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Southern Laos by Bicycle
Despite its persuasive charms, Laos remains the Southeast Asian country that slips under the radar. Be prepared to discover why this glorious land full of waterfalls, fragrant coffee plantations, picturesque villages and welcoming local people deserves top billing in the region. What better way to do it than atop a bike, thoroughly absorbing the sights as you breathe in the lovely landscapes of Laos.
- CategoryEasy-going & Leisurely
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance162.8 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance27.3 miles
Southeast Asia is an area of the world much coveted by tourists, but the small slice of land known as Laos often goes unheralded after years of isolation and conflict. Now, the picture is very different and on this epic cycling trip you will revel in the dazzling array of waterfalls, marvel at the luscious landscapes along the Mekong River, enjoy the friendly nature of the Lao people, and just maybe glimpse a sight of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
Sound action packed? You bet! With local and knowledgeable guides alongside you every pedal of the way you can be assured a chance to soak up every last bit of what makes Laos such a breathtaking country.
If you harbour any doubts, your first day on the bike will soon swat those away. Gliding alongside the Mekong River you can breathe in the beautiful landscape and see the locals going about their daily work. Stop off at the fascinating 5th century Wat Phu temples for a glimse of the country’s past.
Day three brings with it more excitement as you tackle some delightful island hopping and witness first-hand how welcoming the Lao people are in the picturesque village of Ban Niet Ngong.
For the animal lovers amongst you it is quite clear what the tour highlight will be – the Irrawaddy dolphins. Take a gorgeous riverside cruise and try to spot the nearly extinct dolphins.
While the scenery fluctuates throughout the ride, there is one constant natural sight: waterfalls. You will see many on the tour but the very best are those of Khan Phapeng, where they spectacularly split the Mekong River.
After grabbing all the photos you can, this day of riding switches gears as the scent of coffee from the Bolaven Plateau wafts by. It helps focus your mind as you pedal onwards through the plantations towards your hotel for a coffee fix.
Your final days of riding are spent taking in what makes Laos such a special country – the people. Pedaling your way through quieter villages you can admire the variety of architectural influences and at the same time observe how the Lao people live. It marks a poignant way to end a stunning ride that will leave you transfixed by the beautiful country that is Laos.