4 Days Self-Guided Tour "North Thailand with Mae Hong Son"

Among the highlights is the ride to the highest mountain in Thailand (Doi Inthanon), 2,565 meters. Visit the Long Neck Women of the Kayan Tribe, famous for the brass rings that they wear around their necks. Between Mae Hong Son, Pai and Mae Taeng there are 1,864 bends or twisties which gives everybody a great opportunity to improve their cornering skills whatever their level of expertise.

After those first exiting days there is one more mountain ahead, Doi Angkhang, with its scenic beauty and hill tribes. The road there follows the Thai – Myanmar border. Enjoy your evening at the Mae Kok River Village Resort before returning to Chiang Mai.

Remarks

The roads are mostly easy to ride but there are some steep and technically demanding stretches. You must be able to handle a motorcycle and do not expect to learn how to ride while on this tour.

The route in Google Maps

AT A GLANCE

START / FINISH: Bike Tour Asia Service Center / Chiang Mai
NEAREST AIRPORT: Chiang Mai International Airport
DURATION: 4 days riding
ROUTE: Total distance: approximately 1,060 km's
DAILY ROUTE: Daily distance: 170 to 300 km’s
ACCOMMODATIONS: Carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.
REST DAY: No
HIGHLIGHTS: Doi Inthanon, Long Neck Hill Tribe, Ban Rak Thai, Road of 1,864 curves, food stalls and night market at Pai, Doi Ang Khang, Elephants, Samoeng Loop
   

ITINERARY

       
1 DAY Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son 300 km 186 miles
2 DAY Mae Hong Son - Pai 170 km 105 miles
3 DAY Pai - Thaton 300 km 185 miles
4 DAY Thaton - Chiang Mai 290 km 180 miles
       

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DAY BY DAY

1. Day Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon – Mae Hong Son (-/-/-)

In the morning we will pick you up at from your hotel and drive to our Service Station. You will have time to familiarize yourself with your motorcycle before you set off.

You will start your tour from Chiang Mai and after about 50 km you leave the Highway and spend the rest of the day on exhilarating twisty rural roads. You first stop may be at the Vachiratharn Waterfall - an impressive and powerful 80 m high waterfall. You proceed to climb to the top of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand. If you are hungry we recommend a local lunch place in Mae Chaem. You 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). You stay overnight in Mae Hong Son.

2. Day Mae Hong Son – Pai (B/-/-)

If you like you can take a pleasant boat ride on Pai River to visit a Karen Long Neck village in the morning. 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. You 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 you can add a side trip to Ban Rak Thai if the weather is fine (literally "the Thai-loving village"). Ban Rak Thai was built around a lake near 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 you arrive in Pai and can relax in your hotel before you can dine a delicious local or western food in one of the various restaurants. After dinner you can enjoy the delights of the Walking Street market. You stay overnight in Pai.

3. Day Pai – Doi Angkhang – Thaton (B/-/-)

Another great riding day is ahead of you. After breakfast you stop at the PTT Station near the hotel to fill up your tank. Then you drive Road 1095 for a few km until you reach the iconic Memorial Bridge which has been transported from Chiang Mai to Pai. A blackboard gives you interesting background information about the history of this bridge

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You will then complete the “remaining” more than 700 twisties over the mountain following Road 1095. Enjoy a coffee break at Witches Coffee (Anchalee) before you reach the Road Nr. 107, the main road leading from Chiang Mai to the north. Follow Road 107 in northern direction and take the exit into road 1178, a nice local road where the traffic is much less dense. Lunch can be taken at a local restaurant on the left side of the highway 1178. You are now heading for Doi Angkhang, following the Thai – Myanmar border. There are a couple of scenic stops on the way, your GPS will show you one of them. Enjoy the scenary. Once at Doi Angkhang, take a walk throught the village or / and visit The Angkhang Royal Agricultural Station, a research project for planting fruit trees, vegetables and other crop under the patronage of the King. Once leaving Doi Angkhang, take the road 1249 back towards road 107. Be careful, the road is very steep and have some narrow switch backs. Be aware of traffic heading towards you. Drive on until you reach Road 107 again and turn left all the way to Thaton.

Thaton is a small town on the banks of the Kok River, bordering with Myanmar. Enjoy a splendid view from Wat Thaton over the town and the vicinity. Continue to the last kilometers to Mae Kok River Village Resort, run by an English couple, were you are staying for the night. We recommend that you eat at the resort.

4. Day Thaton – Chiang Mai (B/-/-)

In the morning you drive back on 107 to Fang on the main road before you turn left along the Si Lanna National Park. The rest of the day you drive mainly on rural back roads back to Chiang Mai. You pass Phrao where you can take a rest at the Amazon Café of the PTT Petrol station. At noon you arrive at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp where you may pay a visit to the amazing pachyderms. Afterwards you continue the last stretch back to Chiang Mai following the Samoeng loop where you can enjoy the last bends of this amazing trip. In the afternoon you arrive our Service Center in Chiang Mai. From here we transfer you back to your booked hotel.

TOUR PRICES

Vehicle Single Rider Rider and pillion Single Room
BMW (single room) (sharing room) Suppl.
F700 GS 1,120,- 1,280,- 150,-
F800 GS 1,160,- 1,320,- 150,-
R1200 GS 1,320,- 1,480,- 150,-

Remarks:

  • Reduction when 2 single riders sharing a room: 150,- USD per rider
  • Prices are in USD and valid from 1 April 2017 until 31 October 2018
  • A deposit of 25% of the total price is payable upon booking. The rest is due latest 90 days before departure
  • Prices include 7%VAT

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

  • GPS with the day to day programmed route
  • Late model of a BMW GS Motorcycle as per your choice including daily 300 km.
  • Panniers and top box upon request
  • Accommodation in carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • Daily breakfast
  • Introductory itinerary briefing
  • Comprehensive tour script with safety tips, day-by-day itinerary, tips of activities and highlights en route, a hotel list and important contacts
  • Bike Tour Asia highway map of Thailand
  • Bike Tour Asia T-shirt
  • Emergency assistance

NOT INCLUDED

  • Entrance fees to National Parks and Historical Sites
  • Fuel
  • Meals
  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature

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 DATE

Daily Departure (upon availability of a motorcycle)

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