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11 Day Explore Laos Tour

Central Thailand Tour
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Duration

11 Days 10 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Thai

Overview

A exhilarating ride out with awesome scenery en route with many stops at points of interest along the way. Experience the delights of two countries that have contrasting styles culture. The riding will be adventurous but safe as cater for all levels of riding experience as we look to show you the real Laos and Northern Thailand.

Each tour member is allocated a private room on each of our overnight night stops at a min 3* or 4* hotel.

Motorcycles available:
KAWASAKI Versys 650
SUZUKI 650 V Strom
HONDA CBR 500
HONDA CRF 250
BMW GS 310

Available options at addition cost
BMW GS R1200 – 5000 Bht per day
BMW GS 800 – 2500 Bht per day

 

Notes
Breakfast, a light lunch and a full dinner and soft drinks are included in the tour as is pre-selected good quality accommodation.

*For further details please see our full terms and conditions.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unsurpassed pre-selected adventure road riding
  • Fantastic photo opportunities
  • Traveling through national parks
  • Visits to points of interest
  • Quality accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1 - Pattaya to Chaiyaphum

Having completed a short tour induction and bike orientation at company HQ “Route 66” we ease our way out of Pattaya we commence the 400km + ride to Chaiyaphum for the first of our overnight stops. The province features the Phetchabun mountain range so there will be some nice climbs with the many changes in elevation as we ascend the range around to 1220m above sea level. The eastern part of the province houses the Khorat Plateau with stunning views across the landscape.
The province features no less than 4 national parks with Tat Ton National Park being the most popular as it features scenic waterfalls and dry dipterocarp forests, in addition there is also The Sai Thong waterfall the biggest attraction of the Sai Thong National Park.
A fantastic day’s ride as riders settle into the tour.

Day 2 - Chaiyaphum to Nong Khai, cross the Laos border into Vientiane.

Once breakfast has been concluded we set off on an exciting cross border ride into Laos. The tour’s initial destination being Nong Khai, a North Eastern Thai province sitting on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. After our guides effectively steer you through the border controls we will cross the famous Lao - Thai Friendship Bridge, known as the gateway to Vientiane, the capital of Laos at which point we will arrive at our overnight stop and a well earned dinner.

Day 3 - Explore Vientiane

Grab your camera, and set off to explore a host of fascinating sights, sounds and delicious aromas in Vientiane.

A quaint night market sits next to the Mekong River. Many of French style colonial buildings are now museums with displays of artifacts dating back as far as the prehistoric period.

Just outside the city Sala Keoku Park has a quirky selection of large concrete Buddhist, Hindu and Christian statues. A little further North East along the river, you can visit the jungle-covered Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary which boasts elephants, deer, bears and monkeys as its residents.

Alternatively you prefer to chill amoungst the broad boulevards and pretty tree-lined streets with coffee shops, small bars and restaurants to help you while away a relaxing day.

Dinner in the hotel will be an interesting mix of your tour companions' adventure stories.

Day 4 - Vientiane to Vang Vieng

Time to get back into the saddle after breakfast as the tour sets off on the 160 km ride up to Vang Vieng a small town north of Vientiane on the Nam Song River. Vang Veng is circled by stunning limestone mountains and caves and although quieter thee days was pnce a hedonistic backpacker paradise in its heyday.

Ample time will be provided for exploring before dinner at our overnight hotel.

Day 5 - Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

After breakfast we once again saddle up and set off on the approx 200km ride up north to Luang Prabang which nestles on the Mekong River.

With coffee stops and lunch provided along the way complemented by lots of good photo opportunities as we stop at points of interest. Our route through the Laos countryside provides the riders with great adventure riding roads that incorporates a number of steady climbs and rewarding curves to negotiate.

Arriving mid to late afternoon, in sufficient time to allow tour members to frehen up in preperation for dinner.

Day 6 - Explore Luang Prabang

A full day to explore the UNESCO heritage city and its laid back style. If you don't mind an early start (around 05.30) you can witness the historic Alms ceremony as a procession of Monks collect alms of rice from kneeling villagers and tourists. You can enjoy suns rise on the waterfront whilst taking a stroll along the Mekong.

Lots more to see and do if your feeling active with short trips out to an
Elephant Village Sanctuary at Ban Xieng Lom which ensures the survival of a number of elephants or you can climb Phou Si/Chomsy Hill which is the highest point in the city and delivers a near-panoramic view from the top.

