Classic Laos Bike Tour

  • Traverse through the most popular circuit in Laos through an array spectacular mountain and rural landscapes.

This tour connects two most visited cities — Luang Prabang to Vientiane in Laos through an array of mountain landscapes. Northern Laos is home to mountains covered with lush tropical forests, river valleys and hill-tribe cultures. The rolling terrain combined with gradual climbs from low-lying riverside valleys are just perfect – a cyclist’s delight.

This friendly, down-to-earth region embodies the hospitality that you will experience. Make sure you spend time with villagers in rural areas because the feeling that you are almost one of them is priceless!

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    7 days / 6 nights

  • Start / End

    Luang Prabang / Vientiane

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceDuration~ Cycling Distance
1 – 2Luang Prabang 212km / 7mi
40km / 24mi
3Kasi190km / 63mi
4Vang Vieng150km / 30mi
5Ban Kuene155km / 33mi
6Vientiane165km / 39mi
7Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Luang Prabang

Arrive at Luang Prabang and meet the trip leader.

Begin the afternoon tour by cycling around the old quarter of Luang Prabang, starting at Heuan Chan Heritage House and after to Luang Prabang’s National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. Displayed within is a collection of personal artifacts of the former Laotian Royal Family. Visit nearby Wat Mai – the five-tiered roof epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Continue cycling along the Mekong River and stop at the hillside temple of Wat That Luang. Take a short walk and visit the ancient stupa called That Dam (the Black Stupa) before biking to Wat Visoun, the oldest living temple in Luang Prabang. Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddha images. Continue along the Nam Khan River to Wat Xieng Thong – often considered to be Luang Prabang’s most elegant. The temple is characterized by tiered roofs sweeping low to the ground and the impressive “tree of life” mosaic. Before sunset, cycle back to your hotel on the town’s main street, stopping at Wat Sop and Wat Sen along the way.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 12km / 7mi

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Our main destination for the day is the hidden waterfall, Kung Si. Tucked away between thick foli-age, the famous waterfall feels like a secret. The aqua marine waters are tempting, so do carry your swimwear along.

On our way to the waterfalls we make a stop at Great Project (called the Laos Buffalo Dairy), a project designed to educate the Rural communities in Animal Husbandry and basic animal health care. They rent the Cattle from the villagers to enable a secure income for the community and use the milk to create Cheese and Spectacular Ice Cream. Lunch is served Picnic style here and there is also an opportunity to get a unforgettable ‘Buffalo Selfie’.

On arrival at the falls, hike to the top before bracing Crystal clear waters. We spend until afternoon here and return to the town. Shopping for local delights can be great fun, so enjoy your shopping time for the day.

Today’s dinner is on your own. We suggest eating dinner at a street stall so you can dig into the local delicacies. street stall so you can dig into the local delicacies. Lao food can be very meat ori-ented. Chopped meat, chicken or duck are common, but there are plenty of options for vegetarians as well. Our personal recommendation is the light and tasty Tam Mak houng or papaya salad, which is made from sliced raw papaya, garlic, chilly, peanuts, sugar, fermented fish sauce and lime juice.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 3: Kasi

A transfer of about 2hrs brings us to Kiu Kacham, situated at an altitude of 1,350m. From here, the ride is largely undulating until Phou Khoun, followed by a long descend to the valley of Kasi. The magical landscape is dominated by some of the highest limestone mountains and H’mong villages.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 48mi*

Day 4: Vang Vieng

Today enjoy gentle rolling hills to Vang Vieng past spectacular karst ranges, green fields and lumbering water buffalos. Vang Vieng has a magical setting on Nam Song river. It’s surrounded by dramatic karst cliffs, hundreds of caves. bucolic villages and blue lagoons.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*

Day 5: Ban Keun

Laos is a landlocked country and today’s ride evokes some excitement of coastal life. We ride to the ‘sea of Laos’, a 250 sq km, artificial Lake Nam Ngum. A 2hrs blissful boat ride brings us to the dam and we break for lunch here. Later, continue riding on hinterlands trails through hidden valleys and rural villages. The route remains largely flat and we see a change in landscape from striking limestone mountains to dozens of picturesque little islands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 55km / 33mi*

Day 6: Vientiane

Today cycle past lush paddy fields with fine views of the Phou Khao Khouay mountain range before entering the capital city of Laos, Vientiane, set on the edge of Mekong river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 65km / 39mi*

Day 7: Departure

Travel further as per your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

*With shuttle – short transfers

REVIEWS

from our friends

“Dao was phenomenal, the best guide I have ever had in all of my travels. He made us feel like family and taught us so much about Laos, the people, cuisine etc. It was a very special trip because of him. Driver mr dan was great too! Thank you Pankaj, we had a fantastic time and appreciate all you did to organize and make the trip special for us. Please keep us posted on any additional trips that you add! Happy new year!”

Nicole & AndrewUSA

“Awesome trip! Loved Laos! The people, the food, the natural beauty: Simply Amazing! Thanks a ton and please design more trips for us around the world!”

Shiraz & PreetiIndia