Southern Laos by Bicycle

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US$ 1,550
Duration
8 Days / 7 Nights
Distance
262 km
Tour Code
LAO-LSL
Next departure
11-Nov-2018
Number of Cycling Days6
Average Distance Per Day: 44
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150 Km
Total Cycling Distance262 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 125
Single SupplementUS$ 375

All About this Tour

The Land of a Million Elephants, as Laos was once known, is opening up to tourists after years of war and isolation. Consequently, a visit to Laos is like stepping back in time and the citizens have retained innocence and charm that is as rare as it is valuable. The mountains and rivers are pristine in this land-locked country, squeezed between China, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Start in Ubon Ratchatani for a transfer to our hotel on the banks of the Mekong River.

Day 2

A short transfer takes us to the Lao border at Chongmek, and we start to cycle on a flat tarmac road, passing through colonial Champasak to Wat Phu, a Khmer Hindu temple complex dating back to the 5th century.

Day 3

We catch a ferry to Don Daeng Island for a short ride in the morning. Then another ferry trip to Ban Niet Ngong and either ride or walk up to see Phu Asa, a curious site of stone towers. In the afternoon, we ferry to one of the biggest of the islands in the Mekong, Don Khong.

Day 4

We island hop, taking ferries and cycling from Don Khong to Don Som to Don Det to Don Khone. We rest as we cruise by boat to try and sight the nearly extinct Irrawaddy dolphins.

Day 5

After a visit to Phapeng Waterfalls, it's time to head up to the coffee growing area of Laos: the Bolaven Plateau. We stop for lunch at Tad Fane Waterfall. Then it's on the bikes to cycle to our coffee resort.

Day 6

We ride to Tha Teng on a quiet tarmac road through small villages and stop at a Katou village to see how they roast coffee before we ride downhill to Tad Lo Waterfalls and our riverside overnight. Afternoon is free to take a dip in the waterfalls.

Day 7

We leave the Bolaven Plateau on an undulating road with a few surprises and stop at another impressive waterfall, Tad Pha Suam. We then transfer to Pakse for a rooftop farewell dinner.

Day 8

Drive back to Thailand for your onward travel.

Reviews

Southern Laos was poor, friendly, charming an safe. Excellent guide and driver, good cycling on tiny roads which would have been absolutely impossible without the guide.

Clive Preston SmithFebruary 2018

This was our fourth cycling tour with SpiceRoads, and we had yet another fabulous experience. They really do a great job of minding all the details, so you don't have to.

We have had several great guides with SpiceRoads, but Sone really raised the bar. Cheerful, enthusiastic, and hard-working, she really impressed us with her dedication and professionalism. She is definitely a "10".

Gary FogalDecember 2017

Very recently I completed another SpiceRoads Cycle tour of Laos. Our guide Son was terrific and did a great job. At all times, she kept us well informed speaking about her country with passion. She could not have done more and the way she carried out her duties reflects favorably on your company.

Special mention to the driver Lun as well. He was terrific, always in good cheer, maybe a bit more humble than he should have been. The bikes were good, got a couple of flats but I can only blame that on bad luck. Thanks once again!

Bill LewisDecember 2017

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