Laos Highlights

This 10 day ride in Laos has extremely scenic stretches of roads, waterfalls, remote areas, simple villages – giving you a taste of Laos you’ll remember for a long time – and the ride is great!

Laos Highlights


Off-road Sections, Sightseeing

10 days/9 nights

Motorbike self-ride

1280 km

Price: from 2,500 USD

10 days/9 nights – This 10 day ride in Laos is designed to make a loop out of Vientiane with extremely scenic stretches of road. We stay in comfortable hotels and enjoy local food for lunch and a wide sampling of local dishes for dinner. We throw in a visit to Luang Prabang, waterfalls, remote areas, simple villages, Vang Vieng and Plain of Jars – giving you a taste of Laos you’ll remember for a long time – and the ride is great!

Tour Includes

  • Experienced Guide (all inclusive)
  • Accommodation (as indicated)
  • Honda CRF 250
  • 3rd Party Insurance on the Motorcycles
  • Fuel (for the entire trip)
  • SPOT Messenger for Friends and Family to Follow LIVE on the Tour
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Taxes and Permits
  • Drinking Water
  • Helmet and Light Protective Riding Gear
  • Discounts on Protective Equipment Gear
  • All Entrance Fees (Plain of Jars, Vieng Xai) and Ferry Crossings
  • Luggage storage in Vientiane
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Tour excludes

