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3 Day Self Guided Motorbike Tour in The Famous Mae Hong Son Loop, Thailand
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Pai, Amphoe Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Motorcycle Tour in Thailand

A frequent question Bike Tour Asia gets is, the participants have never been to north Thailand and they only have a couple of days-time so what can Bike Tour Asia recommend to them? The answer is always the same, “Ride the famous Mae Hong Son Loop”. This itinerary covers one of the best ridings in Thailand. It is a three-day tour with endless curves and good paved urban roads through spectacular scenery passing through endless villages, rice paddies, hill tribes, etc. Not known to many, the mountains you are riding during this tour belongs to the Himalayan mountain ridge.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW F 700 GS, BMW F 800 GS, or BMW 1200 GS)
  • Mileage: 560 kilometers / 348 miles
  • Daily rides: 180 - 200 kilometers / 112 - 124 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: rain gear; available to rent: helmet
  • Meals: breakfast each day

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Chiang Mai
  • Meeting the Karen long neck hill tribe
  • Enjoying the famous 1,864 curves to Mae Hong Son
  • Exploring the small town of Pai and Ban Rak Thai (Chinese village)
  • Heading to the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon
  • Discovering endless curves and stunning scenery
  • Riding along the Myanmar border
  • 2 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


3 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Thai
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Chiang Mai International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in carefully-selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities in Pai and Mae Hong Son.

Program

Day 1: Chiang Mai - Pai, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

You will meet at Bike Tour Asia's service center at 08:00 for motorcycle hand over and tour briefing. You will quickly leave Chiang Mai behind and start the first mountain riding towards Samoeng which is the first destination for today. You will get a well-deserved coffee break and leg stretcher and the ride continue.

The road to Wat Si Witchan is snaking its way over hills and mountains and was just recently fully paved. At Wat Si Witchan, you will have lunch and visit the “Ray Ban” temple. From here is still two hours of enjoyable mountain riding to Pai.

Before reaching the hotel, stop at an elephant camp and feed those majestic animals and even get a hug from them. In Pai, you will dine on delicious local or Western food at a restaurant by the river. In the evening after dinner, enjoy the delights of the walking street market. You will stay overnight in Pai.

Day 2: Pai - Mae Hong Son, 180 kilometers / 112 miles

Today is another beautiful riding day. This is also the second part of the road famous for its 1,864 bends of varying sharpness. You will be passing two mountains with two scenic viewpoints en route. The journey passes through some beautiful mountainous scenery. Around mid-day, you will arrive in Ban Rak Thai for lunch at 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. About 800 people, 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 over the city and its surroundings.

The next destination is the pier, so, park your motorcycle. 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. You will return by boat to the pier and ride to the nearby resort. You will stay overnight in Mae Hong Son.

  • Meals: breakfast

Day 3: Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai, 180 kilometers / 112 miles

In the morning, ride the Road 108 from Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam. It is a great winding road with wide twists. In Khun Yuam, you will get the chance to visit the local war museum. The Imperial Japanese Army troops were stationed in Khun Yuam during the construction of a highway intended to cross Burma to India. You may ask the museum staff to show the video about the history (approximately 10 minutes, included). Next to the museum, there is a coffee shop and a 7 / 11 store.

From Khun Yuam, you will continue to Mae Chaem on Road 1088 and 1263 on nice twisty back roads. Here is a little local lunch restaurant. You will ride on Road 1192 and turn left on Road 1009 up to the top of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand. You will park the motorcycle and walk up to the absolute peak and the little pagoda.

The next stop is the Vachiratharn Waterfall, an impressive and powerful 80 meters of high waterfall. You will continue on Road 1009 until reaching the intersection. The last 50 kilometers or so, ride on Road 108 until reaching Bike Tour Asia service center were this three days beautiful ride ends. From there, transfer to the hotel in Chiang Mai.

  • Meals: breakfast

Note

  • Due to the lengths of your international flight and the time difference, you may have to leave your country a day earlier. Subsequently, you will arrive one day later back home. Please book your flights accordingly.
  • Route itinerary and destination may be subject to change in case of force majeure, weather conditions, road conditions, and any other significant circumstances.

Driver license

Non-ASEAN driving license holders who wish to drive vehicles in Thailand and other ASEAN member countries must hold a valid driving license from their home country and an International Driving License for the required category in question. The International Driving License must be used in conjunction with the driver's passport and driving license from their home country.

Holders of a driving license issued by an ASEAN country, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam does not need an International Driving License when driving in Thailand and within the other ASEAN member countries.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: Intermediate

Bike Tour Asia tours are designed for all kinds of big motorcycle riders. A minimum of 10,000 kilometers of big motorcycle (500 cc up) experience is required. Bike Tour Asia suggests that you take a close look at each tour itinerary and daily hours of riding to pick the right tour for you.

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

Location

Known as the Mae Hong Son Loop, this trip begins and ends in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is most famous for having 1,864 bends along a 300-kilometer stretch. Don’t worry, there are countless more corners to ride during those three days.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Late model BMW GS motorcycle rental included 300 kilometers per day
  • GPS, pre-programmed day by day itinerary
  • Introductory itinerary briefing by an experienced tour guide
  • Comprehensive tour script with safety tips, day-by-day itinerary, tips of activities and highlights en route, a hotel list, and important contacts
  • Panniers and top box, basic motorcycle crash protection bars, etc.
  • Tools and tire repair kits
  • Motorcycle damage coverage
  • Bike Tour Asia Highway map of Thailand
  • Bike Tour Asia T-shirt
  • 7% VAT
  • Airport / hotel / Bike Tour Asia Service Centre transfers in Chiang Mai on arrival / departure date
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast each day

What's not included

  • Refundable security deposit for BMW F 700 GS (1,500 USD) / BMW F 800 GS (1,700 USD) / BMW F 1200 GS (2,500 USD)
  • Hotel nights in Chiang Mai (pre and post tour)
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance and third-party liability insurance
  • Any services not mentioned as included
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Additional kilometers (0,5 USD per kilometer)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bike Tour Asia will pick you up from the airport.

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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