13 Days Tour - "Roll over North Thailand"

This tour provides an outstanding opportunity to obtain a thorough impression of the uniqueness of a large part of Northern Thailand. The roads are mainly rural two lanes with a variety of surfaces and wind through areas of spectacular mountainous beauty.

Between Mae Hong Son and Mae Taeng there are 1864 bends or twisties which gives everybody a great opportunity to improve their cornering skills whatever their level of expertise. We explore some of the lesser known treasures of northern Thailand as well as some famous cultural sites like Thailand's first capital city, Sukothai- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Among the highlights of the trip we will visit the highest mountain in Thailand Doi Inthanon.We will visit the Long Neck Women of the Kayan Tribe, famous for the brass rings that they wear around their necks.

We explore the Golden Triangleand the remote and mountainous province of Nan. The little town of Bo Klueais famous for its stunning views and its unique salt wells. We ride all the time through wonderful landscapes of rivers and mountains. At Mae Sot we cross over by foot into Myanmar and visit the town of Myawaddy, one of the key cross border trading centers.

The route in Google Maps

AT A GLANCE

START / FINISH: Chiang Mai / Chiang Mai
NEAREST AIRPORT: Chiang Mai International Airport
DURATION: 13 days, 11 days riding
ROUTE: Total distance: approximately 2,400 km's (1,500 miles)
DAILY ROUTE: Daily distance: 170 to 300 km’s (100 to 190 miles)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.
REST DAY: Chiang Rai
HIGHLIGHTS: Doi Inthanon, Long Neck Hill Tribe, Road of 1,864 curves, Golden Triangle, Mekong River, Salt Wells at Bo Kluea, Sirikit Dam, Sukothai Heritage Park, Burmese Border Ride, Mae Sariang
   

ITINERARY

     
1 DAY Arrive in Chiang Mai    
2 DAY Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son 300 km 186 miles
3 DAY Mae Hong Son – Ban Rak Thai - Pai 170 km 105 miles
4 DAY Pai – Doi Angkhang - Thaton 300 km 185 miles
5 DAY Thaton – Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai 190 km 120 miles
6 DAY Chiang Rai (Rest Day)    
7 DAY Chiang Rai - Nan 240 km 150 miles
8 DAY Nan - Bo Kluea - Nan 200 km 125 miles
9 DAY Nan - Sukothai 285 km 180 miles
10 DAY Sukothai - Mae Sot 200 km 125 miles
11 DAY Mae Sot - Mae Sariang 230 km 145 miles
12 DAY Mae Sariang - Chiang Mai 240 km 150 miles
13 DAY Departure Chiang Mai    
     

DAY BY DAY

(B/L/D) = (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

1. Day / Chiang Mai (-/-/D)

In the evening you meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner and a tour presentation and motorcycle handover. We will discuss the itinerary, basic group riding rules and about the local riding environment, and answer any questions that you may have. We will stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

2. Day / Chiang Mai - Doi Inthanon - Mae Hong Son (B/L/D)

In the morning you will have time to familiarize yourself with your motorcycle before we set off. We start our tour from Chiang Mai and after about 50 km we leave the Highway and spend the rest of the day on exhilarating twisty rural roads.

Our first stop is at the Vachiratharn Waterfall - an impressive and powerful 80 m high waterfall. We then proceed the climb to the top of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand. After a local lunch in Mae Chaem we continue to the City of the “Three Mists”, otherwise known as Mae Hong Son which is located along the banks of the Pai River close to the border with Myanmar (formerly Burma). We stay overnight in Mae Hong Son. (Distance: 300 km / 186 miles).

3. Day / Mae Hong Son - Ban Rak Thai - Pai (B/L/D)

In the morning we take a pleasant boat ride on Pai River to visit a 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.

We then set out for the famously chic town of Pai on the beginning of the road famous for having 1864 bends of varying sharpness. The road passes through some beautiful mountainous scenery.

