A 25-day Motorbike Tour of Laos on a Honda FTR

Laos is one of the most beautiful and magical places in the world. This is a gallery featuring the highlights of each day during a 25-day adventure in Laos. The trip begins in Vientiane and then moves on up north to Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. A loop that began at Luang Prabang and passing Nong Khiaw, Vieng Thong, Vieng Xai, Sam Neua, Phonsavan and Muang Sui (or Nong Tang) before returning to Luang Prabang followed. After returning to Vientiane, the next two stops were down south in Hin Boun and Thakhaek.

The motorbike trip was filled with fantastic landscapes and spots worth visiting. There's nothing like sitting on the back of a motorbike and taking pictures without being hindered by walls or shut windows. All the pictures shown here are original and are mostly taken with a Nikon D5000 camera using kit lenses.

Day 1: Vientiane

The Mekong River
The Mekong River | Source

Vientiane is the capital of Laos but it the atmosphere here is calmer than most Southeast Asian capitals. People here move at a leisurely speed. There maybe traffic during rush hour but people do not try to rush through it.

In the afternoon, there is a lot of activity by the Mekong river. Here, you'll find stalls selling food, drinks, clothes and trinkets.


Day 2: Vang Vieng

The river by the guest house we stayed at in Vang Vieng.
The river by the guest house we stayed at in Vang Vieng. | Source

Despite the beauty of this city's landscape, it is more well-known for a place of endless partying which includes a lot of alcohol, drugs, tubing and jumping. For this reason, there have been several reports of deaths and severe injuries in this lovely place.

For the tourists who are not after an unending party, the main attractions her are the Blue Lagoon and the caves in the area. Both are worth a visit.

In order to avoid the crazy party venue, you can opt to stay at Pha Thang Resort which is 17 kilometers from Vang Vieng. It's got charming bungalows and a lovely dining area by the river. This is where the photo was taken.


Day 3: Luang Prabang

Enjoying another perspective of the Mekong River by our Hotel in Luang Prabang
Enjoying another perspective of the Mekong River by our Hotel in Luang Prabang | Source

Located at the confluence of the Nam Khan River and the Mekhong River, this charming World Heritage Site can keep you from leaving for your next destination. The days can easily be spent walking around the city, visiting temples and chilling in caf├ęs. Nature lovers can visit surrounding areas and explore the Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si falls.

Day 4: Around Luang Prabang

Kwang Si Falls -- around 29 kilometers south of Luang Prabang
Kwang Si Falls -- around 29 kilometers south of Luang Prabang | Source

Day 5: Luang Prabang

Wat Pha Bang
Wat Pha Bang | Source

This picture was taken while I was visiting Wat Pahouak at the foot of Mt. Phousi. Being slightly elevated gave me a good shot of this beautiful wat. It also helped that it was noon and the sun's light enhanced the structure.

Day 6: Nong Khiaw

The Ou River
The Ou River | Source

This was taken while I was having lunch in a restaurant opposite our guest house. I thought that this picture captured the beauty of the Nam Ou River below. It was three in the afternoon when I took this picture. The rain was also about to pour. Both factors created the beautiful lights and shadows that gave this picture some character.

Although you wouldn't find Nong Khiew (or Nong Khiaw) on Google Maps, this place is worth visiting because of its peaceful and laid back atmosphere. It's a nice place to just chill after being in the city too long. And, even though it's a rural area, you still get to have some good grub.

Day 7: Nong Khiaw

A Walk In Nong Khiaw
A Walk In Nong Khiaw | Source

With its dramatic karsts contrasting with the greens of the leaves and the reddish brown tinge of the road, taking a walk around Nong Khiaw with a camera in hand can be a real treat.

At the end of the street is a sign that points to a cave which was once used as a hiding place during the war.

Day 8: Vieng Thong

The Magical Hot Springs of Vieng Thong
The Magical Hot Springs of Vieng Thong | Source

Although Vieng Thong was an unexpected stop over caused by the weather, taking pictures of the splendid sight made the delay a good thing. The picture was taken around five in the afternoon and I used the Silhouette Mode of my Nikon D5000 to bring out the steam that was rising from the gurgling stream.

Day 9: Vieng Xai

A Beautiful and Tranquil Setting
A Beautiful and Tranquil Setting | Source

This is a beautiful sight opposite the guest house we stayed at. The setting sun, the dark karst formation in the background and the green and brown hues of the fields below made this picture pop out. For this shot, I used the Sunset Mode of my camera to bring out the shadows as well as the reddish orange tinge that the sunlight adds to the reddish earth and the blue sky.

Day 10: Vieng Xai

Inside Vieng Xai's Secret City
Inside Vieng Xai's Secret City | Source

The Pathet Laos resided in the network of caves found around Vieng Xai during the Second Indochina War. These caves became their town as they hid from the thousand of bombs that were dropped during the war. The tour of the caves comes with an audio guide that identifies the function of each cave as well as accounts of the survivors who lived there.

