Colonial Luang Prabang

a 5 day bike tour in Laos


 
Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved French colonial city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos.

Our Luang Prabang cycling getaway is a great stop over package for folks traveling through Southeast Asia. This unique bike tour explores some of Laos best kept secrets, rolling down colonial avenues and through thick forests. Observe daily life in the rice paddies of the countryside and visit small remote villages off the beaten tourist path. Guests have the chance to give back a bit while traveling, by purchasing and distributing English textbooks to rural schools that can't otherwise afford to provide them for their students.
 
Street view in colonial Luang Prabang
DAY

01
Arrive in Luang Prabang, free time, enjoy a welcome dinner with traditional Laotian cuisine.
Your guides will meet you upon arrival at Luang Prabang's airport. Its a short drive to town, where you will have the balance of the day free to explore and relax. Tonight, you will head out for a welcome dinner with your guide at Roots & Leaves, an outdoor restaurant offering traditional dance demonstrations and delicious Laotian cuisine.
Meals: D
bike touring the city of Luang Prabang
DAY

02
Bike the streets of this French colonial town, visit ancient temples, weaving center, local schools.
Explore the back roads of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will see parts of Luang Prabang only few tourist visit. Our half day bike trip will take you to the secrets of the town's wetlands, centuries old temples, a household industry, a Vietnamese-Chinese cemetery, and an orphanage school. At the orphanage school, you will visit the small gallery and the vegetable gardens, which are managed by the children. Before going back to the town, you will visit a weaving center, where you get a short explanation of the silk weaving process. Look at silkworm, natural dyes and meet the weavers.
Cycling: 19 mi / 30 km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D
Kuang Si Waterfalls
DAY

03
Start by boat along the Mekong, then cycle rural Laos, visit the calcite pools of Kuang Si Waterfalls, Hmong villages.
From your hotel, we heading to the boat landing to put our bicycles on the boat for a 1.5 hour scenic boat ride on the Mekong River. Before starting to cycling, we explore the local village on the bank of the Mekong River, experiencing the quiet everyday life in rural Laos, don't be surprised how many "high 5" the kids bestow upon you in the village and along the roads. After a short dirt road track, we cycle on a scenic paved road to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where we enjoy a swim in the crystal clear pools created by calcite walls and a local lunch. On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will stop to visit some ethnic hill tribe villages such as Khmu and Hmong.
Cycling: 28 mi / 45 km, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D
view from Elephant Village
DAY

04
Pedal out to visit Elephant Village, home to retired forestry elephants, spend the night in a deluxe safari tent.
Today the bikes get the day off and we switch hats to being a mahout. Bright and early we will drive out to Elephant Village, a camp for retired elephants and hospice for the weak animals. You will spend your day learning about these magnificent animals, helping feed and bath them, the enjoying a ride high atop their backs through the forest.
Cycling: 15 mi / 25 km, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B L D
Sunset over the Mekong River
DAY

05
Return to Luang Prabang and the airport for your flights to more adventure.
All good things must come to an end, as we shuttle back to the Luang Prabang Airport for fond farewells. Sabai dee.
Meals: B

Day 1, 2 & 3 photos courtesy of tour guest: K Rybnik

From Our Guests . . .

 What can I say, I loved every second of the tour. I actually didn't really pay attention to the proposed itinerary but was surprised every day by the organization of the tour as well as the knowledge of the guide. The routes weren't difficult, but they were challenging for a non-routine bicyclist.    
 We didn't know anything about Luang Prabang before planning our trip to Viet Nam. We were very pleased with our decision to add this visit to our trip. While similar, there are significant differences between the Vietnamese and the Lao people, cultures and governing.    
5 days (3 days cycling)
Inn to Inn
Level: A

Boutique inns and resorts
3 and 4 star    See some of our hotels

Tour meets and ends in Luang Prabang, Laos (LPQ)
Paved roads, moderate quality, flat and hilly terrain

Total: 189 mi / 304 km
Daily Avg: 37 mi / 61 km


Private Trips:
6 or more people: $1375
2 to 5 people: $1550
1 person: $2350*

Extras:
Single Supplement: $300
Deposit: $100
Bike Rental: free of charge
(All costs per person in US $. Seasonal supplements may apply. *1 person price include Single Supplement fee.)
October through mid-March is the best weather with cooler temperatures and no rain, April & May are hot, June through September is rainy season but still suitable for cycling.

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Comfortable Boutique Accommodation

Villa Santi
A boutique hotel built in an historic French Colonial mansion in the heart of the old quarter.

The hotels listed here are our preferred properties, but may not be available for all dates. When alternates are used, they will be of the same quality and style.

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