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 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 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. Lunch will be served at Sirikit dam. Then, you will continue on the highway passing through rice fields until you reach Phrae. Later, you enjoy the beautiful accommodation with swimming pool.
After breakfast, you will be leaving Phrae to the unseen Phayao. Ride along fantastic mountainous roads. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Then, you will cruise along the highway R1035 through farming areas to Phayao. Discover Kwan Phayao Lake, which is one of the biggest lake in Thailand. The town of Phayao is located at the southeast corner of the lake. Then, you will arrive and relax at the charming accommodation in Phrae.
After breakfast, you will ride on one of the best roads to discover Thailand's "Shangri-La". Visit Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Doi Angkhang is a district over 1,000 meters above sea level: 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 leave Doi Angkhang and you will ride on windy and tiny mountain roads along the Myanmar border (former Burma), through the stunning scenery of Doi Angkhang Mountain range. It is part of the Daen Lao Range that straddles both sides of the Burmese-Thai border. Ride along fantastic mountainous roads to visit Mae Ngat Samboon Chon Dam. Lunch is served at the dam restaurant. 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.
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 tour will take place in different places in Thailand namely Chiang Mai, Tha Ton, Golden Triangle, Nan, Sirikit Dam, Phrae, Phayao, and Doi Ang Khang.
The agricultural station researches and cultivates temperate climate fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Currently, the station has more than 12 species of temperate fruits such as raspberries, peaches, plums, kiwis, and strawberries, and more than 60 species of vegetables such as carrots, Brussels sprouts, and peas, and more than 50 species of temperate flowers such as carnations and roses.
It is one of the biggest lake in Thailand. It covers an area of 12,831 rai (21 square kilometers) at an elevation of 380 meters. The lake has a mean depth of 2 meters. Forty-eight species of fish are recorded for the lake, most dominant are the artificially introduced Nile Tilapia and the Climbing Perch. The lake was created in 1939 to improve irrigation in the area. It was added to the list of 61 most important wetlands on August 1, 2000.
There are currently plans to restore the ancient temple Wat Tilok Aram dating back to the end of the 15th century, which was submerged during the construction of the lake.
Phrae is a small city near Lampang and a few kilometers away from Denchai. Very few tourists come here to visit the area, but Phrae city and its surroundings are worth to come. If you want to see authentic Thailand, the one not many tourist see, you definitely have to come here.
Sirikit dam is the largest earth dam in Thailand. It's used for irrigation, fisheries, flood control, and hydroelectric power generation.
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.
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