We are proud to offer our customers this pure adventure tour: 10 days unseen Thailand & Laos. Laos is a country as yet untouched by modern demands. Its beauty lies in the stress-free, peaceful life of the Lao people, lush, pristine landscape, century-old traditions & heritage. The magical, lush and extremely colorful Laos offers motorcycle touring at its best: charming villages, exotic cultures, warm people, spectacular scenery and mostly good tarmac roads. Please be informed, that only experienced riders can join this tour. Visa on arrival is possible and is the easiest way to cross into Laos (1,200 THB Visa fee). We run this tour only once a month. Places are limited and in high demand, because we limit our tours to a maximum of 10 riders. Small groups are safer and friendlier. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Hotel Amora Tapae, Chiang Mai (Thailand)
DEPARTURE TIME The tour will start at 8.30 am. Please be informed, that you arrived at least one day before the tour start in Chiang Mai. We recommend two days before tour start to acclimate and avoid jet lag.
RETURN TIME The tour will finish about 4-5 pm back in Chiang Mai, so if you like to fly back the same day to Bangkok or the beach, you can catch easily any flight from Chiang Mai after 6 pm.
GEAR We recommend bringing your gear to be the most comfortable. BUT we also offer helmets, jackets, gloves and knee guards (European high-quality brands in many different sizes). Please be informed, that we do not offer boots and trousers as due to hygienic reasons.
INCLUDED
9 overnights at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
Private double bedroom (king size bed). You do not need to share a room with someone else.
10 lunches, 9 dinners, breakfast every day
Water, soft drinks and coffee/tea in connection with the meals
Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
Third party liability insurance for motorcycles
Full First Class Comprehensive insurance for motorcycles with deductible of up to 25,000 THB in case of damage
Pick up service from Chiang Mai Airport
English speaking professional Road Captain with TAT license (Tourism Authority of Thailand) on a motorcycle leading the group
Support van for luggage transportation, drinks, and space for a few guests on entire tour upon prior request
All entrance fees to National Parks and Historic Sites
Riding gear (Helmets, Jackets, Gloves, Knee Guards)
Famous Big Bike Tours “On zeee bikes!” T-Shirt
Accident cover insurance up to 100,000 THB, life insurance up to 1,000,000 THB and much, much more!
NOT INCLUDED
All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature
Alcoholic beverages
Travel insurance (cover against cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness). We highly recommend you arrange an appropriate insurance in your home country
Airfare
Visa fee

Please be informed, that our tours are fully inclusive. So you can completely focus on your holiday, the adventure, the riding, and amazing Thailand. There are no hidden costs or other surprises – our tour prices are final. All is paid. Come ride with us – the real deal!

Chiang Mai – Huay Xai – Boten (China Border) Oudomxai – Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng – Vientiane – Chiang Khan – Khao Kho – Phrae – Chiang Mai

(Distance: 2,271 km)

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Day 1. Chiang Mai – Huay Xai (355 km)


Familiarize yourself with the bike while heading north of Chiang Mai. You will ride on the windy mountain road to Mae Kachan hot spring and Than Tong waterfall and Mae Kachan hot spring. Continue on true biker paradise roads until you reach the famous road No. 1155, along with the border with Laos. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Ride the exhilarating, mountainous roads to Chiang Khong, 60 kilometers of up and down curves through the impressive mountains providing you with pure riding pleasure. Then cross the border to Laos. Thankfully the wait will be only about two hours, with all the documents filled out and paperwork ready to go (motorcycle and service vehicle registration, customs and insurance papers). Visa on arrival is possible and the easiest way to cross into Laos (1,200 THB Visa fee). Get familiarized with riding on the right side of the road. Relax at the beautiful accommodation near the border in Huay Xai, the gate to China. Directly at the Mekong River, the 10th longest river all over the world.

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Day 2. Huay Xai – China Border - Oudomxai (278 km)


A bit earlier start since we are riding through Laos and want to reach the Chinese border at Boten, a purpose-built ‘Casino Town’ to serve the Chinese fondness for gambling. Explore the border area and maybe go shopping in the Duty-Free. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Luang Namtha. Continue cruising along winding roads until we reach unseen Oudomxai where you relax at the beautiful accommodation. Overnight in the middle of nowhere in this beautiful and authentic Laos town.

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Day 3. Oudomxay - Luang Prabang (193 km)


Today easy cruising transfer to Luang Prabang. After breakfast, ride along the impressive mountainous road and follow this stunning mountain road to Pakmong, brand new stunning road trough Laos highest mountains. Visit the world-famous “Kuang Si waterfall”. These falls begin in shallow pools high up on the mountain. The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream. Relax and have lunch at a local restaurant. Then continue cruising along until we reach Luang Prabang where you relax at the charming accommodation.

