Vietnam Laos Border Crossing Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Vientiane – 15 days

Duration : 15/Days
Destination : Hanoi → Mai Chau → Phu Yen → Son La → Dien Bien Phu → Muang Mai → Muang Kua → Muang Ngoi → Viengkham → Viengthong → MuangKham → Phonesavanh → Luang Prabang → PakLay→ Vientiane

From: $2,850/person

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If adventurous travel is your thing, this motorbike tour from Vietnam to Laos is designed for you. Within 15 days, we will take you through the spectacular wild nature in the west of both nations. Our guide will help you discover the finest landscapes with jungles, terraced fields,  waterfalls, and get to know the tribal villages’ cultures, customs, lifestyles, and traditions as well.

These places also offer an abundance of Instagram-worthy locations and natural settings. During this excursion, you will get a chance to taste the exotic foods that can be found nowhere else and join the local activities. Not only a normal motorbike tour but BM Travel Adventure is also sure to bring you life-enriching experiences.

ITINERARY

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

+ a free day for you to have a chance to visit all places in Luang Prabang in Laos

+ know more about Vietnam history as well Dien Bien Phu campaign in 1954.

+ nice experience when enjoying local food

+ off-road motorcycle trip crossing Vietnam – Laos border with a lot of experience

Day 1Hanoi to Mai Chau (Hoa Binh Province)

Kick off the first day of the 15-day northern Vietnam motorbike tour to Laos at around 9 a.m. and escape from the heavy traffic in the capital city of Hanoi. Go west to Mai Chau, a fabulous destination for both international and domestic travelers. It’s a rural valley that has lofty cliffs, unique culture and lifestyle of northwest Vietnam. Run along Highway 6 when getting out of Hanoi and you will see the tree-lined roads cutting through the immense paddy fields, punctuated by limestone karst scenery.

After having lunch in Hoa Binh Province, we will head to one of the most beautiful passes in North Vietnam – Thung Khe. With its steep slopes, frequent rocks, and spiral sequences, the pass offers riders a danger yet full of excitement. Then roll down to the mountainous valley settlement of Mai Chau. Enjoy your dinner, rice wine – the special liquors of the region and the locals’ performances. Stay overnight in a stilt house of the Thai people.

Summary:
Distance: 160 km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 2Mai Chau to Phu Yen (Son La)

135km from Hanoi, Mai Chau is one of the closet places where you can learn about the real tribal villages. Wake up early in the morning, enjoy a delightful breakfast and stroll around the village to discover the local life here. However, we will leave Mai Chau at about 10 a.m. Make it to Moc Chau for lunch. As the largest and dreamiest plateau of northern Vietnam, Moc Chau attracts tourists with its marvelous traditional villages of Vietnamese minor tribes, beautiful fields of plum flowers and cherry blossoms, and comfortable weather.

Following lunchtime is a ride to Road 43 leading to the Da River. Embark a boat at Van Yen ferry and cross the river. Continue the journey, we will clear a winding road to hit Phu Yen, a district of Son La Province. Check-in at a basic guest-house. Get back your energy for the next day uncovering another northern land.

Summary:
Distance: 140 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guest-house

Day 3Phu Yen to Son La City

Passing over Road 37, we enter the mountains heavily populated with Black Thai people whose villages peacefully lie beside the zigzagging tracks. Make our way through the hills to reach the field of sugar cane in Son La plateau. Have lunch in the capital of Son La Province – Son La City before getting inside of the old French Prison and Museum, better known as “Hell on earth”, where the French colonialists torture Vietnamese prisoners savagely. The prison was destroyed by the infamous “off-loading” of unused ammunition by US warplanes that were returning to their bases after bombing raids.

Yet, it has been partially restored, including the turrets and watchtowers. The prison has a huge number of traces that still existed as memory keepers for one of the darkest periods in Vietnam’s history. Spend a night in Son La City. Have a full preparation and get ready for the 5th day.

