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This trip is not just about a motorbike ride.
Some info to date.
Prices for flights are hard to find right now for May 2011 but should be around.
Gold Coast to KL $140.00 AA
KL to Cambodia $76.31 AA
Cambodia to Bangkok $227.15 Bangkok Air
Bangkok to Chiang Mai $44.00 AA
Private minibus/ motorbike to Laos $1900.00 per bike, working on reducing it.
Laos to KL $91.00 AA
KL to Gold Coast $228.00 AA
Accommodation can range from $20.00 per night to 120.00 and above however Roz and I know a few nice places at good rates, more later.
So airfare for the round trip through five countries should be around the $800.00 but there are often specials closer to the date.
Cheers for now Bruce
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Even more replies: I love they way he spells Engineer
Dear sir Bruce Mclean
its so nice to hear from you ! wish you have a good day ! , well that is very good quetion sir
please kindly check my side arrangement to ofer you
1 : alll of your wife will stay in the mininvan during your riding with the guide
2 : all of the helmet , and jectket will provide and offer you ,
3 : Motorbike inginering also following you to every where with the spear truck, cos of any imergency
4: when your first day in Chiengmai on arrival is depend on if you arrival in the morning or evening the our local reprentative office can offer you if you would like to do any thing
, Plse note : for more infors of the riding gear i will send you As the soonest
If you have any comment please feel free to keep in touch and contact me in any time
I am looking forwards to hearing from you again
Mana Mr / Indochina travel co.ltd
vientaine Capital Laos
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Another reply from the bike tour company:
Dear sir Bruce
one agian plse , the weather at that time is good for riding
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Looking at leaving Australia about 01 May 2011 depending on flights Etc.
It might be a option to fly direct to Bangkok from Brisbane then Cambo then back to Bangkok then up to CM.
Open to suggestions
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
I have added some photos on the right hand side of this screen,
These photos came with the letter.
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Received an email from a company in Laos, for those of you who do not now where it is, I suggest you ask Google.
This chap is arranging a motorcycle tour from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Laos I think it is 10 days. at a rate of $1900.00 there is another company which does a tour of the Golden Triangle, I think it is about $1000.00 for 7 days
Dear Sir Bruce (I like that)
have a good day to you ! its quite long time that i haven't keep you a contact for your bike planing holiday to thailand and laos , and i am so sorry for my very late to give you the information about the tour program and i have completed for the motor bike picture i would love to send you soon as for now i am still looking for a very good bike for you as your mention + 500 CC
plse kindly check on the attch file
i am looking to hearing from you again
The details are below
Thailand -Laos culture & hill tribe
Motorbike riding Thailand Laos soft adventure
Day 1 Chiang Mai (Arrival Day) (-, -, D)
Meet & Greet at Chiang Mai Airport + Transfer to Selected Hotel + Motor Bike Test to Doi Suthep Temple (1-2 hrs; Kawasaki ER-600) + Khan Toke Dinner with Traditional Performance
Day 2 Chiang Mai (Inthanon National Park + Baan Hawaii) (B, L, -)
Breakfast at the Hotel + Ride to Inthanon National Park (Highest Peak + Angka Natural Trail + Kings Royal Project + Hmong / Karen Hill Tribe Village + Waterfall) + Baan Tawai Wood Carving Village + 2 hrs Traditional Thai Massage + Back to the Hotel
Day 3 Chiang Mai Chiang Rai (via Tha Ton Route + Elephant Safari) (B, L, -)
Breakfast + Chiang Dao Elephant Camp (Elephant Demonstration + Elephant Ride 1½ hrs.) + Tha Ton Temple (for a view point of Tha Ton Village) + Ride up & down hill to Chiang Rai Province + Visit Wat Rong Khun (or White Temple) + 2 hrs. Traditional Thai Massage + Free evening & Explore Chiang Rai Night Bazaar at own pace
Day 4 Chiang Rai Golden Triangle (B, L, D)
Breakfast + Visit Morning Market & Chiang Rai City Tour + Ride Doi Tung (Doi Tung Royal Villa + Mae Fah Luang Garden) + Lunch + Visit Mae Sai (Border between Thailand and Myanmar) + Continue to Golden Triangle + Opium Museum + Visit View Point of the Golden Triangle + Check in at the Hotel (Golden Triangle Area) + Farewell Dinner (appx. 396 km.)
Day 5 Chiang Rai -Huay Sai Luang Namtha (B, L, D)196 km
Breakfast Resort + Ride to the Chiang Khong Border to Huay Sai,On arrival at the Lao border checkpoint at HoueiSay pier, you will be met by your guide and taken through the visa formalities. We then head out of the town to Luang Namtha, along the newly improved road. The scenery is breathtaking and we have time to visit hill tribe villages along the road at Muang Phouka and other surrounding areas. We arrive in Luang Namtha in late evening. Overnight in the Boat Landing Luang Namtha (appx. 80 km.)
