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10 Days Amazing Land of Lanna BMW Guided Motorcycle Tour in Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Northern Thailand Motorcycle Tour

From mountains to temples and a road with 1,864 curves, experience the best of Thailand on this Northern Thailand BMW motorcycle tour. This tour through Northern Thailand gives you a great insight into the land of the Lana Kingdom - the “Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields”. The roads are mainly rural two lanes with a variety of surfaces and wind through areas of spectacular mountainous beauty.

Key information

  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and off road
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW F700GS / F750GS / F800GS / F850GS / R1200GS)
  • Mileage: 1,700 kilometers / 1056 miles
  • Daily rides: 180 - 300 kilometers / 112 - 190 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: pants and boots (bring your own); available to rent: helmet, jacket, and gloves
  • Meals: all breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 8 dinners

Meet the guides

Khun
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Chiang Mai
  • Visit the most beautiful temple - Wat Phumin
  • Take a boat ride and explore the Mekong River
  • Cross mountain ranges and enjoy curves and remote roads
  • Ride up the mountains to Doi Tung and Doi Mae Salong
  • Ride through the famous road with 1864 bends
  • See the remarkable Wat Rong Khung
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: German
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Chiang Mai International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in carefully selected and quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.

Program

From Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North” you will ride to the remote province of Nan, which for centuries remained autonomous and cut off from the outside world. Take a look at the unique village of Bo Kluea with its Salt Wells.

You will visit the city of Chiang Rai and the stunning artwork of the nearby White Temple - known as Wat Rong Khun. You will also go to rather more famous or infamous places like the Golden Triangle by the Mekong River, where Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand meet and where in previous decades the opium poppy provided a living to many people until it was stopped in 1996 after the death of Khun Sa, a legendary drug lord.

Experience the main border crossing between Thailand and Myanmar at Mae Sai and ride the spectacular road to Doi Tung and Mae Salong. Doi Angkhang with its scenic beauty. Between Mae Taeng and Mae Hong Son, there are 1,864 bends or twisties which gives everybody a great opportunity to improve their cornering skills whatever their level of expertise.

Among the highlights of the trip, you can also visit the Long Neck Women of the Karen Tribe, famous for the brass rings that they wear around their necks. Before returning to Chiang Mai drive to the top of Thailand - the highest mountain in Thailand (Doi Inthanon), 2,565 meters.

Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel (arrival not later than 1:00 p.m.). At 3:00 p.m. transfer to Bike Tour Asia for a welcome briefing, answer any questions you might have, and motorcycle hand over. Then you will have a short ride back to your hotel followed by a common dinner. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 2: Chiang Mai - Nan (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

Once on your motorcycles, you will quickly leave Chiang Mai behind and start your ride in an eastern direction towards Phayao. During most of the day, you will cruise one hilly road, a great start to get familiar with riding in Thailand and your motorcycle.

In Phayao you will enjoy a nice lunch by the lake before you continue your journey towards Nan. The last part of the day, you will be crossing a mountain range enjoying the curves and the remote roads. There are plenty of villages and rice fields along the route. Dinner by the Nan River. Overnight in Nan.

Day 3: Nan - Bo Kluea - Nan (210 kilometers / 130 miles)

Without any doubt, the road to Bo Kluea offers some of the best ridings in all of Thailand. Classic twisty roads with almost no traffic will make this day unforgettable riding experience. The tiny village of Bo Kluea is located in a scenic valley close to the Lao border - remote and picturesque.

“Bo Kluea” means salt well as the village has raised around two natural saltwater wells which have been used for centuries. From here you will cross over the mountain through Phu National Park. Enjoy the stunning scenery and empty roads.

In the early afternoon, you are back in Nan to visit the most beautiful temple, Wat Phumin. The temple was built as if it were on the back of two immense snakes. You will spend the evening at an authentic local restaurant on the bank of the Nan River. Overnight in Nan.

Day 4: Nan- Chiang Rai (255 kilometers / 155 miles)

You will leave Nan and make your way through the hinterland on small back roads in a south-eastern direction. Passing through rice fields and fruit plantations and cruise through small farm villages. After a local lunch at a scenic restaurant, the ride becomes more and more spectacular.

For the next hundred kilometers or so, you will ride through countless bends through yet more beautiful landscapes. Just before reaching your hotel in Chiang Rai, you will visit the remarkable Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) which is today recognized as one of the main attractions all over Thailand. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Day 5: Chiang Rai (rest day)

This is a rest day. Enjoy a healthy breakfast in the hotel and spend the day at the hotel pool or in a spa. You may also take a walk exploring the town to visit some of the many markets and temples. A walk is likely needed after all the great riding hours. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Day 6: Chiang Rai -Thaton (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

From Chiang Rai, you will make a short ride to the mighty Mekong River at 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.

Taking a short break in Laos (no visa needed, only bring your passport) before returning to your motorcycles. From the Golden Triangle, you will continue to Mae Sai, the most northern point of Thailand and one of the main border crossings to Myanmar.

From Mae Sai, you will ride up the mountains to Doi Tung and Doi Mae Salong on yet more amazingly twisty 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.

Today the village still offers a native Chinese cuisine, lovely houses with flowers and countless tea plantations as far as the eyes can see.

The final part of today’s 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 your resort at Thaton. Enjoy a cold drink and stretch your legs by the pool. Overnight in Thaton.

Day 7: Thaton - Pai (240 kilometers / 150 miles)

Another great riding day is ahead of you. From the resort ride couple of kilometers to enjoy the splendid view from Wat Thaton over the valley, Kok River, and the vicinity. Make the effort and visit the Wat (it’s well worth taking off your riding boots).

