10-DAY BEST OF THAILAND MOTORCYCLE TOUR

$4,199

RIDER ON BMW F750/850GS, SHARED ROOM

+ Upgrade BMW R 1200 GS: +$499 USD
+ Upgrade Single Room: +$499 USD
+ Add Pillion/Passenger: +$1,999 USD


HIGHLIGHTS
✓ Road to Chiang Rai
✓ White temple at Chiang Rai
✓ Phi Chi Fa Mountain range
✓ Golden Triangle
✓ Border to Myanmar
✓ Chic town of Pai
✓ Road of 1,864 curves to Mae Hong Son
✓ Long Neck Hill Tribe
✓ Highest mountain in Thailand

CONFIRMED DEPARTURES
(Available all year for 5 to 10 riders)

DECEMBER 11 to 20, 2020

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(Balance payment due 60 days prior to start)

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10-DAY BEST OF THAILAND MOTORCYCLE TOUR

$4,199

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BEST OF THAILAND MOTORCYCLE TOUR

The road from Nan to Chiang Rai, along the Lao border is one of the best motorcycle roads in Thailand. White Temple in Chiang Rai is today one of the main attractions in northern Thailand. We ride to the remote Phu Chi Fa mountain range and we will visit the famous Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet. Decades ago the opium poppy provided a living too many in the region until it was stopped in the 1996 after the death of Khun Sa, a legendary war lord. We visit the Long Neck Women and ride up to the border of Myanmar to visit Ban Rak Thai, a Chinese community. Along the way we ride all of the 1,864 curves from Mae Hong Son from Mae Taeng, a route becoming legendary amongst motorcyclists.

POI: 1,864 CURVES

Legendary motorcycle road from Mae Hong to Mae Taeng with 1,864 curves.

POI: WILDLIFE

All along the route we will encounter wildlife and other exotic creatures. Elephant ride, anyone?

POI: RELIGIOUS TEMPLES

We will pass by lots of incredible religious architecture, buddhist temples and shrines.

INCLUDED

✓ Small group sizes (Min 5 / Max 10)

✓ Professional Multilingual Tour Leader

✓ 9 Nights accommodation in shared room (Upgrades available)

✓ All Breakfasts

✓ Base model Motorcycle Rental (Upgrades available)

✓ Fuel and Road Tolls

✓ Mandatory 3rd Party Liability Insurance

✓ Motorcycle Damage and Theft Liability Reduction Insurance

✓ Group Activities and Entry Fees

✓ Pre-tour Preparation Guide and Briefing

✓ Transfers to/from Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)

✓ Support Vehicle & Driver included with 5+ Riders

✓ Motolombia Appeal Gift

✓ All taxes

NOT INCLUDED

✗ Airfare

✗ Upgrades

✗ Lunches, Dinners and Drinks

✗ Personal paperwork, permits and visas

✗ Bikes are NOT available on rest-days

✗ Medical Evacuation Membership (Available from Global Rescue)

✗ Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance (not offered by us)

✗ Tips to staff

✗ Any inclusion not specified

TOUR DETAILS

ENVIRONMENT

Temperatures can vary between 12 to 40°C (53.6 F to 104°F). It is recommended to ride with ventilated riding gear. A pull over rain suite is a good idea to carry against cooler gusts of temperatures and possible short rain showers that can occur anytime.

ITEMS OF DAILY USE

Personal items are recommended such as sunscreen, lip balm, antiseptic cream, anti-diarrhea medicine and broad spectrum antibiotics (participants must contact their doctor). Given that temperatures can range greatly from morning to evening, long-sleeve clothes a wool sweater, and jacket are recommended in addition to sunglasses and sun hat.

ROAD CONDITIONS

95% paved tour with just a couple sections of light gravel roads. 7 riding days mainly on secondary backroads through rural Thai villages. Many interesting activities and sites to experience including Elephant riding and buddhist temples.

SAFETY ISSUES

Thailand is considered a safe place with friendly inhabitants; however, it is recommended that participants are aware of their surroundings and guard their valuables. Exploring areas in pairs or as a group is advisable to avoid unforeseen dangers.

50%

DIFFICULTY

5%

OFF-ROAD

70%

COMFORT

100%

FUN FACTOR

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Fly-in Chiang Mai International Airport no later than 1 PM

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai airport, transfer to hotel. At 3 PM transfer to the bike rental center for a welcome briefing, answer any questions you might have and motorcycle hand over. Short motorcycle ride back to hotel. Please plan your arrival to Chiang Mai accordingly. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

DAY 2

Chiang Mai – Nan

After breakfast we drive from Chiang Mai in eastern direction. We cruise on hilly roads via Phayao to Nan. In Phayao ride along the lake and enjoy a nice lunch before we 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 leads us to this sleepy provincial capital. Overnight in Nan.

