An easy, fun pedal around a heritage listed city and its surrounding countryside, local village industries and temples. This trip runs Luang Prabang.
World Heritage listed Luang Prabang is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and atmospheric cities in Asia. We take to our heritage friendly bicycles and explore the city through the secret back alleys and lanes, visiting not only some highlight attractions, but also some lesser known points of interest. We gain an insight into the crafts and village industries for which the surrounding countryside is known and top it all off with a delicious Lao meal.
If you can ride a bike, then you will love this ride. The distance is approximately 18km on mainly flat tracks and small roads. We will stop often to chat with the locals and learn a little about what everyone is up to. There are lots of snacks and water stops as well as some great river boat crossings.
Please note we will close for the Lao New Year holiday April 12-17 so no tours during this time but do go out and enjoy the water festival!
We set off from our centrally located shop at 7:30am. After a quick bike fitting and briefing we head out. We ride first through the back alleys and quieter streets of the city.
Temples & Markets
We visit Wat Xiengtong, Luang Prabang’s royal temple, and then the fresh market where your guide will introduce the weird and wonderful produce on sale. Forest fodder, insects, small frogs and fresh vegetables are all for sale, it’s really something to see.
Coffee & Crafts, Boats & Lunch
After a traditional Lao coffee in one of the city’s oldest coffee stalls, we continue our ride to a lesser known temple and then out along a road following the Mekong River. We stop to see ‘sa paper’ making and the famous Lao rice wine, ‘lao lao’. We take a boat down the Mekong and then explore the far side of the river where we see pottery making in action at a village level. After a nice ride through this area, we cross back to the town side and visit Ock Pop Tock where we learn about the life of silk and how it comes from a small worm to a beautifully woven garment. We then head on to a restaurant for a meal of local Luang Prabang specialties. After lunch we have a very short ride back to our shop where we finish. We estimate a finish time of 2pm.
Please note that you must wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees for temple visits. You can carry extra clothing that can be put on when we arrive at the temples.
ON THE ROAD
We cycle about 18km on tracks and small roads. There are some small hills, but not particularly long or steep. Anyone who can reasonably ride a bike can do this ride.
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