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.