We at MOTOLAO provide exclusive on-road and off-road motorcycle and 4×4 tours in Laos.

Our customized tours provide a chance to journey on a road of self-discovery and encounter life-changing moments along the way.

Exploring Laos by motorcycle or 4×4 is the perfect way to experience rich Lao culture and discover breathtaking landscapes not found anywhere else.

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You are on a journey where no day is like the other.

Where a single day can last a lifetime.

You are on a road of freedom exploring a country uniquely Lao.

A place of diverse cultures nestled in majestic landscapes.

You are lighting a path of tales untold.

Where your story is written by each new discovery.


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We believe that riding a motorcycle is the best way to experience the beauty and culture of Laos, and we can't wait to share it with you.

Having spent two decades riding across this amazing country, we have meticulously crafted our top guided tours for you. These tours traverse the country's most stunning and picturesque routes, providing a genuinely distinctive and adventurous experience for riders of all skill levels.

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Our tours are designed for riders who are looking for a unique and thrilling adventure.


When it comes to riding in Laos, the Royal Enfield Scram 411 stands out as the ultimate motorcycle. Its versatility, reliability and ease of use make it the best ride.

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Safety is our first concern with reliable and well maintained bikes, professionally trained  guides and constant assessment of the road conditions.

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With a 20 years’ experience riding in Laos, we have designed for you the best itineraries through the most breathtaking and scenic routes in the country.

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All our tours include Aware-24 assistance, the leading emergency rescue team in Laos.

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Our guides are dedicated to providing you with an unforgettable and safe experience, showcasing Laos' culture, terrain, and history.

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For your peace of mind, we provide comprehensive third-party insurance coverage for all our motorcycles.

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We promote sustainable tourism by minimizing our environmental impact and supporting local communities

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A truly all-inclusive experience; everything from meals and fuel to private accommodations and a support vehicle are included.

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Explore Laos on two wheels

We rely on Royal Enfield Scram motorcycles, which are ideal for exploring the diverse landscapes and cultures of Laos. With our highly experienced team and commitment to safety, you can book your guided tour with confidence.

We also offer tailor-made guided tours upon request, allowing us to create personalized experiences tailored to your unique preferences and interests.

Northern Explorer Royal Ride Laos

Northern Explorer

9 days | 1,363 km.

Northern Adventure Royal Ride Laos

Northern Adventure

12 days | 1,945 km.

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The Royal Tour

4 days | 709 km.

Southern Discover Tour of Royal Ride Laos

Southern Discovery

9 days | 1,085 km.

I recently embarked on an extraordinary six-day motorcycle journey with Royal Ride Laos, covering approximately 1,300 kilometers. I must say, it was an absolutely fantastic experience. 

One of the standout factors was our lead guide, Thierry. Not only is he personable and fun to be around, but his knowledge of the local culture and expertise in navigating Laos made the trip truly memorable. We traversed some incredible roads, passing through captivating destinations such as Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw, and Pak Lay. Additionally, we had the opportunity for thrilling off-road riding. 

Among the highlights were our visits to various temples, where we were able to immerse ourselves in the rich spiritual heritage of Laos. The breathtaking vistas we encountered along the way added an extra layer of awe-inspiring beauty to the journey.

The accommodations provided by Royal Ride Laos were comfortable and clean, ensuring a rejuvenating rest after each day's adventure. Moreover, the food served was absolutely delicious, allowing us to savor the local flavors and culinary delights of Laos. 

Lastly, the Royal Enfield Scram 411 bikes provided by Royal Ride Laos were the perfect choice for riding in Laos. Their reliability and performance added to the overall enjoyment of the journey. 

In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend embarking on a journey in Laos with Royal Ride Laos. Their exceptional service, combined with the remarkable landscapes and cultural experiences, make for an unforgettable adventure. 

Jonathan Dunn - Japan

​¡Experiencia asombrosa! Todo está incluido, lo único que tienes que hacer es disfrutar de las hermosas carreteras panorámicas y paisajes. Los guías fueron excepcionales: conocedores, amigables y nos hicieron sentir cómodos. ¡Muy recomendado para una aventura inolvidable!

Leo D. - Spain

I had the pleasure of going on a tour and it was a fantastic adventure. The Royal Enfield Scram 411 was the perfect bike for the challenging terrain, allowing us to explore the hidden gems of Laos. The guides were not only skilled riders but also great companions throughout the journey.

Katie W. - Canada

We just finished an amazing 9 days tour with Royal Ride Laos in the Northern part of the Country.

Royal Enfield bikes are wonderful bikes, adaptable to any kind of terrain and situation

The roads are amazing, with fantastic natural landscapes and scenic views

The accommodation were simply great and unique Really great.

We also had the opportunity to taste the real Laos cuisine

But the real added value of the trip has been Thierry, our captain and guide.

He is a real gentleman, a person rich of kindness and culture.

He is always open to share his great experiences around the world, in different countries and situations.

After more than 20 years in Laos, he is now the perfect guide to let you enjoy your tour, with a detailed and effective organization.

Thank you Thierry, we really enjoyed the tour and we are already missing you.

Carlo & Giorgio (Italy)

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On the scooter through Laos! † The two most popular motorbike loops

From the well-known Asia circle that is mainly visited by backpackers ( Thailand , In Stock , Cambodia en Vietnam ), Laos has been the underdog for years. You may have heard of Luang Prabang, where everyone is known to go bowling as soon as all the cafes close at midnight. Or Vieng, which is known for 'tubing' (read: drifting down a river in a big car tire), always a guarantee for a great party. But what's the best way to experience this country? With the scooter of course! Go through Laos on a scooter like a real local. An incredibly fun and free way to explore the country.

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Laos has a lot to offer with its impressive history. For example, did you know that In Stock during the secret war has been attacked by America with 580.000 bombings? That's equivalent to a bomb every 8 minutes, 24/7, for 9 years. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

But before we dive into that further, it's good to know that Laos is a popular holiday destination for backpackers traveling around South East Asia. Most tourists come here for the beautiful nature and culture of the country, and there is an abundance of it!

Also read: Top 10 | What are the best backpacking destinations in Asia?

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Also read: Itinerary Laos in 2, 3 or 4 weeks | All must-sees and travel tips

Buddhism and History

The vast majority of the inhabitants of Laos are Buddhist. There are also many Buddhist temple complexes here, each more beautiful than the other. The first inhabitants of the region where Laos is located were the Hmong people who settled here 10.000 years BC on the banks of the Mekong River. Little is known about the history of Laos from the centuries that followed. In the eighth century AD, Laos was part of the divided kingdom of Chenla. The prince of Chenla Jayavarman II comes to power here and founds the city of Wat Phou. The northern part of Laos is then ruled by Thai kings.

Fourteenth century

In the fourteenth century, Fa Ngum founded the kingdom of Lan Xang here, which will turn out to be the predecessor of present-day Laos. This kingdom lasted for several centuries until it split into three parts in the early eighteenth century. After this comes the Kingdom of Luang Prabang, the Kingdom of Vientiane and the Kingdom of Champassak.

Nineteenth century

At the end of the nineteenth century, the French conquered the area after which it was added to the then Union of Indochina. Before the addition of Laos, Indochina consisted of parts of Vietnam and Cambodia. During World War II, the Japanese occupied the country. After the war, the French took over power here again.

In 1954 the First Indochina War took place here, after which the French were expelled and Laos became an independent Kingdom. After a military coup, the army comes to power here, which together with the United States try to expel the communist guerrilla tropics from the country. This war will later go down in the books as the Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War. Countless bombs were dropped in the border region between Vietnam and Laos during the war. This still makes this region unsafe.

After the Vietnam War, Laos became a communist country with political ties to the Soviet Union. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the country became more open and more accessible to tourists.

Safety in Laos

Laos is a fairly safe country to visit as a tourist these days. However, you should at all times keep a close eye on the current political situation. The inhabitants are friendly and hospitable, but in most cases they are very poor.

Especially in the northern part of Laos, adjacent to Myanmar, it is often restless. So always check out the latest travel advice from the Dutch government at this page so you don't get any surprises.

Motorbike / Scooter loops for Laos

But in this article we present something completely different, namely an activity that will show you more of the country than you can initially imagine: motorbike loops † The concept is simple. You rent a scooter, arrange a map, pack a small bag for a few days and go out. We give you a look at the two most famous adventures this country has to offer.

Thakhek – The Original Loop (3-4 days)

Despite the fact that this tour was invented about 10 years ago by the local celebrity Mr Ku, it is still something many people ignore. Thahkek is the largest city in the Khammouane province, and is about 6 to 8 hours by bus from Vientiane. There is little to nothing to do in Thahkek itself; the only travelers you will encounter here will undoubtedly dive straight into the motorbike adventure.

Our advice: At the start of your scooter through Laos adventure, first go to Thahkek Travel Lodge , the place to be to meet like-minded people and ask them about their experiences. There is also a large book in the dining room that is filled with do's and don'ts from predecessors. Mr Ku owns a garage where you can buy your new best friend, the scooter! You pay about 120.000 kip (12 euros) per day for a vending machine, while a semi-vending machine consumes about 90.000 kip (9 euros) per day from your wallet.

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When renting the scooter you get a map with all important routes. The loop is a circle of about 450 km and can be done in 3 days, but we recommend doing it in 4 days. So you can take your rest and you don't have to rush to avoid driving in the dark. You don't want the latter; you cross roads where people don't pay much attention to traffic rules and where they are not yet familiar with the concept of 'street lighting'. Riding a scooter through Laos is really cool, but safety goes first!

Kong Lorcave

The 450 km consists of the most diverse sensations. From various caves (Tham Pha Fa, Xieng Liab) where they are only too happy to charge you three times entrance to an enchanting lake (Tha Lang) where you can go for a refreshing swim. The modern asphalt in the beginning is gone as you end up on gritty and dusty roads where you can expect a pothole or hill every two meters. Good to do, as long as you don't decide to go in the rainy season. In every 'big' town (Lak Sao, Tha Bak, Nahin) you can find guesthouses that cater to the driving adventurers. You drive from humid forest hills to quaint villages and from empty lakes with bare trees to endless straight roads.

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The highlight of the loop is the Kong Lor cave. This is a cave through which the Nam Him Bun River of 7 km runs. Armed with a life jacket and main flashlight, you will be transported through the cave by two local men via a longtail boat. The only light you can see is from the flashlights, but it is enough to see the impressive immensity of this cave. Stalagmites, stalactites and if you're lucky a spider the size of your hand. The trip takes about 3 hours. Then you return to Thakhek, where you can give your butt some rest after driving quite a few miles.

Pakse – Bolaven plateau (2-4 days)

If you take the bus in Thahkek, you are within 5 hours in Pakse, the next town that is really only visited for two reasons: the 'motorbike loop' through the Bolaven plateau and the easy connection to 4000 Islands. This city cannot be missed on your tour through Laos by scooter. The town and the Bolaven plateau are located in the Champasak province. The area was used by farmers during the time of the French settlers, so the soil has remained fertile over the years. It developed into the place for coffee, tea, rubber and cardamom plantations.

Scooters are a lot cheaper in Pakse, for 85.000 kip a day you have a vending machine, while you can get a semi-vending machine for about 60.000 kip a day. On the card you have two options: the small loop and the big loop. The small loop will take you about 2 days, the big loop will take you about 4 days.

Pakse Laos

The Bolaven plateau is a unique area where, despite the high temperatures in the interior, you will soon have to get used to about 20 to 28 degrees. Because the altitude also means that rapid wind changes occur, rain showers are no stranger to visitors to this beautiful area. The tour takes you through forests, hills and past many enthusiastic children on the side of the road. It is really a beautiful region in Laos to explore by scooter. Around the Bolaven plateau, different ethnic tribes live with their own customs. It is definitely worth stopping at one of the coffee or tea plantations. The owners who explain to you in poor (ie none) English what they do and serve you a cup of stew is really part of the experience.

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A well-known stop in the Bolaven Plateau is Tat Lo, a cute village surrounded by waterfalls and temples. At around 4pm you can watch the mahoots wash the local elephants in the lake while hordes of local children swim around it. Travelers are also thought of in this village. There are about 5 to 6 homestays where you can sleep and eat. The prices are considerably low: you pay 10.000 kip (yes, about 1 euro) for a double mattress in a homestay. For about the same money you can also buy a fried rice with chicken. If you choose the big loop you will also pass Attapeu and Ban Beng. A beautiful region where you will find even more plantations and waterfalls (Tad Fane, Tat Champi).

Also read: On a scooter through Africa !

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Maybe after one of these two motorbike loops you can no longer see caves, waterfalls, plantations and scooters and your derrière needs a week of rest. But trust me, riding a scooter through Laos is an unforgettable experience!

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What is the riding like on a motorcycle tour of Laos?

The riding in Laos offers a great combination of both roads and dirt trails that allow our riders to experience life well beyond the regular tourist routes. Because of the varied terrain we cover we use lightweight dual-sport bikes for these tours, the trusty Honda CRF250L proving to be the perfect tool for the job.

The riding terrain in Laos varies from smooth winding dirt & tarmac roads to the occasional harsh rocky trails and forest singletrack. Generally, our off-road motorcycle tours in Laos are not too extreme and will be suitable for the less experienced off-road rider. As always, if you’re unsure of your ability, please just get in touch with our friendly team and we can talk you through it.

There are water crossings, suspended cable bridges and river crossings on small canoes or small ferries… all the good stuff!

When is the best time of year for a motorcycle tour in Laos?

The best months for a motorcycle tour in Laos are November – February. Average temperatures range from 15 – 30°c (although it can get much cooler in the evenings up in the hills) depending on your altitude and there’s little chance of rain.

June – October is the hot & wet season. The rain generally comes in short, sharp bursts, but these heavy downpours can create undesirable riding conditions on the steep dirt tracks!

While March – May is still the dry season, these months are not ideal for motorcycle touring in Laos. The dirt tracks get progressively dustier towards the end of the dry season. Not only does this affect your visibility, but the tracks get churned up into deep ‘bulldust’ making for some difficult riding conditions. These months are also the ‘slash & burn’ season, where the locals clear land on the hillsides to prepare it for farming. They ‘slash’ the grass, allow it to dry and set it on fire. This creates a smoky haze across the entire country, somewhat spoiling the view!

5 reasons to ride in Laos

1. incredible history.

When most people think of the Vietnam War (otherwise known as the ‘Indochina War’), they think ‘Vietnam’. Few people realise just how much was happening in the neighbouring countries of Laos & Cambodia. Laos is the most heavily bombed country on the planet! 270 million tonnes of explosives were dropped on Laos between 1964 and 1973 by the Americans, even though the two countries were never officially at war. This was in an effort to stem the flow of arms & ammunitions down the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail.

This is only a small part of Laos’ incredible history, but it’s certainly the most prominent. UXO still litter the countryside and clearance operations are still a common sight during our motorcycle tours in Laos.

Laos has certainly suffered a brutal history. While it is incredibly interesting to learn about this as we ride around the country, what’s even more amazing is how the local people can be so welcoming and friendly despite their troubled past with western foreigners.

