From Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

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From Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

From Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, immerse yourself in Buddhism, serene nature, two corners – Thailand and Laos – from the legendary Golden Triangle and culminate in a phenomenal royal city.

Distance:

900 km

Level:

3

Stages:

16

Travel time:

3 ½ weeks

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Adventure:

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Highlights:
1 Luang Prabang, a beautiful Laotian city, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
2 Colorful mountain tribes
3 Boat trips through breathtaking scenery
4 Golden Triangle

Explore the freedom!

This beautiful cycling route starts in the city of Chiang Mai, which has hundreds of temples. A good place to acclimatize, right in the middle of a Buddhist environment. This is where you start your cycling trip. In a few days, you cycle through a beautiful region to Chiang Rai.

You will be surprised about what you’ll see and experience. Before reaching Chiang Rai you will have passed one of the largest temple complexes in Thailand; taken a lift to the top of a steep hill and then descended spectacularly through tea plantations; slept in a beautiful bungalow on the Ping River; enjoyed a beautiful boat trip on the Kok River and visited impressive caves.

Chiang Rai is a relaxed city where you can visit the famous “White Temple”. You continue cycling and will reach the legendary Golden Triangle. There you can take a look at the Opium Museum. In the evening, enjoy the sunset on a terrace by the Mekong River. Afterwards, you will say your goodbyes to Thailand and start your cycling adventure through Laos.

After a day on a “slow” boat on the Mekong River, you cycle through the authentic north of Laos. The roads in Laos aren’t of good quality everywhere, but the nature is incredibly beautiful there!
You cycle through villages tourists rarely visit, the local inhabitants will happily greet you with open arms. Via an impressive boat trip on the Nam Ou River you reach the idyllic location of Nong Khiaw, surrounded by beautiful karst mountains. This is an amazing place to relax for a day. Afterwards you cycle to Luang Prabang, the old royal city, and as a World Heritage site, a tourist attraction. Before you reached Luang Prabang, you have spent a night at a fantastic location on the Ou river. Luang Prabang itself is well worth the effort to stay at least one day. We have described a trip to the Kuang Si waterfalls, among the most beautiful in the world according to many, due to the striking blue water full of minerals.

Luang Prabang is a great place to end the journey. Do you want to see more of Laos? Then cycle on to Udon Thani in Thailand (that makes a total of 23 stages) or even further. You can also shorten this trip. A tailor-made trip is certainly an option, we are happy to help you!
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