Join Ride Expeditions for an incredible cross-border motorcycle adventure across Northern Laos and Vietnam. Witness and experience two different cultures during this 13 day adventure across these stunningly beautiful countries of Indochina. Both of these countries are similar in many ways – achingly beautiful, interesting and exciting – yet the local culture and feel of Laos & Vietnam differ vastly. So we thought – why experience just the one when you can experience both? One epic adventure where you will traverse mountains, explore the remotest regions, stay with local families and ride awesome singletrack trail across both countries in one holiday. Surely that’s the best way to compare the two? One adventure: two experiences.

There is a great mix of terrain available from dirt & tarmac roads to singletrack trail to steep tracks. Extreme off-roading is not the target of this tour (although it is available in some places for those that want it!). The aim of this journey is to experience these beautiful countries and cultures in the best way possible, using our trusty dirt bikes to venture into some of the most remote, beautiful and interesting parts of Indochina.

Packed into this fully supported & inclusive adventure are boat trips, riverside resorts, luxury hotels, modern motorcycles, an elephant sanctuary, a Vietnamese war museum and much more…

Laos-Vietnam Motorcycle Tour


Dec 01


Dec 1 - Dec 13
Tue 22


Jan 22, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019

Tour Key Info:

  • The motorcycles: Modern 2013+ Honda CRF250L dual sport motorcycles;
  • Medical support: a western medic will be riding with the group, carrying a substantial medical kit;
  • Support crew: professional guides, mechanics and a support vehicle to carry your luggage and spare parts;
  • Distance: 2,100km;
  • Duration: 13 days total (welcome day + 11 riding days = 1 non-riding day);
  • Start / finish: Vientiane, Laos / Hanoi, Vietnam;
  • Terrain: A good mix of road, dirt road and off-road trails;
  • Average daily ride hours: 5 – 8 with plenty of drink / photo stops;

  • Suitable for pillion riders? No.



You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel for checking in. After a welcome briefing we’ll meet the trusty steeds that will be your close companion up for the ‘Laos Leg’ of your adventure. If you require any  adjustments to suit your personal preference then just say the word and we’ll get it done – we will then take them out for a test-ride and cruise around Laos’ capital city of Vientiane.

Vientiane has been the nations capital since 1563 after fears of a Burmese invasion of the North. Just like the rest of Laos in general, Vientiane has a very laid back and friendly atmosphere. In the evening we will enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Mekong River (and quite possibly sample a cold ‘Beer Lao’ or two!) before further getting to know each other over a delicious welcome dinner. More on Vientiane…

Accommodation is in a quality hotel with a pool.


Time to saddle up and hit the road for the first day of our Laos adventure! We head West, following the Mekong River along a mix of tarmac and dirt roads. You will find yourself instantly immersed in rural Laos as we pass through bamboo groves and hill tribe villages, witnessing spectacular views of the Thailand / Laos Mekong border. We stop for lunch and a rest at a local restaurant in a small village before venturing onto some singletrack trail, climbing up to 1,000m into the mountains as we near our destination of Muang Feung district and a small town located in the Laos jungle.

Accommodation is in charming ‘Laos style’ wooden houses.

Tour Highlights:

  • Ride alongside and cross the mighty Mekong River;
  • Visit an Elephant Conservation Project in Laos;
  • Experience a homestay in both Laos & Vietnam;
  • Witness the stunning mountain landscapes of Northern Laos and Vietnam;
  • Enjoy a mix of riding terrain, from singletrack riverside trails to steep tracks in the hills;
  • Ride through small rivers and cross large ones on local wooden boats;
  • A cruise up the beautiful Nam Ou River;
  • Enjoy a variety of Laos and Vietnamese cuisine and western style picnics provided by our support crew;


Some cracking riding today – we ride on dusty roads, logging trails and singletrack. We will meet with our support vehicle at lunchtime where we’ll enjoy a western style picnic lunch prepared for you by our team before an exciting crossing over the Mekong River on small wooden longtail boats over to Ban Namphou. We will then ride singletrack trail alongside the Mekong and continue to our destination of Sayaboury.