2. Interesting Culture

The predominant religion in Laos is Buddhism and there are 64 different ethnic communities across the country. These are generally segmented into three altitudinal groups: the ‘lowlands’, the ‘midlands’ and the ‘highlands’.

3. Beautiful Riding

Our Laos motorcycle tours offer some truly spectacular riding through the hills. The road network in Laos is fast developing and there are some great tarmac roads that wind through the mountains. We ride some singletrack trails, but the majority of the dirt riding is on dirt ‘roads’ of varying quality. The dirt riding is fairly easy going (depending on your experience!), allowing you to take it easy and enjoy the spectacular views!

4. Friendly Locals

The Laos people are some of the most friendly we’ve ever met. Our motorcycle tours in Laos get far off the beaten track where few other tourists ever visit. Wherever we choose to stop for a break, we’ll be welcomed by the locals who are all just as interested in us as we are with them! Many of them have never seen foreigners, let alone foreigners dressed head to toe and strange looking riding kit!

5. Amazing Cuisine

Fresh chilli paste, sticky rice and frequent BBQs… we love the food in Laos. Its typically Asian style and shares similarities with Thai and Cambodian food, but with its own unique flavours. Our Laos motorcycle tours aim to give you the full culinary experience and we’ll even take you to some of the local food markets to shop for ingredients for that nights BBQ.


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The Ultimate Guide to the Thakhek Loop (Laos Most Scenic Motorbike Journey)

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Nothing beats the freedom of the open road. Many of my favorite experiences in Asia were had on the back of a motorbike. & The Thakhek Loop is one of them. 4 days riding through green rice paddies, between towering limestone cliffs, dipping in refreshing lagoons, and spelunking in Laos’ impressive underground cave systems. The perfect salve to cure your itching need to get off the beaten path. Consider this your complete guide to the Thakhek Loop.

This guide was last updated with information from fellow travelers in March 2023! Things change in Southeast Asia. I would love if you reached out to me with corrections if you find that something on the road has changed.

Get ready to climb atop a plastic Chinese knock-off motorbike & have a real adventure. Exploring Laos at your own pace. The Thakhek Loop gives you a look at the agrarian side of Lao. A way of life still unchanged by westernization. For now.

Sitting about halfway between Laos hotbed of tourism in the North ( Luang Prabang, Vientiane, & Vang Vieng ) & the 4,000 Islands in the South, Thakhek makes for a perfect stop to break up the journey. Once arrived there are a few things you should know before you go.

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Thakhek town.

Having seen the stunning green landscapes we were bound for on the loop, I had anticipated Thakhek to be a small dusty rural town. But it was fairly bustling. It was a paved modern city with several restaurants–it even had a riverside night market. I can only assume the growing popularity of the loop is to thank for that.

Hornbill on the Thakhek loop

Where to Eat in Thakhek

Six Friends Restaurant : This is the place to eat in Thakhek. It’s an outdoor restaurant covered in lights with a huge delicious menu & the cheapest beer in town.

Thai curry in Laos

Where to Stay in Thakhek

Thakhek is a small town with super limited accommodation options. I highly recommend booking a place to stay before you arrive. We didn’t & ended up wandering the streets for an hour looking for a room.

Bike & Bed : This is the most popular hostel in Thakhek. You’ll be sure to meet other travelers both returning & beginning the loop so it’s a great place to make friends. $6 for a dorm bed.

KGB Guesthouses : UPDATE. The guesthouse has permanently closed as of 2023. Don’t judge a book by its cover. From the outside KGB looks haggard. It has spray paint on the walls & the paint is peeling and aged. Don’t let that discourage you. We stayed here & the private rooms are pretty nice. As an added bonus, it’s directly above the best bike rental shop. Private rooms are $10 .

How long does the Thakhek Loop Take?

That is entirely up to you.

My biggest piece of advice? Take it slow.

Even though it can be done in two days does not mean it should be. Three days is the minimum I would recommend, with 4-5 being ideal. You’ll want to stop off frequently so give yourself plenty of time.

2023 Update: The final day described in the itinerary below is on a pretty treacherous main road. I’ve been informed that it’s now more popular for riders to come back the way they came rather than make a full loop. If that is the case for you– make sure to give yourself lots of time.

Which Direction Is Better?

Counterclockwise. Head from the town of Thakhek to the floating village of Thalang.

Map of the Thakhek loop

The final 100 km of the loop ( likely day 4 ) is just a straight uneventful stretch of highway where you’ll share the road with trucks & local buses. Starting with that stretch makes for a very long boring day one. Trust me & save it for last.

Finding Your Ride

Motorbike in Laos Thakhek loop

There are several places you can rent motorbikes in town but the best bang for your buck is…

Wang Wang Motor Rental .

Not only are they the most reasonably priced rental option, but they also offer roadside assistance in case you break down along the way. They have great reviews & the bikes are in great condition. Bikes cost around $10 per day.

Before you ride off into the wind– Here’s a quick checklist to make sure your bike is good to go.

  • Take a photo of your bike & all its imperfections . So you have a record of damages that were already there.
  • Check lights, turn signals, horn , & brakes .
  • Confirm you know how to open the storage compartment under the seat.
  • Choose a helmet that fits comfortably. You’re going to be wearing it for the foreseeable future.
  • Hold onto the map/ roadside assistance phone number they provide just in case you get into a pinch.

If you would rather pay premium prices for a motorbike– Mad Monkey Motorbike is another reliable, albeit more expensive, option. It costs about $18/day.

If you’re looking for a challenge you can opt to do the 273-mile journey via bicycle instead. I met a couple who did it. It will take much longer & I can’t even imagine the literal pain in the ass of sitting on a bike seat for a close to 2 weeks–but I’m sure it would be an adventure.

Lakes filled with trees on the Thakhek loop

Important Things to Know

TECHNICALLY you need an international driving license w/ motorbiking permissions to legally drive anywhere in Southeast Asia. Fortunately, Laos is still lax in enforcement. ( Chiang Mai, Thailand, however, is a different story ). You won’t encounter police on the loop & Wang Wang rentals instruct you on how to avoid them on your way out of town.

  • Do hit the ATM before you leave Thakhek. You will find a few scattered along the way but it’s a rare occurrence. We brought about $55 per day for the two of us to cover food, lodging, & gas.
  • Gas is available both at stations and at the small fill-up spots typical of Southeast Asia. Don’t be afraid to fill up from the glass liquor bottles.
  • You can ride the loop year-round now that the entire roadway is paved & sealed. I would avoid the rainy season from May to October.
  • No need to pack food with you ( aside from a few snacks ). There are plenty of local restaurants along the way.
  • A rain poncho, swimsuit, & sunscreen will cover all the potential weather hazards you’re likely to encounter.
  • Bring a filter water bottle like Lifestraw to refill along the way.

Guide To The Thakhek Loop

The loop can be completed in 3 days by combining the last two into one long drive day. It’s a lot of ground to cover and makes for a miserable last day on the road. Four days is the typical route & the itinerary I’ll be outlining below.

Day One: Thakhek to Thalang

63 Miles/101 km, 3 hours drive time

Flooded area filled with trees.

Tha Falang Swimming Hole

Interested in a morning dip in a blue-green lake framed by lush vegetation? This is the first potential stop but we opted to skip it. Being so close to Thakhek it is often crowded & recent development has taken away from the natural feel of the lake.

Tham Nong Pa Fa (Buddha Cave)

Laos cave on the Thakhek loop. Cave with stairs.

The start of “Cave Alley”. This stretch of road is lined on both sides with an abundance of mountainside caverns. Some more impressive than others. This particular cave is surrounded by a lovely little lagoon & if not for the wooden walkways and neon lighting inside the cave–would have been absolutely beautiful. A neat first stop.

One of the few attractions improved by the rainy season. When the water is high enough you can go for a swim in this river-filled cave.

Tham Nang Aen (Ene)

The last cave I’ll recommend on day one is also the most impressive. Fairly developed & fortunately well-lit you can climb through the cavern to marvel at its sparkly stalagmites & stalactites.

Pha Katai Viewpoint (Golden Rabbit Viewpoint)

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Just off the main road before you hit the river you’ll find one of my favorite viewpoints. But be prepared to climb some steep rickety metal stairs haphazardly attached to the rocky mountainside. At the peak, you’ll get to look out across the scraggly black limestone tips at the valley around you. Well worth the extra effort.

2023 Update: This viewpoint is apparently now closed. The stairs were rickety when I was there in 2019 so I can only imagine the state they are in now.

Ghost Boat Restaurant

ghost ship beach. Lake with trees floating in it on Thakhek loop.

Although not actually a functioning restaurant itself, you’ll find plenty nearby in the town of Nakay ( I recommend Sern Sap Restaurant ). This ship sits on an eerie beach filled with sunken trees poking out of the water.

Where to Stay

Sabaidee Guesthouse : Cheap wooden bungalows facing the river with a great bonfire spot to warm up during crisp evenings. The owners here are so kind, provide a delicious breakfast, & have loads of Beer Lao on hand. This guesthouse is included on every guide to the Thakhek Loop for good reason.

Alternative Route : Since it was our first day on the road & we had gotten an early start we arrived in Thalang early in the day. Feeling full of energy we continued on to Lak Xao. The town itself is nothing spectacular but I liked that it was off-the-beaten-path & we were the only tourists in sight. It also shortens your drive the following day.

Day Two: Thalang to Kong Lor

94 miles/151 km, 5.5 hours drive time

Be sure to look for the binoculars symbol along your route in . It means there is a worthwhile viewpoint in this area. There are quite a few on days 2-4 as you gain elevation.

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This is where a lot of older guides to Thakhek loop fail you. Previously, this section of roadway was unpaved & an absolute disaster. With any amount of moisture, the road became thick red mud that slowed you to a crawling pace.

But as of 2017, the entire loop is one smoothly paved road.

Leaving Thalang, you’ll pass through what is known as the “drowned forest”. Charred tips of trees, stumps, and full leafy jungles poke out of the surrounding lakes. It’s a very weird stretch of scenery.

Sandstone Buddha Rock Sculptures

Sandstone buddha on Thakhek loop.

About 20 km north of Thalang, painstakingly carved into the sandstone cliffside are several standing Buddha images. A great place to stop & stretch your legs.

  Dragon Cave (Mangkone Cave)

dragon cave on Thakhek loop. Large open cavern.

This was one of my favorite stops along the loop. A short hike crawling over felled trees and rocky outcroppings leads to a hidden away cave. You can either walk 15-20 minutes through the main cavern or opt to hike deep into its depths on a long 2-hour loop. Caves make me uneasy, so we chose to do the short loop. The restaurant near the parking lot has some killer tea & coffee as well.

Cool Springs Lagoon

Blue lagoon for swimming on Thakhek loop

By now it will be around lunchtime & just warm enough for a dip in the revitalizing turquoise lagoon. The water here is crystal clear.

2023 Update: This lagoon may also be closed. Look instead for Lagoon #6. Or hopefully, this closure was seasonal and it will reopen again soon.

Thabak Bomb Boats

After getting hammered with cluster bombs dropped by the US during the Vietnam War, Laos has crafted many creative ways to use the shrapnel. For example, bomb boats. The hulls of these canoes are actually the jet fuel canisters dropped from planes above. We didn’t do the boat tour because of the cost & for us, it was enough to see the boats from the bridge in the river below.

Cut in to Kong Lor Village

Kong Lor town landscape. Garden.

Detouring from the main road, the route to Kong Lor village is unpaved & bumpy at times. Make sure you have allowed ample time for this last 40 km or so. You’ll also have the pleasure of crossing 4 wooden bridges. Take them slow & stick to the wheel paths they constructed. Unfortunately, they are typically in states of disrepair so be extra vigilant here.

Kong Lor was my favorite stop on the route. You should definitely plan to take some time here. Even add an extra day if possible. We played with puppies, ate at a restaurant with a rescued hornbill, & watched the workers harvesting in the fields. The town is startlingly beautiful & surrounded on all sides by imposing limestone cliffs.

Konglor Eco-Lodge : It’s not actually eco-friendly in any way as far as I could tell. But it is conveniently located on the main road in town & the closest accommodation to the Kong Lor caves.

Thongdam Guesthouse : These little bungalows have the best reviews in town & they sit smack dab in the middle of the rice fields. Only $10 a night for a private bungalow.

Day Three: Kong Lor to Nahin

26 miles/42 km, 2 hours drive time

Backtracking this stretch of road marks the shortest travel day. This gives you ample time to explore the village of Kong Lor before you set out & catch a boat ride through the subterranean Kong Lor cave.

Kong Lor Cave

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The cave’s last boat tours load up at 3:30 PM, which means you’ll likely miss it on the evening you arrive in Kong Lor. Get up early and arrive at 8 AM for the first tours of the day.

I’m not someone who is particularly fond of caves, but this one is well worth donning your headlamp & exploring. The cavern is massive tunneling deep into the limestone mountainside. Hop into a long tail boat with your mandatory park guide & he’ll take you on a journey up the flowing river inside the cave itself. Pitch black, aside from our faint headlamps, it takes 20 minutes to skillfully maneuver the boat to the village within the mountain on the other side. Here, you can explore for as long as you like before returning back through the cave.

Sanhak Guesthouse : Comfortable rooms with a tasty restaurant. Owned by the same family as Sabaidee Guesthouse in Thalang. $10 for a room.

Day Four: Nahin to Thakhek

90 miles/145 km, 4-5 hours of drive time

This day is the most difficult. The first 45 km wind up into the mountains. Your 110cc motorbike will not appreciate the stiff increase in elevation. Ours refusing to travel faster than 15km/hour during some stretches. Thankfully, the many spectacular viewpoints of the valley below you make up for the gas-guzzling ride.

This is the portion of the route that may be dangerous for inexperienced drivers and should be avoided even if it means backtracking as of 2023.

The 100 km after than are painfully boring. Once you hit the main road you’ll be competing with traffic, traveling at high speeds, and ready to just get back to Thakhek already.

Stop for lunch before reaching Route 13 ( the main hwy ). Food is limited here & pretty subpar.

Limestone Peaks Lookout

Lookout viewpoint

A series of switchbacks lead to the highest point in the surrounding cliffs. Here a small restaurant & zipline course have been constructed overlooking the dramatic black spires of limestone capped mountains. The restaurant is pricey but it makes for a good leg-stretch spot on an otherwise long day of riding.

& Woo Hoo You’ve Made It Back to Thakhek!!!

wide open landscape in Laos on Thakhek loop

Cost of Thakhek Loop

So how much does this all cost? ( Our costs are for two people ) Here’s a breakdown of exactly what we spent on the road.

Total Spent on Gas: $11

Average Food Spending/day: $11.50

Average Accommodation Costs/night: $9

Costs of activities:

  • Tham Nang Aen : $3.30 per person
  • Kong Lor Cave : $7.20 per person
  • Dragon Cave : $3 per person
  • All others were free or about $1 per person

Our daily budget was about $42 for the two of us. (Not including the $9 motorbike rental). Which put our total at $51 per day.

Should You Ride the Loop?

If you’re looking for serene nature, an authentic taste of Laotian culture, & to embark on a true adventure then YES . During the month I spent in Laos, this was my absolute favorite experience & a rare look at rural life.

