6 Days Self-Guided Tour “Mae Hong Son & Golden Triangle”

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 MaeTaeng 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 are more mountains ahead. Doi Angkhang, Mae Salong with its scenic beauty and tea plantations. The Golden Triangle and the Mekong River, continue to the mountain of Phu Chi Fa. This area is pretty remote and offers great motorcycle riding. Don’t miss the visit of the White temple 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: Chiang Mai (Bike Tour Asia Service Center)
NEAREST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Chiang Mai International Airport
DURATION: 6 days riding
ROUTE: Total distance: approximately 1,400 km's
DAILY ROUTE: Daily distance: 160 to 300 km’s
ACCOMMODATIONS: Carefully selected quality hotels with leisure facilities.
REST DAY: No
HIGHLIGHTS: Doi Inthanon, Long Neck Hill Tribe, Ban Rak Thai, Road of 1,864 curves, Golden Triangle, Mekong River, Phu Chi Fa, White Temple Chiang Rai
   

ITINERARY

       
DAY FROM TO Km
1 Chiang Mai Mae Hong Son 300
2 Mae Hong Son Pai 170
3 Pai Thaton 300
4 Thaton Golden Triangle 160
5 Golden Triangle Chiang Rai 240
6 Chiang Rai Chiang Mai 200
Total     1,370
       

(all above kms. are approximately)

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DAY BY DAY

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

ITINERARY

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

In the morning we pick you up and drive to our Service Center. You will have time to familiarize yourself with your motorcycle before you set off. You 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. If you like you have the first break at the Vachiratharn Waterfall - an impressive and powerful 80 m high waterfall. You then proceed the 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 in Mae Chaem before 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.

Day 2 Mae Hong Son - Ban Rak Thai - Pai (B/-/-)

In the morning you can 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. 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. If the weather is fine you can do a little 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 you arrive in Pai and can relax in your hotel before you dine in one of the various restaurants in Pai. In the evening after dinner you can enjoy the delights of the Walking Street market. You stay overnight in Pai.

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

Another great riding day is ahead of you and in the morning you complete the “remaining” 762 twisties over the mountains to Mae Taeng. From here you follow the Freeway for a short while before you turn left up on a steep zigzagging asphalt road to Doi Angkhang. Anghhang Royal Agricultural Station is a research project for planting fruit trees, vegetables and other crop under the patronage of the King. In the afternoon you reach Thaton, a small town on the banks of the Kok River, bordering with Myanmar. Before you check in in your hotel you can enjoy a splendid view from Wat Thaton over the town and the vicinity. you stay overnight in Thaton.

Day 4 Thaton - Doi Mae Salong - Golden Triangle (B/-/-)

The route today will take you along gentle hills through rice paddies and farm villages on Road 107. You follow the Kok River for a while before turning left on Road 1130 to drive up to Doi Mae Salong on yet more amazingly twistie 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 continue cruising towards the mighty Mekong River. You can stop at the Choui Fong Tea House and visit the tea plantation and the tea house serving all kind of different tea blends and great cakes. You then continue to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Drive up to the temple Wat Sop Ruak where you have a great view over the Golden Triangle. If you like you can swap the motorcycles for a boat and explore the river region. You can even take a short break in Laos (no visa needed but bring your passport) before returning to your motorcycles. Alternatively you can visit the small but interesting local Opium Museum to learn more about Khun Sa and the opium trade in the past. The Pier and the Museum are in walking distance. You stay overnight at the Golden Triangle.

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Day 5 Golden Triangle - Phu Chi Fa - Chiang Rai (B/-/-)

You leave the Golden Triangle in the morning to Chiang Rai, your final destination for the day. Before getting there you will first ride along the Mekong River to Chiang Khong. Stop at the View Coffee, a beautiful spot. Continue to Chiang Khong and further towards the mountain of Phu Chi Fa, were you may have lunch. Phu Chi Fa is located on the border between Thailand and Laos. It’s a great ride up there and the scenery is spectacular with lots of photo opportunities. The Road is local with little traffic. Take your time and enjoy the ride. Since Phu Chi Fa is fairly remote, there are not many tourists who make it to this part of Thailand. If time permits and weather is clear, you can ride up to the view point and walk to the cliff on the border to Laos, enjoy the valley in front. In the afternoon you arrive in Chiang Rai. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

A last great riding day is ahead of you of this comprehensive tour. In the morning you complete the “remaining” 762 twisties over the mountains to Mae Taeng. You then drive on rural back roads to the Mae Sa Elephant Camp. You can pay the amazing pachyderms a visit before you continue your journey on the Samoeng loop to enjoy more twisties. In the afternoon you arrive our Service Center in Chiang Mai. Transfer to your booked hotel.

Day 6 Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai (B/-/-)

Leaving Chiang Rai behind you ride in southern direction to Wat Rong Khung (White Temple), the remarkable temple which is today recognized as one of the main attractions all over Thailand. Park your motorcycles and take a stroll inside the temple. There are plenty of coffee shops around the temple. On your way back to Chiang Mai you follow the Road 118. Stop at the hot spring, dip our toes in the warm water….. More twists and bends will lead you back to Chiang Mai. You will arrive at our Service Center in the afternoon. Transfer to the next booked hotel.

TOUR PRICES

Vehicle Single Rider Rider and pillion Single Room
BMW (single room) (sharing room) Suppl.
F700 GS 1,680,- 1,920,- 250,-
F800 GS 1,740,- 1,980- 250,-
R1200 GS 1,980,- 2,220,- 250,-

Remarks:

  • Reduction when 2 Single Riders sharing a room: 250,- 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. 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
  • 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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