Day 6 Luang Namtha-Muang La (B, D) 155km
Todays after breakfast we drive to the road No R3 via international road No 13th is quite funny road on the way you can see many hill tribe minority such us Thaidam.Thaideng.Lantan.AKha ,Hmong in the afternoon we via Oudomxay for a short break to Lunch at the local restaurant. Latter drive to the top of the mountain Victory stupa Phuxay to enjoyable the Excellent View latter we heading out to the Moungla district as well know the hot spring on arrival we transfer to check in this small boutique hotel is very quite and very good for truly relaxing and bathing to the natural hot spring
Day 7 Muang La Nong Khiaw(B,) 120km
Breakfast; upon leaving Muang La, we start to drive into the most mountainous area of Laos. The roads conditions are good enough to explore; however the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for an unforgettable experience. Today, we drive through the area, home to various ethnic minority groups including the Hmong, Khmu, Akha and Taidam. The journey leads us through the scenic area to Nong Khiow. Here is a chance to visit Hmong at Ban Jarong, Ban Songja, Khmu hill tribe people before reach Nong Khiow by late afternoon. Overnight in Nong Khiow.(B)
Day 8 Nong Khiaw-Luang Prabang (B, ) 167km
After breakfast, we head out of the town to Luang Prabang, the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the World Heritage City. We also stop to relax and take our lunch at local restaurant at Ban Pak Ou, a village opposite of Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height.
We cross the Mekong by small ferry boat to visit Pak Ou cave, and we cross back to Ban Pak Ou to continue our way to Luang Prabang. This afternoon is spent free for own experience of this charming town with kind people. (B,)
Day 9Luang Prabang-city tour (B, By minivan
Breakfast at hotel, we take a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of temples, visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries
; visit Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple, which more than any temples in Luang Prabang.climb Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi Hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang .
In the afternoon we drive to Kuangsi waterfalls, we take a short trek uphill to the top of the waterfalls to see stunning view and swimming of the lovely blue swimming natural poll and also you can visit of the bear century of Asia. back to Luangphabang in the evening shopping at the night market,Overnight in Luangphabang
Day 10 Luang Prabang-Vientiane (B, 396 km
After breakfast continuedrive to Vientiane via Vang Vieng. The journey is strenuous as we drive along one of the most scenic but rough routes in the whole of Asia.Lunch in Phoukhun Piengpha,shot stop in Vang Vieng, a small town which is located on a bend in the Nam Song River. This tranquil town is rapidly developed with the advent of tourist, but the beautiful scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops is unchanged for century dan continue toVientiane ,on arrivall we transfer to the hotel for check in after a short rest you might be want to strolling along the Mekong river bank to enjoy the beautiful sunset.Overnight in Vientiane
Day 11 Vientiane-departure (B, L,)
You will be picked up from your hotel this morning and enjoy a city tour of the capital. We visit the major sights; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we will stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientianes own Arc de Triumph. From there, we visit the central market or Morning Market which is a great place for antiques, handmade textiles and gifts.after lunch, then transfer to airport for departure.
Tour price is net in US$ per person
1900 US$ / pax
HOTEL SELECTION IN LAOS
Boat Landing resort www.theboatlandingguesthous.com , Laungnamtha province
Moungla Resort www.moungla.com , Moungla hot spring district Oudomxai province
Muang La Resort
On the edge of a small village where local people follow a traditional life style, Muang La Resort was built to respect its surroundings. Swathed in greenery, the resort is surrounded by forests, rice fields and hot-water springs that are thousands of years old; offering you complete immersion in this natural paradise. On the sides of the valley, an old and famous Buddhist temple brings an air of spirituality to this place of complete relaxation.
In the heart of a luxuriant garden, 3 wooden villas of ethnic design, offer 2 rooms of the highest quality and comfort. Each room has its own special ambience and all ooze tranquility in a wonderfully scented atmosphere emanating from local oils used to treat the wood. Pieces of Laotian art created by local artists and sculptors add the finishing touches to each room.
In the evening, the Resort is bathed in light from torches and candles in its gardens to give you a marvellous evening " under the stars"
You can take a table where you prefer, in the lush garden, on the terrace, or on a small island in the centre of the river, opposite the resort. Each day we offer a different choice of delicious dishes mixing Laotian & Thai cuisine accompanied by a selection of wines - a real experience in itself.
Still a very well-kept secret, Muang La Resort opened in October 2007 and promises an unrivalled opportunity to discover Laos, its people & its culture. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy the complete peace and tranquility and let the stresses and strains of everyday life drift away.
