Thailand & Laos
Lost in Time
The redspokes Thailand and Laos bicycle holiday is our most popular tour. Beginning in Northern Thailand our route on this fascinating trip leads us into Laos and south towards the capital Vientiane. You will enjoy some of the most breath-taking scenery to be found in Asia.
Our cycling begins in Chiang Saen taking us through hill tribe villages and lush jungle scenery towards Laos. Crossing the border we take a boat trip on the Mighty Mekong river to Pak Beng. Back on the bikes we stop at Ban Faen school (built with funds donated by redspokes cyclists), before finishing the day with a homestay at Ban Nalay. You will be hosted by a local family and experience a traditional Baci Ceremony. A few days of roller coaster hills and magnificent scenery take us to the holy caves at Pak Ou one of the most religious sites in Laos. Located at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong rivers, the caves date back for thousands of years and house over 4,000 Budda statues. From here you can either cycle on or take a slow boat to World Herigate town Luang Prabang. We have a rest day here with time to enjoy the historic town and relax in beautiful surroundings.
Now rested we face the ultimate challenge of the trip with a monster day of climbing to Kiu Kacham. From here we continue cycling towards Vientiane passing small fishing villages and make a stop to visit COPE organisation who provide prosthetic and orthotic devices to Lao people mobility disabilities, many of whom are victims of UXO unexploded ordinance dating back to the Second Indochina War/Vietnam War. Our holiday ends in Vientiane, the relaxed Laos capital city.
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- Chiang Rai: night markets.
- River trip on the mighty Mekong.
- Ban Nalay homestay and traditional Baci ceremony.
- Luang Prabang: temples, royal palace, scenic views.
- Vientiane: crumbling colonial elegance, stupas.
- Charity visits: Hmong village school, COPE project.
This map is for illustration purposes only and may not show the exact route taken on this tour.