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Country: Laos
City: 4000 Islands
Duration: 2 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Cycling

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Destination: Pakse, champasak, 4000 islands

This trip incorporates road and offroad biking in a round-trip from Pakse. Pass the factory of the famous Beer Lao and arrive at the junction to the elephants of the wetlands before crossing the river. Explore the banks of the Mekong by bicycle seeing Lao rural life and interact with local people. Take the opportunity to visit the famous Vat Phou world heritage site and Don Daeng island before heading back to Champasak and Pakse.


Distance, duration, average speed: 77 or 125km, 6-7hours or 9-10hours (1 or 2 days), 15km/h
Elevation profile, road conditions:  flat, small dirt road paths along the Mekong banks
Difficulty:  Medium
Seasonality All year round
Best time of the day: Anytime, avoid the midday sun
Type of bicycle:  Mountain bike 
Characteristics:   1 or 2 day round trip

Note:Green paradise travel will provide you good bicycles to do the tour, and give you the information as mentiond on paper to start the tour. This is a self-guided bicycle tour. If you want to do the tour with a tourgide be free to ask.

Pakse on the road 13 towards the 4,000 Islands
This tour is best done clockwise starting in Pakse, though it can also be done the other way round. It can take 1 or 2 days. If you prefer a day trip, catch a bus from Pakse heading south for the 4,000 Islands (100,000 Kip incl. bike) and jump off at “km48”. Alternatively, cycle out of Pakse from the French Bridge on the road 13. Pass the famous Beer Lao brewery on the right and keep on going until you reach “km48” at a junction. A left hand turn heads towards the wetlands with the elephants but you want the red dirt track to the right. Pedal along this quiet road for 5.5km until you reach the Mekong River. Find a local fisherman to take you and your bike across to the east side. With a little charm and some rounds of bargaining you probably can get the ride for about 30,000 Kip, then sit back and take in the tranquil river views.
Crossing the Mekong on a fisherman’s boat
Hop off the boat at the other side, turn right at the Mekong bank and follow a single dirt track that leads alongside the river. Pass villages and rural families, wave to children, and stop to have a chat to the shy but curious locals. If you see a petanque (boules) court, try to join in a game. After 12km, the road becomes paved as it leads onto the famous Vat Phou. Turn right there and into the paved road as you arrive at the junction and after a further 3km, you will enter Champasak town. It has just one main street and on it you will find food and accommodation, if you want to stay overnight. Then carry on this road which is new and very good towards Pakse. It is about 35km, entering the city over the impressive Japanese Mekong Bridge. 
Alternative ideas and extension-possibilities around Mekong : In dry season at the point after the Mekong crossing turn to the left instead of right. Then follow the Mekong Bank in flowdirection all the way to reach, after one small side arm crossing by boat again, at some point (> 30 km) the small town named Munlai Pamok. Stay overnight there (one small guesthouse “Sengdavanh” near pier). The other day cross the Mekong 50 m from guesthouse, using the carand lorry-ferry. Find after further 5 – 8 km back to N13. There you have the choice of cycling back all the way to Pakse or spotting for bus transportation instead.


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