Mekong Cycling & Kayaking

Despite the relative close proximity to the Vientiane city you will certainly feel like you are a million miles away! Get away from everything and immerse in nature! A very nice 23km cycling on dirt trails through paddy fields, forest and villages, followed by soft paddling on inflatable Kayaks down the Mekong to the city center of Vientiane…A great day out!Approximately: Cycling 30 km and 16 km for kayaking

Vientiane > Ban Mai > VientianeThe trip begins at 9am; the meeting points our sales office in downtown Vientiane. From here the trip begins as we begin cycling out of the city…After a short while city quickly turns into countryside and we continue onwards cycling along the Mekong River where you can enjoy the beautiful views across the river and into neighboring Thailand. After a few KM it is time to turn off and head towards Ban Tong pong village. From the village we continue along the canal which takes its source from the nearby Mekong River and is used to irrigate nearby rice paddy fields. As we carry on cycling despite the relative close proximity to the bustling city you will certainly feel like you are a million miles away! Enjoy the peace and serenity as you watch the local people going about their everyday tasks. 

Carrying onwards we head through some dirt tracks which take us through rice fields and forest, the trail can get a little muddy and sandy along the way but really takes us away from everything and will immerse us in nature. Along the way we may see the local people tending to their rice paddy fields depending on the time of the year, the trail leads us back to a tarmac road, we head along the road for a while until arriving at Tad Moun waterfall which is a popular spot for the local people from Vientiane, the waterfall itself can actually completely dry up during the dry season however it is still worth a visit to see the different rock formations, at the waterfall we take some time for a quick break and enjoy a cold drink.From the waterfall we cycle along the main road which is freshly paved and very smooth yet relatively quiet in terms of traffic, we shall begin with a slight ascend which from there the remainder of the cycling takes us on a steady downhill until arriving in the village of Ban Mai which sits on the banks of the Mekong, it is here that we make the transition from land to water as we kayak down the Mekong River back to Vientiane. However before we hit the water it is time to enjoy lunch alongside the river, you will take a lunch of delicious sandwiches, crisps and fruit all washed down with a cold drink whilst your guide gets all the kayaks ready.After your lunch and taking some time to relax you will don your lifejackets and board your kayaks for the journey downstream back to Vientiane. Along the way you will enjoy the scenery on both sides of the river as you head along the border between Laos and Thailand, of course staying on the Lao side during the entirety…The Mekong River is home to several river islands (‘Don’ in Lao) along the way we visit one of the largest ‘Don Xing Xou’ which is used as for farming taking advantage of the year round fertility, it is also home to a beautiful beach at the far end in dry season!We carry onwards kayaking down the Mekong until arriving back in Vientiane, the trip ends just outside the city centre next to a riverside bar, the perfect way to end the day by enjoying an ice cool beer next to the river. From here you will be collected via truck and taken back to your hotel in afternoon.

In wet season: we might have to exclude the cycling through the forested area as it can get very muddy! If this is the case we will cycle along a paved road instead which takes a slight short cut on the trip whilst still providing maximum possible enjoyment!

The starting and ending point of the kayaking can vary dependant on the time of the year. In the dry season we will begin in Ban Mai village and end just outside of Vientiane to the north, in wet season we begin just past Ban Mai at a gold panning site and end the trip in Ban Watnak which takes us past the centre of Vientiane.

Depart From : Golden Sun hotel
Returns to : Golden Sun hotel
Province visited : Vientiane                 Starts at : 09:00                                Finishes at : 15:30
Nb of days :1 Day                                 Reference :VT-KC-01                        Difficulty :2 - easy to moderate
Meals : Picnic, Western food
Transport : Private Local truck or "Songtheow", Bicycle
Activities : Kayaking, CyclingBest In : Wet season
What to bring : Hat, Sun-cream, Clothes/shoes to get wet, Mosquito repellent, Swim clothes, Robust footwear, Personal belongings, Pocket money
What is included : Water, Meals, English speaking guide, Mountain bikes, Transport as mentioned above, Government taxes, Travel permits