Day 7 - Luang Prabang to Hongsa

A great day's adventure riding awaits you as make our way through some of the most stunning countryside in Laos. Heading west the ride is approx 360km in total winding through picturesq villages and towns, farm country, valleys and rivers as we loop through Laos lush greenery.

Lunch and coffee stops have been factored into the route.

A plethora of twists and turns and changes in elevation to be negotiated before we arrive in Hongsa late afternoon for our overnight stop and dinner.

NB; Hongsa is best known for the MW Hongsa lignite-fired power plant which delivers over 1/3rd of Lao's total power requirements.

Day 8 - Hongsa to Nan

A full on days ride today as the tour swings south back towards Thailand, with our intended destination being Nan.

Around 200 km to be covered along good roads. The tour guides will assist in facilitating the border crossing iback into Thailand.

Arriving in Nan for our overnight stop and dinner at the hotel, you may feel need a stroll around the town and markets afterwards to stretch the legs, always worth doing in this lovely city.

Day 9 - Nan to Loei

A swift breakfast, then we are setting off to cover the 360km to Loei. We sweep along the Laos border as we reach the first of several National parks for dramatic scenery. The first being Phu Suan Sai Park.

As we head eastward to Leoi crossing more national parks the roue provides delivers excellent unsurpadded adventure riding as we negtiate endless curves and changes in elevation in addtion to stunnung picture post card views. c

Following dinner relax in our designated hotel or explore the city of Loei.

Day 10 - Loei to Kabinburi for farewell dinner

Post breakfast we depart Loei. One of our loner distance days today with lot of great riding again to be had as we make our way approx 420km to Kabinburi to our fantastic overnight stop in a 5* hotel wcomplete with a farewell dinner.

Today’s journey takes us across rivers, valleys, farmland and lush jungle as we skirt several national parks. With designated lunch and coffee stop on the way and we should arrive at the Hotel around 5pm. Ample time to freshen up before attending the lavish farewell dinner as we reminisce and celebrate memories and freindships made during the tour.

Day 11 (half day) - Kabinburi to Route 66

It’s farewell to Kabinburi following a great farewell event as we head back down to eastern Thailand along the eastern seaboard arriving back at company HQ “Route 66” late afternoon.

Tour debrief.
Tour dispands.

Included/Excluded

  • Motorcycle
  • Gas
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Soft Drinks
  • Carefully selected Hotel 3/4 Stars
  • All Riding gear (Helmets Bluetooth, Gloves, Jackets, Pants, Boots)
  • Third party liability insurance for motorcycles
  • Tour Guide, TAT licensed
  • Chase vehicle with spare Motorcycle
  • 2 Free T-shirt (Big Bike Touring Co and Pattaya off Road)
  • Airport Services Pickup/Return for Groups 4 or more
  • All entrance fees to Historic Sites and National Parks
  • TAT insurance
  • All services not mentioned as included
  • Any Hotel Additional Services
  • Motorcycle Health Insurance @ $3/day
  • Alcohol
  • Airfare
  • Visa

Durations

11 Days

Tour's Location

Central Thailand Tour

FAQs

Do I have health insurance while on tour?
Our motorcycles are fully covered by third party insurance, however we strongly recommend that you have your own health insurance in place before you arrive in Thailand. Make sure it covers you for Motorbike riding activities.
Do I need an International driving license?
Yes, you must have obtained your own country’s International driving license before your tour begins.
Do I have my own room or do I have to share?
You do not have to share, every rider has their own private room.
Can I bring my partner on tour?
Yes, of course, obviously there will be additional fees.
What happens if my bike breaks down on tour?
Our following support/recovery truck carries a spare bike so you will be swiftly back on the road.
How much luggage shall I bring?
When touring it is always best to travel as light as possible, we have 40 litre waterproof bags which stay on our support truck on extensive tours. All bikes have side panniers for additional storage.
When should we arrive before the tour begins?
If you’re flying from overseas, we suggest you arrive a few days before the tour to help you shake off any ill effects of jet lag.
What kind of food should we expect on the tour?
They serve breakfast at the hotel and this normally comprises several options. Lunch is a light roadside lunch, for dinner options we always endeavor to find a restaurant that offers both Thai and International cuisine.
When riding, do you have to follow the tour guide?
Yes, this is mandatory on our tours, for safety and time keeping. We operate a lead and last policy, each rider will take turns to be the ‘sweeper’ bike at the rear of the pack and notify the lead guide bike of any problems/issues.

