Bicycle the Valleys and Villages of Northern Laos

July 11, 2013 by | Filed Under: Adventure Travel, Authentic Experiences, Laos, News

Nam Meo border with Vietnam is the start of a cycling adventure past green valleys and high plains all the way to picturesque Luang Prabang.

990 Plain of Jars

Thick forests, Khmu and Hmong villages, and scenic mountain passes replace each other along narrow paths and flat roads. The provinces of northern Laos hide many interesting sights.

We visit the caves of Vieng Xai, which were home to around twenty thousand Pathet Lao communist fighters during the secret war of Laos (an extension of the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s). We also call on the famous Plain of Jars: hundreds of huge stone jars scattered across several square miles. While most ancient Asian sites, such as the Angkor temples in Cambodia, have revealed many of their secrets, historians are still baffled as to where the jars came from, how old they are, and what they signify.

Rewarding descents follow after tough climbs and the Saleuy Waterfall offers a refreshing plunge to cool off. We overnight near a hot spring and in a resort with one of the best views you’ll get in the whole of Laos.

990 Bike-2

We cycle at a leisurely pace and cover distances of 30-60 kilometers per day. At some parts where our overnight stops are a bit further located from each other, we take a car to bring us from A to B.

Clients can choose to start this cycling adventure in Hanoi and cycle all the way to the Nam Meo border with Laos. Another great way to reach this border town is via a three-day drive and homestay tour from Hanoi via the Pu Luong Nature Reserve near Mai Chau in Thanh Hoa province.

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