& with this essential guide to the Thakhek Loop, you’ll be completely prepared.

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Laos Motorcycle Rentals and Tours

Laos is the undiscovered gem of Southeast Asia. It offers some of the best adventure bike riding in Southeast Asia. Here’s our recommended motorcycle tour and rental companies in Laos.

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Motorcycle Rental and Tour Companies in Laos.

Please contact the companies listed on this page directly for more information.

Big Bike Tours

“Big Bike Tours offer the most exhilarating authentic motorbike touring holidays and adventure motorcycle tours in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Tibet (China) – all starting from Chiang Mai, Thailand.”

Services:  Fully inclusive guided motorcycle tours from Thailand to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Tibet.

Tour bikes: BMW G310GS, BMW F80GS, Kawasaki Versys 650, Kawasaki ER-6N 650, Honda CB650F, Honda CB500X, Honda CB300F, Honda CRF250 Rally.

Tour prices: Tours range from 3-20 days with their lowest priced tours starting at £180. There’s a huge selection of tours to choose from and prices are dependent on the country, tour time and bikes. Check out their Tour Price page for more info. 

Insurance:  Standard motorcycle damage insurance is included in the tour price and covers incidental damages. Customers are liable for the first £630. You can always opt for additional insurance.

Kit availability:  Helmets, jackets, knee guards and gloves are all provided for free.

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Lao Adv Tours

Lao Adv Tours is run by Chris Corbett who knows Laos like the back of his hand, has an extremely well maintained modern fleet of Honda CRF250Ls and knows what he’s doing. 

Services:  Rentals, tours and maintenance.

Rental bikes: Honda CRF250L

Rental prices:  £50 per day with deals for longer rentals.

Tour prices: Around £200 per day. Prices can be cheaper dependent on your group size and the length of the tour.

Insurance: Third party insurance is included.

Kit availability:  Kit is available. 

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Quick Facts on Laos Motorcycle Rentals and Tours

Typical motorcycle travel costs and prices

Money:  ATMs are not hard to find and issue both USD and Laos Kip. Card is accepted in some hotels and restaurants but be prepared to have cash. 

Currency:  Lao kip ₭

Food:  Local meals and street food £0.50 – £3, Restaurant £4 – £8

Accommodation: Some wild camping spots, dorms £2-£8. mid-range hotel £8 – £25

The best time of year to rent or join a tour

High:  Nov – March

Hot but can still be breezy. Best all-round time to visit although mountains can be cold.

Mid:  July – Oct

Wet in most parts and very humid, but nice scenery and greenery.  

Low:  April – June

Hot season up to 40°C.

Visa, insurance and motorcycle licence

Visa: Visa requirements are dependent on your nationality. Please visit the country’s government website for visa information. 

Driver’s licence: You need a valid motorcycle licence to legally rent a motorcycle or join a tour. If you risk riding without the correct licence, then not only will you be breaking the law, but your insurance will be invalid too. 

International Driver’s Permit: An IDP is a requirement for many countries. The UK Gov website lists every country that requires one and which IDP is required. 

Insurance:  Motorcycle insurance needs to be checked with the rental or tour company. Ask what they offer, what’s included and what the legal requirements are. 

You should purchase personal travel insurance separately from your home country before travelling. 

Capital: Vientiane Country code: +856

Emergency:  190 – fire, 195 – ambulance,  191 – police

Language:  Lao

Time:  GMT/UTC + seven  hours

Land Mass:  237,955 km²

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4,000 Islands:  Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, but the south is home to the incredible 4,000 Islands – a river archipelago of the mighty Mekong. 

Luang Prabang:  No visit to Laos is complete with stopping off in Luang prabang. The ride from Vang Vieng is spectacular. 

For more information on both, check out our  Loving Laos Life Blog Post. 

Flying in/out

The best airport to fly into and out of

Wattay International Airport Vientiane.

FAQs on Laos Motorcycle Rentals and Tours

No, sorry. Mad or Nomad do not offer any rentals, tours or services. Please contact the companies listed on this page directly. 

This page displays motorcycle rental and tour companies from around the world. We do a lot of research into these companies before adding them and speak to the managers and owners. Many of the companies we have also used in the past or have met the owners while travelling.

While we have collected them all together in one place for your ease, we take no responsibility in your business with them. We’re simply showcasing companies in one easy-to-use place and are not involved with your dealings with them. Any business you have with these companies is at your own risk. We will not be held liable or responsible in any way.   

From November to March is hot, but still breezy. It’s the best all-round time to visit although the mountains can be cold.

Renting an adventure motorcycle in Laos isn’t that common. Instead, rental bikes are usually hired in Thailand and brought across the border. There are companies you can rent from though, expect to pay around £50 a day. 

You can easily join a motorcycle tour in Laos though. Expect prices in the range of £200 and are typically off-road. 

Take a video on your phone of the entire bike, do a walk around and film the condition of the chain, fairings, tyres, any bumps, dents and scratches. By doing so, you can’t get caught out and blamed for something you didn’t do when you return it.

Check the wheel bearings, chain, oil, coolant, brakes, clutch and that the handlebars are straight. Tyres need a decent amount of tread and should be suitable for the terrain you’re riding in. Take it for a short test ride and don’t feel pressured or rushed. Go with your gut and if there’s anything that catches your eye, speak to the owners immediately.

This is down to personal preference, where you’re riding and what’s available. If you’re renting or joining a motorcycle tour in the States and you’re going to be primarily on road, then you may want to opt for a big touring bike. If you’re headed to rural or mountainous countries and are going off-road in Central Asia for example, then go for a mid-weight single-cylinder. 

We usually find lighter and cheaper rental bikes are better because they’re less stress, you don’t have to worry about dropping them all the time, are easier to fix and more fun.

For more info on choosing the right motorcycle for your trip, have a look at the below guide and also check out the adventure bikes page too. 

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We recommend lightweight and comfortable gear suitable for the climate you’re travelling in. If you’re heading to a particularly cold place, then go for Gore-Tex pro laminate. 

But, the best all-round option is ventilated, light and comfy adventure bike gear. Take the thermal and waterproof liners out and leave them at home. Take a cheap pair of waterproof throwovers and a compressible down jacket that can be stuffed into a small bag. You can use both items as layering if it’s cold and rainy and they double up when off the bike and will reduce the amount of gear you have to take with you in your luggage. 

It’s always better to take your own bike gear over renting or using kit from the rental company. You know your own stuff fits, works and is comfortable – especially your helmet. The last thing you want is to get a few days into your trip and get a headache from a tight lid. 

Check out our riding gear article for more info on how to choose the right clothing and the guides section for our recommended kit. 

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Contact the rental or tour company and ask what luggage the bike comes with. Your bike might come with soft bags, hard boxes, a top box or nothing at all. 

You can often leave the gear you don’t want to take with you on the trip at the rental or tour company’s headquarters. So you can travel on a plane with a larger kit bag and just take the bag and gear you need on the bike. 

The type of luggage you need depends on the type of trip you’re on, how much off-roading you’re doing and how long you’re going for. 

A good option is to go for a waterproof duffle bag and a pair of Rok Straps as this type of luggage setup can be fastened to any bike’s pillion seat and you don’t need racks. And take an additional small and light rucksack for your important gear (camera, passport etc) so you don’t have to worry about it when off the bike. 

For more info on choosing your motorcycle luggage, check out our guide page below.

READ MORE: Adventure Bike Luggage Guides

Companies may offer motorcycle insurance as an optional extra, include it in the price or not offer it at all. This again depends on the country you’re riding in. 

It’s worth getting insurance if you can and ask what the excess is as you will usually be liable for damage to the bike. 

Motorcycle insurance is separate from personal travel insurance. This is incredibly important and you need to be very careful when choosing your personal insurance policy because the fine print often won’t cover you for bikes over 125cc, renting, touring or using a bike as your main mode of transport.

Check out our Admin section as you’ll find detailed guides on personal insurance, paperwork and safety on the road. 

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Hop on a Motorbike in Laos for an Adventure-Fueled Road Trip

Go full-throttle with disco caves, flooded ghost forests, and blue lagoons..

For many, Laos is hardly more than a quick stopover on the well-trodden Southeast Asia circuit . Backpackers might find themselves in Luang Prabang for a night , maybe venturing to Vang Vieng to party or to the capital, Vientiane, to see more temples and monuments. But to leave without following the coffee-colored Mekong River further down into the depths of Laos for the motorbike loop of a lifetime? Now that would be tragic.

From the central Laotian town of Thakhek, adventurous types mount rented motorbikes and set off on a four-day route known as the Thakhek Loop , which takes drivers to many of the country’s highlights. You don't have to be Evel Knievel to drive the easily-accessible motorbikes, but believe me: You'll want two wheels instead of four for this journey. The 275-mile road trip winds through mist-cloaked forest, past rice fields and terraced paddies, stopping off to explore vast and quirky caves, semi-secret swimming holes, and remote villages along the way.

With a map stowed under your seat, a belly full of fried rice, four days of essentials in your backpack, and a good deal of gusto, you're ready to burn rubber. Don't actually burn rubber, though; drive slowly and carefully on these beautiful but sometimes unruly Lao roads. Here's everything you need to know to road trip the underrated Thakhek Loop—from someone who's done it and lived to tell the tale.

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How to rent a motorbike in Laos

Motorbikes dominate the streets of Southeast Asia because they're more affordable than cars, easier for a tourist to get their hands on, and compact enough to weave through traffic and traverse narrow or unpaved roads. At some points on the Thakhek loop—like on delicate wooden bridges and winding mountain roads—driving a motorbike is actually safer than driving a car. Plus, riding with the wind in your hair is just fun.

An International Driving Permit is needed to legally drive in Southeast Asia, which translates your current drivers license into a different language, depending on which country you select in your application. Getting one involves filling out a form and paying a $20 fee. That being said, not all motorbike rental shops ask for proof of an IDP, and many tourists here rent and drive motorbikes without one.

One thing to note is that the roads are chaotic and sometimes even dangerous (I mean, have you seen them?), so get behind the handlebars only if you are a confident driver—of any type of vehicle, that is—with plenty of miles under your belt. Travel insurance that includes medical coverage is also a good idea.

Before embarking on your four-day journey into the wilderness, research the road etiquette, like yielding to larger vehicles and using your horn to communicate, not just to express frustration. Practice driving in tourist-friendly cities like Luang Prabang to get a feel for it. Those used to driving in the U.S. are relieved to find that traffic moves on the right side of the road in Laos, unlike in neighboring Thailand.

Motorbikes here range from scooters to manual sport bikes, so choose a style and size you're comfortable with. Check the brakes, lights, and horn, and photograph any flaws before you leave the shop. If the cost of the bike doesn't include a helmet, then pay the extra and don't dare go anywhere without it.

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Plan the ultimate Thakhek Loop itinerary

Four days is the minimum amount of time you'll want to spend on the Thakhek Loop if you want to A) drive safely and B) stop to enjoy the sites. There are many guesthouses on the route if you'd like to take it slower, but consider the weight of your pack before casually tacking more days onto the trip.

Speaking of the bag, it’s best to leave the 60-liter hiking pack in a locker at the bike rental shop and bring just a lightweight day backpack with swimwear, pajamas, waterproof layers for you and your pack, basic toiletries, and a change or two of clothes. The motorbike rental shops in Thakhek often give out paper maps of the roughly drawn route, which come in handy when you’re in the middle of the jungle with a dead phone.

As for when to go, know there are only two seasons here: wet and dry. The former has its perks, but the latter (November to April) is better for driving and seeing attractions on the loop. During the monsoon season, exploring the caves can become perilous with the potential of flash flooding. Plus, the heat and humidity are insufferable for the unaccustomed.

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Day 1: Discover the subterranean wonders of Cave Alley

To set out on your adventure, drive eastward from Thakhek toward "Cave Alley," a stretch of Route 12 with multiple hollowed-out geological features filled with Buddhist shrines or disco lights or both.

Many people choose to make the first stop at Elephant ("Xang") Cave. Pay a few thousand kip to go inside and see the rock vaguely shaped like Southeast Asia's unofficial mascot and, perhaps more interestingly, the shrines installed in the rock crevices. Although many attractions along the route require an entry fee, most cost less than $1 USD.

Shortly after Elephant Cave on Route 12 is Xieng Liab, a limestone karst containing shallow water. If it's too early in the day for a dip, just stand at its entrance and marvel for a minute, then continue onto day one's true highlight: Tham Nang Aen.

Admire the tall ceilings, large chambers, and colorful pageantry of Tham Nang's rainbow-lit interior. Take a boat tour deeper into the cave system if you have time to spare. Make this your last stop before following Route 12 to Route 1E and parking at the Sabaidee Guesthouse in Thalang for the night. After about 66 miles of driving, you'll tuck into an all-you-can-eat barbecue feast (cooked nightly) and rehash the day's events with fellow Thakhek loop-ers.

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Day 2: Cool off in a blue lagoon

During the first hour of driving on your second day, you'll cross a ghost forest flooded by a local hydropower project, traverse mountains, and pass sculptures of Buddha carved into rocks along Route 1E. Stop to refuel in Lak Sao, a small town with restaurants and a gas station, then follow Route 8 west. Skip Dragon Cave if day one left you with subterranean fatigue and especially to conserve your enthusiasm for the holy grail: the Kong Lor cave. Instead, spend the afternoon in the icy-blue waters of the "cool pool," a stunning lagoon surrounded by lush forest and baskers lounging on the banks.

When you're ready for a rather adventurous stretch of road, hop back on your bike and head toward Kong Lor. If you have the time to stretch your trip out a day or so, feel free to stop in Na Hin to visit the Nam Sanam waterfall. If you go during the dry season, it's but a trickle—and because it could take hours to visit, you might find it best to skip it altogether this time of year. A left off the main road will lead you along a less-maintained 26-mile stretch featuring several wooden bridges and bumpy sections. Take your time—hot food, cold Beerlao, and a comfortable bed await on the other side.

When you get to the village, treat yourself to a private bungalow at the Kong Lor Eco-Lodge , a welcome change from guesthouse accommodation.

Kong Lor Cave

Day 3: Go deep into one of the longest caves in the world

On the third day, rather than hopping back on the bike, take the day to explore the village and the depths of Kong Lor Cave, only about half a mile from the Eco-Lodge at the end of the main road that cuts through the town. The cave extends four and a half miles into the core of a limestone mountain, and locals guide tours of it by headlamp with a fleet of canoes parked at the cave's mouth. One of these boat tours could take two to three hours.

The rest of the day should be spent kicking back on the veranda of your bungalow, devouring curry soup and smoothies at the restaurant opposite (aptly called The Best One ), and preparing for a long journey back to Thakhek the following day.

To cut down on tomorrow's miles, you might consider driving 26 miles back to the main road tonight and staying at the Sanhak Guesthouse in Na Hin.

