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Motorbike Tours in Northern Thailand

Join this dream biker’s tour to “the Fantastic Lanna Kingdom” which will take you first to the highest peak of Thailand, Doi Inthanon with 2,565 meters above sea level. Ride along the winding and narrow twisty curvy roads with high mountain scenery, Mae Hong Son Loop, 1,864 curves through a vast panorama view of Mae Hong Son, the charming Pai, the lovely Tha Ton, the impressive mountainous scenery of Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung Royal Villa, and of course, the famous Golden Triangle.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 1300 km / 810 miles )
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Meet the instructors

Nirin & Kay
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Chiang Mai
  • Ride along scenic farming areas in the Golden Triangle
  • Visit the Wat Tha Ton, on top of the mountain, at sunset time
  • Visit Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, the first temple of Mae Hong Son
  • Ride along fantastic mountain roads via Doi Angkhang
  • Enjoy a long-tail boat trip on the Mekong River to Laos
  • Visit Lod cave on a bamboo raft
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Chiang Mai International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:30
Check-out Time:
16:00

On your first day, you will enjoy your hotel with peaceful surroundings and on your second day, you will stay at a charming hotel with a swimming pool. You will enjoy the fantastic panoramic view from your hotel on the third day and you will be relaxed in the peaceful setting of your hotel on the fourth day.

Program

The dream biker’s excursion “Fantastic Lanna Kingdom” will take you first to the highest peak of Thailand (Doi Inthanon with 2,565 meters above mean sea level). Ride along the winding and narrow twisty curvy roads with high mountain scenery (Mae Hong Son Loop). 1,864 curves through a vast panorama view of Mae Hong Son, the charming Pai, the lovely Tha Ton, the long-neck Karen tribes village; the impressive mountainous scenery of Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung Royal Villa, and course the famous Golden Triangle, where three country borders meet: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. An unforgettable riding experience as we pass through natural, historical, traditional, and cultural attractions. Lots of great reasons, why this tour is our Bestseller! We run this tour only twice a month. Places are limited and in high demand, because we limit our tours to a maximum of 10 riders. Small groups are safer and friendlier. Ride your dream!

The tour will start at 8.30 am. Please be informed, that you arrived at least one day before the tour started in Chiang Mai. We recommend two days before the tour starts to acclimate and avoid jet lag.

The tour will finish at about 4/5 pm back in Chiang Mai, so if you would like to fly back the same day to Bangkok or the beach, you can easily catch any flight from Chiang Mai after 6 pm.

Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai - Doi Inthanon - Mae Sariang (278 kilometers / 173 miles)

Familiarize yourself with your bike on the highway ride heading south of Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest peak in Thailand, 2,565 meters above sea level. Ride along the excellent winding mountain road through pine forest scenery. Visit Thailand’s finest waterfall, nature trails, Royal pagodas, and botanical gardens. Descend to Mae Chaem for a relaxing lunch at the local restaurant.

After lunch, ride on passing through pine forests until you reach Mae Sariang where you'll later enjoy your peaceful accommodation.

Day 2: Mae Sariang - Mae Hong Son - Pai (278 kilometers / 173 miles)

After breakfast, leave Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son on narrow twisty curvy roads. In Khun Yuam, you will take a break and visit a World War II museum and Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, the first temple of Mae Hong Son on the hilltop. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Visit Lod cave which means “cave with a stream running through,” on a bamboo raft.

Then, you'll be back on twisty curvy roads to Pai. You'll have an optional visit to Tha Pai hot spring where you can enjoy a mineral bath. Then you will reach a charming accommodation with a swimming pool.

Day 3: Pai - Chiang Dao - Tha Ton (270 km / 167.8 miles)

Before breakfast, in the very early morning, you have a chance to offer food to the monks along the streets of Pai`s local market. After breakfast, visit the Pai World War II Memorial Bridge. Back on winding mountainous roads. Later we reach Chiang Dao, where we have a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Chiang Dao cave. Then ride along fantastic mountain roads via Thailand´s “Little Toscana” until we reach Tha Ton, where you will visit the Wat Tha Ton on top of the mountain and enjoy the amazing sunset there. Later you relax in your charming accommodation with a fantastic river view.

Day 4: Tha Ton - Golden Triangle (144 km / 89.5 miles)

After breakfast, we leave Tha Ton to visit the long-neck Karen tribe village near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Ride 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 northernmost point of Thailand. Visit Wat Tham Pla where you can feed some food to wild monkeys. Reach the Golden Triangle to take a long-tail boat trip on the Mekong River and visit a small village in Laos (no visa necessary). Visit the Opium Museum before relaxing at your peaceful accommodation directly at the mighty Mekong River.

Day 5: Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai - Phayao - Chiang Mai (322 km / 200 miles)

After breakfast, ride along a scenic farming area 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 we 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 Than Tong waterfall and Mae Kachan hot spring. Visit a local market, stopping for refreshment, before heading back to Chiang Mai.

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!

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

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

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

Included excursions

  • Drop by Doi Mae Salong and taste Thailand's best tea
  • Enjoy Thailand’s finest waterfall, nature trails, royal pagodas and botanical gardens
  • Explore a World War II museum and Chiang Dao cave
  • Sail the Lod cave which means “cave with a stream running through,” on a bamboo raft
  • See the long-neck Karen tribe village
  • See the Pai World War II Memorial Bridge
  • Stop by the Wat Tha Ton on top of the mountain
  • Take a trip to Phayao Lake, Kwan Phayao, one of the largest lakes in Northern Thailand
  • Tour the Opium Museum and the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), one of the top ten wonder temples in the world
  • Visit the Winter Palace and the botanical garden
  • Visit Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, the first temple of Mae Hong Son on the hilltop
  • Visit Wat Tham Pla where you can feed some food to wild monkeys

Instructors

Nirin Chaiyapan (Noah)

Kay Kaesler

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place in Thailand, namely Chiang Mai, Doi Inthanon, Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son, Pai, Tha Ton, Golden Triangle, and Phayao.

Food

Daily delicious meals and soft drinks are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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, your choice 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. On this motorcycle tour, you have the option to visit the Tha Pai hot spring, where you can enjoy a mineral bath.

What's included

  • 4 overnights at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • Private double bedroom (king-size bed), you do not need to share a room with someone else
  • 5 lunches, 4 dinners, breakfast every day
  • Water, soft drinks, and coffee/tea in connection with the meals
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
  • Third-party liability insurance for motorcycles
  • Full first class Comprehensive insurance for motorcycles with a deductible of up to 30,000 THB in case of damage
  • Pick-up service from Chiang Mai Airport
  • English-speaking professional Road Captain with a TAT license (Tourism Authority of Thailand) on a motorcycle leading the group
  • Support van for luggage transportation, drinks, and space for a few guests on the entire tour upon prior request
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Historic Sites
  • Riding gear (Helmets, Jackets, Gloves, Knee Guards)
  • Famous Big Bike Tours “On zee bikes!” T-Shirt
  • Accident cover insurance up to 100,000 THB, life insurance up to 1,000,000 THB, and much, much more!

What's not included

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

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Pick-up service from Chiang Mai 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 buses 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.

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 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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