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18 Days Thailand, Laos and Vietnam Motorcycle Tour – Northernmost of SEA

155 Moo 4, Nong Kwai, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50230
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Duration

18 Days 17 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Thai

Overview

Thailand, Laos and Vietnam Motorcycle Tour – Northernmost of SEA

Big Bike Touring co brings you a lifetime opportunity to ride a motorcycle in Thailand, Laos & Vietnam. In This motorcycle tour, you ride across 3 countries for 18 days visiting some of the most serene landscapes of South East Asia. The Motorcycle tour starts from Chaing Mai and the riders goes across the three countries eventually returning back to Chiang Mai

Motorcycle Tours Thailand

Unlike other tour companies, We don’t work out the back of a truck, we don’t work out of our house, we don’t work out of hotels, You can visit our showroom and offices any time for a chat and coffee and come see our selection of motorcycles.

Motorcycles available for this tour:

  • KAWASAKI Versys 650
  • SUZUKI 650 V Strom
  • HONDA CBR 500
  • HONDA CRF 250
  • BMW GS 310

Big Bike Touring is the official BMW Motorrad Partner in Thailand, we are the original Big Bike Touring operator with offices in Pattaya & Chiang Mai.

Pick-up point: 155 Moo 4, Nong Kwai, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50230

*Please note that for the tour to run we require a minimum of 4 individual riders.

  1. Please check your motorcycle before leaving our service center. You are responsible for any damages and loss during the tour.
  2. The customer agrees to present a motorcycle security deposit, according to type of motorcycle or by cash or credit card upon hand-over of the motorcycle. In the absence of any damage to the motorcycle, its equipment or GPS upon its return, the full security deposit through credit card or any cash deposit will be returned in full.

Security deposit detail as the list below

Type of bikes Security deposit
Kawasaki, Honda or Suzuki brand USD 1,000. –
BMW (F800, 850GS, R1200 GSA, R1250 GS) USD 2,000. –

 

  1. In case the customer does not agree to present security deposit. the owner offers an optional daily security deposit and motorcycle damage waiver, which is cover the damage cost of the motorcycle as per details below.
  2. USD 30 – per day to cover the bike damages up to USD3,000.– excluded USD600 insurance excess. The damages over USD3,000.- will be customer’s responsibility.
  3. USD60.– per day to cover the whole amount of damages cost without limitation. Exclude USD600 insurance excess. Applicable for 3 days tour or more
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A short expedition to Northern Thailand
  • Unsurpassed pre-selected adventure road riding
  • Fantastic photo opportunities
  • Traveling through national parks
  • Visits to points of interest
  • Guided tour

Itinerary

Day 1 -Chiang Mai – Chiang Khong (300)
Day 1 -Chiang Mai – Chiang Khong (300)

Start the first day ride with the easy ride up north of Chiang Mai on curvy highway 118 just to give you to introduce yourself to the bike and Thailand traffic. then dip your feet in a natural hot spring water with a cup of hand-pick coffee in your hand. Continue on the mountain road to Phayao. Sitting by the biggest lake in Northern Thailand for having lunch. After lunch we heading up north to the town near Laos border – Chiang Khong where we will stay overnight by mighty Mae Khong River.

Day 2 - Chiang Khong – Oudomxai (Laos) (310)
Day 2 - Chiang Khong – Oudomxai (Laos) (310)

A short ride from hotel to the border. we make the custom and immigration formalities and ride over the bridge to Huay Xai, where we have our local Laos guide waiting for us to go through all the Laos immigrations and customs. Once the documentation process done, we start to ride on right side of the road to Luang Nam Tha where the first Laos meal will serve for lunch. Then the traffic is getting lighter and road are getting more curve all the way to Oudomxai. Overnight in Oudomxai

Day 3 - Oudomxai – Dien Bien Phu (230)
Day 3 - Oudomxai – Dien Bien Phu (230)