Khun Kong Leng

Day 4: Drive through the mountains back to Thakhek

With 115 miles of slow ascents, steep declines, and traffic separating Kong Lor from Thakhek, the last day is guaranteed to be the most exhausting of the trip. Though Route 13 doesn't have much in the way of tourist attractions, there is a crystal-clear swimming hole to help break up the slog back to Thakhek. Turn left toward Khun Kong Leng Lake for one final plunge before winding up where you started. Otherwise, just keep your hand on the throttle as you inch toward the finish line and, finally, claim your imaginary medal for completing Laos' most epic road trip.

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Distance: ±150 kilometres

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  • 08.30 : A tuk-tuk will pick you up from your hotel/guesthouse
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Take an amazing ride in the rural countryside of Laos and explore her hidden secrets…

Start your adventure by riding out of Luang Prabang on a Honda CRF 250L, into the Lao countryside with a leisurely ride on a winding paved road towards Muang Nan. You will ride through truly stunning landscapes and stop for a break at the beautiful Kamcham waterfall along the way.

 Once at Muang Nan you will experience a traditional Lao lunch at one of the many Lao roadside restaurants and be able to interact with the local people. You will leave Muang Nan for Luang Prabang by riding about 60km along the mighty Mekong River on one of two dirt roads, depending on your riding skills.

  •  The “lower” road is a pleasant windy dirt road that follows close to the Mekong River and has a few small river crossings. This ride is suitable for both beginners and intermediate riders.
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Thakhek Loop by Motorbike: Detailed Guide to an Epic Adventure in Laos

The Thakhek Loop in Central Laos is one of the best adventures you can have on two wheels in Southeast Asia. We loved it so much, in fact, we did it twice !

In this guide— updated for 2023 —we share quite possibly everything you need to know (and then some) about doing this Laos motorbike loop adventure yourself. Lori and I draw from our two experiences driving the Loop, as well as over three years living in Laos .

If you’re willing and able (and have a healthy sense of adventure) the Thakhek Loop is a bucket list adventure that shouldn’t be missed by independent travelers passing through Laos.

How to Use This Guide

Unlike the Thakhek Loop at times, we’ve tried to make this guide as easy to navigate as possible so you can hit the road with confidence.

We recommend reading through the entire article, but if you’re pressed for time (or searching for specific information), use the navigation links below to find what you’re looking for.

Thanks for Your Insights!

Our aim is to continue to keep this guide as up-to-date as possible , with the help of friends and connections in and around Thakhek, and from the valuable tips and insights from recent travelers just like yourself.

We so appreciate your contributions to this valuable resource for future riders, so keep those comments and messages coming!

In This Thakhek Loop Guide

  • About the Route [+Map]

2023 Route Conditions

Must-do detour: kong lor cave, alternative route, thakhek loop in 5 days, thakhek loop in 3 days, where to stay on the thakhek loop.

  • All About Motorbike Rentals
  • What to Pack

When to Ride the Loop

Final thoughts.

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Thakhek Loop karst peeks and highway with motorcycle

Thakhek Loop Overview

About the route.

The Thakhek Loop in Laos is a one-of-a-kind, off-the-beaten-path 220 mile (350 km) overland adventure in Central Laos.

This unforgettable journey can be covered in a variety of ways. Riding a local motorbike around the Thakhek Loop is still the most popular, but many intrepid travelers also choose to do the Loop by bicycle as well.

Alternatively, the circuit can be completed via local public transportation (bus, minivan, songthaew ), though it can be challenging at times to find reliable options plying the more rural Route 1E .

The current circuit follows  Route 12 east out of Thakhek (Tha Khaek) to Nakai , before heading north on Route 1E .

Route 8B once ran just east of today’s Route 1E, but now lies beneath the Nam Theun Reservoir.

At Laksao, the route heads west on Route 8 via Nahin , before rejoining Route 13 at Vieng Kham for the final stretch south back to Thakhek.

Below, you can click and explore our OpenStreetMap custom map with Waypoints , Points of Interest , and Routes . Keep reading for much more information on everything you see on the map.

The solid BLUE LINE on the map below follows todays most popular Thakhek Loop route , with the subterranean river passage of Kong Lor Cave highlighted in RED . The PURPLE DOTTED-LINE represents a harrowing alternative cut-through gaining popularity (largely in mountain biking circles).

Thakhek Loop map

Riders generally choose to begin their journey in the city of Thakhek (Tha Khaek) and ride in a counter-clockwise direction around the Phou Hin Poun National Bio Diversity Conservation Area .

There are numerous sights along the way worth a look, such as caves, viewpoints, hikes, restaurants, and other points of interest.

We’ll cover the entire route in greater detail later in the Itineraries section.

Thakhek Loop unsealed road

This is one of the oldest Thakhek Loop guides on the web, dating back to 2012, when the circuit was more commonly known as the “Laos Loop” and large portions of the route were nothing more than footpaths.

Road conditions have dramatically improved , and the entire classic Loop route is now sealed tarmac.

But there are still plenty of opportunities for dirt and gravel road adventures along a number of spurs leading to various points of interest.

And if you want a taste of the classic Laos Loop, you can try your luck on the unimproved path between Nakai Tai and the south entrance to Kong Lor Cave (more on that later).

One big downside to the improved roads is the dramatic increase in heavy truck traffic on parts of the Loop. This is particularly true along Route 8 (Vieng Kham-Laksao), Route 12 (Thakhek-Nakai), and the main southern highway (Route 13) connecting Vientiane with all points south.

Additionally, road conditions can change rapidly , especially during the rainy season. It’s not uncommon for portions of the highway to get washed out without notice or potholes to crop up after a good storm. Landslides are also common, and livestock and people can pose a hazard at all hours, but especially at night.

Ride with caution and always try to reach your destination before nightfall.

man on boat near water cave

Lori and I strongly recommend adding an 80 km (50 mile) roundtrip detour to Konglor Cave. It’s a truly amazing 7.5 km (4.5 mile) subterranean river adventure done via longtail motorboat from Konglor Village or Phon Khan Village (south entrance).

For much more on that experience, take a look at our detailed guide to visiting Kong Lor Cave (which we’ve done two times as well—the second time with a baby).

karst peeks and woman along the Thakhek Loop

Many travelers these days are searching for similar experiences to the original Thakhek Loop (prior to current road improvements).

While we have not yet attempted this alternative route ourselves , there are a growing number of travelers opting to follow this dirt track northwest from Nakai Tai (just north of Nakai along Route 1E) to the south entrance to Kong Lor Cave.

Slow and arduous, this route eventually reaches the village of Phon Khan, a short distance from the cave entrance. Those we’ve talked to who have successful completed this section have done so by mountain bike .

Theoretically, you should be able to cover the same stretch by motorbike. However, you run into the substantial challenge of loading your motorbike onto a very small, very narrow motorized dugout canoe in order to transport it the 7.5 km by rushing river to Konglor Village.

We’ve seen a foreign traveler attempt this with the help of a couple of local guys and do not recommend it . It puts the local boat drivers in a bad situation (if anyone actually accepts the challenge), and you stand a very real chance of losing the motorbike in a river deep underground.

Also keep in mind that when the river is low, you may need to change boats inside the cave. If you’re thinking of going this route, it’s worth enquiring at one of the guesthouses in Thakhek before setting out.

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Recommended Thakhek Loop Itineraries

On our first trip, we completed the 350 km Thakhek Loop in four days, including an 80 km roundtrip side trip to Kong Lor Cave . At the time, three days seemed to be the norm for this adventure.

Now that the road surface along the route is sealed, we still recommend to riders to do themselves a favor and budget 5 days for this adventure —take the side paths, explore the villages, and enjoy the ride! For those who just don’t have the extra time, we’ve also included a 3-day itinerary as well.

If you’re dead set on doing the Thakhek Loop in two days on a cheap 110cc motorbike, our advice is don’t even bother . Doing the Loop in two days is sort of missing the point, and the pain in your backside from some very long days of riding is sure to drive this point home for a good long while.

Buddhist monks in cave on Thakhek Loop

  • Day 1 — Thakhek to Thalang | 110 km | 4-6 hrs.

Get an early start out of Thakhek and head east on Route 12 towards Nakai . This may easily be the single most stunning stretch of the whole journey so don’t rush it! Expect level tarmac, views of stunning karst peaks, and smooth sailing along Route 12 for the first 50 km.

A short distance out of Thakhek, look for the turnoff on the left to  Tham Nong Pa Fa (Buddha Cave) —never hurts to top up your karma before a big motorbike adventure in a developing country. Visiting this sacred cave for a blessing by a Buddhist monk is one of the highlights of the the Thakhek Loop for a lot of riders. [ map ]

Back on Route 12, look out for Green Climbers Home  on the right-hand side, where you can stop for a meal or a break. If epic rock climbing floats your boat, grab a bungalow and plan on staying awhile. [ map ]

Green Climbers Home in Laos

Thafalang (Foreigner’s Landing) , one of the newer additions to the route in recent years, is a vast Lao-style recreation complex offering overwater eating huts along the river and various recreational activities including a hike to a stunning viewpoint. [ map ]

Xieng Liap (also on your right as you ride east) is another popular stop. Pull off on the dirt track and wait to be greeted by a local kid or two who will guide you into this stunning water cave. Venturing into Xieng Liap can be physically demanding and you’ll probably get wet, but many riders agree it’s worth it. [ map ]

Tham Nang Aen (Ene) is the most developed of the areas caves and well worth a visit, if for the awesome row boat ride through the illuminated cave, alone. Boat trips run based on water levels, and it’s difficult to say from year to year if and when they are running. [ map ]

inside of cave with boats along the Thakhek Loop

At around 40 km from Thakhek, you’ll encounter a junction at Na Coc . Continue straight on Route 12 to follow the Loop. In another 10 km, you’ll arrive at another junction at  Nakai . Again, continue straight onto Route 1E (marked as 8B on old maps) to Ban Nakay Neua (Ban Oudomsouk).

If you get a late start out of Thakhek, there is reliable accommodation in Nakai and Nakay Neua (see  Thakhek Loop Lodging section below).  Pha Katai Viewpoint , just south of town before the bridge, also makes a good stop in Nakai. Climb a set of steep stairs up to the top of a hill for a commanding view of the valley. [ map ]

At around 70 km, you’ll arrive at the Nam Theun 2 Power Station and a concrete bridge. The  Nam Theun 2 Visitor Center is worth a stop if you’re curious about the technical details (and the Laotian take) on the sprawling reservoir you’ll encounter halfway along this day’s leg. [ map ]

reservoir and dead trees

After crossing the Nam Theun bridge, the highway begins a 400-meter ascent through the mountains to a plateau. The village of Nakay Neua/Oudomsouk awaits on the other side. From this point, it’s a straight-forward 20 km to Thalang .

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Roll into Thalang, kick off your shoes, and enjoy the sunset from your hammock after your first day riding the Thakhek Loop.

viewpoint along Thakhek Loop

  • Day 2 — Thalang to Nahin | 107 km | 4-6 hrs.

Less than a decade ago, the stretch of the Thakhek Loop from Thalang to Laksao was infamous for its narrow and remote mountain tracks, resembling little more than clay foot paths in some places.

These days, it’s clear sailing along this stretch of the route. Though do keep in mind that conditions can change without notice, and potholes do crop up from time to time.

Get an early start out of Thalang and continue north, crossing a bridge out of town towards Laksao. A short while later, the highway will begin to weave through a scenic mountain pass with only about 100 m elevation gain.

Keep an eye out for the sandstone Buddha rock sculptures carved into the sides of the mountains at the northern end of the pass [ map ].

Around 40 km from Thalang, you’ll descend down into the valley into Nong Long . From here, it’s 13 km to Laksao.

Laksao is a dusty, bustling transit town for travelers and goods passing into and out of neighboring Vietnam. It’s a good place to grab a local lunch before continuing on. There are a number of local lodging options here, but we recommend continuing on to Nahin.

From Laksao, head west on Route 8 towards Phontan , then stay west on Route 8 to Thabak .

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Two worthy stops along this stretch are Dragon Cave [ map ] and the Thabak Bomb Boats .

If you plan to stay in Nahin, grab dinner at the excellent restaurant at Dragon Cave beforehand instead of waiting to get to town, as there aren’t a ton of options in Nahin.

After taking a look at the bomb boats just under the bridge at Thabak, cross the bridge and continue on to Nahin, which is about 18 km away.

The road will begin winding up into the mountains again with about 200 meters of overall elevation gain. While you’re up here, stop for a moment to take in the view at the viewpoint [ map ].

A short while later, you’ll find yourself in Nahin. Shower off, relax, and get a restful night’s sleep before heading to Konglor Village in the morning.

village with unsealed road and houses

Day 3 — Nahin to Konglor | 42 km | 2-3 hrs.

Today’s ride is by far the shortest and easiest of the entire journey, leaving plenty of time to explore and enjoy the peaceful and scenic village of Konglor (aka  Ban O / Ban Gnang ) and explore the 7 km subterranean river through Kong Lor Cave by boat.

Wind your way to the back edges of Nahin and head south along the unmarked highway. Once you reach the village of Ban Nakham , the road highway shoots almost dead south, as straight as an arrow for 10 km.

At Kengcheck , the road suddenly makes a sharp left turn to the southeast. At this point, you’ll find yourself in a stunning valley enveloped by mountains as you ride the next 25 km into Konglor Village .

The tarmac from Nahin to Konglor Village is generally good, passing through a handful of small villages on the edge of the Phou Hin Poun National Bio Diversity Conversation Area .

bridge along the Thakhek Loop

While most of the wooden bridges you’ll cross provide two parallel tracks of concrete blocks (relatively easy on two wheels), one or two of the bridges are constructed of rickety wooden planks that can get slick when wet (like the one above). Proceed with caution!

When you arrive in Ban O (Konglor), enjoy relaxing or exploring the village, or ride to the end of the road, park the bike, and get about the business of hiring a guide and exploring Konglor Cave .

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Day 4 — Additional Day in Konglor or Konglor to Nahin | 42 km | 2-3 hrs.

There are a few ways you can slice or dice this day.

As mentioned before, we did the Thakhek Loop on our first time around in four days, and while you could certainly head out of Konglor Village early on the fourth day and make your way the 188 km back to Thakhek by nightfall, we don’t recommend it.

It makes for one heck of a long day on a cheap 110 cc motorbike in the tropical heat (or rain) and it’s just not worth putting yourself through that if you can avoid it.

Instead, our advice is to relax and enjoy Konglor before heading back to Nahin in the late afternoon. Or, rest up for another day in Konglor before making the long day’s journey from Konglor back to Thakhek.

distance marker on the Thakhek Loop

Day 5 — Nahin to Thakhek | 145 km | 5-7 hrs.

Day 5 begins again at Nahin . Head west on Route 8 out of town to Vieng Kham and the junction with Route 13.

15 minutes west of Nahin, The Rock Viewpoint at Phou Pha Marn offers spectacular views and the adjacent Khop Chai Deu restaurant and Rock Cafe make for outstanding pitstops along this leg. There are also opportunities for canopy walks, zip-lining, and crossing the harrowing spider net .

An hour down the road, make a left at the town of Vieng Kham to head south on Route 13 for 100 km to Thakhek .

There’s not a lot to say about Day 5. It’s more of a formality/necessity to get your bike back to where you rented it in Thakhek. It was our least favorite day of riding, as it can be a long and monotonous ride spent on relatively featureless (and truck-heavy) Route 13.

