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Laos Forgotten Mountains - Cycling Trip

2 weeks: Luang Prabang to Luang Prabang (LAOS13)

‘Leum Phu Khao’ Forgotten Mountains - join us for 13 days biking in stunning rolling landscapes and meet the most chilled people on earth. Often overshadowed by its bigger neighbours Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia - Laos quietly goes about its business. With a population of only 6 million of the most chilled out people we have ever come across, the heavily forested and mountainous Laos quite possibly has Southeast Asia\'s most pristine environment. Immerse yourself in the culture and enchanting history of this tropical, hospitable, seldom travelled and unspoiled region.
We begin our biking adventure in the world heritage town of Luang Prabang and explore very rural northern Laos looping through both remote hill tribal areas and lowland regions. We visit the mysterious Plain of Jars at Phonsavanh which was also a central point during the Laotian Civil War, try elephant riding and take a boat trip on the Nam Ou river as we return to Luang Prabang.
Quiet roads, friendly people, tasty food and spectacular scenery combine to make this an awesome biking adventure.

Accommodation

Accommodation is twin share - 5 nights in hotels and 7 nights local guesthouses.

Itineraries (Luang Prabang - Luang Prabang)

13 days

Day 1 – Arrive in Luang Prabang, free day to enjoy this stunning and relaxed world heritage town.

Day 2 - Our first day’s ride takes us out to an elephant sanctuary dedicated to giving working elephants a brighter future. Take a ride on an elephant along the banks of the Nam Khan river.

Day 3 - We take a short vehicle transfer out of town and ride to Phou Khoun, a small junction market town.

Day 4 - A challenging day of undulating terrain and rural farmland to Nong Tang.

Day 5 - In the morning we head out to explore the nearby Buddha caves before biking on to Phonsavanh.

Day 6 - Phonsavanh free day or explore the Plain of Jars, and unexplained field dotted with huge carved stone jars.

Day 7 - Ride on through rolling countryside to Muang Kham. Soak away the days ride in a bath filled with natural hot spring mineral water.

Day 8 - A big day as we climb up into the lush hills and hill-tribe villages of rural Laos. At the end of the day a 20km decent brings us to Nam Nuen.

Day 9 - We start the day with a visit to a local village primary school and meet the children and teachers . We ride on narrow, quiet winding roads and through small villages and lush forests to Vieng Thong.

Day 10 - Our longest and most challenging day, but remember there is always the support vehicle! The roads are narrow and quiet and we share them with grazing buffalo and farmers on their “tractors”. The day ends with a descent into Vieng Kham. Up to 120km biking. BLD, Acc: Guesthouse.

Day 11 - A spectacular ride through mountains and rocky bluffs as we drop down to Nong Kiaw on the banks of the Nam Ou River.
Day 12 - This morning we take a scenic long-boat trip down the Nam Ou river and visit the spectacular Buddha caves at Pak Ou. We finish the day with a ride beside the Mekong river back to Luang Prabang.

Day 13 - Depart, airport transfer; or stay on to spend time relaxing/exploring the very charming Luang Prabang.

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Departures

Reference Departure Arrival Price NZD Kitty USD Notes
LS01 Luang Prabang Luang Prabang NZD$3290 $0
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