6 Days Self-Guided Tour “Sukhothai & along the Burmese border”

In this tour you explore some famous cultural sites like Thailand's first capital city, Sukothai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and some lesser known treasures of northern near the border to Myanmar.

At MaeSot you may walk across the bridge into Myanmar and visit the town of Myawaddy, one of the key cross border trading centers.

Between Mae Hong Son and MaeTaeng there are 1864 bends or twisties which gives everybody a great opportunity to improve their cornering skills whatever their level of expertise.

Among the highlights of the trip you can visit the Long Neck Women of the Kayan Tribe, famous for the brass rings that they wear around their necks.

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 1,271 km's
DAILY ROUTE: Daily distance: 160 to 300 km’s
ACCOMMODATIONS: Carefully selected quality hotels with leisure facilities.
REST DAY: No
HIGHLIGHTS: Sukothai Heritage Park, Mae Sot and Mae Sariang along the Burmese Border, Long Neck Hill Tribe, Road of 1,864 curves, Ban Rak Thai, Pai
   

ITINERARY

       
DAY FROM TO Km
1 Chiang Mai Sukhothai 295
2 Sukhothai Mae Sot 221
3 Mae Sot Mae Sariang 230
4 Mae Sariang Mae Hong Son 160
5 Mae Hong Son Pai 185
6 Pai Chiang Mai 180
Total     1,271
       

(all above kms. are approximately)

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DAY BY DAY

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

Day 1 → Chiang Mai – Sukhothai (-/-/-)

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. There are nice bends and a pleasant riding environment in the morning. You ride some main roads and some rural roads passing many villages before you arrive in Sukhothai, which literally means “Dawn of Happiness”. It was capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom in the 13th and 14th centuries. Overnight in Sukhothai.

Day 2 → Sukothai - Mae Sot (B/-/-)

sukhothai-temole

You should not miss to visit the Sukothai Heritage Park. The historical Sukothai, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, 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 you proceed westwards to the province of Tak before you follow the remote winding road No. 1175 to Mae Sot. You will stay overnight in Mae Sot.

Day 3 → Mae Sot - Mae Sariang (B/-/-)

After breakfast you can drive to the nearby "Friendship Bridge" which links Mae Sot in Thailand with Myawaddy in Myanmar. You can even cross over by foot and visit the local market in Myawaddy (no visa required – subject to change). You then come back to Thailand cruising north on route 105 which runs along the border to Myanmar all the way to Mae Sariang. The road is winding and paved passing through many small communities like Mae Ramat, Tha Song Yang or Ban Sop Ngao. On the way you also pass a huge refugees camp where thousands of Burmese live. In the afternoon you reach Mae Sariang, a small town alongside the Yuam River. Enjoy the sunset by the bank of the Yuam River. You will overnight in Mae Sariang.

Day 4 → Mae Sariang - Mae Hong Son (B/-/-)

If you are an early riser you may 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. You reach early in your beautiful hotel. Enjoy the beautiful garden and the swimming pool in the afternoon. Overnight in Mae Hong Son.

Day 5 → Mae Hong Son - Ban Rak Thai - Pai (B/-/-)

In the morning we recommend 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 1,864 bends of varying sharpness. The road passes through some beautiful mountainous scenery. On the way 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. In the evening after dinner you may enjoy the delights of the Walking Street market. Overnight in Pai.

Day 6 → Pai - Chiang Mai(B/-/-)

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.

ํ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 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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