14 Days Tour - "Myanmar and the Top of Thailand "

Next Guided Group Tour: 17 Feb - 1 March 2020

Myanmar is finally slowly opening its gates for tourism. Be one of the first to explore this exotic country with its many hidden beauties and landscapes on a BMW motorcycle. We have combined the best areas in Myanmar and Thailand with historical sites along the route. Expect one million impressions, great food and diversity, friendly and smiling people.

This itinerary comprises some of the best riding all over Myanmar and Thailand with endless corners, great paved roads and spectacular scenery. Do you know that you are actually riding in the Himalayan mountain ridge?

This trip begins and ends in Chiang Mai. Among the highlights, White temple in Chiang Rai, crossing over the spectacular Mong Ka mountain range in Myanmar. Boat trip on Inle Lake, visit the thousands of pagodas of Old Bagan. Myanmar’s new capital, Naypyitaw, visit one of the most holy Buddhist sites in South East Asia, the Golden Rock. Ending the tour with the famous Mae Hong Son Loop, the road of 1,864 bends along a 300 km stretch (don’t worry - there are countless more corners to ride). Spending one night in the hippy capital of South East Asia, Pai before returning to Chiang Mai.

The route in Google Maps

AT A GLANCE

START / FINISH: Chiang Mai / Chiang Mai
NEAREST AIRPORT: Chiang Mai International Airport
DURATION: 14 days, 12 days riding
ROUTE: Total distance: approximately 3,000 km's (1,850 miles)
DAILY ROUTE: Daily distance: 150 to 390 km’s (95 to 240 miles)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.
REST DAY: Old Bagan
HIGHLIGHTS: White temple in Chiang Rai, Cross the spectacular Mong Ka mountain range, Boat tour on Inle Lake, ,Thousands of pagadas at Old Bagan, Visit the new capital, Naypyitaw , the holy site of the Golden Rock. Famous Mae Hong Son road of the 1,864 curves, the small town of Pai
   

ITINERARY

Day From To Km Miles
1   Arrival Chiang Mai   0
2 Chiang Mai Chiang Rai 220 137
3 Chiang Rai Keng Tung 220 137
4 Keng Tung Nam Sang 340 211
5 Nam Sang Nyaungshwe 150 93
6 Nyaungshwe Bagan 350 217
7 Bagan Bagan 0 0
8 Bagan Naypyitaw 300 186
9 Naypyitaw Kyaikto 360 224
10 Kyaikto Mae Sot 270 168
11 Mae Sot Mae Hong Son 390 242
12 Mae Hong Son Pai 180 112
13 Pai Chiang Mai 190 118
14 Departure Chiang Mai     0
      2,970 1,845

DAY BY DAY

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

1 Day / Arrival Chiang Mai (Thailand) (-/-/D)

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai airport transfer to hotel (arrival not later than 1 pm). At 3 PM transfer to Bike Tour Asia for a welcome briefing, answer any questions you might have and motorcycle hand over. Short motorcycle ride back to your hotel. Please plan your arrival to Chiang Mai accordingly. Overnight in Chiang Mai.


2 Day / Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai (Thailand) (B/L/D)

The first day is a great way to get familiar with your motorcycle and the local riding environment. In the morning we head north east towards Chiang Rai. Break at Doi Chang Coffee Shop, excellent coffee and cakes.

Another 20 km and we leave the main road and ride up the mountain to Doi Chang coffee plantation – a great remote and scenic area. During afternoon when getting close to Chiang Rai we stop at Wat Rong Khung (White Temple), the remarkable temple which is today recognized as one of the main attractions all over Thailand. Park your motorcycle and take a stroll inside the temple. There are plenty of coffee shops around the temple. From here we have a short 30 minutes to our hotel down town Chiang Rai which is your destination of the day. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

3 Day / Chiang Rai – Keng Tung (Thailand / Myanmar) (B/L/D)

We leave Chiang Rai to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Ride up to the view point at Wat Pra That Pukhao for the signature group photo. From here we ride to Mae Sot, the most northern part of Thailand, and also one of the main border crossings with Myanmar. After clearing Thai custom and immigration we cross the bridge to Myanmar. Here we meet our local guide, finalize custom and immigration and we are in the town ofr Tachileik. Riding on the right side we continue a nice road along the Sai River to Keng Tung which is our end destination for the day. Overnight in Keng Tung.