In order to make the objects in the cave pop out, I turned off the flash when I took this picture.

Day 12: Phonsavan

Tat Saloei -- on the way to Phonsavan
Tat Saloei -- on the way to Phonsavan | Source

We passed Tat Saloei on our way to Phonsavan. And, even from a distance, the waterfall looked like an interesting subject. So, we stopped an I got to take some pictures of it.

Day 13: Phonsavan

The Mysterious Plain of Jars
The Mysterious Plain of Jars | Source

The Plain of Jars amidst dark clouds. It's indeed a lucky shot since all the elements seemed to cooperate that day. But, we didn't think the weather was that cooperative when we had to wait for the rain to stop before we could leave.

The origin of these jars remain to be a mystery. According to a myth, these jars were created in order to store wine for a victory celebration in honor of a king who liberated them. Several excavations, however, have unearthed artifacts that prove that this area is used as a burial ground.

Other attractions in this area would be the empty bombshells, guns and ammo that have been used to decorate houses, restaurants and cafes.

Day 13: Muang Sui (or Nong Tang)

Tham Pha, a cave filled with caverns and Buddha figures which were stashed in here to keep them safe from Haw bandits.
Tham Pha, a cave filled with caverns and Buddha figures which were stashed in here to keep them safe from Haw bandits. | Source

Muang Sui or Nong Tang is a very small town half an hour away from Phonsavan. Since not a lot of people visit this location, we had the cave all to ourselves that day, making it easier to capture the atmosphere in it.

Day 14: Luang Prabang

The breathtaking scenery on the way to Luang Prabang
The breathtaking scenery on the way to Luang Prabang | Source

This shot was hard to take. I was on a motorbike and had to take several shots as there was some vegetation on the side of the road that blocked the view. It was shot at the highest shutter speed since I was on a moving vehicle.

Day 15: Luang Prabang

The Khan River -- Taken from Mt. Phousi
The Khan River -- Taken from Mt. Phousi | Source

Day 16: Luang Prabang

Wat Siphoutthat Tippharam
Wat Siphoutthat Tippharam | Source

Day 17: Luang Prabang

Khan River -- Up close
Khan River -- Up close | Source

Day 18: Stuck in Kasi

The Beautiful Mountains of Kasi
The Beautiful Mountains of Kasi | Source

Day 19: Breakfast in Vang Vieng

A Monkey With a Bottle of Beer Laos and A Fag -- How cute!
A Monkey With a Bottle of Beer Laos and A Fag -- How cute! | Source

Day 20: Hin Boun NPA

Have you ever seen a karst forest?
Have you ever seen a karst forest? | Source

Day 21: Hin Boun NPA

Chilling by the Hinboun River after visiting the Kong Lor Caves
Chilling by the Hinboun River after visiting the Kong Lor Caves | Source

Day 22: Moving on to Thakhaek

The fields that we passed on the way out of Hinboun
The fields that we passed on the way out of Hinboun | Source

Day 23: Thakhaek

The Tha Falang -- A Beautiful River Where Butterflies Seem to Flock
The Tha Falang -- A Beautiful River Where Butterflies Seem to Flock | Source

Not far from a Buddha Cave that we visited in the outskirts of Thakhaek was a lovely river that is enhanced by the butterflies that flutter around it.

Day 24: Back to Vientiane

Anousavari Monument (Victory Monument) -- The vertical runway.
Anousavari Monument (Victory Monument) -- The vertical runway. | Source

Day 25: Xieng Khoane (Buddha Park)

Inside the Big Monster Head
Inside the Big Monster Head | Source

In the Buddha Park in Vientiane, there's a big head that you can climb into. They say that the three floors in this head is the representation of heaven, earth and hell. Each floor has a compartment that showcases different sculptures.

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brittanytodd 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Beautiful photos! Good luck in the contest!


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Adventure Lover 5 years ago Author

Thank you! I'm glad you like them.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

What an adventure- and what a beautifully documented one at that!! Gosh... now I really want to go to Laos. What an amazing place!


Choy 5 years ago

What beautiful pictures! Makes me want to see Laos. Thanks for sharing.


cathy 5 years ago

nice shot and u can encourage the tourist people in our country. What a beautiful views and sightseeing at Laos.

Goodluck to your contest


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Adventure Lover 5 years ago Author

Thank you -- I really enjoyed Laos -- It's got breathtaking sceneries worth seeing...


CP, Bangkok 5 years ago

You've done a wondeful job with the pictures. They're beautiful. Lao people should thank you for doing a great ad of their country!


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Adventure Lover 5 years ago Author

Thank you -- Northern Thailand is the next one on my list -- The Mae Hong Son Loop.


Willy Cua 5 years ago

Great photos...thank you for the link

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