Southern Laos by Bicycle

Day 1 Ubon Ratchatani – Khong Jiam

The start point of the tour is Ubon Ratchatani, and you can travel there by plane or train from Bangkok. We have one group transfer to our hotel on the banks of the Mekong River. Please inform us of your arrival time. We have our trip briefing and dinner in the early evening on the bank of the Mekong River.

Tohsang Khong Jiam

Day 2 Khong Jiam – Wat Phu – Don Daeng

It’s a short transfer to the Lao border at Chongmek, and once visa formalities have been completed, we drive about 1 hour to the start of our ride. We start cycling on a flat tarmac road, passing through the former colonial town of Champasak, which stretches along the Mekong River. We ride 8 km to Wat Phu, a Khmer Hindu temple complex dating back to the 5th century. Here, we have a picnic lunch and explore this fascinating place before we head back to Champasak and overnight at our riverside resort.

The River Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 48km

Day 3 Champasak – Don Khong

We start the day with a short cycle to catch a ferry to Don Daeng Island, and we go for a short ride around the island. Then we take a ferry ride to the other side of the river and ride to the village of Ban Niet Ngong. Once we reach the village, we can opt to ride or walk up to see Phu Asa, a curious site of stone towers. We have lunch and then ride back down to the main junction before we load up the vans for a transfer to Ban Hat. Here, we cross back over to the Mekong to one of the biggest of the islands in this mighty river, Don Khong. Arriving in the late afternoon will give you time to walk along the river and watch as the locals make full use of the river.

Arena Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 44km

Day 4 Don Khong – Don Khone

Today, we island hop! We have an early start and ride around Don Khong and along the river banks to the ferry, stopping to see locals making palm sugar. When we reach the ferry, it's only 200 m to the island of Don Som, one of the longest islands in the Mekong, stretching about 12 km to where it meets the tip of Don Det. It's another quick ferry ride to Don Det, and we cycle along a dirt path to an old French Railway bridge and cross over to Don Khone for hotel check in and lunch before continuing to a leisurely cruise in search of the nearly extinct Irrawaddy dolphins. We visit Leepi Falls and see the Mekong River channel on our way back to the hotel. A varied ride over four islands on narrow dirt tracks means there’ll be no vehicle support, but we will still stop for water and snack breaks.

Seng Ahloune Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 45km

Day 5 Don Khone – Bolaven Plateau

After breakfast, we ride a short distance to the ferry to cross the Mekong again. It's a short 12-km ride to Khan Phapeng Waterfalls. This natural phenomenon splits the Mekong. After you've taken your photos, we transfer for about 2 hours to begin our journey into 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 for an overnight. We start with a gentle uphill of 10 km to the town of Paksong. Then the road evens out before we roll down to the resort.

Sinook Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 40km

Day 6 Bolaven Plateau - Tad Lo - Semi Rest Day

We ride on to Tha Teng on a quiet road, passing villages and lots of cheering children. After lunch, we hit a very quiet road, watching out for piglets crossing, and stop at a Katou village to see how they roast coffee and learn why there are empty coffins under the houses. Then it’s an easy downhill. From the junction, it’s only 5 km to Tad Lo Waterfalls and our riverside over-night. The afternoon is free to take a dip in the waterfalls before we have an alfresco dining experience overlooking the falls to round off a great day.

Tad Lo Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 30km

Day 7 Tad Lo – Pakse

As we leave the Bolaven Plateau behind, we ride on an undulating road that has a few surprises – some lengthy but gradual climbs, one is 5 km, another 14 km. We ride 52 km to Tad Pha Suam, where we can see different styles of traditional Laotian homes and another amazing waterfall. We then transfer an hour to Pakse to take in this riverside town. We have our farewell dinner on the roof of the Pakse Hotel.

Athena Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 55km

Day 8 Pakse – Ubon Ratchathani

We drive back to the border and cross into Thailand for a 11:00 am arrival in Ubon Ratchatani, in time to catch afternoon flights.