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North Thailand & Laos Motorbiking Tour 9D8N Private Trip

North Thailand - Laos
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Duration

9 Days 8 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

Multilingual

Overview

This 1-week motorcycle tour of Thailand & Laos explores the less traveled scenic curvy roads, sights, culture & food! From your motorcycle you will experience great diversity, both in people, culture and landscapes in those two countries.

This seven-riding day tour starts and ends in Chiang Mai. Among the high lights are the mountains northeast of Nan and the salt-mining village of Bo Kluea. Crossing into Laos, at Pak Beng we encounter the mighty Mekong River for the first time. Luang Prabang, former capital of Laos, a UNESCO world heritage site where we have a rest day. More mountain riding to Oudomxai and further back to Thailand to Chiang Khong where we cross the Mekong river for the last time.

In every region during the tour, during lunches, we will feast on the local Thai / Lao cuisine. At dinners, there will be western food options available at most locations.

START / FINISH: Bike Tour Asia
NEAREST AIRPORT: Chiang Mai
DURATION: 9 days, 7 riding days
ROUTE: 1,700 km
DAILY ROUTE: 200-340 km
ACCOMMODATIONS: Carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
REST DAY: Luang Prabang

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mountain ride Nan to Lao border, several encounters with the mighty Mekong River, Luang Prabang (former capital of Laos & UNESCO World Heritage, endless mountain riding, beautiful scenery

Itinerary

1 Day / Chiang Mai

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai airport, transfer to the hotel (recommended arrival to Chiang Mai, no later than 1 pm).
At 3 pm transfer to Bike Tour Asia for a welcome briefing, answer any questions you might have and motorcycle hand over. Short ride back to your hotel followed by common dinner. Please plan your arrival to Chiang Mai accordingly. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

2 Day / Chiang Mai - Nan

We start our 1-week motorcycle tour of Thailand and Laos by riding from Chiang Mai in eastern direction. We cruise on hilly roads via Phayao to Nan. In Phayao ride along the lake and enjoy lunch before we continue to Nan. The roads during the rest of this day are small provincial roads passing endless villages and rice paddies. Coffee stop at Chiang Muang, it doesn’t get much more local than this. Last hours riding to Nan is crossing a mountain range, lovely curvy roads leads us to this sleepy provincial capital. Overnight in Nan.
(300 km/186 miles)

3 Day / Nan - Pakbeng (Laos)

The first hours of this day are probably the best riding Thailand has to offer. The scenery is great, roads are curvy, traffic is almost non-existent, a true motorcycle Paradis. The stretch between Santisuk to Bo Kluea you can ride time and again. At Bo Kluea we visit the salt mines where we learn the ancient way of extracting salt.
We cross into Laos at Huai Kon border point. From the Lao border, it’s a nice and relaxing ride to Pakbeng were we meet the Mekong River for the first time. Pakbeng is a colourful village situated at the junction of the Mekong River and the smaller Beng River, hence the town’s name ‘Pak’ meaning ‘mouth’ in Lao. The scenery is stunning, the pace is slow and it's the perfect way to relax into the slower pace of Laos. Overnight in Pakbeng.
(200 km/124 miles)

4 Day / Pakbeng - Luang Prabang

Another incredible day on our 1-week motorcycle tour of Thailand and Laos: Fresh air in the morning, spectacular views over the Mekong river, get used to it, we will follow and cross the Mekong during several times the coming days. We ride over the new bridge crossing Mekong River back to Muang Ngeum and continue to Hongsa. Shortly after Hongsa we leave the main road and start our real part of the adventure today on the new road passing through some villages, negotiation some mountain ranges and rivers. We are riding in a remote area, there are plenty of small forest roads, better to stick to the main road. Well-deserved lunch and break at Ban Samphanxay, take the opportunity to mingle with the locals. Not many tourists come here, enjoy the moment. Continuing further we meet the Mekong River again at Pak Long where we ride the last stretch to the ferry point. Here our eye’s meets Luang Prabang for the first time. Short ferry crossing and we are at this former capital of Laos. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
(280 km/174 miles)

5 Day / Luang Prabang (Rest Day)

As this is a rest day the day is totally at our disposal.
In the morning we will have the option to rise early to view the procession of monks on their daily outing collecting alms, a practice that dates back centuries. It is done early, as the monks cannot eat anything after midday. By giving food to a monk you make merit, which should augur well for your next life.
You may also want to visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls. It’s possible to swim in the lagoon, so bring your swimming gear. A great way to get there is to take a local “Tuktuk”.
Once back in Luang Prabang you can visit the major temples, including the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan Rivers, and Wat Wisunalat, which is the oldest temple in the city. Another great optional activity is to sample a traditional Lao massage and herbal sauna. Take a boat cruise to enjoy the sunset on the Mekong River is another option. Enjoy and have fun! We stay another night in Luang Prabang.

