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BMW Motorcycle Tour in Thailand

This tour is full of variety and like a little adventure! The selected roads are a mix of rural two lanes and a variety of surfaces and gravel / dirt roads. During the most part of the tour, you will ride through areas of spectacular mountainous beauty. You will ride to places where others have no access. This tour is out of the ordinary.

Key information

  • Terrain: Mostly asphalt, the rest is off road.
  • Bike: Rental bike (BMW GS 750, 850, or 1200 / 1250)
  • Mileage: 2,500 kilometers / 1554 miles
  • Daily rides: 180 - 320 kilometers / 112 - 199 miles
  • Riding gear: please bring your own gear, which will suit you better. Bike Tour Asia can also provide you a helmet and riding jacket with a surcharge of 10 USD per day for each item.
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 11 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Chiang Mai
  • Ride to the legendary Golden Triangle
  • Visit UNESCO Heritage Site of Sukhothai
  • Ride through the hilly landscape and countless villages
  • Visit "Friendship Bridge" that connects Thailand and Myanmar
  • BMW GS Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and fuel
  • Service of a tour guide and support vehicle
  • 12 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


11 riding days
Airport transfer included: Chiang Mai International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.

Please note that the price for a single rider in a sharing room requires another single rider booking with the same request. If there is no other request for room sharing, you will have to book a private room.

Program

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Upon arrival, a Bike Tour Asia representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel. At 3 p.m. you meet for a welcome briefing, answer any questions you might have, and motorcycle hand over at Bike Tour Asia Service Centre.

You will stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 2: Chiang Mai - Mae Sariang

In the morning, you start the adventure. You leave the city, riding in a southwestern direction. After your first coffee break, you leave the main road near Samoeng and ride your first off-road section for about 15 kilometers to Mae Win before you reach Road 1009.

Your next stop is the top of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand. You continue on nice curvy rural roads to Mae Sariang, a small town alongside the Yuam River, located near the Myanmar border. Enjoy the sunset by the bank of the Yuam River. Overnight in Mae Sariang.

  • 260 kilometers / 162 miles
  • Offroad: 20%

Day 3: Mae Sariang - Mae Sot

The early risers (6 a.m.) may optionally visit the local morning market and give alms to the monks. The idea of the alms giving is for the Buddhist monks to make merit and also to collect food for their one meal of a day. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience an ancient Buddhist tradition. If you are already up, take the opportunity to visit the local wet market, quite an experience.

Today you ride to Mae Sot, one of the main gateways to Myanmar. Instead of using the new main road 105 along the border to Myanmar, you will ride some smaller back roads. In Ban Kio Lom, you turn right and leave Road 108 onto the rural road 1099.

You continue to Omkoi and Mae Tuen. From here, you are riding the next about 70 km on gravel roads until you meet Road 105 near Mae Ramat. From here you ride on to Mae Sot where you stay overnight.

  • 320 kilometers / 199 miles
  • Offroad: 40%

Day 4: Mae Sot - Sukhothai

After breakfast, you drive to the nearby "Friendship Bridge" which links Mae Sot in Thailand with Myawaddy in Myanmar. If you like you can cross over by foot and visit the local market in Myawaddy (no visa required – subject to change, optional, 500 THB).

Back in Thailand, you start cruising eastwards on Road 12 to Tak. A wide partly new road with long bends. You proceed to Sukhothai to visit Heritage Park. The historical Sukhothai, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Sukothai was the first capital of Siam. It was founded by King Ramkhamhaeng. The province's temples and monuments have been well restored and the park has numerous sites to explore. After the visit, you reach a nearby hotel, where you stay for the next night.

  • 230 kilometers / 143 miles
  • Offroad: 0%

Day 5: Sukhothai - Nan

After breakfast, you leave Sukhothai behind you to cruise in a northern direction. On the way to the Sirikit Dam, you see the largest Teak tree in the world in the Ton Sak Yai Forest Park. The tree, estimated to be more than 1,500 years old, is 37 meters high and has a circumference of 9.58 meters at its base.

You continue to the Queen Sirikit Dam, built-in 1973. This dam stands an impressive 160 meters high and 800 meters long and covers an area of 220 square kilometres. You cross the dam with a little ferry. On the other side of the dam, you continue your ride on small provincial roads with hardly any traffic. This is farmland; you pass through a beautiful hilly landscape and countless villages. In the later afternoon, you reach Nan where you stay for this night.

  • 330 kilometers /205 miles
  • Offroad: 0%

Day 6: Nan (rest day)

Today is a rest day. Enjoy the amenities of the hotel or take a walk through the city of Nan. For the April 2019 departure date, It’s Songkran, the Thai new year festival, a great opportunity to join the locals in their celebration. Bring your swimming clothes and get ready for getting wet!

For centuries Nan was a separate, autonomous Kingdom with few relationships to the outside world. Now, the city is a beautiful town with many well-preserved temples. Overnight in Nan.

Day 7: Nan - Chiang Rai

You leave Nan and make your way through the hinterland on small back roads in a north-west direction. You pass through rice fields and fruit plantations and cruise through small farm villages. After you have lunch, the ride becomes more and more spectacular.

For the next hundred kilometers or so you ride road 1148 through countless bends and beautiful landscapes. You rejoin the main road again and follow it to your final destination of the day which is the capital of Chiang Rai.

Before you reach the hotel, you visit the remarkable Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) which is today recognized as one of the main attractions all over Thailand. Stay overnight in Chiang Rai.

