Laos
Thailand & Laos

Gateway to Indochina (Off-Road)

This off-road tour through Northern Thailand and Laos is littered with national parks and there are plenty of village trails that you can choose from throughout the Thai part of the tour. The hills rise up to over 1500 m, and this terrain continues into Laos, so the nature of the roads and the riding reflects this. The visit to the world heritage city of Luang Prabang is the obvious cultural highlight of the tour, with its temples, palaces and museums. You also ride through the ‘Golden Triangle’, remote Lao village communities and small towns.

Riding in Laos is a true adventure and a unique motorcycling experience. Road conditions are highly unpredictable, as is electricity supply, opening times in restaurants, and much more! Itineraries may change at short notice, and sometimes even during the tour. So, instead of giving you a full itinerary, we give you just a very brief one indicating our likely route.

Highlights

— Visit tribal villages only reachable by narrow trails
— Varied terrain including mud trails and river crossings
— Cross tree-trunk bridges
— Witness the wonders of Luang Prabang’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
— Cross the Mekong River

  • Day 1

    Chiang Mai

    You’ll be transferred from the airport to your hotel. This afternoon there may be time for a tuk-tuk tour, a Thai massage, or just take a stroll around town.

    Day 2

    Chiang Mai to Mae Malai

    Today you will be transferred by bus to the base in Mae Malai. The rest of today is spent familiarising yourself with the motorcycles, the traffic and the rest of the group.

    Day 3

    Mae Malai – Chiang Rai

    This morning you will enjoy 2-3 hrs off-roading before picking up the road into Chiang Rai.

    Day 4

    Chiang Rai – Huay Xai

    Ride in the direction of Chiang Khong and the Mekong River, before crossing over South East Asia’s main artery by bridge and entering Laos at Huay Xai. If the border formalities don’t hold you back, there will be time for a little sightseeing.

    Day 5

    Huay Xai – Pak Beng

    Today is easy to describe. 200 km of off road riding …. Enjoy!

    Day 6

    Pak Beng – Nong Kiew

    For a contrast, you’ll keep to the roads today as you ride 230 km through countless villages to Nong Kiew.

    Day 7

    Nong Kiew

    Time for a breather today. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Nam Ou River to Muang Noi. From here visit a cave that was very important to the Lao people during the Vietnam War, offering shelter during air raids, before returning to Nong Kiew for the night.

    Day 8

    Nong Kiew – Luang Prabang

    Depending on your mood, you can take either the road or the off-road ride to historic Luang Prabang today.

    Day 9

    Luang Prabang

    You can choose what you would like to do today. You can arrange a visit to Kung Si Waterfall, Phu Si Temple or just have a stroll around town, the choice is yours.

    Day 10

    Luang Prabang.

    More free time today to relax and enjoy your surroundings, why not take a cultural tour around the Old Town an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Day 11

    Luang Prabang – Thung Chang

    Set off this morning for Hong Sa, and this is probably the best off roading day. Then cross the Mekong River by ferry to Huay Kon. From here it is a short ride to Thung Chang.

    Day 12

    Thung Chang – Phayao

    To contrast with yesterday’s fantastic off roading, there are some great roads lined up for you today on your ride to Phayao.

    Day 13

    Mae Malai

    Your final day’s ride brings you back to base, Mae Malai. Enjoy a farewell dinner.

    Day 14

    Chiang Mai

    Transfer back to Chiang Mai for your onward arrangements.

    Total Distance c. 1250 km

  • Laos, Gateway to China Enduro Adventure
    Dates Rider Passenger Single room supplement
    28 Jan - 10 Feb 2019 £2,925.00 £1,995.00 £215.00
    Extra Nights £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
  • What's Included & What's Not
    Price Includes Price Excludes
    12-nights bed & breakfast accommodation
    13 days motorcycle hire (Honda CRF250 or Kawasaki KDX250)
    Laos Visa
    Fuel
    Lunch including soft drinks
    National park entry fees
    Ferry & boat rides
    Airport and local transfers
    Support vehicle for tours with 4 or more riders
    English speaking tour guide and local support team
    Motorcycle insurance excess €100 (c. £90, payable locally)
    Meals not stated above
    Personal items and expenses
    Additional activities
    Riding gear
    Insurance
    Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
  • Walter Fenske, was born in Germany in 1957. He trained as a mechanic and ran his own garage, and first came to Thailand in 1988 for a holiday. Walter fell in love with the place and became a resident in 1989. In the same year he founded a motorcycle garage in Chiang Mai together with his friend “Joe” Sauerborn, which also offered motorcycle rentals.

    In 1994 Walter founded the oldest legally registered motorcycle tour company in Northern Thailand, and in 1995 H-C Travel teamed up with Walter to offer British riders the opportunity to discover the off-road delights of Northern Thailand.

    Walter married Joang in 2001 and, in between looking after their pot–bellied pigs, she manages the business day to day. They are both committed to making your time in Thailand fun, safe, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. We know you won’t be disappointed!


    Karl-Heinz (Charlie) Blechschmidt,
    is also from Germany and before he started work in Asia he travelled all over Europe and North Africa by motorcycle. Some years ago he took his first motorbike tour around south-east Asia and so fell in love with the countryside and the nature in this part of the world that he decided to share his wonderful adventure with other people. He married in 2015 and is now happily settled in northern Thailand.

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