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cycle Laos for MAG

itinerary

DAY 1

Departure

We depart on an overnight flight to Laos.

DAY 2

Vientiante

On arrival into Wattay International airport we are transferred to our comfortable hotel where we can relax before we have a bike fitting in the afternoon and a city tour of the That Luang Stupa, Patouxay and National museum. We then meet our guides and enjoy a welcome dinner against the backdrop of a great sunset.

DAY 3

Nam Ngum Lake - 87km

After an early breakfast at our hotel we transfer to the MAG Centre in Vientiane where we meet the local team and see at first hard the incredible work that they do in country. Our bikes will be waiting for us here to start cycling through the bustling hectic roads of the capital, to the city outskirts. Once in the countryside we spend the rest of the day cycling through fascinating, varied landscape on mostly flat and tarmacked roads. We end the day continuing to our destination at the Nam Ngum lake which is the biggest reservoir in Laos. Tonight we stay in a quaint local guesthouse by the lake.

DAY 4

Vang Vien - 92km

This day is one of our hardest cycling days with some challenging hills to climb. In the morning the road is largely along a valley floor, surrounded by families working in their rice paddies, but by the end of the day we will be high in the mountains following a ridge with stunning peaks all around. We arrive into Vang Vieng known as the gate to Northern Laos, a busy town loved by backpackers and surrounded by great scenery.

DAY 5

Phou Khoun - 99km

We continue north through low rolling hills, fields, charming villages and stunning views to the west over the mountains. After our first notable climb there’s a great descent and to the level roads along the Nam Lik River Valley and the small town of Kasi. We are almost half way here, ringed with hills and rice-paddies, with some karst outcrops punctuating the green and it marks the start of our long ascent into mountainous terrain. We ride the old Royal Road, that eventually leads to the royal capital Luang Prabang, along hill-ridges with breath-taking views of mountains and jungle that stretch for miles. Our day ends at the small market town of Phou Khoun, formerly a French outpost.

DAY 6

Kiew Kacham - 59km

After a good breakfast we start a shorter but demanding day through scenery of villages of thatched houses nestled among forests of bamboo, tropical hardwoods, and we may see waterfalls tumbling down the green slopes. With these beautiful surroundings to distract us, we tackle with determination the long, strenuous winding climbs with hair-pin bends which contour the mountain ridges! A lovely thrilling descent follows as we freewheel into Kiewkacham, a small friendly mountain village which provides us with a wonderful cultural experience.

DAY 7

Luang Prabang - 78km

For our last day of cycling we leave the village behind for another demanding climb to the summit, but our highest ridges are behind us! A long sweeping downhill stretch takes us through a landscape of lush forest and limestone mountains; the small Hmong villages that we pass seem even tinier in contrast. We descend to the Nam Khan River and follow this for a while as it meanders through idyllic countryside. Turning west, we pedal our last few kilometers towards Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of the Lao kingdom, a spectacular city and a fitting end to our challenge. A World Heritage Site since 1995, it is enclosed by rivers and mountains and feels very remote. Studded with monasteries and temples, golden spires and teak mansions, the city is a delight to explore. We check into our hotel and relax, enjoying our surroundings.

DAY 8

Free Day

This morning for those that wish there is an optional city tour to visit the world heritage site of Luang Pabrang, the former capital city of Laos, visiting the Royal Palace and the famous Buddhist temples; the Wat Xieng thong, Wat Visoun and Wat Mai. We have the rest of the day free and this evening we have a celebratory meal to mark the end of this incredible challenge.

DAY 9

Departure

Today we fly back to Vientiane and take our onwards flight to the UK

DAY 10

Arrive Home

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