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Dylan

I have been on some...

I have been on some long motorcycle trips before but nothing compares to the most recent.

Jesse

The custom itinerary planned

The custom itinerary planned for us on this trip was perfect. The guide (Lee) did a great job of getting us to all the right places on time. We never felt rushed. They all went above and beyond in making sure we were comfortable throughout the trip.

Lawrence

A great way to see...

A great way to see the country and the people are very friendly and helpful. The group was a good size for touring. I loved that we had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people we met and did our best to do so. The trip was most enjoyable and I really feel like I got to know a little more about myself (and Thailand) on this ride.

Arthur

We have found the trip...

We have found the trip very well planned and the hotels chosen were all of a good standard, clean and comfortable. The trip was well organised and ran smoothly and we were always informed of where we were going next. I can't thank you enough for all your help and support in organising this trip. I'm very happy with how the whole thing went and I will definitely be recommending you to my friends!

Austin

It was a great trip...

It was a great trip, with some spectacular scenery. We had an excellent variety of accommodation and food, and the guides were very friendly and helpful. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone, especially those who have a limited time in Thailand.

Sean

I've a friend who told...

I've a friend who told me about this tour and I jumped at the chance to join the tour. It was my first time to tour Asia with my motorcycle and I had an amazing time. The 11 days Laos tour was a fantastic motorbike ride out with awesome scenery en route and some fantastic stops along the way.

Terry

It is a great ride...

It is a great ride, with lots of variety and some beautiful scenery. The roads are quiet, winding and hilly. It's not a fast ride, but it's perfect if you like to really take in the scenery and enjoy the trip rather than try to rush from one place to another.

Carl

Fantastic: This was a great...

Fantastic: This was a great way to see Laos. The guides were very good and I enjoyed the excursions. With the BMW was all smooth and comfortable. I had an excellent time on the tour, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys riding motorbikes through mountainous areas. The scenery is spectacular and the ride is quite challenging, but you'll thoroughly enjoy it.

Gerald

We had the most incredible...

We had the most incredible ride, the scenery was breathtaking and we stopped at some beautiful places along the way. Our guy was a brilliant guide, very knowledgeable about so many things, his English was very good and he was so friendly and helpful. This is my first time riding in Laos, I have to say that it is a great experience. Everything was on schedule and the guide was very helpful.

Noah

I just finished the 11 days...

I just finished the 11 days Explore Laos Tour with my partner. It was a fantastic trip, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour guide was really good (though my partner had some trouble understanding him sometimes), and he took very good care of us along the way. We were taken to places we would never have gone on our own, and we were given the opportunity to try some really different things. We got to stay in some lovely bungalows along the way.
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Roger

My partner and I took...

My partner and I took the Route 11 Day Explore Laos Tour, which started on the first of December. We had the most amazing time and it was absolutely one of our favourite holidays to date! The tour itself was very well organised with lots of interesting stops along the way.

Christian

Laos is a fascinating and...

Laos is a fascinating and beautiful country, and Vang Vieng ranks at the top of my list of favorite places to visit. I've traveled to over thirty countries, but I'm still blown away by the rustic charm of this little town in the north. And it's always a treat to visit with my dear friend and guide, Nu. He takes great care in his work, and he makes sure that everyone on his tours is having a good time. If you're
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Keith

I would highly recommend this trip...

I would highly recommend this trip. The guides are great, the routes are fantastic, and the meals included! Great tour. Despite the rainy weather, it was a very memorable experience. Foodwise, it was great to sample the regional cuisine and experience its rich history.

Harold

These guys were amazing!

These guys were amazing! The tour was incredible, and our guides were so cool, really welcoming and friendly, and they made the trip even more fun. They also made sure we were all safe at all times, and we were fed very well!

Jeremy

A highly recommended tour for...

A highly recommended tour for those looking to experience the real Laos. I had a blast on this tour, and I left Laos with a newfound love for the country.

Ethan

This tour was so organized...

"This tour was so organized and well-planned. I feel like I've experienced the best of both countries we visited, Laos and Thailand. The places we stayed were so nice! I loved the hotels (including the ones in Luang Prabang). The food is great too! I enjoyed eating dinner with everyone. I liked our guide's recommendations for activities and restaurants in each city."
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