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Day 4. Rest Day in Luang Prabang


This town is gleaming with temple roofs, fading colonial architecture, and a stunning mountain backdrop. It has been claimed by UNESCO as, “the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia”. This is a leisure day, or you can also visit the former Royal Palace which is now a national museum and an important Temple named “Wat Xieng Thong”. A visit to Luang Prabang would be not complete without climbing the 329 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for a beautiful sunset view of the Mekong river overlooking Luang Prabang with a 360-degree view. (Laundry service available)

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Day 5. Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng (240 km)


After breakfast, we leave Luang Prabang for pure adventure riding through a limestone karst landscape. The roads begin to deteriorate; however, the stunning mountain scenery makes for interesting riding. Then relax for lunch at a local restaurant at the peak of a mountain with a great view. Continue riding the impressive mountainous roads until we reach Vang Vieng. Cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village to explore the local lifestyle. Then relax at the peaceful accommodation.

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Day 6. Vang Vieng - Vientiane (192 km)


After breakfast, leaving Vang Vieng to the Capital of Laos “Vientiane”. Ride along fantastic mountainous roads to visit Nam Ngum dam. The largest dam in Laos with deep blue waters same the ocean. Lunch is served at a local restaurant at the dam. Then we cruise along the highway through farming areas to Vientiane. Visit Patuxai monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Visit the oldest Pha That Luang, the pagoda according to the Lao people was originally built as a Hindu temple in the 3rd century. Then we arrive and relax at the charming accommodation.

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Day 7. Vientiane - Chiang Khan (220 km)


After breakfast, leaving Vientiane, we cross the border back to Thailand. Remember to ride back on the left side of the road. We cruise along the Mekong river on the curvy road to visit Mount Pha Tak Suea. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Then continue cruising along the Mekong river road to your lovely accommodation in Chiang Khan, the lovely old wooden houses, shops, and hotel in colonial styles town.

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Day 8. Chiang Khan – Khao Kho (273 km)


Before breakfast, very early in the morning, you have a chance to offer food to monks along the streets of Chiang Khan local market. After breakfast, we ride along curvy roads to discover Khao Kho, Thailand´s “little Switzerland”. Visit Wat Pha Sorn Kaew, “the ceramic and celadon temple” before we reach Khao Kho. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Khao Kho is a district over 1,000 meters above sea level: Often misty with a 360-degree panoramic view and refreshing weather the entire year (18 – 25 Celsius degree). Later you will enjoy and relax in your peaceful accommodation.

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Day 9. Khao Kho – Phrae (312 km)


After breakfast, we visit the Khao Kho Memorial Sacrifice monument and weapons museum. Between 1965 – 1984, this mountain area was the battlefield of the Thai Communist Party and the Thai Royal Army. Then we continue uphill, cruising to Phu Ta Boek National Park: “The Shangri-La of Thailand”. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Continue along winding roads until we reach unseen Phrae, where you can relax at the beautiful accommodation with a swimming pool.

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Day 10. Phrae– Chiang Mai (208 km)


After breakfast, we leave Phrae cruising along the highway to Den Chai, visit a large reclining Buddha. Then we ride through winding mountainous roads to Lampang. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Visit the Thai elephant conservation center and the world´s first elephant hospital. Continue riding, passing through national parks and farming areas. Visit a local market, stopping for refreshment, before heading back to Chiang Mai.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Mae Kachan hot spring; Than Tong waterfall; Phayao lake (Kwan Phayao); Huay Xai, the gate to China; Unseen Oudomxai; world heritage Luang Prabang; Kuang Si waterfall; Wat Xieng Thong; Mount Phousi; Vang Vieng; Nam Ngum dam; Capital of Laos “Vientiane”; the old wooden town Chiang Khan; Celadon temple; Khao Kho – Thailand´s “Little Switzerland”; Phu Ta Boek National Park; unseen Phrae and the world´s first elephant hospital in Lampang

VISA THAILAND
Most nationalities do not require a visa to enter Thailand for a stay that does not exceed 30 days. However, it is important to note that Thailand’s immigration regulations require that passports must remain valid at least six months beyond visitors’ intended length of stay in Thailand.
Furthermore, it is important to note that Thai Immigration authorities only grant a visa-free stay of maximum 15 days in Thailand if tourists enter the country overland (from Burma) rather than through an international airport. Hence, after returning overland from Burma, you will only be allowed a maximum visa-free stay of 15 days in Thailand.

VISA FOR LAOS
For Laos also Visa on arrival possible, same as it´s in Thailand.  The Visa fee on arrival for Laos is about 30 US$ for 30 days (1,200 THB). We will, of course, support you with all the paperwork at the border.

