A review of our 10-Day Tour of Northern Thailand tour which includes the famous Mae Hong Son Loop. Scroll to the bottom for Photo Gallery!
Written by Bombae – Motorcycle Fleet Operation & Tour Leader
“The most spectacular tour I have ever done in my life” …. was one of the comments we got from a riding group from the Netherlands. This was a group of friends that has been riding together on cruising motorcycles for more than 6 years all over the world, but this was their first time to tour with BMW motorcycles. So, we made some adjustments to our regular itinerary especially for them.
We started the first day with an easy day’s ride around Chiang Mai to get to know the bikes. Then we continued on up north to Chiang Rai and east to Nan. Here we had to put the bikes on the ferry which crosses the Sirikit dam on our way to a UNESCO World Heritage site … Sukhothai, which was the first capital of Thailand around 700 years ago.
Here we swapped our motorcycles to regular bicycles to stretch our legs and explore the historical park. The next station is Mae Sot, the border town on the border with Myanmar.
After a short and easy day we then had a challenging riding day in front of us. The road from Mae Sot to Mae Hong Son is almost 400 km and full of curvy, winding switchbacks and ups and downs through the mountains with very light traffic.
That evening we stayed in the charming Fern Resort where everyone had a chance to relax in the middle of a jungle valley. The next ride was on to the party town of Pai, where the boys enjoyed shopping in the walking street and the selection of cocktails and beer bars. The last morning we took it easy, getting a late start for the easy ride back to Chiang Mai.
After 8 Riding days with 2,000 km and 6,000+ curves around Northern Thailand, the boys were impressed with the tour setup, good road conditions, fantastic local Thai food, great weather and especially with the bikes. They promised to come back for a longer tour, such as our Vietnam tour. We are looking forward to riding again with all these awesome people again on the next tour!