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Country : Laos
City: Pakse
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Cycling

Package Itinerary

Destination: Pakse, Don Det/Don Khone

Cycling trip on the rural side of Mekong.

Overview

Meeting point: Green Paradise office in Pakse.

Including: Mountain bike, day plan and map (with GPS-referring points), meals, drinking water, guide.

Bring with you: Convenient day pack, sport shoes, raincoat, sun creme and protection, repellents, mobile phone, ID-card, money, dry cloth for after cycling.

Itinerary

Day 1| Pakse > Champasak (Vat Phou)

Morning : Deposit main baggage at Travel agent (will be transferred to hotel on Si Phan Don) and start the tour with minimal baggage on bicycle (MTB) from Pakse to Champasak (36 km on good road, around 3 hours  cycling) to the Guesthouse.

Afternoon: Visit by bicycle Vat Phou (2 x 10 km on good road).

Day 2|Soukhoumaand MunlayPamok

Morning: Start after breakfast early in the morning towards Soukhoumaand MunlayPamok mainly near  bank of Mekong and on red dirt roads to reach Guesthouse (around 80 km on path or dirt road, around 5 to 6 hours cycling).

Late Afternoon: relaxing and recovering for day 3.

Day 3| Don Khong

Morning: Start after breakfast early in the morning on red dirt road towards northern end of 4000 Islands to reach near HouayGnang the small ferry at westbank of Mekong (24,5 km on dirt roads and small trails, 1, 5 to 2 hours cycling). Wait there to be transferred to Don Khong (Ban HuakhongGnai). After a tea or coffee break have a nice and easy cycling on good road crossing the island in direction of south-east to the hotel in MuangKhong (14, 5 km and 1 hour cycling).

Afternoon: relaxing and recovering for day 4.

Day 4| Don Som > Don Det > Don Khone

Morning: Start after breakfast  early morning to go on remote trails towards south. First, cycle on good road to the southern dip (7,5 km and 0,5 hour cycling) and catch the small boat to Don Som to start the  remote part on a single dirt trail to the southern end of Don Som (18 km , 1 to 2 hours cycling). Wait at the bank for the ferry to DonDet. Have a easy and short ride to your guesthouse where your main baggage awaits you already.

Afternoon: relaxing, then discovering Don Det, the old railway bridge and Don Khone by bicycle on your own. Leave Guesthouse the other day after breakfast and continue your own trip individually.

Optional Day 5| Don Loppadi > Don Xanphai > Don Phouman > Don Khong

Morning: Start after breakfast early morning the Island hopping with a private boat transfer from Don Det port to Don Loppadi. Ride north and east at the same time Don Loppadi, Don Xanphai , Don Phouman and Don Khong (three more ferry transports) on very remote and rural dirt trails back to the the hotel in MuangKhong, where your main baggage is.

Afternoon: relax and recover then continue your  trip or decide to book the  Guesthouse for one more night.

Options:

  • The Tour can also be ordered and be done the other way round: from Don Det to Pakse (same prices same conditions).
  •  Additional day with Island-Hopping to Don Khong (day 5).
  • Designed for Singles, Couples or small groups up to 4 people.

For Day 2 there is an option, depending on season demand:

  • In dry season and good weather : At km 6.5 after GH in Champsak turn left offpaved  road onto red dirt pathways and tracks following mostly on Mekong bank all the way down to MunlayPamok.
  • In wet season or after rainy days : At km 8.5 after GH keep left to follow the paved road in direction for Don Thalat and Soukouma. From there ride on big red dirt road towards MunlayPamok.

Costs

Price on request

Tour: designed and tested by Oskar Ruch (SEC Swisscontact and cycling advisor).

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