DAY 3

Nan – Chiang Rai

We leave Nan and make our way through the hinterland on small back roads in 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 km or so we ride through countless bends through yet more beautiful landscapes. Just before reaching our hotel in Chiang Rai we 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 – Phu Chi Fa – Chiang Rai

From Chiang Rai we head in eastern direction. Our first stop is the waterfall and hot spring at Phu Sang National Park. From here we ride up the mountain of Phu Chi Fa, were we have lunch. Phu Chi Fa is located on the border between Thailand and Laos. It’s a great ride up there, scenery is spectacular, lots of photo opportunities. Road is local and not much traffic, take your time and enjoy your ride. Since Phu Chi Fa is fairly remote, there are not many tourists who makes it to this part of Thailand. If time permits and weather is clear, we ride up to the view point and walk to the cliff on the border to Laos, enjoy the Mekong River and valley in front of you. We continue riding another 50 km along the mountain ridge before descending from Phu Chi Fa. Remaining two hours we ride small rural roads along endless rice fields back to Chiang Rai. Overnight at the Golden Triangle.

DAY 5

Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Thaton

We leave Chiang Rai to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet where we ride up to the viewpoint at Wat Pra That Pukhao for the signature group photo. We can take a boat ride on the Mekong River, visit a market in Laos (no visa needed). Next destination is the impressive Choui Fong Tea House, were we visit the tea plantation and the tea house serving all kind of different tea blends and great cakes. Enjoy the scenery! We 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. We then descend from Doi Mae Salong to Thaton, a small town on the banks of the Kok River, bordering with Myanmar. You stay overnight in your hotel in Thaton.

DAY 6

Thaton – Pai

Another great motorcycle day is ahead of us. After breakfast we ride up the hill in Thaton and enjoy a splendid view from Wat Thaton over the town and the vicinity. We follow the main road Nr. 107 and have a coffee break at the Hua Luk Royal Project. Lunch can be held at The Nest Resort with a beautiful view at the Limestone Mountains in the back. At Mae Tang we 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 we reach our hotel we stop at an Elephant Camp near Pai. Once in Pai, enjoy the pool at the resort, stroll down along the walking street etc. We stay overnight in Pai.

DAY 7

Pai – Rest day

You may enjoy a late breakfast and do one of the optional tours in the afternoon. Pai is a magnet for back packers, hippie “Mecca” of Southeast Asia”, there are plenty of things to do in the town and its surrounding areas. Some ides;
● Rent a scooter and explore the surrounding areas like the Chinese village, canyon, waterfalls, hot springs etc.
● Go for a massage / spa treatment, there are plenty on offer in Pai.
● Chill out by the pool
● Visit an elephant camp. Ask the tour guide to book day in advance. Best time to visit is in the morning.
● Enjoy the nightlife.

DAY 8

Pai – Mae Hong Son

Today is a rather relaxed riding day. We will ride for about 180 km with lots of new corners! In the morning we pass two mountains with 2 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 we will stop at a nice Coffee Shop on the right hand side. Once in Ban Rak Thai we enjoy a lunch in one of the local Chinese restaurants by the little lake. They serve delicious Chinese specialties. Ban Rak Thai means literally “the Thai-loving village”, built around a lake on the Myanmar border. After lunch we continue to Mae Hong Son and the boat pier to the Long Neck 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. We 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 still some energy left, take a drink at the bond fire. We stay overnight at Fern Resort near Mae Hong Son.

DAY 9

Mae Hong Son – Chiang Mai

In the morning we ride Road 108 from Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam. It is a great winding road with wide bends. In Khun Yuam we 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 the history (approx. 10 min, 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 we stop for lunch. We 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 m high waterfall. Continue on Road 1009 until you reach the intersection. The last 50 km or so we will drive on Road 108 until we reach Chiang Mai. At the rental service center you hand over the motorcycles. Transfer to your hotel in Chiang Mai. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

DAY 10

Fly-out Chiang Mai – airport transfer

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

EXTENSION

1 or 2-day extension to explore Bangkok are available

A massive Southeast Asian capital city with over 14 million inhabitants. Bangkok was at the heart of the modernization of Siam, later renamed Thailand, during the late-19th century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city was at the centre of Thailand’s political struggles throughout the 20th century, as the country abolished absolute monarchy, adopted constitutional rule, and underwent numerous coups and several uprisings. A very lively city with ton of stuff to do and see for a few days.

OBS

Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather, road- or any other condition that the operator or its guides feel will jeopardize the safety of the group or material.

ITINERARY

DAY 1:

Fly-in Chiang Mai International Airport no later than 1 PM

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai airport, transfer to hotel. At 3 PM transfer to the bike rental center for a welcome briefing, answer any questions you might have and motorcycle hand over. Short motorcycle ride back to hotel. Please plan your arrival to Chiang Mai accordingly. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

DAY 2:

Chiang Mai – Nan

After breakfast we drive from Chiang Mai in eastern direction. We cruise on hilly roads via Phayao to Nan. In Phayao ride along the lake and enjoy a nice lunch before we 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 leads us to this sleepy provincial capital. Overnight in Nan.