Another border crossing day. We have to take a transportation road on the way to Vietnam border where our local Vietnam guide waiting for welcoming us. The road to border is narrow and damage from transport truck driving between 2 countries. After all the documentation done, we heading to Dien Bien Phu. You will notice how things have changed once crossing into Vietnam, different landscape, more people, villages, traffic. The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the climactic confrontation of the First Indochina War between the French Union's French Far East Expeditionary Corps and Viet Minh communist-nationalist revolutionaries. We can visit the Dien Bien Phu Museum, the notorious hill A-1 battlefield, the former French command post and a captured tank. Overnight in Dien Bien Ph

Day 4 -Dien Bien Phu – Sa Pa (350)
Day 4 -Dien Bien Phu – Sa Pa (350)

There a long ride ahead of us. We will pass countless villages, rice field and a lot of photo opportunities. Toward the end of the day we start climbing up the mountain, the scenery gets better by the hour. Before end of the day we will make our way to Sa Pa the town behind the cloud. The road and scenery along the way are just stunning beautiful. Overnight in Sa Pa

Day 5 - Sa Pa (Rest Day)
Day 5 - Sa Pa (Rest Day)

There are many things to do in Sapa. You can do an optional ride in the area. Or you simply chill out. For a remote small town in northern Vietnam’s mountains, Sapa is surprisingly modern. It offers a great variety of gastronomic options – from local street food and Vietnamese specialties to high-quality Italian restaurants and wine bars. Not to mention the many local cafes that serve super robust Vietnamese coffee. If you are up to it, take the cabin to the top of Phan Xia Pang or simply just stroll around in the town.

Day 6 - Sapa – Ha Giang (260)
Day 6 - Sapa – Ha Giang (260)

We continue up north closing to the China territory. Road are winding as usual with some traffic when we pass through town. Visit the biggest hill tribe weekend market at Bac Ha about half of the day. Then end of the beautiful riding day in HaGiang

Day 7 - Ha Giang – Dong Van (180)
Day 7 - Ha Giang – Dong Van (180)

Today is the relaxing short-day ride. Short in a distance but long with the difficulty of the road due to we going up to the northern most point of Vietnam. Road there will challenge our riding skills. the Long Cu Flag Point monument is where we are going to visit. The monument consists of a 30-metre tall (98 ft) tower on the summit of Long Cu Peak (over 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) above sea level). The tower is topped with a large Vietnamese flag. The monument was built to mark the northernmost point in Vietnam, although the farthest north point on the Chinese-Vietnamese border is actually located over 3.3 km farther north.

Day 8 - Dong Van – Ban Gioc (260)
Day 8 - Dong Van – Ban Gioc (260)

Another great riding day. After finish our breakfast we back on the bike and challenge ourselves with continue 15 switchback road of Khau Coc Cha Mountain Pass. We are going to ride along the china border the whole way to our destination tonight by Ban Gioc Detian Falls this impressive waterfall is located in the Cao Bang province in Northern Vietnam and is around an eight-hour journey, by road, from Hanoi. Much like other famous waterfalls in the world including Niagara and Iguazu, Ban Gioc Waterfall sits on the border between two countries, in this case, Vietnam and China. It is fed by the Quay Son River.

Day 9 - Ban Gioc – Halong (350)
Day 9 - Ban Gioc – Halong (350)

We leave the Waterfall and mountain behind and starts to make our way to the beach of Halong Bay. During the day we still passing through an elaborate mountain range which is give us a lot of photo opportunities. The traffic is getting busier due to we getting close to big town of Vietnam.
Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Hạ Long means “descending dragon”.
The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long Bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà Island to the southwest.

Day 10 - Halong (Rest Day)
Day 10 - Halong (Rest Day)

We will take ancient boat to cruise in Halong Bay enjoy the scenery and sightseeing of thousand islands in the bay while having a lunch. After finish the boat trip we can comeback to enjoy the facilities in the hotel or relaxing by the beach of Halong. Stay another night in Halong.

