Start the day with a visit to the morning market to explore the unique selection of local goods. Next we’ll ride around the city center and peninsula, stopping to view where the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers meet and to visit the famous Wat Xieng Thong Temple. From there we’ll wind our way through the backroads of Luang Prabang to see a special selection of city highlights and rarely visited cultural and craft-making sites for an intimate view of Lao life. Sites include a sample of Luang Prabang’s oldest and most beautiful temples, traditional craft homes, music centers, spirit house craftsmen, funeral pyres, and the UXO Museum for a sobering look at the devastation of the Indochina war in Laos and the many undetonated bombs that still litter the countryside. We’ll top the tour off with a well-earned meal at an authentic local noodle shop. Finally, we’ll make our way back to city center around 1:00 p.m. (times vary depending on biking speed). The route is about 16 km (10 mi) on paved roads mostly flat with some low-grade hills. Please Note: Since we are visiting people’s homes, some sites may be closed without notice and substitutions will be made as necessary.