Northern Laos: Bike, Hike, Kayak

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Bursting with a variety of experiences, Northern Laos throws up myriad experiences; deep-rooted culture, verdant surroundings, unique food, and a slice of Laos like none other. Experience stretches of biking through Laos's spectacular karst mountain ranges and lush valleys, hiking with enchanting views of forests and innumerable waterfalls and streams, and kayaking in the Nam Ou river! The diverse landscape apart, Laos’s cultural hook is also what intrigues visitors. Here you will get to experience three beautiful rivers viz. Mekong, Nam Ou, and Nam Pak.

This is an excellent way to experience life in Northern Laos. Here the friendly, down-to-earth culture embodies the hospitality that you will experience. Make sure you spend time with villagers in rural areas because the feeling that you are almost one of them is priceless!


Luang Prabang | 13:00hrs


Luang Prabang | 13:00hrs





Avg. dist. cycled

50km or 30mi

Group size

Min. 2, Max. 12






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snaking rivers

The Mekong and Nam Pak rivers become the focus of the trip as we skirt the edges of the two watery snakes for a long time. Once you are done with the trip, you will miss them.


Brief Itinerary

DayPlacecasual Inns or similarMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1Luang PrabangThe Sanctuary HotelD12km / 7micycling
DAY 2Luang Prabang - bike & hikeThe Sanctuary HotelB,L30km / 18micycling, hiking
DAY 3Boat to Pak BengSanctuary Pakbeng LodgeB,L,D
DAY 4OudomxayNamkat Yorla Pa ResortB,L,D70km / 42micycling
DAY 5OudomxayNamkat Yorla Pa ResortB
DAY 6Muang KhuaNew Chaleunsouk GHB,L,D70km / 42micycling
DAY 7Boat to Muang NgoiLattanavongsa GH and BungalowsB,L,D
DAY 8Muang Ngoi Village HikeHill tribe homestayB,L,Dhiking
DAY 9Muang Ngoi Village HikeHill tribe homestayB,L,Dhiking
DAY 10Muang Ngoi Village HikeLattanavongsa GH and BungalowsB,L,Dhiking
DAY 11Kayak or Boat to Pak OuPha an Floating GuesthouseB,L,Dkayaking
DAY 12Luang PrabangB30km / 18micycling

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Luang Prabang

Our guide meets you post-lunch at 13:00hrs at your hotel.

Begin the afternoon tour by cycling around the old quarter of Luang Prabang, starting at Heuan Chan Heritage House and after to Luang Prabang’s National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. Displayed within is a collection of personal artifacts of the former Laotian Royal Family. Visit nearby Wat Mai – the five-tiered roof epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Continue cycling along the Mekong River and stop at the hillside temple of Wat That Luang. Take a short walk and visit the ancient stupa called That Dam (the Black Stupa) before biking to Wat Visoun, the oldest living temple in Luang Prabang. Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddha images. Continue along the Nam Khan River to Wat Xieng Thong – often considered to be Luang Prabang’s most elegant. The temple is characterized by tiered roofs sweeping low to the ground and the impressive “tree of life” mosaic. Before sunset, cycle back to your hotel on the town’s main street, stopping at Wat Sop and Wat Sen along the way.

Dinner is at a Local NGO that trains marginalized youth for careers in the Hospitality industry. It is also one of the most exciting menus in town, with a great balance between traditional and modern flavors.

Meals: D
Cycling Distance: 12km / 7mi
Accommodation: The Sanctuary Hotel
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Day 2: Luang Prabang - bike & hike

Our main destination for the day is the hidden waterfall, Kung Si. Tucked away between thick foliage, the famous waterfall feels like a secret. The aquamarine waters are tempting, so do carry your swimwear along.

Start with a short transfer to the village of Long Lao, a thriving Hmong community of around 80 families. The community manages an excellent 8km hiking trail that finishes at the top of Kuang Si falls. Enjoy lunch and a swim in the crystal waters before cycling back to Luang Prabang.

