13 Days Self-Guied Tour "Roll over North Thailand"
This tour provides an outstanding opportunity for you to obtain a thorough impression of the uniqueness of a large part of Northern Thailand. The roads are mainly rural two lanes with a variety of surfaces - some of the best riding anywhere in the world.
Between Mae Hong Son andMae Taeng there are 1864 bends or twisties which gives everybody a great opportunity to improve their cornering skills whatever their level of expertise. You explore Thailand's first capital city, Sukothai- a UNESCO World Heritage Site and among the highlights of the trip you can visit the highest mountain in Thailand (Doi Inthanon), 2565 meters. You may visit the Long Neck Women of the Kayan Tribe, famous for the brass rings that they wear around their necks. You can also explore the Golden Triangleand ride the remote and mountainous province of Nanand the little town of Bo Kluea, famous for its stunning views and its unique salt wells, all the time riding through wonderful landscapes of rivers and mountains. In Mae Sotyou may walk across the bridge into Myanmar and visit the town of Myawaddy, one of the key cross border trading centers.
AT A GLANCE
|START / FINISH:||Bike Tour Asia Service Center / Chiang Mai|
|NEAREST AIRPORT:||Chiang Mai International Airport|
|DURATION:||13 days, 11 days riding|
|ROUTE:||Total distance: approximately 2,400 km's (1,500 miles)|
|DAILY ROUTE:||Daily distance: 170 to 300 km’s (100 to 190 miles)|
|ACCOMMODATIONS:||Carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.|
|REST DAY:||Chiang Rai|
|HIGHLIGHTS:||Doi Inthanon, Long Neck Hill Tribe, Road of 1,864 curves, Golden Triangle, Mekong River, Salt Wells at Bo Kluea, Sirikit Dam, Sukothai Heritage Park, Burmese Border Ride, Mae Sariang|
|1 DAY||Arrive in Chiang Mai|
|2 DAY||Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son||300 km||186 miles|
|3 DAY||Mae Hong Son – Ban Rak Thai - Pai||170 km||105 miles|
|4 DAY||Pai – Doi Angkhang - Thaton||300 km||185 miles|
|5 DAY||Thaton – Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai||190 km||120 miles|
|6 DAY||Chiang Rai (Rest Day)|
|7 DAY||Chiang Rai - Nan||240 km||150 miles|
|8 DAY||Nan - Bo Kluea - Nan||200 km||125 miles|
|9 DAY||Nan - Sukothai||285 km||180 miles|
|10 DAY||Sukothai - Mae Sot||200 km||125 miles|
|11 DAY||Mae Sot - Mae Sariang||230 km||145 miles|
|12 DAY||Mae Sariang - Chiang Mai||240 km||150 miles|
|13 DAY||Departure Chiang Mai|
DAY BY DAY
(B/L/D) = (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
1. Day / Chiang Mai (-/-/-)
In the afternoon we will meet at our service center or at your hotel. Here you will receive a briefing about the tour and your motorcycle We will discuss the itinerary, basic riding rules, talk about the local riding environment, and answer any question that you may have. You will stay overnight in Chiang Mai.
2. Day / Chiang Mai - Doi Inthanon - Mae Hong Son (B/-/-)
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. (Distance: 300 km / 186 miles).
3. Day / 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. (Distance: 170 km / 105 miles).
4. Day / 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. (Distance: 300 km / 185 miles).
5. Day / Thaton - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai (B/-/-)
The first part of today’s route will take you along gentle hills through rice paddies and farm villages. you follow the Kok River for a while before you turn left 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 to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.
If you want, you may swap the motorcycles for a boat to explore the river region. You even can take a short break in Laos (no visa needed) before returning to your motorbike. You then take a short trip to Chiang Rai via the Freeway. You stay overnight in Chiang Rai. (Distance: 190 km / 120 miles).
6. Day / Chiang Rai (Rest Day) (B/-/-)
This is a rest day. Enjoy a healthy breakfast in the hotel and spend the day at the pool or in the Spa.
You may also take a walk exploring the town to visit some of the many markets and temples such as the remarkable Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) which is today recognized as one of the main attractions all over Thailand. A walk is likely needed after all the great riding hours. You stay overnight in Chiang Rai.
7. Day / Chiang Rai - Nan (B/-/-)
You leave Chiang Rai and make your way through the hinterland on small back roads in south-eastern direction. You pass rice fields and fruit plantations and cruise through small farm villages. We recommend a nice local lunch with a view. After lunch the ride becomes more and more spectacular. 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 your 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. For bikers the area is a little known treasure. You stay overnight in Nan. (Distance: 240 km / 150 miles).
8. Day / Nan - Bo Kluea - Nan (B/-/-)
Without any doubt the road to Bo Kluea offers some of the best riding in all of Thailand. A classic twisting road on almost empty roads 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.
In the early afternoon you are back in Nan and can visit the most beautiful temple, Wat Phumin. The temple was built as if it were on the back of two immense snakes. You will overnight in Nan. (Distance: 200 km / 125 miles).
9. Day / Nan - Sukothai (B/-/-)
After breakfast you leave Nan behind to drive in a southern direction. On smaller back roads you ride towards the Queen Sirikit Dam, built in 1973, this dam stands an impressive 160 meters high and 800 meters long and covers an area of 220 square kilometers. In Ban Pak Nai you can have lunch and later you cross the dam with a little ferry. On the other side of the dam you will continue your ride on small provincial roads with hardly any traffic.
This is farmland; you pass through a beautiful hilly landscape and countless villages. On the way towards Sukothai you may visit the oldest teak three in the world. You will stay overnight in Sukothai. (Distance: 285 km / 180 miles).
10. Day / Sukothai - Mae Sot (B/-/-)
Don't miss a visit of the 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. The last 70 km you will follow the winding road No.12 to Mae Sot. You will overnight in Mae Sot. (Distance: 200 km / 125 miles).
11. Day / 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. (Distance: 230 km / 145 miles).
Day 12 / Mae Sariang - Chiang Mai (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.
After breakfast you complete your North Thailand loop and head back to Chiang Mai. One final exhilarating ride over the high hills and through the forests, finally it is dropping down to follow the meandering River Mae Jaem through the aptly named town of Hot. You arrive back at our Service Center in Chiang Mai in the afternoon. You will overnight in Chiang Mai. (Distance: 240 km / 150 miles).
Day 13 / Chiang Mai - onwards (B/-/-)
Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport.
Remark:All of the indicated times and distances are approximately.
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