By: Katie Roberts
Bridges are few and far between in Laos, so crossing the muddy Mekong to explore the other side means being inventive: in our case, piling our bikes onto a cross-river ferry.
Before that, beat the traffic and crowds on an early morning cycle (grasshopperadventures.com can help) through the quaint streets of Luang Prabang and visit the impressive Wat Xiengtong, the bustling morning market, stopping off for a Lao coffee at the oldest stall in town.
Then it’s off to the villages dotted along the river to see artisans at work: paper making by hand, “Lao Lao” whisky made from sticky rice, pots fired in a wood-fired kin three metres below the ground, and stunning silk and cotton woven by hand on traditional looms. Finish the 20km ride with a laab salad and a Beerlaobeer.