4 Day / Keng Tung – Nam Sang (Myanmar) (B/L/D)

Today we have a long and beautiful riding day in front of us through Myanmar hinterland. Leaving Keng Tung behind us we ride the switch backs up the Mong Ka mountain range. There is not much traffic in this part of Myanmar. Nature is spectacular, plenty of good photo opportunities. We head east through forested hills and remote outlying regions to Mong Ping were we have lunch. If you check out the route on Google Maps, you'll see there are not too many straight sections! From here we cross over the Thanlyin River. There is a check point at the bridge, the area is restricted. Before reaching Nam Sang we stop at a Myo Tribe village. Women are wearing big brass belts around their waists. Overnight in Nam Sang.

5 Day / Nam Sang – Nyaungshwe (Myanmar) (B/L/D)

Shorter ride today towards Inle Lake. Plan is the get to Inle by noon, have lunch and take a bout trip on the lake during the afternoon. Inle Lake is like something straight out of a Nat Geo documentary. The local fishermen here have developed an unusual style of paddling their craft – they stand on one leg at the extreme end of their boat and wrap their other leg around the single oar to paddle. This leaves both hands free to manipulate and cast their net, whilst on the move. It also gives them a higher vantage point above the reeds and plants, to spot the small schools of fish they seek. Boat will take us around the lake, along some of the many canals. A great way to explore. Overnight in Nyaungshwe.


6 Day / Nyaungshwe – Old Bagan (Myanmar)n (B/L/D)

Today is a somewhat long riding day and takes us to the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Pagan. Pronounced "Pah-Gahn" and not to be confused with our own modern interpretation of 'pagan', the Pagans were Buddhists and were the first to unify several disparate regions into what later became the country now called Myanmar. Between the 9th and 11th centuries, over the course of 250 years, Bagan's rulers and their wealthy subjects constructed over 10,000 religious monuments (approximately 1000 stupas, 10,000 small temples and 3000 monasteries in an area of 104 square kilometres (40 sq mi) in the Bagan plains. Overnight in Bagan.

7 Day / Old Bagan / Rest Day (Myanmar) (B/-/-)

More than 2,000 of these temples still remain today, and it’s a stunning sight at sunrise to gaze down upon them from a nearby vantage point. Another great way of seeing the area is by hot air balloon. There are some interesting temples and pagodas to visit, e.g. Anada temple, Bupaya Pagoda, Dhammayangyi Temple etc. Our local Myanmar guide will join and share the history with us. There are many souvenir / handicraft shops in the area. You can also take the opportunity to go on a boat trip on the mighty Irrawaddy River. Overnight in Bagan.

8 Day / Old Bagan – Naypyitaw (Myanmar) (B/L/D)

Today’s motorcycle ride is more about the destination than the journey. Naypyitaw, being an entirely planned city, similar to Canberra in Australia, Brasilia in Brazil, Washington, D.C. in the United States and Islamabad in Pakistan. The town is located about 320 kilometers north of the old capital Yangon. Naypyitaw has a short history, construction started in 2002. On 6 November 2005, the administrative capital of the country was quietly relocated from Yangon to here. We will explore some of the landmarks like the Uppatasanti Pagoda, wide boulevards and endless government ministries. Overnight in Naypyitaw.

9 Day / Naypyitaw – Kyaikto (Myanmar) (B/L/D)

If our permit allows us we will ride on the motorway south towards Kyaikto. If not we will spend couple of more hours on the old road. We’ll then stick to the smaller regional roads, heading to Taungoo, a former Capital of Burma. The forests here provide excellent hardwoods including teak which forms a major export industry, as well as a certain kind of palm called areca which is popular for supplying betel for the 8 locals. We run parallel to mountain ranges on our east and west as we head south to Kyaikto were we will stay at a resort at the foot of the Kyaiktiyo hill. Overnight near Kyaikto.


10 Day / Kyaikto – Mae Sot (Myanmar / Thailand) (B/L/D)

For the early risers, there's an optional visit to the nearby pagoda of the Golden Rock. The legend associated with the pagoda is that the Buddha, on one of his many visits, gave a strand of his hair to Taik Tha, a hermit. The hermit, who had tucked it in the tuft of his hair safely, in turn gave the strand to the king, with the wish that the hair be enshrined in a boulder shaped like the hermit's head. The king had inherited supernatural powers from his parents. They found the rock at the bottom of the sea. They found the perfect place at Kyaiktiyo for locating the golden rock and built a pagoda, where the strand was enshrined. It is this strand of hair that, according to the legend, prevents the rock from tumbling down the hill. Rest of the day we spend riding east towards the Thai border which we cross in the afternoon. Overnight in Mae Sot.


