjoyment and allows us to really enjoy the downhills. This is sure to be a memorable trip across the most scenic mountain range in Southeast Asia, with views for miles, and some really satisfying riding.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Riding: 78km cycling – Your group leader will have made contact the evening before and will provide you the opportunity to try out your bike. In the morning, you meet your fellow riders and hit the road. Cycling out of Luang Prabang, we are faced with what is, without a doubt, the most difficult day of cycling on this tour and also one of the most rewarding with two huge uphill climbs. We pass through lush forest and many small Hmong villages that sit dwarfed by the amazing landscape of limestone mountains that surround them. We stay the night in a small junction village called Phukoun on top of the mountains. Few people stop here overnight so the accommodation is simple but adequate. We do drive a section today to reach our destination and keep the ride achievable.

Riding: 90km cycling – Another challenging day of cycling, beginning with a descent, then back into the climbs. There is a lot of up, a lot of down and not a lot of flat, but this is the northern mountains of Laos, so it is what is to be expected. We are riding today into Xieng Khouang Province, home of the highest peaks in Laos and the Plain of Jars. We stay this evening in the town of Phonsavan. We again drive a section today to reach our destination and keep the ride achievable.

This morning we drive to the mysterious Plain of Jars and explore by foot. These giant stone jars are distributed over an extensive area through an upland valley. The impressive ruins were probably used as burial vessels or as part of burial ritual, and are thought to date back to the Iron Age. After a morning exploring the fascinating Plain, we drive back to Phukoun for another night in this little-visited town. It may seem strange to be spending two nights in this out-of-the-way place, but the previous day of riding and the day exploring the Plain will surely be worth it. And the views from here are truly jaw-dropping.

Riding: 100km cycling – There is that old saying, that what goes up, must… Anyway, today you get to enjoy something of a payoff for the climbing of the last couple of days. The main descent is a continual, very enjoyable 20km and the rest of the day continues on a similar trend, although there are some short sections where you need to have your climbing legs ready. We ride door to door today and expect to arrive into the very beautiful Vang Vieng in the late afternoon. Vang Vieng is famed as a chillout town and refuge of the homesick backpacker. A pizza may even be in order if you need a break from the rice.

Riding: 30km cycling – With only a few short pedal strokes, we find ourselves in some truly beautiful countryside where rice paddies are framed by jutting limestone karsts. We visit a lagoon for a swim and stop off at a cave along the way. We return to town just after lunch and have a shower before boarding the van for the drive into Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane, we will take you to your hotel or to the airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 06USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
February: 17USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
June: 06USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
July: 06USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
October: 12USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
December: 07USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
December: 28USD $1,610.00USD $1,740.00
2021 Dates & Prices
February: 21USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
June: 07USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
July: 05USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
October: 11USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
December: 31USD $1,610.00USD $1,740.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Merida, Giant or Trek (actual make of bike may vary) mountain bikes
Support Vehicle:An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Laos & Cambodia Experience

Experience the picturesque countryside of laidback Laos & Cambodia hidden south coast on this unforgettable journey. Cruise down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, kayak along the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng and discover the sacred temples of Vientiane. Unravel Cambodia’s history in Phnom Penh, venture to the south coast and explore the temples of Angkor.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Chiang Rai (Thailand)

On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Laos tour briefing.

Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort or similar

Day 2: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng (Laos)

At the Lao border, board a private boat and cruise pass small villages along the Mekong to Pakbeng.

Hotel: Phetsokxai or similar

Day 3: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

Continue cruising, stopping at Pak Ou Caves to see thousands of Buddha statues. On arrival in Luang Prabang, take a tuk-tuk to your hotel.

Hotel: Sala Prabang  or similar, 3 nights

Day 4: Luang Prabang

Explore the National Museum, visit Wat Mai temple and continue on to Wat Xieng Thong Temple on a walking tour. After a free afternoon, play a game of petanque before sunset drinks and traditional local snacks overlooking the Mekong.