But, if you get decent weather and light traffic on the highway (doing this leg starting early on a Sunday morning helps to avoid the big dumb trucks that now seem to dominate major Laos highways), it’s easy to sit back, relax, and go with the flow.

As with the rest of the Thakhek Loop, make sure you’re well protected from the sun and stop to stretch your legs and hydrate every 1-2 hours.

Wave “Sawasdee!” to Thailand as you pass the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge 3 just before arriving in Thakhek.

Essentially the same as above, without the Konglor detour.

  • Day 3 — Nahin to Thakhek  | 145 km | 5-7 hrs.

bungalows along the Thakhek Loop

Here are our top recommendations for where to stay along the Thakhek Loop in 2023.

If you plan on riding the Thakhek Loop in peak-season (Dec-Jan) , you’ll want to try to book most of your accommodation along the route in advance .

Outside of these months, if you’re flexible and arrive on the earlier side, you should be able to find some accommodation in the places listed below.

However, if you’re set on staying in Thalang (we think you should!), we recommend booking in advance throughout the dry season (Nov-April) as lodging options there remain few.

Thakhek has a good variety of lodging options for travelers these days. Our top budget pick in the city center is Bike & Bed . You can’t rent a motorbike here, but you can rent a bicycle. Dorm beds (US$6), shared kitchen, and an awesome vibe. It’s also worth checking out La Casa Thakhek (US$6 dorm beds).

Inthira Thakhek is our top mid-range option with private rooms in the city center . Situated in a historic building with an excellent restaurant, Inthira Thakhek has all the amenities of an upmarket hotel for a fraction of the price. We stayed here ourselves on our last trip to Thakhek and highly recommend it (from US$40 per night).

Another solid option in the city center is Le Bouton D’or Boutique Hotel . Clean and comfortable with A/C, onsite restaurant, and wifi with rooms starting at US$30/night.

If you’re looking to stay closer to the main highway , Villa Thakhek is a nice option with all your basic amenities (from US$24/night). It’s also right next to Thakhek Travel Lodge, if you happen to go that route for renting your motorbike (but read our Where to Rent Your Motorbike section first!).

About 15 km outside of town, climbing junkies (or those looking to try rock climbing out for the first time) should check out Green Climbers Home . Basic bungalows (starting at US$25), great food and chill vibe attracts an awesome community of climbers and travelers.

Nakai (Route 12/1E Junction)

Look for a cluster of decent lodging options around the junction of  Route 12 & Route 1E , 55 km out of Thakhek (this is marked as “ Nakai ” on some maps). Try View Theun Guesthouse [ map ].

Ban Oudomsouk (Ban Nakay Neua)

Oudomsouk (77 km from Thakhek, also marked as Nakay Neua on some maps) also has a handful of reliable lodging options — Sunset Resort  [ map ] is a comfortable option with pool, though a bit pricier than other options in town; Nakai Resort (from US$12), NTPC Wooden Guesthouse [ map ] and Tolek Guesthouse [ map ] are reliable budget options.

Ban Thalang

Get an early start out of Thakhek and make sure you get yourself to Thalang for the night if you can. Thalang is a quiet, relaxed, and picturesque traditional Laos village with friendly locals and good accommodation. The perfect place to rest up after your first long day riding the Loop.

Our top pick has been for the past eight years (and still remains) Phosy Thalang Guesthouse (from US$24). The other top lodging option in town is  Sabaidee Guesthouse [ map ], though they can be hit or miss at times.

Laksao is a dusty transit stop with little charm to speak of. If you pass through by lunch time, we recommend continuing on to Ban Nahin.

With that said, if you do find yourself needing a place to crash, your best bet by far is Meesouk Guesthouse (from US$30), just out of town heading west on Route 8. There are also plenty of transit hotels along Route 1E and Route 8 to stay for cheap. You can’t miss them.

Gateway to Konglor and the Hinboun River valley! Though you won’t find much to keep you here for more than a night, it’s a scenic and accommodating little junction town, nonetheless.

Our top pick in Nahin is  Sanhak Guesthouse 1 (standard doubles from US$14), a clean and reliable bet with A/C in the village center. Sanhak also offers dorm beds (US$5) for shoestring travelers. Our other top choice is Phamarnview Guesthouse (US$15), another clean and comfortable option in town with A/C.

Sainamhai Resort is a popular option a few kilometers outside of town along the road to Konglor (from US$18). With unusual lodging options The Rock Lodge @Phouphamarn is also worth checking.

Kong Lor Village (Ban O / Ban Gnang)

If you’re keen on comfort and a relaxing vibe along the river, check out Spring River Resort . The biggest downsides to staying at Spring River are it’s a bit removed from the main village and restaurant prices are a bit steep compared to local places in town. With that said, Spring River occupies the most scenic real estate of perhaps any other guesthouse in the area (double bungalows starting at US$20).

For reliable options close to the village center check out Konglor Eco-Lodge Guesthouse (US$10) and Thongdam Guesthouse (Khounmee GH) (US$12 bungalows). Kong Lor Cave Guesthouse (US$9) near the cave is also usually a good bet.

colorful French colonial buildings

All About Thakhek Loop Motorbike Rentals

In this section, we cover all the essentials for renting and riding a motorbike around the Thakhek Loop in Laos.

Where to Rent Your Motorbike

When it comes to renting a motorbike, the Khammouane Province capital city of Thakhek remains the best bet. The current top options in Thakhek according to recent travelers are Mad Monkey Motorbike and Wang Wang .

Mad Monkey Motorbike

Word on the street is that the motorbike rentals at Mad Monkey Motorcycle  [ map ] are generally the better quality of the two shops, but their daily rates tend to be a bit higher than the competition.

Wang Wang  [ map ], next door to Mad Monkey seems to be the best bet for the cost-conscious, as their rates tend to be half of Mad Monkey. Their motorbikes may or may not be Chinese knock-offs, but this matters a heck of a lot less these days than it did just a few years ago. It’s important to also keep in mind you aren’t looking to buy the bike, just ride it for a few days.

With that said, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind, regardless of where you rent from (keep reading).

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Laos Motorbike Rental Checklist

If you’re thinking of renting a motorbike for the Thakhek Loop or anywhere in Laos, this checklist will help increase the chances of riding away with a reliable bike and getting you and your motorbike back in one piece.

Even if you’ve rented motorbikes in neighboring Vietnam or Thailand, keep in mind that life is generally harder on motorbikes here in Laos. In both rural and urban areas bikes are regularly subjected to poor infrastructure, red clay dust, year-round outdoor storage, and poor maintenance practices.

Here’s a quick checklist of what to look for in a bike before hitting the road:

✓ Overall condition looks good and sturdy. Everything should feel tight and secure. Check for rust on key joints. A little surface rust is okay, so long as it doesn’t appear to impact the integrity of the frame. Check that the chain is oiled and that there’s enough tension. Check that the bike has mirrors , which are critical for riding on narrow Laos roads where large construction vehicles are commonplace.

✓ Tires should be in good shape and properly inflated with some tread and minimal cracks in the sidewall.

✓ Both brakes should feel good and bring you to a safe and complete stop from 40 km/h in a few seconds. You don’t want the brakes too squishy or too sensitive. You’ll need to actually ride the bike to properly test this one. This will also be a good test for the shocks .

✓ While you’re taking the bike for a spin, check for fluid leaks (particularly oil and fuel), and any pungent smells that don’t disapate after the short ride. Also check for knocking from the engine and other unusual sounds.

✓ Check the electronics — lights (brake light, headlight, signals), horn , ignition . One of the most common issues on rental bikes in Southeast Asia is with the battery . While you’re not going to be able to catch a lot of issues with a cursory inspection, if the bike starts up fast, it’s generally a good sign.

✓ Confirm fuel levels and make sure you get topped up before leaving town. Check the fuel return policy to confirm whether there’s a penalty for returning the bike empty.

✓ Make sure the bike comes with a decent helmet for both rider and passenger , if applicable. Check for cracks in the helmet, etc. If you’re considering riding without some sort of head protection, keep in mind there is no 9-1-1 / 1-1-2 out here, and it may take a very long time for emergency services to reach you, if they do at all.

✓ Check the rental company’s policy on roadside assistance and covering costs of repairs like flat tires, etc. Don’t worry if this isn’t the case as minor repairs generally cost very little and can be performed in almost any village along the way. Also, make sure you have contact numbers in case any issues arise with the bike.

✓ We generally like to do a quick walk-around video of the bike before leaving to avoid any funny business when returning the bike, though in Laos it’s quite rare for swindling along those lines to take place. Obviously, if you do some significant damage to a bike, you’ll have to answer for it.

✓ Consider travel medical insurance (seriously!). Laos is among the safest countries for travelers in Asia. With that said, stuff happens. If you’re motorbiking the Thakhek Loop, it might be a particularly good idea to look into a travel medical insurance plan. Make sure your policy covers riding a motorbike and that you have the required license/ endorsement for coverage!

✓ While enforcement in Laos is lax when it comes to meeting basic motorbike riding requirements (i.e. international driver license ), keep in mind that you may very well void your insurance policy if you don’t have one.

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What to Pack for the Thakhek Loop

Road Protection — In terms of clothing, you could go to great lengths to get outfitted for this adventure. But I found my long-sleeve vented travel shirt and convertible pants fit the bill. However, I’d strongly advise against wearing light colors out here due to the red clay surface on some stretches (particularly if you plan on riding to various caves and other points of interest off the main highway). Additionally, your motorbike rental shop should give you a functional helmet . Use it!

Sun Protection — Plan on getting a lot of sun exposure. Long sleeve shirts and long pants offer a bit of road rash protection (in case of a spill) as well as sun protection. Your helmet should provide your head with good protection from the sun as well (though if you plan on hiking, some sort of sun hat is recommended). For everything else, use sun screen, and reapply regularly. The sun is no joke in these parts .

Rain Gear — If you plan to ride in rainy season (May-October), make sure to pack a rain poncho or lightweight, breathable rai n jacket , and some sort of waterproof bag for your stuff (i.e. dry bag or backpack with rain cover).

Cave & River Gear — If you plan to explore the many caves along the route or cool off in the Nam Hinboun in Konglor Village, consider bringing a pair of river sandals . For riding through Konglor Cave, you may also want to bring a rash guard for temperature regulation in and out of the cave.

Snacks — We brought snacks and two large bottles of water which we were able to refill or replace at regular intervals along the way. If you’re keen on having Western snacks , stock up in Thakhek or Vientiane before hitting the Loop.

Money  — While there are more ATMs on the Thakhek Loop now than there were just a few years ago, we strongly recommend withdrawing enough for the entire Loop journey before departing Thakhek . Outside of Thakhek at present, there are BCEL ATMs in Ban Oudomsouk (Nakai District), Laksao (near the Route 1E/8 junction) and Nahin (on the main highway in town), but there’s no guarantee they’ll be functioning (or have money) when you need them. Sabai sabai!

Odds & Ends — With the aim of riding as light as possible, we whittled our travel gear down to one daypack and one dry bag for four days — three changes of underwear and socks, basic toiletries, bike lock, sandals, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, bathing suit for Konglor Cave, e-reader , and of course, my trusty camera (which, honestly, accounted for the bulk of the weight). Today, I’d bring my GoPro along as well.

Last, but not least  — Don’t forget to bring along a sense of adventure! (and a sense of humor). Both are bound to come in handy.

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view of mountains and river on the Thakhek Loop

The Thakhek Loop can be completed year round . Even before the entire route was sealed, riders completed the loop in the wet summer months.

With that said, if you have a choice, we strongly recommend planning to do the Thakhek Loop sometime between November and April during dry season.

Do keep in mind that March and April get extremely hot , and most lodging options along the route do not offer A/C.

Riding in the Rainy Season

Even with the route being paved, visibility and riding conditions can significantly deteriorate during or after a heavy rain storm.

If you plan to ride in the rainy season (May-Oct), anticipate longer days on the bike and lots of standing water on the road. Additionally, you may find that the majestic karst peaks and scenery may be shrouded in cloud cover.

Riding in the rainy season also makes it more challenging to visit points of interest off the main highway, as the roads to access these are mostly unsealed and not well maintained.

You’ll also need to pack some extra gear . See our gear section, above, for more information.

With all that said, there are two big advantages of riding in the rainy season . Expect amazing neon green rice fields at every turn, and to have lodging along the Loop essentially to yourself.

If you’re the sort who hates to plan ahead and would rather go where and when the wind takes you, you’re much more likely to enjoy your ride in the rainy (low) season.

The Very Best Time of Year to Ride the Loop

If you have ultimate flexibility to ride the Thakhek Loop at any time of year, the very best time to do it is December and January .

Clear skies and the coolest temps of the year almost guarantee an amazing ride throughout the entire route.

Places like Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng can get overwhelmed with tourists during these months, but the Thakhek Loop is less impacted.

However, do keep in mind that you’ll probably need to book much of your accommodation ahead of time if you plan to ride in December and January.

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Even with the road improvements, we think riding the Thakhek Loop is still a once in a lifetime experience—and a unique one at that. If this is your first time, don’t rush it!

If you are planning on backpacking through Laos (not touring, not flashpacking, but traveling low and slow) you might very well want to take the amount of time you originally allotted to Laos and double it.

If you’re craving adventure and authenticity, you might not get your fix in Vietnam or Cambodia unless you invest a lot of time and effort in getting up and off the Trail, and you probably won’t find it backpacking in Thailand.

Laos is the real deal, provided you make time to get outside of Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, and Vientiane and interact with the people and places in the rural communities. And riding the Thakhek Loop is one of the best ways to do it.

Have You Motorbiked the Thakhek Loop?

What was your experience like? Any updates on the route not mentioned here? Tell us in the comments section.

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Hi heard about safety ( concerning bikes stolen…) places to visit ( long distances in caves…) are parking areas safe and does surveillance exists ? Thanks a lot

Hi Serge, haven’t heard of any safety concerns myself. Laos is generally one of the safest countries in the region. If things have changed recently in that respect, the rental shop should have the latest details and best tips for securing your bike. Enjoy!

A few updates after doing the loop in four days from Thakhek (Jan. 30 – Feb. 2, 2024)…

Day 1: We rented from Mixay which was great: good prices, options of semi and auto, high-quality vehicles. We paid 180k/day for auto 125cc that had zero issues. Buddha Cave is a tourist trap – far off the main road, women are required to pay 5k for skirt (plus 5k/person), tiny over-decorated cave. Beautiful location though. Thafalang is also extremely touristy, but free to swim. We had already visited Xieng Liap from the south side while climbing around Green Climbers; it’s a worthwhile stop. We skipped Tham Nang Aen from how artificial it sounded and lack of time. The Pha Katai hike (10k/person) is a strenuous climb to a beautiful overlook, provided it’s not too smoky. The Nam Theun visitor center is currently closed (reopens April 2024). Another stop could be the Anoulak office in Nakai. We regret passing the Song Sa waterfall and Orchid View hike but just didn’t have enough time, despite leaving fairly early. You could stay in Nakai and do some of these day 2, but we also enjoyed our stay at Mind House in Thalang.

