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Motorcycle road trip Laos - Beyond the Mekong

Motorcycle road trip Laos

Beyond the Mekong


A unique motorcycle tour through two exceptional countries: Thailand and Laos.

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Embark on a unique journey on the other side of Mekong, an incomparable adventure between Thailand and Laos. Along small roads, you will discover sublime hilly green landscapes in the land of a million elephants. You will appreciate this sparsely populated unique Kingdom, which has preserved its culture despite the ordeals of its history. During your motorcycle tour, enjoy the charm of these places by sharing the life of majestic elephants and experiencing atypical encounters.

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Period November to March
Duration 12 days incl. 10 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
From €3,290/pilot
€3,040/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Laos 12 stages - 1,092 miles


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D1 / Arrive in Chiang Mai

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy this first day discovering Chiang Mai, a large city in northern Thailand. With a great location in the heart of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, its architectural heritage is breathtaking with more than 300 temples!

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D2 / Chiang Mai - Chiang Khong - 186 miles

We start with a smooth stretch on fast roads through green, hilly countryside. We stop for lunch at Chiang Rai and visit Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple. We head east and reach the Mekong river in the afternoon.

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D3 / Chiang Khong - Luang Namtha - 112 miles

We head for the border. We cross the Friendship Bridge over the Mekong and step foot in Laos! Our first Laotian road offers rolling hilly countryside and we will immediately notice how it differs from Thailand. We explore our first typical northern villages with their wooden stilt houses and make our way to Luang Namtha, the provincial capital.

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D4 / Luang Namtha - Nong Khiaw - 143 miles

Eastward bound, we take winding roads towards Nong Khiaw and discover lush, rural Laos. We take full advantage of the curves in the asphalt roads near Pak Mong and its mountainside cornfields to perfect our riding skills! We arrive in Nong Khiaw and are blown away by the view of Nam Ou river meandering between two cliffs.

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D5 / Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang - 93 miles

Today, we head to Laos’s ancient capital! On this stretch, we cross more and more remote villages along the river, first on paved roads and then off-road. We descend along the Nam Ou river on a great asphalt road and reach Luang Prabang early afternoon. We discover the charming old town streets and watch the sunset from one of the terraces that overlook the Mekong.

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D6 / Luang Prabang - 43 miles

Known as “The pearl of Laos” and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang is a small city nestled in a valley where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet. We can’t miss visiting the royal palace or Wat Xieng Thong, the city’s oldest temple. You can choose an optional afternoon activity: you can take the motorcycles to have lunch at the famous Kuang Si waterfall or take a local cookery class.

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D7 / Luang Prabang - Sayaboury - 80 miles

We cross the Mekong before reaching Sayaboury province. We take an uneven track, which leads us to where we’ll spend the night: the Elephant Conservation Centre. It is the only hospital of its kind in Laos, which is completely devoted to looking after and protecting elephants. The passionate team will show us around the centre and we will have dinner around a traditional campfire.

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D8 / Sayaboury - Pakbeng - 112 miles

Today, we head away from any form of civilisation. Across the wilderness, we meander over an ancient ridge road before tracing a crystalline river. After a lunch break in Hongsa, we get back on a faster asphalt road, which takes us to Pakbeng, a charming village on banks of the Mekong.

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D9 / Pakbeng - Chiang Khong - 93 miles

We leave at daybreak for the most adventurous “off-road” day of the tour. Across the northern Laos mountains, we ride a dirt track that passes local tribal villages. Both riders and their machines are really put the test! We reach the border in the early afternoon and arrive in the Thai town, Chiang Khong.

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D10 / Chiang Khong - Chiang Kham - 93 miles

We head south, tracing the Laotian border. For 24 miles, we ride along the Mekong and start making our ascent. The road follows the ridge that acts as a natural border between Thailand and Laos. A short, easy hike takes us to the famous Phu Chi Fah cliffs, with an unbeatable view over Laos. The road takes us to the Phayao plains and across Phu Sang national park.

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D11 / Chiang Kham - Chiang Mai - 137 miles

We mount our bikes for our last ride day and head southwest to Phayao. We take a short break in this provincial capital, which is next to a large lake overlooked by mountains. We continue on beautiful forest roads and even a few tracks until lunchtime, when we stop on the shores of Mae Kuang dam. We spend the last evening in Chiang Mai, where you can do a bit of shopping or simply enjoy one last Thai massage.

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D12 / Chiang Mai

Depending on your flight schedule, you may be able to enjoy a few more hours in Chiang Mai. You will be transferred back to the international airport in time for your flight.

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