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Northern Laos by Motorbike: A Thrilling Journey

This challenging-yet-rewarding motorbike journey through Northern Laos’ exotic, stunning landscape makes for a wonderfully-memorable holiday experience. Rev your way through the streets and dirt tracks of Vientiane, Xayabouly, Luang Namtha, Nong Kiau and Luang Prabang, stopping to take in UNESCO Heritage Sites, national parks, waterfalls, temples, and a host of other treats along the way. This exhilarating journey across Laos is guaranteed to leave you memories to last a lifetime. 

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  • Stay in some of Laos’ most luxurious hotels
  • Interact with local villagers and learn about their beliefs and customs
  • Explore Laos’ stunning parks and regional wildlife
  • Enjoy stunning scenes of natural beauty as your cruise across Laos
 
Starting at
$460
per person per day
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and check in to your hotel. We recommend the luxurious Settha Palace Hotel for its French colonial charm. Get acquainted with your new surroundings, and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps exploring the city or relaxing at the hotel’s pool or spa.

Day 2
Paklai

Today, you’ll be heading to Paklai district in Xayabouly Province by motorbike. Ride the sometimes dirt, sometimes paved road through bamboo groves, past hill tribe villages, and across long, scenic stretches of the Thai/Lao border. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Sanakham, before climbing through steep mountains to a crossing over the Mekong River. Take a load off once arrived in Paklai, and rest up at the small, simple Duang Chai Phet Guesthouse.

Day 3
Xayabouly

Wake up bright and early today and hit the dirt road once again. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Ban Thongmixay. This afternoon will take you through Nam Phouy National Protected Area, nestled into the forested mountains of the Luang Prabang Range and known for its ubiquity of wildlife. You’ll arrive in Xayabouly town, the capital of the province, late this afternoon. Spend tonight at Xay Anan Hotel.

Day 4
Ban Khop

Today’s ride will be long and challenging, as you meander through Hmong and Khmu villages of lowland Laos. Stop for lunch at a Ban Hongsa restaurant, ahead of the next 103-mile leg of the journey to Ban Khop. Once arrived, check in to a local guest house and relax for the night.

Day 5
Vieng Phouka

Start your day off with a relaxed breakfast. You’ll then hop on your bike for a quick ride to Pak Khop, where a three-hour boat ride will take you and your bike to Pak Tha, the point where the Namtha and Mekong rivers meet. After this nice break, you’ll be back on the motorbike, riding about 40 minutes to Houay Xai. In the afternoon, you’ll continue onwards to Vieng Phouka, which you’ll reach before evening time. Check in to your hotel, before heading out to visit nearby villages.

Day 6
Ban Boun Tai

Nam Ha National Protected Area is blanketed with mixed deciduous forest - this will be among your destinations today, crossing three small streams and climbing to Pou Vieng Mountain’s peak. Stop to enjoy the stunning view. Lunch will be served near the banks of the Nam Tha River, which you’ll be crossing afterwards. Visit Na Mor village before travelling on to Ban Boun Tai, your final destination today.

Day 7
Nongkiau

Today, visit the minority villages of the Yao, Red Akha, and Khmu ethnic groups, and gain some insight into their age-old traditions and culture. Lunch will be served in Oudomxay town. This afternoon, the ride will be relatively easy and very scenic. When you reach Nongkiau, you may check in to a local guest house and relax your tired legs for the evening.

Day 8
Nongkiau

Wake up early today and catch the sun rising over the limestone mountains – an unforgettable view! Next, you'll take a leisurely boat on the Nam Ou River, and arrive in Black Tai village, where you'll spend the evening immersed in the local Thai Dam culture and traditions. Learn about their unique ways of living and spiritual worship. This evening, you will return to your guethouse in Nongkiau.

Day 9

Today, you're driving  to Luang Prabang, the former government center and royal capital of the Kingdom of Laos. This will be a 71-mile thrilling ride offering great views. Stop by minority villages along the way to see rural Laotian life in the north. Enjoy lunch in Oudomxay, after which the rest of the ride is easy. Spend the night at a luxury hotel in Luang Prabang-- we recommend either Amantaka or Hotel de la Paix.

Day 10

Enjoy the lovely sights of Luang Prabang today. Head to the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace. Visit Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Visoun, two of the city’s most important temples. You’ll observe the intricate weaving and paper-making processes in Ban Phanom and Ban Xang Khong. This afternoon, you’ll be treated to the stunning Kuang Si waterfall, one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful natural landmarks. Stroll through the town this evening, perhaps picking up some souvenirs from the night market, before heading back to your hotel.

Day 11
Vang Vieng

Drive your motorbike all the way to Vang Vieng today - a jaw-droppingly beautiful journey. Vang Vieng was once a backpacker district famous for its tubing adventures, and less known than it ought to be for its picturesque landscape and natural beauty. Arrive in Vang Vieng this evening after your ride through Kasi district, and check in to your local guest house.