On our way back, we make a stop at the Great Project (called the Laos Buffalo Dairy), a project designed to educate Rural communities on Animal Husbandry and basic animal health care. They rent the Cattle from the villagers to enable a secure income for the community and use the milk to create Cheese and Spectacular Ice Cream.

Today’s dinner is on your own. We suggest eating dinner at a street stall so you can dig into the local delicacies. street stall so you can dig into the local delicacies. Lao food can be very meat-oriented. Chopped meat, chicken, or duck are common, but there are plenty of options for vegetarians as well. Our personal recommendation is the light and tasty Tam Mak houng or papaya salad, which is made from sliced raw papaya, garlic, chilly, peanuts, sugar, fermented fish sauce, and lime juice.

Hiking: 8 km

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Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 30km / 18mi
Accommodation: The Sanctuary Hotel
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Day 3: Boat to Pak Beng

We transfer to the pier and board a huge traditional Mekong riverboat for the upstream cruise to Pak Beng, departure at 08.00 hrs. This portion of the Mekong is very remote, which sometimes allows glimpses of wildlife in the extensive forests. There are occasional stops at local hill tribe villages to meet people and observe life on the riverside. Lunch will be served on a boat and you may have the opportunity to stop and visit local villages. Enjoy the lovely scenery along both sides of the Mekong cruising to today’s destination.

Boat: 6 hrs

Meals: B,L,D
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Day 4: Oudomxay

Today it’s a long full day cycling to Oudomxay. This is one of the most spectacular stretches of long mountain road. The road is dotted with small villages and this is a great way to get acquainted with local rural life. The dramatic limestone and green rolling hills formations make for great photographic opportunities. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the wonderful scenery. The journey passes through beautiful mountain ranges and Hmong hill tribe villages.

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Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 70km / 42mi
Accommodation: Namkat Yorla Pa Resort
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Day 5: Oudomxay

Today, we have the pleasure of enjoying a free day at Namkat Yorla Pa resort, where an array of thrilling activities awaits, including hiking, rock climbing, zip-lining, and abseiling. For those seeking a more serene experience, there's also the option of a peaceful tree-top walk with zip lines and a tranquil waterfall trek.

We recommend that you make arrangements and payment directly with Namkat Yorla Pa for your chosen activities. Should you need any assistance or guidance, our dedicated guide will be readily available to assist you throughout the day.

In the early evening, our crew will transport you to the city of Oudomxay, where you can discover and locate a delightful local restaurant.

Meals: B
Accommodation: Namkat Yorla Pa Resort
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Day 6: Muang Khua

We continue riding to Muang Khua. This is one of the most unvisited parts of Laos and the experience is truly unique. To get to the Muang Khua, we ride along the Nam Pak River. Along the way, you will notice how the homes are made of wood and bamboo. We spend some time here talking to the locals, just walking around, or just sitting at the edge of the river.

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Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 70km / 42mi
Accommodation: New Chaleunsouk GH
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Day 7: Boat to Muang Ngoi

We ditch the cycles for an amazing boat ride in the Nam Pak River to Nong Khiaw. This is one of the most stunning journeys by the river in this region. The edge of the river is dotted with small villages and this is a great way of getting acquainted with local life. There are also limestone formations that make for great photographic experiences. The jaw-dropping landscape keeps you hooked to this for a long.

Today we stay at a simply guesthouse, situated at the edge of Nam Ou River.

Meals: B,L,D
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Day 8: Muang Ngoi Village Hike

We will convene at 09:00 AM and embark on a scenic journey upstream on the Nam Ou River aboard a traditional boat to reach Ban Hatsapheuy, a Khmu village. From there, we will commence our uphill trek towards Ban Kioukhan, which will take approximately 5-6 hours. Along the way, we will enjoy a local picnic lunch. By afternoon, we will arrive at Ban Kioukhan, where we will dine and spend the night in the cozy bamboo homes of the villagers.

