10 Day | Discover Northern Laos
Discover the diversity of Laos in the Northern Region
LEVEL Intermediate – Experienced Riders
DISTANCE Approx. 1922 km
TERRAIN Approx. 75% off-road
DAY 1 | LUANG PRABANG – VANG VEING (230 KM)
We will start out riding the paved road from Luang Prabang to Vang Veing. This route has one of the most spectacular roads in Laos. The road winds and snakes for miles, which makes for a superb riding experience. You will also pass through local villages along the Kasi Pass, where you can see the front door of homes perched right along the edge of the road before the mountains drop off into picturesque valleys below.
DAY 2 | VANG VIENG – PHONSAVAN (170KM)
Today we will be heading o road for the day, passing through one of the most secret places on earth: Long Cheng LS20A. On arrival you will get to visit the popular Plains of Jars archeological site, where huge jars had been carved out of a single piece of rock. Archeologists have recently discovered human remains at the Plain of Jars that are estimated to be roughly 2,500 years old.
DAY 3 | PHONSAVAN – VIENG THONG (250KM)
Today is another full riding on dirt roads, winding up through the mountains north of Phonsavan. We will take a quick detour to Lima Site 36 before finishing the day o in the natural hot springs at Veing Thong. Vieng Thong is the gateway to the Nam Et-Phou Louey national protected area, one of the last remaining home for tigers in Indochina.
DAY 4 | VIENG THONG – NONG KHIAW (244KM)
Ride along beautiful winding roads today to the idyllic riverside town of Nong Khiaw, located along the Nam Ou River. We will also visit an ethnic group residing on a hilltop nearby.
DAY 5 | NONG KHIAW – MUANG KHUA (120KM)
You will pick up on your route up to Muang Khua the following morning. This town is in the Phonsaly province, and is home to the Akha people. Living at a high elevation in the mountains of Laos, the Akha ethnic group wear some of the most elaborate and colourful clothes. This route features some thrilling single-track routes for an unforgettable adventure.
DAY 6 | MUANG KHUA – BOUNTHAI (180KM)
Carrying on from the day before, we will ride out to the local Akha village of Bounthai. You will be invited into the home of a local family for an unforgettable home stay experience. The family will prepare traditional meals for dinner and breakfast, and you will gain a deep understanding and insight into the culture and remarkable history of the Akha group.
DAY 7 | BOUNTHAI – LUANG NAMTHA (150KM)
After enjoying a freshly-prepared meal for breakfast, we will take the bikes through the scenic countryside to Luang Namtha. This route features some breathtaking scenery and gorgeous landscapes along the way. If you arrive at Luang Namtha early, you can explore through their two bustling markets, or take a boat ride along the Namtha River (price not included).
DAY 8 | LUANG NAMTHA – PAKBENG (200KM)
Today you will embark toward Pakbeng along winding, dirt roads. You will travel through a diverse number of remote villages in this region. It will be a long day out on the bike, but the combination of pristine Lao landscapes and off-road riding make it well worth the trip. Pakbeng is a remarkable village with a temple in the hills that dates to the Kingdom of Lanna (Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields). Your day concludes in Pakbeng with an overnight stay at a local lodge.
DAY 9 | PAKBENG – HONGSA – SAYABOURI (178KM)
As the sun rises, you will head out form Pakbeng to Hongsa, another small village with a bustling market. You will stop for a quick meal before continuing on toward Sayabouri. Once you arrive at Sayabouri, you will be accommodated at the Elephant Conservation Center. Here you will be able to ride, feed, bathe, and befriend these gentle giants. A trip to Laos is not complete without getting up close and personal with an elephant. You can also visit their medical centre to learn more about Lao elephants.
DAY 10 | SAYABOURI – LUANG PRABANG (200KM)
This is our final day! Enjoy Elephant conservation Center activities in the morning take some mahout lessons and visit the medical center. We will depart from Saybouri toward Luang Prabang. The terrain will consist of dusty roads along stunning farmlands and fields of teak trees. The tour concludes once you return late in the afternoon in Luang Prabang.
PRICE (USD) 1 PAX pp $2,864.00 | 2 PAX pp $2,266.00 | 3 PAX pp $2,106.00
TOUR CODE: MTO-10-B