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3 Days Magical Golden Triangle Motorcycle Tours in Thailand

Thailand Motorcycle Tours at the Mekong River

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This tour will take you to the most famous Golden Triangle at the Mekong river - the border between Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. You will discover the lovely Tha Ton, the impressive mountainous scenery of Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung Royal Villa, and unseen Phayao. Ride along winding and narrow twisty curvy roads with high mountain scenery. Lots of sightseeing and unforgettable memories as you pass through amazing natural, historical, traditional, and cultural attractions.

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Chiang Mai
  • Ride along fantastic mountainous roads
  • Visit Mae Sa Elephant Camp, where you will feed the elephants
  • Ride to Doi Mae Salong, where Chinese mountain tea farmers live
  • Visit Golden Triangle and enjoy a long-tail boat trip on the Mekong River to Laos
  • Visit Wat Tham Pla, where you can feed some food to wild monkeys
  • English speaking professional tour guide with TAT license
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

Riders will be accommodated in a private room with a double bed in Motorcycle Tours Thailand's charming hotels. If you bring a pillion or a spouse, you can opt for a twin room or a double room.

The hotel in Chiang Mai will be the meet and greet location before you start your tour. You will be accommodated in charming accommodation with fantastic panorama view while in Tha Ton and in a peaceful accommodation in this famous Golden Triangle area.

Motorcycle Tours Thailand Itinerary

Overview

  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 674 kilometers / 419 miles
  • Daily rides: 142 to 323 kilometers / 88 to 201 miles
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Early morning meet and greet at your accommodation in Chiang Mai. Motorcycle Tours Thailand will provide the tour briefing, and then provide you with your riding gear and bike. They will inform you briefly of local history, geography, and acknowledge any personal requirements. Lastly, there will be a general question and answer opportunity for any concerns you might have related to the tour.

Day 1 - Chiang Mai to Tha Ton (209 kilometers / 130 miles)

You will take the highway, heading north of Chiang Mai to Mae Sa Elephant Camp, where you will feed the elephants, see them bathing and performing their talents. Continue to reach to Chiang Dao, where relaxing lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit Chiang Dao cave. Then, ride along fantastic mountainous road via Doi Angkhang until reach to Tha Ton, where you will visit the Wat Tha Ton on top of the mountains and enjoy the amazing sunset there. Later, you relax in your charming accommodation with fantastic panorama view.

Day 2 - Tha Ton - Golden Triangle (142 kilometers / 88 miles)

After breakfast, you will leave Tha Ton to visit the long neck Karen tribe village near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Riding to Doi Mae Salong, where Chinese mountain tea farmers live. Of course, you will test Thailand's best tea there. Then, back on curvy roads to Doi Tung Royal Villa. Visit the Winter Palace and the botanical garden. Lunch is served at the Royal’s Project restaurant.

Continue along winding roads to Mae Sai, the northern most point of Thailand. Visit Wat Tham Pla, where you can feed some food to wild monkeys. Reach the Golden Triangle to take a long-tailed-boat trip and short visit a small village in Laos (no visa is necessary). Visit the Opium museum before relaxing at your peaceful accommodation.

Day 3 - Golden Triangle to Phayao to Chiang Mai (323 kilometers / 201 miles)

After breakfast, ride along a scenic farming areas road to Chiang Rai City. After that, visit the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), one of the top 10 wonder temples in the world. Continue on a long highway ride until you reach Phayao and visit Phayao lake (Kwan Phayao), one of the largest lakes in Northern Thailand. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in front of the lake.

Continue riding on windy mountain roads to Tharntong waterfall and Mae Kachan hot spring. Visit a local market, stopping for refreshment, before heading back to Chiang Mai.

Note

The tour will start in the morning, at 08:30. Motorcycle Tours Thailand advises you to arrive at least one day before the tour start in Chiang Mai and they recommend arrival two days before tour start to acclimate and avoid jet lag.

