Seven fantastic days! Leaving out of the busy capital Vientiane, we head for Paklay, Luang Prabang, and finally Phonsavan before making our way back to the capital. We will visit some major cities with many of our best tourist attractions. The trails and riding are equally as good as we take in some of our National Parks. So much to see and do in 7 days.
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Your day starts with a ride out of Laos’ busy capital and into its beautiful countryside. Then we follow the mighty Mekong and join the dirt road heading to Paklay. The scenery changes dramatically as we pass the rice paddies and rolling hills of Xaiyabuli province. A fairly easy day to get you into the swing of things and on arrival at our guest house we can enjoy a few beers before our evening meal.
Today sees us go through the protected area of the Nam Phouy National Park with its historic trails in picturesque countryside. We’ll take some time out to explore the area, including the new trails continuously cut by the locals. When we arrive in Xaiyabuli, it will be for an overnight stay in a local guest house, before which we’ll eat in a local restaurant.
After breakfast, we head out through more stunning countryside and an area just perfect for the bikes. There are mainly farm roads with a few river crossing to negotiate. In the wet season this is a real challenge. In the dry season things get easier, so you can ride freely and enjoy the countryside. From there we take the trails crossing the Mekong into the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang. On arrival at our Guest house we will prepare for a night out on the town. Then, we will show you a few of the sights and you can enjoy local hospitality.
We say goodbye to Luang Prabang after breakfast and head out on the road to the Phonxai district. Then we pick up the dirt roads. Today’s trail is another stunner. With just a few small villages in the area, the road’s a roller coaster of switch back jungle trails passing through the hills. We leave the dirt road behind and a short blast takes us up to Viengtong. From there we head for the hot springs, to ease the aches and pains from the day’s ride. Then, we check into our guest house for a well earned rest.
After a local breakfast, we hit the dirt road straight away and head up to Ban Nakhan. Ban Nakhan, built in 1965, was home to Lima Site 36 in the Vietnam War. It was a secret air base then and its runway and remnants of that war are still visible today. After a tour of the site, we head down to Phonsavan through beautiful jungle trails. We arrive at Phonosavan’s wide open plains, where we visit the famous Plain of Jars. Then into town, our guest house, and the evening’s entertainment.
A really great ride today. Leaving Phonsavan we head over Phu Samsoum, the second highest mountain in Laos. Then drop down into the small town of Muang Moc. There we’ll enjoy a local lunch, before heading back down the trails. Some big rivers to cross today and stunning trails running up along the Vietnamese border. We return to the road for a short distance and then arrive at Thathom. We stay there overnight, enjoying the local food and drink.
Our last day together as we leave Thathom. We return to the dirt roads and cross the remote area south of Anuvong. Then onto mostly graded roads, finally returning to the road where we start our run back into Vientiane, and our Hotel for the evening. There, a celebration to commemorate our last evening, before we head into town for some fun
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