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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 - 1965 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 - 190 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

Todd
Best trip. Ever.

“Excellent, almost effortless trip. We were looked after well. The route was a wonderful combination of easy riding and modest challenge. The staff was tolerant beyond any reasonable human's capacity. Lodgings both exotic and comfortable. A better trip can not be imagined.”

Johnny, Newbury (UK)
Excellent organisation

“Excellent organisation. I found everybody that I dealt with to be very professional and most helpful, both at the planning stage and during the trip. I'd definitely recommend Vintage, and will undoubtedly use them for any future trips I'm able to undertake.”

Greg
I would recommend Vintage Rides to any …

“I would recommend Vintage Rides to any rider contemplating a guided motorcycle tour. Right from my initial email with Denise, the professionalism and attention to detail was reassuring. Everything was organised for us and our tour guide Josh was fantastic from start to finish. The Royal Enfields were a lot of fun and suited the type of riding we did, the scenery was simply mind blowing and the tour was the best holiday and adventure ever. On top of all this, the value for money was excellent. I will be touring with Vintage Rides again. I did the Trans Himalayan in India.”

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