13 Days Tour - "Northern Thailand Explorer"

This tour is like a little adventure. The selected roads are a mix different surfaces: great tarmac roads and fantastic gravel sections. During most part of the tour we will ride through areas of spectacular mountainous beauty - some of the best riding anywhere in the world.

We visit Thailand's first capital city, SukothaiUNESCO World Heritage Siteand very remote regions where you won't see any other tourist.

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 2,500 km's (1,550 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: Nan and Pai
HIGHLIGHTS: Doi Inthanon, Sukhothai (UNESCO), Area of Nan, Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle, Doi Mae Salong, Road of 1,864 curves to Mae Hong Son, Long Neck Hill Tribe
   

ITINERARY

     
1 DAY Arrive in Chiang Mai    
2 DAY Chiang Mai - Mae Sariang (20% off road) 260 km 162 miles
3 DAY Mae Sariang – Mae Sot (40% off road) 320 km 199 miles
4 DAY Mae Sot – Sukhothai (0% off road) 230 km 143 miles
5 DAY Sukhothai – Nan (0% off road) 330 km 205 miles
6 DAY Nan (Rest Day)    
7 DAY Nan - Chiang Rai (0% off road) 210 km 130 miles
8 DAY Chiang Rai - Thaton (0% off road) 260 km 162 miles
9 DAY Thaton - Pai (40% off road) 260 km 162 miles
10 DAY Pai (Rest Day)    
11 DAY Pai - Mae Hong Son (0% off road) 180 km 112 miles
12 DAY Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai (60% off road) 250 km 155 miles
13 DAY Departure Chiang Mai    
     

DAY BY DAY

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

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

Upon arrival we will meet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel. At 3 pm we meet for a welcome briefing, answer any questions you might have and motorcycle hand over at Bike Tour Asia Service center. Please plan your arrival to Chiang Mai accordingly. You will stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

2. Day Chiang Mai – Mae Sariang (B/L/D)

In the morning we start our adventure. We leave the city, riding in south western direction. After our first coffee break we leave the main road in Mae Win and ride our first off-road section for about 25 km before we reach Road 1009. Our next stop is at the Vachiratharn Waterfall - an impressive and powerful 80 m high waterfall. Then we climb to the top of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand. We continue on nice curvy rural roads to Mae Sariang, a small town alongside the Yuam River, located near the Myanmar border. Enjoy the sunset by the bank of the Yuam River. Overnight in Mae Sariang.

3. Day Mae Sariang – Mae Sot (B/L/D)

The early risers (6 AM) may optional 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. If you are already up, take the opportunity to visit the local wet market, quite an experience. Today we ride to Mae Sot, one of the main gateways to Myanmar. Instead of using the new main road 105 along the border to Myanmar we will use some smaller back roads. In Ban Kio Lom we turn right and leave Road 108 onto the rural road 1099. We continue to Omkoi and Mae Tuen. From here we are riding the next about 70 km on gravel roads until we meet the Road 105 near Mae Ramat. From here we ride on to Mae Sot where we stay overnight.

4. Day Mae Sot – Sukhothai (B/L/D)

After breakfast we drive to the nearby "Friendship Bridge" which links Mae Sot in Thailand with Myawaddy in Myanmar. If you like you can cross over by foot and visit the local market in Myawaddy (no visa required – subject to change, optional, 500 THB). Back in Thailand we start cruising eastwards on Road 12 to Tak. A wide partly new road with long bends. We proceed to Sukhothai to visit the Heritage Park. The historical Sukhothai, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Sukothai 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 reach our nearby hotel, where we stay for the next night.

5. Day Sukhothai – Nan (B/L/D)

After breakfast we leave Sukhothai behind us to cruise in northern direction. On the way to the Sirikit Dam we see the largest Teak tree in the world in the Ton Sak Yai Forest Park. The tree, estimated to be more than 1,500 years old, is 37 meters high and has a circumference of 9.58 meters at its base. We continue to 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. We 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. In the later afternoon we reach Nan where we stay for this night.

6. Day Nan – Nan (Rest day) (B/-/-)

Today is a rest day. Enjoy the amenities of the hotel or take a walk through the city of Nan. For the April 2019 departure date It’s Songkran, Thai new year festival, a great opportunity to join the locals in their celebration. Bring your swimming clothes and get ready for getting wet! 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. Overnight in Nan.

7. Day Nan – Chiang Rai (B/L/D)

We leave Nan and make our way through the hinterland on small back roads in north - west 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 road 1148 through countless bends and beautiful landscapes. We rejoin the main road again and follow it to our final destination of the day which is the capital of Chiang Rai. Before we reach our hotel we visit the remarkable Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) which is today recognized as one of the main attractions all over Thailand. We stay overnight in Chiang Rai.

8. Day Chiang Rai – Thaton (B/L/D)

Another great day is ahead of us. We cruise towards the mighty Mekong River to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. If you like we can 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 motorcycles. Before leaving we drive up to the temple Wat Sop Ruak where we have a great view over the Golden Triangle. Our journey continues to Mae Sai, the northern border point to Myanmar and the most northern point of Thailand. From there the road takes us up the mountain along the Thai – Myanmar border. The road is steep and narrow, the scenery is spectacular. Break at Doi Tung before continuing along back roads to Doi Mae Salong, - 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. Have a break with and glass of tea here in one of the many Tea Shops. The last part of today is on Road 1130 which lead us to the valley of the Maekok River and Thaton. We stay overnight in Thaton.

