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Motorcycle road trip Thailand

The Golden Triangle Mountains


A short, up-tempo adventure which takes you from Chiang Mai to the Golden Triangle, totally immersing you in the country's fascinating culture.

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He knows just about all there is to know about motorbike tours in Asia, having launched the Vintage Rides concept 10 years ago.

Short on time, but dreaming of escape and a physical challenge? Sign up for our all-new Royal Enfield adventure along the sublime roads of Northern Thailand. For a few days, you negotiate hundreds of exhilarating bends amid enchanting landscapes. Small secret routes and deserted tracks bordering Burma and Laos will make your head spin. After a tough day in the saddle, what could be more reviving than a Thai massage and delicious cuisine? A demanding bike trip for those who fancy tackling Thailand's asphalt, and who will quickly get hooked on Asian road trips.

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Period November to February
Duration 7 days incl. 5 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From 1990€/pilot
1690€/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Thailand 7 stages - 1935 Km


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D1 / Arrive in Chiang Mai

On arriving at the airport, you are transferred to your hotel. Make the most of Chiang Mai: visit the Wat Chiang Man and stroll around the city's various markets - the Talad Waroot and the famous night bazaar, where you can taste your first Thai specialities.

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D2 / Chiang Mai - Chiang Dao - 160 Km

The adventure begins heading north through Chiang Mai’s gardens, going up the banks of Ping river. You perceive the first ricefields, then go up in altitude to cross the luxuriant massif which separates you from the Mae Taeng valley. You arrive at the end of the day in Chiang Dao, a small hamlet nested at the foothills of an impressive mountain.

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D3 / Chiang Dao - Tha Ton - 200 Km 

Continue up north towards the Burmese border through changing landscapes, increasingly wild. The road will propel you without any transition towards Doi Angkhang, almost at 2,000m/6,561ft of altitude. After a traditional meal in the village of Ban Luang, you go down into the great plain of Fang and finish this stage in the small town of Thaton.

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D4 / Tha Ton – Mae Sai - 140 Km

The adventure continues up north, closer to the Burmese border, progressing on small, breathtaking mountain roads. After crossing the plain of Fang, we climb up to Doi Mae Salong known for its Chinese mountain village Santikhiri. In the botanical garden of Mae Fah Luang, coffee and tea crops replace the vibrant poppy colors. Small secondary roads crisscrossing the border of the Burmese border lead us to Mae Sai.

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D5 / Mae Sai – Chiang Kham - 300 Km

Still in the north of Chiang Rai province, you head now for the Mekong. After 30km you find yourself at the heart of the "Golden Triangle", home to three borders - Thailand, Laos and Burma. Next you ride due south along a sublime stretch of road, running parallel to the Laos border. You stick mainly to the high ridges with their magnificent panoramic views.

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D6 / Chiang Kham – Chiang Mai - 340 Km 

Saddle up for your last day's riding, heading southwest towards Lampang. Then take the main road to Chiang Mai for the last 100km of the trip. A final night in Chiang Mai to do a bit of shopping or simply enjoy a last Thai massage.

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D7 / Chiang Mai - International airport

Depending on your flight time, you may have a few more hours to enjoy Chiang Mai's charms. Transfer to the international airport.

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stephen buskell
Vintage Rides SrI Lanka

“I was born in Sri Lanka but I was taken to parts I didn't know existed. Excellent knowledge of which routes to take to avoid the sometimes hellish traffic. The bikes were great fun : this is despite me being 125 kilos on a 350 - impressed ! They seem to be constantly reviewing their hotels which can only mean a better experience I would recommend this company to my biking friends”

GregoryEvans
Wonderful experience with great company

“My group of 12 friends had a wonderful experience riding in the Himalayas with Vintage Rides. From the fantastic Pierrey our tour guide to the work done by the backroom staff to ensure this unique experience went without a hitch, this a very experienced and highly recommended company to put your trust in for such a journey. Will definitely use them again at some time in the future - perhaps Mongolia.”

Bern Lazareff
Great experience in the Himalayas, …

“Great experience in the Himalayas, thanks to our very professional guide, Bernard, who shared his extensive knowledge of the local culture, showed tremendous patience and understanding; although some riders were definitely not quite on the level, he managed to include them without hampering the group's progress, bravo! Thanks to his deep sense of humor and many anecdotes, the evenings also were a delight, and we felt welcome when meeting his many friends. Can't wait to do another tour with our special guide.”

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From October 18th 2017 to October 24th 2017
From January 10th 2018 to January 16th 2018
From February 3rd 2018 to February 9th 2018
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