Motorbike tours in Laos. We present you Laos from its most awesome side: Our team invites you to join us on a motorcycling trip you will tell your grandchildren of, we actually mean it!! Not only the interesting flora and fauna and breathtaking landscapes but also the Lao people the diversity of ethnic groups…
We will take you out on a 125cc “Minsk”-motorbike. No machine younger then 16 years! (ancient- so be careful!).But with good old 2-stroke-power and Russian engineering-art you will get over every obstacle.
Motorbiking out of Luang Prabang, nature, waterfalls, elephants
In the morning, we pick you up at your guesthouse/hotel and introduce you to your personnel “old lady” at the garage. After a short briefing and a small training ,we start a motorbike trip to our first highlight: VatPhraPhonPao, this young temple (finished 1987) is located on a hill outside of LPQ. Here you will have your first impression of Luang Prabang from above (unless you came by plane). After breakfast, we will ride the scenic Motorbiking tour around Luang Prabang – WaterfallLao – Spirit – Resort our next stop is the Elephant -XL – camp. Here you can see our grey friends the protected Asian Elephants in natural environment. Leaving the elephants with nice pictures, we go towards on a dusty road to TadKatscham, a lonely and beautiful waterfall south of Luang Prabang. Don’t forget your swimsuits (no Bikini !!!). This motorbiking introduction day will send us back to Luang Prabang after another 40 km stretch on wild and sealed roads. Depending on the season another waterfall is a surprise! Night in Luang Prabang – – Night in Hotel in Luang Prabang.
DAY 2: LAOS MOTORCYCLE TOURS: MOTORCYCLING OUT INTO THE NORTH AMAZING MEKONG, CAVES AND BUDDHIST HERITAGE SITE, DIRT ROADS…ADVENTURE! (B,L)
Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang Start 8 A.M.! After breakfast about a 1000 Buddha-images are waiting for you on the side of the Mekong . ThamThing and ThamPhoum-cave is the host of those unbelievable gifted express of Laotian art and religion… Than we will hit the road for some decent dirt road riding in eastern direction through mountains, villages and great landscapes.
Some hours later, we will have lunch in a small village along the way. After another 60k’s we will reach our destination for today…and surely with some pain in the ass…The small place of Vieng Thong is quiet and remote enough to hang out…the hot springs will help to release our exhausted bums in the hot water. Night in basic guesthouse in town.
DAY 3: LAOS MOTORCYCLE TOURS: RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE ON ENDLESS ROADS, ALONG NATIONAL PARKS, THE HIGHLANDS OF LAOS(B,L)
After an early start we drive through amazing landscapes and through some quite prestine forest area…where tourists hardly ever venture!! First stop over is Phoulao, well known for the menhires in its stone garden and ancient relict of the earliest civilization in this region.
On our stop over in Sam Nuea we can have our lunch break (bit later than normal) and can walk around the city to stretch our feet. The countryside around Sam Neua is blessed with high mountains and some great limestone formations. It will pay us back for the fatiguing street we have managed to travel so far!
Leaving Sam Nuea behind, we will reach Vieng Xay, the birthplace of the Laotian republic. This little sleepy town has been very important in the last Indochina-war because the former headquarters of the Pathet-Lao-Revolutionaries. The Lao revolutionaries could hide before the constant bombings of the US air force. The Lao republic was born here…in midst this amazing and fascinating landscape which we will explore. A few hundred caves were counted here and many of them were inhabited during the war. Time to learn about history! Night in Vieng Xay.
DAY 4: LAOS MOTORCYCLE TOURS: LAO HISTORY, CAVES, MOUNTAIN ROADS TO THE SOUTH EAST OF LAOS (B,L)
A short tour around the caves will introduce us to North Laos with motorbikest he trouble history of Laos during the sixties and seventies. Also we will show you to some villages beside the road to have a better understanding of land and culture. After lunch, we will discover the ThamPiew-cave. In fact: a very sad place, because during the war here were more than 400 people killed in an American attack. Also this side everybody should see, learn to avoid such “events” in future. Night in small market town along the way. Night in Phonsavanh
DAY 5: LAOS MOTORCYCLE TOURS: THE AMAZING PLAIN OF JARS, LAO HMONG VILLAGES, DEEP VALLEYS – XAISOMBOUNE (B,L)
Phonsavanh – motor bike tour – Laos Nobody really knows where the jars which we visit today actually came from…and what were the used for. Some secrets will remain even we don’t know. This day we will spend visiting a great highland landscape scattered with mysterious jars, bigger than those in a modern factory. They are big and old and amazing sight and still a miracle! Scattered around the jars are still a lot of bombs a UXO, unexploded ordnances , a “gift” of the Americans during the last war. So stay on the track!!! Another short trip leads us out to the old capital of this province which also was destroyed by bombers during the early seventies. The evening we have time to hang out in Phonsavanh town. Night in Phonsavanh.
DAY6: LAOS MOTORCYCLE TOURS: DRIVE YOUR MOTORBIKE IN THE HIGHLANDS OF LAOS TO VANG VIENG (B,L)
Direction occident through breathtaking wood formations and underneath a “green roof” is our next target Vang Vieng. In Laos for tourists the party paradise! After lunch you will join the legendary tubing down the NamXong. A duty for every Vang Vieng-visitors! A great day filled with nature, Lao landscapes and some fun activities in Lao nature. Night in Vang Vieng.
DAY 7: LAOS MOTORCYCLE TOURS: RIDE YOUR MOTORCYCLE THROUGH THE LAST STRETCH OF MOUNTAINS TO LUANG PRABANG
This morning we can ride our motorcycles after some time relaxing on this amazing landscape just outside of our hotel. Take the time for a walk before we make a motorbike trip back into the mountain roads of Laos . The last adventure is our way back to Luang Prabang. A farewell motorbike ride in Laos will lead you within 5-6 hrs to Luang Prabang.
After arrival in Luang Prabang we clean the motorbikes together and go for a walk up to the most stunning temple in town, VatPhouSi. This name means translated “colourful mountain”. And there is no doubt: he deserves it. Enjoy your last evening on our Minsk motorcycle adventure through Laos.
End of the Tour!
NOTE: This tour extendable into a more relaxed an easy going program. Please always ask for our tailor made programs and itineraries. This tour is just a sample!
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* ACCOMMODATION: – We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.
– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.
– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room
– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
* MEALS: – Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic: + DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so
+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.
+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!
+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.
+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.
+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..
+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.
+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,
+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.
+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade
* Tipping for guides & mechanic: Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).
· Motorbike rental fee (various models available)
· English speaking guide
· Mechanic assistance
· Accommodation on tour
· Meals as mentioned in itinerary
· Visits and sights mentioned in itinerary
· Local taxes and permissions
· Insurance for health, accident and bike (read our terms and conditions)