Big Bike Tours is proud to offer you this pure adventure tour to discover unseen Thailand and Laos. Laos is a country as yet untouched by modern demands. Its beauty lies in the stress-free, peaceful life of the Lao people, lush, pristine landscape, century-old traditions, and heritage. The magical, lush, and extremely colorful Laos offers motorcycle touring at its best: charming villages, exotic cultures, warm people, spectacular scenery, and mostly good tarmac roads.
Riders will be accommodated in a private room with a double bed in Big Bike Tours' charming hotels. If you bring a pillion, you can opt for a twin room or a double room.
A hotel in Chiang Mai will be the starting point of your motorcycle tour. For the second night, you will be accommodated near the border in Huay Xai, the gate to China. The accommodation is directly at the Mekong River, the tenth longest river all over the world. In Oudomxai, you will stay overnight in the middle of nowhere in the beautiful and authentic Laos town, while in Luang Prabang, you will be provided a charming accommodation with a mountain backdrop.
The accommodation in Vang Vieng will be peaceful with a local lifestyle. You will be provided a charming accommodation in the capital of Laos, Vientiane. For the last two nights, Big Bike Tours will provide you with a peaceful accommodation in Khao Kho and Phrae. The accommodation in Phrae will have a swimming pool where you can relax after a long ride.
Early morning meet and greet at your accommodation in Chiang Mai. Big Bike Tours will provide the tour briefing, and then provide you with your riding gear and bike. They will inform you briefly of local history, geography, and acknowledge any personal requirements. Lastly, there will be a general question and answer opportunity for any concerns you might have related to the tour.
Familiarize yourself with the bike while heading north of Chiang Mai. You will ride on a windy mountain road to Mae Kachan hot spring, Than Tong waterfall, and Mae Kachan hot spring. Continue on true biker paradise roads until you reach the famous road No. 1155, along the border to Laos. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Ride the exhilarating, mountainous roads to Chiang Khong, 60 kilometers of up and down curves through the impressive mountains providing you with pure riding pleasure.
Then, cross the border to Laos. Thankfully, the wait will be only about two hours, with all the documents filled out and paperwork ready to go (motorcycle and service vehicle registration, customs, and insurance papers). Visa on arrival is possible and the easiest way to cross into Laos (1,200 THB visa fee). Get familiarized with riding on the right side of the road. Relax at the beautiful accommodation near the border in Huay Xai, the gate to China. Directly at the Mekong River, the tenth longest river all over the world.
A bit earlier start since you are riding through Laos and want to reach the Chinese border at Boten, a purpose built ‘Casino Town’ to serve the Chinese fondness for gambling. Explore the border area and maybe go shopping in the Duty Free. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Luang Namtha. Continue cruising along winding roads until you reach unseen Oudomxai where you relax at the beautiful accommodation. Overnight in the middle of nowhere in this beautiful and authentic Laos town.
Today, easy cruising transfer to Luang Prabang. After breakfast, ride along the impressive mountainous road and follow this stunning mountain road to Pakmong, brand new stunning road trough Laos highest mountains. Visit the world famous “Kuang Si waterfall”. These falls begin in shallow pools high up on the mountain. The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream. Relax and have lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue cruising along until you reach Luang Prabang where you relax at the charming accommodation.
This town is gleaming with temple roofs, fading colonial architecture, and a stunning mountain backdrop. It has been claimed by UNESCO as, “the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia”. This is a leisure day or you can also visit the former Royal Palace which is now a national museum and an important temple named “Wat Xieng Thong”. A visit to Luang Prabang would be not complete without climbing the 329 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for a beautiful sunset view of the Mekong River overlooking Luang Prabang with a 360-degree view.
After breakfast, you will leave Luang Prabang for pure adventure riding through a limestone karst landscape. The roads begin to deteriorate; however, the stunning mountain scenery makes for interesting riding. Then, relax for lunch at a local restaurant at the peak of a mountain with a great view. Continue riding the impressive mountainous roads until we reach Vang Vieng. Cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village to explore the local lifestyle. Then, relax at the peaceful accommodation.
After breakfast, leave Vang Vieng for the capital of Laos, Vientiane. Ride along fantastic mountainous roads to visit Nam Ngum Dam, which is the largest dam in Laos with deep blue waters same the ocean. Lunch is served at a local restaurant at the dam. Then, you will cruise along the highway through farming areas to Vientiane. Visit Patuxai monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Visit the oldest Pha That Luang, this pagoda according to the Lao people was originally built as a Hindu temple in the third century. Then, you will arrive and relax at the charming accommodation.
