If your idea of heaven is cruising quiet yet exhilarating back roads through stunning mountain and jungle scenery, then this is the perfect tour for you. Northern Thailand has some of the best road riding available in Southeast Asia, brought together in this unforgettable 10 day journey.
Join a group of fellow enthusiasts from all over the world in sharing the unspoilt beauty of the national parks, waterfalls, rice paddies, deep river valleys and soaring mountains abundant throughout this trip. This route will take us on a loop through the spectacular Northern provinces of Tak, Phrae, Nan, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son, along the northern Thai border with Laos and Burma, starting and finishing in Chiang Mai. Touring classics such as the Mae Hong Son loop, the road of 1000 hairpin bends will make you a very happy biker.
Sight seeing highlights include the ruins of Sukhothai, the ancient capital of the first Thai kingdom and a world heritage site. Visits to Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand and Doi Tung, an impressive peak on the Burmese border. The geological wonder of cave lod in Mae Hong son province. The natural beauty of countless national parks. A daytrip into the famous golden triangle and some amazing Buddhist temples.
Not only is this trip a great biking experience, but also a fascinating insight into the rich and varied rural culture of this area. Hill tribe communities, each with unique customs and dress, dot the mountainous border regions of the North, making this one of the most ethnically diverse regions on the continent.
As on all our road tours, we will be taking small back roads wherever possible, not only to provide the best riding, but to give you a genuine experience of real life in rural Thailand away from the tourist areas.
If a non riding partner or friend would like to accompany you on the trip then they can travel in our luxury 4x4 vehicle (or people carrier depending on number of extra passengers). We will follow the same itinerary as the bikers, visiting the same sites, although the route will differ slightly.
Day 1: Pick up at Chiang Mai airport.
Transfer to hotel. Dinner and welcome drink at a famous riverside restaurant. Tour briefing and discussion.
Day 2: Chiang Mai to Mae Sarieng
Depart 9am having eaten a buffet breakfast at the hotel. We ride south to the town of Hot and then continue west along the wonderful Mae Hong Son loop road, stopping for a packed lunch at one of the many scenic spots along the way, before arriving in Mae Sarieng our destination for the day. If time allows, we can ride to Mae Sam Laap, a refugee village on the mighty Salawin river that seperates Thailand from Burma.
Day 3: Mae Sarieng to Tak
Depart 9am after breakfast heading south along the deserted Burmese border road to the bustling town of Mae Sot, an ethnically diverse Burmese, Chinese, Karen and Thai trading outpost, stopping for a packed lunch along the way. Here we can check out the bustling street market before heading east to the town of Tak, our destination for the day, staying in the large comfortable rooms of our hotel over looking the river.
Day 4: Tak to Phrae
Depart 8:30am after buffet breakfast heading east to Sukhothai historic national park, a world heritage site, where we will receive a guided tour of these ancient ruins of Thailand’s first capital. We will also stop for lunch here. We then head north-eastwards traversing the endless rice paddies, to Phrae, where we can have a look around the old town before heading to a delightful restaurant famed for it's local cuisine.
Day 5: Phrae to Nan
Depart 8am heading north to the historic town of Nan, a town full of classic teak architecture and intricately adorned temples. From here we ride the rolling hills of the Doi Pha Kha National Park loop road, a stunning ride along the border with Laos. We will hit altitudes of over 1500 metres, taking a packed lunch at a scenic spot along the way. Once finished with the loop road we head back to Nan where we will stay in the best hotel the town has to offer. We will eat in a great riverside restaurant. The soft shell crabs are something you won't forget in a hurry.
Day 6: Nan to Chiang Rai
Depart 9am A relatively light days riding today. We head north west through more great scenery taking small back roads through the hills all the way to Chiang Rai, stopping for lunch and a dip in a waterfall along the way and visiting a very unique temple towards the end of the day. In Chiang Rai we will spend the night at a beautiful resort on the outskirts of town with Charming northern style bungalows dotted around a lush tropical garden and chemical free, saltwater pool. Dinner at the tastefully designed resort restaurant and bar, where we will be treated to some fantastic Thai cuisine.
