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Motorbiking the Bolaven Plateau

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An expanse of highland formed from an ancient volcano, the Bolaven Plateau is one of southern Laos’ most attractive destinations. Rich with waterfalls, lush jungles, farmland, ethnic diversity and miles of excellent roads, one of the best ways to cover it all is by two-wheels.

Map of the Bolaven Loop

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It’s increasingly popular to rent a motorbike in Pakse and embark on either the “short loop” or “long loop” through the plateau, which lies east of the city. The cool air on the skin, the thunderous sound of the water tumbling over a cliff, the visual feast of verdant hills, the sickly sweet smell of ripe coffee cherries and the bitter taste of Robusta—on your journey all senses will experience how the plateau’s topography yields several unique features.

A map will come in handy. Photo taken in or around Motorbiking the Bolaven Plateau, Pakse, Laos by Cindy Fan.

A map will come in handy. Photo: Cindy Fan

While the rest of Laos can feel like an inferno between March and June, the plateau’s altitude of 1000 to 1350 metres creates a microclimate, with most months of the year enjoying daytime temperatures in the mid-20s. This, along with the rich volcanic soil, make it ideal for growing coffee. Lao coffee beans are sensational and whether a casual drinker or an aficionado, by the end you’ll appreciate just how ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 3,400 words.)

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