Join this dream biker’s tour to “the Fantastic Lanna Kingdom” that will take you first to the highest peak of Thailand, Doi Inthanon with 2,565 meters above sea level. Ride along the winding and narrow twisty curvy roads with high mountain scenery, Mae Hong Son Loop, 1,864 curves through a vast panorama view of Mae Hong Son, the charming Pai, the lovely Tha Ton, the impressive mountainous scenery of Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung Royal Villa, and of course, the famous Golden Triangle.
On your first day, you will enjoy your hotel with peaceful surroundings and on your second day, you will stay at a charming hotel with swimming pool. You will enjoy the fantastic panoramic view from your hotel on the third day and you will be relaxed at the peaceful setting of your hotel on the fourth day.
You will have an early morning meet-and-greet at your accommodation in Chiang Mai. You will be provided with the tour briefing, riding gear, and bike, informed briefly of local history, geography, and given any personal requirements. Lastly, you will have a general question-and-answer opportunity for any concerns you might have related to the tour.
Familiarize yourself with your bike on the highway ride heading south of Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest peak in Thailand, 2,565 meters above sea level. Ride along the excellent winding mountain road through pine forest scenery. Visit Thailand’s finest waterfall, nature trails, Royal pagodas, and botanical gardens. Descend to Mae Chaem for a relaxing lunch at the local restaurant.
After lunch, ride on passing through pine forests until you reach Mae Sariang where you'll later enjoy your peaceful accommodation.
After breakfast, leave Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son on narrow twisty curvy roads. In Khun Yuam, you will take a break and visit a World War II museum and Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, the first temple of Mae Hong Son on the hilltop. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Visit Lod cave which means “cave with a stream running through,” on a bamboo raft.
Then, you'll be back on twisty curvy roads to Pai. You'll have an optional visit to Tha Pai hot spring where you can enjoy a mineral bath. Then you will reach a charming accommodation with swimming pool.
Before breakfast early in the morning, you will have a chance to offer food to the monks along the streets of Pai's local market. After breakfast, visit the Pai World War II Memorial Bridge. Then, you'll be back on winding mountainous roads to reach Chiang Dao where you will have a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit Chiang Dao cave.
You'll then ride along fantastic mountain roads via Doi Angkhang until you reach Tha Ton where you will visit the Wat Tha Ton on top of the mountain and enjoy the amazing sunset. Later, you will relax in your charming accommodation with a fantastic panoramic view.
After breakfast, you will leave Tha Ton to visit the long-necked Karen tribe village near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Ride to Doi Mae Salong where Chinese mountain tea farmers live and test Thailand's best tea. Then, you'll be back on curvy roads to Doi Tung Royal Villa and visit the Winter Palace and the botanical garden. Lunch is served at the Royal’s Project restaurant.
You'll continue along winding roads to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand, and visit Wat Tham Pla where you can feed some food to wild monkeys. At the Golden Triangle, you'll take a long-tail boat trip on the Mekong river for a short visit to a small village in Laos. You'll not need a visa. 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, 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 Than Tong waterfall and Mae Kachan hot spring. Visit a local market, stopping for refreshment, before heading back to Chiang Mai.
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 tour will take place in different places in Thailand namely Chiang Mai, Doi Inthanon, Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son, Pai, Tha Ton, Golden Triangle, and Phayao.
Daily delicious meals and soft drinks are included in the price.
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. On this motorcycle tour, you have the option to visit the Tha Pai hot spring, where you can enjoy a mineral bath.
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.