Summary:
Distance: 160 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4Son La to Dien Bien Phu

Say goodbye to Son La, we will jump in the saddle for a two-wheeled North Vietnam adventure tour through a series of mountain passes and sleepy villages of Black Thai people. Then start conquering the very long and steep Pha Din Pass, one of the most beautiful passes for all adventurous travelers. This 32-km mountain pass in local Thai language means “Heaven and Earth” which connects Son La and Dien Bien Province. Standing on top of Pha Din, you will get the best aerial view over the other side on a very steep sealed road and surrounding mountains.

Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Mosey along Dien Bien Phu City to explore some historical regarding the French war such as Muong Thanh Bridge – a link between the present time and Dien Bien Phu Victory; War Museum where keeping many valuable objects and documents related to the historic campaign in Dien Bien Phu; the strategic A1 hill – the most famous battle of Dien Bien Phu site to name a few.

Summary:
Distance: 220 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel 

Day 5Dien Bien Phu – Muang Mai – Muang Khua

Warm-up yourself with a light breakfast to boost up your energy for crossing the total distance of 140km on paved roads today. Arrive in Tay Trang border gate, 31km far from Dien Bien Phu City along National highway no. 279. On completing some legal procedures for entering Laos, keep running along the riverside in Muang Mai down to Muang Khua, a not-to-miss connection for your trip to the North. It’s such a great place for travelers looking for nature and tribal villages in both the Northern parts of Vietnam and Laos.

Though Muang Khua does not have any major attractions, its river setting is unexpectedly picturesque. Spend the amount of time left to discover the market and the nearby riverside roads between the town itself. If the nightlife is not your thing, go to bed early at a local guesthouse for the next ride out.

Summary:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse 

Day 6Muang Khua – Muang La – Ban Ano – Oudomxay

Relish the morning meal provided by the guesthouse. Be prepared for a 160km ride today, part of which is 60km off-road. Leave Muang Khua and move to Muang La, a scenic rural alternative to the big city. The charming town is hemmed in the rich tapestry of green forested mountains, rivers, serene farmland, and traditional Khmu villages. The natural hot springs are the main attraction of Muang La, which is free to all tourists.

Stop by several villages to meet up with the indigenous people. Pay a visit to Ban Ano Village, you will have time to get to know the Akha minority group’s culture and traditions; also have a look at how the Akha weaving fabrics by hand. Next, we will set out to Oudomxay (Meuang Xay town) – the capital of the multi-ethnic Province of Oudomxay. It is the multi-ethnic influence that makes the dynamic center of Meuang Xay unique from other towns in the region. Overnight at a local guesthouse in the town.

Summary:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 7Oudomxay – Nongkhiaw – Muang Ngoi

Bid a farewell to Oudomxay, we will proceed on our two-wheeled tour to Nong Khiaw, a wonderful spot to visit if you want to check out more rural areas of the country and get out of the main hubs such as Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Upon your arrival in the town, you will meet the bridge over the Nam Ou river overlooking the breathtaking rocks, mountains, and hills. About 3km from the bridge, it’s scenic and peaceful landscapes. Continue moving to Pa Thok Caves, a stone thrown away from the quaint Nong Khiaw village amid the depth of the mysterious forest. That’s why it was used as hideouts during the Indochina war.

Travel for an hour upriver from gateway town, we will find Muang Ngoi. This is a gorgeous, sleepy village that we can only access by boat, where there is no electricity let alone Internet connection or ATM. Settle down in a local guesthouse amidst the best-kept secret of Southeast Asia, we are sure you will feel extremely unusual.

Summary:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 8Muang Ngoi – Vengkham – Vieng Thong

Weave through the indigenous villages surrounding Muang Ngoi before riding at a distance of 138km on paved roads to Vieng Thong. The town’s original name is Muang Hiam which means “watch out” since it is home to a number of endangered species including tiger – the gateway for the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area.

