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Ross Parker Group - Northern Laos Tour 2012

Day  Arrival Day in Luang Prabang
Hotel accommodation is set for tonight and will include airport pick up.  Dinner tonight with your guide(s) and we’ll go over the tour route and fit any additional gear you may need.

Accommodation: Villa Phathana
Meals: D

Ride Day 1: Luang Prabang to Hongsa 130 km dirt road 4 – 6 hours
We depart after taking part in the morning alms giving to local monks and breakfast. It’s a short start as we go only a short ride around the town and to a local ferry crossing.  We cross the Mekong River and the ride west to Hongsa on a lesser used road.  Late lunch in Hongsa and then a short area ride.  Dinner locally

Accommodation: Hongsa Guesthouse
Meals: B/L/D

Ride Day 2: Hongsa to Houie Xai 235 km mixed road conditions, mostly dirt road 6 – 8 hours
We get rolling after breakfast and head out of town on good road and then north to the Mekong crossing.  We go over the river to Pak Beng for lunch and then the final leg of the day to Hoiue Xai.  Road conditions will vary today and the river crossing may take time.  The ride to Hoiue Xai  is over scenic country and upon arrival, check into the guesthouse and relax along the river.  Dinner locally.

 Houie Xai Guesthouse
Meals: B/L/D

Ride Day 3 Houie Xai to Xieng Kok 200 – 240 km compressed dirt/paved 6 – 8 hours
We have two ride options today and as the tour itinerary is written 1 + year out, I’ll reserve the actual route decision to be updated closer to the ride date. Option 1 takes you up along the Mekong via the Golden Triangle meeting point of Laos/Thailand/Myanmar and then further up along the northern border.  There may be a short section of river to navigate by boat on the last stage of this ride to get to Xieng Kok.  Option 2 takes up on a loop ride to the Golden Triangle and then back via town.  We ride 30 few km east then turn north and take the ride all the way up to via Muang Meung.  The ride will loop a little south and then back up to overnight in Xieng Kok.  A further option for the guide will be to ride slightly longer to Ban Long as there is better accommodation.  Lunch is on the road and dinner locally.

Accommodation: Xieng Kok Guesthouse
Meals: B/L/D


Ride Day 4: Xieng Kok to Luang Namtha 190 km compressed dirt/paved 5 – 7 hours

We have a local breakfast and ride east to a short ride around Muang Sing and out to the Chinese border for a look.  Riding south to Luang Namtha, the road is paved and quite narrow but very scenic.  Stops at some small minority villages are possible.  Lunch will be in Muang Sing and dinner locally in Luang Namtha.

Accommodation:  Thoulasith Guesthouse
Meals: B/L/D

Day 5: Na Mor via Nale 190 km or a bit less 5 – 7 hours

A relaxed start this morning around 09:00 after breakfast.  We depart on paved but switch quickly to compressed dirt and ride south for around 60 km to the town of Nale.  We’ll go all the way to Nale and then back track up to the turn leading to Na Mor.  This is fairly remote country and quite beautiful in terms of scenery and locals.  The ride is mostly compressed dirt but occasional rains may make the way a bit slow going.  Our arrival in Na Mor is late afternoon and accommodation will be a simple guesthouse.  Lunch and dinner locally today.

Accommodation: Nam Mor 3 Guesthouse
Meals: B/L

Ride Day 6: Up to Phongsali 210 km 6 – 7 hours

We depart early after a local breakfast and take a less used run up the Lao/Chinese border area.  The going will be slow in some parts but a great ride.  We come out to a more developed road near Boun Tai and then ride over the northern mountains. Our arrival should be mid to late afternoon in Phongsali and depends greatly on the road conditions after rainy season 2012.  Lunch is in Boun Tai and dinner in Phongsali. 

Phou Fa Guesthouse

Meals: B/L/D

Ride Day 7:  Phongsali area ride 120 +/- km 4 – 6 hours

Enjoy a little sleep in this morning and around 9 you’ll ride east to the Nam Ou River crossing at Hat Sa.  We’ll keep this day a little light and maybe push a one way ride to the Vietnam border and return to Phongsali.  There are many tracks up here and given the lead-time of 1 year, I’ll come up with a great short day ride.

Accommodation: Phou Fa Guesthouse
Meals: B/L/D

Ride Day 8: Phongsali to Muang Khua 200 km 6 hours

Departing early, we depart back down the road in and via Boun Tai.  We ride further south to the small village of Sin Xai and then over to Muang Khua.  There are a few optional side tracks around Muang Khua today and we’ll have lunch in Boun Tai and dinner locally along the river in Muang Khua.  This is the far north of Laos and quite poor road conditions and remote villages are the theme of the day.