Day 7: Chiang Rai mini tour
Depart 7:30am for a day of sightseeing around the famous Golden Triangle. From Chiang Rai we ride north to visit Doi Tung, an 1800m peak which we can ride to the top of, passing through Shan, Akha and Lahu hill tribe village along the way. A very steep descent takes us to Mai Sai, the
northernmost point in Thailand right on the Burmese Border. If you can get a good price from the multitude of Burmese traders selling everything from Buddha images and gems to fake Rolex’s, then it's time to get your wife that Louis Vuitton handbag she always wanted. It's then east along the border into the centre of The Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand Burma and Laos meet along the powerful Mekong River. We then follow the Thai/Laos border to Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong before Taking back roads to Chiang Rai and returning to our resort.
Day 8: Chiang Rai to Chiang Dao National Park
Depart 9am heading north to Mae Chan on route 1. Depart west rising steeply into the hills on our way to the Doi Mae Salong area. This fascinating part of the north has been settled by Chinese hill tribe migrants who continue their traditional way of life growing many different varieties of tea on impossibly steep hillsides. We then ride south to Doi Ang Khang, Thailand’s little Switzerland and on to Chiang Dao national park to see the majestic beauty of the third highest mountain in the country. If there is time, those that want to can go for a ride within the park can do so, or if you prefer, just relax in the grounds of our charming guest house.
Day 9: Chiang Dao to Mae Hong Son.
Depart 8am once again rejoining the Mae Hong Son loop for another hairpin extravaganza to the laid back town of Pai, enjoying some impressive views and great riding all the way. After a decent lunch we continue along this touring classic as the panoramas just get better and better, stopping in the small town of Soppong to visit the giant cave complex, home to some stunning formations
Then it's on to Mae Hong Son and our resort for the night staying in northern style bungalows set amongst lush rice paddies and another Thai feast for dinner
Day 10: Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai
Depart 8am continuing our journey along this exceptional mountain road to Khun Yuam where we head east and begin our gradual ascent towards Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. We drive all the way to the top to take in the views before our descent for a packed lunch and maybe a swim by one of the large waterfalls that cascade down the slopes. Then onto the final leg of the journey back to Chiang Mai and
our luxury hotel to relax before heading out on the town for a farewell dinner at the excellent Gallery restaurant. For those who want to continue the party, we will head next door to the Brasserie Bar for some outstanding live music. There is also the option for any last minute shopping at the famous Night Bazaar if you would prefer.
We will be sticking to this itinerary as closely as possible throughout the tour although we will not take any responsibility for changes to this schedule due to circumstances or events that we have no control over.
65,000 Thai Baht per rider based on Single occupancy
There will be a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 8 on this tour. Exceptions can be made with consultation.
Bike - Kawasaki ER6n 600cc road bike. Well maintained and meticulously checked before each trip. Recent model only.
Equipment - We provide helmets although bringing your own will guarantee a good fit and is therefore the better option.
Fuel and oil costs
Support vehicles - Quality 4x4 support trucks carrying your luggage and shopping.
Professional mechanic - With full compliment of tools and spare parts.
2 Experienced Guides - Lead and sweeper guides, radio and GPS equipped, speaking English and Thai.
Accommodation - Included on a single room basis for 10 nights. For those who don’t mind sharing a room, we knock 5% off the price.
Food - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included on the riding days.
Drinks - Water and soft drinks provided during the days ride and at meal times
Basic Liability Insurance
Excursions - National park fees and all entrance fees to listed sites in the itinerary included
Riding attire - You must bring you own suitable riding clothes including appropriate footwear and trousers for both riding and the evenings. We recommend bringing a lightweight vented jacket and a long sleeved top as it can get cold in the mountains at night. It is always warm during the day. Riding gloves are also important. We can supply you with a helmet but recommend bringing your own to guarantee comfort.
Personal accident and medical insurance