5 Days Self-Guided Tour "Hidden Beauty of Lanna Kingdom"

After a few minutes you are already on the first mountain roads of the beautiful Samoeng Loop.You visit Doi Angkhangand Doi Mae Salong with its scenic beauty and tea plantations.

You will also go to rather more famous or infamous places like the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet and where in previous decades the opium poppy provided a living to many people until it was stopped in the 1996 after the death of Khun Sa, a legendary war lord. You will continue to the mountains of Phu Chi Fa, a remote area which offers great motorcycle roads.

Along the way you visit also some of the lesser known treasures like mysterious Nan, which for centuries remained autonomous and cut off from the outside world and the little village of Bo Kluea, famous for its stunning views and its unique salt wells, all the time riding through wonderful landscapes of rivers and mountains.

The route in Google Maps

AT A GLANCE

START / FINISH: Chiang Mai / Chiang Mai
NEAREST AIRPORT: Chiang Mai International Airport
DURATION: 5 days riding
ROUTE: Total distance: approximately 1,230 km's
DAILY ROUTE: Daily distance: 200 to 310 km’s
ACCOMMODATIONS: Carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.
REST DAY: No
HIGHLIGHTS: Doi Angkang, Doi Mae Salong, Golden Triangle, Mekong River, Phu Chi Fah, Nan, Salt Wells at Bo Kluea
   

ITINERARY

1 DAY Chiang Mai - Samoeng - Thaton 280 km 174 miles
2 DAY Thaton - Golden Triangle - Chiang Khong 210 km 130 miles
3 DAY Chiang Khong - Phu Chi Fah - Nan 305 km 190 miles
4 DAY Nan - Bo Kluea- Nan 200 km 124 miles
5 DAY Nan – Phayao – Chiang Mai 240 km 149 miles

DAY BY DAY

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

1. Day Chiang Mai – Thaton (-/-/-)

After only a few Km you have left Chiang Mai behind and follow the first amazing corners of the Samoeng Loop. You pass the Mae Sa Elephant Camp where you can stop to visit the amazing pachyderms if you like. You continue on Road 107 for a short while before you follow rural back roads on your way up north. You are now heading for Doi Angkhang, following the Thai – Myanmar border.

There are a couple of scenic stops on the way. Then you take a zigzagging road back towards the main road. Be careful, this road is very steep and has some narrow switch backs. In the afternoon you reach Thaton, 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. You continue to the nearby Mae Kok River Village Resort, where you stay for the night.

2. Day Thaton – Golden Triangle – Chiang Khong (B/-/-)

You leave Thaton and ascend to Doi Mae Salong on 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. You proceed through farm villages along rice paddies and stop at the impressive Choui Fong Tea House. The tea house of this huge plantation serves all kind of different tea blends and great cakes. Enjoy the scenery!

You continue to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Here you drive up to the Wat Sop Ruak temple to enjoy a great view over the Golden Triangle. In the small but interesting local Opium Museum you can learn more about Khun Sa and the opium trade in the past. Before you reach Chiang Khong you can stop at the View Coffee, an amazing spot overlooking the Mekong River. You stay overnight in Chiang Khong.

3. Day Chiang Khong – Phu Chi Fah – Nan (B/-/-)

You ride through some scenic mountain landscapes with plenty of twisties up to Phu Chi Fah. Phu Chi Fa is located on the border between Thailand and Laos. It’s a great ride up here - the scenery is spectacular with lots of photo opportunities. Since Phu Chi Fa is fairly remote, there are not many tourists who make it to this part of Thailand. If time permits and the weather clear, you can ride up to the view point and can walk to the cliff on the border to Laos.

You continue to Phulangka and for the next hundred km or so you ride through countless bends through yet more beautiful landscapes. You 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.

4. Day Nan – Bo Kluea – Nan (B/-/-)

In the morning you may visit the most beautiful temple in Nan, Wat Phumin. The temple was built as if it were on the back of two immense snakes. For bikers the area around Nan is a little known treasure and without any doubt the road to Bo Kluea offers some of the best riding in all of Thailand. You follow Road 1169 to reach 1081 which is a classic twisting road with little traffic and which 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. You can have an early lunch with a nice view at Bo Kluea View Resort before heading back to Chiang Mai on more twisty roads. You stay overnight in Nan.

5. Day Nan – Phayao – Chiang Mai (B/-/-)

After breakfast you drive from Nan in a western direction. During the last day of our motorcycle tour you cruise once again hilly roads via Phayao to Chiang Mai. In Phayao you can enjoy a nice lunch by the lake if you are hungry before you arrive back in Chiang Mai in the afternoon.

TOUR PRICES

Vehicle Single Rider Rider and pillion Single Room
BMW (single room) (sharing room) Suppl.
F700 GS 1,400,- 1,600,- 200,-
F800 GS 1,450,- 1,650,- 200,-
R1200 GS 1,650,- 1,850,- 200,-

Remarks:

  • Reduction when 2 single riders sharing a room: 200,- 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

  • Accommodation in carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • Daily breakfast
  • 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
  • Lunches and Dinner
  • 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

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