6 Day / Luang Prabang - Oudom Xai

After waking up in the cool air to the spectacular views of the Mekong we restart our week motorcycle tour of Thailand and Laos, by riding along the river in east direction to Pak Ou Caves. Reaching the villages of Pak Ou we park our motorcycles and take a boat across the Mekong River to the cave complex. Walking through the lower and upper cave filled with thousands of Buddha images. Once back on our motorcycles we continue on a narrow road along the river for a while reaching back on the main road. From here we cross over the mountain on the newly built road to Oudom Xai. That 150 km took the whole day to cover some years ago. Today it’s a pure pleasure to negotiate the curves and enjoying the scenery. There are plenty of great photo opportunities, nature, villages, people, children, animals, rice paddies etc. Overnight at a lovely resort outside Oudom Xai.
(220 km/137 miles)

7 Day / Oudom Xai - Chiang Khong (Thailand)

Another good riding day in Laos is in front of us. The first part is towards Luang Namtha, a town located close to the Chinese border. This is the main entry point into China from Thailand and Laos. After lunch in Luang Namtha, we continue road 3 south towards Houei Xai and the Mekong River, forming the border between Laos and Thailand. The road has normally a bit more traffic, especially trucks. The scenery is good, we are passing through a couple of villages, there is time to stop and “mingle” with the locals. At Huay Xai, we make the custom and immigration formalities and ride over the bridge to Chiang Khong and we are riding on the left side of the road again. Tonight, we dine again by the Mekong river, this time we have Laos on the other side. Overnight in Chiang Khong.
(320 km/199 miles)

8 Day / Chiang Khong - Chiang Mai

The final day of the week motorcycle tour of Thailand and Laos. We leave the Mekong river behind us for the last time. Cruising provincial roads to Chiang Rai where we have a break at the White Temple, one of the new landmarks in north Thailand, opened to visitors since 1997. Continue to Chiang Mai on twisty and open mountain roads. We enter Chiang Mai on back roads, enjoy rice paddies and villages one more time. Tour ends at Bike Tour Asia Service Center where we expect to arrive around 5 PM. Transfer to your hotel in Chiang Mai followed by farewell dinner. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
(340 km/211 miles)

9 Day / Chiang Mai Departure

Transfer to Chiang Mai airport or prolong your stay in north Thailand.

Included/Excluded

  • - Airport/Hotel/Bike Tour Asia’s Service Center transfers in Chiang Mai during arrival and departure day
  • - 8 nights with Breakfast at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • - 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • - Water, soft drinks, coffee/tea in connection with the meals
  • - Late-model BMW GS Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and fuel
  • - Panniers and top box if desired and basic motorcycle crash protection bars, etc.
  • - Motorcycle Damage & Loss Coverage
  • - Experienced Tour leader on a motorcycle
  • - English speaking licensed Tour guide
  • - Support vehicle
  • - Transfer of luggage in the support vehicle
  • - Entrance fees
  • - Tour description
  • - Bike Tour Asia T-shirt & Pannier Bag
  • - Travel Accident Insurance
  • - Lao Permit, all related expenses including tour guide
  • - additional support vehicle, tourist police third party liability insurance (acc. to legal requirement) etc.
  • - Flights
  • - On rest days, if any, no lunch or dinner included
  • - Alcoholic beverages
  • - Riding gear (helmet, jacket & gloves can be rented at the Service Center. We do not provide pants and boots). We do recommend to bring your own
  • - All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature
  • - Optional motorcycle loss/damage waiver
  • - Lao visa, 30-40 USD depending on nationality.

Tour's Location

North Thailand - Laos

FAQs

Remarks
- A deposit of USD 1,000.- per rider and USD 500.- per pillion is payable upon booking. Rest payment is due the latest 60 days before departure. For Tours with Tour price less than the deposit, the full amount is due upon booking.
- Motorcycle Security Deposit applies upon handover of the motorcycle
- The above prices are based on a group of 5 riders, if fewer riders please contact us for a tour price offer
- The price for a single rider in a sharing room requires another single rider booking with the same request in your group
- Choose your own desired Tour dates – all year round
- We are pleased to assist you with the booking of additional nights in Chiang Mai or any other services in connection with the tour
- Prices listed above are based on this tour’s itinerary and its inclusions. Should you like to amend the itinerary and /or inclusions just let us know and we will tweak according to your needs.
from $ 3,999
Extras
  • Pillion($ 1,599)

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Bike Tour Asia

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