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Motorcycle road trip Laos

Beyond the Mekong

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

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Our wandering biker still avidly ventures far and wide to discover sublime routes and share his stories – of which he has quite a stock.

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 Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
From 3190€/pilot

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Laos 12 stages - 1760 Km

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D1 / Arrive in Chiang Mai

Welcome to Thailand! Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy this first day discovering Chiang Mai, a large city in northern Thailand. Ideally located 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 - 300 Km

We start our motorcycle tour with a long connecting stage. Beautiful fast roads await us in the midst of hilly green countryside. We stop for lunch at Chiang Rai and take the opportunity to visit Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple. We arrive near Mekong in the afternoon.

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D3 / Chiang Khong - Luang Namtha - 180 Km

This morning, we get on our motorcycles early and head for the border to reach Laos late in the morning. A beautiful ride rolling through a hilly countryside allows us to appreciate our first moments in this country. We cross our first small typical village with its wooden houses on stilts. Overnight stay in the provincial capital of Luang Namtha.

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D4 / Luang Namtha - Nong Khiaw - 230 Km

We take off for a beautiful ride on a winding road in the direction of Nong Khiaw. We cross Oudomxay, in the Laos region, which is greatly influenced by China. We are delighted to meander in this hilly region. On arriving, we are gifted with the magnificent sight of Nam Ou River meandering between two cliffs.

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D5 / Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang - 150 Km

It is time to go to the country’s capital! For this relatively easy stage, we climb back towards Pak Mong for 30 kms and then we take an asphalt road to reach Luang Prabang in the afternoon in order to visit the city a bit.

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D6 / Luang Prabang - 70 Km

The pearl of Laos, classified as a UNESCO heritage site, Luang Prabang is a small colonial city nesting in the peninsula between Mekong and Nam Khan. Visit of the royal palace and the numerous colonial buildings from the French Indo-China. If we wish to, we can take the motorcycles for a loop around the city.

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D7 / Luang Prabang - Sayaboury - 130 Km

We start again slowly to go a little bit deeper towards the southwest. Our road takes us between terraced rice fields and rubber plantations. A few kilometers of trails take us to the Elephant Conservation Center. We meet various veterinaries and researchers, then we will dine around a campfire with the entire team before spending the night nearby.

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D8 / Sayaboury - Pakbeng - 180 Km

Departure at 10.30 am for a ride away from the civilization. Across wilderness, we take an old route in the hills. After a lunch break at Hongsa, we get back to a faster road, in order to reach our charming accommodation on banks of Mekong.

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D9 / Pakbeng - Chiang Khong - 150 Km

We leave very early for the most adventurous day of the tour. Across mountains in Northern Laos, we ride a on dirt trail going through local tribal villages. We reach the border in the afternoon and then the village of Chiang Khong for our return to Thailand.

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D10 / Chiang Khong - Chiang Kham - 150 Km

We go down south along the Laotian border. For 40 kms, we ride along Mekong and climb in altitude. Our road follows the forms of a ridge acting as a natural border between Thailand and Laos, and takes us to an incomparable point of view over the country we just left.

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D11 / Chiang Kham - Chiang Mai - 220 Km

You mount your bikes for the last motorcycle tour in the southwestern direction till Phayao. A short break in this provincial capital, along a big lake with a view of the mountains. You continue on beautiful forest roads and even a few trails. The last evening in Chiang Mai, we do a bit of shopping or simply to enjoy a last Thai massage.

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D12 / Chiang Mai

Depending on your flight schedule, enjoy a few more hours in the attractive city of Chiang Mai. Transfer to the international airport.

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