In the afternoon we will also have the option to take a 1 hour tour around the Elephant Conservation Centre located just outside of town.

Accommodation is in a local town guesthouse.


After a tasty breakfast we will ride a smoothly paved road that curves its way through the mountains towards Hongsa. We’ll then leave the blacktop behind and hit the dirt for 117km of immensely fun trails, passing through small river crossings and remote villages. We’ll pass through the ‘White Elephant Valley of Laos’, where 50 domesticated elephants are still working in the forest, before climbing further into the mountains reaching an altitude of 1,800 metres before arriving at the beautiful riverside town of Luang Prabang – a city that has been awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More on Luang Prabang…

In the evening you will have the chance to explore the town by yourselves. A sunset river cruise can be arranged and there is a fantastic night food market and some great riverside restaurants and bars.

Accommodation will be in a boutique hotel with a pool.


This morning we will take things at a slower relaxed pace – which is good as we imagine some of you may have enjoyed a few riverside ‘Beer Lao’s’ last night! We’ll take a short ride along the main road towards Pak Ou Cave – here we will dismount our steeds and spend some time visiting these special Buddha caves. It’s then time to hit the brown stuff in the direction of Oudomxay, passing through remote villages that don’t often get the chance to see any foreigners. We’ll stop for plenty of photos in these villages, where the locals are always very interested in our bikes and foreign looking riding gear! These mountainous landscapes of Northern Laos always make for some fantastic photos.

We will end the day by stopping and spending the night in a rural ethnic village where you can participate in cooking dinner with your local homestay family if you are up for it!

Accommodation will be a homestay with a local family.


Wake up to the sound of this beautiful Laos village coming to life. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to our host family and saddle up for a 35km ride out to the main road where we will continue to Oudomxay Province for lunch.

After lunch we follow the scenic roads over to Nong Khiaw. We arrive at your beautiful riverside resort in the late afternoon, where you can refresh yourself with a dip in their infinity pool and enjoy a cold Beer Laos.

This evening we will have our farewell dinner for our local Laos team as we get ready to depart this country and move onto the next, ready to continue our adventure into Northern Vietnam!

Accommodation will be in a riverside resort with a pool and amazing views.

Tour Inclusions:

  • A 2013+ Honda CRF250L in both Laos & Vietnam;
  • 13 nights quality accommodation based on twin occupancy (single room supplement = £250): 5 nights in quality 3* – 4* hotels with pools, 5 nights in town guesthouses / hotels, 3 nights in local homestays;
  • All meals (excluding dinner in Luang Prabang & Nong Khiaw);
  • All fuel;

  • All entrance fees & special riding permits;

  • Full support crew: professional guides and mechanics on the bikes, an English medic/guide on a bike, and a support vehicle & driver;
  • A 4×4 support vehicle carrying spare parts, a substantial medical kit and your luggage (for groups of 5+ riders)
  • Boat journey up the Nam Ou River;
  • Bus transfer across the Laos / Vietnamese border;
  • A Ride Expeditions t-shirt.


It is time to kiss your Laos motorcycle goodbye as these will now be transported back to base in Vientiane. Spend the morning relaxing at this gorgeous resort, sipping coffee on your balconies overlooking the river and mountains. We will then hop onto our private boat for a relaxed, beautiful & scenic journey up the Nam Ou river to Muang Khua. Along the way we will stop for a picnic lunch in one of the many riverside villages where we will have time to do a spot of exploring and meet the locals.

Accommodation will be in a town hotel.


A minibus will pick us up in the morning and take us to the border… GOOD MORNING VIETNAM!

As we reach Vietnamese soils we will find our new local support team waiting with a clean fleet of dirt bikes, all lined up and ready to take us on the next leg of the adventure… On the way through the hills towards Muong Lay we will stop for a picnic lunch and also visit a war museum in Dien Bien Phu.

Accommodation will be in a town hotel.

Tour Exclusions:

  • Alcohol & soft drinks;
  • Laos & Vietnam visas;
  • Travel insurance;

  • International flights.