On the way we do a little side trip to Ban Rak Thai (literally "the Thai-loving village"), built around a lake on the Myanmar border. About 800, mainly Chinese settled here after the communist takeover of China and some of the buildings have a distinctively Chinese appearance. In the afternoon we arrive in Pai and relax in our hotel before we dine on delicious local or western food in a restaurant by the river. In the evening after dinner you can enjoy the delights of the Walking Street market. We stay overnight in Pai. (Distance: 170 km / 105 miles).

4. Day / Pai - Doi Angkhang - Thaton (B/L/D)

Another great riding day is ahead of us and in the morning we complete the “remaining” 762 twisties over the mountains to Mae Taeng. From here we follow the Freeway for a short while before we turn left up on a steep zigzagging asphalt road to Doi Angkhang.

Anghhang Royal Agricultural Station is a research project for planting fruit trees, vegetables and other crop under the patronage of the King. In the afternoon we reach Thaton, a small town on the banks of the Kok River, bordering with Myanmar. Before we check in in our hotel we can enjoy a splendid view from Wat Thaton over the town and the vicinity. We stay overnight in Thaton. (Distance: 300 km / 185 miles).

5. Day / Thaton - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai (B/L/D)

The first part of today’s route will take us along gentle hills through rice paddies and farm villages. We follow the Kok River for a while before we turn left to drive up to Doi Mae Salong on yet more amazingly twistie 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. We continue cruising towards the mighty Mekong River to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.

We swap the motorcycles for a boat and explore the river region. We even take a short break in Laos (no visa needed) before returning to our motorbikes. We then take the short trip to Chiang Rai via the Freeway. We stay overnight in Chiang Rai. (Distance: 190 km / 120 miles).

6. Day / Chiang Rai (Rest Day) (B/-/-)

This is a rest day. Enjoy a healthy breakfast in the hotel and spend the day at the pool or in the Spa. You may also take a walk exploring the town to visit some of the many markets and temples such as the remarkable Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) which is today recognized as one of the main attractions all over Thailand.

A walk is likely needed after all the great riding hours. We stay overnight in Chiang Rai.

7. Day / Chiang Rai - Nan (B/L/D)

We leave Chiang Rai and make our way through the hinterland on small back roads in south-eastern direction. We pass through rice fields and fruit plantations and cruise through small farm villages. After our local lunch the ride becomes more and more spectacular.

For the next hundred km or so we ride through countless bends through yet more beautiful landscapes. We rejoin the main road again and follow it to our 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. For bikers the area is a little known treasure. We stay overnight in Nan. (Distance: 240 km / 150 miles).

8. Day / Nan - Bo Kluea - Nan (B/L/D)

Without any doubt the road to Bo Kluea offers some of the best riding in all of Thailand. A classic twisting road on almost empty roads 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.

In the early afternoon we 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. We will spend the evening at an authentic local restaurant on the bank of the Nan River. We will overnight in Nan. (Distance: 200 km / 125 miles).

9. Day / Nan - Sukothai (B/L/D)

After breakfast we leave Nan behind us in a southern direction. On smaller back roads we drive towards the Queen Sirikit Dam, built in 1973, this dam stands an impressive 160 meters high and 800 meters long and covers an area of 220 square kilometers. In Ban Pak Nai we have lunch and later cross the dam with a little ferry. On the other side of the dam we continue our ride on small provincial roads with hardly any traffic. This is farmland; we pass through a beautiful hilly landscape and countless villages. On the way towards Sukothai we visit the oldest teak three in the world. We will overnight in Sukothai. (Distance: 285 km / 180 miles).

10. Day / Sukothai - Mae Sot (B/L/D)

Today’s first destination is the Sukothai Heritage Park. The historical Sukothai, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, was the first capital of Siam. It was founded by King Ramkhamhaeng. The province's temples and monuments have been well restored and the park has numerous sites to explore. After the visit we proceed westwards to the province of Tak. The last 70 Km we will follow the winding road No.12 to Mae Sot. We will overnight in Mae Sot. (Distance: 200 km / 125 miles).

sukhothai-temole

11. Day / Mae Sot - Mae Sariang (B/L/D)

After breakfast we will stop at the "Friendship Bridge" which links Mae Sot in Thailand with Myawaddy in Myanmar. We cross over by foot and visit the local market in Myawaddy (no visa required – subject to change) We then come back to Thailand cruising north on route 105 which runs along the border to Myanmar all the way to Mae Sariang. The road is winding and paved passing through many small communities like Mae Ramat, Tha Song Yang or Ban Sop Ngao. On the way we also pass a huge refugees camp where thousands of Burmese live.
In the afternoon we reach Mae Sariang, a small town alongside the Yuam River. Before dinner we have still time to enjoy the sunset by the bank of the Yuam river. We will overnight in Mae Sariang. (Distance: 230 km / 145 miles).