REGISTRATION / DEPOSIT
Due to the cumbersome logistics involved with obtaining all necessary permits and border formalities, we must impose the following conditions for registration of your participation in the tour:

  • The deadline for the latest registrations is two months before the tour start
  • Confirmation of your participation in the tour will only be confirmed against the payment of 10% deposit (down payment) of total tour price.
  • First come – first served: the date of receipt of your deposit (down payment) will determine whose participation will be confirmed first. We will not confirm participation in the tour before receipt of your deposit.

We shall guarantee the departure of the tour with a minimum of 4 bikers and shall limit the maximum size of the group to no more than 15 bikes.

With your registration for the tour, we also need the following personal data from you:

Family Name(s) – as per passport:
First Name(s) – as per passport:
Passport Number:
Nationality:
Date of Birth:
Passport Issue Date:
Passport Issue Place:
Passport Expiry Date:

Please note that to participate in this tour, you must have a valid international driver’s license for motorcycles over 500cc.

For inquiries or in case of any uncertainties, please contact us under info@bigbiketours.com.

FULL PREPAYMENT
Because we shall have to fully prepay all suppliers far in advance, we require your full prepayment of the tour (minus the deposit) by latest two months before tour start.

CANCELLATION FEES
Please note that the following cancellation fees apply in the case that you are obliged to cancel the reservations for the tour at last minute:

If cancellation is received: Fee (in % of the total tour price)
60 Days to 15 Days 30% of Tour cost
30 Days to 8 Days 50% of Tour cost
14 Days or less 100% of Tour cost

We strongly recommend that you purchase individualized travel and/or medical insurance from any insurance company in your home market to prevent from having to incur any unexpected medical or travel expenses.

INSURANCE – THAILAND
The motorcycles carry compulsory third party insurance according to Thai law but do not carry full comprehensive insurance as this is not available in Thailand for rental motorcycles. The tour participant, therefore, carries the maximum risk of 175.000 THB in case of total damage to his/her motorcycle. The participant is not liable for technical failure in the case of engine or gearbox problems nor for wear and tear.

INSURANCE – LAOS
The motorcycles only carry compulsory third party insurance for Thailand – not for Laos as our Thai insurance company’s coverage does not extend beyond Thailand. Consequently, the participant carries full risk in case of an accident, regardless of whether the accident is caused by the tour participant or by a third party. Please bear also in mind that in the case of an accident, the adversary will most likely not be carrying any insurance coverage at all. Hence, the tour participant carries the maximum risk of 175.000 THB in case of total damage to his/her motorcycle.

OPTIONAL
Against the surcharge of 9.000 THB, we offer limited comprehensive insurance cover with a maximum liability/participation of 35.000 THB (instead of 175.000 THB) for the participant in case of damage sustained to his/her motorcycle. For minor damage, we will collect the costs for repair at the end of the tour as it is easier to handle such minor cases on the spot. Tour participants who opt for fully comprehensive insurance cover will also have to deposit 35.000 THB in cash at the beginning of the tour.

It is also important to know that the participant is liable for damage caused to his/her motorcycle in the case of an accident caused by a third person. Third-party insurance in Thailand generally only covers bodily harm caused to the third party and does not cover damage caused to the vehicle of a third party.

THAILAND CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
American Express, Visa, and Master Card are widely accepted in Thailand. Cash payments are only accepted in Thailand’s own currency (Thai Baht). It is easy to exchange major foreign currencies into Thai Baht as there are official money changers at most touristic places. ATM’s can be found almost everywhere. Please do not bring Euro cheques as these can only be cashed at major banks.

LAOS CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
The best way to Laos will be to use Thai Bath over there. In Laos, Thai Bath can use and is accepted everywhere. 1 Thai Bath is about 250 KIP. ATM’s can be found almost everywhere.


Day 1. Chiang Mai – Huay Xai (355 kms.)


Day 2. Huay Xai – Chinese Border – Oudomxai (278 kms.)


Day 3. Oudomxai – Luang Prabang (193 kms.)


Day 4. Rest Day in Luang Prabang


Day 5. Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng (240 kms.)


Day 6. Vang Vieng – Vietniane (192 kms.)


Day 7. Vientiane – Chiang Khan (220 kms.)


Day 8. Chiang Khan – Khao Kho (273 kms.)


Day 9. Khao Kho – Phrae (312 kms.)


Day 10. Phrae – Chiang Mai (208 kms.)


2019 Tour Starts
| 11. October | 18. November | 16. December |

2020 Tour Starts
| 13. January | 10. February | 23. March | 20. April | 01. June | 27. July | 19. October | 16. November | 14. December |


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