We’ll enjoy our first Vietnamese breakfast at the hotel before jumping onto our new bikes and riding North along the Black River. A western style picnic lunch will be provided by our new local support team and vehicle. It’s then onwards and upwards as we climb up to the hill-tribe town of Sin Ho – a small market town high up in the mountains, with welcoming locals and spectacular views across the hills. Heading back down the through mountains we ride through scenic tea plantations and winding roads on the way to Than Uyen.

Accommodation will be in a local guesthouse.

DAY 10: THAN UYEN – NGHIA LO | 180km

A relaxed and easy days cruising as we pass through landscapes that couldn’t look more Vietnamese if they tried! Riverside riding, magnificent rice terraces up the side of mountains and beautiful hill-tribe communities – this is a truly spectacular country. Today is a varied day of riding: quiet paved roads through tea plantations, narrow dirt tracks and back roads through the mountains and villages. We arrive at our destination of Nghia Lo town where we can relax by the hotels pool, take a stroll to visit the local market and sample one of the cold local beers. A perfect end to the perfect day.

Accommodation will be in a hotel with a pool.

Useful Info:

  • TEMPERATURES: Riding in northern Laos and Vietnam at this time of year offers the perfect riding climate. It will mostly be hot/warm during the day, but it will get quite cool at night, especially up in the mountains. You will need to bring some warm riding gear and jeans & long sleeved jumpers for the evenings.
  • HA LONG BAY: If this is your first visit to North Vietnam then we strongly recommend a visit to the spectacularly beautiful Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site 170km East of Hanoi that features thousands of limestone karsts and isles. An overnight cruise is the best way to experience this. Please let us know if you’d like to visit – if enough members of the group are interested then we might be able to arrange a private boat just for us.
  • DOCUMENTATION: You will need to obtain tourist visas for both Laos and Vietnam. The Laos visa can be obtained on arrival at the airport / border. Requirements for the Vietnamese visa can differ greatly depending on your nationality – we ask that you contact your local Vietnamese embassy in advance to ensure a smooth and easy entry into Vietnam.

    You will also need to obtain an international drivers license and appropriate travel insurance.

DAY 11: NGHIA LO – MOC CHAU | 180km

After a local breakfast of the famous Vietnamese ‘Pho’, we get back on the bikes and ride through farming communities and over hills to the Black River. We cross the river on a local ferry and will enjoy a picnic lunch on the other side. Riding back up the hills we will ride small roads towards the small village of Moc Chau. You’ve experienced a rural homestay in Laos – now it is time to do it in Vietnam!

Accommodation is in a homestay with a local family.

DAY 12: MOC CHAU – PU LUONG | 180km

Another relaxing start in this beautiful Vietnamese village. After a tasty breakfast we jump back onto the comfy Hondas and ride over to the Pu Luong nature reserve – an area covered with forests and terraced fields up the side of the hills. We’ll take plenty of rest-stops to meet the local people and take some photographs of the scenery. We’ll visit Ban Hieu – the highest village in the reserve – before meeting our support vehicle at the riverside to enjoy another western picnic lunch. We will arrive at today’s destination in the early afternoon where we will have time to explore the village and take some cold drinks down to the nearby waterfall.

Accommodation will be in a local homestay.

DAY 13: PU LUONG – HANOI | 180km

It’s the final day of this epic cross-border adventure, so we will rise early to make the most of it. We’ll spend most of the day exploring some fun off-road trails as we make our way towards the busy city of Hanoi. Poolside beers await at our excellent hotel. It’s then out onto the busy streets to a quality restaurant for a farewell dinner. For those that want a big night, there is no shortage of bars and clubs in this bustling city. There are also plenty of places to sample the local brew – ‘Bia Hoi’ – a glass of this beer on the streets will cost you as little as 12c!! Yes, 12c, we’re not joking. It’s no Stella Artois of course, but it’s surprisingly OK and you can have a lot of fun with just $1! Well it is the last night of the holiday after all! More on Hanoi…

Accommodation will be in a quality hotel with a pool.

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