Exciting Thailand, Laos, Vietnam Motorbike Tours

Three countries, one million impressions! You will start this exotic tour from Chiang Mai to the Mekong River where you cross into Laos and further to Northern Vietnam. You will explore the spectacular region of Sapa and see the enormous rice terraces on the way to Nghia Lo. Then, continue to Ninh Binh to explore some of the giant caves. In Laos, you will visit the Plain of Jars and Luang Prabang, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to Thailand. You will experience some of the most spectacular riding you can imagine!

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental or personal bike
  • Total mileage: 3200 kilometers / 2000 miles
  • Daily rides: 230 to 300 kilometers / 143 to 186 miles
  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners

Highlights

  • Use of BMW motorcycle
  • See Limestone Caves in Ninh Binh, Plain of Jars
  • Incredible mountain riding in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam
  • Visit Sapa, rice terraces in Nghia Lo, Luang Prabang
  • Tour starts and ends in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


13 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Chiang Mai International Airport

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Accommodation

Throughout the tour, you will stay at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.

Program

Day 1 - Arrive in Chiang Mai

Upon arrival, you will meet Bike Tour Asia representative at the airport and they will drive you to the hotel. At 3 p.m., you will meet others for a welcome briefing. Bike Tour Asia will answer any questions you might have and there will be motorcycle hand over at the hotel. Please plan your arrival to Chiang Mai accordingly. You will stay overnight in Chiang Mai. Today's meal plan includes dinner.

Day 2 - Chiang Mai - Huay Xai (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

In the morning, you will start the adventure. You will ride in eastern direction, passing the Doi Luang National Park. The first part will be on the main road. In the afternoon, you will ride along the magic Mekong River. You will meet this river often during the tour. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Chiang Khong, where you cross the Thai - Lao Friendship Bridge.

The immigration and customs procedures are always an experience. It simply just takes time, so relax, be patient and sooner or later you are in another country, Laos! You will stay for this first night in Huay Xai, on the Laos side of the Mekong River. Today, all meals are included in price.

Day 3 - Huay Xai - Oudomxai (310 kilometers / 193 miles)

Don’t forget! In Laos, you have to drive on the right side of the road! You have a lunch in Luang Namtha and then continue the remaining stretch to Oudomxai. The road is quite good and the scenery is great as you are passing through a couple of villages, where is time to stop and “mingle” with the locals.

The first stretch of today to Luang Namtha is the main transit road between Thailand and China and normally has a bit more traffic. After lunch, the road is more provincial, with plenty of cures and villages and not much traffic. Overnight in Oudomxai. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in price.

Day 4 - Oudomxai - Dien Bien Phu (230 kilometers / 143 miles)

Continue in eastern direction on low traffic density provincial roads to the Vietnamese border. First stretch you will ride along the Nam Phak River, enjoy the scenery. At Pak Nam Noy, you will start climbing up the mountains towards the Vietnam border. This is a remote area of Laos and the scenery is spectacular.

Your Vietnamese guide will wait for you the at Tay Trang border crossing and together you will ride to Dien Bien Phu. You can visit the Dien Bien Phu Museum, the notorious hill A-1 battlefield, the former French command post and a captured tank. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu. Today's meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5 - Dien Bien Phu - Sapa (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

After an early breakfast, you will depart follow the NR12 to Muong Lay, then head up to Taphin plateau to conquer a scenic and stunning road through the Sin Ho Valley. You will stop at the Sin Ho Market, which is more lively and crowded if you arrive early.

You will continue this less traveled road until Lai Chau and drive the winding road to Sapa with a photo stop at the O Qui Ho pass at 2005 meter from where you have a spectacular view of Phan Xia Pang, 3143 meters, Vietnam’s and South East Asia highest mountain. You will arrive in Sapa in the later afternoon and you will stay for next two nights here. Today's meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6 - Sapa (rest day)

Today is a rest day. Sapa is mountainous town in Northwestern Vietnam, blessed with a cool climate throughout the year. The Hoàng Liên mountain range dominates the area with a dramatic backdrop.

There are many things to do in Sapa. You can go for an optional ride in the area or you simply chill out. For a remote small town in northern Vietnam’s mountains, Sapa is surprisingly modern. It offers a great variety of gastronomic options - from local street food and Vietnamese specialties to high quality (Italian) restaurants and wine bars. Not to mention the many local cafes that serve super robust Vietnamese coffee.

If you like, take the cabin up to the top of Phan Xia Pang or simply just stroll around in the town. Overnight in Sapa. Today's meal plan includes breakfast only.

Day 7 - Sapa - Nghia Lo (245 kilometers / 152 miles)

With newly “charged batteries”, the journey takes you in southern direction. You will have an easy ride for the on asphalted mountainous roads to Nghia Lo. During the whole day, you pass through endless villages and rice fields. There are countless photo stops and possibilities to “mingle with the locals”.

The closer you get to Nghia Lo, the more spectacular the landscape becomes, especially the valleys with their endless rice terraces. The road is most scenic between Than Uyen to Nghia Lo. You will stop at a monument at the elevation of 1570 meters and climb up to a lookout. The view of the rice paddies is the best from up here. Overnight in Nghia Lo. Today, all meals are included in price.

Day 8 - Nghia Lo - Ninh Binh (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

Today, the journey leads you south to the Ninh Binh province. You will pass by Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam to avoid the crazy traffic. Then, you will arrive at Tam Coc, a small town, full of guest houses, coffee shops, restaurants, souvenir shops, and more. It was once the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century.

