Cycling is a wonderful way to get around Laos, enjoying the cultural and ethnic heritage, remarkable scenery and the other great adventure activities to be found here.

The UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, once the Laotian capital, is well suited to cycling enjoyment of its classic Asian features and makes for a good relaxing day’s ride.

Around the city, a number of biking routes, both on and off-road, lasting from one to six days with varied degrees of challenge to suit, explore the pleasant scenery of its surrounding landscape and hills, caves and waterfalls, with activities such as elephant riding and river kayaking easily included. For cultural depth, homestays to interact with local communities can also be arranged.

Another popular cycle route in northern Laos, is the cycle ride from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, a fairly comfortable week long journey, taking in the local features in and around Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Lake Nam Ngum as you travel through the valleys to the modern capital.

A longer route lasting from ten to thirteen days out of Luang Prabang follows a loop of the north-eastern highlands explores the Plain of Jars and the hill tribes of Muang Kham, and is a fairly challenging upland scenic adventure through the remote villages, mountain views and is best suited to those preferring authenticity of experience and don’t mind roughing it a bit on the accommodation front.

Vang Vieng is a haven for all sorts of adventures, its shapely karst landscape riddled with caves and waterfalls, with some good day-long mountain biking routes available, which are able to be combined with a host of other activities such as kayaking, rock climbing, zip lining, caving, and swimming in the hidden lagoons.

A seven day looping and fairly gentle exploration of Southern Laos Begins in Pakse, and takes in Champasak, the Four Thousand Islands and the Bolaven Plateau.

Laos’ geographical proximity to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam is also ideal for multi-country cycling and several routes offer this wonderful way to combine the pleasures and challenges of pedal power through the scenic and cultural dimensions of more than one country.

One such journey is the eleven day sojourn which begins in Chiang Mai and ends in Luang Prabang, and features the best cultural and scenic features of both countries. An alternative and longer route is the thirteen day Bangkok to Luang Prabang journey.

Another upland cycle route explores the northwest highlands of Vietnam, including Sapa and Dien Bien Phu, before crossing into Laos and enjoying the area around and along the Nam Ou River, before finally heading down to Luang Prabang.

For those who really love cycling and have the spare time, a highly fulfilling 20 day cycle journey begins in Luang Prabang, combines the delights of northern Laos, including Vang Vieng, Nam Ngum Lake, and Vientiane, with an air travel jump to Pakse to cycle the charms of southern Laos, including Wat Phou and the Four Thousand Islands before pedalling over the border into Cambodia, passing through and enjoying the features of Stung Treng, Kratie, Mondulkri, and Kampong Cham before arriving at Siem Reap and cycling the temples of Angkor.