Mekong Paddle & Peddle Adventure
Escape the city with a day of cycling through rice paddies and remote villages before kayaking back to town on the mighty Mekong River
Escape the city by bike and explore the surrounding countryside including farms, villages, forests and an ancient temple
Kayak down the mighty Mekong River and learn about how its seasonal surges have defined the lives on this area for millennial
This tour offers you the chance to be in nature, take a boat trip in one of the largest man-made lakes in South-East Asia, visit local villages and the ruins of a 8-11th Century Mon-Khmer site. It is a full day, filled with interesting things to do and see but at a relaxed pace.
What Will You Do
We start our trip by cycling out of the city. The city quickly turns rural and we continue onwards cycling along the Mekong River. Here you can enjoy some beautiful views across the river and into neighboring Thailand. After a few kilometers it is time to turn away from the Mekong and head towards a small village. From the village we continue along the canal that diverts water from the Mekong to irrigate nearby rice paddies. We follow this canal to a Khmu village. We will stop here for a short break and 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 forests. The trail here can get a little muddy and sandy but will immerse us in nature. Depending on the time of year, we may see the local people tending to their rice paddy fields. The trail leads us back to a tarmac road where we have a small climb before a constant descent takes us back to the banks of the Mekong.
On the river bank we will have our lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will take a short walk to the jungle temple where you can learn about the development of Buddhism in Laos. We then return to the river bank where we will go through some paddling and safety instructions before we head off down the mekong in our kayaks. Along the way you will enjoy the scenery on both sides of the river as you head along the border between Laos and Thailand. The Mekong River is home to several river islands (‘Don’ in Lao) and along the way we visit one of the largest, ‘Don Xing Xou’ which is used for farming, taking advantage of the year round fertility.
We carry on kayaking down the Mekong until arriving back in Vientiane. We finish kayaking just outside the city centre, where you will be collected in a Green Discovery vehicle and taken back to your hotel in the afternoon.
Approximetely 2,5 h cycling and 2,5 h kayaking
What to expect
This tour is a physically active tour. We will be cycling for half the day and kayaking for another half.
|Departure||Roughly at 9 am from Green Discovery office/your hotel|
|Return||Roughly at 3:30 pm to Green Discovery office/your hotel|
|What to bring||Bring comfortable clothes for cycling and kayaking that you won’t mind getting wet. Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, refillable water bottle|
|What is included||English speaking guide, drinking water, meals, transportation, taxes and permits|
Help us to become 100% single use plastic free company!
We try to avoid plastic as much as possible, that is why we encourage you to bring your own refillable bottle.
We have water refillable station at our office where you can fill up your bottle. If you don’t have one we sell the 0,75 L Green Discovery aluminium bottles at our sales office. At the moment we will still need to use plastic bottles in some of our tours but we hope to reduce it as much as possible. Together with The Green Discovery Sustainability Fund we are working on installing water filters in all the villages we are visiting and we hope in the future we will not need to use plastic bottles anymore.