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Northern Thailand Guided Motorcycle Tour

This tour through Northern Thailand gives you a great insight into the land of the Lanna 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 - some of the best riding anywhere in the world.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (BMW F750GS / F850GS / R1200GS / R1250GS)
  • Mileage: 1500 kilometers / 932 miles
  • Daily rides: 180 - 300 kilometers / 112 - 186 miles
  • Riding gear: available to rent: helmet, jacket, and gloves; not included: pants and boots
  • Meals: all breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Chiang Mai
  • Explore the region taking mainly small rural roads
  • Go to rather more famous or infamous places like the Golden Triangle
  • Stopover at the Choui Fong Tea House, where you will visit the tea plantation
  • Ride to Doi Mae Salong on yet more amazing twisty mountainous roads
  • Visit the Long Neck Women and ride up to the border of Myanmar
  • Ride up to Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Thai
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Chiang Mai International Airport
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Accommodation

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

Program

You will explore the region taking mainly small rural roads, which are not so well known. Along the way, visit some of the lesser-known treasures like mysterious Nan, which for centuries remained autonomous and cut off from the outside world.White Temple in Chiang Rai is today's one of the main attractions in north Thailand.

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.

Stopover at the Choui Fong Tea House, where you will visit the tea plantation. Continue to Doi Mae Salong on yet more amazing twisty mountainous roads. Visit the Long Neck Women and ride up to the border of Myanmar to visit in Ban Rak Thai, a Chinese community.

Along the way you will ride all of the 1,864 curves from Mae Hong Son from Mae Taeng, a route becoming legendary amongst motorcyclists. Before returning to Chiang Mai you will ride up to Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, where it is usually very cool.

Day by day

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Arrival at Chiang Mai Airport (no later than 1:00 p.m.). Transfer to the hotel. At 3:00 p.m., you will be transferred to Bike Tour Asia for a welcome briefing, answering any questions you might have, and motorcycle hand over.

Take a short motorcycle ride back to the hotel. Please plan your arrival to Chiang Mai accordingly. In the evening, you will have a welcome dinner and a briefing about the tour. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

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

After breakfast, drive from Chiang Mai in the eastern direction. You will cruise on hilly roads via Phayao to Nan. In Phayao, ride along the lake and enjoy a nice lunch before you continue to Nan. The roads during the rest of this day are small provincial roads passing endless villages and rice paddies.

Coffee stop at Chiang Muang, it doesn’t get much more local than this. Last hours riding to Nan is crossing a mountain range, lovely curvy roads lead us to this sleepy provincial capital. Overnight in Nan.

Day 3: Nan - Chiang Rai (250 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, 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 4: Chiang Rai - Thaton (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

Leave Chiang Rai to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet where you will ride up to the viewpoint at Wat Pra That Pukhao for the signature group photo.

Next break is the impressive Choui Fong Tea House, where you will visit the tea plantation and the tea house serving all kind of different tea blends and great cakes. Enjoy the scenery! You will continue to Doi Mae Salong on yet more 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 a native Chinese cuisine, lovely houses with flowers and countless tea plantations as far as the eyes can see. You will then descend from Doi Mae Salong to Thaton, a small town on the banks of the Kok River, bordering with Myanmar. Stay overnight at the hotel in Thaton.

Day 5: Thaton - Pai (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

Another great motorcycle day is ahead of you. After breakfast, ride up the hill in Thaton and enjoy a splendid view from Wat Thaton over the town and the vicinity. You will follow the main road No. 107 and have a coffee break at the Hua Luk Royal Project.

Lunch will be held at The Nest Resort with a beautiful view at the Limestone Mountains in the back. At Mae Tang, turn right on 1095 and cross the mountains from 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, you will stop at an Elephant Camp near Pai. Once in Pai, enjoy the pool at the resort, stroll down along the walking street etc. Stay overnight in Pai.

Day 6: Pai - Mae Hong Son (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

Today is a rather relaxed riding day. You will ride for about 180 kilometers with lots of new corners! In the morning you will pass two mountains with two nice scenic viewpoints en route. The second viewpoint has vendor stalls occupied by hill tribe people selling their local products.

Just before taking the road to Ban Rak Thai, you will stop at a nice Coffee Shop on the right-hand side. Once in Ban Rak Thai, enjoy 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.

After lunch, continue to Mae Hong Son and the boat pier to the Longneck village. Enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Pai River for about 20 min 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 Fern Resort, a lovely resort in the middle of rice paddies. Enjoy a drink at the sunset bar overlooking the rice paddies and then dinner at the resort.

If you still have some energy left, you can take a drink at the bond fire. Stay overnight at Fern Resort near Mae Hong Son.

Day 7: Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

In the morning, ride Road 108 from Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam. It is a great winding road with wide bends. In Khun Yuam you can visit the local museum if you like. 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). Next to the museum, there is a great Coffee Shop and a 7/11 store. From Khun Yuam proceed to Mae Chaem on Road 1088 and 1263 on nice twisty back roads.

Here is a little local restaurant where you will stop for lunch. You will continue 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 and / or visit the Royal Pagodas.

Then continue to the Wachiratharn Waterfall - an impressive and powerful 80 meters high waterfall. Continue on Road 1009 until you reach the intersection. The last 50 kilometers or so you will drive on Road 108 until you reach the Service Center Chiang Mai.

At the Service Centre hand over of the motorcycles. You will be transferred back to the hotel. In the evening, you will meet for a welcome dinner, sharing great moments. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 8: Chiang Mai Departure

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

Bike rental deposit

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

Skill level(s) required for this tour: advanced

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

Location

Food

Included in your package are daily breakfast, six lunches, and seven dinners. Water, soft drinks, coffee / tea are also served together with your meals.

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)
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)

Thailand, in general, has many additional nice activities to offer. Examples are golf, trekking, rafting, wine tasting, horse riding, spa’s, excursion to National Parks, beach holidays, etc. Bike Tour Asia will be happy to support you with additional activities in connection with your motorcycle tour through their inbound tour partners, as they do not offer this service themselves.

What's included

  • Airport / hotel / Bike Tour Asia’s Service Center transfers in Chiang Mai during arrival and departure day
  • 7 nights with breakfast at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • 6 lunches and 7 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
  • Bike Tour Asia t-shirt and pannier bag
  • Travel accident insurance

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. Bike Tour Asia does not provide pants and boots. It is recommended that you bring your own)
  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

Start: Saturday January 14, 2023
End: Saturday January 21, 2023

Pricing information

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 Bike Tour Asia will have to charge you the single room supplement. The single room supplement price is 350 USD.

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