Day 5: Kuang Si Falls

In the early morning, see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms and enjoy a local noodle breakfast. Drive to Kuang Si Falls to swim in the turquoise pools before spending the afternoon at leisure. Late afternoon take part in the Bamboo Experience cooking school and learn about Lao cuisine.

Day 6: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Drive through stunning scenery to Vang Vieng and climb to the entrance of Tham Chang cave for impressive views of town.

Hotel: Thavonsouk Bungalows or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Vang Vieng

After breakfast, enjoy some light kayaking along the Nam Song River as you soak in the beautiful scenery. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Continue overland to Vientiane with a stop at ‘Kilometre 52’, a village with a large ethnic H’mong population. On arrival in Vientiane, discover Pha That Luang and Wat Sisaket before seeing the Patuxai Monument.

Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 9: Vientiane

See intriguing ‘Buddha Park’ filled with statues inspired by Buddhist and Hindu epics. Visit the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre and COPE Centre to learn about the inspiring work done by both organisations. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, receive a traditional Lao blessing at a ‘baci’ ceremony and enjoy a Lao ‘jaew’ feast.

Day 10: Vientiane to Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Fly from Vientiane to Phnom Penh. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your Cambodia tour briefing.

Hotel: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 11: Phnom Penh Tour

Spend the day exploring Phnom Penh’s main attractions and take a fun cyclo ride to the Central Market. Visit Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by drinks at the iconic Foreign Correspondence Club.

Day 12: Phnom Penh to Kampot

Travel by train along an historical route from Phnom Penh to Kampot on Cambodia’s south coast. Cruise on Preaek Tuek Chhu River and visit local fishing villages inhabited by the local Cham Muslim population.

Hotel: Columns Hotel or similar

Day 13: Kampot to Kep

On the way to Kep, visit an ancient temple at Phnom Chhnork. Renowned for its salt and Kampot pepper, stop to learn about the production of one of Cambodia’s most valuable exports before continuing to Kep.

Hotel: The Beach House or similar, 2 nights

Day 14: Kep & Rabbit Island

Explore Kep’s ruined French villas and uncover the busy crab market which specialises in the region’s most popular dish, Kampot pepper crab. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Rabbit Island, a rustic, rural island.

Day 15: Kep to Takeo

Travel north to Takeo and enjoy an exhilarating speedboat ride before visiting Phnom Da, a striking hilltop temple. Stay overnight at a home-stay in Takeo and share a home-cooked meal with the family.

Hotel: Home-stay or similar

Day 16: Takeo to Kampong Thom

Drive through rural Cambodia to Santuk Silk Farm and learn about silk production techniques. After a delicious home-cooked lunch, continue the drive to Kampong Thom. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Sambor Village Hotel or similar

Day 17: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

On the way to Siem Reap, stop at Kampong Kdei to walk across a Naga Bridge, one of the longest corbelled stone arch bridges in the world. Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake before arriving in Siem Reap.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa or similar, 3 nights

Day 18: Temples of Angkor

Venture to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East Gate by tuk-tuk for sunrise. Travel on to the nearby Angkor Thom complex for a monk blessing, explore Bayon temple and visit jungle-covered Ta Prohm. Return to town for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 19: Outlying Temples

Discover Banteay Srei, an intricately carved temple and Boeng Mealea, a lesser known temple overgrown by the jungle. Stop at a small roadside village which makes palm sugar and visit the fascinating Aki Ra Landmine Museum. In the evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

Day 20: Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January 15$4,159.00$5,115.00
February 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
March 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
April 09$4,159.00$5,115.00
May 14$4,029.00$4,869.00
June 11$4,029.00$4,869.00
July 09$4,029.00$4,869.00
August 13$4,029.00$4,869.00
September10$4,029.00$4,869.00
October 08$4,159.00$5,115.00
November 12$4,159.00$5,115.00
December 10$4,159.00$5,115.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January 14$4,565.00$5,629.00
February 11$4,565.00$5,629.00
March 10$4,565.00$5,629.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers, Boat & air-conditioned vehicle
Flight: Air Ticket: Vientiane - Phnom Penh
Rail: Train Ticket: Phnom Penh - Kampot
Accommodation: 19 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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