TOURCODE 70022 (MTO-6-ADV) Description
Enjoy this stunning 6 day, mainly off road, motorbike tour through the North-East of Laos. You will tour from the historic colonial town of Luang Prabang to Viengxay in the east and Phonsavanh further south. You will visit famous waterfalls, see local life in villages, the fascinating plain of jars, the old US air base and natural hot springs. Marvel at the the 'Victory Caves' and the secret site of the Hmong secret army and CIA during the US/Vietnam War.
Level: Intermediate - Experienced
Distance: Approx. 900km
Terrain: Approx. 80% Off-road (Day 1), 60% Off-road (Day 2), 80% Off-road (Day 3), 100% On-Road (Day 4), 30% Off-road (Day 5), 25% Off-road (Day 6)
- Day 1: Luang Prabang - Muang Nan - Luang Prabang
- Day 2 : Luang Prabang - Phonsavanh
- Day 3 : Phonsavanh - Vieng Thong
- Day 4 : Vieng Thong - Sam Neua - Viengxay
- Day 5 : Viengxay - Sam Neua - Vieng Thong
- Day 6 : Vieng Thong - Luang Prabang
Day 01 Luang Prabang - Muang Nan - Luang Prabang (D)
We will begin this tour by riding out on a loop around the mountains located just north of Luang Prabang over the Mekong River. We will visit Kacham Waterfall and an ethnic Hmong village and ride along some superb mountain trails. On the way back to town, we will stop by the majestic Kuang Si Waterfall. This waterfall is one of the most famous in the entire province, and should not be missed on your journey in Laos. At the Kuang Si Waterfall, we can take a dip in the turquoise water, and visit the Free the Bears rescue center.
Day 02 Luang Prabang - Phonsavanh (B)
Now that we caught a glimpse of what Luang Prabang has to offer, we will ride on dirt trails heading south towards Phonsavanh, known as the “hills of paradise” in Lao. Some stunning mountain trails give way to a wide open track through the beautiful countryside with ferry crossings and remote villages. Phonsavanh is home to the famous ‘Plain of Jars’, a megalithic archeological site that cannot be missed.
Day 03 Phonsavanh - Vieng Thong (B)
Today features single trail sections that ascend and descend into bamboo tunnels. The route to Vieng Thong has some challenging twist and turns that will take us up to the old United States’ air base, LS36, and to the steel drum village of Ban Na Kood. After enjoying a natural Hot Spring, we will spend the night in Vieng Thong.
Day 04 Vieng Thong - Sam Neua - Viengxay (B)
In Sam Neua, we will visit the Viengxay Caves, or the ‘Victory caves’ as some refer to it. These caves feature an extensive underground network of tunnels in the Limestone Mountains that were used by the Pathet Lao during the Vietnam War to run their operations and to hide from American bombing missions.
Day 05 Viengxay - Sam Neua - Vieng Thong (B)
Today will almost completely be off-road as we wind our way past the most secret mountain in Laos: Lima Site 85. This area was used by the Hmong ‘secret army’, the CIA, and the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Riding a motorbike through this area is inspiring as it features some of the best trails through the valleys of picturesque mountain ranges. We will stay overnight in Vieng Thong.
Day 06 Vieng Thong - Luang Prabang (B)
After breakfast, we will head back along routes through the countryside with a mixture of trails through some more remote sections of the country. This is a big day with at least 175 kilometers of off-road riding, river crossings and challenging trail through the mountain before returning back to base in Luang Prabang.
Due to the nature of adventure tours and the unpredictability of the weather, the itinerary may be changed at the discretion of the guide.
What is included?
- Professional English Speaking Guide
- Dirt Bike - Honda CRF250
- Riding Gear (Helmet, Glove, Boot, Jacket and Protection Gear)
- Third person insurance
- Accommodation as described in the itinerary
- Meal (s) as described in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Entrance fee as described in the itinerary
- Tax, service charge and permits
What is excluded?
- Riding Long Pants (we recommend a pair of jeans)
- Personal insurance (this at your own risk)
- Coverage for any damages to gear or the motorcycle
- Air ticket
- Visa fee (approximately US$30/person, depending on nationality)
- Travel insurance of any kind
- Tip, drinks, personal expense and other expenses not described in the itinerary
- Single Supplement for Single Occupancy
Accessibility: Our trips are generally unsuitable for people with reduced mobility and other disabilities. Please contact us to discuss if this trip is suitable for your specific requirements.