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Duration
7 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+
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Destination
Departure Location
Vientiane
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Price includes
  • Accommodations as mentioned
  • Drinking water
  • English cycling guide
  • Entrance Ticket
  • Fruit and snacks
  • Hotels as mentioned in the program
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Support Truck (If group size 8+)
  • Support Vehicle
  • Tax
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bike hire
  • Insurance
  • International Air, unless expressly paid for
  • Service outside Laos
  • Visa Fee
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
Day 1

LuangPrabang – Kiewkacham

We ride out of town and join route 13 heading south. Today’s ride will take us up around 1000 meters in elevation and the climbs start almost as soon as we leave town .we ride out of the Mekong valley and into the mountains, following the Khan river. We pass many villages and stop for refreshments every 15 or 20 km. we will take the left folk staying on route 13, then start a series of tough climbs. After 15 km of climbing (1005 m above sea level), we are rewarded by a 14 km descent to Nam ming (350 m above sea level) where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we have one last climb (20 km) into the mountains to Phou Dam before we drop down to Kew Kacham where our destination ( 1340 m above sea level ) . Accommodation is basic but dinner is good and there is plenty of Beer Lao.

Altitude: LuangPrabang = 270 m. Kewkacham = 1340 m

Distance: 78 km

Meals:  L, D

Accommodation: Kewkacham guesthouse (primitive and share bath room, 24 h electricity)

Day 2

Kewkacham - Phoukhoun – Phonsavan (the plain of jars)

Our guide will prepare breakfast. This area is the coldest place in our trip especially in the morning, as we ride along the mountain ridge for 20 km. At 22 km, we start our first climb of the day for 8 km. After the big junction on road 13 north to Vientiane (the highest point on this route) we drive on route 7 to the plain of jars. After 135 km driving we reach Phonsavan where we stay overnight.

Altitude: Kewkacham = 1340 m.

Distance:  187 km

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation:  Vansana hotel  

Day 3

Phonsavan (the plain of jars)

Phonsavanh used to be the battled field between the communist government and anti-communist government in 1964 – 1973.

After breakfast we drive out of town for 8 km to see the plain of jars. The history of the stone jars remain a mystery today, there are more than 60 sites, scattered in different group all across the plateau. Only three groups have been surveyed and assigned registration. The other groups have not yet been surveyed because the locations are covered with thick bushes and contaminated by many remaining UXOs (Unexploded ordinances) leftover from the Indo-China war. The highest jar is more than 3 meters. There are several difference theories as to the purpose of the jars, which are estimated to be 2500 – 3000 years old. According to local legend, King Khoun Chuang had them constructed in order to store wine for the big celebration of his victory in the 6th century.

Distance: 30 km    

Meal: B

 Accommodation: Vansana hotel

Day 4

Phonsavan – Kasi:

After breakfast we drive on the road 7 back to the junction of Phoukhoun town, we start cycle from the junction to the restaurant, we stop for lunch at the nicest view restaurant about 8 km after the junction of Phoukhoun, after lunch we will continue down route 13 ,this 25 km descent is one of the best in southeast Asia, we will enjoy a most excellent after noon ride after lunch, we  reach the bottom at 75 km. we then have a short climb before a flat ride into Kasi where we stay over nigh.

Distance: 180 km, transfer 135 km, cycle 45 km

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Vanphisit GH

Day 5

Kasi – Vangvieng

We should be able to do today’s ride in a single morning leaving extra relaxation time in Vanvieng. We continue along route 13 and although there are some short climbs most of the ride is downhill or flat. The scenery is just beautiful and you should really enjoy stretching your legs. We will stop for refreshments a few times along the way, but we make a main stop after 50 km at a big village of Ban Phatang we you can take great pictures of fantastic view. The last 18 km is a fast flat ride among the spectacular limestone mountains. We will reach the hotel in time to enjoy lunch overlooking the river. The afternoon is free to explore the town or take a swim in the river. Vangvieng has a lively traveler’s scene with all the usual accompanying facilities: e-mail, pubs, pizza and many young foreigners. 

Altitude: Kasi = 405 m. Vangvieng = 280 m

Distance: 55 km

Meal:  B

Accommodation: elephant crossing hotel  

Day 6

Vangvieng - Thalat

We have a long ride today but easy ride so we will want to leave early. Riding today there are more traffic so please remember to keep riding on right side all the time. We continue along the route 13 and stop for refreshment every 20 or 25 km. The rest of the morning is along undulating roads to Hinherb village. After 69 km we reach a long bridge, we stop for lunch in a restaurant. The afternoon ride is along fast flat roads. After 83 km, we turn left at a main junction of Phonhong town. After 15 km of riding along the flat road and takes us into the town of Thalat near the NamNgum dam.

Altitude: Vangvieng = 280 m. Thalat 190 m

Distance: 100 km                       

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: GH

Day 7

Thalat - Vientiane

Day 7: Thalat -   Vientiane

We ride out of Thalat pass the NamNgum dam, we have one sharp hill in the morning then it is all fairly flat, we stop for lunch in a local restaurant when we feel like it. We regroup before getting into town and then we cycle to hotel. Dinner is at KuaLao restaurant.

Altitude:  Thalat = 190 m. Vientiane = 180 m

Distance: 93 km

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: Sengtawan hotel

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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 LuangPrabang to the plain of jars and Vientiane

Duration
7 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+

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