Ever gone on an adventure that made you feel like you were on another planet entirely? If your answer is no then you have to visit Laos. This beautiful land-locked country is blessed with limestone spires and magnificent temples. Caves abound and wildlife is just as common a feature. All these and more make Laos a must-see for adventurers who love a thrill.
A road trip in Laos is definitely incomplete without a motorcycle tour. Here are the reasons why motorcycle tours in Laos are increasingly popular.
The Places to Visit
- Luang Prabang
Imagine being on a bike and going through a town that gives you that throw-back feel. Yep. That’s Luang Prabang. Exquisitely exotic and wonderful to behold, this UNESCO world heritage site has the distinction of being the most visited tourist attraction in Laos. The main part of Luang Prabang is located on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. Former royal palaces and captivating temples give you that retro feel.
Laos, like some other Asian countries, features old French colonial architecture. During the motorcycle tour, don’t be surprised to see monks on the street collecting rice as alms.
- Vang Vieng
As a traveler or adventurer, Vang Vieng is simply a place you have to visit. It is surrounded by great mountains, rivers, limestone cliffs and rice fields. Vang Vieng’s main attraction is the dramatic karst hill landscape encompassing it. Vang Vieng has been described as nature’s most beautiful work of art in Laos. Going through this small scenic town on your bike or off-road will definitely give you an adrenaline rush.
Other beautiful attractions to visit include the Mekong river and The Pak Ou Caves.
- The People
Although Lao is an ethnically and linguistically diverse country, the official language remains Lao. The major religion is Buddhism. Most Laotians live in rural areas with farming as the main vocation. The people of Lao are very friendly and accommodating.
Experience the welcoming nature of Laotians when you go on a motorcycle tour in Laos.
- The Food
Almost every cuisine in Laos contains vegetable and herbs. Most meals are usually low in fat while meat and fish are steamed or grilled. Sticky rice is a staple in most of the restaurants. This is traditionally eaten with fingers. You may want to have the Khao Piak Sen for breakfast before your motorcycle tour.
You may also want to try the Khao Jee Sandwich (Baguette Sandwich). This is a French-Lao mix sold almost on every street in Laos by vendors. The Lao Sausage is not far behind. It’s a good snack to pack during your motorcycle tours in Laos.
The Sin Savannah (Lao beef jerky) is just as spicy and tasteful. This is a sun-dried beef strip that goes so well with Beer.
Bring a face mask to the motorcycle tours in Laos. During the Wet or dry season, your view could be impaired by dust. Laos is so mountainous that relatively short road trips can take forever. Besides you’ve got people and animals moving about especially at dusk. But if you are one for adventure, this won’t matter because you get to have a first-hand look all around.