15 Days Tour - "Thailand, Laos & Vietnam"

3 Countries - 1 Million Impressions

We start riding in the eastern direction towards Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong where we meet the Mekong river for the first time. Crossing the border into Laos and ride towards Oudom Xai. Already during our third day of riding we cross into Vietnam and visit the battle ground at Dien Bien Phu. Heading north towards the Chinese border and the Phan Xia Pang, 3143 meters, Vietnam’s and South East Asia highest mountain.

Rest day in the pleasant and picturesque resort town of Sapa before continuing to the rice terraces at Nghia Lo. Boat ride along the Limestone caves at Ninh Binh. Enjoying riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail to Phu Mat.

Once back in Laos we visit the Plain of Jarsand continue to Luang Prabang, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Crossing the mountains on yet another road less travelled to Pakbeng before returning to Thailand. Riding less known mountains surrounding the province of Nan, which for centuries remained autonomous and cut off from the outside world.

In every region during the tour we will feast on the local Thai / Lao/ Vietnamese cuisine. During dinners there will be western dish options were available at most locations.

Truly 3 countries and 1 million impressions!

The route in Google Maps

AT A GLANCE

START / FINISH: Chiang Mai
NEAREST AIRPORT: Chiang Mai International Airport
DURATION: 15 days, 13 days riding
ROUTE: Total distance: approximately 3,300 km's (2,050 miles)
DAILY ROUTE: Daily distance: 220 to 310 km’s (137 to 193 miles)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
REST DAY: Sapa (Vietnam)
HIGHLIGHTS: Mekong River, Mountains of north Laos, Battle ground Dien Bien Phu, Mountains surrounding Sapa, Rice terraces at Nghia Lo, Limestone caves at Ninh Binh, Plain of Jars, Luang Prabang (World Heritage), Mountains in Nan province
   

ITINERARY

1 DAY Arrive in Chiang Mai    
2 DAY Chiang Mai - Chiang Khong 300 km 186 miles
3 DAY Chiang Khong - Oudomxai 310 km 193 miles
4 DAY Oudomxai - Dien Bien Phu 230 km 143 miles
5 DAY Dien Bien Phu - Sapa 300 km 186 miles
6 DAY Sapa (Rest Day)    
7 DAY Sapa - Nghia Lo 245 km 152 miles
8 DAY Nghia Lo - Ninh Binh 300 km 186 miles
9 DAY Ninh Binh - Phu Mat 250 km 155 miles
10 DAY Phu Mat - Phonsavan 270 km 168 miles
11 DAY Phonsavan - Luang Prabang 265 km 165 miles
12 DAY Luang Prabang - Pakbeng 280 km 174 miles
13 DAY Pakbeng - Nan 220 km 137 miles
14 DAY Nan - Chiang Mai 310 km 193 miles
15 DAY Departure Chiang Mai    
       

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DAY BY DAY

(B/L/D) = (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

1. Day / Chiang Mai (-/-/D)

Upon arrival we will meet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel. At 3 PM we meet for a welcome briefing and motorcycle hand over at Bike Tour Asia service center. Ride back to hotel so you can get familiar with your motorcycle and local riding environment etc. Please plan your arrival to Chiang Mai accordingly. You will stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

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2. Day / Chiang Mai – Chiang Khong (B/L/D)

In the morning we start our adventure. We ride in eastern direction, passing the Doi Luang National Park, hot springs etc. The first part will be on the main road, an enjoyable ride with nice twists and bends. In Chiang Rai we will visit the White Temple, once of north Thailand main attractions. In the early afternoon we ride along the magic Mekong River (mother of all rivers), which in this area makes the border between Thailand and Laos. We will meet Mekong often during our tour. Towards end of the day we arrive in Chiang Khong which is our destination of our first riding day. We park our motorcycles and enjoy the river view and Laos on the other side. Overnight in Chiang Khong.

3. Day / Chiang Khong - Oudomxai (B/L/D)

A bit earlier start today, goal is to be at Thai Immigration when they open at 8 AM. After clearing Thai border formalities, we cross the Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge. On the Loa side our Lao tour guide greets us, helps us with the border formalities. The immigration- and customs procedures are always an experience. It simply just takes time, so relax, be patient.

Don’t forget! In Laos we drive on the right side of the road! We have a lunch in Luang Namtha and then continue the remaining stretch to Oudomxai. The road is quite good and the scenery is great as we are passing through a couple of villages, where is time to stop and “mingle” with the locals. The first stretch of today to Luang Namtha is the main transit road between Thailand and China and normally has a bit more traffic. After lunch the road is more provincial, with plenty of cures and villages. Part of this stretch is full of trucks due to the high speed railway construction between China and Vientiane. Once the high speed train is in service this part of Laos will change a lot, especially Luang Prabang. Overnight at a lovely resort in Oudomxai.