Accommodation: Sernaly Hotel

Meals: B/L/D

Ride Day 09: Muang Khua to Nong Khiaw

We depart at 08:00 take a short backtrack out.  The road conditions improve and we are headed south to Oudom Xai.  Lunch in Oudom Xai early and we ride paved road over a higher elevations to Pak Mong.  It’s a short flat ride from here to Nong Khiaw and sunset drinks at the hotel.

Accommodation: Nong Khiaw Riverside Bungalows
Meals: B/L/D


Ride Day 10: Nong Khiaw to Kacham Waterfalls 220 km paved, 20 compressed dirt 5 hours
We give you a good morning to enjoy the area from your balcony after breakfast.  We ride after and early lunch and are on paved road all the way to 25 km past Luang Prabang.  It’s an enjoyable soft ride and along rivers as we go along.  The overnight tonight is at a small guesthouse at Kacham Waterfalls and most likely the entire facility will be only the group.  Dinner at the restaurant by the waterfalls and a quite starry night.  There is a full day ride option here – depart early and lunch in Luang Prabang.  We’ll then ride the next 75 km along the Mekong south of town.  Road conditions are not terrible and upon reaching Muang Nan, take the compressed dirt road to the waterfalls.  This ride is 180 km paved, 55 dirt, 45 compressed dirt, 8 hours.

Accommodation: Hmong Her Kacham Waterfalls
Meals: B/L/D

Ride Day 11: to Vang Vieng 230 km paved, 20 compressed dirt 6 – 7 hours
We have an early start and get back to highway 13 south.  Turning south, we go up and down the hills and have a morning full of twists and turns.  Lunch will be at an overlook restaurant in Phou Khoun.  We are now descending out of the mountain region.  From our lunch elevation of 1400 meters, we’ll get down to 300 in less than 20 km.  The ride into Vang Vieng is via many limestone formations and truly one of the best-paved rides in Laos.  Upon arrival in Vang Vieng (mid afternoon), take time to relax along the river.  Dinner locally – Aussie BBQ?

Accommodation: Elephant Crossing Hotel
Meals: B/L/D


Ride Day 13:   to Ngam Ngum Lake 25 km
This morning you can take an optional half day kayak on the river or a short 2.5 hour ride with the guide to the west of Vang Vieng.  We’ll depart Vang Vieng around 14:00 and take a short ride to Blue Lagoon Resort.  This is a less touristy place compared to Vang Vieng.  The resort is on an island near the town of Tha Huea.  The resort is all waterfront and has options for you to rent jet ski or a number of water sport activities.

Accommodation: Blue Lagoon Resort
Meals: B/L/D


Ride Day 14:  Last day ride to Vientiane 180 km 4 – 5 hours
We take our last ride on paved roads today and head down highway 13 to Phonhong.  We divert onto a lesser used road and take time at the bottom of the lake to see the hydro plant and have lunch.  Our ride into Vientiane is relaxed and upon arrival, we’ll ride around the sites before getting to the hotel.  Dinner tonight is a BBQ dinner at Remote Asia Travel’s home.

Accommodation: Khamvongsa Hotel
Meals: B/L/D


Vientiane Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and airport transfer as per you outbound flight.

Meals: B

Tour Includes:

  • Experienced Guides, 1 Lao for groups up to 5
  • Experienced sweep guide for groups over 5
  • Honda XR or Baja 250 cc Motorcycle
  • Optional support vehicle (rate 2) with spare bike
  • All accommodation – twin share
  • Use of 1 Helmet Cam
  • GPS tracks pre-post ride
  • Fuel
  • All meals  as indicated
  • Ferry fees/road fees
  • Helmet and protective gear, additional gear is available
  • Drinking water
  • Taxes and permits
  • 3rd party motorcycle insurance


Tour Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Visa for Laos
  • Personal Insurance
  • Personal expenses/tips
  • Damages to motorcycle
  • Optional Kayak tour in Vang Vieng
  • Water sports at Blue Lagoon
  • Optional Elephant ride in Hongsa (time permitting)
Tour Rates:
 4  5  6  7 8
Rate 1
 2,760  2,670 2,595
 Rate 2
 2,565 2,460
Single Room Supplement is USD $300


  • Groups higher than 5 get 2 guides, lead and sweep
  • Rate 2 is sweep guide in a Ford Ranger support vehicle with spare bike
  • Rates in USD per person not inclusive inbound transfer fees
  • Rates subject to change but I'll keep good communication with Ross
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