Adventure Backpacking Bike Tours Thai border to northern Laos and capital


Duration
12 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+
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What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Vientiane Capital
Price includes
  • Drinking water
  • English cycling guide
  • Fruit and snacks
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Support Van
  • Tax
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bike hire
  • Other International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Service outside Laos
  • Visa Fee
  • Day 1
  • Day2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
Day 1

Chiangkhong (Thai border) – Bakbeng (Laos)

Cross the border into Laos through the bridge on Mekong River, after immigration formalities in Laos meet local guide and transfer for 20 minutes to pier, boarding on boat down the 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. The boatman prepares our lunch and we have in the boat. We visit the villages and see the countryside life style. Our 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 arrive the small town of Pakbeng.

 Distance: No ride, boat trip 7 - 8 hours

  Accommodation: Phetsokxay hotel,

  Meals:  L/ D

Day2

Pakbeng – Muangbeng

After breakfast we start riding from the hotel 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 our destination a small town of Muangbeng

Distance: 84 km

Meals: B / L / D

Accommodation: guesthouse

Day 3

Muangbeng – Udomxai

Our breakfast today is prepared by our guide, after having breakfast we cycle to Oudomxai.we leave the guesthouse at 8:00 am, the first section of 39 km riding takes us up and downhill but short climb through numerous villages and lovely children wave their hands with smiling and say hello in Lao language SABAIDEE, it means HI or HELLO in English   it is very nice riding in the morning, at 39 km this is the start of the 4 km climb to the top, here we make decision for lunch, we can have in the shade under the tree or we continue riding another 20 km into the town and have lunch there that depending on how hungry you are.

 Distance: 63 km

  Meals: B / L / D

  Accommodation: Villa Keosermsack

Day 4

Udomxai – Pakmong

Today is the hardest day but the best rides of the trip, 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 Pakmong where we stay overnight, a village that marks the junction at where the road turns towards Luangprabang.

 Distance: 81 km

 Meals: B / L / D

  Accommodation: guesthouse

Day 5

Pakmong – LuangPrabang

After breakfast we ride along Route 13 north head to LuangPrabang, today is the longest day, the road is up and down hill but no big climb, it is easy ride. At kilometer 30 to LuangPrabang we turn from road 13 on dirt road toward the Mekong River at Pak Ou village and visit Buddha caves. Optional riding or driving the last 30 km to LuangPrabang,

Distance: 110 km

Meals: B / L

Accommodation:  Villa Phoummalin or similar

Day 6

Luang Prabang (free day)

Today is free to explore the world heritage town yourself. We recommend getting up early to see Buddhist daily activity at 6:00 AM to view traditional alms procession of monks passing slowly through town, and afterwards, visit the local morning market open every morning to see the local products that people at the country side bring from their villages to sell early morning. It is easy day to visit temple, former royal palace and other sites in town, late afternoon climb up Phousi mount to see panoramic view of town and sunset.

  • Luangprabang is the oldest city in Laos, and before the 16th century it was the capital city of the land of million elephants (Laos). The town is a beautifully preserved and in 1995 it was added to UNESCO`s World heritage list.

Meal: B

 Accommodation: Villa Phoumalin or similar

Day 7

LuangPrabang – Kewkacham

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.

Elevation: LuangPrabang = 270 m. Kewkacham = 1340 m

Distance: 77 km

Meals: B / L / D

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

Day 8

Kewkacham - Kasi

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. 46 km from our destination Kasi at an altitude of 1300 m. This is a big junction where route 7 goes to the plain of jars. 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.

Elevation: Kewkacham = 1340 m. Kasi = 405 m

Distance: 94 km

Meal: B / L / D

Accommodation: Vanphisit guesthouse

Day 9

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. 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. 

  • Vangvieng locates 155 km north of Vientiane on road 13 north. The town lies along the bank of the Namsong River; the landscape is made up of strange shaped limestone mountains,

Elevation: Kasi = 405 m. Vangvieng = 280 m

Distance: 58 km

Meals:  B, L  

Accommodation: elephant crossing hotel or similar

Day 10

Vangvieng - Thalat

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. 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. We stay in Napakuang resort and have dinner at our resort.

Elevation: Vangvieng = 280 m. Thalat 190 m

Distance: 100 km

Meals: B / L / D

Accommodation: Guesthouse  

Day 11

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. Riding today there are more traffic so please remember to keep riding on right side all the time and we regroup before getting into town and then we cycling to hotel.

Elevation:  Thalat = 190 m. Vientiane = 180 m

Distance: 93 km

Meals: B / L

Accommodation: Sengtawan hotel or similar  

Day 12

Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure or you can stay longer as your preference.

Meal: B

Accommodation: None

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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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Thai border to northern Laos and capital

Duration
12 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+

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