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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!
Throughout the tour, you will stay at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This amazing tour will bring you to beautiful spots in Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.
Daily breakfast, 12 lunches, 13 dinners, and drinking water are included in price.
Chiang Mai International Airport
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.
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