Abounding in guesthouse and food stalls, Vieng Thong is a nice enough town that breaks up your journey. However, none of the guesthouses has an online booking facility and most of them are located in the main street. Anyway, it’s totally worth your arrival with the dazzling green rice fields around. Despite being narrow and winding, the roads are surprisingly in good condition for such a remote area. The views are always splendid and spectacular.

Summary:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 9Viengthong – Hintang – Muangkham – Tham Piew Cave – Hot Spring – Muang Kham

Appease your appetite with a hearty breakfast then cross Hinting to hit Muang Kham, a quiet town situated to the northeast of Phonsavan. Get on Route 5 and head toward Nam Nguen then turn left 3 km from Muang Kham; the paved roads end at the Tham Piew Cave. The cave is a solemn monument to 400 innocent villagers killed in 1968 by US missile attack.  It’s one of the tragedies of the so-called Secret War. Still, it shows signs of smoke damage while the floor is littered with small, simple memorial cairns.

Inside the cave, the native people burn incense to pay tribute to the dead. When escaping from the cave, we will depart to a Hot spring for a relaxation. Finally, return to Muang Kham town. Have a tight sleep at a local guesthouse. End of an emotional day of journeying over 213km.

Summary:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 10Muangkham – Phonesavanh – UXO Office – Plains of Jars Site 1-2-3 Muangkhun

Get as far as the mountains to Xieng Khouang, most commonly known for the intriguing Plain of Jars. Stop by some villages to eye-witness the locals’ rural life, comprising ethnic minorities like the Hmong people. Roll into Phonsavanh and make a visit to the UXO office before going on to the Plains of Jars whose true origin remains a mystery as a huge archaeological complex littered with cryptic 2000-year-old stone jars.

Set our foot on 3 sites of the place: Thong Hai Hin – the biggest site, Hai Hin on Phou Salator, and Hai Hin Lat Khai – the most impressive one with over 150 jars. Take a half-day trip to Muang Khoun in the afternoon. Not only an old provincial capital, but it’s also home to the unique sitting giant Buddha as well of some old pagodas. Back to Xieng Khouang and find a hotel for your sleep.

Summary:

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 11Phonesavanh – Phoukhun – Luang Prabang

The distance we have to finish today is the longest stretch of the whole tour. So, forget not to feed yourself with a full breakfast before discovering the site and some neighbored villages inhabited by the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. In spite of their poverty, their culture is vibrant along with a great history. Exit Xieng Khouang for a sightseeing motorbike tour to Luang Prabang – the former capital of Laos and now a UNESCO World Heritage city. The city’s name means “city of the Golden Buddha Phra Bang”. Yet, it’s often dubbed as the Jewel in Laos Crown. As a tourist, you cannot be helped but stunned by the tidiness and cleanliness of perhaps the most appealing city in all of Southeast Asia. Out of Luang Prabang’s center, you can uncover the luxuriant jungles, limestone caves, and attractive waterfalls. In the late afternoon, check-in at a hotel in town.

Summary:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12Luang Prabang – Elephant Riding – Pakou Cave – Kuang Si Waterfall – Ban Paksi

Say bye to Luang Prabang, we will go south to the elephant camp. Try your hand at sitting on the back of an elephant, it’s going to be very exciting. Cross along Mekong River, at the same time, you can behold the fantastic mountain scenery and the unsophisticated rural lifestyles. Go boating upstream on the Mekong River, we will reach the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves (Tham Ting and Tham Phoum) crammed with myriad Buddha images. Drifting on the current, do not forget to enjoy the halcyon view of the placid countryside.  Land up at the ferry and go back to town.

On your arrival at the Kuang Si falls, relish main waterfalls with majestic settings and surrounding of orchids inside the park and falls cascade over many calcified tiers, down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools where you can go swimming. End up at Ban Paksi village. Stay overnight in a local residence. Be noted that the accommodation does not have an en-suite bathroom and hot water.

