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8 Day Northern Laos Motorcycle Tour

 

Tour Information:

As the name says, we ride only highway on this trip for 99% of the ride.  We’ll stay in comfortable hotels and enjoy local food for lunch and a variety of food for dinner.  The ride is designed to make a loop out of Vientiane in the easiest way possible.  A great deal of the stretches of road are extremely scenic and when you throw in a visit to Luang Prabang, Xam Nua and Phonsavan, you’ll get a taste of Laos you’ll remember for a long time – and the ride is great!  The video icon on the right shows a variety of roads but this tour is all paved.

Arrival Day Vientiane

Day 1: Vientiane – Vang Vieng
Day 2: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw
Day 4: Nong Khiaw – Sam Nua
Day 5: Sam Nua
Day 6: Sam Nua – Phonsavanh
Day 7: Phonsavanh – Vang Vieng
Day 8: Vang Vieng – Vientiane


Vientiane Departure Day

 

Vientiane arrival

Depending on your flight arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening, meet the guide and go over the upcoming trip.  We’ll talk about safety and the ride as well as set you up with additional gear for the following day

 

Accommodation: Lao Orchid Hotel

Meal plan: none

 

Day 1: Vientiane – Vang Vieng 155 km paved

We depart out of Vientiane around 08:00 and make our way up road 13 direct to Vang Vieng.  Our goal is to arrive by 13:00 so you can get a little wet today on the river.  Upon arrival we check in and have lunch at the hotel and a transfer to the tubing office.  Float down the river and we’ll see you at the hotel around 18:00, dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

 

Accommodation: Elephant Crossing Hotel

Meals: B/L/D

Riding Time: 4 – 5 hours

 

Day 2: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang
Leaving Vang Vieng by 08:00, we have ample time to stop along the way for photos on this, the most scenic drive in Laos.  We make our way to Phou Khoum for lunch and a look around the market.  From here, we ride over great elevation changes and small roadside villages.  Since we left early, we have plenty of time for photos along the second half of the day.  Our arrival in Luang Prabang is mid afternoon and after checking into the hotel, you have time to explore the center of town and the historical museums. 

Accommodation: Villa Phathana

Meals: B/L/D

Riding Time: 6 – 7 hours

 

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw 155 km paved
After breakfast, we continue north and make a stop at Pak Ou Buddha Cave for a short visit and then continue up the highway to our lunch stop at Pak Mong.  We track along the Nam Ou River from time to time and the scenery is quite good as well today.  A short time later we arrive in Nong Khiaw, check into the Eco Lodge and take a short boat trip up and back the Nam Ou River.  Overnight in Nong Khiaw

 

Accommodation: Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort

Meals: B/L/D

Riding Time: 4 – 5 hours

 

Day 4: Nong Khiaw – Sam Nua 270 km paved
Today is a longer ride to Sam Nua and takes us secondary highways in descent but not fantastic condition.  The ride is along the edge of the mountainous northern region and we arrive in Vieng Thong.  Upon arrival, we pay a visit to the local WCS, Wildlife Conservation Society office for a look at tiger conservation in the area.  Lunch follows in town and we continue our ride east.  Today we’ll pass many small villages and photo ops abound.

Accommodation: Xam Nua Hotel

Meals: B/L/D

Riding Time: 6 - 8 hours

 

Day 5: Sam Nua – Vieng Xai Cave City – Xam Nua

We make a short trip after breakfast to Vieng Xai and explore the cave city used by the Pathet Lao during the 2nd Indochina war.  This is the birthplace of modern Laos and the cave tour is historical and very unique.  After lunch, we take a short about 25 KM towards the Vietnamese border for a look at the remote sections of Laos and then return to Xam Nua with a stop at the Xam Nua waterfalls.  The area is really beautiful and full of remote villages.

 

Accommodation: Xam Nua Hotel

Meals: B/L/D

Riding Time: 4 – 5 hours

 

Day 6: Sam Nua – Phonsavanh 240 km
Backtracking a little today, we make a short side trip on an unpaved road for about 12 km to Suan Hin, the Stone Henge of Laos for a look at the formations.  They are in a beautiful forested area and this will be our only off road experience.  Continuing along, we turn south and hope that the morning fog has lifted on highway 6 as the views are excellent.  We stop for lunch in Nam Neun, a small town in a deep valley and then ride on south.  Before we meet up with Highway 7, we’ll stop in at Piew Cave, site of an American rocket attack on a cave that killed numerous civilians during the war.  We arrive in Phonsavan mid afternoon and check into our hotel.  We then ride a few kilometers south to Site 1 of the Plain of Jars for our own inspection of the site.  We return to town and a visit to the local MAG office is a must, the information on the area is quite excellent.

 

Accommodation: Xieng Khoung Hotel

Meals: B/L/D

Riding Time: 6 - 7 hours

 

Day 7: Phonsavanh – Vang Vieng
We ride today on a rolling road over beautiful landscapes in the morning and return for a lunch stop in Phou Khoum.  We descend back down Highway 13 and have our second chance for good weather along this most scenic road and arrive in Vang Vieng in the afternoon.  We are on a leisurely time schedule and lots of photo stops today are possible. 

Accommodation: Elephant Crossing Hotel

Meals: B/L/D

Riding Time: 4 – 5 hours

 

Day 8: Vang Vieng – Vientiane

Today we make the final run into Vientiane and depending on your flights, can have lazy morning in Vang Vieng or depart early to make your connection.  The ride is easy and takes less than 5 hours.

 

Accommodation: Lao Orchid Hotel

Meals: B/L/D

Riding Time: 4 – 5 hours

 

Vientiane Departure Day

Depending on your outbound flight, breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport.

 

Accommodation: 

Meals: B


Terms and Conditions


 

 

 

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Inclusive:

  • English speaking lead guide
  • Protective gear as available at 50% discount from http://www.remoteasia.com/Rental_Gear.html
  • Pre-trip briefing, pre-trip email packet
  • 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

 

Exclusive:

  • Flights
  • Damage to the bikes
  • Support vehicle
  • Visa (visa on arrival is available at 30- 45 USD, 1 photo is required)
  • Travel insurance
  • soft drink, alcohol and meals not indicated
  • Activities as indicated
  • Laundry and personal expenses