7 DAYS – Cultural North Motorbike Tour

GPS Self Guided Adventure

MTO-7-A: Lanxang Moto Tour

LEVEL: medium – expert

DISTANCE: Approx. 1100 km

TERRAIN: 70% off-road (Day 1), 90% off-road (Day 2), on-road (Day 3), 40% off-road (Day 4), 70% off-road (Day 5), 20% off-road (Day 6), 80% off-road (Day 7)
Map for our 7 MTO – A Tour

Full Itinerary

Riding your motorbike through Laos is exciting enough, but imagine doing it for an entire week. We really recommend this tour! It gives you a deep insight into Laos and leads you through some really thrilling and rarely visited and untouched areas of our home country. Laos Motorbike Adventure riding at its best…

This moto tour is suitable for medium and good riders who wish to explore Laos in depth. As most of our tours also this one shows you just some of the best areas you can see in Laos. You will experience remote villages, Khamu, Hmong, Akha ethnic minorities a truly enriching bath with an elephant, overnight stays in remote villages, cultural encounters and also a relaxing time in a beautiful resort. Also the Mekong River comes along and surely you will take home amazing memories.

DAY 1 | LUANG PRABANG – PAXENG – VIANG KHAM – NONG KHIAW (L)
You will embark on your motorcycle journey from Luang Prabang along winding dirt roads up toward Paxeng. This route will be along the Nam Ou River, arguably one of the most important rivers in Laos that connects the northern province of Phongsaly to Luang Prabang. Once you arrive in Paxeng, you will begin driving along some magnificent mountain ridges through Viang Kham. The terrain is a combination of dirt and asphalt, which makes for an exciting journey. You will spend your first night in Nong Khiaw at a beautiful hotel along the bank of the Nam Ou River.
DAY 2 | NONG KHIAW – MUANG KHUA (B,L)
You will pick up on your route the following morning up to Muang Khua. 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. You will be invited into the home of a local family for an unforgettable home stay experience. 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 3 | MUANG KHUA– LOCAL VILLAGE  (B,L,D)
After you wake up the next morning, you will head out on your motorcycle along mountainous roads. You can visit remote Hmong villages along the way, and maybe learn a few words in their native language. Laos is one of the most ethnically diverse counties on the planet. The government officially recognizes 49 distinct ethnic groups. You will stay overnight at a guest house in one of the various local villages.

DAY 4 | LOCAL VILLAGE – LUANG NAMTHA (B,L)
After finishing your breakfast, you will ride out on your motorcycle toward 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). Your accommodation for the night will be at a local guest house.

DAY 5 | LUANG NAMTHA – PAKBENG (B,L)
On the fifth day, 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 6 | PAKBENG – HONGSA – SAYABOURI (B,L)
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 7 | SAYABOURI – MUANG NAN – LUANG PRABANG (B,L)
On your seventh and final day of this tour, you will depart from Saybouri toward Luang Prabang. You will pass through Muang Nan, a local village where both Khmu and Lao Loum ethnic live. Continuing on from Muang Nan, you will ride out along the mighty Mekong River where you will have a few river crossings. The terrain will consist of dusty roads along stunning farmlands and fields of teak trees. Your seven-day Lan Xang tour concludes once you return late in the afternoon to Luang Prabang

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Etoile moto offroad

Explore valleys in the North, Secrets in the East & the Plain of Jars

LEVEL Experienced

DISTANCE Approx. 1800km

TERRAIN 70% off-road (Day 1), 90% off-road (Day 2), 90% off-road (Day 3), 50% Tarmac (Day 4), 80% off-road (Day 5), 85% off-road (Day 6), 80% off-road (Day 7)

TOUR CODE MTO-7-ADV

Full Itinerary


DAY 1 | LUANG PRABANG – OUDOMXAY
We’ll depart from Luang Prabang in the morning, taking a short blast up Route 13 northbound. We’ll soon turn onto dirt roads, following a winding valley through the mountains. This route has all of the elements to make a great first day on the bike — thrilling twists around rivers and quick turns through small villages. We will return back to pavement for a short ride toward the town of Oudomxai for the night.
DAY 2 | OUDOMXAY – BOUNTHAI
Today makes for a stunning ride through the mountainous area of Bounthai, a quiet town just 100kms away from Phongsali, the northernmost province of Laos. The route passes through many diverse ethnic groups that live up in these highland areas. We will pass through lush rice fields and winding roads as we ride through this beautiful area toward Bounthai.
DAY 3 | BOUNTHAI – MUANG KHUA
Today’s ride will feature hair-raising single trail sections that are hardly used, and rickety bridges crossing a few rivers on our way to Muang Khua, Phongsaly. There’s a second route option that we may take depending on how intense you wish to make the ride this day.
DAY 4 | MUANG KHUA – VIENGTHONG
After breakfast, we will head out in the morning for a 80km ride off-road before switching back onto tarmac roads. This paved route has enough twists and turns with extended views of the mountains around to make for an interesting ride. Take a dip in the local hot springs to relax those aching muscles upon arrival in Viengthong.
DAY 5 | VIENGTHONG – XAM NUEA
Today will be almost entirely off-road as we ride out to the most secret mountain in all of Laos: Lima Site 85. This area was used by the Hmong ‘secret army’, the CIA, and the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Riding a motorbike through this area is awe-inspiring as it features some of the best trails through picturesque valleys and mountain ranges.
DAY 6 | XAM NUEA – PHONSAVAN
Today will be another big day as we ride along stunning trails that cut through the mountain side, providing some of the best views in Laos that will leave you amazed. We will cross some rivers along the way as we pass through remote sections of the province before arriving north of Phonsavan.
DAY 7 | PHONSAVAN – LUANG PRABANG
While this is the final day of the tour, it will not disappoint. We begin in the morning hitting the trail back to Luang Prabang, featuring stunning paths that take us through the plains of Phonsavan. We will soon return back to riding through mountainous areas as we head back to Luang Prabang for a well-deserved beer