Mountain Biking is a great way to experience the beautiful Luang Prabang countryside with one-day tours taking you round the old town, across rivers, through rural villages and past stunning mountains. Beginners are welcome on most of the one-day trips which can be booked through travel agents such as Vietnam Bike Tours. More adventurous riders might enjoy a more challenging tour on a special off-road route to remote villages, exploring the rural side of Luang Prabang, crossing four rivers en route.
Bangkok-based Spice Tours have combined cycling with culture in a tour that takes you down country lanes to a pottery village where you will be served some local delicacies. Most day rides average four hours and include an English speaking guide, lunch and all equipment with groups usually limited to 20 people.
Kayaking & Rafting
Luang Prabang is a fantastically located for rafting and kayaking, with some tours also adding in some trekking. The Lao Rafting Tour Company offers a choice of excursions including a trip starting north of Luang Prabang before heading to the Ban Huay Lo Khmu village then down to a Hmong village in Ban Mok Chung before travelling to Pha Peung where you be the guest of the Hmongs overnight.
Vietlong Travel have an energetic kayaking trip where you will see local tribes going about their daily river life, passing dramatic mountains along the way before taking on the intermediate level rapids. Green Discovery Laos also offer paddling adventures that take you down rapids with a two-day kayaking trip which includes cliff jumping into the refreshing Nam Xeuang River and a night with some of the survivors of the Second Indochina War at a Khmu hill tribe village. They also have a gentle easy river ride for those who prefer a slower pace with a half or full-day kayaking down the Nam Khan River.