Day 1 Arrive Vientiane 

You will be met at Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport (airport code VTE) by a driver and transfer to our city centre going hotel where your tour leader will be waiting to greet you.

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Day 2 Vientiane to Paksan - Transfer.

Following a long flight, many people will be happy to have a lazy start today. With a three hour transfer ahead of us, we have time for a leisurely breakfast before making sure that all is well with our bicycles. After lunch, we can board our support vehicle and make our way to the small town of Paksan, the starting point of our ride.

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Day 3 Paksan to Thasi

A gentle introduction to hills of Lao awaits us as we saddle up after breakfast. Although no single hill presents more than 100 meters of climbing, by the time finish for the day we will have climbed nearly 800 verticals meters though stunning rural Laotian scenery - a great introduction to what lays ahead.

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Day 4 Thasi to Muang Khoun

We begin the day following the beautiful Nam Xan river valley, a peaceful and gently undulating ride. At 78 kilometres we reach the base of the first challenging climb of the tour as we gain 1000 metres during a fairly gentle 22-kilometre climb.

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Day 5. Muang Khoun to Phonsavan via Plain of Jars. 

An altogether gentler day today as we take a short flat ride to the tourist town of Phonsavan. Along the way, we visit the Plain of Jars, an area covered in huge stone jars, carved by hand, the origins of which to this day remain a mystery.  We are also passing through one of the most heavily bombed regions in the history of warfare with the result of badly cratered land all around, and some wonderfully creative recycling of American bombshells.

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Day 6. Phonsavan to Muang Kham

With pine trees and giant hardwoods vying for space amidst bamboo, all set to a backdrop of verdant ride fields today's scene could perhaps be summed up as topical low alpine. We are now riding at 1100 meters which helps to keep a cycling friendly climate, which, combined with just 55 kilometres of riding including a 20 kilometres descent means another relaxing day on the bikes.

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Day 7. Muang Kham to Namneaun

A pleasant few kilometres warm up across a wide fertile valley lead us to today's longest climb which sees us gain 1100 metres over 18 kilometres. Now at 1500 metres above sea level, we are treated to stunning views, as for 50 kilometres we undulate along a ridge. Our day ends with a winding twenty-kilometre descent to the valley floor and our resting place for the night. 

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Day 8. Namneaun to Vieng Thong. 

A cheeky little six-kilometre climb will warm you up for today's major event in the form of a 1000 metre altitude gain over a distance of 25KMS. All of this on a road all but bereft of motorcars as we wind our jungle vegetation and agricultural land. The villages we pass through along the way consist of the simple homes of the Kms people, and after 45 kilometres we enter a protected area where the jungle becomes much deeper and thicker. The day draws to an end with a 15 kilometre downhill to our guest house. 

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Day 9: Vieng Thong to Vieng Kham

Undoubtedly one of the toughest days of the tour our ride today is also one of the most rewarding. The road is so light of traffic that seeing a car is a noteworthy event, and the jungle is now so dense it is one of the few places in SE Asia where tigers still roam wild. The meandering valley of the Nam Seng river leads us to the final climb of the day, before descending for 20kms to our night’s lodgings.

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Day 10: Vieng Kham to Nong Kiaw

Following yesterday’s somewhat challenging day in the saddle, today’s shorter distance will undoubtedly come as a relief as a gentle climb followed by a descent towards Nong Kiaw will see you in our riverside resort in time for lunch.

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Day 11: Nong Kiaw - Rest Day.

A pleasant, small village on the banks of the Nam Ou River Nong Kiaw has built up around the needs of back-packers and has just the sort of laid back vibe a weary cyclist needs on a well-earned rest day. And by now a rest is much needed, and where better than chilling at our riverside resort, or wandering around this convivial little village.

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Day 12: Nong Kiaw to Oudomxai

A flat 35 kilometres takes us to our first break for the day. Straight afterwards we embark on the first of the day's two notable climbs as a perfectly surfaced, Chinese built roads twists ever upward to lunch. The afternoon features a sweeping descent and another, shorter climb through beautiful Laotian scenery before the final 18 kilometres downhill leads us to the town of Oudomxai with its industrious Chinese influence. 

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Day 13: Oudomxai to Pak Beng

Fortunately, with 145 kilometres ahead of us today, by the time we have our first break the lions share of the climbing will be behind us. The rest of the day gently undulates downward through an area of agricultural land and rubber plantations as we make our way towards the Mekong River.

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Day 14: Pak Beng to Luang Prabang - River Cruise

With the cycling now behind us we can relax and enjoy a classic river trip aboard our private charter riverboat. Read a book, enjoy a beer, and relax and watch the jungles of Lao drift by as we make our way slowly towards one of the gems of Southeast Asia, the delightful town of Luang Prabang.

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Day 15. Tour Ends.

The tour officially ends after breakfast today. For those leaving straight away, we will, of course, provide a transfer to the nearby international airport. However, Luang Prabang is not a town for leaving in a hurry, it is a town to remain at, form lingering, wandering amongst the temples and colonial architecture, and relaxing at wonderful little cafés. We are of course more than happy to arrange any extra nights you require.

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