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Motorcycle road trip Thailand

On the Edge of Siam Kingdom


Be among the first to explore Northern Thailand on a Royal Enfield with a motorbike tour along the country's most beautiful roads.

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Saddle up for a bike tour along the sublime roads of Northern Thailand on a Royal Enfield. Discover the ancient Thai kingdom of Lanna, on an exceptional road trip departing from Chiang Mai. At the heart of the real Thailand, you follow the Burmese border as far as the banks of the Mekong, thoroughly immersing yourself in the fabled Golden Triangle. Misty mountains, teak forests, and glittering Buddhist temples make for plenty of surprises and exciting stop-offs along the way. Not forgetting friendly encounters with the different ethnic groups who call the North their home. A motorcycle trip for those who dream of magnificent open roads and a complete change of scenery.

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Period November to February
Duration 12 days incl. 11 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
From 2990€/pilot
2690€/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Thailand 12 stages - 1770 Km


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D1 / Arrive in Chiang Mai

You are greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Make the most of your first day by exploring Chiang Mai, the main urban centre of Northern Thailand. Ideally placed at the heart of the ancient kingdom of Lanna, its architectural heritage is mind-blowing with no fewer than 300 temples!

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D2 / Chiang Mai - Mae Sarieng - 270 Km

Your journey starts by heading southwest from Chiang Mai. You enter the Doi Inthanon National Park, home to the country's highest peak, then continue due west on a magnificent mountain road. First contact with the country's various hill tribes.

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D3 / Mae Sarieng - Mae Hong Son - 200 Km 

This stage takes you along a very beautiful road. The section up to Khun Yuam is one of the most winding, and offers spectacular views. We arrive in Mae Hong Son, known as the City of Three Mists, nestled in the valley surrounded by mountains.

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D4 / Mae Hong Son – Pai - 130 Km 

A rugged stage which follows a spectacularly twisty road. The famous Mae Hong Son loop rolls through the middle of sublime countryside. On arriving in Pai, you can make the most of this small town's relaxed atmosphere. Its numerous attractions include waterfalls, hot springs and elephant rides.

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D5 / Pai - Doi Ang Khang - 250 Km

Hugging the Burmese border, you push on into the unspoilt northwest of the country. You ride on as far as Doi Ang Khang (altitude: 1,928m). The valley is known as "Little Switzerland" because of its very pleasant temperate climate. Wild, unblemished nature.

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D6 / Doi Ang Khang - Tha Ton - 190 Km

You continue north along the Burmese border. An impressive descent brings you to the fertile plain of Fang. Back up on the ridges, you can fully appreciate how important the roads and trails are in this remote, unspoilt region. You near the Golden Triangle and spend the night in the peaceful haven of Tha Ton.

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D7 / Tha Ton - Doi Mae Salong - Mae Sai - Chiang Saen - 160 Km 

Your journey continues along a winding road to Doi Mae Salong and the chance to taste one of Thailand's best teas. Small, secondary roads crisscrossing the edges of the Burmese border bring you to Mae Sai. You then travel along the Mekong to Chiang Saen, in the heart of the Golden Triangle.

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D8 / Chiang Saen

Sticking mainly to the high ridges with their spectacular panoramas, you will be treated to magnificent views of neighbouring Laos.

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D9 / Chiang Saen - Chiang Kham - 220 Km 

You ride southeast for around 100 km along an exhilarating, winding road through the mountains. Forking off eastwards in the Nan district, you cross Doi Phu Kha National Park to reach Chiang Kham, a wild and wonderful place known for its salt mines.

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D10 / Chiang Kham – Lampang - 210 Km 

You return from your loop through the easternmost part of the country, riding around 90 km along a magnificent mountain road to Nan. Then continue west to Lampang. Visit to the famous Burmese temple, the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, known for its superb wood carvings.

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D11 / Lampang - Chiang Mai - 140 Km

Your last day in the saddle, along the main road back to Chiang Mai. On the way, a chance to stop off at the elephant conservation centre, 30 km outside Lampang. On arrival in Chiang Mai, you take a detour up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep for a last bird's eye view.

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D12 / Chiang Mai

Depending on your flight time, you may be able to savour Chiang Mai's charms for a few more hours. Transfer to the international airport.

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