4. Day / Oudomxai – Dien Bien Phu (B/L/D)

We continue in eastern direction on low traffic density provincial roads to the Vietnamese border. First stretch we ride along the Nam Phak River, enjoy the scenery. At Pak Nam Noy we start climbing up the mountains towards the Vietnam border. This is a remote area of Laos, scenery is spectacular, not many villages. Not much is happening at the Lao / Vietnam border, said that it can still take some time to work through the paper work. Our Vietnamese guide will wait for us at the Tay Trang border crossing and together we will ride to Dien Bien Phu. You will notice how things have changed once crossing into Vietnam, different land scape, 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 Phu.

5. Day /Dien Bien Phu – Sapa (B/L/D)

Today we have quite a long ride ahead of us, we will pass endless villages, plenty of photo opportunities. Toward the end of the day we start climbing up the mountain, scenery gets better by the hour. After an early breakfast we depart follow the NR12 to Muong Lay, then head up to Taphin plateau to conquer a scenic and stunning road through the Sin Ho Valley. We stop at the Sin Ho Market, which is more lively and crowded if we arrive early. We continue this less travelled road until Lai Chau and drive the winding road to Sapa with a photo stop at the O Qui Ho pass at 2005 meter from where we have a spectacular view of Phan Xia Pang, 3143 meters, Vietnam’s and South East Asia highest mountain. In Sapa, there are plenty of restaurant, souvenir shops and bars, something for every taste. Overnight in Sapa.

6. Day / Sapa (B/-/-)

Today is a rest day. Sapa is mountainous town in Northwestern Vietnam, blessed with a cool climate throughout the year. The Hoàng Liên mountain range dominates the area with a dramatic backdrop for many scenic treks.

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. Overnight in Sapa.

7. Day /Sapa – Nghia Lo (B/L/D)

With newly “charged batteries” our journey takes us in southern direction. We ride on good quality mountain roads to Nhiah Loh. During the whole day we pass through endless villages and rice fields. There are countless photo stops and possibilities to “mingle with the locals”. The closer we get to Nhiah Loh the more spectacular the landscape becomes, especially the valleys with their endless rice terraces. Road is especially scenic between Than Uyen to Nghia Lo. We will stop at monument on pass 1570 and at view point No1, take the opportunity and climb the watch tower. The view of the rice paddies is best from here. Overnight in Ngiah Lo.

8. Day /Nghia Lo – Ninh Binh (B/L/D)

Today our journey brings us south to the Ninh Binh province, passing Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

We arrive at Tam Coc, a small town, full of guest houses, coffee shops, restaurants, and souvenir shops (good opportunity to buy inexpensive Vietnamese handicraft) etc, once the ancient capital of Viet Nam, settled in the 10th century. We can visit temples of two dynasties of Dinh and Le with very unique architectures. Explore local area by bicycle. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

9. Day /Ninh Binh – Pu Mat (B/L/D)

In the morning we board sampan boats (2 people share one boat) 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 full ness 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. Next to our hotel is a swimming pool with bar, full of locals. Enjoy a swim and a beer with them. There is also a possibility to ride and visit a waterfall, paved road, totally 50 km return. Overnight at hotel in Con Cuong.

10. Day / Pu Mat – Nam Can - Phonsavan (B/L/D)

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. We stay overnight in Phonsawan.

11. Day / Phonsavan – Luang Prabang (B/L/D)

Phonsavan is home to the famous “Plain of Jars”, a megalithic archeological site that we will visit in the morning. 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 town. Take the opportunity to visit the night market. We stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

12. Day / Luang Prabang - Pakbeng (B/L/D)

In the morning you will have the option to rise early to view the procession of monks on their daily outing collecting alms, a practice that dates back centuries. It is done early, as the monks cannot eat anything after midday. By giving food to a monk you make merit, which should augur well for your next life.

Once on our motorcycles we start riding in southern direction to Xayaburi. The road heralds the start of a 170 km wild stretch of highway along steep ridges and around hairpin bends, with headlong views of rugged valleys and remote mountains as far as the eye can see. From Xayaburi we take the narrow and winding local road passing couple of remote villages to Hongsa were we enjoy lunch. Last part of the day we ride to Pakbeng. Pakbeng is a colorful village situated at the junction of the Mekong River and the smaller Beng River, hence the town’s name ‘Pak’ meaning ‘mouth’ in Lao. The scenery is stunning, the pace is slow. The town is a transit point for mainly back packers traveling by boat on the Mekong river between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. Enjoy the view from the hotels infinity pool. Overnight in Pakbeng.

13. Day / Pakbeng – Nan (B/L/D)

Today is our last day in Laos. First part of the route takes us back in the direction to Hongsa. We cross into Thailand at Huai Kon border point. Normally the border formalities leaving Laos and entering Thailand are rather straight forward. Once in Thailand we are in Nan province, one of the few remote areas left in Thailand. Enjoy the 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.