11 Day / Mae Sot – Mae Hong Son (Thailand) (B/L/D)

After breakfast we will ride north along the Thai / Myanmar border. The road is winding and paved and we are passing many small communities like Mae Ramat, Tha Song Yang or Ban Sop Ngao. On the way we also pass a huge Refugee Camp where thousands of Burmese refugees live. Lunch time we reach Mae Sariang, a small town alongside the Yuam River where were we have lunch.

Ride on Road 108 towards Khun Yuam. It is a great wide winding road with long twists. In Khun Yuam we visit the local War Museum. The Imperial Japanese Army troops were stationed in Khun Yuam during the construction of a highway intended to cross Burma to India. We continue on a great winding road with wide bends to Mae Hong Son. We will stay at Fern Resort, a lovely resort in the middle of rice paddies. If still some energy left, take a drink at the bonfire. We stay overnight near Mae Hong Son.

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12 Day / Mae Hong Son – Pai (Thailand) (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. http://www.huaypukeng.com/info_visitor.htm

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 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.

13 Day / Pai – Chiang Mai (Thailand) (B/L/D)

Our final riding day. Leaving Pai behind, we will use roads less traveled. First stop is the elephant camp outside Pai. Riding along the Pai river in direction Wat Chan. Couple of years ago this road was gravel and difficult to pass, especially during the wet season. Today it’s a beautiful windy road with great scenery. At Wat Chan we have lunch and visit the “RayBan” temple. From Wat Chan we continue over the mountains to Samoeng. There is little traffic, scenery is as good as it gets. Before you know it we are back in Chaing Mai. A beautiful way to end this spectacular motorcycle tour. Overnight in Chiang Mai

14 Day / Departure Chiang Mai (Thailand) B/-/-)

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

TOUR PRICES

Vehicle Single Rider Pillion Single Room
BMW (sharing room) (sharing room) Suppl.
F700 GS 5,995,- 2,449,- 649,-
F800 GS 5,995,- 2,449,- 649,-
R1200 GS 6,449,- 2,449,- 649,-

(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 / Bike Tour Asia transfers in Chiang Mai on arrival / departure date.
  • 13 nights at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • Breakfast every day
  • 11 Lunches as stated (excluded during rest day)
  • 12 Dinners as stated (excluded during rest day)
  • Water, soft drinks and coffee / tea in connection with the meals
  • Late model BMW GS Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
  • Fuel for your motorcycle
  • Panniers and top box, basic motorcycle crash protection bars etc.
  • Tools & tire repair kits & service
  • Third Party liability insurance and a motorcycle damage coverage (details see under “Insurance”)
  • Experienced tour guide on own motorcycle, including all related costs
  • Support vehicle with driver and English-speaking licensed tour guide, including all related costs.
  • Transfer of luggage in support truck
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Custom and Immigration documentation and charges leaving Thailand
  • Myanmar Permit, all related expenses including tour guide, additional support vehicle with driver, third party liability insurance (according to legal requirement) etc.
  • Bike Tour Asia Highway map of Thailand. High way map of Myanmar.
  • Bike Tour Asia T-shirt
  • Tour description, as per this document, day by day itinerary, highlights, points of interest, emergency numbers etc.
  • Administrative and documentation cost prior / during and after the tour

Not included

  • Myanmar visa, 50 USD. Please note that you need to arrange visa PRIOR to arrival. It’s easy to do over internet. Please visit https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ You will need a digital passport photo and a credit card. Please print out and bring visa approval with you.

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

MOTORCYCLE DAMAGE & LOSS COVERAGE / WAIVER

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.

All in USD Security deposit Daily waiver premium / outside Thailand
F700 GS 1,500 30
F800 GS 1,700 40
R1200 GS 2,500 60
  • 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) and no daily waiver premium applicable.
  • For riding outside of Thailand Bike Tour Asia offers an optional daily damage & loss waiver for the motorcycle, based on the above listed daily waiver premiums, which will limit the maximum deductible amount up to the level of the security deposit in case of damage or loss to the motorcycle while riding outside Thailand. Without purchasing the optional waiver, your security deposit amount must be equal to the full value of the motorcycle.

We recommend you take your own travel insurance, including medical and personal liability, covering motorcycle riding from your home country.

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TOUR DATES

17 February - 01 March 2020
 

This tour is also open for your own private group. Please choose your desired dates - all year round and come with your friends, club or company (subject to motorcycle availability).

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