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Motorcycle Tour Thailand

If you have four days at your disposal, ride the Greater Mae Hong Son Loop! This itinerary covers one of the best riding tours in Thailand. It is a four-day tour with endless curves, good paved urban roads, and spectacular scenery passing through endless villages, rice paddies, hill tribes, etc. The daily distances are “just right”, meaning, enough time to explore and enjoy scenery, sights, and hotels. 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, and BMW 1200 GS)
  • Mileage: 810 kilometers / 503 miles
  • Daily rides: 180 - 250 kilometers / 112 - 155 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
  • Riding along the Myanmar border to Mae Sariang
  • Endless curves and stunning scenery
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 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, Mae Hong Son, and Mae Sariang.

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. Once on the motorcycle, you will quickly leave Chiang Mai behind and start the first mountain riding towards Samoeng which is the first destination for today. You will have a well-deserved coffee break and leg stretcher and go back on your motorcycle again.

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

Before reaching the hotel, you will 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 ahead. This is also the second part of the road famous for its 1,864 bends of varying sharpness. You will pass 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 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. 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. You will 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 - Mae Sariang, 180 kilometers / 112 miles

In the morning, you will ride the Road 108 from Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam. It is a great winding road with wide twists. You will have a short break at a lovely scenic place, great photo opportunity, and something to drink. 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 on roads less traveled to the village of Pratu Muang for a local lunch. You will go further on narrow and twisty urban roads for an hour before reaching the main road to Mae Sariang, end destination for today. Mae Sariang is a small town alongside the Yuam River, located near the Myanmar border. Overnight will be in Mae Sariang.

  • Meals: breakfast

Day 4: Mae Sariang - Chiang Mai, 250 kilometers / 155 miles

The early risers may 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.

After breakfast, back on the road in the east direction towards the top of Thailand, Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand. You will park your 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 high waterfall. You will continue on Road 1009 until you reach the intersection. The last 50 kilometers or so, ride on Road 108 until reaching Bike Tour Asia's service center where this beautiful tour is ending. 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

This tour will start and end in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Among the landmarks is the road less traveled to Pai. The town of Pai with its night market, endless bars, and restaurants is a backpacker magnet. There is also a Chinese village up in the mountains next to the Myanmar border named Ban Rak Thai. You will also ride along the Thai - Myanmar border to the local town of Mae Sariang and to the peak of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is Thailand’s highest mountain before returning back to Chiang Mai.

Food

You will be served daily breakfast during the tour. Every day, you will feast on local Thai cuisine. Western dishes are usually available at dinners.

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
  • 3 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
  • Any services not mentioned as included
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Additional kilometers (0,5 USD per kilometer)

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. 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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Pricing information

BMW F 800 GS

  • 1 rider in a private single room: 1,260 USD
  • 1 rider and 1 pillion in a private double room: 1,500 USD
  • 2 rider in a private double room: 2,220 USD

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