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Have you ever thought about spending your holidays in Laos? Set amidst lush tropical forest and chequered rice paddies, Luang Prabang is one of the best-preserved ancient cities in Southeast Asia. This four-day cycling tour is the ideal way to explore this fascinating town and its surrounding countryside.
Discover the East on two wheels! Asia and the South Pacific are home to some truly incredible cycling routes, combining millennia-old cultural heritage with scenery of breathtaking majesty, from the mighty Himalaya to the volcanic isles of Polynesia! A cycling tour gives you the chance to explore these epic landscapes under your own steam; there are no trains to catch, no 4am starts, no watching the sublime country pass you by from the back seat of a packed bus. Better still, a bike holiday allows you to interact with peoples and places in a much more intimate fashion than is possible on many tours, where you’re forever surrounded by coachloads of other tourists in default travel mode: stop, snap, shop, split. On tours like these the main things are planned for you – hotels, routes, even the best time of year to travel – leaving you free to enjoy the awesome cycling!
This four-day cycling tour features some of Laos’ most magical sites. From the leafy colonial avenues and vibrant night markets of Luang Prabang to the crumbling palaces and hilltop temples of its rural environs, the region is crammed full with cultural gems. More spectacular still is the landscape itself; your route takes you across the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers (the latter by longtail motortaxi), past the mysterious Pak Ou caves with their myriad gold-lacquered Buddha statues and up to Tad Sae, a towering forest waterfall footed by a natural swimming pool, the perfect place for a refreshing dip! Add to this stilted village clusters, sacred gilded stupas and patchwork paddies and you have as intriguing and atmospheric a cycling adventure as you’re likely to find. And why not give something back on your holidays in Laos by by purchasing and distributing English textbooks to the remote villages en route.
This is a fantastic cycling tour through some of the region’s most iconic scenery. As such, we’d recommend this to absolutely everyone, so long as they have some cycling experience and are in fairly good shape. You won’t be covering any mammoth distances – the daily average is about 25 miles – and there are no steep hills to tackle, so you don’t need to be Lance Armstrong to enjoy this one! The roads are relatively quiet too, meaning you don’t have to worry about negotiating frenzied traffic or deciphering alien road signs. If for any reason you are struggling with the riding, you can always get a lift in the back-up van at either the beginning or end of the day, so there’s no danger of you holding up the other riders. The daily itinerary is in fact very flexible – you can see what you want to see at a pace that suits you – which means early starts can be avoided if you need your full eight hours!
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