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Duration
7 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+
Laos is known to offer some of the best cycling opportunities in the world. It is divided into two halves, northern Laos and southern Laos. Southern Laos is usually given a miss by the backpackers though it is hard to guess the reason behind. With countless waterfalls, tribal villages and local cuisine, this area is really a treat. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore Laos. Our southern Laos trip is a sojourn along Mekong River enjoying the serene beauty of rich fertile lands and coffee growing plateaus. The intense ride in southern Laos along breathtaking limestone valleys, the trail towards Cambodian border, challenging paths through remote villages and highways will leave you yearning for more. At Journeys Laos, we help you savor attractions making the trip absolutely stunning. From natural attraction of the amazing waterfalls to the unique temples, we help you explore all. Laos is slowly opening up to the tourists after years of isolation and war. A cycling trip will help you step back in time meeting citizens who have retained charm as well as innocence that is rare and valuable. Unforgettable views and diverse scenery is the USP of southern Laos biking trip with Journeys Laos. We welcome groups of varying size as well as abilities, need and taste, designing trips to help you discover the exotic charm of this nation. We do not just allow an opportunity to admire the scenic beauty and natural attractions but you can join several fun filled activities too. In short, we help you enjoy an exciting trip.
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Destination
Departure Location
Pakse Airport or Land Border.
Price includes
  • Accommodations as mentioned
  • Drinking water
  • English cycling guide
  • Fruit and snacks
  • Hotels as mentioned in the program
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Tax
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bike hire
  • Insurance
  • Service outside Laos
  • The other personal payment not mention in the itinerary
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
Day 1

Arrive Pakse and cycle to Champasak.

There are direct flights from Bangkok (Thailand), Seam Reap (Cambodia), Vietnam and Vientiane capital (Laos)

            Fly to Pakse in southern Laos, meet local guide and support van with bikes, we cycle to Champasak through the town of Pakse, We pass many small villages and paddy fields before we arrive the Pre-Angkor ruins of Wat Phou, once used to be the worship place of Hindu worshipers then were replaced by Buddhist temple in the late 11 century. We spend some time here exploring the temple before riding the last 10 km to our hotel in a small town of Champasak on the right side of Mekong River.

Elevation: Departure point: 120 m above sea level. Arrival point: 124 m above sea level.

Distance: 47 km

Meal: L / D

Accommodation: Siamphone hotel

Day 2

Champasack – Khong Island (4000 islands)

Si Phan Done in Lao means 4000 islands; it is the widest and most charismatic part of the Mekong River and is our destination today. We leave as early as we can after breakfast, after 2 km of riding from the hotel, we cross the Mekong River on a very unusual mode of transport to the other side and after short ride to the main road and then start heading south again towards Cambodia. Today is mainly flat with quiet road and some interesting scenery, we pass many villages with children standing in groups waving their hands and say hello, it would be strange for them to see the tourists travel by bicycles (it feels hard for them).so we stop every 20 or 25 km for refreshments and we have lunch under the tree by the road when we feel like it. We then cross back over to the Mekong River to one of the biggest island in the Mekong River, Kong Island (it is the hometown of former Lao president). We cycle a short way to our hotel. Dinner is in the hotel.     

Elevation: Departure point: 124 m above sea level. Arrival point: 120 m above sea level.

Distance: 113 km (on good quality asphalt road, and mainly flat)

Meal: B / L /D

Accommodation: Villa Muangkhong.

Day 3

Khong Island - Khone Island (400 Islands)

Today is a day to explore, we once again cross the river and head south where we ride as far as the Khon Pha Pheng water fall, we rest for a while before riding back and take a short boat trip to the small island of Don Det where we will have lunch. After lunch we ride along the old French Railway down to the beach where we get on small boats to Cambodian waters in search of  fresh water Dolphins, After an hour  we ride back to hotel at Don Khone  island.

Distance: 55 km (Haft riding is on good quality asphalt road and the rest is on the path but it is fantastic ride and flat)

Meal: B / L / D

Accommodation: Khounparn bungalows

Day 4

Khone Island - Tad Fane waterfall (Bolaven Plateau)

An easy start to the day as we transfer back on the way we come for almost 2 hours to begin our journey into coffee growing area of Laos, the Bolaven plateau. We head north to Pakse before starting to climb up into the temperate coffee growing area renowned for its Arabica and Robusta beans. These beans fetch some of the highest coffee prices in the world. The road undulates but has a definite upward feeling. As we climb, we see coffee everywhere as the plantations converge on the side of the road. We finish at the wonderful Tad Fane resort, which provides a stunning backdrop and the very impressive Tad Fane fall, if you are feeling energetic you can cycle to the other waterfall for swimming. Alternatively, you can relax in the restaurant and take the wonderful view. Dinner is at the resort.(At a junction where we start riding is at an altitude of 150 m above sea level and the resort where we stay overnight is at an altitude of 960 m above sea level)

Elevation: Departure point 175 m above sea level.