  • Visa for Laos
  • Flights Into Laos
  • Damages Incurred on Tour to Motorcycles
  • Personal Insurance
  • Alcohol and Soft Drinks
  • Tips and Personal Expenses
DAY 1 – Vientiane
Arrival day
Your accommodation is booked for the Season Riverside Hotel. At 18:00 we go over the trip details and get to know one another but the Lao guide will most likely not be available tonight. We’ll discuss trip safety and ride information will be on the itinerary. An introduction to the bikes takes place but the riding is done the next day. Tonight we’ll adjust your bike to fit if you are a bit too tall or on the vertically challenged side.Meals: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Season Riverside Hotel
DAY 2 – Vientiane to Pak Lay (225 km)
150 km dirt , 75 km paved rural road
We depart after breakfast and one final safety talk. We drive out of Vientiane and then turn onto the Mekong River road and the next 150 KM will be on a great paved road following the Thai/Lao border with a little loose dirt here and there. Lunch along the way at a local restaurant and we’ll take a side track or two before meeting up with a great 75 KM stretch of paved road leading over some small ridges. A ferry crossing and we are in Pak Lay, our first night’s destination. After dinner tonight, the guides will help you improve your riding based on today’s run. Ride time will vary but we should be in Pak Lay well before sunset.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Doung Chia Phet Hotel
DAY 3 – Pak Lay to Xayaboury
220 km mixed roads
We get rolling after breakfast and ride to the south of Pak Lay on a smaller track along the Mekong and many local villages. We’ll meet back up with the main road and head back through Pak Lay and take one more secondary loop north of town along tracks most visitors to Laos don’t get to see. The area does have working elephants and with luck we’ll see one or two. The ride is in one of the more remote areas of Laos and things here run just a little slower than elsewhere. Our ride takes us up north on road # 4 and a stop for a local lunch in Nam Phouy and then onto Xayaboury for a visit around the town.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Xayanah Hotel Xayaboury
DAY 4 – Xayboury to Luang Prabang
100+ km dirt
We’ll depart and ride roads that are being improved. We’ll be on paved road for the first 40 km and then a small dirt road for about 50 km along the river. We’ll stop in Kwangsi Waterfalls on the way up for a late lunch and swim. Our arrival in Luang Prabang is about 16:00 and we’ll have dinner at a great place and you will have enough time to walk the night market. Any items purchased can be shipped to Vientiane.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Villa Ban Lao
DAY 5 – Luang Prabang to Vieng Thong
120 km dirt, 120 km paved rural road
We will offer an early morning to those that would like to quietly observe the morning monk alms procession. This happens at about 05:30 and our breakfast is at 07:15. We plan to depart Luang Prabang at 08:00. The first 35 km are on paved road and then we take a turn northeast on a compressed dirt road. We’ll have a break along the way ,as the ride is along the Nam Xeun River. Our lunch is a mid way on the dirt road section and we’ll opt for either a picnic lunch or local place. We’ll ascend into the mountains after Pak Xeng and come to what we at HAMA call “Rock Star Highway”. The children on the last 30 KM come out in force to greet and cheer us on. It’s overwhelming and sure to make your ride day. We’ll meet up with a rural paved road and ride 95 km to Vieng Thong. Vieng Thong is a very small, out of the way town with limited services. Electricity in the town is sporadic and we’ll do the best we can to call ahead and have a few drinks put on ice for the group’s arrival. There is an attraction in Vieng Thong and it is the working office for Wildlife Conservation Laos. We’ll drop in for a look at the photo from the remote camera traps and learn a little more about the area. This is the most ‘rustic’ night we’ll have but the food is fine and we’ll watch the entire town gets rolled up after sunset. For those that like to experiment, the local restaurant has a selection of fermented rice wine, Lao Lao.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: SooksakhoneGuesthouse
DAY 6 – Vieng Thong to Phonsavan
220 km paved rural road
We start off early today and continue riding the remote rural roads of the northeast of Laos. We’ll be at higher altitude most of the day, well above 1000 meters. Remote villages dot the landscape and we’ll have a noodle soup lunch along the way. Our goal is to arrive in Phonsavan by 16:00 so we can drop the gear and get to Site 1 Plain of Jars for sunset – truly spectacular! In the evening, dinner locally and a visit to the Mine Advisory Group office in town.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Anoulackkhen Hotel
DAY 7 – Phonsavanh to Vang Vieng
230 km paved road
We are on the way to Vang Vieng today and, we’ll stop in a Buddha Cave for a small break slightly outside of Phonsavanh. A little stair climbing but this cave is well lit and quite small. We’ll continue on some excellent windy roads to Phou Khoun where we turn south on Highway 13. Our lunch stop is a fantastic hillside restaurant overlooking a deep valley. We ride on and should arrive mid-afternoon in Vang Vieng where we’ll stay for 2 nights. Rest up after today’s long ride and dinner riverside at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Vang Vieng, as well as a chance to catch up on your email!Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Elephant Crossing Hotel
DAY 8: Vang Vieng Area Ride
60 km mixed terrain, 1/2 day Kayak tour
Today we will take a half day ride to the east of Vang Vieng in the morning. We’ll ride the full loop trail along karst limestone formations. There are a number of small schools on the ride and we’ve plenty of time. On the ride, there are several bamboo suspension bridges and if you need help getting the bike over, not a problem. We’ll return to Vang Vieng for lunch and then take a half day kayak trip down the Nam Song.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Elephant Crossing Hotel
DAY 9: Vang Vieng to Vientiane
130 km paved, 40 – 60 km dirt
Our last day ride and we start out early after breakfast. We’ll ride south on Highway 13 to Phonhong and its not really fast road riding so we’ll take our time. We divert off the main road to a smaller rural one leading us to Nam Ngum Reservoir, a manmade lake supplying Laos with hydro-electric energy. Shortly after, we have lunch riverside on the Nam Ngum. One last ride into Vientiane and we’ll break away from the paved road and loop via some dirt roads on the outskirts of town. Our arrival back will be late afternoon and those that have early flights should be fine. Upon our return, we’ll stop for one last group photo at Pataxay Monument. We return to the city and collect what luggage you left behind and our mechanical team will collect the bikes and inspect them. We’ve time for one final farewell – the trip has concluded.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Season Riverside Hotel
DAY 10: Vientiane
Departure day

It’s time to say farewell to Laos and our adventure with a transfer back to the airport for your flight home.Meals: Breakfast


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