14. Day / Nan – Chiang Mai (B/L/D)

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 at Bike Tour Asia Service Center in Chiang Mai in the afternoon. Transfer to 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. We will overnight in Chiang Mai.

15. Day / Chiang Mai Departure (B/-/-)

Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport.

Remark: All of the indicated times and Km are approximately.

TOUR PRICES

Vehicle Single Rider Rider and pillion Single Room
BMW (sharing room) (sharing room) Suppl.
F700 GS 6,199,- 8,678,- 700,-
F800 GS 6,199,- 8,678,- 700,-
R1200 GS 6,749,- 9,448,- 700,-

(all prices are in USD)

Remarks
  • A deposit of USD 1,000,- per rider and USD 1,500,- per rider and pillion is payable upon booking. Rest payment is due latest 60 days before departure
  • The above prices are based for a group of 5 riders.
  • If you want to do this as a private tour please contact us to price quotation.
  • The price for a single rider in a sharing room requires another single rider booking with the same request. If there is no other request for room sharing we will have to charge you the single room supplement
  • Prices include 7% VAT
  • The tour starts and ends at Bike Tour Asia Service Center ( Service Center Gmaps)

Due to the lengths of your International flight and the time difference you may have to leave your country a day earlier, subsequently you will arrive one day later back home. Please book your flights accordingly!

Route itinerary and destination may be subject to change in case of force majeure, weather conditions, road conditions and any other significant circumstances.

We are pleased to assist you with the booking of additional nights in Chiang Mai or any other services in connection with the tour! Please let us know.

WHAT IS INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

Included in the tour price

  • Transfers in Chiang Mai
  • 14 overnights at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • Breakfast every day
  • 12 lunches
  • 13 dinners
  • Water, soft drinks and coffee / tea in connection with the meals
  • Fuel during the whole tour
  • Late model of a BMW GS Motorcycle as per your choice with unlimited mileage
  • Third Party liability insurance and a motorcycle damage coverage (details see under “Insurance”)
  • Road captain on a motorcycle leading the group
  • Tour guide in a support van
  • Support van for luggage transportation (1 piece per person), drinks and space for a guests (upon prior request)
  • Local Lao and Vietnamese Tour Guide
  • Custom Declaration / Laos and Vietnam permits, documentation, custom bonds and administration
  • Entrance fees to National Parks and Historical Sites
  • Tour information package including riding and safety tips, details about the hotels, the route and the sight
  • Road Maps
  • Bike Tour Asia T-Shirt

Not included

  • Services not mentioned as included
  • Other meals than stated
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional motorcycle loss/damage waiver (please see details under "Insurance")
  • Visa for Laos and Vietnam (passport valid for min. 6 months, a passport photos.) Please note that you need two visas for Laos since and one visa for Vietnam. Costs and visa process depending on your nationality. For more information please contact us
  • Travel insurance (cover against medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of an accident or illness). We recommend to buy an travel insurance in your home country

MOTORCYCLE DAMAGE & LOSS COVERAGE / WAIVER / TRAVEL ACCIDENT INSURANCE

A security deposit according to the below list is to be presented through electronic blocking of funds on your credit card (Mastercard/Visa) or in cash upon hand-over of the motorcycle. The full amount will be electronically unblocked on your credit card or cash refunded after the tour (if no damage or loss of the motorcycle occurred). For more details, please see Terms & Conditions.

All in USD Security deposit Daily waiver premium / outside Thailand
F700 GS 1,500 30
F800 GS 1,700 40
R1200 GS 2,500 60
  • Included for riding in Thailand is a motorcycle damage & loss coverage with a maximum deductible amount up to the level of the security deposit (according the motorcycle type) and no daily waiver premium applicable.
  • For riding outside of Thailand Bike Tour Asia offers an optional daily damage & loss waiver for the motorcycle, based on the above listed daily waiver premiums, which will limit the maximum deductible amount up to the level of the security deposit in case of damage or loss to the motorcycle while riding outside Thailand. Without purchasing the optional waiver, your security deposit amount must be equal to the full value of the motorcycle.
  • A Travel Accident Insurance is included for BTA Guided Tours only and as shown below.

Travel Accident Insurance, by AXA Insurance Company, is included in all BTA Guided Tour prices.

Limit of Liability: (All in USD)

Loss of Life, Sight, Dismemberment, Total Permanent Disability 30,000
Accidental Medical Expenses 15,000
Personal Liability 3,000
Public Liability 300,000

Underlying coverage is in Thai Baht’s and converted into USD using exchange rate 1 USD = 32 Baht

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TOUR DATES

1 - 15 October 2018 (motorbikes still available)

This tour is also open for your own private group. Please choose your desired dates - all year round and come with your friends, club or company (subject to motorcycle availability).

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