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7 Day Motorcycle Tour - Pakse Loop

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Basing out of Pakse we are able to run several great tracks and loop back to Pakse without a lot of backtracking.  southern laos off road motorcycle tourHighlights of the trip include Champasak, Dong Det Island, a beautiful jungle ride, war vestiges from the Indochina Wars, riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, boat rides and waterfalls – a pretty packed trip and the riding is excellent! You'll need moderate riding skills to complete this trip and an optional day of off road riding lessons is available.  The video icon to the right takes you to the bottom of the page and one of our first filming of a tour in the south.  It's a little choppy but you get the general idea.

Brief Itinerary:

Laos motorycle tour

Pakse Arrival

Day 1: Pakse - Champasak - Khone Phapheng  - Dong Det
Day 2: Dong Det – Attepue

Day 3: Attepue – Nong Fa Lake – Attapeu

Day 4: Attapeu – Ta Oi

Day 5: Ta Oi – Moung Phin

Day 6: Moung Phin – Tadlo Eco Resort

Day 7: Tadlo – Pakse

Pakse Departure


Day to Day Itinerary:

Based on your arrival, transfer to the hotel and in the evening we meet at 18:00 for dinner and a pre-trip briefing.

Accomodation: Pakse Hotel
Meals: D

Day 1:  Pakse - Champasak - Khone Phapheng  - Dong Det
We ride slowly on the first morning and make our way to Wat Phou, a pre-Angkor site. We continue along across the Mekong and turn south to the Cambodian border and Khone Phapheng Waterfalls.  Our destination is Dong Det, a smaller island in the small delta on the border.

Accomodation: Dong Det Guesthouse
Meals: B/L/D

Day 2:  Dong Det – Attepue
Back to the highway and we should arrive in Kingfisher Lodge for a short Elephant Ride before lunch.  After lunch at the Lodge we take on road 18 and its many water crossings.  It’s a beautiful ride through a canopy forested road and we arrive in Attapeu, enjoy a cool drink along the Sekong River and overnight in town.

Accomodation: Attepue Palace Hotel
Meals: B/L/D

Day 3:  Attepue – Nong Fa Lake – Attapeu
We depart light as we’ll be back tonight at the same hotel.  We take the main highway east to the Vietnamese border but before getting too close we go through the Dong Amphan Protected Area to Nong Fa Lake.  Lunch lakeside and we’re back to Attepue and make a few stops along the way at a former CIA listening post and in Paam, we’ll mount up on a SAM II missile left over by the Vietnamese Army, disarmed of course.  We return to Attapeu for a sunset ride back into town.

Accomodation: Attepue Palace Hotel
Meals: B/L/D


Day 4:  Attapeu – Ta Oi
We depart and ride the paved highway along the Bolivan Plateau Ridgeline and then to our lunch stop in Salavan.  From Salavan we continue on to Ta Oi, it’s not far but the road conditions change with the seasons and we’ll try to arrive in this sleepy town well before sunset.

Accomodation: Ta Oi Guesthouse
Meals: B/L/D

Day 5: Ta Oi – Moung Phin

Getting going early, we traverse a few obstacles and some somewhat difficult short runs but this is the Ho Chi Minh Trail and it was more difficult back in the day.  We’ve a river to cross and today’s ride will be the most remote of the trip so far. We arrive to the north near Ban Dong were a fierce protracted battle between Vietnamese forces and Lao/US happened called Operation Lam Son 719.  There is a small museum being put together with some war relics.  We meet the pavement and head down to Moung Phin for the night.

Accomodation: Phin Hotel
Meals: B/L/D

Day 6: Moung Phin – Tadlo Eco Resort

Morning finds us riding down an all weather dirt road to a bombed out bridge at Tad Hai.  We cross very carefully in boats with the bikes laid on their sides and then navigate about 40 km of heavy jungle.  We come across some small remote villages and track along a dusty road to Salavan.  We should arrive in Tadlo Eco Resort mid afternoon for a cool swim to wash away the dust.

Accomodation: Tadlo Eco Resort
Meals: B/L/D


Day 7: Tadlo – Pakse

Departing at an easy pace, we take a small side road to Paksong and make a few photo stops in the Bolivan Plateau, home to Lao’s coffee and tea plantations.  We should arrive in Pakse before 14:00 for well deserved massage and a western meal before our last night of swapping photos and enjoying a few beers along the Mekong.

Accomodation: Pakse Hotel
Meals: B/L/D

Pakse Departure

Based on your onward travel plans

Accomodation: -
Meals: B

Terms and Conditions




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  • English speaking lead guide
  • Protective gear as available at 50% discount from
  • Pre-trip briefing, pre-trip email packet
  • Bike shipping Vientiane - Pakse - Vientiane
  • Meal as indicated
  • Airport transfers
  • Motorbike + fuel + helmet + 3rd party insurance for guest
  • Motorbike + fuel + helmet + 3rd party insurance for lead guide
  • Tool kit
  • Entry fees to sites and all ferry crossing charges
  • Accommodation as indicated, twin share
  • Permit  + Tax
  • Drinking water and hydration solutions
  • First aid kit (basic)
  • Post ride GPS map of the tour
  • Some tours include post ride video
  • Activities as indicated



  • Flights
  • Damage to the bikes
  • Support vehicle
  • Visa (visa on arrival is available at 30USD, 1 photo is required)
  • Travel insurance
  • soft drink, alcohol and meals not indicated
  • Activities as indicated
  • Laundry and personal expenses