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The Southern Laos by Bicycle tour starts and ends in Ubon Ratchatani. The Southern Laos by Bicycle is a Bicycle Tour that takes 8 days taking you from Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand and through other destinations in Asia.

The Land of a Million Elephants, as Laos was once known, is opening up to tourists after years of war and isolation. Consequently, a visit to Laos is like stepping back in time and the citizens have retained innocence and charm that is as rare as it is valuable. The mountains and rivers are pristine in this land-locked country, squeezed between China, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

As part of Indochina, Laos was colonized by the French and the cities of Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse have inherited the classical, elegant, if little faded, character only French architects can inspire. Although Laos has some genuinely interesting attractions to offer - the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang Province, the forested mountains of Northern Laos, the gothic limestone karsts around Vang Vieng and Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) where the mighty Mekong spreads in the Southern Laos - it is the warmth and sincere friendliness of its people that will live forever in the hearts of anyone fortunate enough to visit.

Our Southern Laos tour is a sojourn along the Mekong River to the former colonial outpost of Champasak, the serene beauty of Si Phan Don and the rich fertile lands of the coffee growing Bolevan Plateau. From the natural attractions of amazing waterfalls to the rare Irrawaddy dolphins and to the cultural Khmer temples of Wat Phu, this tour explores the quiet back roads of South Laos.

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“Southern Laos was poor, friendly, charming an safe. Excellent guide and driver, good cycling on tiny roads which would have been absolutely impossible without the guide.”
Start in Ubon Ratchatani for a transfer to our hotel on the banks of the Mekong River.
A short transfer takes us to the Lao border at Chongmek, and we start to cycle on a flat tarmac road, passing through colonial Champasak to Wat Phu, a Khmer Hindu temple complex dating back to the 5th century.
We catch a ferry to Don Daeng Island for a short ride in the morning. Then another ferry trip to Ban Niet Ngong and either ride or walk up to see Phu Asa, a curious site of stone towers. In the afternoon, we ferry to one of the biggest of the islands in the Mekong, Don Khong.
We island hop, taking ferries and cycling from Don Khong to Don Som to Don Det to Don Khone. We rest as we cruise by boat to try and sight the nearly extinct Irrawaddy dolphins.
After a visit to Phapeng Waterfalls, it's time to head up to the coffee growing area of Laos: the Bolaven Plateau. We stop for lunch at Tad Fane Waterfall. Then it's on the bikes to cycle to our coffee resort.
We ride to Tha Teng on a quiet tarmac road through small villages and stop at a Katou village to see how they roast coffee before we ride downhill to Tad Lo Waterfalls and our riverside overnight. Afternoon is free to take a dip in the waterfalls.
We leave the Bolaven Plateau on an undulating road with a few surprises and stop at another impressive waterfall, Tad Pha Suam. We then transfer to Pakse for a rooftop farewell dinner.
Drive back to Thailand for your onward travel.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotels
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transport
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Guide
  • English-speaking guide
Bike Hire
  • Mountain Bike US$ 125
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Ubon Ratchatani are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Southern Laos by Bicycle tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand/ Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand
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A deposit of 549 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 44 days before departure. For any departures within 05 July 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Southern Laos by Bicycle tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Southern Laos by Bicycle tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Southern Laos by Bicycle tour. You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 44 days of departure.
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