Discover the unseen beauty of the Land of Smiles on this motorcycle tour in the north and north-central region of Thailand. Visit Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Chiang Dao cave, the charming Tha Ton, Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung Royal Villa, and the famous Golden Triangle where three country borders meet: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. Get ready to pack your bags for this unforgettable motorcycle holiday!
Prior to the tour, you will spend the night at a relaxing accommodation in Chiang Mai. On your first day, you will stay at a hotel with a fantastic panoramic view and on the second day, enjoy a hotel with peaceful surroundings. On the third and fifth days, you may stay at your lovely hotel which has a swimming pool where you can relax after a whole day of motorbiking.
On the sixth day, you will be calmed by the tranquil surroundings of your hotel, and on the seventh day, you will stay at your hotel and enjoy the swimming pool.
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.
You will take the highway, heading north of Chiang Mai to Mae Sa Elephant Camp, where you will feed the elephants and see them bathing and performing their talents. Continue to reach to Chiang Dao, where you will have a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit Chiang Dao cave.
Then, ride along the fantastic mountainous road 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 will relax in your charming accommodation with fantastic panorama 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. You may also visit the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), one of the top ten wonder temples in the world. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Ride the exhilarating, mountainous highway No. 1148 to Nan, ranked in the Top 10 as one of the most fun biking roads in the world.
You'll experience 120 kilometers of up and down curves through the impressive mountains providing you with pure riding pleasure. Visit Wat Phra That Khao Noi, Nan hilltop scenic temple, before relaxing in your lovely accommodation and jumping in the swimming pool. Later, you will discover and enjoy Nan's night-life.
Today is a day of leisure. You will not do anything so you can relax at the pool or go shopping in town. You may ride the Bo Kluea Loop, 193 kilometers, on amazing roads to visit the Bo Kluea salt wells.
After breakfast, you will leave Nan riding through winding mountainous roads. You will then take the motorbikes on a wooden ferry across the Sirikit dam reservoir. Sirikit dam is the largest earth dam in Thailand. It's used for irrigation, fisheries, flood control, and hydroelectric power generation. Lunch will be served at Sirikit dam. Then, you will continue on the highway passing through rice fields until you reach Sukhothai.
Visit the Ancient Sukhothai Historical Park, designated world heritage site number 574 on December 12, 1991, by UNESCO, and enjoy the amazing sunset in the old ruins, a magical and memorable scene. Later, you will arrive at the guest house where you will enjoy the charming accommodation with swimming pool.
After breakfast, you will ride on one of the best roads to discover Thailand´s “little Switzerland." Visit the Celadon temple before you reach Khao Kho. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Khao Kho, which is a district over 1,000 meters above sea level, is often with a misty, 360-degree panoramic view and refreshing weather the entire year (18 to 25 degrees Celsius). Later, you will enjoy and relax in your peaceful accommodation.
After breakfast, you will visit Khao Kho Memorial Sacrifice monument and weapons museum. Between 1965 to 1984, the mountain area was the battlefield of the Thai Communist Party and the Thai Royal Army. Then, you will continue uphill, cruising to Phu Ta Boek National Park, “The Shangri-La of Thailand.” Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Continue along winding roads until you reach unseen Phrae, where you can relax at the beautiful accommodation with swimming pool.
After breakfast, you will leave Phrae cruising along the highway to Den Chai where you will visit a large reclining Buddha. You will continue riding through winding mountainous roads to Lampang. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. You will visit the Thai Elephant Conservation Center and world's first elephant hospital. You will continue riding passing through national parks and farming areas. Visit a local market and stop 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, Tha Ton, Golden Triangle, Nan, Sirikit Dam, Sukhothai, Khao Kho, and Phrae.
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 your free time, you have the option to enjoy any of the following activities:
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.