motorcycle tours vietnam & laos

- INDOCHINA RIDER -

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 on offer, from dirt & tarmac roads to singletrack trail & steep tracks. Extreme off-roading is not the aim of this tour (although it is available in some places for those that want it!).

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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, rural homestays and much more…

Tour Key Points

  • Skill Level Required - Intermediate
  • Tour Type - Off-road
  • Distance - 2,100km
  • Duration - 13 days total (11 riding days + 2 non-riding days)
  • Tour Price - £2,645
  • Start City - Vientiane, Laos
  • End City - Hanoi, Vietnam

Tour Dates & Prices

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Tour Key Info

  • The motorcycles: Modern 2013+ Honda CRF250L dual sport motorcycles (fuel-injected)
  • Duration: 13 days total (welcome day + 11 riding days = 1 non-riding day)
  • Terrain: A good mix of road, dirt road and off-road trails
  • Average daily ride hours: 5 – 8 with plenty of drink / photo stops
  • Support crew: professional local guides/mechanics and a support vehicle to carry your luggage & spare parts
  • Medical support: A western medic will be riding with the group. He carries an extensive trauma kit with him on the bike and has a larger medical kit in the support vehicle
  • Suitable for pillion riders? No

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

LAOS TO VIETNAM MOTORCYCLE TOUR ITINERARY

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (5)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 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: Hotel with a pool.

Included meals: Lunch, Dinner.

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (7)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 visit a lake to enjoy a relaxing lunchtime cruise before venturing onto some singletrack trail. As we near our destination of Muang Feung district we will explore a local market where we will buy ingredients for tonights BBQ!

Accommodation: Charming ‘Lao style’ wooden house and private tents.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (6)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 winding dirt tracks through the hills before turning North on a scenic tarmac road through a national park.

Accommodation: Town guesthouse.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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This morning we will enjoy breakfast at an elephant sanctuary where the owner will give a talk to our group, explaining the hugely important role this place plays in North Laos. Whilst we won’t actually be able to meet the elephants here, it is still a beautiful place to have breakfast and a great way to learn more about the state of the elephant population in Asia.

Today we will ride some beautiful trails and riverside tracks, stopping to visit an amazingly beautiful waterfall  before arriving at the riverside town of Luang Prabang – a city that has been awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More on Luang Prabang…

We will enjoy a sunset cruise along the Mekong river, after which you will have the chance to explore the town by yourselves… there is a fantastic night food market and some great riverside restaurants and bars in this town.

Accommodation: Boutique hotel with a pool.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (10)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 ‘Beer Lao’s’ last night! We’ll enjoy lunch at a town cafe before taking 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.

We will end the day by riding some dirt roads alongside the Nam Ou river before arriving at our riverside resort.

Accommodation: Luxury riverside resort with a pool.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

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Saddle up for the most beautiful riding day so far… riding high up in the hills, we will enjoy incredible views and pass through countless little villages where the locals are fascinated by us and the bikes! Today is a really special riding day and it’s polished off by arriving at your beautiful riverside resort in the late afternoon. Refresh yourself with a dip in their infinity pool and enjoy a cold Beer Laos whilst enjoying the view over the river.

Accommodation: Resort with a pool and amazing views.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (12)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 BBQ lunch on one of the many riverside beaches.

Accommodation: Town hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (15)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 the first of many winding dirt tracks!

Accommodation: Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (13)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: Town guesthouse.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (17)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 take a stroll to visit the local market and sample one of the cold local beers. A perfect end to the perfect day.

Accommodation: Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (4)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: Homestay with a local family.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (9)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 this tiny, but beautiful village. Tonight is the final homestay of the trip and this family puts on an incredible feast!

Accommodation: Local homestay.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

laos-vietnam-motorcycle-tour-adventure-asia (14)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. Celebratory beers await back at base in Hanoi. Later that night, it’s 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! More on Hanoi…

Accommodation: Quality centrally located hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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Why book with Ride Expeditions

Ride Expeditions is a British owned company that has always operated with the standard of ‘combining expert local knowledge with high western standards‘. It is this winning combination that has resulted in our success of running the ultimate motorcycle adventure tours.

