Pedalling Leisurely through Luang Prabang

Pedalling Leisurely
through Luang Prabang

A bespoke example that explorations of a Luang Prabang kind are seen in a different light when
hopping onto a bike and be guided along the most venerable sights and landmarks
of Laos’ contribution to UNESCO Heritage. Time to bike and be amazed!

WHY THIS TOUR?

Easy to oversee, perfect for a couple of day sniffing Laotian culture, cuisine and captivating sources of serenity; Luang Prabang is all this and more. A blend of spirituality, intertwined with traces of its French colonial era but above all, a top contender for a laid-back time with ample impressions to ease into holiday mode.

Any visitor will be drawn into the hues of temple town where monks and novices share the pavement in unison with street food vendors and quaint little cafes and restaurants. If only opting for the highlights, one misses out quite a lot, hence the birth of our very own half-day bike ride where more meets the eye.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Pedalling Leisurely through Luang Prabang

08:00 - 13:00
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12:00 - 17:00

The best time to leave is in the morning. At around 8 am, a quick drive to the starting point marks the beginning of a sustainable continuation of this Luang Prabang exploration. Together with your English-speaking guide, saddling properly up for comfort before the morning ride signals the start of a leisurely ride through Luang Prabang. The tour heads first to the Wat Visoun. Dating back to the early sixteenth century, Wat Visoun is Luang Prabang’s oldest temples which therefore demonstrate some of the earliest Luang Prabang temple architecture.

Our next stop on our bike ride is a temple of stature. Adorned in decoration and gold leaf, Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham is undoubtedly one of Luang Prabang most lavishly decorated temples, which is situated next to the Royal Palace and was used by Lao royalty. Since Wat Mai was one of the few temples in Luang Prabang to survive Chinese invaders in 1887, it became home for Laos’ most highly respected Phra Bang Buddha image until it was moved to the Royal Palace Museum.

Reaching our next stop, the Royal Palace Museum is done on foot while we leave our bikes securely locked up before moving on. Facing sacred Mount Phousi and on the banks of the Mekong River, the museum houses the most important treasures of Laos’ recent past. It is home to Laos’ most sacred Buddha image, the Phra Bang, which is kept fittingly in an ornamented shrine.

End your morning at Wat Xieng Thong. Sitting on Luang Prabang’s peninsula is one of the city’s most palatial decorated temples. The decoration is spread across its buildings leaving visitors with ample time to admire its interior and exterior. The cycling morning comes to an end with following in the spoked wheels of your guide back to the starting point and continues back to your accommodation in Luang Prabang.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Use of a well-maintained bicycle during the tour, complete with helmet
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Luang Prabang. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Kuang Si, along the Ou and Nam Khan River, Nong Kiau and Luang Prabang International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are reminded to submit their passport number and expiration date with their reservation. These are essential requirements as outlined by local immigration regulations
  • Customers booking this this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some light hills, unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way. A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest.
  • This bicycle tour is a recreational one and covers approximately 15 kilometres of cycling with various stops made en route; It is recommendable to provide your height for proper bike size at time of the booking.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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