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Departure Location
Pakse Province
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Price includes
  • Accommodations as mentioned
  • Domestic Flight
  • Drinking water
  • English cycling guide
  • Entrance Ticket
  • Fruit and snacks
  • Hotels as mentioned in the program
  • Public Boat
  • Support Vehicle
  • Tax
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bike hire
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa Fee
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
Day 1

LuangPrabang – Pakbeng

Early morning, boarding on a public boat on Mekong River up north to Pakbeng to meet our minibus, bikes and guide to start cycle the next day.

Mekong River, the longest river in Southeast Asia, the 7 longest in Asia and the 12 longest in the world, which flows from China along the Lao/Burma border, the Thai Lao border before turning east and running through the heart of Laos. Boat journey takes around 7 - 8 hours look out for water buffalo and villagers doing their laundry as well as hundreds of smiling children enjoying the river. We finally reach our destination the small town of Pakbeng where we start our cycling the next day.

Boat ride: 7 – 8 h


Accommodation: Phetsokxai hotel

Day 2

Bakbeng – Udomxai

After having our breakfast we start riding from the hotel at 8:00 or 8:30 AM on the way we see mostly minority villages belonging to the Khmu tribe (up Lander), Hmong tribe (high Lander) and Lao (low Lander). the people of the mountains in the southern China that long ago migrated south and defined the civilizations of Thailand and Laos, they are divided into black Thai, red Thai and white Thai regarding to the color of their traditional dresses. After 52 km of riding we arrive to Muanghoun where we have lunch. After lunch we continue another 32 km to the village of Muangbeng and transfer the last 63 km to our destination of Udomxai

Distance: ride: 80 km, transfer: 60 km

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: villa Keosermsak (standard)

Day 3

Udomxai – LuangPrabang

Today is the hardest day but the best rides of the trip, (optional transfer to the top of the first hill to start riding) we ride back the way we came into town, continuing along Route 13 north towards Luangprabang.after 5 km from guesthouse the road starts to wind upwards and we start the first of a series of long climbs through high mountains but scenery is perfect. We are in the land of the Hmong (high Lander) who are known as originally live in high elevation in northern Laos, in former time they lived by growing opium. After long climb, we rest on the first peak for water, snacks and seasonal fruits. Then we continue the next 30 km to the second and the third peak for lunch stop, after lunch it is down, down and down as we descend 30 km into the valley, this is a last downhill. At the end of the descent, we arrive at the junction of Pakmong where the road turns toward LuangPrabang, we stop riding here and transfer the rest to LuangPrabang.

Distance: ride: 80 km, Transfer: 110 km

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: Villa Phoumalin

Day 4

LuangPrabang – Kasi

In the morning we drive to Phoukhoun a small town on top of mountain 1300 m above sea level, after 3, 30 hours transfer, we have lunch at the restaurant on top of mountain surrounded with panoramic view, as we ride along the mountain ridge. We will continue down route 13,this 25 km descent is one of the best in southeast Asia, we stop for water at a bridge across a small stream before a short climb we will enjoy a most excellent after noon ride surrounded with lime stone mountains and rice fields, you can stop for photo before we ride to the low elevation  before a flat ride into Kasi where we stay over nigh.

 Altitude: Phoukhoun = 1300 m. Kasi = 405 m

Distance: transfer = 130 km, ride: 45 km

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Vanphisit guesthouse

Day 5

Kasi - Vangvieng

         Breakfast today will be prepared by our guide, 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. 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

Meals:  B, L

Accommodation: elephant crossing hotel.

Day 6

Vangvieng - Vientiane

We have a long ride today and the heat may be the factor so we will want to leave early. 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. After lunch we continue riding 25 km to the other town of Phonhong, we stop riding here and drive the rest 70 km to our destination of Vientiane capital.

Altitude: Vangvieng = 280 m. Phonhong 190 m

Distance: ride: 80 km, transfer: 70 km

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Sengtawan hotel  

Day 7

Vientiane – Pakse - Champasak

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

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Siamphone guesthouse (standard)

Day 8

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)

Meals: B / L /D

Accommodation: Villa Muangkhong.

Day 9

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)

Meals: B / L / D

Accommodation: Khounparn bungalows

Day 10

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)

Meals: B / L / D

Accommodation: Tad Fane resort.

Day 11

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)

Meals: B / L / D

Accommodation: Sayse resort

Day 12

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 downhill 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

Meals: B / L

Accommodation: Sengaloun hotel (standard)

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