What cycling tours do you offer?
Being one of the original cycling tour operators in Luang Prabang, we pride ourselves in hosting successful well-organized cycling adventure tours in Laos. While our main activity is adventure cycling tours in Northern Laos, we do offer tours that explore the rest of the country should you so desire. If you are really adventurous, we can incorporate both a cycling tour and other adventure tours to create a special package that suits your needs. All of our tour packages are guided tours with capable local guides who look forward to showing you their beautiful country.
What is the length of your cycling tours?
We have a number of different tour packages that range from a single day to a couple of weeks exploring the entire country and even the Southeast Asian region. The length of any tour depends on your endurance and imagination.
How flexible are you with the itinerary?
Totally, at least before we start riding. Though we think our arranged tours are, frankly, awesome, just let us know if there are elements you'd like to add to one; we'll do everything we can to make it happen. Once the tour starts, however, itinerary changes become more difficult -- partly because accomodation must be booked in advance. Still, should you decide that you would like a change mid-tour, this can be arranged at your expense. Our goal here is to make your time bicycling throughout Laos and the region as epic as possible.
How much cycling experience do I need to go on your tours?
All of our tours are aimed at most skill levels from the beginner to the more experienced cyclist. We do, however, recommend that you have had experience riding a bicycle on rocky roads before booking a tour with us. The speed of the tour will be as fast as the slowest rider. It's best take this into consideration when booking a tour, as it can be very unpleasant if you do choose a harder ride and later discover it is too difficult for you.
Is there an age restriction to be able to go on your tours?
There is no age restriction to go on our tours. However, we recommend that all riders under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
How far do we ride in a day?
This will depend on road conditions and various attractions along the route. All of our tours are intended to provide a good mix of sightseeing and riding.
I have fixed dates, but I cannot find ANY departure dates.
Our tours are arranged on a “as need” basis. In this case, send us your requested dates and we will try our best to accommodate you, even if this entails joining an existing tour to meet exciting, like-minded cyclists touring the country.
When is the best time of year to go cycling in Laos?
Riding a bicycle through Laos is amazing any time of the year. Be prepared for differences in temperature, road conditions, and weather. We are often asked about the "rainy season", but it certainly doesn't rain every day or even all day long. It is actually the greenest time of year. The landscape has a completely different feel, colour, and smell . . . and if we get a bit too much rain along the way we'll adjust the routes accordingly. If you don’t mind a bit of mud and getting a bit wet, the Green Season in Laos is a great time for fun and adventure that you'd miss out on in other seasons.
What do I eat on your tours?
There will most likely be a lot of Lao food. Lao food has a deep culinary tradition with a wide range of specialties that you ought to try. But if you are not an adventurous eater it may be better to stick to noodle soups or rice. Places like Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha, Nong Khiaw, and Vang Vieng all support an expansive range of western food if you so choose. On the other hand, some of our cycling tours in the north of Laos involve staying in remote villages with no restaurants at all. During these days we will arrange for a family to prepare a healthy meal for us.
Where will I stay overnight on multi-day tours?
Sleep is necessary, especially after a long day of riding through villages and into the mountains. Wherever possible, we will book comfortable, en-suite hotels with air conditioning and hot water. Once we venture into remote areas, we will stay at clean and friendly local homes or guesthouses. For some of the more adventurous riders out there we can arrange a night sleeping in a hammock or tree tent in the jungle.
Do you provide a back-up vehicle?
Unless requested we do not provide a back up vehicle. All customers and guides carry their own kit for the duration of the tour. If, however, you feel you would like a back up vehicle one can be made available at an extra charge.
What is included and excluded in YOUR RATES?
EXCLUDED TRAVEL SERVICES
- Tips for guides
- Alcoholic drinks
Included Travel Services
- Equipment rentals
- Biking activity
- English speaking guides with license
- Food and drink (water, tea, coffee)
- Entrance fee and permissions
- Elephant ride
- Boat Transfers
- Transfer back into town
- Village fees for home stay
- Fair Trek village fund payments
How can I pay for my tours in Laos?
We ask you to pay the full amount of the tour before arrival unless stated otherwise. In some cases we may agree to make a deposit and then collect the remaining balance in cash on arrival day. Credit card payments will work once you are here, but will require an additional 3 % charge. If the payment is made via PayPal, an extra 5% will be charged.
Do you have a place where I may store personal belongings while on tour?
Yes, we do have secure storage space at our offices. If you arrange a one way tour, we can send luggage to your ending destination E.G. from Luang Prabang to Vientiane or any other location in Laos. The luggage transfers will however be for your cost.
What should I pack?
This list is by no means complete but is intended just to be used as a guideline as to what to bring.
Helmet, Gloves, Boots and Long-sleeved Shirts
Walking shoes, T-Shirts / Long-sleeved Shirts, Socks & Underwear, Jeans / Pants, Light Jacket / Sweater, Rain Jacket, Dry Bag, Swimming Trunks, Sunglasses
30-40L Daypack, Medication, Basic toiletries, Emergency cash, Chargers
Small towel, Waterproof cover, Plastic bags, Camelback Hydration Kit, Journal / Notebook, Camera, Gifts for children
NOTE: You have to carry all items yourself, unless you book a support vehicle. We can provide riding gear for you if necessary. You will be able to use the laundry service if you stay more than one night.