The Bike Gang does Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabank is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with tradition Laos buildings mixed with an early European influence.

With our new friends, we decided to hire bicycles for the day to take a closer look at the architecture, the outskirts of town and find some food that we had not eaten yet. Our bike gang above from left to right – Rosie, me (Lizzie), Grania, Roy, Steve and Paul. We looked tough and eager to explore.The photo is pretty cute, bikes with baskets and big smiles.

After pedaling around Roy found a place to eat, a local lady out-of-town a little, with a cool motorbike out the front, fruit and vegetables. It looked appealing yet dodgy at the same time.

Our chef working to make a meal enough for six hungry bicycle riders, while caring for her children at the same time. The elder boy served our drinks, and brought out our food, so cute.

Roy ordered off the menu, the only one we knew was larb, the rest was going to be luck.

ABOVE: Chicken, almond, vegetable and rice noodles

BELOW: Cabbage, onions and chili – this one was really spicy

ABOVE: Larb – a meat dish made from all bits of offal, pig and blood and fresh herbs & chili – Roy thinks this was the best one he had.

BELOW: The front of the store we ate at.

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Everyone in Luang Prabang has a bike, motorised or bicycle to get around. The bridge crossing the river is even made for bikes. Each side going in the opposite direction, passing on the left.

The great thing about getting on a bike, is going at your own pace around the town. Discovering the people in action, kids doubling siblings home while it rains, holding an umbrella for the driver.

Scooters loaded up with boxes for delivering, people sitting and watching, taking it slowly not darting about like a confused beetle. Makes you think that life can have a different pace, once you see how other can live so easily.

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4 Comments

  1. I think being on a bike is a great way to see a country. The food in that little restaurant looks very delicious. I didn’t realise larb had offal in it. I thought it was normally a salad with usually sliced beef in it xx

    • I think depending on where you get it the contents varies. All the ones we ate through Thailand & Laos had offal in it, and a couple had blood as well. We did find some interesting places to eat at. Ones that only the locals were at.

  2. This looks amazing. I’d love to go to Laos before it all changes too much. GG

  3. I love you bike gang. I could seeing liking a trip like that. Good way to work off some of the calories consumed along the way too, huh. Looking forward to coming back here and seeing what else you are up to.
    -Gina-