Day 2: We left early and stopped a few times on our way through the flooded forest, but wish we had spent more time here. The Buddha sculptures were really cool! We stopped for lunch in Laksao and found an amazing restaurant called Phonethida, which is on your right after you turn left/west onto Hwy 8. Dragon Cave is absolutely stellar and worth the 50k/person entry. We didn’t know about the Cool Springs north of Phontan, but looks like it’s worth a stop. The river views in Thabak were cool, but the “bomb boats” were just… metal longtail boats. The road from Nong Coc into Nahin is currently in gnarly condition: landslides, long backup of trucks, rough dirt road. The viewpoint right before Nahin would be great if it wasn’t also smoky. The town of Nahin is pretty sparse and, frankly, depressing. The Phamarnview guesthouse is pretty good, though conspicuously lacking in certain food options.

Day 3: The drive to Konglor is quite easy to find and pleasant. The cave itself (200k/person for two people) was the highlight of the trip. Would definitely want to do the hiking bit next time. The food and smoothie at Happy Bar was spectacular. Back in Nahin for the evening, we found a trail heading north behind the (abandoned?) Buddhist temple out into the woods that was easy to follow and went for a ways. Maybe this goes to Nam Sunam waterfall? Either way, a serene walk in relatively unspoiled nature.

Day 4: The Rock viewpoint is beautiful but brief unless you’re getting breakfast. Then it’s a long haul back to Thakhek. Currently, Hwy 13 just south of Vieng Kham is under active construction: giant machinery, large unconsolidated gravel, single lane, a real gauntlet on a two-wheeled vehicle. But then you’re on smooth tarmac and cruising.

Thanks for sharing this, Nate! A lot of excellent updates and very helpful for riders in early 2024.

Interesting information thanks. We did the Mae Hong Son loop few weeks ago in Thailand and loved it! We are slowly making our way to Laos via Cambodia. This Laos loop seems perfect for us and a great location to break the journey between Pakse and Vientiane. We are now definitely planning to stop in Thakhek and renting two bikes. Can you leave luggage with the rental place ( like we did in Chiang Mai)? Not keen on carrying my big backpack. Thanks.

We were able to leave our extra bags at our guesthouse in Thakhek both times we did the Thakhek loop, but I don’t know much about the current situation with leaving stuff at the rental place. If the rental shop doesn’t have storage for luggage, I’d be surprised if they couldn’t arrange something–Laos is quite laid back compared to Thailand and Cambodia and most people are happy to help you figure out things (provided the language isn’t a barrier). I imagine most travelers who rent bikes in Thakhek have stuff to leave all the time. We’d love to know what you guys learn so we can add it to the guide for future travelers. Happy travels!

Hi, what a fantastic website, Hubby and me are planning on doing this Nov-Dec 2024 and you have made it so much easier by posting the route, where to stay and what to see, thank you.. can i just ask as we are travelling for 3 weeks, arriving in Hanoi, then fly on to Vientiane and only spend 7 days in Laos is there any where to leave your excess luggage that will not be required on the Thakhek route? Also what’s the best way to get from Vientiane airport to Thakhek? Bus- Car hire? at least we could leave excess luggage in the boot if we hire a car, would like your thoughts on this, thanks again for a brilliant site

Hi Sheri, so glad you found the guide helpful! The best way to get from Vientiane to Thakhek depends on your budget. The cheapest and most straightforward way for budget travelers is taking the daily direct bus. It appears that in the most recent update the instructions for getting there got left out, but you can find a lot of the information here: . As for your excess luggage, if you’re flying in/out of Vientiane and staying in Vientiane before/after the Thakhek Loop, you should be able to leave your luggage at your guest house in Vientiane. If you’re not coming back through Vientiane, I’d recommend staying in Thakhek one night to get an early start on the loop, then you should be able to leave your luggage at your guesthouse in Thakhek. That’s what we did. Safe journeying and have a great time!

Hi there, such a helpful guide, thank you. Can I ask, as you only took a small bag with you, where did you leave your main luggage/backpacks while you were on the loop trip?

Thanks, Amy

Hi David, Great article, and gorgeous photos. Thank you! My friend and I are planning on doing the loop in March however we don’t hold bike licenses in our home countries and as far as I can see, if I don’t have a license back home for the vehicle used in a country I’m visiting, then my insurance is invalid. I’m old enough to think, and care, about this now, so my question is: do you think the loop could be done on a 50cc scooter without too much trouble? (No license required in home country). I’m not having much luck finding info about this online. I’ve contacted Mad Monkey but they only have 110cc and above scooters and bikes. Any help much appreciated, thank you! Robyn

This is a great question, Robyn. First off, are you able to find some place in Thakhek that rents 50cc scooters? That might actually be your biggest hurdle. If you were able to get your hands on one, in reality there’s nothing along the Loop these days stopping you from doing it on a 50cc (barring unforeseen road work, major storms, etc). However, there are a few practicalities you might want to consider: 1) Expect legs of your journey to take considerably longer on a 50cc than 110cc (be ready for some very long days or adding more days to your journey). There are a limited number of lodging options along the route, which will force some days to be very long. From a safety standpoint, that may mean leaving at first light or arriving after dark (which you’ll generally want to avoid due to road conditions/ animals/ tok-tok tractors). 2) While 70% of the route is flat and level, there are hilly and mountainous sections that a 50cc may struggle on (particularly north and south of Nahin. The road tends to be quite narrow and curvy in these places and large trucks and buses are common along the route – an issue for all 2-wheeled vehicles, but the faster/sooner you can get through these sections usually the better. If I were in your shoes and could get my hands on a 50cc scooter, I’d probably consider doing a portion of the Loop instead (like Thakhek to Green Climber’s Home). If you’re keen on doing the entire Loop, you could also rent a car (I would just contact one of the guesthouses in Thakhek first to make sure the entire route is still in good repair and nothing’s washed out). Hopefully that helps a bit. Have an amazing trip!

As for the motorcycle rentals, would you have any idea on the deposit required if one wants to keep the passport? Thanks

Great question, Brendon! Sorry to say, I have no idea.

On my bucket list. Thank you for these details.

Hey there I am really interested in this Loop it looks great and tried to open the interactive map but it wouldn’t open. Is it possible to download the Thakhek Loop by Motorbike: Detailed Guide to an Epic Adventure in Laos for future reference. Cheers

Thanks for the heads up, Dave! Map is fixed! 🙂 If you want to use the web page offline, I’d recommend just saving/exporting as a PDF.

If we do the loop in reverse are we going to get good views while riding? We live in Chiang Mai and are riding our own big bikes, are there fuel,stations or only “Molotov Cocktail “ stands.

What a great idea! Not sure my girlfriend is ok w driving a moto but will bring up with her. Any chance they have automatic higher cc scooters to make this loop. That May interest her a bit more. Appreciate the info.

Both times we made it around the rental companies only had the 100cc or 125cc manual transmission motos (some are semi-automatic). But that was a few years back now. As far as I know there is still a legal limit of 250cc on Laos roads, so you probably won’t find anything bigger than that unless you ride it from Thailand or Vietnam. Either way, I it’s a fun experience!

Thanks for sharing this awesome piece of information.This will help me to spend the days wisely

I love that loop <3

Such incredible pictures.

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Motorbike rent & scooter rent in luang prabang.

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For decades, discovering South-East-Asia with a Motorcycle or a Scooter has been the choice of alternative travelers and those usually who ride motorbikes at home. One could simply rent the bikes, head off to explore and get yourself lost in the landscapes, cultures and potholes along the way… Often roadside invitations, or (unwillingly) overnight stays, puncture push-the-bike-workouts, or “where was that gas-station again” led to the most awkward motorcycle tour adventure stories that are still told to grandchildren decades later.

Since roads have improved and satellite navigation came into play and even basic mobile phone connectivity became available post-millennia, the adventures may have changed, but not the desire…to discover Laos.

And even in Laos, where motorcycle rental was restricted over many years and supply was limited, nowadays every larger town offers motorbikes and scooters to be rented.

Motorcycle rental in Luang Prabang is a fun way to see the city and surrounding countryside. It’s easy and affordable and provides a variety of different options, from automatic scooters to manual Honda CRF250Ls – whichever you’re comfortable with.

If you staying local, then the scooters are a great way to see the whole city. Twists the throttle and you’ll be off to explore temples, waterfalls, local villages, and other points of interest. There’s easy parking everywhere and a couple of gas stations in town to fill up at.

If you’re into the bigger bikes, the Honda CRF 250L the choice for you. It’s got on and off-road capabilities which allow you to take it to places not on the typical tourist map. Explore the surrounding steep hills, waterfalls, and rice paddies of Luang Prabang, our countryside has a lot to offer. Travelling the country roads is quite easy – most villages hold fuel and are always willing to help the traveller if you find yourself in a tight spot.

Rentals are available in the tourist areas including the street near Dara Market and near Phousi Mountain opposite Comma Cafe near Wat Aham (beside Wat Visoun).

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MotoLao runs Motorbike Tours (they don’t rent motorbikes) and their staff are also available to help you plan your journey with maps and give you basic tips for safety and otherwise. See MOTOLAO.COM

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Thakhek Loop Motorcycle Adventure (A Travel Guide)

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Everything you need to know about riding a motorbike around the Thakhek Loop in Central Alos.

Thakhek Loop

For most travellers on the “Banana Pancake” trail, the terrain between Vang Vieng and Si Phan Don (the Four Thousand Islands) holds little of interest.

An absolute shame because many have no idea that the Thakhek Loop is one of the best things to do in Laos!

The typical backpacker crowd is usually looking for the debauchery of tubing on the Nam Song River, and the happy shakes of Don Det.

Typically only those with more time up their sleeve, or a thirst for adventure, tend to stop off at the villages and towns in Southern Laos. For the ones that do, many are rewarded with the Thakhek Loop.

Centrally located between Vientiane and Pakse, the somewhat industrial town of Thakhek is a logical stopover point to break up the long journey heading south.

Many find themselves here to tackle the Thakhek Loop, a 450km motorcycle journey that ventures into the mountains and farmlands on the outskirts of the city.

We took our motorcycle beasts on this adventure and it became one of the highlights of our 6 weeks in Laos.

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Straight Road Thakhek Loop Motorbike Scooter Laos

We arrived in Thakhek, meeting up with some friends who were also interested in riding the Thakhek Loop. After a quick chat to one of the friendly owners of a motorcycle rental shop in town, we were fully loaded with a small map and suggestions of a guesthouse or two to check out as well as some caves not to miss.

A once-over on our bikes to make sure they were in working order, which is one of tips for renting a scooter in Southeast Asia. .

Table of Contents

Day 1 – Thakhek To Thalang

Day 2 – thalang to khong lor, day 3 – khong lor to thakhek, phosy thalang guesthouse, easy boy guesthouse, price of things to do on the thakhek loop, riding the thakhek loop.

Here is the itinerary we followed for our adventure on the Thakhek Loop, including where we stayed and what we did.

Early the next morning, we set off on the Thakhek Loop. It was a special day, because Lesh was celebrating her 30th birthday. Quite a milestone.

Barely 5km out of town we were greeted with stunning limestone cliffs and green pastures. The road was in good condition and we broke up the ride with numerous stops for pictures.

Barn Field Thakhek Loop Motorcycle Scooter Laos

Our first stop was Tham Ene, one of the caves recommended to us on the Thakhek Loop. After a quick discussion, we decided to go “all-out” and pay for the boat tour through the cave, as opposed to the simple walk. It was worth every penny!

Tham Nang Ene is a 1km long cavern that has a stream running through it. With our affable Lao guides, we boarded two small, plastic boats and set off into the darkness.

The limestone formations inside the cave were stunning. Our guides sang songs and paddled around the obstacles blocking our way, until we reached a point where we were out of options – we had to carry the boat over some rocks.

So we lifted, and dragged, and heaved, and hoed until we could push the boat back into the water. Then continued on our merry way to the other end of the cave.

We reached the mouth, then clambered to the top, stopping to drink some “fresh” cave water along the way. Stomach bugs be damned, we quenched our thirst then headed back for the return journey.

Staircases Inside The Cave. Thakhek Loop Motorbike Scooter Laos

With cave number one out of the way, we made good timing in arriving at the village of Thalang, where we checked into the Phosy Thalang Guesthouse, with our own personal bungalow on the river.

Well, not quite a river so much as a small body of stagnant liquid. But waterfront is what we will call it and it was peaceful.

The night crept on and we did our best to consume every drop of Beerlao in the fridge. When we had accomplished this, there was nothing else to do except pass out, with the sounds of torrential downpour to be our sleeping soundtrack.

Hammock Time Thakhek Loop Motorcycle Scooter Laos

2019 Update – The muddy part of the road has been resurfaced and the whole way from Thakhek to Klongor Caves is really easy to ride on an automatic scooter – such a great trip. Thank you Aoife

Day two began groggily, and we awoke to discover the rain had not let up. We had breakfast and discussed whether we should continue on, despite the bad weather. We knew that somewhere along the route, the road would turn into gravel, and from that into roadworks.

We weren’t sure how bad of a condition our path would be, but that didn’t matter. Crappy weather? Dodgy roads? Unsuitable bikes? Now that sounds like an adventure! Quick, pack our stuff and let’s get back on the Thakhek Loop!

Not even shouting distance from our guesthouse, the road changed to gravel. The pace slowed down, and we kept our concentration on high alert to avoid the imposing potholes.

We climbed altitude and the road briefly became paved again, luring us into a false sense of security. Rounding a corner, that security was vanquished as the road narrowed dramatically and the surface turned to dirt and mud.

We dodged our way through what we assumed was the worst of it, heading through a small village and then climbing a steep hill.

Only then were our nightmares realised when the road before us became a descending shitfight of deep mud, puddles and sharp corners.

For 500m or so we negotiated this mass of quicksand, witnessing even four-wheel-drives become stuck in the slush.

An hour and a half passed by before we finally made it onto sturdier terrain and we celebrated, despite our filthy clothes (and in my case, slightly-damaged motorcycle from the two times I dropped it).

The rest of the ride was uneventful in comparison, and we arrived in the village of Khong Lor just in time for sunset beers by the (actual) river.

Bad Road Thakhek Loop Motorcycle Scooter Laos

The reason for us spending the night in Khong Lor was so we could check out the cave of the same name. The same river that we enjoyed beers by the night before flowed through the cave for 7km.

Here, you could take a motorised boat down the entire length of the underground chamber, through caverns that rose up 50m above your head in huge, cathedral-like halls.

Sections were lit up, but for the most part the only vision you could enjoy came from the illumination of our supplied headlamps.

Massive stalactites, stalagmites, columns and pillars were seen everywhere and the ride took us over an hour to reach the other entrance.

Khong Lor Cave Thakhek Loop Motorcycle Scooter Laos

A small village is located at the far end of the cave, the river forming their only means of access. After an all-too-brief stopover, we started the cruise back to the beginning.

We did not want the trip to end, so we managed to convince our boat driver to stop off at one of the sandy banks inside the cave so we could go for a quick swim.

