We cross the border into Laos. After immigration formalities in Laos, we get on the 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.
Day 1 – CHIANGKHONG (THAILAND) – PAKBENG (LAOS)
After breakfast, we cross the border into Laos. After immigration formalities in Laos, we get on the 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.
Ride: No ride, boat trip 8-9 hours
Meals: ( L/ D)
Accommodation: Phetsokxay hotel, room with private bathroom and hot shower
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 ends at Phonethong guesthouse after 7 or 8 hours riding that depending on how strong you are, we stay in a primitive guesthouse with share bath room and our dinner is prepared by the owner of the guesthouse.
Ride: 84 km on good quality asphalt road.
Meals: (B / L / D)
Accommodation: Phonethong guesthouse (primitive) with share bathroom.
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. We stay in a nice guesthouse with private bathroom and 24 h electricity. Internet is available.
Ride: 63 km on good quality asphalt road
Meals: (B / L / D)
Accommodation: Litthavixai guesthouse with private bathroom and 24 h electricity.
Today is the hardest day of this trip 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, a village that marks the junction at where the road turns towards LuangPrabang.
Ride: 81 km on good quality asphalt road
Meals: (B / L / D)
Accommodation: guesthouse with private bathroom and 24 h electricity
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 is up and down hill but it is not as long as yesterday, 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.
Ride: 110 km.
Meals: (B / L / D).
Accommodation: Luangprabang hotel or Phousi hotel.
Day 6. LUANGPRABANG
After having breakfast we cycle 30 km to water fall and cycle around town to discover the small city of LuangPrabang and visit the oldest temples in the town and cycle 5 km out of town to visit handicraft paper and the weaving village then come back to the town for lunch at nice restaurant by the Mekong River, afternoon free.
Luang Prabang : Free.
There is plenty to do in LuangPrabang. The town is a beautifully preserved and in 1995 it was added to UNESCO`s World heritage list. Most of the best temples of Lao/ French architecture are along Phothisalat road, which is where you will find the royal palace museum. You should also see Xieng Thong temple, King Setthathirat built it in 1559 before moving the capital city of the land of million elephants from LuangPrabang to Vientiane. Before1975 it considered to be the royal temple. In the afternoon, you can climb Mount Phousi for great views of the town and sun set
Ride: 45 km.
Meals:( B / L)
Accommodation: Ancient Luangprabang hotel or Phousi hotel.
Day 7: LUANGPRABANG –DEPARTURE
After leisurely breakfast, transit to airport for fly back to your country.
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– English speaking guide
– Bike rental (Trek 4400 Mountain bike)
– Back up Car with drinks , snacks and minivan support
– Luggage Transport or non riding guest transfer
– Nights in hotels, guesthouse and home-stay
– Meals as described in itinerary B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner
– Boat ride in tour
Remark: Depending on weather and road conditions, this itinerary is subject to changes