Day 12
Vang Vieng

Explore the sights of Vang Vieng today - meander through its mystical caves, climb up its rock walls, kayak its rivers, or cycle around the charming town. Choose any adventure, and you’re guaranteed to have a memorable, thrilling, fun time. After your exciting day, enjoy some leisure time to check out the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Day 13

Head back to Laos’ relaxed capital, Vientiane today, where you’ll embark on a city tour. You’ll hit major sites, including the golden That Luang Stupa, which holds centuries upon centuries of secrets; and Talat Sao Market, where you can sample some of the city’s freshest produce. Stop by some boutiques to pick up unique curios, before heading back to your hotel.

Day 14

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
VIENTIANE
Settha Palace Hotel

Settha Palace Hotel

The historic Settha Palace Hotel is centrally located in Vientiane within walking distance of the Mekong River, Thatluang Stupa, Namphu Fountain, and other cultural highlights. Built in French colonial style circa 1932 and restored and reopened in 1999, the hotel has 22 rooms and three suites, all featuring rosewood four-poster beds and armoires, and WiFi connectivity. For dining, La Belle Epoque offers French cuisine, and the Sidewalk Café is a pleasant open-air venue offering Asian and international dishes. Amenities include a spa, pool and Jacuzzi; however there is no fitness center. Additionally, there is a business center with Internet and fax services. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Wattai International Airport and a 25-minute drive to Thadeua, where there is a border bridge to Thailand.

 
 
LUANG PRABANG
Amantaka, Hotel De La Paix

Amantaka

Amantaka is set south of Phousi Mountain and close to the banks of the Mekong River and the Luang Prabang Night Market. The resort, an old French colonial building, is surrounded by a spacious courtyard, and has 24 suites – eight deluxe suites, four pool suites, eight Khan suites, two Mekong suites and two Amantaka suites, all with spacious interior and exterior living areas. Facilities include a spa, a fitness center, a library and a boutique art gallery. Amantaka is little more than a ten- minute drive from Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ).

 

Hotel De La Paix

Sofitel Luang Prabang, located in a refurbished French colonial fort, is one of Luang Prabang's most historic luxury hotels. Sofitel Luang Prabang is an all-suite property with 23 suites and pool suites, all designed in contemporary style with a bathtub, free WiFi, flat-screen TV, DVD player and iPod, as well as a private terrace/garden area. An all-day dining restaurant serves classic Lao cuisine, and the colonial-style bar is a great spot to enjoy a cocktail by the fireplace. The hotel also has a spa and library.

 
 
VANG VIENG
Villa Nam Song

Villa Nam Song


This quaint hotel, nestled on the tranquil banks of the Song River was featured in Conde Nast Travelers as one of 20 ‘undiscovered gems’ in Asia. Villa Nam Song and its charming colonial architecture, colorful gardens and impressive views is the perfect rest stop on the way to Luang Prabang or a serene getaway. Under European management the hotel’s gracious, professional staff is multilingual and dedicated to making each guest’s stay as comfortable as possible. Guests may enjoy a range of leisure activities including exploration of countless nearby caves, mountain hikes, village tours, tubing down the Song river, visits to natural lagoons, biking, kayaking, rafting and much more! La Verandah Riverside Restaurant offers Asian and French cuisine and a wonderful selection of international wines. 


 
 
VIENTIANE
Green Park Boutique Hotel, Settha Palace Hotel

Green Park Boutique Hotel

This stylish boutique hotel is one of the city's finest properties and sits just a short drive outside the centre of Vientiane. Built around a central swimming pool, it is a truly chic and tranquil retreat. Its 34 stylish rooms all come with air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, satellite TV, a minibar, DVD player and radio, with a balcony/terrace overlooking the pool. There is also a restaurant and bar, with breakfast available to take away for those guests leaving early to go touring. As well as the stunning outdoor pool, there is also massage, a spa, jacuzzi and gym.
 

Settha Palace Hotel

The historic Settha Palace Hotel is centrally located in Vientiane within walking distance of the Mekong River, Thatluang Stupa, Namphu Fountain, and other cultural highlights. Built in French colonial style circa 1932 and restored and reopened in 1999, the hotel has 22 rooms and three suites, all featuring rosewood four-poster beds and armoires, and WiFi connectivity. For dining, La Belle Epoque offers French cuisine, and the Sidewalk Café is a pleasant open-air venue offering Asian and international dishes. Amenities include a spa, pool and Jacuzzi; however there is no fitness center. Additionally, there is a business center with Internet and fax services. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Wattai International Airport and a 25-minute drive to Thadeua, where there is a border bridge to Thailand.

 
 
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