From Wat Thaton, you follow the main road and have a coffee break at the Hua Luk Royal Project. Lunch can be held at the Nest Resort with a beautiful view at the Limestone Mountains in the back.

At Mae Tang turn right and cross the mountains to Pai.

This is the beginning of the road to Mae Hong Son, famous for having 1864 bends of varying sharpness. Before you reach your hotel stop at an Elephant Camp near Pai. Once in Pai, enjoy the pool at the resort.

After sunset stroll down along the walking street, taste food from the street food stalls or enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants. Overnight in Pai.

Day 8: Pai - Mae Hong Son (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

Today is a very scenic riding day. Even if the distance is not that much, there are plenty of mountains and switchbacks to negotiate, don’t worry, you will need the full day.

This is also the second part of the road famous for its 1864 bends of varying sharpness. You will pass two mountains with two great scenic view points en route. The journey takes you through some beautiful mountainous scenery.

Around mid-day arrive Ban Rak Thai where you will have lunch in one of the local Chinese restaurants by the little lake. They serve delicious Chinese specialities. Ban Rak Thai means literally "the Thai-loving village", built around a lake on the Myanmar border.

About 800, mainly Chinese settled here after the communist takeover of China and some of the buildings have a distinctively Chinese appearance. After lunch, you will continue to Mae Hong Son and up the hill to visit the Wat Phrathat Doi Kongmu. From here you will have a great view of the city and its surroundings.

Next destination is the pier where you will park your motorcycles. Enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Pai River for about 20 minutes to 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. Many ideas regarding why the coils are worn have been suggested. Some have hypothesized that the rings protected women from becoming slaves by making them less attractive to other tribes.

Another theory is that the coils originate from the desire to look more attractive. Why don’t you ask them and find out the real story. Return by boat to the pier and ride to the nearby Resort. Enjoy first a drink at the sunset bar overlooking the rice paddies. Overnight in Mae Hong Son.

Day 9: Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

In the morning you will leave Mae Hong Son behind and ride to Khun Yuam. It is a great winding road with wide bends. In Khun Yuam, you will visit the local Museum. The Imperial Japanese Army troops were stationed in Khun Yuam during the construction of a highway intended to cross Burma to India. Tip: Ask the museum staff to show the video about history (approximately 10 minutes, included). Besides the museum, there is a great coffee shop and a 7/11 store.

From Khun Yuam you will continue to Mae Chaem on great twisty back roads. Lunch at a little local restaurant. You will continue up to the top of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand.

Next stop is the Wachiratharn Waterfall - an impressive and powerful 80-meter high waterfall. From here you will ride the last part of Doi Inthanon National Park. Once down in the valley, you will have another 50 kilometers to your Service Center in Chiang Mai where you expect to arrive around 5:00 p.m. Transfer to your hotel in Chiang Mai followed by farewell dinner. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 10: Chiang Mai

This amazing trip ends with the transfer to the airport or your extension.

Bike rental deposit

A security deposit according to the below is to be presented through electronic blocking of funds on your credit card (MastercCard / Visa) or in cash upon hand-over of the motorcycle. The full amount will be electronically unblocked on your credit card or cash refunded after the tour if no damage or loss of the motorcycle occurred.

  • BMW F 700/750 GS - 1,500 USD
  • BMW F 800/850 GS - 1,700 USD
  • BMW F 1200/1250 GS - 2,500 USD

Motorcycle information

Bike Tour Asia fleet consists of BMW GS models only. These types of motorcycles have proven over the years to be perfect for riding in the destination.

R1200GS​

  • Seat height (mm) : 800/820 (low suspension) and 850/870 (Standard)
  • Weight (kg) : 238
  • Power (hp/kw) : 123/92
  • Capacity (cc) : 1,170

F850GS

  • Seat height (mm) : 820 (low suspension) and 860 (Standard)
  • Weight (kg) : 229
  • Power (hp/kw) : 95/70
  • Capacity (cc) : 853

F800GS

  • Seat height (mm) : 820 (low suspension)
  • Weight (kg) : 214
  • Power (hp/kw) : 85/62,5
  • Capacity (cc) : 798

F750GS

  • Seat height (mm) : 790 (low suspension)
  • Weight (kg) : 224
  • Power (hp/kw) : 77/57
  • Capacity (cc) : 853

F700GS

  • Seat height (mm) : 765 (low suspension)
  • Weight (kg) : 209
  • Power (hp/kw) : 75/55
  • Capacity (cc) : 798

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

Guides

Khun Yut

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place in the Northern area of Thailand. The tour will start and end at Chiang Mai. 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 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, western or other food preferences, prior notice required.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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

  • Airport / hotel / Bike Tour Asia’s service center transfers in Chiang Mai during arrival and departure day
  • 9 nights accommodation at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 8 dinners
  • Water, soft drinks, coffee / tea in connection with the meals
  • Late-model BMW GS motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and fuel
  • Panniers and top box if desired, basic motorcycle crash protection bars, etc.
  • Motorcycle damage and loss coverage
  • Experienced tour leader on a motorcycle
  • English speaking licensed tour guide
  • Support vehicle
  • Transfer of luggage in the support vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour description
  • Highway map and Bike Tour Asia t-shirt
  • Travel accident insurance
  • 7% VAT

What's not included

  • Flights
  • On rest days, if any, no lunch or dinner included
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Riding gear (helmet, jacket, and gloves can be rented at the service center)
  • Pants and boots (recommend to bring your own)
  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Bike Tour Asia will pick you up from the airport, hotel, or in Bike Tour Asia’s Service Center during the arrival and departure day.

Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport Airport transfer included: Chiang Mai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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.
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Please note this tour requires minimum five participants.

Monday December 9, 2019
(10 days / 9 nights)

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