Cultural Motorcycle Tour Thailand

Join this motorcycle tour of Northern Thailand. Experience a great insight of the land of the Lanna Kingdom also known as the "Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields". Ride all of the 1,864 curves from Mae Hong Sonto Mae Taeng, a route becoming legendary among motorcyclists and explore the region taking mainly small rural roads. This tour is exhilarating with plenty of mountains and thousands of bends throughout the trip. Enjoy a closer insight of the local culture and traditions!

Meet the guides

Khun
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Highlights

  • Visit local villages and towns
  • Starts and ends in Chiang Mai
  • Visit the lovely Vachiratharn Waterfall
  • Boat ride to the legendary Golden Triangle
  • Road guide on motorcycle leading the group
  • BMW motorcycle rental and fuel
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Transfer to the airport

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 riding days in English
Spoken languages: German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. You will spend two nights at the Marndadee Heritage River Village hotel in Chiang Mai, one night in Mae Hong Son, one night in Pai, one night in Thaton, two nights in Chiang Rai, and two nights in Nan. You will be accommodated in carefully selected and quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.

Marndadee Heritage River Village

Designed to offer true relaxation alongside the aesthetic and artistic features of an antique decor, Marndadee Heritage River Village is a perfect ensemble of 33 rooms in three different styles. Marndadee Heritage River Village was the winner of Thailand Boutique Award from 2014 to 2015 in the very first year of operations.

Program

During this tour, you will experience daily rides across Northern Thailand. After setting off from Chiang Mai, you will ride the winding road up to DoiInthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, where it is usually very cool. You will visit the long neck women of Kayan, famous for wearing brass rings around their necks and ride up to the the border of Myanmar to visit in the Ban Rak Thai, a Chinese community who settled there.

You will explore the region taking mainly small rural roads which are not so well known. Along the way, you will visit some of the lesser known treasures like misty Mae Hong Son with its charming lakeside Burmese temple, the mysterious Nan,which for centuries remained autonomous and cut off from the outside world as well as the unique village of Bo Klueawith it's salt wells.

You will also go to more famous or infamous places like the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand meet and where in previous decades the opium poppy provided a living to many people until it was stopped after the death of Khun San, a legendary drug lord.

You will visit the small laid back city of Chiang Rai, home to the stunning artwork of the Temple known as Wat Rong Khun inlaid with thousands of pieces of mirror. The riding on this tour is exhilarating with plenty of mountains and thousands of bends throughout the trip but we also hope that this tour will give you a closer insight in local cultures, traditions, and the delicious local cuisine.

The roads are mostly easy to ride but there are some steep and technically demanding stretches. You must be able to handle a motorcycle and do not expect to learn how to ride while on this tour. You will ride from 130 to 300 kilometers per day which will leave you ample time for relaxing, dining, and sightseeing. For this tour, you may also bring your own motorcycle and also, the support van can take a few passengers through out the whole tour upon prior request in case you want to bring other family members or friends.

Overview

  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and off road
  • Bike: rental or personal bike
  • Mileage: 1,750 kilometers / 1,080 miles
  • Daily rides: 170 - 300 kilometers / 105 - 190 miles
  • Meals: all breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 8 dinners

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Upon arrival, you will meet your fellow travelers in the evening for a welcome dinner. You will also enjoy a tour presentation and the motorcycle handover. You will discuss the itinerary, the basic group riding rule, about the local riding environment, and you will also receive answers for any questions that you may have. You will stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 2: Chiang Mai, Doi Inthanon, and Mae Hong Son (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

In the morning, you will have time to familiarize yourself with your motorcycle before you set off. You will start the tour from Chiang Mai and after about 50 kilometers / 31 miles, you will leave the highway and spend the rest of the day on exhilarating twisty rural roads. The first stop will be at the Vachiratharn Waterfall, an impressive and powerful 80-meter high waterfall.

You will then proceed to climb to the top of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand. After a local lunch in Mae Chaem, you will continue to the City of the “Three Mists”, also known as Mae Hong Son which is located along the banks of the Pai River and close to the border with Myanmar (formerly Burma). You will enjoy an overnight stay in Mae Hong Son.