  • 210 kilometers /130 miles
  • Offroad: 0%

Day 8: Chiang Rai - Thaton

Another great day is ahead of you. You cruise towards the mighty Mekong River to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet. If you like, you can swap the motorcycles for a boat and explore the river region. You can even take a short break in Laos (no visa needed) before returning to your motorcycles.

Before leaving, you drive up to the temple Wat Sop Ruak where you have a great view over the Golden Triangle. Your journey continues to Mae Sai, the northern border point to Myanmar and the most northern point of Thailand.

From there the road takes you up the mountain along the Thai – Myanmar border. The road is steep and narrow with a constant change of tarmac and gravel. The scenery is spectacular.

Your lunch today will be a picnic in the forest before continuing along back roads to Doi Mae Salong, 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. Have a break with and glass of tea here in one of the many tea shops. The last part of today is on Road 1130 which leads you to the valley of the Maekok River and Thaton. Stay overnight in Thaton.

  • 260 kilometers /162 miles
  • Offroad: 30%

Day 9: Thaton - Angkhang - Pai

After breakfast, you ride up to Wat Thaton from where you will enjoy a splendid view over the town and the vicinity. You continue on the main road Nr. 107 for a while before you turn up on a steep zigzagging asphalt road to Doi Angkhang. This area offers nice scenery left and right. You follow some narrow back roads to Arunothai from where you are heading towards Wiang Haeng on Road 1178.

The remaining 40 kilometers from Wiang Haeng all the way to Pai will be on gravel. You reach your hotel in Pai in the later afternoon. Stay overnight in Pai.

  • 260 kilometers / 162 miles
  • Offroad: 40%

Day 10: Pai (rest day)

Today is another rest day. Relax by the hotel pool or explore the nearby canyon. Pai is popular with both, foreign and local tourists and along the walking street, you can find a lot of bars, boutiques, and shopping options. Overnight in Pai.

Day 11: Pai - Mae Hong Son

Today is a rather relaxed riding day but with lots of bends! In the morning, you pass two mountains with two nice scenic viewpoints en route. You do a little detour to Ban Rak Thai and enjoy a lunch in one of the local Chinese restaurants by the little lake. They serve delicious Chinese specialties. Ban Rak Thai means literally "the Thai-loving village", built around a lake on the Myanmar border.

After lunch, you continue to Mae Hong Son and the nearby pier to the Longneck village. 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.

You return by boat to the pier and ride to the nearby Fern Resort, a lovely resort in the middle of rice paddies. Enjoy a sundowner in the sunset bar overlooking the rice paddies. You stay overnight at the Fern Resort near Mae Hong Son.

  • 180 kilometers /112 miles
  • Offroad: 0%

Day 12: Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai

You leave the Fern Resort and ride to Wat Chan on an 80 kilometers long dirt track which is named the “Elephant Track”. Apart from a few concrete sections, its dirt all the way with shade from the trees with hardly anyone else to be seen.

At Wat Chan, you visit a small wooden beautiful temple before you reach lunch location, approximately 15 kilometers south of Wat Chan. You continue riding on tarmac through forests to Samoeng where you enjoy a coffee break in a tasteful café.

You arrive at the Bike Tour Asia Service Center in the afternoon to return the motorcycles. After a break at the centre, the team will transfer you to the hotel to get ready for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

  • 250 kilometers / 155 miles
  • Offroad: 50%

Day 13: Departure

Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport.

Motorcycles available for this tour:

  • BMW 750 GS
  • BMW 850 GS
  • BMW 1200 / 1250 GS

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate, advanced

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 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 for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Note

The roads are a mix of tarmac and gravel. There are some steep and technically demanding stretches. You must be able to handle a big motorcycle and have off-road experience. Do not expect to learn how to ride off-road while on this tour. Every riding day is designed in such a way that there is time for riding, dining, and sightseeing.

Location

This tour takes place in Northern Thailand. You start riding to the top of Thailand, the highest mountain in the country (Doi Inthanon, 2,565 meters). Doing some gravel riding along the Thai-Myanmar border to Mae Sot. You visit the site of Thailand’s first capital city, Sukothai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You also visit some of the lesser-known areas like Nan, which for centuries remained autonomous and cut off from the outside world. Discover the scenic 1148 with endless gentle curves and stunning scenery.

You then explore Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle, the region made famous by Khun Sa, once one of the world’s most infamous drug king, who even had his own private army. 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.

Another highlight of the trip is the visit to the Long Neck Women of the Kayan Tribe, famous for the brass rings that they wear around their necks. Before returning to Chiang Mai we do some more gravel/off-road in the area of Wat Chen. And In every region during the tour, you will feast on the local Thai cuisine.

Food

Included in the package are daily breakfast, 10 lunches, and 11 dinners. Water, soft drinks, coffee / tea in connection with the meals are also included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Airport / hotel / Bike Tour Asia’s Service Center transfers in Chiang Mai during arrival and departure day
  • 12 nights with breakfast at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • 10 lunches and 11 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
  • An experienced tour leader on a motorcycle
  • English speaking licensed tour guide
  • Support vehicle
  • Transfer of luggage in the support vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour description
  • Bike Tour Asia T-shirt and pannier bag
  • Travel accident insurance

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • 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. Bike Tour Asia does not provide pants and boots)
  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature
  • Security deposit for the bike (1500 to 2500 USD depending on the bike type)

How to get there

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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 30 days before arrival.
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Start: Friday April 8, 2022
End: Wednesday April 20, 2022

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