This tour will take you to the most famous Golden Triangle at the Mekong river - the border between Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. You will discover the lovely Tha Ton, the impressive mountainous scenery of Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung Royal Villa, and unseen Phayao. Ride along winding and narrow twisty curvy roads with high mountain scenery. Lots of sightseeing and unforgettable memories as you pass through amazing natural, historical, traditional, and cultural attractions.
Riders will be accommodated in a private room with a double bed in Big Bike Tours' charming hotels. If you bring a pillion or a spouse, you can opt for a twin room or a double room.
The hotel in Chiang Mai will be the meet and greet location before you start your tour. You will be accommodated in charming accommodation with fantastic panorama view while in Tha Ton and in a peaceful accommodation in this famous Golden Triangle area.
Early morning meet and greet at your accommodation in Chiang Mai. Big Bike Tours will provide the tour briefing, and then provide you with your riding gear and bike. They will inform you briefly of local history, geography, and acknowledge any personal requirements. Lastly, there will be a general question and answer opportunity for any concerns you might have related to the tour.
You will take the highway, heading north of Chiang Mai to Mae Sa Elephant Camp, where you will feed the elephants, see them bathing and performing their talents. Continue to reach to Chiang Dao, where relaxing lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit Chiang Dao cave. Then, ride along fantastic mountainous road via Doi Angkhang until reach to Tha Ton, where you will visit the Wat Tha Ton on top of the mountains and enjoy the amazing sunset there. Later, you relax in your charming accommodation with fantastic panorama view.
After breakfast, you will leave Tha Ton to visit the long neck Karen tribe village near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Riding to Doi Mae Salong, where Chinese mountain tea farmers live. Of course, you will test Thailand's best tea there. Then, back on curvy roads to Doi Tung Royal Villa. Visit the Winter Palace and the botanical garden. Lunch is served at the Royal’s Project restaurant.
Continue along winding roads to Mae Sai, the northern most point of Thailand. Visit Wat Tham Pla, where you can feed some food to wild monkeys. Reach the Golden Triangle to take a long-tailed-boat trip and short visit a small village in Laos (no visa is necessary). Visit the Opium museum before relaxing at your peaceful accommodation.
After breakfast, ride along a scenic farming areas road to Chiang Rai City. After that, visit the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), one of the top 10 wonder temples in the world. Continue on a long highway ride until you reach Phayao and visit Phayao lake (Kwan Phayao), one of the largest lakes in Northern Thailand. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in front of the lake.
Continue riding on windy mountain roads to Tharntong waterfall and Mae Kachan hot spring. Visit a local market, stopping for refreshment, before heading back to Chiang Mai.
The tour will start in the morning, at 08:30. Big Bike Tours advises you to arrive at least one day before the tour start in Chiang Mai and they recommend arrival two days before tour start to acclimate and avoid jet lag.
The tour will finish about 16:00 - 17:00 back in Chiang Mai, so if you like to fly back the same day to Bangkok International Airport (BKK), you can easily catch any flight from Chiang Mai after 18:00.
You will drive on the left as in England and Australia. All speed limits are in kilometers per hour, 30 to 50 for towns, 60 for suburbs and 90 for major (A) roads and dual carriageways. You will happily cruise along the open road at a good clip, but you must always slow right down through the towns and villages, 50 kilometers per hour maximum. There are often kids, dogs, chickens, yak, etc., kicking around in the streets.
Also, if you see your guide braking, there’s a good reason - and you should brake, too! Many Thais ignore the typical unwritten rules of road positioning and merging you are used to in the west. You will go over this in person so don’t worry. There is always a “sweeper” and a service vehicle to make sure any riders caught by a traffic light or water buffalo crossing delay do not get separated from the group!
This motorcycle tours will start from Chiang Mai and then continue to Tha Ton, Golden Triangle, Phayao, and then back to Chiang Mai.
The price of this motorcycle tour includes daily breakfast, lunch, dinner. You will also be provided soft drinks from Big Bike Tours' service vehicles.
Every day, Big Bike Tours will offer advice on the best things to see and do, but you’re under no pressure to follow the (small) crowd. You can strike out on your own at any time and simply meet back up with the group when you’re ready. Big Bike Tours will have preferred routes mapped out for you - but anyway, you choose to arrive at the booked hotel is up to you! There are elephants and water buffalo although you might not get there in time for dinner.
Please book your flights to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. Big Bike Tours will pick you up at the airport. Most customers touring with Big Bike Tours usually come from Bangkok and in this case, they recommend traveling up to Chiang Mai by one of the many flights operating on this route. It is not expensive and with companies such as Air Asia. The earlier you book, the cheaper the flight.
The train (night train) is another option; however, the Thai train network needs a serious overhaul. Take a look at the difference between the train cost and the flight costs compared to one-hour flying time or a 12-hour train journey along with the fact that the trains are notoriously unreliable. The train option is usually the odd one out.
A lot of busses start every hour from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit - Chatuchak) to Chiang Mai. Travel time with the bus will be around eight hours.
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