Day 3: Mae Hong Son, Ban Rak Thai, and Pai (170 kilometers / 105 miles)

In the morning, you will take a pleasant boat ride on Pai River to visit the Karen Long Neck Village. The Karen, a tribal minority, historically lived in the hills on the Myanmar side of the border. Some of their women wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins. You will then set out for the famously chic town of Pai on the beginning of the road famous for having 1,864 bends of varying sharpness.

The road passes through some beautiful mountainous scenery. On the way, you will do a little side trip to the Ban Rak Thai, literally the "Thai-loving village", built around a lake on the Myanmar border. Mainly Chinese people settled there after the communist takeover of China and some of the buildings have a distinctively Chinese appearance.

In the afternoon, upon arrival in Pai, you will relax at the hotel before a dinner on delicious local or western food in a restaurant by the river. In the evening, after dinner you will enjoy the delights of the walking street market followed by an overnight stay in Pai.

Day 4: Pai, Doi Angkhang, and Thaton (300 kilometers / 185 miles)

Another great riding day is ahead of you. In the morning, you will complete the remaining 762 twisties over the mountains to Mae Taeng. From there, you will follow the freeway for a short while before you turn left up on a steep zigzagging asphalt road to Doi Angkhang.

Anghhang Royal Agricultural Station is a research project for planting fruit trees, vegetables, and other crop under the patronage of the King. In the afternoon, you will reach Thaton, a small town on the banks of the Kok River, bordering with Myanmar. Before you check in the hotel, you will enjoy a splendid view from Wat Thaton over the town and the vicinity. You will stay overnight in Thaton.

Day 5: Thaton, Golden Triangle, and Chiang Rai (190 kilometers / 120 miles)

The first part of the route, will take you along gentle hills through rice paddies and farm villages. You will follow the Kok River for a while before you turn left to drive up to Doi Mae Salong on yet more amazingly twisted and mountainous roads. Doi Mae Salong is a Chinese settlement which was built by a division of the Chinese Nationalist Army that refused to surrender to Chinese communists after the Nationalist Kuomintang government was routed in 1949.

The village still offers a native Chinese cuisine, lovely houses with flowers, and countless tea plantations as far as the eyes can see. You will continue cruising towards the mighty Mekong River to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet.

You will swap the motorcycles for a boat and explore the river region. You will take a short break in Laos before returning to your motorbike. You will then take a short trip to Chiang Rai via freeway where you will enjoy an overnight stay.

Day 6: Chiang Rai

This day will be for rest. You will enjoy a healthy breakfast in the hotel and spend the day at the pool or in the spa. You may also take a walk exploring the town to visit some of the many markets and temples such as the remarkable Wat Rong Khun which is today recognized as one of the main attractions all over Thailand. You will stay overnight in Chiang Rai.

Day 7: Chiang Rai to Nan (240 kilometers / 150 miles)

You will leave Chiang Rai and make your way through the hinterland on small back roads in south-eastern direction. You will pass through rice fields and fruit plantations and cruise through small farm villages. After a local lunch, the ride will become more and more spectacular. For the next 100 kilometers, you will ride through countless bends through yet more beautiful landscapes.

You will rejoin the main road again and follow it to your final destination of the day, the capital of Nan province and is also called Nan. For centuries, Nan was a separate, autonomous Kingdom with few relationships to the outside world. Now, the city is a beautiful town with many preserved temples. For bikers, the area is a little known treasure. You will stay overnight in Nan.

Day 8: Nan, Bo Kluea, and Nan (200 kilometers / 125 miles)

Without any doubt, the road to Bo Kluea offers some of the best riding in all of Thailand. A classic twisting road on almost empty roads will make this day an unforgettable riding experience. The tiny village of Bo Kluea is located in a scenic valley close to the Lao border.

Bo Kluea means "salt" as the village has raised around natural saltwater. In the early afternoon you will be back in Nan to visit the most beautiful temple, Wat Phumin. The temple was built as if it was on the back of two immense snakes. You will will spend the evening in an authentic local restaurant on the bank of the Nan River. You will enjoy an overnight stay in Nan.

Day 9: Nan to Chiang Mai (300 kilometers / 185 miles)

After a delicious breakfast, you will ride from Nan, taking direction to the west. During the last day of this motorcycle tour, you will cruise once again hilly roads via Phayao to Chiang Mai. In Phayao, you will enjoy a nice lunch by the lake before you will arrive back in Chiang Mai in the afternoon to enjoy a farewell dinner.