Day 11 - Halong Bay – Ninh Binh (230)
Day 11 - Halong Bay – Ninh Binh (230)

As we are getting close to capital city of Hanoi. The traffic today going to be a bit busy and crazy then the other day. We try to avoid main road as much as possible due to the big truck is not the thing we should deal with. Anyway, by the end of the day it’s will pay off by the ride through lime stone tunnel with beautiful rice field landscape top up with the sun that almost set at the background if the timing is right. Overnight in Ninh Binh

Day 12 - Ninh Binh – Phu Mat (250)
Day 12 - Ninh Binh – Phu Mat (250)

In the morning we board sampan boats and drift down the river among the villages, beautiful mountains and lush rice fields. We pass through 3 caves (“Hang Ca”, “Hang Hai” and “Hang Ba”). Enjoy the peace fullness and watch the skills of the boat operator.
Once back on our motorcycles we continue our journey to Pu Mat. We follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Ca (big) river and arrive in Con Cuong town in the Nghe An province towards the end of the day. Most of today’s route is on good enjoyable low-density roads. Overnight at hotel in Con Cuong.

Day 13 - Phu Mat – Phon Savan(Laos) (270)
Day 13 - Phu Mat – Phon Savan(Laos) (270)

Today we continue to the Nam Can border gate and check out to Laos. The last part of our riding in Vietnam passes through endless villages and just before the border we climb up the mountain range creating the natural border between Vietnam and Laos. We better be there on time. At 11:30 the immigration office will take their rather long lunch break. After the immigration process, we ride in direction to Phonsavan. You will notice the change in landscape and fewer villages once in Laos. Overnight in Phonsawan.

Day 14 - Phon Savan – Luang Prabang (270)
Day 14 - Phon Savan – Luang Prabang (270)

Phonsavan is home to the famous “Plain of Jars”, a megalithic archaeological site that we will visit in the morning - a must-see stop on our Motorcycle Tour of Vietnam Thailand & Laos. Then we will jump straight back to the twisties, winding our way northwest towards Luang Prabang. Some stunning mountain trails give way to a wide-open track through the beautiful countryside with remote villages along the way. Luang Prabang with its gleaming temple roofs, fading French architecture and stunning mountain backdrop has been claimed by the UNESCO to be ‘the best-preserved city in South East Asia’. In the evening we will enjoy a deserved dinner in the old quarters of the town. Take the opportunity to visit the night market. We stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 15 - Luang Prabang (Rest Day)
Day 15 - Luang Prabang (Rest Day)

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 you’re 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 16 - Luang Prabang – Pak Beng (280)
Day 16 - Luang Prabang – Pak Beng (280)

After breakfast we once again saddle up and set off on the approx.280 km to Pak Beng which nestle on Beng River. We use ferry service not far from our hotel to cross Mae Khong River we leave the main road and start our real part of the adventure today on the new road passing through some villages, negotiation some mountain ranges and rivers. We are riding in a remote area, there are plenty of small forest roads, better to stick to the main road. Well-deserved lunch and break at Ban Samphanxay, take the opportunity to mingle with the locals. Not many tourists come here, enjoy the moment. Continuing further to Hong Sa. Another 60 km relaxing ride to our hotel tonight on the bank of Mae Khong River, view at the pool is absolutely stunning. Overnight in Pak Beng

Day 17 - Pak Beng – Nan (220)
Day 17 - Pak Beng – Nan (220)

The first part of the route takes us back in the direction of Hongsa. We cross into Thailand at the Huai Kon border point. Normally the border formalities leaving Laos and entering Thailand are rather straightforward. Once in Thailand, we are in Nan province, one of the few remote areas left in Thailand. Enjoy road 1081 south towards Bo Kluea. At Bo Kluea (salt well) we stop for lunch and visit the salt well where we will experience old traditional salt extraction. Back on the road, we continue a great windy and scenic road towards Nan, the capital of this province. For centuries Nan was a separate, autonomous Kingdom with few relationships to the outside world. Now, the city is a beautiful town with many well-preserved temples. For local bikers, the area is a treasure. Overnight in Nan

Day 18 - Nan – Chiang Mai (310)
Day 18 - Nan – Chiang Mai (310)

After breakfast, we drive from Nan in a western direction. During the last day of our motorcycle tour, we cruise once again hilly roads via Phayao to Chiang Mai. In Phayao we enjoy a nice lunch by the lake before we arrive back in Chiang Mai in the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel and get ready for our farewell dinner. We end the day together with our new friends, sharing good riding memories and looking at some of the pictures from our adventures.

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

18 Days

Tour's Location

155 Moo 4, Nong Kwai, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50230

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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