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5 Days | 4 Nights
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Bike tour one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Southeast Asia, with views of Laos that will leave you speechless. Lots of up, lots of down and small hill-tribe communities at every turn make this an incredibly rewarding adventure by bicycle.
Merida, Giant or Trek mountain bikes
Friendly local leader
2 to 14
Comfortable hotels & guesthouses
For those who can't find the time for our epic 8 day Lao Lao Adventure, this is a compact, challenging ride through an intriguing part of Laos. We set off from Luang Prabang and ride our way through this amazingly green mountain range with small communities of Hmong and Khmu hill-tribes dotted throughout. Very light traffic adds to the enjoyment and allows us to really enjoy the downhills. This is sure to be a memorable trip across the most scenic mountain range in Southeast Asia, with views for miles, and some really satisfying riding.
298 Km riding. The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads on both main and secondary roads. Main roads in Laos are actually like backstreet anywhere else due to the low number of vehicles on the road which is consistent with the country's low population. There are sustained climbs at times and some thrilling descents.
Cycle through thick forests and small Hmong tribe villages surrounded by limestone karsts on a challenging day of riding.
Explore the compelling Plain of Jars by foot as you wonder at the Iron Age ruins.
Enjoy a day of scenic downhill riding as you roll into the beautiful and laid-back Vang Vieng.
Pedal into the countryside for a dip in a lagoon and a visit to a mysterious cave.
Your group leader will have made contact the evening before and will provide you the opportunity to try out your bike. In the morning, you meet your fellow riders and hit the road. Cycling out of Luang Prabang, we are faced with what is, without a doubt, the most difficult day of cycling on this tour and also one of the most rewarding with two huge uphill climbs. We pass through lush forest and many small Hmong villages that sit dwarfed by the amazing landscape of limestone mountains that surround them. We stay the night in a small junction village called Phukoun on top of the mountains. Few people stop here overnight so the accommodation is simple but adequate. We do drive a section today to reach our destination and keep the ride achievable.
Another challenging day of cycling, beginning with a descent, then back into the climbs. There is a lot of up, a lot of down and not a lot of flat, but this is the northern mountains of Laos, so it is what is to be expected. We are riding today into Xieng Khouang Province, home of the highest peaks in Laos and the Plain of Jars. We stay this evening in the town of Phonsavan. We again drive a section today to reach our destination and keep the ride achievable.
This morning we drive to the mysterious Plain of Jars and explore by foot. These giant stone jars are distributed over an extensive area through an upland valley. The impressive ruins were probably used as burial vessels or as part of burial ritual, and are thought to date back to the Iron Age. After a morning exploring the fascinating Plain, we drive back to Phukoun for another night in this little-visited town. It may seem strange to be spending two nights in this out-of-the-way place, but the previous day of riding and the day exploring the Plain will surely be worth it. And the views from here are truly jaw-dropping.
There is that old saying, that what goes up, must... Anyway, today you get to enjoy something of a payoff for the climbing of the last couple of days. The main descent is a continual, very enjoyable 20km and the rest of the day continues on a similar trend, although there are some short sections where you need to have your climbing legs ready. We ride door to door today and expect to arrive into the very beautiful Vang Vieng in the late afternoon. Vang Vieng is famed as a chillout town and refuge of the homesick backpacker. A pizza may even be in order if you need a break from the rice.
With only a few short pedal strokes, we find ourselves in some truly beautiful countryside where rice paddies are framed by jutting limestone karsts. We visit a lagoon for a swim and stop off at a cave along the way. We return to town just after lunch and have a shower before boarding the van for the drive into Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane, we will take you to your hotel or to the airport if you are in a hurry to leave.
Top quality, well maintained Merida, Giant or Trek (actual make of bike may vary) mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with hybrid tires for touring. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a comfortable saddle are also provided, with a women's specific version available.
The area through which we are traveling is not known for its luxurious accommodation, however, you can always expect a clean bed in a well-run hotel or guesthouse, with air-conditioning or fan (as the temperature dictates) and a private bathroom.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very knowledgeable, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local guides who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way. They will also keep your safety and comfort top priorities at all times.
For groups of 5+ people, a bike mechanic will join the group. While not masters of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Amazing Lao meals are included throughout the tour. Lao food is an adventure in itself. The emphasis is on freshness and the use of a well-balanced mix of vegetables. Meat is eaten not as the centerpiece of a meal, but in harmony with the rest of the ingredients. Fish plays a big part in the Luang Prabang diet, while mountain dwellers tend to eat more root vegetables and poultry. In any case, there is something for everyone. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense. All dietary requirements are accommodated.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water is always available to keep you well hydrated.
Take it Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
2 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travelers - we will match you with another same-sex single traveler. If you want a single room there is an optional upgrade that you can book.
Located a 20-minute drive from the Plain of Jars, this resort features an indoor pool and spacious rooms, with stunning vistas of verdant mountains in the distance.
This charming luxury resort set on the Nam Song River offers beautiful rooms full of local art and exotic wood with private balconies, just a ten-minute walk away from town. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment with mountain views or a swim in the pool with misty limestone karsts in the distance.
Excellent tour through mountains where you can see the live of the locals and enjoy the countryside.
One of a kind experience that mixes activity, culture, and great company!
The views were amazing. The entire bike trip was really great, a great way to see the countryside. It was fun talking to the guides and the locals about their life in Laos
I never knew riding uphill for 2 hours in extreamly hot weather could be so rewarding and fun!
Take a look at our Laos Travel Guide and for general information look here.
Read about the personal experience of Holly in her Landscapes of Laos blog post.
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Multi-day Cycling Tours Frequently Asked Questions
For those with only a limited time to explore the wonders of Laos, this bike tour encapsulates some of the country’s best cycling and views in only five days. We’ve carefully crafted this itinerary and taken care of all of the small details in order to allow you to have a relaxing cycling holiday experience filled with rewarding riding, awesome sights, and cultural experiences.
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