This 10-day motorbike tour will cover the Southern highlights of Laos. It will encompass both on and off-road sections, but nothing too challenging for the intermediate rider. Lodging and guest houses are typically very comfortable and have all modern conveniences, such as hot water and en suite facilities.
* Historic Ho Chi Minh Trail * Limestone Forest * Ancient Buddha Caves of Thakek * Dong Hua Sao National Forest * Tad Fane Waterfall and Boloven Plateau * Kong Lor Caves * Wat Phou Angkor Era Temple Complex
A short motor ride from Vientiane to Thakek, about 4-6 hours depending on group size, but an easy route. We will spend the later part of the day to visit the Buddha Caves. Excellent off road area if the group would like to explore the countryside. Lodging at the Thakek Travel Lodge.
DAY 2: LAOS SOUTHERN MOTORBIKE TOURS: PAKXANE MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO LAK XAO
Depart Thakek for Pakse, old French Capital. We will spend the day exploring the French Capital and surround areas of interest and scenery. Lodging at the famous Hotel Pakse.
DAY 3: LAOS SOUTHERN MOTORBIKE TOURS: LAK XAO MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO BUALAPHA
This is where the HCMT will start. We will depart from the Vietnameseborder region and head deep into the jungle trails that cross through this historical area. Get ready for off road heaven!
DAY 4: LAOS SOUTHERN MOTORBIKE TOURS: BUALAPHA MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO XEPON/DONG
Deeper and further into the HCMT…..
DAY 5: LAOS SOUTHERN MOTORBIKE TOURS: XEPON MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO SEKONG
We will have a restful nights sleep in a modern hotel tonight. And continue on down the Trail.
DAY 6: LAOS SOUTHERN MOTORBIKE TOURS: SEKONG MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO ATTAPEU
Our final leg of HCMT will lead us right up to the borders with Cambodia and Viet Nam. The last day will see historic war remnants and beautiful, unseen single track trails. A good nights rest again will see us through to Champassak in the morning.
DAY 7: LAOS SOUTHERN MOTORBIKE TOURS: ATTAPEU MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO CHAMPASAK
Across the famous Boleavan Plateau, pass through coffe plantations and farms in some of Lao’s most fertile areas. Visit plantations and see how Lao coffee is making its way to a Starbucks near you. We will arrive in Champasak and take time to visit Lao’s most famous Angkor era temple, Wat Po. It is located at the base of mount Phu Kao, just shy of the Mekhong River in Champasak province. There was a temple on the site as early as the 5th century, but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries. Little restoration work has been done, other than the restoration of boundary posts along the path. Wat Phou was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
DAY 8: LAOS SOUTHERN MOTORBIKE TOURS: CHAMPASAK MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO SAVANAKHET
After departing Champasak we go towards the tarmac for a quick blast. Our day will see both on and off road as we snake along the Mekong and Lao’s main southern route 13 to Savanakhet. It is the 5th largest city and Laos and sits just opposite Thailand, Mukdahon, on the Mekong. Fabulous casion gambling and first class food and lodging are on order as we celebrate coming out “of the jungle”…
DAY 9: LAOS SOUTHERN MOTORBIKE TOURS: SAVANAKHET MOTORCYCLE TOUR TO THAKHEK
Continuing northbound, today is much like the day before, as we trek along the off road sections that shadow the route 13 along the Mekong. Some roads follow along the River, others take an inland twist. Either way, enjoyable riding and views for all.
DAY 10: LAOS SOUTHERN MOTORBIKE TOURS: THAKHEK MOTORCYCLE TOUR BACK VIENTIANE
The final drive home……back to Vientiane for bike return and wind down!!! Hope you enjoyed yourself!!
* CANCELATION POLICY:
Tours sold leave rain or shine
– Cancelation made 7 days before the tour start date will receive 30%
– Cancelations made within 7 days of the tour start date or during the tour receive NO REFUND
JUST A REMINDER…..THE ABOVE PRICES INCLUDE ALL COSTS, WITH EXCEPTION TO ALCOHOL. ALL MEALS, ALL PETROL, ALL LODGING, PARK FEES, EVEN WATER. IF YOU DON’T DRINK, DON’T OPEN YOUR WALLET!!!
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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).
* Professional tour guide with his bike& his gasoline
* Your motorbike: Honda CRF 250 or Honda XR 250 & your gasoline
* Mechanic support during the trip (applied to the group of 6 & upwards)
* Your accommodations in hotel or guest-house during the trip
* Meals as mentioned on the itinerary
* River crossing & waterfalls fees
* Third person insurance
* All equipments helmet, mask, gloves, boots, and jacket for your safety – NO PANTS just bring a jeans
* Luggage storage at Luang Prabang
* Your personal insurance (we highly recommend you to take travel insurance before to start your journey in Asia)
* Soft drinks during the trip
* Mechanic member of our team with his bike, gasoline, accommodation (add $150/day)
* Your personal expenses
* Coverage for any damages to motorcycle (unfortunately there is no insurance in Laos to cover this)
* Support vehicle for your luggage (we can add on request $150/day)