After staying at Vang Vieng and doing the tubing, kayaking, rock-climbing we were ready for something more high-octane. My friend had been recommended Uncle Tom's Trails and after reading the excellent reviews we got in contact with Tom himself and booked a half day with of dirt-biking.
At first you need to get to the village of Ban Tha Heua where the place is located. It's about 30-40 minutes from Vang Vieng center and you need to catch a ride with the local transportation if you don't want to spend a fortune getting there with a Tuk-tuk. Tom will help you with this and you should not be paying more than 15,000 KIP (one way), try to get it down to 10,000 KIP.
Tom picked us up and after a short period of theory and try-outs we went to the playground. We learned the basics and when we felt ready, we left for the trials. Needless to say, Laos has some breathtaking views and the road that Tom takes you on shows a lot of hidden gems. After a while on asphalt we came to the dirt-roads and could put our newly learned skills to the test. AWESOME!
Then it started to rain and we took shelter for a while and ate the food we had brought. When the rain cleared a little we took the road again, now slippery as a naked mud-wrestler! It got much harder but also a lot more fun.
I think we rode for about four-five hours and both me and my friend enjoyed it very much. Tom is a great guy and the day will be fitted to match your skills, so don't worry. I would recommend it to everyone who likes a challenge and isn't afraid to get dirty. At the end of the day we payed 360,000 KIP, well worth it!
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