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As a UK Ltd company we have been able to affiliate ourselves with the PTS (Protected Trust Services), giving you the consumer 100% financial security when booking a tour through Ride Expeditions Ltd UK.

Tour Inclusions

  • A 2013+ Honda CRF250L in both Laos & Vietnam
  • Western medic riding with the group​
  • Global Rescue cover for all riding days​​
  • Professional local guides and mechanics
  • Support vehicle carrying your luggage & spares etc.
  • Quality twin-share accommodation as per itinerary
  • All fuel
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Ride Expeditions personalised travel app (for android and ios)​​
  • Ride Expeditions jersey (with your name on it!)​
  • Welcome pack
  • Airport pickup (minivan)
  • All entrance fees & special riding permits
  • Boat journey up the Nam Ou River
  • Bus transfer across the Laos / Vietnamese border
  • We donate a percentage of tour profits to a local charity / school​
  • 1 tree planted on your behalf

Tour Exclusions

  • Personal travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Motorcycle damages (we require a £500 security to be 'held' on your card. Alternatively, we can offer our own damage insurance - see 'Optional Extras' below.)​
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary​
  • Alcohol
  • Laos & Vietnam visas
  • Other personal expenses
  • Emergency transportation

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Single room accommodation + £300
  • Motorcycle damage insurance + £225

Vietnam / Laos Motorcycle Tour Bikes

HONDA CRF 250L

Rider Testimonials

Brian M reviewed:

BEST Tour Ever
“We LOVED the time spent with these guys. My wife and I did the 2 week Laos to Vietnam ride and everything about it was spectacular. If you love riding and traveling this is for you. Also, their local associates in both countries were top notch. I could write for hours about our experience but there no need to spoil surprises when should go check it out yourself.

Thanks Toby! You rock and we had such a great time.”

Brett D reviewed:

You gotta do this!
“If you love riding dirt bikes and enjoy seeing new countries and experiencing new cultures and want to have a totally new experience then this is for you!

The previous reviewer below has literally said it all, what an incredible 10 days! Everything was well organised, the bikes were great, the tour was well lead by local guides, supported by an English medic and local mechanic” … Read More

R Callum reviewed:

Vientiane to Hanoi – Inaugural Ride
“As the title suggests, I rode with a team of eight riders in a somewhat test run. Despite this, our ride was well planned and managed. We all had an awesome time meeting interesting people, seeing great views and settling down to a cold beer or a rice wine (or five) at the end of a long day. The highlight for me was the day we rode up a difficult mountain track which ended on a plateau where a village of Hmong people live. We spent an hour entertaining and being entertained. The kids just loved our drone and motorbikes.” … Read More

Kåre L reviewed:

Laos to Vietnam
“This was a testrun of a new trip, so I expected it to be some problems, but they was minor.
The whole trip was very well arranged, everything went acording to plan. Totaly amazing views and places we visited. A lot of the places was only possible to visit with a MC, and we hardly saw any other tourists 🙂
Safety vice it was as good as it can get on this kind of trip.
The local guides was excelent, and Toby had everything arranged perfectly!”

Vietnam /LAOS Motorcycle Tour FAQ

Below is a selection of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the this tour. For all other FAQs related to payments and our company in general, please visit the General FAQs Page

Q: Do I need a motorcycle licence?
A: Yes absolutely – it’s a strict requirement that all riders have a valid motorcycle licence in their home country that covers the capacity of bike that you are intending to ride – so that’s the Honda CRF250L. You also need to get an International Driving Permit that is available from your local Post Office for around £5 (if you live in the UK of course). PLEASE BE SURE TO DOUBLE CHECK THE REQUIREMENTS OF YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE COMPANY.

Q: What happens if I damage the motorcycle?
A: Apart from the usual wear and tear, you are liable for any damage caused by ‘rider error’… we have two options for you: 1. For an extra £225 we offer a damage protection plan – any damage caused to the motorcycle is then covered by us (with the exception of falling off due to a failed wheelie attempt or drowning the bike in a river!); 2. We will ‘block’ £500 on your debit/credit card as a security against motorcycle damage – this will money will not leave your bank account unless you damage the motorcycle. If you do damage the bike, we will be as fair as we possibly can – we never intend to profit from damage charges.

