Asia Travel

Laos: Cycling along the Mekong River in Luang Prabang

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 ( 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.