                              Arrival point 959 m above sea level.

Distance: 30 km (on good quality asphalt road but ascend)

Meal: B / L / D

            Accommodation: Tad Fane resort.

Day 5

Tad Fane – Tad lo (Tad means waterfall)

(Resort is at an altitude of 960 m above sea level)Today is the best riding in this trip, after 12 km of climb we reach the top of Bolavene plateau (at an altitude of 1280 m above sea level). However, riding in the early morning makes you warm through the cold morning on the plateau, and you still have more energy in the morning, after a short break in a small town on top of plateau we continue our riding for another 38 km to a small town of Tha Teng (at an altitude of 860 m above sea level), this 38- kilometer decent is one of the best ride in this trip, we have noodle soup for lunch at the local  restaurant, 30 km from our destination, Tad Lor Resort (at an altitude of 750 m above sea level) Riding after lunch takes us very easy downhill but on dirt road for 21 km to the junction, the rest of the road just 9 km on asphalt road and it is mainly flat. We check in the hotel in the afternoon and it is your time for swimming at the waterfall, relaxing, enjoying the view or riding around. Dinner is at the hotel.

Elevation: Departure point 959 m above sea level.

                              Highest point: 1280 m above sea level.

                             Arrival point: 346 m above sea level.

Distance: 80 km (12 km ascend, 68 km descend and flat, including 21 km on dirt road)

Meal: B / L / D

Accommodation: Sayse resort

Day 6

Tad Lor – Pakse province

After breakfast, we head towards Pakse. This road undulates and has a couple of lengthy climb in it one of 5 km one of 49 km, but they are quite gradual, before we turn right and head down hill all the way into Pakse. The last 20 km in to Pakse is downhill and can be covered quickly, be careful as we head into town as the traffic increases significantly.

Elevation: Departure point: 346 m above sea level.

                              Highest point: 606 m above sea level.

                              Arrival point: 170 m above sea level.

Distance: 85 km on good quality asphalt road

Meal: B / L

Accommodation: Sengaloun hotel

Day 7

Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport or land border for your departure

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Accommodation:
All accommodations are not luxury hotels but good quality

Meals:
Breakfast: breakfast will be served at the hotels
Lunch: Some days we will not find the restaurant for lunch on the way, lunch pack will be brought from the restaurant where we stay by our guide; it would be fried rice, sandwiches, noodle soup, or Lao food such as sticky rice, grilled fish, and chicken.
Dinner: we will have at the restaurant and most are Lao food. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking

Support vehicles:
For group of 6 or less than 6 bikers we will be supported by air conditioned mini bus, for group of 7 – 10 bikers we will be supported by 1 minibus and 1 truck. The vehicles follow us the whole way, and you will be well looked after, All of our staff have been trained to serve for cycling tour support vehicles will follow around 100 - 150 m behind the last cyclist, when you cycle you feel free and incase of any problem for your bike you will be helped immediately, water stop is every 1 – 1:30 h or every 15 – 25 km depending on the road condition and the cyclists.

Bikes:
We provide trek mountain bikes (Trek 3900, trek 4300) for hire

Mechanic and bike repairs:
Basic spares, tools and a basic first aid kit are carried in the support vehicle such as alum key set, chain splitter, puncture repair kit, pumper…incase of any problem you just stop and you will be helped by our mechanic and helpers

Weather:
There are two seasons in Laos: from March to September is hot and raining with temperatures 30 -40 C. From October to February is winter with the temperatures 10 - 30 C, it also depends on which part of the country, northern part is cooler than southern part. In winter season is the best time to travel in Laos and riding conditions are perfect.

Passports and visas:
Visa can be obtained from Lao embassies and consulates abroad; in addition, visa can be obtained on arrival at international checkpoints and the cost for this is from 30 – 42 US$ in cash with a validity of 30 days(the cost of visa is different from every nationality ) and you will also need one passport photograph
Note: Laos Visa processed on arrival (1 passport-sized photos and US$ cash required for processing).
Important note: Verify your passport is valid for at least six months after your date of exit from Laos. You may not be permitted to get in Laos with less than 6 months expiration on your passport

Currency:

The official currency in Laos is Kip.
1 US$ equivalent to 8900 Lao kip.
1 Thai Baht equivalent to 290 Lao kip.
When you travel in Laos, it is necessary to have some Lao currency; you can change at the exchange unit at the border check point or at the bank. Credit card and traveler check are possible only in the banks and some shops in the big city; US dollar or Thai baht are possible when you buy in the big shops in the big city, you should have some cash.

What to bring:
Jackets, padded cycling shorts, T- shirt, cycling shoes, socks, stiff-soled cycling shoes (if needed) cloves, sun classes, sun cream, camel bag or water bottle and the other personal stuff needed (camera, video camera, MP 3…)
Or any other gifts for kids during cycling days when you pass the villages (pens, pencils, books or toys)

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Cycling Adventure in Southern Laos

Duration
7 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+

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