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5 Day Hidden Beauty of Lanna Kingdom Self-Guided Motorbike Tour in Thailand
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Maekok River Village Resort, Tha Ton, Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

Motorcycle Tour Thailand

If you have quite a long time to spend, then this motorcycle tour is perfect for you! In this tour, you will be able to enjoy the beauty that Thailand has to offer. You will get the chance to ride along the beautiful Samoeng Loop. You can also experience riding along the border of three countries which are Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. Don't waste this opportunity to enjoy the best of Thailand riding experience!

Key information

  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW F 700 / 750 GS, BMW F 800 / 850 GS, and BMW 1200 GS)
  • Mileage: 1,270 kilometers / 789 miles
  • Daily rides: 200 - 320 kilometers / 124 - 199 miles
  • Riding gear: not available
  • Meals: breakfast every day

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Chiang Mai
  • Ride to Golden Triangle, the Mekong, and Phu Chi Fah
  • Enjoy the stunning views and the unique salt wells of Bo Kluea
  • Explore the lesser-known treasures like mysterious Nan
  • Visit Doi Angkang and Doi Mae Salong
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 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 Thaton, Chiang Khong, and Nan.

Program

Day 1: Chiang Mai - Thaton, 230 kilometers / 143 miles

Bike Tour Asia welcomes you to their service centre in the morning for a tour briefing and motorcycle hand over.

After only a few minutes on your scenic Thailand BMW motorcycle tour, you have left Chiang Mai behind and follow the first amazing corners of the Samoeng Loop. You will pass the Mae Sa Elephant Camp where you can stop to visit the amazing animals. From here you will make your way north through the back roads than on the main provincial road. Lunch by the limestone cliffs at Chiang Dao. You will continue following the Thai – Myanmar border.

There are a couple of scenic stops on the way. In the afternoon, you will reach Thaton, a small town on the banks of the Kok River, bordering with Myanmar. Enjoy a splendid view from Wat Thaton over the town and the vicinity. You will continue to the nearby Maekok River Village Resort, where you stay for the night.

Day 2: Thaton - Golden Triangle - Chiang Khong, 220 kilometers / 137 miles

You will leave Thaton and ascend to Doi Mae Salong on amazing 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 native Chinese cuisine, lovely houses with flowers, and countless tea plantations as far as the eyes can see. You will proceed through farm villages along rice paddies and stop at the impressive Choui Fong Tea House. The tea house of this huge plantation serves all kind of different tea blends and great cakes. Enjoy the scenery!

You will continue to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet. Here, you drive up to the Wat Sop Ruak temple to enjoy a great view over the Golden Triangle. In the small but interesting local Opium Museum, you can learn more about Khun Sa and the opium trade in the past. Before you reach Chiang Khong, you can stop at the View Coffee, an amazing spot overlooking the Mekong River. You will stay overnight in Chiang Khong.

  • Meals: breakfast

Day 3: Chiang Khong - Phu Chi Fah - Nan, 300 kilometers / 186 miles

You will ride through some scenic mountain landscapes with plenty of twisties up to Phu Chi Fah. Phu Chi Fa is located on the border between Thailand and Laos. It is a great ride up here - the scenery is spectacular with lots of photo opportunities. Since Phu Chi Fa is fairly remote, there are not many tourists who make it to this part of Thailand. If time permits and the weather is clear, you can ride up to the viewpoint and can walk to the cliff on the border to Laos.

You will continue to Phulangka and for the next hundred kilometers or so, 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 which is 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 well-preserved temples.

  • Meals: breakfast

Day 4: Day Nan - Bo Kluea - Nan, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

Without any doubt, the road to Bo Kluea offers some of the best ridings in all of Thailand. You will follow Road 1169 to reach 1081 which is a classic twisting road with little traffic and which 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, 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. Once crossed the mountains take a break at a rather unique coffee place. 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. Take the opportunity and spend the evening at an authentic local restaurant on the bank of the Nan River. You will stay overnight in Nan.

  • Meals: breakfast

Day 5: Nan - Phayao - Chiang Mai, 320 kilometers / 199 miles

After breakfast, you will drive from Nan in a western direction. During the last day of your motorcycle tour, you will cruise once again the hilly roads via Phayao to Chiang Mai. In Phayao, you can enjoy a nice lunch by the lake if you are hungry before you arrive back in Chiang Mai in the afternoon.

  • 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

Starts and ends in Chiang Mai, Thailand, you will get the chance to visit Thaton, Chiang Khong, and Nan during this motorcycle tour. After a few minutes, you are already on the first mountain roads of the beautiful Samoeng Loop. You will visit Doi Ang Khang and Doi Mae Salong with its scenic beauty and tea plantations.

You will also go to rather 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 in 1996 after the death of Khun Sa, a legendary warlord. You will continue to the mountains of Phu Chi Fa, a remote area which offers great motorcycle roads.

Along the way, you will also visit some of the lesser-known treasures like mysterious Nan, which for centuries remained autonomous and cut off from the outside world, and the little village of Bo Kluea, famous for its stunning views and its unique salt wells, all the time riding through wonderful landscapes of rivers and mountains.

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
  • Bike Tour Asia T-shirt
  • Airport / hotel / Bike Tour Asia Service Centre transfers in Chiang Mai on arrival / departure date
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day

What's not included

  • Refundable security deposit for BMW F 700 / 750 GS (1,500 USD) / BMW F 800 / 850 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
  • 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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