Hiking: ~10km

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Hill tribe homestay
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Day 9: Muang Ngoi Village Hike

Today's itinerary involves a 4-hour trek, offering breathtaking vistas of the mountainous landscape from the summit. Following breakfast, we embark on a downhill trek through the lush bamboo forest, treating ourselves to captivating views of untouched hills along the way. After a satisfying lunch, we will continue our trek towards Ban Houy Sene, where we will indulge in a delicious dinner and spend the night at a cozy bamboo guesthouse hosted by a local family.

Hiking: ~10km

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Hill tribe homestay
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Day 10: Muang Ngoi Village Hike

In the morning, immerse yourself in the daily lives of the local people and gain insights into their work. Following that, we commence a 3-hour walk through picturesque rice fields and stunning landscapes towards Muang Ngoi. Along the way, we will pause to visit Tham Kaang Cave, where you can take a break and enjoy a relaxing time (swimming is also possible). Around noon, we will reach Muang Ngoi and have lunch at the Lattanavongsa restaurant. In the afternoon, you are free to unwind and relax by the riverside.

Hiking: ~8km

Meals: B,L,D
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Day 11: Kayak or Boat to Pak Ou

Our adventure begins as we kayak downstream along the tranquil Nam Ou River for approximately 2 hours, giving us the opportunity to marvel at the majestic mountains, and dense jungle, and pass by charming small villages. Our first stop will be at Sopkong village.

From there, we embark on a short countryside walk, crossing panoramic rice paddies and trekking through the jungle, eventually reaching the captivating and rejuvenating Tadmok limestone waterfall. Here, we will enjoy a packed lunch and have the chance to cool off and swim in the natural pool located at the base of the waterfall. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit, as a basic bamboo changing room is available nearby.

Once we have explored the waterfall and had our fill of relaxation, we will trek back to the village and then embark on a leisurely and scenic slow boat ride on a long-tail boat towards the Nam Ou 2 dam. At the dam, a van will be waiting to transfer you to Pak Ou Village.

For those who prefer not to kayak, you can choose to travel in the boat instead, accompanying us to Pak Ou.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Pha an Floating Guesthouse
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Day 12: Luang Prabang

Following a delightful traditional breakfast, we will proceed to explore the Pak Ou Cave Complex, where we will have the opportunity to witness the sacred Buddha statues housed within. Afterward, we will embark on a cycling journey along the scenic road that runs alongside the river, making our way back to the city. We anticipate reaching our destination around lunchtime.

Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 30km / 18mi

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Essential Info



All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.


Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.


A Van support follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.


Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.


Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.


Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.


E-bikes are available (subject to availability) on this trip at a surcharge.


Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.


Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.


Gratuities for your guide team are not included in the trip price.


When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Our fleet majorly consist of the below bikes as a part of this tour. However, sometimes due to height or availability constraints, we may provide a different but similar quality bike.

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Trek Marlin 5 or similar


Included in your trip price


The dry season runs from late October until May; June to October is characterized by heavy rainfall. The southwest monsoon generally arrives around May/July. Until July, rain comes mostly in the form of short downpours for an hour or so, clearing the way for clear skies. After July, rain reaches peak levels in August and September.

Though the weather can be sometimes quite unpleasant from June to September, there are benefits to this season. Nature comes to life, dry brown grasslands and forests become lush and green, the farmers welcome the season with full productivity, and lakes and rivers as well as waterfalls fill up and become stronger than ever.

Our cycling tours in Northern Laos majorly run from September to mid-April with Oct to Feb being the best months having low humidity and plenty of sunshine. Mar to May is characterized by high humidity and some smokey skies due to slash-and-burn agriculture.






























Tourist visas on arrival are available at certain ports of entry, and generally permit a stay of 30 days. At certain ports of entry, you can use an eVisa. See for more information. We recommend applying for e-visa in advance as that expedites the immigration process on arrival at Laos airport.

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