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9. Day Thaton – Angkhang – Pai (B/L/D)

After breakfast we ride up to Wat Thaton from where we will enjoy a splendid view over the town and the vicinity. We continue on the main road Nr. 107 for a while before we turn up on a steep zigzagging asphalt road to Doi Angkhang. This area offers a nice scenery left and right. We follow some narrow back roads to Arunothai from where we are heading towards Wiang Haeng on Road 1178. The remaining 40 km from Wiang Haeng all the way to Pai will be on gravel. We reach our hotel in Pai in the later afternoon. We stay overnight in Pai.

10. Day Pai – Pai (Rest day) (B/L/D)

Today is another rest day. Relax by the hotel pool or explore the nearby canyon. Pai is popular to both, foreign and local tourists and along the walking street you can find a lot of bars, boutiques and shopping options. Overnight in Pai.

11. Day Pai – Mae Hong Son (B/L/D)

Today is a rather relaxed riding day but with lots of bends! In the morning we pass two mountains with 2 nice scenic View Points en route. We do a little detour to Ban Rak Thai and 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 nearby pier to the Longneck 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. 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 sundowner in the sunset bar overlooking the rice paddies. We stay overnight at the Fern Resort near Mae Hong Son.

12. Day Mae Hong Son – Chiang Mai (B/L/D)

We leave the Fern Resort and ride to Wat Chan on a 80 km long dirt track which is named the “Elephant Track”. Apart from a few concrete sections, its dirt all the way with shade from the trees with hardly no one else to be seen. At Wat Chan we visit a small wooden beautiful temple before we reach lunch location, approximately 15 km south of Wat Chan. We continue riding on tarmac through forests to Samoeng where we enjoy a coffee break in a tasteful café. We arrive at the Bike Tour Asia Service Center in the afternoon to return the motorcycles. After a break at our center we transfer you to the hotel in order to get ready for our farewell dinner. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

13. Day Departure Chiang Mai (B/L/D)

Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport.

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

TOUR PRICES

Vehicle Single Rider Pillion Single Room
BMW (sharing room) (sharing room) Suppl.
F700 GS 5,100,- 1,500,- 600,-
F800 GS 5,100,- 1,500,- 600,-
R1200 GS 5,600,- 1,500,- 600,-

(all prices are in USD)

Remarks
  • A deposit of USD 1,000,- per rider and USD 1,500,- per rider and pillion is payable upon booking. Rest payment is due latest 60 days before departure
  • The above prices are based for a group of 6 riders. If you come with less than 5 riders please contact us for a price offer
  • 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 have to charge you the single room supplement
  • Prices include 7% VAT
  • The tour starts and ends at Bike Tour Asia Service Center ( Service Center Gmaps)

Due to the lengths of your International flight and the time difference you may have to leave your country a day earlier, subsequently you will arrive one day later back home. Please 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

  • Airport / Hotel transfers in Chiang Mai
  • Bi-Lingual Motorcycle Guide & related expenses
  • Support truck, driver & related expenses (In Thailand licensed tour guide)
  • Motorcycle Rental (off road suitable tires)
  • Panniers and top box, basic motorcycle crash protection bars etc.
  • 12 Nights at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities, double occupancy
  • Your motorcycle's fuel needs
  • 3rd party insurance
  • All breakfasts
  • 9 lunches
  • 10 dinners
  • Transfer of luggage in support truck (max one pce / person)
  • Tools & tire repair kits & service
  • Satellite phone (for emergency only)
  • Trailer (carry maximum two motorcycles)
  • All entrances fees to National Parks, ferries etc.
  • Introductory itinerary briefing upon arrival to Chiang Mai
  • Comprehensive day-by-day itinerary, tips of activities and highlights en route, a hotel list and important contacts

Not included

Flights

  • Personal Items, gifts, snacks, etc.
  • Special activities (rafting, fishing, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Fully refundable motorcycle security deposit
  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature

MOTORCYCLE DAMAGE & LOSS COVERAGE / TRAVEL ACCIDENT INSURANCE

A security deposit according to the below list is to be presented through electronic blocking of funds on your credit card (Mastercard/Visa) or in cash upon hand-over of the motorcycle. The full amount will be electronically unblocked on your credit card or cash refunded after the tour (if no damage or loss of the motorcycle occurred). For more details, please see Terms & Conditions.

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 motorcycle damage & loss coverage with a maximum deductible amount up to the level of the security deposit (according the motorcycle type).

Travel Accident Insurance, by AXA Insurance Company, is included in all BTA Guided Tour prices.

Limit of Liability: (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

Underlying coverage is in Thai Baht’s and converted into USD using exchange rate 1 USD = 32 Baht

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TOUR DATES

29 January - 10 February 2019 (motorbikes still available)

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