Northern Loop Bike Tour

  • The Mekong and Nam Pak rivers become the focus of the trip as we skirt the edges of the two watery snakes for a long time. Once you are done with the trip, you will miss them.
  • Get into the localness of a place, whether it’s the people, culture or topography.
  • The local Lao food should be top on the experience list for foodies or experimental travellers.

Laos is less developed and less visited compared to other countries in the region and that makes it more appealing. Some of the people here, for instance, the hill tribes have yet to experience modern living and that what is reflected in their way of life and in their way of dealing with travelers. This friendly, down-to-earth culture 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! This tour takes you through Northern Laos, home to mountains covered with lush tropical forests. The rolling terrain combined with gradual climbs from low-lying riverside valleys are just perfect – a cyclist’s delight. Here you will get to ride along the three beautiful rivers viz. Mekong, Nam Ou and Nam Pak.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    5 days / 4 nights

  • Start / End

    Luang Prabang / Luang Prabang

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures


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Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1Luang Prabang to Pak BengMekong Riverside Lodge16 hrs boat ride
2OudomxayLao Charming Hotel 180km / 50mi*
3Muang KhuaSernaly Hotel1100km / 60mi
4Nong KhiawNongkhiau Riverside1boat ride
5Luang Prabang60km / 36mi*

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Luang Prabang to Pak Beng

We transfer to pier and board a huge traditional Mekong riverboat for the upstream cruise to Pak Beng, departure at 08.00 hrs. This portion of the Mekong is very remote, which sometimes allows glimpses of wildlife in the extensive forests. There are occasional stops at local hill tribe villages to meet people and observe life on the riverside. Lunch will be serving on boat and you will have opportunity to stop and visit local villages and the Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot. Today many people still pay respect to this tradition. Enjoy the lovely scenery along both sides of the Mekong cruising to today’s destination.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Boat: 6 hrs

Day 2: Oudomxay

It’s a long ride today to Oudomxay. Pass lush countryside and traditional villages.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 50mi*

Day 3: Muang Khua

Another long and undulating ride today to Muang Khua. This is one of the most beautiful trail of Laos and the experience is truly unique. Along the way, you’ll see the villages and notice how the homes are made of wood and bamboo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 100km / 60mi

Day 4: Nong Khiaw

Today we take a boat ride to Nong Khiaw. This is one the most spectacular stretches on a boat, passing through small and rolling green hills and set on a traditional river cruise on Nam Ou River to Nong Khiaw, idyllic setting on the Nam Ou River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Luang Prabang

Hop on a bike and ride the last leg of the tour along the undulating countryside skirting the Nam Pak River to Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 37mi*

*With shuttle – short transfers


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