DAY 3

Nan – Chiang Rai

We leave Nan and make our way through the hinterland on small back roads in 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 km or so we ride through countless bends through yet more beautiful landscapes. Just before reaching our hotel in Chiang Rai we 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 – Phu Chi Fa – Chiang Rai

From Chiang Rai we head in eastern direction. Our first stop is the waterfall and hot spring at Phu Sang National Park. From here we ride up the mountain of Phu Chi Fa, were we have lunch. Phu Chi Fa is located on the border between Thailand and Laos. It’s a great ride up there, scenery is spectacular, lots of photo opportunities. Road is local and not much traffic, take your time and enjoy your ride. Since Phu Chi Fa is fairly remote, there are not many tourists who makes it to this part of Thailand. If time permits and weather is clear, we ride up to the view point and walk to the cliff on the border to Laos, enjoy the Mekong River and valley in front of you. We continue riding another 50 km along the mountain ridge before descending from Phu Chi Fa. Remaining two hours we ride small rural roads along endless rice fields back to Chiang Rai. Overnight at the Golden Triangle.

DAY 5

Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Thaton

We leave Chiang Rai to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet where we ride up to the viewpoint at Wat Pra That Pukhao for the signature group photo. We can take a boat ride on the Mekong River, visit a market in Laos (no visa needed). Next destination is the impressive Choui Fong Tea House, were we visit the tea plantation and the tea house serving all kind of different tea blends and great cakes. Enjoy the scenery! We 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. We then descend from Doi Mae Salong to Thaton, a small town on the banks of the Kok River, bordering with Myanmar. You stay overnight in your hotel in Thaton.

DAY 6

Thaton – Pai

Another great motorcycle day is ahead of us. After breakfast we ride up the hill in Thaton and enjoy a splendid view from Wat Thaton over the town and the vicinity. We follow the main road Nr. 107 and have a coffee break at the Hua Luk Royal Project. Lunch can be held at The Nest Resort with a beautiful view at the Limestone Mountains in the back. At Mae Tang we 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 we reach our hotel we stop at an Elephant Camp near Pai. Once in Pai, enjoy the pool at the resort, stroll down along the walking street etc. We stay overnight in Pai.

DAY 7

Pai – Rest day

You may enjoy a late breakfast and do one of the optional tours in the afternoon. Pai is a magnet for back packers, hippie “Mecca” of Southeast Asia”, there are plenty of things to do in the town and its surrounding areas. Some ides;
● Rent a scooter and explore the surrounding areas like the Chinese village, canyon, waterfalls, hot springs etc.
● Go for a massage / spa treatment, there are plenty on offer in Pai.
● Chill out by the pool
● Visit an elephant camp. Ask the tour guide to book day in advance. Best time to visit is in the morning.
● Enjoy the nightlife.

DAY 8

Pai – Mae Hong Son

Today is a rather relaxed riding day. We will ride for about 180 km with lots of new corners! In the morning we pass two mountains with 2 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 we will stop at a nice Coffee Shop on the right hand side. Once in Ban Rak Thai we enjoy a lunch in one of the local Chinese restaurants by the little lake. They serve delicious Chinese specialties. Ban Rak Thai means literally “the Thai-loving village”, built around a lake on the Myanmar border. After lunch we continue to Mae Hong Son and the boat pier to the Long Neck 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. We 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 still some energy left, take a drink at the bond fire. We stay overnight at Fern Resort near Mae Hong Son.

DAY 9

Mae Hong Son – Chiang Mai

In the morning we ride Road 108 from Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam. It is a great winding road with wide bends. In Khun Yuam we 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 the history (approx. 10 min, 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 we stop for lunch. We 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 m high waterfall. Continue on Road 1009 until you reach the intersection. The last 50 km or so we will drive on Road 108 until we reach Chiang Mai. At the rental service center you hand over the motorcycles. Transfer to your hotel in Chiang Mai. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

DAY 10

Fly-out Chiang Mai – airport transfer

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

EXTENSION

1 or 2-day extension to explore Bangkok are available

A massive Southeast Asian capital city with over 14 million inhabitants. Bangkok was at the heart of the modernization of Siam, later renamed Thailand, during the late-19th century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city was at the centre of Thailand’s political struggles throughout the 20th century, as the country abolished absolute monarchy, adopted constitutional rule, and underwent numerous coups and several uprisings. A very lively city with ton of stuff to do and see for a few days.

OBS

Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather, road- or any other condition that the operator or its guides feel will jeopardize the safety of the group or material.