Day 12 / Mae Sariang - Chiang Mai (B/L/D)

The early risers may visit the local morning market and give alms to the monks. The idea of the alms giving is for the Buddhist monks to make merit and also to collect food for their one meal of a day. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience an ancient Buddhist tradition. After breakfast we complete our North Thailand loop and head back to Chiang Mai. One final exhilarating ride over the high hills and through the forests, finally it is dropping down to follow the meandering River Mae Jaem through the aptly named town of Hot. We arrive back in Chiang Mai in the afternoon, in time to get ready for our farewell dinner. We end the day together with our new friends, sharing good riding memories and looking at some of the pictures from our adventures of the last few days. We will overnight in Chiang Mai. (Distance: 240 km / 150 miles).

Day 13 / Chiang Mai - onwards (B/-/-)

Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport.

Remark:All of the indicated times and distances are approximately.

TOUR PRICES

Vehicle Single Rider Rider and pillion Single Room
BMW (sharing room) (sharing room) Suppl.
F700 GS 4,246,- 5,944,- 600,-
F800 GS 4,246,- 5,944,- 600,-
R1200 GS 4,686,- 6,384,- 600,-
All prices are in USD

Remarks

  • If you bring your own motorcycle the price will be USD 2,926,- (sharing room), (room sharing with pillion USD 4,096,-)
  • Prices are valid until 31 October 2018
  • A deposit of USD 1,000,- per rider and USD 1,500,- per rider and pillion is payable upon booking
  • Prices include 7% VAT
  • 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 we will add the single room supplement
  • Tour starts at Marndadee Heritage River Village and ends at Bike Tour Asia Service center. Upon ending the tour transfer to hotel is provided by us.
  • Contact us at booking@biketourasia.com

The first and last days mentioned in the itinerary are the arrival and departure days for the tour's start and end points. Depending on the country you start in, you may have to leave a day early, subsequently; you will arrive one day later back home. 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.

We are pleased to assist you with the booking of additional nights in Chiang Mai or any other services in connection with the tour! Please let us know.

WHAT IS INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE

  • 12 overnights at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • Breakfast every day
  • 10 lunches (not included in rest day)
  • 11 dinners (not included in rest day)
  • Water, soft drinks and coffee / tea in connection with the meals
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
  • Fuel during the whole tour
  • Road captain on motorcycle leading the group
  • Tour guide in support van
  • Support van for luggage transportation (1 piece per person), drinks and space for a few guests on entire tour upon prior request
  • Entrance fees to National Parks and Historical Sites
  • Tour information package including riding and safety tips, details about the hotels, the route and the sights
  • Bike Tour Asia T-shirt

NOT INCLUDED

  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • On the rest day, no lunch or dinner included

INSURANCE

A security deposit according to the below list is payable upon motorcycle hand over through credit card (Mastercard/Visa) or in cash. The full amount will be reimbursed after the tour (if no damage occurred)

Motorcycle Type Security Deposit (All in USD)
BMW F700GS 1,500
BMW F800GS 1,700
BMW R1200GS 2,500

Included for riding in Thailand is a Third Party liability insurance and a motorcycle insurance with a deductible up to the security deposit amount (according the motorcycle type)

Personal and Third Party liability coverage according to below. (All in USD)

Loss of Life, Sight, Dismemberment, Total Permanent Disability 30,000
Accidental Medical Expenses 15,000
Personal Liability 3,000
Public Liability 300,000

TOUR DATES 2017

November 20 - December 2

TOUR DATES 2018

February 11 – 23
March 3-15
May 12-24
July 14-26
August 11-23
September 8-20
December 8-20