Gary L. Australia
I was quite apprehensive about our off road adventure prior to the start in March of this year. I almost pulled out after two days after coming off the bike a few times. The tour is definitely not for the inexperienced or faint hearted rider. I'm so glad that I persevered as it was well worth it. All of the reviews so far are absolutely correct. Reed was a superb host and organizer. Nothing was too much trouble and it felt safe to be under his control. His knowledge of the country, beautiful accommodation, and eateries were second to none. The accommodation was outstanding as were the numerous restaurants and other food outlets. The bikes were in very good condition and our mechanic, Nung, was able to fix and maintain them to a very high standard. He was a pleasure to have as one of the support crew, as were Phil and Jean Marc. The roads and jungle tracks that we travelled on were varied in terms of difficulty. They had all been recently checked out and every inch of the way was logged on GPS. The whole experience from go to whoa was seamless apart from one small hitch that was out of anyone's control. One of the roads was closed to bike riders so we had to backtrack and do some serious road riding for a day or so. All part of the adventure and no big deal in the scheme of things. This company is seriously good and cannot be recommended highly enough. Great people, excellent riding, fabulous scenery, and food. Do yourself a favour and book a tour!
My wife and I completed the Golden Triangle Tour just over a week ago and are still grinning from ear to ear. This was the best biking holiday we've ever had, possibly the best holiday overall and it far exceeded our expectations. The tour superbly combines some very challenging and rewarding biking roads through stunning mountain scenery, fantastic Thai food in a wide variety of local restaurants and cafes, and atmospheric and characterful hotels and resorts in the most beautiful rural locations. Because we traveled slightly out of season, we were the only people on this tour which meant we missed out on the camaraderie of a group but enjoyed a tour shaped around us and what we wanted to get out of it. We didn’t have a motorcycle guide but were escorted throughout by a fast paced support vehicle which set the pace through towns and areas where navigation was tricky but we went on ahead as soon as the roads got interesting. The roads were just as described on the website. Every type of road imaginable from broad dusty trail to narrow, tortuous inclines, through hill villages liberally sprinkled with sunbathing dogs to miles of GP standard tarmac. The mountain sections offered quite a few technical and difficult roads which needed both skill and care, whilst the Mae Hong Son loop was an absolute blast and largely empty of other traffic. Frankly the hotels deserve their own guide book. The majority were outstanding, either due to their facilities or their stunning location, all were the best available in the area and had free Wi-Fi (very handy for keeping friends at home green with envy with tales and photos of your day's riding) and most had pools. Without exception staff were friendly and welcoming and made us feel like honored guests. What brought the whole tour together for us was our guide and support vehicle driver, Pae. He speaks excellent English, is good and interesting company, and is happy to share his knowledge of Thai and Chinese religion, history, and politics. Throughout the whole tour he made us feel like VIPs, sorting out the luggage, hotels, restaurants, bike, and ice cold beer. All we had to do was turn up and enjoy, for which we were very grateful in the 37 degrees heat. We found the whole trip to be well researched, well organized and well led, although we did find that pre-tour communication was a bit hit and miss, mainly due to it being a small business and Reed being on tour himself at the time of booking. We would thoroughly recommend the Golden Triangle tour to any biker passionate not only about serious thrills, fine food, and fabulous accommodation but who also wants to learn about the local area and culture.
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