You can visit diverse temples of two dynasties, the Dinh and Le dynasty, each with their unique architecture. You can also explore the local area by bicycle in the afternoon. Overnight in Ninh Binh. Today's meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 9 - Ninh Binh - Phu Mat (250 kilometers / 155 miles)

In the morning, you will board sampan boats (two persons share one boat) and drift down the river among the villages and see beautiful mountains and lush rice fields. You will pass three caves (“Hang Ca”, “Hang Hai” and “Hang Ba”). Afterwards, you continue on motorbikes to Pu Mat.

You will follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Ca (big) river and arrive in Con Cuong town in the Nghe An province. On the way, you will have the chance to see sun flower fields. Most of today’s route is on asphalt and an easy going ride. Overnight in Con Cuong. Today, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in price.

Day 10 - Phu Mat - Phonsavan (270 kilometers / 168 miles)

Today, you will continue to the Nam Can border gate and check out to Laos. The last part of your riding in Vietnam passes through endless villages and just before the border you climb up the mountain range creating the natural border between Vietnam and Laos. You better be there on time. At 11:30 a.m., the immigration office will take their rather long lunch break.

After the immigration process, you will ride in direction to Phonsavan. Once back in Laos, you can notice the change in landscape and the fewer villages. You will stay overnight in Phonsawan. Today's meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 11 - Phonsavan - Luang Prabang (265 kilometers / 165 miles)

Phonsavan is home to the famous “Plain of Jars”, a megalithic archaeological site that you will visit in the morning. Then, you will jump straight back to the twisties, winding your way northwest towards Luang Prabang. Some stunning mountain trails give way to a wide open track through the beautiful countryside with remote villages along the way.

Luang Prabang with its gleaming temple roofs, fading French architecture, and stunning mountain backdrop has been claimed by the UNESCO to be "the best preserved city in South East Asia". In the evening, you will enjoy dinner by the Mekong River. You should not miss to visit the night market after dinner. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang. Today's meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12 - Luang Prabang - Pakbeng (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

After waking up in the cool air to the spectacular views of the Mekong, you will start riding in southern direction to Xayaburi. The road heralds the start of a 170 kilometers wild stretch of highway along steep ridges and around hairpin bends, with headlong views of rugged valleys and remote mountains as far as the eye can see.

From Xayaburi, you take the narrow and winding local road passing a couple of remote villages to Hongsa where you enjoy lunch. On the last part of the day, you will ride to Pakbeng, located by the Mekong River. Pakbeng is a transit point for mainly backpackers traveling by boat on the Mekong River between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. Overnight in Pakbeng. Today's meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 13 - Pakbeng - Chiang Khong (200 kilometers / 124 miles)

Today is your last day in Laos and you have two options at your disposal. Depending on the current road condition, you can take the mostly unpaved 110 kilometers stretch over the mountains to Huay Xai or load the motorcycles on a long tail river boat and cover the distance upstream the Mekong River to Huay Xai. Whatever the current conditions will permit, it will be a spectacular day.

Once in Huay Xai, you will cross over the friendship bridge into Thailand. Overnight at the Mekong River at Chiang Khong. Today's meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 14 - Chiang Khong - Chiang Mai (250 kilometers / 155 miles)

On the final stretch of this ride, you will slowly make your way back to Chaing Mai. You will take the provincial back roads to Mae Lao where you join the national road 118 with its curves towards the final destination of the day. On the way, you will stop at Chiang Rai hot springs where you can dip your toes in the hot water.

Once back in Chiang Mai, you will stop at Bike Tour Asia service center where you leave your motorcycles and transfer to the hotel and get ready for the farewell party. Overnight in Chiang Mai. Today's meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 15 - Departure Chiang Mai

Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Today, the meal plan includes breakfast.

Route itinerary and destination may be subject to change in case of force majeure, weather conditions, road conditions and any other significant circumstances

Guides

Khun Yut
Khun Yut is an English-speaking and experienced instructor. He was born in 1967 and lives in Chiang Mai. Khun Yut is currently married and has two kids. He rides motorcycles since his childhood and knows Northern Thailand in and out. He is a very lovely chap who is always in a good mood.

Location

This amazing tour will bring you to beautiful spots in Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.

Food

Daily breakfast, 12 lunches, 13 dinners, and drinking water are included in price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Van transfers from/to Chiang Mai airport and hotel / Bike Tour Asia Service Center
  • 14 overnight stays in carefully selected hotels and resorts, some areas with the best hotels available at spot
  • Breakfast every day
  • 12 lunches
  • 13 dinners
  • Gasoline during the tour
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
  • Motorcycle insurance
  • Water, soft drinks en route
  • Tour guide on motorcycle leading the group
  • Driver / tour guide in a support van for luggage transportation (one piece per person)
  • Local Lao and Vietnamese tour guide
  • Custom declaration / Laos and Vietnam permits, documentation, custom bonds and administration
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Tour information package including riding and safety tips, details about the hotels, the route and the sight
  • Road maps and Bike Tour Asia T-shirt
  • 7% VAT

What's not included

  • Services not mentioned as included
  • Other meals than stated
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional motorcycle loss/damage waiver
  • Visa for Laos and Vietnam

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfers from and to the airport are included. Bike Tour Asia will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport Airport transfer included: Chiang Mai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
15 days / 14 nights
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Availability

Start: Monday October 1, 2018
End: Monday October 15, 2018

Pricing information
  • This tour requires a minimum of 5 riders
  • If you bring your own motorcycle the price will be 4500 USD (sharing room)
  • The price for a single rider in a sharing room requires another single rider booking with the same request. If there is no other request for room sharing, Bike Tour Asia will add the single room supplement

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