Discovering the True Nature of Rural Laos by Bike
Slow down and explore local life from the seat of a bicycle on one of Khiri Travel’s special biking trails around Pakse town and Don Khon Island on the mighty Mekong River in Laos’ Champasak Province.
Cycling through rural countryside on a bicycle – surrounded by emerald-green rice fields and friendly local people – is a truly refreshing and relaxing experience that reveals the true face of rural Laos.
For those visiting this region, who really enjoy doing their exploring on two wheels, Khiri Travel Laos has quality bikes and maps with a variety of detailed routes and descriptions, explaining things to see and look out for.
A cycling holiday is a really energetic, yet fun and relaxing way to get a close-up view of rural life along the Mekong River – a vital source of food and water for so many people in Southeast Asia .
Go with the flow and pedal to Li Phi Waterfall, one of the highlights of the Si Pan Don region, meaning ‘4000 Islands’. The impressive falls form a branch of the Mekong, squeezing between the small isles of Don La and Don Siniat – a huge torrent of water pouring over massive boulders.
Alternatively, visit the rusting steam locomotives on Don Khon that were once part of a seven-kilometer-long railway built in 1893 to transport vessels, freight and passengers around the unnavigable falls.
Wat Phou temple is another magical place to visit – a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex where the buildings once converged on a shrine with a lingam dedicated to Lord Shiva. The site dates back to the 5th century, before Buddhism had even taken a hold in Southeast Asia, and parts of the region were under the control of Indianized kingdoms.
Bicycles are a common site on the back roads between farms and villages, so you won’t feel out of place biking down them!
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