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This BMW motorcycle tour provides an outstanding opportunity to obtain a thorough impression of the uniqueness of north Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. The selected roads are a mix of mostly rural two lanes with a variety of surfaces. During most part of the tour, you will ride through areas of spectacular mountainous beauty - some of the best ridings anywhere in the world.
Your accommodations during this tour are carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities. Below are the accommodations where you will spend the nights. Please note that the following are subject to change.
Upon arrival, Bike Tour Asia will meet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel (recommended arrival to Chiang Mai, no later than 1:00 p.m.). At 3:00 p.m. you will meet up for a welcome briefing and motorcycle hand over at the service centre. Ride back to the hotel so you can get familiar with your motorcycle and local riding environment, etc. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
In the morning, start your motorcycle tour of Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. You will ride in the eastern direction, passing the Doi Luang National Park, hot springs, etc. The first part will be on the main road, an enjoyable ride with nice twists and bends.
In Chiang Rai, you will visit the White Temple, once of north Thailand main attractions. In the early afternoon, ride along the magic Mekong River (mother of all rivers), which in this area makes the border between Thailand and Laos.
You will meet the Mekong River often during the tour. Towards the end of the day, you will arrive in Chiang Khong which is the destination of your first riding day. Park your motorcycles and enjoy the river view and Laos on the other side. Overnight in Chiang Khong.
A bit earlier start today, the goal is to be at Thai Immigration when they open at 8:00 a.m. After clearing the Thai border formalities, you will cross the Thai - Lao Friendship Bridge. On the Lao side your Lao tour guide will greet you and helps you with the border formalities.
The immigration and customs procedures are always an experience. It simply just takes time, so relax, be patient. Don’t forget that in Laos, you will drive on the right side of the road! You will have 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 curves and villages. Part of this stretch is full of trucks due to the high-speed railway construction between China and Vientiane. Once the high-speed train is in service this part of Laos will change a lot, especially Luang Prabang. Overnight at a lovely resort in Oudomxai.
The tour continues in an eastern direction on low traffic density provincial roads to the Vietnamese border. For the first stretch, you will ride along the Nam Phak River and 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, the scenery is spectacular, not many villages. Not much is happening at the Lao / Vietnam border, said that it can still take some time to work through the paperwork. Your Vietnamese guide will wait for you at the Tay Trang border crossing and together we will ride to Dien Bien Phu.
You will notice how things have changed once crossing into Vietnam, different landscape, more people, villages, traffic. The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the climactic confrontation of the first Indochina war between the French Union's French Far East Expeditionary Corps and Viet Minh communist-nationalist revolutionaries.
You can also 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 you will have quite a long ride ahead of you. You will pass endless villages, with plenty of photo opportunities. Toward the end of the day you will start climbing up the mountain, the scenery gets better by the hour.
After an early breakfast, you will depart following the NR12 to Muong Lay, then head up to Taphin Plateau to conquer a scenic and stunning road through the Sin Ho Valley. Stop at the Sin Ho Market, which is more lively and crowded if you arrive early.
Continue this less travelled 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 will have a spectacular view of Phan Xia Pang, 3143 meters, Vietnam’s and South East Asia highest mountain.
In Sapa, there are plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops, and bars; something for every taste. Overnight in Sapa.
Today is a rest day. Sapa is a 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 for many scenic treks.
There are many things to do in Sapa. You can do 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 specialities to high-quality Italian restaurants and wine bars. Not to mention the many local cafes that serve super robust Vietnamese coffee.
If you are up to it, take the cabin to the top of Phan Xia Pang or simply just stroll around in the town. Overnight in Sapa.
With newly charged batteries your journey takes will you to the southern direction. You will ride on good quality mountain roads to Nhiah Loh. During the whole day, you wil pass through endless villages and rice fields.
There are countless photo stops and possibilities to mingle with the locals. The closer you get to Nhiah Loh the more spectacular the landscape becomes, especially the valleys with their endless rice terraces.
The road is especially scenic between Than Uyen to Nghia Lo. You will stop at a monument on pass 1570 and viewpoint No 1; take the opportunity and climb the watchtower. The view of the rice paddies is best from here. Overnight in Ngiah Lo.
Today the tour brings you south to the Ninh Binh province, passing Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Arrive at Tam Coc, a small town, full of guest houses, coffee shops, restaurants, and souvenir shops (good opportunity to buy inexpensive Vietnamese handicraft), etc.
It was once the ancient capital of Vietnam, settled in the 10th century. You can visit temples of two dynasties of Dinh and Le with very unique architectures. Explore the local area by bicycle. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
In the morning you will board sampan boats (two people sharing one boat) and drift down the river among the villages, beautiful mountains, and lush rice fields. You will pass through three caves (“Hang Ca”, “Hang Hai” and “Hang Ba”). Enjoy the peacefullness and watch the skills of the boat operator.
Once back on your motorcycles, continue your journey to Pu Mat. Follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Ca (big) River and arrive in Con Cuong town in the Nghe An Province towards the end of the day. Most of today’s route is on good enjoyable low-density roads.