You will end the day together with your new friends sharing good riding memories and looking at some of the pictures from the adventures of the last few days. You will enjoy an overnight stay in Chiang Mai.

Day 10: Chiang Mai

On your last day, you will be transferred to the Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) for your departure.

Skill level

Intermediate

  • Can ride from three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • Can ride from five to six hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • Boat ride through the Mekong River to the legendary Golden Triangle
  • Climb of the Doi Inthanon Mountain
  • Excursion to the long neck hill tribe
  • Guided tour to the salt wells at Bo Kluea
  • Ride across the Pai River and visit to the Karen Long Neck Village
  • Side trip to Ban Rak Thai
  • Tour of the walking street market in Pai
  • Travel to the white temple,
  • Trip to the Mae Hong Son City
  • Visit to the Vachiratharn Waterfall

Guides

Khun Yut
Khun Yut is an English-speaking and experienced instructor. He was born in 1967 and lives in Chiang Mai. Khun Yut is currently married and has two kids. He rides motorcycles since his childhood and knows Northern Thailand in and out. He is a very lovely chap who is always in a good mood.

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place in the Northern area of Thailand. The tour will start and end at Chiang Mai. The tour will depart from the Marndadee Heritage River Village hotel and will end in the Bike Tour Asia service center. You will have the opportunity to visit Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Ban Rak Thai, Pai, Doi Angkhang, Thaton, the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Nan, and Bo Kluea.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the capital of Northern Thailand and its economic, cultural, and communications hub. The city lies approximately 700 kilometers north of Bangkok in the Mae Ping river basin. Lying at an altitude of around 310 meters, Chiang Mai is surrounded by high mountain ranges including Doi Inthanon.

Chiang Mai province covers an area of some 20,107 square kilometers making it Thailand’s second largest province behind Nakhon Ratchasima. It is bordered by Myanmar to the north, Lamphun and Tak provinces to the south, Chiang Rai, Lampang, and Lamphun provinces to the east, and Mae Hong Son province to the west. The mountainous terrain is mostly comprised of jungle, parts of which lie in national parks, which are home to plenty of wildlife and exotic flora.

The mountains are also home to the many hill tribes who still retain much of their cultural identity, including the Hmong, Yao, Lahu, Lisu, Akha and Karen. Most of Chiang Mai’s mountains are oriented from north to south. Together, they create a multitude of streams and tributaries including Mae Chaem, Mae Ngat, and Mae Klang which flow into the Ping River.

Along the river basins are flat, fertile valleys where settlement is most dense. A sprawling modern city has grown up around ancient Chiang Mai, ringed by a triangle of superhighways but if you drive in a straight line in any direction, you'll soon find yourself in the lush green countryside of Northern Thailand. A short ride will deliver you to pristine rain forest reserves, churning waterfalls, serene forest wat, bubbling hot springs, and peaceful country villages as well as adventure camps, elephant sanctuaries, and souvenir markets.

Food

During this tour, you will be served one daily breakfasts, seven lunches, and eight dinners along with water, soft drinks, and coffee and tea with your meals. Bike Tour Asia always selects restaurants serving cuisine that reflects the character of the area. They also strive to cater for guests preferring vegetarian or western food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Beach holiday
  • Enjoy a night safari
  • Horse riding
  • Play golf
  • Tracking
  • Visit local vineyards
  • Visit local waterfalls
  • Visit the River Kwai

What's included

  • 1 Bike Tour Asia t-shirt
  • 1 English speaking road captain on motorcycle
  • 1 English speaking tour guide in a support van
  • 7 lunches
  • 8 dinners
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance fees to all attractions and 7% VAT
  • Full first class comprehensive insurance for motorcycles with deductible of up to 1,500 USD
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and fuel
  • Support van for one piece of luggage per person
  • Third party liability insurance for motorcycles
  • Tour package with instructions and details of the tour
  • Transfers to the Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) on departure day
  • Water, soft drinks, coffee, and tea

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers on arrival day
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from the airport to the hotel on arrival day can be arranged on previous request with Bike Tour Asia for an additional cost. Transfer to this airport on departure day is included.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
10 days / 9 nights
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Availability

Start: Tuesday February 5, 2019
End: Thursday February 14, 2019

Tour information

Please note this tour requires minimum 5 participants. However, self-guided tours and customized tours can be organized on any dates, based on motorcycle availability and there is no minimum number of riders required. Kindly send an inquiry.

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