Treading water 3km deep inside a cave in almost absolute darkness was a surreal experience – one that we will not forget in a hurry.

The entire trip took us over three hours, and we were left with the 200km ride back to the town of Thakhek. Not really a problem in normal circumstances.

However as soon as we left the town of Khong Lor at around midday, it began to rain quite heavily. So heavy that we had to stop in a friendly local’s shed and wait out the storm. This took over an hour and the slippery roads made for slow riding on the last part of the Thakhek Loop.

Climbing through more windy roads we could only imagine how picturesque the scenery must be, were we not completely engulfed in clouds.

Fog Thakhek Loop Motorbike Scooter Laos

Joining the highway, we contemplated stopping for lunch, but with more ominous storm clouds creeping up in the distance, we decided to give it full throttle back to our original starting point.

Before darkness fell on us, we were checked in to a guesthouse and were showered and dressed in dry clothes.

Laos is such a beautiful country, with so many back roads and villages to explore. We couldn’t imagine not taking the time to complete the Thakhek Loop.

The good friends we enjoyed the adventure with added to the excitement felt during our three days and 450km. Sitting back in Thakhek drinking a cold beer and laughing about the treacherous road we survived, the rain we managed shower in, and the sensational caves we explored felt as though we had earned every chuckle.

Many people lack the time or desire to investigate this small town and its infamous motorcycle loop. It is such a shame. Don’t be one of the people who misses out on this epic journey!

Our Intrepid Group. Thakhek Loop Motorcycle Scooter Laos

Where To Stay On The Thakhek Loop

There are a few different places to stay on the Thakhek Loop, but these are the ones we chose and what we recommend.

  • Address : Located in the village of Thalang, on the main road. You’ll see it.
  • Pricing:  60,000 kip- Double room bungalow, with private bathroom.

Ask them about their river tour. It costs 500,000 kip for a boat trip that can take up to 6 people. The tour goes deep into the jungle to see ethnic villages and remote swimming holes.

Organise your accommodation on  before you leave Thakhek in high season.

  • Address: Located by the river in town.
  • 40,000- Small Double room, with very simple private bathroom
  • 50,000- Double room, with private bathroom
  • 60,000- Twin room, with private bathroom
  • Check them out on TripAdvisor .

Tham Nan Cave Entrance – 20,000 kip Boat trip through the cave- 50,000kip

Kong Lor Cave At the main gate; Entry to the grounds: 2,000k each person Motorbike parking:  3,000k per bike

At the entrance of the cave; Boat- 100,000 per boat Entrance to the cave- 10,000 per person

[box] That’s it for our guide on how to ride the Thakhek Loop in Central Laos. Let us know what you think of this epic trip when you complete it in the comments below![/box]

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The muddy part of the road has been resurfaced and the whole way from Thakeck to Klongor caves is really easy to ride on an automatic scooter – such a great trip. Please update blog as we met some ppl who chose not to do the loop for fear of the muddy part!

So awesome. That is great news. Thank you for this update Aoife.

Great guide for the loop – thank you, both! My partner and I are planning our trip to Laos later this year (Oct/Nov). We’ve never ridden motorbikes before – is this a loop to stay away from if you’re motorbike newbies, or is it pretty easy to get a handle on? Thanks so much!

Hi Bethan, thats great you are thinking about the loop. It is a beautiful area. We have just been told parts of the roads have been resurfaced so the riding is a lot easier. You can ask the rental company for a few lessons. I think they would appreciate it and you will feel more comfortable. Most of the roads are paved. Just take it slow and give yourself enough time and you will be fine. Have a great trip.

I was wondering if you know by any chance if it is possible to complete the tour with an automatic scooter? Best wishes

Hi Florent, best to talk to the hire company where you rent your scooter. It all depends what time of year you are there and the conditions of the roads. If conditions are great, I wouldn’t see a problem. Have a great time

Great post. Thank you for sharing your adventures here in Laos along the Takhek Loop. We agree, many backpackers forget to tick this beautiful loop off their list 🙂 If you are ever in this area you are more then welcome to come and reenergize at Nakai Resort.

Awesome article, thanks for sharing. If anyone happens to make their way to Nakai, i highly recommend spending a night at Nakai Resort. Local staff and family that are happy to show you a good time, accommodations for all types of budgets/travelers, solid food, bonfires, nearby waterfront. I had an amazing night there and actually went back to volunteer with them for a bit.

Thank you for the information William.

This is a great article, thanks for posting! I just completed the loop and could not agree more. Kong Lor Cave was one of the highlights of my time in Laos – definitely worth the money! I will add that I also thought it was really valuable to stay off the beaten path along the route. We couldn’t make it all the way to the more touristy Tha Lang so we stayed at the Nakai Resort in Nakai and were blown away by the hospitality and generosity of this small scale family-run resort. They offered a barbecue with unlimited food, all done around a bonfire where the owner and his family joined us and told us stories about life in Laos and offered valuable insights on traveling in the country from his time as a tourism agent. It was definitely worth the stop and I would highly recommend to anyone who wants a truly Laos experience!

Lovely article. Is there a place we can store our baggage for the duration of the trip? Thanks!

Hi Ravi, Definitely. A lot of the hotels in Thakhek know you may be in the area to do the loop. Most have store for free as long as you stay there when you return. But you can organise this when you are there. If not the hotels, try the rental place where you get your bike. All the best

Could you please add the month, year of the trip? Would help readers benchmark the weather and figure out if road conditions etc. might have changed since then. Thanks.

I think it was about April when we did this and it rained on us a lot. It was still beautiful though. 🙂

Hi guys. Nice trip. We did a similar three months ago. started in Luang Prabang and finished in Vientianne so we didn’t close the loop.

Keep sharing.

great reading ! top tips thank you . Can you remember which border you eventually went in through ? Can’t see it on the excellent write up .

Thanks Dave! Yea we crossed at Bo Y. Check out our right up here:

I was there this spring, I recognize the red dirtroad. Awesome motorbikeloop! Keep on writing 🙂

We had our ups and downs in Laos (We hated Vang Vieng and my brother-in-law paid a visit to Luang Prabang hospital which was actually a lot better than the guide books suggested!) but we loved exploring Southern Laos.

Kong Lor Cave and The Bolaven Plateau Loop were definitely highlights of our trip – it is such a fantastic way to explore a country and such a wonderful country to explore. We were actually on the Thakhek Loop during Songkran so we were soaked on numerous occasions and invited into all sorts of celebrations. Beautiful countryside and such friendly people!

Travelling the Thakhek Loop during Songkran must have been awesome! What a great experience 😀

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It already begins with the journey to Vientiane, the capital of this very special developing country. Immediately after you arrive, you feel at home and every expected pressure, every hustle and bustle of a capital city is cancelled. The Laotians, like the Cambodians, are perfect hosts. Everything is organized somehow, every evening all rubbish is removed from the streets. Laos is known for its varied and good cuisine, for relaxed people and for breathtaking nature. As in the neighbouring country Cambodia, you are almost never begged. Everybody tries to help and everybody is friendly. The accommodations are handpicked by us and always special. A country that we consider ideal to be travelled and experienced at a relatively slow pace.

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Laos is simply brilliant for all the demands we make on a fundriding tour. This is true for the mountains in the north of Laos. Already during our test tour in September 2018 we came back enthusiastically. Together with our local guides, we had worked out a tour to show the fundriders all facets of this impressive country.

The tour starts in the beautiful and tranquil capital Vientiane. This is the meeting point on Saturday, Feb 22, 2020. After we have gathered our first experiences as development aid workers in the tour project, which is still to be selected together, we will start.

Followed by a service vehicle, which besides our luggage also chauffeurs the accompanying doctor, the way leads us straight out of the city and up into the mountains. Details can be found in the description of the day. During the first Real-Tour in Feb 2019, all Fundriders without exception were enthusiastic and completely speechless. The tour is different every day. It doesn’t only give us deep insights into the untouched nature, but also brings us into direct contact with the different ethnic groups that live in the widely ramified mountains on the border to China.

The roads are good throughout and the traffic on most stages, very weak. Our route takes us up to an altitude of about 1,600 m, where we cross the mountains to the east. In the east we go down again into the lowlands. Each stage is different and the participants are surprised every day by another natural spectacle or another really impressive scenery.

The track can also be mastered by less experienced riders. We are equipped with a total of three guides, so that we have the luxury of forming two or three groups in order to do justice to the driving level. Everyone should have fun and enjoy without pressure, the more experienced and the beginner.

Also this trip is far away from rolling case tourism, not able to be booked elsewhere and presumably “the tour of your life”.

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Saturday:  Departure from anywhere to Bangkok (BKK) and from there to Vientiane (VTE); don’t worry we will advise you on flights

Sunday, Vientiane: As always and everywhere the Fundriders meet on Saturday. So everyone has the freedom to travel to and look at the target area in peace beforehand, or simply on the day you arrive.

Today’s meeting place is in Vientiane, the beautiful capital of Laos. Having arrrived at the airport simply take a taxi or TukTuk to “Villa Lao”. A few minutes later you are there. Arrive, take a shower, acclimatize and explore Vientiane on your own.

In the evening all Fundriders arrive and we sit together for the first common discussion.

  • Overnight stay: Vientiane Villa Lao

Monday, we become mobile – active project day 30 km: The first morning in Laos. After an extensive breakfast the scooter is handed over. Everyone, who has problems with the handing of the scooter, is taught by us sensitively and understandingly. After a thorough check of the scooters, we then drive together into the project for which all fundriders have spoken in advance. The participants will be familiarized with the project and divided into groups. Each group is responsible for the planning and implementation of its own subproject. Of course we are always there to help you with words and deeds and guide you through the first steps as development workers. Every fundrider has already gained experience in fundraising in the run-up to the trip. But now it is about the use of funds, the direct and immediate deployment on site. An important and very positive experience that everyone will take with them on the tour.

The huge Mekong River is only 1 minute away from Villa Lao. Here or anywhere else in the city, countless stalls and restaurants invite you to dine outdoors. The temperatures at this time of year are simply fantastic.

2. Overnight stay:  Vientiane Villa Lao

Tuesday, Vientiane – Muang Fuang 196 km: Here we go. Today the first stage is scheduled. We will take road no. 10 to the river “Nam Ngum”, where we will have lunch on a boat. On the way we will stop at a salt factory. This visit should be more than interesting for everyone. The salt is boiled out of salt water for hours. Countless wood stoves over a hundred years old heat the salt water in large pans, a crazy spectacle and simply unbelievable.

Our destination today is Muang Fuang, where we will spend the night in a private wooden house by a river. At the nearby market we shop for dinner before our arrival. Here you can buy almost all edible vegetables, fruit and animals. From rats to the normal fish, from the finest chilli to bananas.

The arrival in our Homestay is a highlight for every Fundrider. Over a small footbridge, which consists of four planks, we first have to cross a small river to reach the idyllic really beautiful wooden house, where everyone gets their own and special room. Right next to it flows the Nam Ngum, a fast flowing river against whose current one could not swim at all. Therefore you have to catch an inflated tire, go upstream and let the current float you back to the house. But be careful not to miss the stop …

Our guides can not only drive, they are also excellent cooks. We let ourselves be pampered and end the evening at sunset on our terrace.

3. Overnight stay:  Muang Fuang

Wednesday, Muang Fuang – Vang Vieng 121 Km: After a great evening together in Muang Fuang we all slept fantastically. After a sensational breakfast from Thonkhoon and the second guide we set off for a 25 km short trip to the surrounding area. The participation is absolutely voluntary. The trip starts with an adventurous short crossing over the river with max. ten scooters on the small ferry. The rest is over a gravel road to a nearby school. Anyone who has brought pens or other school material from home can distribute it to the grateful children here. The return trip through a great landscape is also a highlight and everybody who got up the hour earlier will be rewarded with it.

At noon, there are sandwiches for refreshments for the afternoon tour. We continue 121 km in the direction of Vang Vieng. The road is partly developed, partly gravel, sand or mud. The very varied tour is rounded off by a sensational panorama and makes all Fundriders enthusiastic.

4. Overnight stay: Vang Vieng

Thursday, Vang Vieng- Kasi (Hot Springs) 89 km: So, enough of the tourists, off into the mountains. In front of us lie 90 km uphill. We will divide into 3 small groups. Therefore we are faster and will surely overtake the more slowly driving vehicles. With every turn of the road the landscape becomes more beautiful. Some Chinese trucks fight their way up the mountain. The road is in relatively good condition. We climb higher and higher up to about 1.000 meters, the view is breathtaking. It is the most beautiful and varied part of the tour so far. Dusty and sweaty but with a grin on our face we will reach our night quarters “Hot Springs”. A beautiful place with terraced basins fed by a hot spring. There is nothing more beautiful after such a tour than rinsing the dust from the skin in 40°C warm water. Tonight, we will spend the night in small huts and tents after a barbecue.

5. Overnight stay : Kasi (Hot Springs)

Friday, Hot Springs – Phonsavanh 160 km: Off to the north. From Kasi it’s another 25 km uphill. At an altitude of about 1.300 meters we turn right and cross the mountains from west to east.

Today’s destination is Phonsavanh. With a breathtaking view of ancient but inhabited limestone villages we will only make slow progress. The view is simply too good to rush. Lunch is served at the Nam Jak restaurant. After a small rest we still have about 70 km in front of our chest. Arrival in Phonsavan in the late afternoon.

Having arrived here we will drive on a mountain parallel to the city. At the top is our Homestay. It belongs to a nice Frenchman who made his dream come true here. The individual bungalows all offer a unique view of the city below. The restaurant offers everything you could wish for. Of course, everyone is also free to go down to the city for dinner.

6. Overnight stay: Phonsavanh

Saturday, Phonsavan – Muang Mo 177 Km: After a fantastic breakfast with a great view of the valley of Phonsavan we head towards Muang Mo. After refueling the scooters we visit a so called Jarfield on a nearby hill. According to legend, the man-high stone jugs were used to burn whisky to keep the soldiers happy after a won battle with whisky. In the north of Laos, where we are, many bombs were dropped during the Secret War. It is believed that there are still up to 80 million dud bombs in Laos today. The defused bombs are used by the population as ashtrays, garden fences and decoration. After this short tourist throw-in, we first have to overcome some meters of altitude on gravel and dusty ground. Passing roads with up to 12 % gradient or incline demand the highest concentration from the drivers and the material. The last 50 km are flat and easy to master.

7. Overnight stay: Muang Mo

Sunday, Muang Mo – Viengthon 168 km: This morning we have breakfast in a nearby restaurant. Our guide Thongkhoon cooks scrambled eggs in a wok over a fireplace in the backyard.

Well strengthened we will drive over a very demanding route. Partly in 1st gear we crawl up a steep, bumpy gravel road and on the other side of the mountain down again. Finally on a tarred road we head towards Tasi. These wonderful serpentines are the reward for the shaking in the morning. In Tasi there is a simple noodle soup for lunch. Another 100 km separated us from today’s destination Viengthon. On the road we meet few other vehicles, but cows, dogs, pigs and many water buffalos. Unlike in Cambodia, however, the animals here do not just run onto the road unexpectedly, but sometimes they just lie in the middle of it. Today we drive in two groups, so that the faster ones can accelerate a bit without the weaker ones feeling under pressure. On the way we visit a mountain village, the houses here are only single-storey and without windows to keep the temperature constant. About 16:00 o’clock, still relaxed before the twilight, which begins about 18 o’clock, we are in Viengthon and let the evening end relaxed.

