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Thailand & Laos

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Thailand Laos Cycling holiday:

Day 1: Chiang Rai

On arrival in Chiang Rai you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon there is time to explore this laid back city. Attractions in Chiang Rai include the Hill tribe Museum and Education Centre, several beautiful Wats, Mae Nam Kok River, and a night market where you can see Northern -Thai music and dance performances.

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 2: Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

We have an early breakfast and transfer to Chiang Saen where our cycle tour begins. Following the Mekong river we ride through lush jungle passing through picturesque hill tribe villages of simple bamboo huts on stilts. Under the huts women can often be seen weaving whilst children play alongside chickens and small pigs. We arrive at Chiang Khong the border crossing point from Thailand into Laos.

Cycling Distance: 68km
Accommodation: Guest House


 

Day 3: Chiang Khong to Pakbeng

This morning we take a memorable boat journey through mist covered mountains, up the mighty Mekong River to Pakbeng. This is a wonderful way to understand the significance of the Mekong to the people in the traditional villages that we pass along the way.

Accommodation: Guest House


 

Day 4: Pakbeng to Ban Nalay

After breakfast we ride along newly sealed roads through some fascinating villages, where excited children shout "Sabaai-dii, Sabaai-dii" (the Lao greeting) to every passing cyclist. Is there a friendlier country than Laos anywhere in the world? We stop in Ban Faen (our guide's village) for lunch, then visit the school that was funded by Red Spokes's charity LCVF, before finishing the day at our new homestay at Ban Nalay village.

Cycling Distance: 82km
Accommodation: Home stay


Day 5: Ban Nalay to Udom Xay

Our route continues along this roller coster road to Odom Xay passing through many hilltribe villages. Communities here still retain their age-old cultural traditions and are recognisably distinct from each other in their dress. Bunches of bamboo shoots are laid out by the road along with drying chilies for sale to the occasional passing truck load of people. Modern life with all its trappings is still a long way off.

Cycling Distance: 62km
Accommodation: Guest House


Day 6: Udom Xay to Pak Mong

An unforgettable day as we go deep into the rich jungle, a tough climb at the start, then rolling hills with magnificent scenery before an exhilarating 18 mile (29 km) descent to Pak Mong. A hard day.

Cycling Distance: 87km
Accommodation: Guest House


Day 7: Pak Mong to Luang Prabang

Today we are treated to good, mainly flat roads. 25km short of Luang Prabang, you have the opportunity to visit the holy caves of Pak Ou, where we will find an ancient collection of thousands of precious Buddha statues.(optional extra) From here you can take a slow boat to Luang Prabang for around 20$.

Cycling Distance: 87km or 112km
Accommodation: Hotel


Day 8: Luang Prabang

Rest day in beautiful Luang Prabang, encircled by mountains and situated on the banks of the Mekong where it meets the Nam Khan river. You are free today to explore this delightful World Heritage town with 32 historic temples, ancient monasteries, the magnificent Royal Palace Museum and its French Colonial architecture. This is a place to chill out and enjoy the food, the peaceful surroundings and the people.

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 09: Luang Prabang to Kiu Kachan

The big one, the ultimate challenge of the trip! After a pleasant and fairly easy 12 miles (20 km) we start on the first of two long climbs (support vehicle on hand), a 10 mile (16km) ascent passing spectacular scenery of limestone peaks, some of which are the highest in South East Asia. There is then a descent of 9 miles (15 km) followed by another monster 14 mile (24 km) climb before we arrive in Kiu Kachan.

Cycling Distance: 81km
Accommodation: Guest House


Day 10: Kiu Kachan to Kasi

After a tiring morning covering 30 miles (50 km) of a roller coaster ride we stop for a well deserved lunch at Nung Phu Khun before starting a spectacular 22 miles (38 km) descent passing dramatic views of craggy limestone mountains. The scent of jasmine and lotus blossom drifts through the clear air from the rich jungle flora. We end our day coming off the mountains at Kasi.

Cycling Distance: 95km
Accommodation: Guest House


Day 11: Kasi to Vang Vieng

Today is an easier day covering 48 miles (60 km) of gentle rolling hills to Vang Vieng. After lunch you have the option to get off the bikes and kayak into Vang Vieng, through dramatic scenery along the Nam Song river. (optional extra) Vang Vieng has recently become a destination for backpackers and is therefore a comfortable place with nice restaurants and guesthouses. Once we get there we can spoil ourselves with some well deserved fruit milkshakes and pancakes, or have a Beer Lao, relax and enjoy watching the sun set over the river behind the stunning limestone pinnacles.

Cycling Distance: 60km
Accommodation: Guest House


Day 12: Vang Vieng to Na Nam

After a relatively gentle 14 miles (24 km) we reach the fishing village of Tha Heua where you will see all manner of salted fish being sold by the road. Here you have the option of taking a 2 hour boat journey on the Ang Nam Ngum reservoir to Na Nam a small fishing village passing many picturesque islands dotted along the way. Alternatively you can cycle the moderate 50 miles (84 km) along the road, climaxing in a steep 2 km climb before reaching our guesthouse at Na Nam.

Cycling Distance: 110km
Accommodation: Guest House


Day 13: Na Nam to Vientiane

Our last day of cycling starts with our two short but tough climbs, before the road levels out for the 57 miles (95 km) all the way to Vientiane. Here the land is agricultural, we pass paddy fields and more intensely farmed areas. As we near the Lao capital of Vientiane the roads, which till now have been relatively traffic-free throughout our trip, start to become busier. We arrive at our guesthouse in the afternoon. There should be time for some last minute shopping, then we can elax and celebrate the end of a great trip.

Cycling Distance: 96km
Accommodation: Guest House


Day 14: Home

Tour finishes, a transfer is offered to those flying back on the late morning flight to Bangkok.

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Cycling Pakbeng to Moung Houn Looking out over Pakbeng The tour group takes a leisurely boat trip