Laos, Luang Prabang – Sayabouri: White Elephant Ridge - 3 days | A ride to upland villages, Lao elephants, and refreshing waterfalls
Board a ferry to cross the Mekong before beginning your exhilarating motorcycle ride. Kilometers of dirt roads through the Lao countryside lie ahead of you. You'll travel through the scenic mountain landscapes of Laos, visiting traditional Hmong and Khmu villages along the way. Stop overnight to stay in comfortable guesthouses, and dine Lao-style - sampling great local cuisine for each of your meals. Visit an elephant camp and dive into the crystal clear pools of Kuang Si waterfall to cool off from your full-throttle ride back to Luang Prabang.
Level: Intermediate - Experienced
Distance: Approx. 400 km
Terrain: 60% off-road | 40% asphalt
Travel No. 66257
You can find these and other travels under the following categories:
- Luang Prabang - Hongsa
- Hongsa - Sayabouri
- Sayabouri - Muang Nan - Kuang Si - Luang Prabang
Day 01 Luang Prabang - Hongsa
You will depart from Luang Prabang on your motorcycle journey across the Mekong River by ferry. On the other side of the Mekong, you will ride along mountainous roads where you will encounter both Hmong and Khmu villages along the way. The Hmong and Khmu have large settlements in the Luang Prabang province, and both groups have a unique language, culture, and heritage. Your journey continues until you reach the Northwestern town of Hongsa, where you will stay overnight at a comfortable guesthouse.
Day 02 Hongsa - Sayabouri
After you enjoy a traditional breakfast the following morning, you can observe vegetables, fruits, and various Lao food on display at the bustling Hongsa market. Your day continues as you head toward Sayabouri where you will be able to view scenic landscapes and ride along winding dirt roads. Upon arrival in Sayabouri, you will enjoy a freshly prepared Lao meal, and be accommodated overnight at the Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC).
Day 02 Sayabouri - Muang Nan - Kuang Si - Luang Prabang
You will be able to ride, feed, bathe, and befriend these Lao elephants the following morning. A trip to Laos is not complete without getting up close and personal with an elephant! You can also visit their medical centre to learn more about how they help treat Lao elephants. Afterwards, you will get on your motorcycle and ride out toward Muang Nan, a welcoming little village with friendly people. You will continue through this village toward Luang Prabang on a road right along the Mekong River with a few crossings. Though before arriving in Luang Prabang, you will take a relaxing break at the Kuang Si waterfall. At the waterfall you can take a dip in the turquoise water, and visit the Free the Bears rescue center. Your three-day motorcycle ride concludes in the afternoon when you arrive in Luang Prabang.
Due to the nature of adventure tours and the unpredictability of the weather, the itinerary may be changed at the discretion of the guide.
Included Travel Services
- Professional tour guide
- Motorbike: Honda CRF 250L or Honda XR250
- Riding equipment (helmet, gloves, boots, jacket, etc.)
- Meals and drinks as per the itinerary
- Third Person insurance
Not Included Travel Services
- Riding pants (we recommend a pair of jeans)
- Personal insurance (this is at your own risk)
- Coverage for any damages to gear or the motorcycle
- Any alcoholic beverages
- All dinners