Vietnam Motorcycle To Laos and Cambodia - 20 Days take riders to explore the stunning landscapes of Northern Vietnam with Thac Ba reservoir, Mai Chau valley, Pu Luong Nature Reserve then onward to Laos with Pakse, Savannakhet, 4000 islands, and finally to Cambodia with stopovers at Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Kompong Thom … besides amazing sceneries, you also have a chance to taste so many great local foods, learn so many different traditions & cultures of the hill tribes & people in those countries
Day 1: Arrival – Hanoi ( Dinner )
Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be picked up and then escorted to your hotel for check-in. By the end of the day, our team will come to meet you at your hotel and take the group to local beer for dinner and have a dialogue to provide you with more important information about the tour before you go. Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi Motorcycle Tour to Vu Linh village (Thac Ba lake, Yen Bai)
We start our Motorbike tour by riding on dyke roads following the Red river to Thac Ba lake. See beautiful countryside, rice, and green tea fields. Thac Ba Lake was formed by the construction of a hydroelectricity dam in the 1970s & We keep riding to the Dao village of Vu Linh where we stay for the night, enjoying Dao hospitality., We will have an unforgettable dinner with the hosts, who are really big drinkers and they party every day, Home-stay in Vu Linh
Distance: 180 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Thac Ba Motorbike Tour to Phu Yen (Son La)
In the morning, saying goodbye to the friendly Dzao people, we keep on motorcycling on a sealed road through renowned tea growing areas, where the hillsides are covered in plantations to head to Ba Khe T-junction. We stop here for a short break before turning into the Road 32 to conquer the Lung Lo pass., During the First Indochina War, the 15km-long Lung Lo Pass was used by the Vietnamese resistance force to transport weapons, goods, and food during the Dien Bien Phu campaign of 1954, was heavily bombed by the French to sever the front lines from the rear. Lung Lo Pass, situated in the northern province of Yen Bai, was also recognized as a national heritage by the ministry.
Distance: 180 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Phu Yen Motorbike Tour to Mai Chau Valley
In the morning, we’ll keep on discovering the best stunning landscapes in Northern Vietnam by following Road 43 leading to Da River and then crossing the reservoir of Da river at Van Yen ferry. After taking a rest, we’ll continue following the weaving scenic roads around the lake to get to Mai Chau, along the roads you will see the villages, people working on the hillsides or catching fish on the lake., Lunch will be served at the local restaurant before reaching Mai Chau., Upon getting to Mai Chau, we’ll take a short walk around the village to discover local life. Life in the countryside starts early so by sunrise there is a wealth of activity. The Thai women are masterful weavers who ensure that there is plenty of traditional-style clothing to buy in the village center. You will see women weaving on looms under or inside their houses in the village We can buy some handmade traditional-style clothing, a knife or cross-bow.
Distance: 140 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5:Mai Chau Motorbike Tour to Pu Luong Nature Reserve – Na Meo Border Gate
After having breakfast, we’ll leave Mai Chau for Pu Luong nature reserve (70 Km from Mai Chau) which is situated in Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc districts of Thanh Hoa Province, North Central Coast region of Vietnam. Pu Luong Nature Reserve is bordered by Mai Chau, Tan Lac, and Lac Son districts of Hoa Binh Province., The reserve is located along two parallel mountain ridges, that run from north-west to south-east, and are divided by a central valley, which contains several human settlements and a large agricultural land area. We have lunch in Pu Luong then keep heading to the Na Meo border gate to stay overnight.
Distance: 180 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: NAMEO BORDER GATE – SAM NEUA MOTORBIKE TOUR TO VIENG XAI – XIENG KHOANG (B/L/D) 250 KM
This morning, our Vietnamese tour guide will help you complete the immigration procedures with the Customs at the border gate to migrate into Laos. After reaching Laos territory, there will be another Laos guide welcoming & guiding to ride to visit Vieng Xai. Take a side diversion to Suan Hin Standing Stones mid-morning and lunch will be in Nam Neun., We’ll be riding on a higher elevation road after lunch for the next 90 km/55 miles. We have a rest at Tam Piew Cave at the base of the high elevation road for a look at the view and learn a little history of the cave. We are then on a good paved road into Phonsavan for the night with a late afternoon arrival. Overnight in Phonsavan.
