TOURCODE 68939 (HDBF) Description
Explore Luang Prabang and get your taste buds going by trying local street food. The walking and cycling is easy, takes only a half day, and was designed to allow you to safely try different local foods and discover places you wouldn’t otherwise go and have some fun along the way.
Join-in tours starting from $ 40
Day 1 Half-Day Food and Fun Biking Tour
We meet at the Tiger Trail Garage and Bike Shop on the main street opposite the fountain to meet your guide who will walk with you to the nearby morning market, where locals from the countryside around Luang Prabang sell their goods. You will discover different meats, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Some of them might be unknown to you and your guide will explain how they are used in Lao kitchen. We will sample a few local delicacies as well. We then walk to the most famous Lao coffee shop where we can sit by the Mekong River enjoying coffee and share a local Lao pastry (Khanom).
Just along the Mekong River nearby we will try Kai paen (fried river weed and famous in Luang Prabang). We cycle a short way to Ban Vieng May village and try Jaew Bong, a sweet and spicy chili paste made with Lao chilies, galangal and other ingredients commonly found in Laos. Its distinguishing ingredient is water buffalo skin.
We pick up bicycles and ride along to Ban Vieng Xay village where we sit at a local street restaurant and try a variety of food including Neam Khao (a rice noodle crepe, filled with minced meat and mushrooms and assorted herbs. It is cut in little pieces and comes with a dipping sauce containing minced nuts, lemon, chili, coriander and sweet fish sauce) and Khao Piak Khao (a local rice soup, that is usually eaten in the morning, slowly cooked with pork meat and meat broth, rounded with crushed black pepper and chopped coriander. Depending on your taste, an egg and / or fresh chili can be added to this meal.
We cycle across the “old” bridge to the other side of the Nam Khan River and cycle through Ban Xieng Lek village and check out local weaving and Saa paper handicrafts. You can see local shops and a non-touristy side of town here. We stop in Ban Nongsai for a taste of Oh lam. Originating from the Hmong of Luang Prabang, Oh lam is a stew made from vegetables: beans, eggplants, gourds, black mushrooms, then seasoned with lemongrass, chili, and coriander and thickened with sticky rice.
We continue via the “new” bridge to and stop in Ban Khuanamkhan for some Petanque at Lucky Star restaurant. A local Lao style restaurant where you can enjoy a game of “Petanque” or “Boulle”, a French relic, that is quite popular amongst locals. You can try their menu, here yourself (not included in price and the guide can translate for you). A chilled bottle of “Beerlao” goes good with both, the game and the food.
On the way back to the city center we visit a local “ Kaw Chi “ bakery, that supplies many street stalls and restaurants in town with their baguettes, another leftover of the French colonialism days. If the time is right, you may witness the bread being taken out of gigantic wood fired ovens.
The tour ends with you returning the bicycles to the Tiger Trail Garage and Bike Shop around 1pm.
Included Travel Service
- English speaking guides with license
- Quality bikes and safety equipment
- Drinking water
- All snacks and food (except Meals and Drink at Petanque (the last stop))
- Entrance fees & local permissions
Not Included Travel Service
- Any additional drinks
- Meals and Drink at Petanque Place
- Tiger Trail tours are available every day -
Accessibility: Our trips are generally unsuitable for people with reduced mobility and other disabilities. Please contact us to discuss if this trip is suitable for your specific requirements.