Nong Kiau River side www.nongkiau.com , Moungngoi
HOTEL NAME : Villa Santi Resort
ADDRESS : Ban Nadeuay of 6 kms from the old city,Luang Prabang Lao PDR
TEL NO. : ( 856-71)253475, 253470
FAX NO. : ( 856-71)253471
E-MAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE : www.villasantihotel.com
FACILITIES : (the resort of 52 rooms)
LOCATED : The resort is situated on the valley surrounded by hills and ravens leading down to the Mekong river. The resort features 52 rooms elegantly decorated in Luang Prabang style and decor sits in over 10 hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens and streams. The resort sport facilities include a 30-meter pool, tennis courts, fitness club and horse riding. It is just 15 minutes from Luang Prabang airport. Swimming pool and large garden.
HOTEL NAME : SETTHA PALACE HOTEL
ADDRESS : 6 Pangkham Road , Vientiane , Lao PDR
TEL NO. : (856-21)217581
FAX NO. : (856-21)217583
E-MAIL : email@example.com.
WEBSITE : www.setthapalace.com
FACILITIES : 30 deluxe rooms & Suites,
LOCATED : Historic French colonial hotel fully restored and centrally located. Suites, studio & poolside rooms, all with rose wood furniture, elegant and classic, IDD and satellite TV. Fully equipped with business center, souvenir shop. Restaurant serving French cuisine, banquet room Swimming pool, garden.
Please note as below , this include in Thailand price
- One way private airport transfer by air-con van with escorted
- 10 night accommodation with daily breakfast as indicated (twin sharing occupancy)
- Motorbike (Kawasaki ER-600) with gasoline (1 Motor Bike / 1 Pax) for Day 1 4
- 1 English speaking guide
- Air con van with driver accompanying the group (Day 3 5)
- Meals + tours + admission fees as indicated
- 2 hours Thai Massage or Oil Massage / pax on Day 2 & Day 4
- Drinking Water and cool towel service during the trip
- Travel accident insurance (AIG)
- Optional or other tour & meals than mentioned in the program
- Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenir and laundry etc
- Seasonal surcharge & gala dinner
Laos service inclusive
- Minivan service with A/c all the trip to following
- Well English speaking local guide
- Motor bike 4-500 CC , good bike
- Accommodation in 3-4 stars hotel with daily breakfast
- All entrance fees
- Laos Government tour tax
- Motorbike insurance
- Free Road map
- Drinking water + cold napkin
Service not include
- Travel insurance
- Personal expense shopping
- Soft drink , Drink or other
- Sure charge for Gasoline and other not mention on the itinerary
Well it has been a long time since Roz or I have been on to our blog, for that I guess we have just been slack.
As some of you may know next year I (Bruce) turn 50. and my brother Wayne is turning 60.
To celebrate this I am planning to travel back to Asia, it is such a fascinating place once you leave the cities (as I find all big cities are very similar).
Planning for leave the Gold Coast or Brisbane (depending on flights) at the start of May and take one of two flight paths.
Air Asia or a combination of others
Flight Path 1
1. From here to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as all flights from Australia on Air Asia call through there.
2. Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap, Cambodia to see Angkor Wat before they close it to the public
3. Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand to shop a little and visit friends and family.
4 Bangkok, Thailand to Chiang Mai, Thailand for some good night markets.
5. Some of the boys are keen to take off one a 7 day motorcycle tour around the Golden Triangle while the ladies check out the Day Spas and Night Markets.
6. Chiang, Mai Thailand to Bangkok, Thailand to collect whatever was ordered on the first trip
7. Bangkok, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia then home.
Option 5A. The boys motor cycle tour goes for 10 days and we ride from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Laung Phra Bang, Lao (World historical reserved by UNESCO) - Then Back to Bangkok, Thailand and home.
I would be planning to be away for a month, the month of May as the weather is too hot in June.
You could join us at any stage.
Some may wish to fly Auckland, New Zealand direct to Bangkok, Thailand and join us for a play in Chiang Mai and then return to Bangkok and head back to New Zealand.
Talking with Paul, (H) he might be interested in joining us in Cambodia to see Angkor Wat then might fly back to France from Bangkok.
Brother Wayne might be able to meet us in Bangkok and travel to Chiang Mai for the bike ride.
Brother Don might meet us in Bangkok and also come to Chiang Mai, would love for him to see Angkor Wat however.
Sister Heather I hope can do the whole trip but I think work might get in the way however she is very keen to see Angkor Wat and Chiang Mai.
Of course this is a long way off (just under a year) and things change, we all understand that. This is just a starting point to thrash out ideas and plans.
Leave me a note on the side there or flick me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Option 2 flight plan coming later