Q: What about riding experience?
A: So the riding on this tour can be challenging at times, so we ask that you’ve had at least two years of active motorcycle riding experience prior to booking – that’s not the same as just having a licence for two years! As it’s an off-road based tour, we’d also want to know that you’ve actually had some suitable off-road / dirt / trail riding experience.
Heading out into the trails of rural Vietnam can be tricky at times, so it’s good if your first experience of off-road isn’t on a thirteen-day tour. If you’re not sure just ask us our friendly team – info@rideexpeditions.com

Q: What about Visas?
A: You will need a tourist Visa for Laos, but you can buy this on arrival at Vientiane airport for around $40.

Vietnam is slightly more complicated and entry requirements can vary according to your nationality, so we recommend you contact closest Vietnamese embassy to be sure of exactly what you need. Many nationalities now do not need a visa if they plan to stay in Vietnam for 15 days or less.

Q: What about travel insurance?
A: You need appropriate insurance and you need to entirely sure that it covers you to ride a 250cc bike while you are abroad – don’t buy a policy and just hope.

The cover also needs to cover emergency medical evacuation, hospitalisation and repatriation if required. It sounds scary but it’s all standard stuff for proper travel insurance companies.

Cover for Vietnam can be tricky… For advice, speak to us for suggested companies – they are unlikely to pop up on price comparison websites, so leave the merkats alone.

Q: Where should I fly into / out from?
A: Both the start and finish cities have international airports. We start in Vientiane, Laos (VTE) and finish in Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN).

Q: Can I visit Ha Long Bay after the trip?

A: 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.

Q: Is there a support vehicle?
A: Yes – a support vehicle is included as standard, in both Laos & Vietnam. This will carry all of your luggage, spare parts, tools etc. There’s also space in the truck in case you need a bit of a rest due to illness or injury or even just feeling just a bit of a lightweight…

Q: Will we have a local guide?
A: Yes. All of our tours are accompanied by at least one local guide / fixer.

Q: Will a mechanic be riding with us?
A: Yes, of course. At least one mechanic will ride at the back of the group.

Q: Do I need to bring camping kit?
A: Sorry to disappoint any ageing boy scouts, but while we might be camping and sleeping in homestays, you don’t need to bring anything like tents, hammocks, sleeping bags, portable toilets, fire starting flints or anything for whittling cutlery from driftwood. If we need it – we’ll take it in the truck, but you can still wear your woggle.

Q: Is there any medical support?
A: Yes. This tour is accompanied by a western qualified medic who will be riding with the group and carrying a substantial med-kit, satellite phone and GPS tracker.

Q: What is Global Rescue?

A: Global Rescue is the world’s leading medical & evacuation provider. Global Rescue membership is included in this tour package and will cover you for all riding days. In the event of an emergency, our medic / office will liaise with Global Rescue, ensuring that the best help is on it’s way to you as fast as possible.

Q: What happens in case of an emergency?

A: Our medic will choose the best course of action depending on the situation. He will have a medical kit with him and he can use our satellite phone to contact Global Rescue / our support vehicle / our office. We will assist from our office – we can see your location from the GPS tracker and we’ll have the details of your travel insurance company. Where safety is concerned, rest assured, you’re riding with one of the most prepared motorcycle tour operators in the world.

Q: What do I wear?
A: Sling backs and a cocktail dress will be acceptable, but only for evenings.