Summary:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 13Ban Paksi – Muangnan – Sayabory – Paklay

To meet Paklay, we must clear the Sayaboury Province, a northwestern province sharing a border with Thailand and nesting the Nam Phui Natural National Protected Area. The province has a very rugged spectacle with forested mountains, and it is known for the production of cotton, rice, maize, peanuts, oranges, and sesame. These are the main agricultural products that the locals have been living on.

The most enjoyable thing is that the Malabri, one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer groups in Southeast Asia, inhabit the forests in the western part of the province. Actually, there are few tourists who make a tour there, but those with an adventurous spirit are ensured an intimate and out-of-earth experience. Arrive in Paklay and our accommodation today is a local guesthouse.

Summary:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 14Paklay – Vientiane

As usual, savor your breakfast first. Then, cross the river to hit Vientiane – the capital and largest city of Laos offering a laid-back atmosphere and slow pace of life with a tranquil, relaxed vibe. The following destinations are Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and Wat Prakeo – the original home of the famous Emerald Buddha who now is living in Bangkok. Explore the Pha That Luang or “Great Stupa”, the most important Buddhist monument in the nation. That Luang’s official name is Pha Chedi Lokajulamani, meaning “World Precious Sacred Stupa.” Believed to enshrine a breast bone of the Buddha, this golden monument is respected by all Lao citizens. Eventually, check-in a hotel. Get a complete rest for the last day of the sensational motorbike tour from northern Vietnam to Laos.

Summary:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 15Vientiane – Departure (Breakfast)

Savor your last morning meal. Have fun with your free time until our transfer to the airport for a departure flight back home. Tour Ends.

LUXURY PRICE

Vietnam motorbike tours prices for a guided Vietnam motorcycle tour

*Full package, no hidden cost surprises

Guided Tour

(On-road)

Hymalaya / Versy 300

Honda CB 500x

BMW GS1200

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Three people310 USD/day/person315 USD/day/person495 USD/day/person
From four people290 USD/day/person299 USD/day/person475 USD/day/person

Guided Tour

(Under 20% Off-road)

Honda XR150L

Honda CRF300L

Suzuki DRZ 400

One person219 USD/day/person249 USD/day/person259 USD/day/person
Two people199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person
Three people179 USD/day/person199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person
From four people169 USD/day/person189 USD/day/person209 USD/day/person

Guided Tour

(From 50% Off-road)

Honda XR150L

Honda CRF300L

Suzuki DRZ400

One person239 USD/day/person269 USD/day/person279 USD/day/person
Two people219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person259 USD/day/person
Three people199 USD/day/person219 USD/day/person239 USD/day/person
From four people189 USD/day/person209 USD/day/person229 USD/day/person

Luxury Price Includes :

  • Well-experienced English Speaking Tour Guide (also good at Mechanical Skills – Photographer)
  • Recent & Well-Maintained CRF 300L – Gasoline
  • 25% Riding Time Offroad per day ( Enduro Routes upon your request )
  • Good Accommodation: 4-star hotels – resort based on twin rooms and high standard homestay to know more about the cultures.
  • All meals on tour: Enjoy local food in every region you visit.
  • Water – Solf Drinks
  • Boat trips on Lakes or Rivers – Ferry
  • All entrance tickets/ Permits to remote areas
  • International Airport Pickup – Drop Off
  • 1 Night of Ethnic Entertainment at Homestay for a group from 2 riders
  • Helmets – Gloves – Protection Guard for Elbows & Knees – Pants (If we have your size )
  • Riding Shirt for souvenirs
  • Hotel Before the Tour
  • 4G simcard
  • Overnight Train Ticket (soft bed) and bike shipping fee from Lao Cai – Sapa

Luxury Price Excludes :

  • Personal insurance – Travel insurance (this is at your own risk)
  • Motorbike insurance to Cover any damages to the motorcycle (Click here to know more)
  • Air ticket – Visa fee (approximately 25 USD/person, depending on nationality)
  • Tip, personal expenses, and other expenses not described in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Single Supplement for Single Occupancy
  • The Hotel After riding

