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.
Recommended 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.
Mr. Nirin Chaiyapan
(WhatsApp) +66 80 127 2595
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.
Quick Facts on Laos Motorcycle Rentals and Tours
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
Some wild camping spots, dorms £2-£8. mid-range hotel £8 – £25
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: 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.
Emergency: 190 – fire, 195 – ambulance, 191 – police
Time: GMT/UTC + seven hours
Land Mass: 237,955 km²
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.
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.
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.
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.
READ MORE: Admin Guides
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Hello, Is it possible to hire a small step thro honda of sorts 120cc for a long (month ) tour of Laos privately
Hi Chris, this page lists our recommended rental and tour companies in Laos, you’ll find their website, email and contact details listed above. Please feel free to get in touch with them regarding your query and hopefully they can help.