8. Overnight stay: Viengthon

Monday, Viengthon – Kong Lor (Cave) 115 km: Good morning in Viengthon! First refuel and get ready for the trip to Kong Lor Cave. The first part of the route runs over well paved roads first over the Namkading and later over the Nam Ngouang River. Here we make a short stop to see the small but special boats. They were cut open airplane tanks made of metal. Necessity is the mother of invention.

In the further course of the route the roads get worse and the villages visibly poorer. Here there are no more bricked houses, but huts made of wood, partly decayed but nevertheless inhabited.

Everywhere children wave, they love to high-five us during the trip. You can see how far away we are from the mainstream – fantastic.  On a wide Red Road we prepare our lunch and enjoy sandwiches under amazement of the passing locals.

The last part of the drive gets a bit bumpier until we arrive at the end of a valley in our accommodation, the Spring River Resort. A small paradise directly at a river in the middle of a rocky landscape. This paradise is led by a Swiss couple.

9. Overnight stay: Kong Lor (Cave)

Tuesday, a day in paradise 0 km: Here you simply have to stay a whole day. Blue lagoons and a cave that takes over an hour to cross by boat. In addition, this unbelievable peace and serenity of the Swiss owners, an idyll that has no equal. The huts are spread on stilts amidst huge green leaves and are only connected by a footbridge. A dream.

10. Overnight stay: Kong Lor (Cave)

Wednesday, Kong Lor – Paksan 174 km: Back to reality – the road. We want to collect kilometers and with it donations, so let’s go in the direction of Paksan. The route today is beautiful in the first half. We drive through wide fields along a rock formation and cross the last small mountain range in some serpentines. But in the course of the route it gets unspectacular, especially after the impressions of the last 8 days.

After 174 km we reach Paksan. Paksan lies directly on the shore of the impressive Mekong River. Sitting here in the evening and looking over to Thailand on the other side is an impressive feeling. Maybe enjoy a nice massage and then off to bed, tomorrow it will be exercise again.

12. Übernachtung: Paksan

Thursday, Paksan – Vientiane 189 km: On Thursday morning we leave Paksan and take the expressway from east to west towards Vientiane. After 50 km we turn again to take the last highlight of the tour with us. First road, then Red Road and at the end a motocross mogul track lead us to a beaten track. As it should be for a reasonable off-road section, here we drive at trail speed. Having arrived below and after another 400m on foot we arrive at a wonderful waterfall. The way is worth it! Climbing we reach the refreshing wet and enjoy the cooling down. In the meantime Thongkhoon and the second guide prepare our lunch.

Again the way back is dry. In the afternoon sun and in the after-work traffic we bustle through the streets of Vientiane with the entire troop to our already well-known hotel, the Villa Lao.

Approx. 1,600 km through Laos are now behind us. A fantastic country with a fantastic landscape and unbelievably nice people – we are all in love with the country and its people – guaranteed.

12. Overnight stay: Vientiane

Friday, Vientiane: individual departure

Stops of the Tour

  • A:  Vientiane
  • B: Muang Fuang
  • D: Phonsavan
  • F: Viengthong
  • G: Kong Lor Cave
  • I: Vientiane

The cost sharing amounts to €2.240,-

Contained therein:.

  • Assistance with fundraising for KM sponsors
  • Own fundraising page (German, English)
  • Own donation form
  • Promotional material: flyer, own business card, T-shirts
  • Handling of donations
  • Advice/information regarding all questions, e.g. flight, vaccinations, luggage, etc.
  • 14 overnight stays in hotels, guest houses or special locations
  • 12 days use of a 125 cc scooter, fuel included
  • mechanic and e-parts for the scooters in case of defect
  • two days in our tour project, active participation whether physically or mentally
  • water and fruit during the ride
  • service vehicle for transporting the luggage, etc.
  • mechanic for repairs on the way
  • Medical care during the whole tour
  • 1 local tour guide
  • 1 German tour guide
  • Entrance fees, ferry ticket
  • Cleaning of the vehicles after the tour
  • Local taxes and permits with costs
  • In case of fall/illness/abortion of the tour free return transport to the starting point Vientiane.

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  • Single room supplement € 250
  • Damage due to falls
  • Food and drinks

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'Taylor Swift vs Scooter Braun: Bad Blood' docuseries coming to Max

Taylor Swift 's re-recording of her first six studio albums is the topic of a new upcoming docuseries on Max .

Max announced earlier this week that a two-part docuseries "Taylor Swift vs Scooter Braun: Bad Blood" will be released featuring the feud between Swift and the music industry mogul, who purchased Swift's masters in 2019.

According to the streamer, viewers will explore the intricacies of music ownership, gender dynamics in the industry and the power of fan influence. Legal experts, journalists and sources close to Swift and Braun will be presenting both sides of the argument for the series.

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The new docuseries on Max will be in "vs" format, which means the installment will take the form of two 60-minute episodes, one diving into each side of the debate, as the series title suggests.

The goal of the "vs" format is for viewers to watch both parts and leave with their own opinions.

"True to the ‘vs’ format, the two episodes will examine the opposing sides of the argument; one exploring Swift’s side that the sale was conducted without consulting her and that she has since been blocked from buying back her masters, and the other examining Braun’s allegations that Swift refused to negotiate and instead incited a public feud by pitting her fan base against him," the press release said.

Other installments of this series include: "Johnny vs Amber" about Johnny Depp 's UK libel suit against The Sun over a story about alleged abuse against his then-wife Amber Heard , "Kim vs Kanye: The Divorce" about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West 's divorce in 2021 and "Vardy vs Rooney: The Wagatha Trial" about the UK defamation trial between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney. 

How much did Scooter pay for Taylor Swift's music?

Braun paid over $300 million for the rights to Swift's first six albums.

When does 'Taylor Swift vs Scooter Braun: Bad Blood' premiere on Max?

"Taylor Swift vs Scooter Braun: Bad Blood" premieres on Max sometime in June 2024, almost exactly five years after Braun bought the rights to Swift's first six albums.

Contributing: Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY

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    Here are some of the main off-road destinations in northern Laos. If you're after an off-road tour or want to rent an enduro bike in Laos, take a look at our recommended rental companies page for Laos. Laos Motorcycle Rental and Tour Companies; Motorcycle Rental and Tour Companies; Warning: Be careful if you venture off on your own. Laos is ...


    WELCOME TO MOTOLAO. We at MOTOLAO provide exclusive on-road and off-road motorcycle and 4×4 tours in Laos. Our customized tours provide a chance to journey on a road of self-discovery and encounter life-changing moments along the way. Exploring Laos by motorcycle or 4×4 is the perfect way to experience rich Lao culture and discover ...

  3. Motorcycle Travel Guide: Laos

    Motorcycle rentals and tours in Laos. Renting a motorcycle or going on a tour in Laos isn't as easy as it is in Thailand, especially if you're after a larger capacity motorcycle than your average Lifan or 125cc scooter. If you want to rent a motorcycle to explore Laos, your best bet is to rent one from Vietnam or Thailand and cross the border.

  4. Motorcycle Tours in Laos

    3,190 US$. I recently embarked on an extraordinary six-day motorcycle journey with Royal Ride Laos, covering approximately 1,300 kilometers. I must say, it was an absolutely fantastic experience. One of the standout factors was our lead guide, Thierry. Not only is he personable and fun to be around, but his knowledge of the local culture and ...

  5. On the scooter through Laos! † The two most popular motorbike loops

    If you take the bus in Thahkek, you are within 5 hours in Pakse, the next town that is really only visited for two reasons: the 'motorbike loop' through the Bolaven plateau and the easy connection to 4000 Islands. This city cannot be missed on your tour through Laos by scooter. The town and the Bolaven plateau are located in the Champasak province.

  6. Laos Motorcycle Tours

    Comfort Rating (average): 6 (out of 10) Average Daily Ride Hours: 6 - 7. Total Distance KM: 1880. Laos is one of the hidden gems in our tour calendar, yet it's one of the most beautiful countries we visit. Landlocked by Vietnam to the East, Thailand to the West, China to the North and Cambodia to the South, this wonderful country remains off ...

  7. The Ultimate Guide to the Thakhek Loop (Laos Most Scenic Motorbike

    The Thakhek Loop gives you a look at the agrarian side of Lao. A way of life still unchanged by westernization. For now. Sitting about halfway between Laos hotbed of tourism in the North ( Luang Prabang, Vientiane, & Vang Vieng) & the 4,000 Islands in the South, Thakhek makes for a perfect stop to break up the journey.

  8. Laos Motorcycle Rental and Tours

    Services: Fully inclusive guided motorcycle tours from Thailand to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Tibet. Tour bikes: BMW G310GS, BMW F80GS, Kawasaki Versys 650, Kawasaki ER-6N 650, Honda CB650F, Honda CB500X, Honda CB300F, Honda CRF250 Rally. Tour prices: Tours range from 3-20 days with their lowest priced tours starting at £180.

  9. ELECTRIC SCOOTER Tour of the Most Beautiful City in Laos

    Just $6 a day to explore this World Heritage City Luangprabang by electric scooter. Join us as we explore back alley markets and all the wonders that make th...

  10. How to Drive the Thakhek Loop in Laos

    Day 4: Drive through the mountains back to Thakhek. With 115 miles of slow ascents, steep declines, and traffic separating Kong Lor from Thakhek, the last day is guaranteed to be the most ...

  11. THE TOP 10 Laos How to Get Around (UPDATED 2024)

    Soak up the charms of tranquil Vientiane on this full-day tour of the Laos capital. Marvel at the Siamese temple of Wat Si Saket, admire the ancient artworks of Wat Ho Phra Keo and take a peek at the grand Presidential Palace. Then, pose for photos by Wat Si Muang and climb to the top of the Patuxai monument for a spectacular city view. ...

  12. Thakhek Loop, Laos

    Renting motorbikes in Thakhek. Motorbike hire in Thakhek will cost around 120,000 - 160,000 KIP per day, which is around $12-$15 USD per day. Most people do the loop on a Honda Wave 125cc, but you can get up to 250cc if you're an experienced rider and you want something more powerful.

  13. Laos Motorbike Tours

    Laos Motorbike Tours 9 To 25 Days. Laos is country lacks in beaches it more than makes up for in pristine nature and an abundance of gorgeous jungles and mountains ripe for discovery. As one of Southeast Asia's least-explored countries, Laos motorbike tours is a dream for adventurers.

  14. One Day Luang Prabang Motorbike Tour

    Price of the Tour Book your seat now for a full day Lao moto adventure, with all inclusive services, bikes, food, fees, taxes and 100% fun. Take our Honda CRF 250cc around Luang Prabang and across the majestic Mekong.. 1 pers. $250 per/ rider 2 pers. $220 per/rider 3+ pers. $180 per/rider

  15. Thakhek Loop by Motorbike

    Thakhek Loop Overview About the Route. The Thakhek Loop in Laos is a one-of-a-kind, off-the-beaten-path 220 mile (350 km) overland adventure in Central Laos.. This unforgettable journey can be covered in a variety of ways. Riding a local motorbike around the Thakhek Loop is still the most popular, but many intrepid travelers also choose to do the Loop by bicycle as well.

  16. Motorbike Rent & Scooter Rent in Luang Prabang

    Motorcycle rental in Luang Prabang is a fun way to see the city and surrounding countryside. It's easy and affordable and provides a variety of different options, from automatic scooters to manual Honda CRF250Ls - whichever you're comfortable with. If you staying local, then the scooters are a great way to see the whole city.

  17. 20 DAY TOUR (Vietnam, Laos & Thailand)

    20 DAY TOUR (Vietnam, Laos & Thailand) A Once-In-a-Lifetime-Trip! You will discover 3 exotic countries in 20 days: This tour starts and ends in the beautiful area of Chiang Mai (Thailand) with its breathtaking scenery, 800 km north of Bangkok. This motorcycle tour provides an outstanding opportunity to obtain a thorough impression of the ...

  18. Thakhek Loop Motorcycle Adventure (A Travel Guide)

    Price Of Things To Do On The Thakhek Loop. Tham Nan Cave Entrance - 20,000 kip Boat trip through the cave- 50,000kip. Kong Lor CaveAt the main gate; Entry to the grounds: 2,000k each person Motorbike parking: 3,000k per bike. At the entrance of the cave; Boat- 100,000 per boat Entrance to the cave- 10,000 per person.

  19. Vietnam Motorbike Tours

    We Ride Vietnam is a custom motorcycle tour company whose focus is on original experiences in Vietnam and Laos. We are ready to show you the best of Vietnam with the most modern fleet of bikes including new Honda XR150cc and more powerful Honda CRF 250cc for the serious adventure rider, and a collection of classic Minsk 125 motorcycles, to take ...

  20. Thailand Motorcycle Tours

    Big Bike Tours offers Award Winning motorcycle tours and the finest guided motorbike touring holidays and adventures in Thailand & Asia. WhatsApp: +66 985-869-925. Tours; Dates ... THAILAND / BURMA / LAOS / CHINA / TIBET. The tour provides an outstanding opportunity to obtain a thorough impression of the uniqueness of the autonomous province of ...

  21. Enduro-Tour

    Especially in remote areas, first aid is important and reassuring in the event of an accident. Unlike the bike and scooter fundriding tours, we are often off-road on the enduro tour, so a normal van cannot follow our track. Therefore we use a 4-wheeler for the enduro tour, which transports the doctor and our luggage.

  22. Scooter-Tour

    Scooter-Tour - Laos Nadine Urbansky 2023-08-07T18:45:19+02:00. Laos - Nature in its purest form

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    Discovery+ announced the docuseries "Taylor Swift vs. Scooter Braun," a working title, on Tuesday to stream in June on discovery+ in the U.K. and on Max internationally.

  24. Big Bike Tours

    Award-winning Motorcycle Tours across Thailand & South East Asia. Book a ride with the leading motorcycle tour company based in Chiang Mai. ... 20 DAY TOUR (VIETNAM, LAOS & THAILAND) 20. OCTOBER - 08. NOVEMBER 2024 A Once-In-a-Lifetime-Trip! You will discover 3 exotic countries in 20 days: Amazing THAILAND / Unseen LAOS / Timeless Charm ...

  25. 'Taylor Swift vs Scooter Braun: Bad Blood' docuseries coming to Max

    Taylor Swift's re-recording of her first six studio albums is the topic of a new upcoming docuseries on Max.. Max announced earlier this week that a two-part docuseries "Taylor Swift vs Scooter ...

  26. Harry e Meghan in Nigeria: si conclude oggi il tour da rockstar, ecco

    3 Minuti di Lettura. Domenica 12 Maggio 2024, 17:47 - Ultimo aggiornamento: 17:48. Si conclude oggi il tour da rockstar di Harry e Meghan in Nigeria. Su invito del Capo di Stato Maggiore della ...