The tour will finish about 16:00 - 17:00 back in Chiang Mai, so if you like to fly back the same day to Bangkok International Airport (BKK), you can easily catch any flight from Chiang Mai after 18:00.

Rules on the road

You will drive on the left as in England and Australia. All speed limits are in kilometers per hour, 30 to 50 for towns, 60 for suburbs and 90 for major (A) roads and dual carriageways. You will happily cruise along the open road at a good clip, but you must always slow right down through the towns and villages, 50 kilometers per hour maximum. There are often kids, dogs, chickens, yak, etc., kicking around in the streets.

Also, if you see your guide braking, there’s a good reason - and you should brake, too! Many Thais ignore the typical unwritten rules of road positioning and merging you are used to in the west. You will go over this in person so don’t worry. There is always a “sweeper” and a service vehicle to make sure any riders caught by a traffic light or water buffalo crossing delay do not get separated from the group!

Included excursions

  • Experience the amazing sunset at Wat Tha Ton on top of the mountains
  • Explore White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) and Phayao lake (Kwan Phayao)
  • Feed some food to wild monkeys in Wat Tham Pla
  • Feed the elephants, see them bathing, and performing their talents while visiting Mae Sa Elephant Camp
  • Take a long-tailed-boat trip and short visit a small village in Laos
  • Stop for refreshment and visit a local supermarket
  • Visit Chiang Dao cave and Opium museum

Guides

Kay Kaesler
Motorcyclist and Photographer Kay Kaesler is the author of many articles in blogs, forums and magazines about the scenic motorcycle routes in Thailand, Asia and all over the world for over 15 years. In 2009, Kaesler began sharing his experiences with others and founded Big Bike Tours Ltd., Part. Big Bike Tours specializes not only in Thailand, also in long-duration adventure motorcycle travel throughout Southeast Asia neither easily accessible nor commonly visited (for example Tibet, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Borneo etc.) Kaesler speaks four languages: German, English, Russian and Thai

Location

This motorcycle tours will start from Chiang Mai and then continue to Tha Ton, Golden Triangle, Phayao, and then back to Chiang Mai.

Food

The price of this motorcycle tour includes daily breakfast, lunch, dinner. You will also be provided soft drinks from Motorcycle Tours Thailand's service vehicles.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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)

Every day, Motorcycle Tours Thailand will offer advice on the best things to see and do, but you’re under no pressure to follow the (small) crowd. You can strike out on your own at any time and simply meet back up with the group when you’re ready. Motorcycle Tours Thailand will have preferred routes mapped out for you - but anyway, you choose to arrive at the booked hotel is up to you! There are elephants and water buffalo although you might not get there in time for dinner.

What's included

  • 2 dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 lunches
  • Accident cover insurance up to 100,000 THB
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Historical Sites
  • Daily breakfast
  • English speaking professional tour guide with TAT license
  • Famous Motorcycle Tours Thailand “On zeee bikes!” T-Shirt
  • Full First Class Comprehensive insurance for motorcycles with deductible of up to 25,000 THB in case of damage
  • Life insurance up to 1,000,000 THB
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
  • Riding gears (helmets, jackets, gloves, knee guards)
  • Support van for luggage transportation, drinks
  • Third party liability insurance for motorcycles
  • Transfers from and to Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
  • Water, soft drinks and coffee / tea in connection with the meals

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. Motorcycle Tours Thailand will pick you up at the airport. Most customers touring with Motorcycle Tours Thailand usually come from Bangkok and in this case, they recommend traveling up to Chiang Mai by one of the many flights operating on this route. It is not expensive and with companies such as Air Asia. The earlier you book, the cheaper the flight.

Arrival by train

The train (night train) is another option; however, the Thai train network needs a serious overhaul. Take a look at the difference between the train cost and the flight costs compared to one-hour flying time or a 12-hour train journey along with the fact that the trains are notoriously unreliable. The train option is usually the odd one out.

Arrival by bus

A lot of busses start every hour from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit - Chatuchak) to Chiang Mai. Travel time with the bus will be around eight hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.