cycle touring - Laos
Laos is the land of one million saibaadees, with thousands of good natured greetings catching our ears during two months of cycle touring in this beguiling landlocked country. Our cycling days in Laos started early, with pre-dawn wake up calls ensuring we got a few hours of cool weather cycle touring each morning, essential for tackling the hills of northern Laos and the hot days in the south.
In Luang Prabang we took some time off from cycle touring, with baguettes and fruit shakes regular features of our week long stay. Back on the road to Vientiane, we climbed the last of the hills before the limestone karsts of Vang Vieng gave us an excuse for another break before we cycled along flat roads to the capital.
We took another week off the bike in Vientiane and then cycled south to 'The Loop' where waterfalls were hunted, caves explored and motorcycles were hired during a few adventurous cycling days. After almost a week of only rice to eat, we returned to the main road and refuelled with gusto in Thakhek. Three long cycling days deposited us in Pakse, where we drank copious amounts of coffee and toured the nearby coffee plantations. We treated ourselves to a Christmas splurge and elephant ride in Xi Pian National Park before cycling south to Don Det Island where we lounged in paradise before exiting to Cambodia.
This map shows the route we cycled through Laos. To see full details of where we have cycled, take a look at our full route map.