This is essentially a dirt bike tour, so off-road biking gear is what we should be aiming for, rather than the Village People leather clad look. We’ll send you a packing list prior to tour departure, but to be entirely clear, here’s the basics:

  • Helmet – Off-road or Adventure style is preferable to allow good air flow and lighter weight than a road version. No pudding basin style hipster models please.Trousers – Motocross or enduro pants are favourite here, and do the job far better than jeans.
  • Boots – sturdy bike boots are required, so again that’s adventure, enduro or motocross boots.
  • Body Armour / Protection – not essential but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – padding the pointy bits just makes sense, so that’s knees, elbows and shoulders.
    There’s a theme here – dress for the slide not the ride…
  • Jersey – Long sleeved riding shirts protect from vegetation, sun and all manner of flying and sting filled beasts.
  • Goggles – preferable to visors to keep out mud and dust.
  • Gloves – protection against the sun and any tarmac based incidents, gloves will help keep your maulers looking silky smooth.
  • Small Rucksack – A bag with a drinks bladder and room for a camera is worth bringing because a) it will be hot and b) there will be stuff to photograph.

Q: What jabs should I have?
A: This will depend on what you’ve already had and how long ago. Most countries have governmental websites that will advise of the risks and what you might need. In the UK, some are free on the NHS, some you will have to go to specialised travel clinics.

Malaria does still persist in some of the more remote regions we visit, but these are considered ‘low risk’ areas. Consult your doctor and take their advice as to what you should take both before, during and after your trip.

Gin and tonic does indeed keep the mosquitos away as they don’t like the quinine, but it’s not a fool-proof strategy for disease prevention.

Q: Can my family see where I am?
A: Yes. The tour will be accompanied by one of our GPS trackers that tracks our location throughout the trip. We will send you a link to the online map and you can share this with friends / family.

Q: You have an app???
A: Hell yea we do! Our brand new travel app (available on Android and IOS) will house all your booking details. It will help you get ready for your trip, notify you of any changes we’re making, have a breakdown of the itinerary, show you the local weather and you’re even able to keep a personal journal within the app! It’s very very useful.

Q: What will the weather be like?

A: 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. That said, we do ride up to some fairly high altitudes, and if it’s cloudy / raining, it will get cold… it’s a good idea to bring to extra layers & waterproofs!

Q: Is beer included in the tour price?
A: Nice try, but sadly not. You are welcome to try the local brew and ‘Beer Lao’ is particularly recommended. However, we are not sponsoring the bar bill so this one is entirely your cost. But take things easy – riding with a hangover is neither pleasant nor recommended!

Q: Can I paint my mate’s hire bike bright pink, like in Top Gear?
A: Amusing and indeed tempting as this may be, respraying our motorcycles will fall foul of our ‘Hammond’ clause which strictly bans spray can based tomfoolery. We’re OK with gaffer tape eyebrow removal though…

Q: Can you cater for vegetarians, vegans and those with food allergies?
A: While we cannot make guarantees, we will always pass on any dietary requirements to places that we eat. That said for a lot of the tour we will be in rural areas, so trying to explain lactose intolerance is trickier than in a city centre wholefood restaurant in Sydney. The food in both countries is both plentiful and delicious, but if there are any ingredients that are going to cause you real issues, let us know – we don’t want to be constantly poised with a loaded Epi-pen.

Q: Who operates this tour?
A: This tour is operated by Ride Expeditions in collaboration with our local Laos & Vietnam partners. We believe it is this winning combination of western standards and local knowledge is what has made our tours so successful.

Q: How do I book?
A: To secure your place we simply need a US £500 non-refundable deposit. The remainder does not need to be paid until 30 days prior to the tour start date.

Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: We accept most major credit/debit cards. We can also accept direct bank transfers. We do not accept Paypal or American Express.

Q: Is my money safe?
A: Yes. We a member of Protected Trust Services (PTS). Whenever you book a tour with us, your money is paid into an independent trust account managed by PTS. This money is insured against the failure of our company or any of our suppliers. We couldn’t run away with your money even if we wanted too!

Q: Is it true that Toby looks a bit like the lead singer of Nickelback?
A: Yes- we can confirm that Chad Kroger and Toby are potentially long-lost twins. He loves being reminded of this…

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HONDA CRF250L

The modern fuel injected Honda CRF250L is an electric start dual-sport adventure motorcycle that is easy to ride and feature typical Honda reliability. This hugely comfortable motorcycle is our bike of choice for our adventures in Laos and Vietnam.

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