September 25-August 1, 2019
October 30-November 5, 2019
November 27-December 3, 2019
7 day journey from Luang Prabang to Vientiane
Join Traverse Journeys in partnership with Social Cycles to cover 315 miles of cycling through majestic mountain roads from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Majestic mountain roads, a melting pot of local hill tribes, sacred caves, breathtaking waterfalls food are just some of the experiences awaiting on the Social Cycles Laos Adventure. Slow travel by bicycle is the only way to truly discover this beautiful region of Laos with stops at the Plain of Jars, Kuang Si Waterfall, and the Xieng Khouang UXO-Survivors’ Information Centre. Learn what really happens on the ground and out in the villages with our partner Social Cycles in a tour that carefully balances ethical research and local impact with cycling and site seeing. Get educated, get fit and get inspired!
$1350 per person
6 nights local guesthouse, homestay, or eco lodge with private bath & A/C
Full bicycle hire, including support van and mountain bike
Cultural education to get the best local experience in Laos
Visit to the Plain of Jars and the Xieng Khouang UXO-Survivors’ Information Centre
6 breakfasts, multiple lunches dinners
One lead guide and one local guide
Visits to our community and village NGO partners + your donation to the partner of your choice
Small group experience, max 12
Day 1: arrival in Luang Prabang
Upon arrival at the beautiful UNESCO world heritage city of Luang Prabang you’ll be picked up and taken to your hotel. Settle in and consider exploring some of the city highlights such as the Royal Palance Museum, the Wat Choumkhong temple or the local market. We’ll gather for our Welcome Dinner in the evening and enjoy a feast of excellent Laotian cuisine.
Day 2: First Cycle day: to Phou Khoun
It’s a tough day today from Luang Prabang with mountainous cycling as we cover a total distance of 84 miles. We’ll have majestic views, with plenty of stops to cool off, hydrate and take it all in. We’ll arrive in the evening with time to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery before sunset and your choice of delicious local food for the evening.
Meals: B, L
Mileage: Up to 84 miles, with option to ride in the van
Day 3: cycle day: to Pon Savan
Today is the ultimate challenge of nearly 80 miles of mountain cycling through mountains and villages with breathtaking scenery taking us to the village of Pon Savan. We’ll start off early to beat the mid-day sun and hope for some cloud cover or perhaps a shower or two to cool us off. The van will be following us in case of a need for a break, and we’ll enjoy the scenery during our multiple rest stops for fruit, coffee and snacks.
Meals: B, L
Mileage: Up to 80 miles, with option to ride in the van
Day 4: Cycle Day: Paksan, Plain of Jars
This morning we’ll visit a local non-profit that works with victims of land mines still remaining from the Vietnam War. Laos is the most heavily bombed country in history relative to the size of population. The USA dropped more bombs on Laos during the Vietnam War than it dropped on Europe & Asia in all of WWII. There are an estimated 80 million unexploded bombs scattered across the country. We will have the chance to learn from the insightful Xieng Khouang UXO-Survivors’ Information Centre. Here, you will see displays of prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and bomb parts that give harrowing insight into the UXO problem around Laos and XIeng Khouang province in particular.
We’ll then see an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Plain of Jars, an archeological landscape of thousands of stone jars dating back to 500 BC. We’ll then hop on bikes for 58 miles through remote areas and deep forest, where villagers still live almost untouched by civilization.
Meals: B, L
Mileage: Up to 58 miles, with option to ride in the van
Day 5: Cycle Day: Thalat & surrounding National Parks
Today we’ll venture through the protected biodiversity conservation area of Phou Khao Khouay to get to Thalat. In the the morning, we’ll head out of Paksan toward Tad Leuk waterfall, which stems from one of the three major rivers in the Nam Leuk reserve. After lunch, we’ll cycle through the park before boating two hours through the national park at Longsane village.
Meals: B, L, D
Mileage: 37 miles
Day 6: Rainforest Cycling
Today’s our last day on the road! As we approach Vientiane, the road flattens out a bit and we’ll enjoy beautiful rainforest scenery as we ride near the spectacular Nam Ngum lake, a man-made reservoir covering 100 square miles and supplying hydroelectric power to surrounding Indochina neighbors. We’ll stop at Vang Xang, a small archaeological site with Buddhist images from the 11thcentury. We finish up our ride in Ban Mixaiphoun before the final transit into Vientiane.
Meals: B, D
Mileage: 56 miles
Day 7: Vientiane, Departure
Congrats for finishing more than 300 miles of difficult, mountainous cycling terrain! Depart today or choose to add on a few days to explore on your own and immerse yourself in the culture and adventures in the area in and around Vientiane.
$1350, based on double occupancy
+$150, Single Supplement
Trip Does Not Include:
Additional excursions and activities
Required travel insurance
About our Partner, Social Cycles
Social Cycles is dedicated to educating riders about issues around culture and poverty in developing countries through group cycling adventures. This includes visits to NGOs, donations made on behalf of or by riders, and an educational component delivered by Friends International. Social Cycles enhances its financial impact by supporting local social enterprises including transport assistance, the support van and all restaurant and hotel choices. Many of the restaurants are connected to local NGOs and are used as training facilities to disadvantaged youth. Social Cycles is a recognized ChildSafe supporter, and as a result, does not visit or engage with any children in institutions, such as schools or orphanages. Their purpose is to learn about complicated cultural issues through local adult experts. Social Cycles also has a commitment to the environment, which includes reducing plastic waste. For additional details on their comprehensive program, read more on their Responsible Tourism page here.
Terms & Conditions
Please refer to registration for complete terms.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler. Deposits may not be refunded.
Payments is made directly through Social Cycles with booking link provided.
Payments is made directly through Social Cycles with booking link provided. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due on booking, and remainder is due 60 days prior to trip start.
Travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits (in particular, trip cancellation). Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided. We suggest using Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.
Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.