Day 7: XIENG KHOANG MOTORBIKE TOUR TO PAKSAN (B,L,D) – 270 KM
We start the day with a ride to Site 1 of the Plain of Jars about 10 minutes out of town. We will continue to sites 2 and 3 afterward. From Site 3, we’ll loop around to Old Xieng Khoung for lunch and return via Phonsavanh, then take a dirt road loop around the north to some remote villages. The area was heavily bombed during the late 1960s and 1970’s and scattered bomb craters will be on the route.,Then we start riding to Paksan – the provincial capital of Bolikhamsai province, which sits at the confluence of the Nam San and Mekong rivers almost opposite the small Thai town of Bueng Kan, visible across the river. Check-in your guesthouse and enjoy dinner.
Day 8: PAKSAN MOTORBIKE TOUR TO LAK SAO (B,L,D) – 184 KM
Today you will cross the road to Lak Sao, a sleepy town under the shadow of a massive limestone mountain, Phou Phaa Phi Hong, amid a vast expanse of forest. Enjoy the stunning scenery along the road, traversing spectacular ridges, zooming under huge limestone mountains, and crisscrossing countless rivers and streams. Enjoy a relaxing time by the hot spring nearby Ban Nape, 18 km from Lak Sao. Take a dip in a natural pool of steamy water before checking in your guest house.
Day 9: LAK SAO – KONG LOR – THAKHEK (B,L,D) – 285 KM
In the morning, we depart for the amazing Konglor Cave – a 7.5-kilometer-long cave with a massive river running right through the middle of it. Enjoy a boat trip and then continue our trip to Thakhek., The sleepy provincial capital of Khammuan province, Thakek lies across the Mekong River from the Thai town of Nakhon Phanom. While Thakhek is not the most exciting town in Laos, it’s a good deal more interesting than its cross-river neighbor, and it’s the biggest, most tourist-friendly town in the province., Check in at your hotel and enjoy the free evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: THAKHEK MOTORBIKE TOUR TO SAVANAKHET (B, L, D) – 150 KM
Visit the town before our riding today to Savannakhet. Highlights include Tham Xang – the first cave you reach as you exit Tha Khaek and begin your exploration of the area. See various Buddha statues and an impressive view over the surrounding countryside Tham Pha Fa (Buddha cave) – is filled with Buddha images that are estimated to be hundreds of years old and have become a holy site for local Buddhists., More rural scenery on this short stretch leaves little to be excited about. But straight roads in good condition allow for fast riding. The markets at Ban Phon-Gina Noy just outside of Thakhek made for an interesting stop-off to purchase some very delicious and cheap bananas., Ride to Savannakhet and check-in at your hotel. Enjoy a free evening to explore the town on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: SAVANAKHET MOTORBIKE TOUR TO PAKSE (B, L, D) – 240 KM
A few fleeting moments of picturesque views, but for the most part, the terrain remains the same. A couple of bridges crossing rivers add a little excitement, but you mainly put your head down and make good time arriving in Pakse. Visit the Golden Buddha Temple which is located on the top of a mountain and enjoy a panoramic view over the Mekong River and the Pakse town. , Enjoy your free time in Pakse in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12:PAKSE MOTORBIKE TOUR TO WAT PHOU – 4000 ISLAND (B, L, D) – 140 KM
Enjoy your easy riding today to Si Phan Don – 4000 Islands. En route, we visit Wat Phou – a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex in southern Laos. It offers stunning views over the surrounding land and the Mekong River. Wat Phou is considered one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. Like other notable Khmer architecture in Southeast Asia, it was constructed using sandstone, laterite, and bricks. Wat Phu has been an active temple for Buddhist religious practice for quite some time because Buddhism replaced Hinduism in Laos in the mid 13th century. It will be an ideal place for those who are interested in the history and archeology of Laos., Continue our ride to Don Khong, the biggest island in Si Phandon, and enjoy a short boat trip after lunch. Visit Liphi waterfall – a collection of powerful falls spilling down at odd angles along a branch of the brown Mekong river. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in the islands and take awesome photos of the local life and natural beauty., In the late afternoon, you will turn back to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure.