Next to your hotel is a swimming pool with bar, full of locals. Enjoy a swim and a beer with them. There is also a possibility to ride and visit a waterfall, paved road, totally 50 kilometres return. Overnight at hotel in Con Cuong.
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 will 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. You will notice the change in landscape and fewer villages once in Laos. Stay overnight in Phonsawan.
Phonsavan is home to the famous “Plain of Jars”, a megalithic archaeological site that you will visit in the morning - a must-see stop on this tour. 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, enjoy a deserved dinner in the old quarters of the town. Take the opportunity to visit the night market. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.
As this is a rest day the day is totally at your own disposal. In the morning you 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 tuk tuk. Another option is cruising couple of hours on the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves. If this is too long time spent on a boat, enjoy a short sun set cruise on the river.
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. Along the walking street you find plenty of antique shops, bakeries, bars etc. After sun set the night market takes off. Enjoy and have fun! Stay another night in Luang Prabang.
In the morning you 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.
Once on your motorcycles, you will start riding in southern direction to Xayaburi. The road heralds the start of a 170 kilometres 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, take the narrow and winding local road passing a couple of remote villages to Hongsa where you will enjoy lunch. Last part of the day is the ride to Pakbeng. 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. The town is a transit point for many backpackers travelling by boat on the Mekong River between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. Enjoy the view from the hotel's infinity pool. Overnight in Pakbeng.
Today is your last day in Laos for this tour. The first part of the route takes you back in the direction to Hongsa. Cross into Thailand at Huai Kon border point. Normally the border formalities leaving Laos and entering Thailand are rather straight forward.
Once in Thailand, you are in Nan province, one of the few remote areas left in Thailand. Enjoy the road 1081 south towards Bo Kluea. At Bo Kluea (salt well) you will stop for lunch and visit the salt well where you will experience old traditional salt extraction.
Back on the road, continue a great windy and scenic road towards Nan, the capital of this province. For centuries Nan was a separate, autonomous Kingdom with few relationships to the outside world. Now, the city is a beautiful town with many well-preserved temples. For local bikers, the area is a treasure. Overnight in Nan.
After breakfast, you will drive from Nan in a western direction. During the last day of your motorcycle tour, you will cruise once again the hilly roads via Phayao to Chiang Mai. In Phayao you will enjoy a nice lunch by the lake before we arrive back at Bike Tour Asia Service Center in Chiang Mai in the afternoon.
Transfer to hotel and get ready for your farewell dinner. End the day together with your new friends, sharing good riding memories and looking at some of the pictures from your adventures. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Today you will be transferred to Chiang Mai International Airport.
Bike Tour Asia requires a security deposit by credit card authorization (Visa or MasterCard only) or cash. The deposit for F700 / 750GS is 1500 USD, 1700 USD for F800 / 850GS, and 2500 USD for R1200GS.
His friends call him PT. PT is a biologist and also a bookworm. Traveling in his home country is something special. You can see the transition of your surrounding while you drive - from crowded cities to the remote mountains and countryside. Every time you pass by the same place it keeps changing. Those keep him feeling joyful while he is riding.
Kuldech is called by everyon Bombae. No, he is not from India. He was born and raised in Lopburi - the famous Monkey City of Siam. That is where he started riding his father’s Honda Nova Dash at the age of 12 years. Since 2013, he has been living in Chiang Mai and loves Northern Thailand; the best area for riding motorbikes. He is very happy to be a part of the Bike Tour Asia team, combining his passion for motorbikes and travel with his job.
Thaveesak also known as “George”, grew up with a passion for two stroke motorcycles. After graduation, he moved to the US and finally bought his first own bike: 1500 cc. cruiser. He moved around the US quite a bit and joined a few motorcycle events like Toy Run in Sturgis, Michigan and the Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. As a motorcycle enthusiast himself, working with BTA is quite a challenge but a lot of fun at the same time.
You will start riding east towards Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong where you will meet the Mekong River for the first time. Cross the border into Laos and ride towards Oudom Xai. Already during your third day of riding, you will cross into Vietnam and visit the battleground at Dien Bien Phu.
Heading north towards the Chinese border and the Phan Xia Pang, at 3143 meters tall, it is Vietnam’s and South East Asia’s highest mountain. Then you will have a rest day in the pleasant and picturesque resort town of Sapa before continuing to the rice terraces at Nghia Lo.
Enjoy a boat ride along with the limestone caves at Ninh Binh. And then you'll enjoy riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail to Phu Mat. Once back in Laos, visit the Plain of Jars and continue to Luang Prabang, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
You will the mountains on yet another road less traveled to Pakbeng before returning to Thailand. You will ride in the less known mountains surrounding the province of Nan, which for centuries remained autonomous and cut off from the outside world.
You will be served daily breakfast, 12 lunches, and 13 dinners throughout the tour. Water, soft drinks, coffee / tea in connection with the meals are also included.
There are many things to do in Sapa. You can do 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 specialities to high-quality Italian restaurants and wine bars.
Not to mention the many local cafes that serve super robust Vietnamese coffee. If you are up to it, take the cabin to the top of Phan Xia Pang or simply just stroll around in the town.
Chiang Mai International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Bike Tour Asia will pick you up from the airport.
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