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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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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The riders' opinions

Matthew
Great staff/tour personnel

“Firstly, the airport experience on arrival was a little disjointed but of no great consequence. From thereon in wonderful people to deal with and our tour leader/support staff were excellent. The bikes were in good mechanical condition and we were fortunate that our group had a good skill set as there were some challenging roads. Notwithstanding though this trip would be suitable for most capable riders. No alcohol in the high altitudes is recommended. A very professional outfit all round.”

Suresh Yeraballi
Lifetime experience riding across Rajasthan, India.

“Vintage Rides represented by Denise had tailormade a bike route in Rajasthan for four of us and I should say they have planned the trip so meticulously that everything went so seamlessly and gave us an experience of a lifetime, in terms of riding and the stay at some awesome places. They have mint condition bikes and an excellent team onboard, who are best in what they do and a note of thanks to the team leader Sid and support staff Ashraf, without whom the trip would have been incomplete. Cheers!”

Amar Dixit
Rajasthan 2017-Team Bullet Raja

“Great ride, fantastic reliable support team, well thought through routes and itinerarary. Reliable motorcycles. Thrilling ride Luxurious hotels Great food. Passionate crew.”

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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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