Day 13: 4000 Islands Motorbike Tour via Veun Kham to Kratie (B/L/D)
It’s a very fast road with very light traffic today to the Cambodian border. We say goodbye and see you on the next trip to Laos., Upon arrival at Veun Kham belonging to the Sin Pha Dong province in south Laos and sharing the border with Cambodia, you’ll be welcomed by our guide from Cambodia and continued riding down the Mekong River to Kratie., En route, we stop to visit the rare Mekong Freshwater dolphin at Kampi., Check-in and free at leisure to explore the colonial town of Kratie., Overnight in Kratie
Day 14:Kratie Motorbike Tour to Kampong Cham (B/L/D),
Dirt Bike Riding, Distance: 160 KM, Level: Medium, Road: flat gravel, tarmac
Begin our journey by riding along the Mekong river through peaceful riverside villages before stopping in Chhlong, a French colonial town with some amazing French architecture remain.,Upon arrival in Kampong Cham, check-in and visit Koh Pen via Cambodia’s longest bamboo bridge made almost entirely of bamboo and light wood materials., Overnight in Kampong Cham
Day 15: Kampong Cham Motorcycle Tour to Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
Dirt Bike Riding, Distance: 150 KM, Level: Medium, Road: flat gravel, tarmac
Depart for the capital Phnom Penh via road number 7, where we stop en route at Wat Nokor and Phnom Pros to learn more about ancient and modern Buddhism in this part of the country., Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, check in to the hotel then visit Royal Palace, where it serves as home to His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamony. Also, continue to highly respected Silver Pagoda., Free time at own leisure to enjoy the city, Overnight in Phnom Penh
Day 16: Phnom Penh Motorcycle Tour via Skun to Kampong Thom (B/L/D)
Dirt Bike Riding, Distance: 220KM, Level: Medium, Road: flat gravel, tarmac
After tour introduction and safety briefing, we begin our trip with a ride on a village road along the Mekong River toward Skun – the town famous for a special delicacy, deep-fried tarantula., Continue riding along with countryside towns toward Kampong Thom where we pass lots of local plantation including rubber plantation., Overnight in Kampong Thom
Day 17: Kampong Thom Motorbike Tour via Sambo Preikuh to Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Dirt Bike Riding, Distance: 200KM, Level: Medium, Road: flat gravel, tarmac
This morning, we depart Kampong Thom to visit the largest complex of the pre-Angkorian temple, Sambo Preikuh., We continue further toward Siem Reap, we will arrive in the early afternoon to enjoy the hotel facilities and freshen up before touring the temple of Angkor the next day., Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 18: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Ta Prohm – Angkor Thom (B/L/D)
Rise early this morning to visit the masterpiece of Khmer architecture Angkor Wat during sunrise. With extraordinary carving on its bas-reliefs, This mother-of-temples is not only known as Khmer pride and symbol but also known to the world as World’s Largest Religious Monument. UNESCO has listed Angkor Wat as World Heritage in 1992. Back to the hotel and rest during midday, visit the picturesque Ta Prohm, which was slowly swallowed by the jungle. With the tentacle-like root of giant trees growing over the temple, man first conquered the jungle to build but nature later reclaimed its territory back. It is the movement that is not measured by days but by centuries. Continue to explore the mysterious Royal city of Angkor Thom., The 54-tower temple of Bayon is an awesome sight with hundreds of smiling faces. Then visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphuon, Elephant Terraces, Leper King Terrace, and Royal Palace., Overnight in Siem Reap,
Day 19: Siem Reap – Free(B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel, Free at leisure on your own (No touring activities), Overnight at the hotel,
Day 20: Siem Reap – Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel, Free at leisure until check-out from the hotel and transfer to airport for departure flight.