Luxury Price Notes :

  • For a group of from
    • 5 riders, The professional Mechanic comes for free
    • 10 riders, a Pickup Truck is free for escorting ( Under 10 riders, it will be USD 150 / 1 day)
  • A single stay will cost USD 40 / 1 night / 1 single room.
  • The cameraman costs USD 200 / 1 day (Flycam – professional photos and clips)
  • If tours do not depart/ end at the departure spot, the surcharge for bike shipping to/ back to the departure spot is USD 90 / 1 dirtbike – USD 200 / 1 above 500cc bike
  • VAT Excluded from the price, VAT 10% will be added to the total price upon your REQUEST.
Bikes with stadard price

Group of 1XR 150L220 USD / 1 day / 1 rider
Group of 2XR 150L150 USD / 1 day / 1 rider

Group of 1CRF 250L240 USD / 1 day / 1 rider
Group of 2CRF  250L170 USD / 1 day / 1 rider
STANDARD PRICE INCLUDES :
  • English Speaking Tour Guide (Good at mechanical skills – Photographer)
  • Recent & Well-Maintained CRF 250L – Gasoline
  • At least 25% riding offroad per day (Please let us know if you only like riding on-road)
  • Good Accommodation: 3 hotels based on twin rooms or homestay.
  • All meals on tour: Enjoy local food in every region you visit.
  •  Water – Solf Drinks
  • Boat trips on Lakes or Rivers – Ferry
  • All entrance tickets/ Permits to remote areas
  • International Airport Pickup – Drop Off
  • 1 Night of Ethnic Entertainment at Homestay for a group from 2 riders
  • Helmets – Gloves – Protection Guard for Elbows & Knees – Pants (If we have your size)
STANDARD PRICE EXCLUDES:
  • Personal insurance – Travel insurance (this is at your own risk)
  • Motorbike insurance to Cover any damages to the motorcycle (Click here to know more)
  • Air ticket – Visa fee (approximately 25 USD/person, depending on nationality)
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses, and other expenses not described in the itinerary
  • Single Supplement for Single Occupancy
  • The Hotel at night Before / After riding
STANDARD PRICE NOTES:
  • Pickup Truck for escorting cost USD 150 / 1 day
  • A single stay will cost USD 30 / 1 night / 1 single room.
  • The cameraman costs USD 200 / 1 day (Flycam – professional photos and clips)
  • If tours do not depart/ end at the departure spot, the surcharge for bike shipping to/ back to the departure spot is USD 90 / 1 dirtbikeUSD 200 / 1 above 500cc bike
    VAT Excluded from the price, VAT 10% will be added to the total price upon your REQUES

BOOKING CONDITIONS

1. Deposits and Payment Policy

  • We require a deposit of 30% of the total upon confirmation of booking tour. The remaining balance will be paid 45 days before departure. Your booking may be considered canceled if the full balance is not received by Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club by that time.
  • You can choose the payment method by money transfer or credit card payment with all bank transfer charges/ fees to be paid by you.
  • After receiving your payment, we will issue you the final confirmation of the detailed itinerary and services via e-mail.

2. Cancellation and Refunds

  • Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club takes no responsibility for any flight delays or scheduled changes at any stage throughout the trip.
  • We have the discretion to change the itinerary or delay the tour due to weather, local conditions, politics, or various other reasons with our notification in advance.
  • During the tour, should you be found to break any of the rules without the prior exception from the tour leader, we have the discretion to cancel the tour with no refunds applied.
  • During the tour, should your bike have minor technical problems, our guide/mechanic will attempt to fix it as quickly as possible. In the event that the bike can not be fixed within the day, we will endeavor to substitute a bike of a similar type to ensure your trip is not interrupted.
  • Should you have to cancel the tour due to special reasons, you may transfer your booking to another person. However, you will be liable for your nominee paying their monies in full.

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