Adventure Backpacking Bike Tours Budget Travels Thai border to the capital of Laos


Duration
13 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+
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Destination
Departure Location
Vientiane Capital
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Price includes
  • Accommodations as mentioned
  • Drinking water
  • English cycling guide
  • Fruit and snacks
  • Hotels as mentioned in the program
  • Support Truck (If group size 8+)
  • Support Van
  • Tax
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bike hire
  • Insurance
  • Other International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • The other personal payment not mention in the itinerary
  • 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 13
Day 1

Chiengkhong (Thailand) – Viengphoukha (Laos)

Cross the border from Thailand to Laos, after immigration formalities in Laos, transfer from border 30 km, the rest of 90 km we ride through the hill tribe villages of Kmu and lowlanders, lunch in the shade under trees by the road wherever we feel hungry. Lunch is prepared by our guide and helpers. We arrive at the small town of Viengphoukha in the late afternoon. 

Distance:  90 km on good quality asphalt road.
Accommodation: primitive guesthouse
Meals:  L, D

Day 2

ViengPhouKha – LuangNamTha

We have breakfast at local restaurant. Our guide will help the restaurant prepare for the group. The riding distance today is only 51 km, on an undulating road, not as difficult as day 1. We also ride through hill tribe villages with a lot of children running out from their houses, greeting us “SABAIDEE” in Lao language (“HELLO!) We arrive and have lunch in LuangNamTha at noon.
Distance:  51 km on good quality asphalt road.

Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Dokchampa hotel

Day 3

Luangnamtha – Udomxai

Transfer the first 43 km from the guesthouse to the junction to China, ride 84 km to Udomxai. Today we ride through the villages of Thai Lu, Kmue, and Hmong ethnic groups. The variety of these groups throughout the hills of the north of the country is a highlight of this trip. Lunch is prepared by our guide and helpers. We will eat when we feel hungry and will have lunch by the road under a tree. We arrive Udomxai in late afternoon.
Distance
: 84 km on good quality asphalt road
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Villa Keosermsack

Day 4

Udomxai – Muangkhua

After breakfast, we head west toward the Vietnam border. Though the route is a gradual descent it ascends in some places. It is not too steep however. There are some excellent photo opportunities of the friendly Khmu tribe and their families. Lunch is prepared by our guide and helpers. We will find a nice spot for lunch stop by a stream. Today is a great day of riding.
Ride from Udomxai to MuangKhua, stay overnight at Xernaly Hotel
Distance:
103 km
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Xernaly Hotel

Day 5

Muangkua – Pakmong

After breakfast we get on the long tail boat on Nam Ou River. The boat journey takes us down one of the most beautiful River stretches in Laos. The lime stone mountains become steeper the further south we go. The amazing landscape is quiet and relaxing. After 4 hours we arrive Muang Ngoi village. Muang Ngoi Village was the capital district of LuangPrabang province controlled by communists before 1975 during the Indochina War. We lunch at a restaurant. After lunch we continue another an hour to Nongkiaw. We start riding from Nongkiaw. After 30 km we reach the junction of Pakmong village, where we stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Distance: 30 km
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 6

Pakmong – LuangPrabang

After breakfast we turn right at the junction and again ride along Route 13 north head to LuangPrabang. Today is the longest day, the road ascends and descends but it is not as long as day 6. At kilometer 30 to LuangPrabang we turn from road 13 to a dirt road toward the Mekong River at Pak Ou village and visit Buddha caves. Riding is optional for the last 30 km to LuangPrabang.

Distance: 110 km
Meals: B, L
Accommodation:  Villa Phoumalin

Day 7

Luang Prabang (Free Day)

Today is free to explore the world heritage town on your own, we recommend to visi local market (Phosi market) former royal temple of Vat Xiangthong, former royal palace (museum)  weaving and handicrafts papers villages after and 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.

Distance:

Meal: B

Accommodation: Villa Phoumalin

Day 8

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.

Altitude: 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 9

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. we stop for lunch at Phoukhoun, 46 km from our destination Kasi at an altitude of 1300 m. This is a big crossroads where route 7 goes to the plain of jars. 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. we regroup at a bridge across a small stream at 75 km. we then have a short climb before a flat ride into Kasi where we stay over nigh.

Altitude: Kewkacham = 1340 m. Kasi = 405 m

Distance: 94 km

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Vanphisit guesthouse (private bathroom and hot shower. 24 h electricity)  

Day 10

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. 

Altitude: Kasi = 405 m. Vangvieng = 280 m

Distance: 55 km

Meal:  B   

Accommodation: elephant crossing hotel or similar

Day 11

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.

Altitude: Vangvieng = 280 m. Thalat 190 m

Distance: 100 km

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: guesthouse

Day 12

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. Dinner is at KuaLao restaurant.

Altitude:  Thalat = 190 m. Vientiane = 180 m

Distance: 93 km

Meals: B, L 

Accommodation: Sengtawan hotel

Day 13

Departure

Transfer to the airport for your departure. 

Meal: B 

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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 the capital of Laos

Duration
13 Days
Destination
Laos
Travellers
2+

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