Laos: Northern Loop
redspokes Laos Northern Loop cycling holiday begins in UNESCO World Heritage town Luang Prabang. An ancient, royal city full of exquisite Buddhist temples, Luang Prabang is a magical place to explore and to relax before our remote and challenging cycling adventure begins.
Departing the city, we begin cycling a mountainous route, with a back drop of spectacular karst peaks, as we head on through the North East and the Phou Bia mountains, one of the highest mountain ranges in Laos. We will also follow sections of the Ho Chi Minh trail, a seemingly endless series of paths that begin near Hanoi and run for many miles through Vietnam, ending near Saigon (today's Ho Chi Minh City). The trail crosses into Laos at several points. It was used to deliver weapons to communist guerrillas fighting against US and Southern Vietnamese forces. The many visible bomb craters in the Phonsavan area are a reminder of the impact of 9 years of war. We reach the legendary Plain of Jars and have a day to explore mystical Iron Age remains and learn more about their history.
Continuing through hilly, rural remote regions, visiting minority communities, we will be welcomed at a traditional Laotian home stay. Cycling through forested conservation areas we reach beautiful Nong Khiaw village on the banks of the Nam Ou river, surrounded by jungle and limestone cliffs. Our journey ends with a scenic boat trip back to Luang Prabang.
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Key details of our Cycling holiday in Laos:
- Minority cultures: Phuan, Hmong, Khmu, Tai Dam
- Luang Prabang: temples, royal palace, scenic views
- Xiangkhouang Plateau: Plain Of Jars
- Phou Bia mountain range
- Ho Chi Minh Trail
- Traditional homestay