After breakfast, you will Vientiane and cross the border back to Thailand. Remember to ride back on the left side of the road. You will cruise along the Mekong River on the curvy road to visit Mount Pha Tak Suea. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Then, continue cruising along the Mekong River road to your lovely accommodation in Chiang Khan, the lovely old wooden houses, shops, and hotel in colonial styles town.
Before breakfast, very early in the morning, you will have a chance to offer food to monks along the streets of Chiang Khan local market. After breakfast, you will ride along curvy roads to discover Khao Kho, Thailand's “little Switzerland”. Visit Wat Pha Sorn Kaew, “the ceramic and celadon temple” before you reach Khao Kho. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Khao Kho is a district over 1,000 meters above sea level. It is often misty with a 360-degree panoramic view and refreshing weather the entire year (18 to 25 degree Celsius). Later, you will enjoy and relax in your peaceful accommodation.
After breakfast, you will visit Khao Kho Memorial Sacrifice monument and weapons museum. Between 1965 to 1984, this mountain area was the battlefield of the Thai Communist Party and the Thai Royal Army. Then you will continue uphill, cruising to Phu Ta Boek National Park: “The Shangri-La of Thailand”. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Continue along winding roads until you reach unseen Phrae, where you can relax at the beautiful accommodation with swimming pool.
After breakfast, you will leave Phrae cruising along a highway to Den Chai, visit a large reclining Buddha. Then, you will ride through winding mountainous roads to Lampang. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Visit the Thai elephant conservation center and world's first elephant hospital. Continue riding, passing through national parks and farming areas. Visit a local market, stopping for refreshment, before heading back to Chiang Mai.
The tour will start in the morning, at 08:30. Big Bike Tours advises you to arrive at least one day before the tour start in Chiang Mai and they recommend arrival two days before tour start to acclimate and avoid jet lag.
The tour will finish about 16:00 - 17:00 back in Chiang Mai, so if you like to fly back the same day to Bangkok International Airport (BKK), you can easily catch any flight from Chiang Mai after 18:00.
You will drive on the left as in England and Australia. All speed limits are in kilometers per hour, 30 to 50 for towns, 60 for suburbs and 90 for major (A) roads and dual carriageways. You will happily cruise along the open road at a good clip, but you must always slow right down through the towns and villages, 50 kilometers per hour maximum. There are often kids, dogs, chickens, yak, etc., kicking around in the streets.
Also, if you see your guide braking, there’s a good reason - and you should brake, too! Many Thais ignore the typical unwritten rules of road positioning and merging you are used to in the west. You will go over this in person so don’t worry. There is always a “sweeper” and a service vehicle to make sure any riders caught by a traffic light or water buffalo crossing delay do not get separated from the group!
Discover Khao Kho and Khao Kho Memorial Sacrifice monument and weapons museum
Explore Luang Prabang and the oldest Pha That Luang
Explore the Chinese border at Boten, a purpose built ‘Casino Town’
Experience the local lifestyle of Ban Huai Ngai Village
See a large reclining Buddha in Den Chai
See the Thai elephant conservation center and world's first elephant hospital
Take a trip Phu Ta Boek National Park: “The Shangri-La of Thailand”
Tour the Wat Pha Sorn Kaew, “the ceramic and celadon temple”
Visit Mount Pha Tak Suea, Nam Ngum dam, and the world famous “Kuang Si waterfall”
Visit Patuxai monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph
This motorcycle tours will take you to explore the unseen places of Thailand and Laos including Chiang Mai, Huay Xai, Boten (China border), Oudomxai, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Chiang Khan, Khao Kho, and Phrae.
The price of this motorcycle tour includes daily breakfast, lunch, dinner. You will also be provided soft drinks from Big Bike Tours' service vehicles.
Every day, Big Bike Tours will offer advice on the best things to see and do, but you’re under no pressure to follow the (small) crowd. You can strike out on your own at any time and simply meet back up with the group when you’re ready. Big Bike Tours will have preferred routes mapped out for you - but anyway, you choose to arrive at the booked hotel is up to you! There are elephants and water buffalo although you might not get there in time for dinner.
Please book your flights to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. Big Bike Tours will pick you up at the airport. Most customers touring with Big Bike Tours usually come from Bangkok and in this case, they recommend traveling up to Chiang Mai by one of the many flights operating on this route. It is not expensive and with companies such as Air Asia. The earlier you book, the cheaper the flight.
The train (night train) is another option; however, the Thai train network needs a serious overhaul. Take a look at the difference between the train cost and the flight costs compared to one-hour flying time or a 12-hour train journey along with the fact that the trains are notoriously unreliable. The train option is usually the odd one out.
A lot of busses start every hour from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit - Chatuchak) to Chiang Mai. Travel time with the bus will be around eight hours.
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