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Motorcycle road trip Thailand - On the Edge of Siam Kingdom

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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He has set up Vintage Rides and has now expanded its presence in nine countries. An explorer by heart, he's always looking to discover new adventures around the world.

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 Comfort
From €2,990/pilot
€2,690/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Thailand 12 stages - 1,007 miles


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D1 / Arrive in Chiang Mai

You arrive at the airport and are transferred to your hotel. Make the most of this first day discovering Chiang Mai, a large city in north Thailand. Visit Wat Chiang Man, stroll around the city's various markets, such as Talat Warorot or the famous night market, where you can taste your first Thai delicacies.

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D2 / Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son - 143 miles

Our adventure begins as we head southwest of Chiang Mai before entering Doi Inthanon national park, home to the country's highest peak (2,565 m). Then, we continue due west on a magnificent mountain road, peering over the edge at times. We arrive in Mae Hong Son, known as the “City of Three Mists”, nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains.

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D3 / Mae Hong Son - Pai - 106 miles

Today, we continue along the Mae Hong Son loop, famous for its 1,864 curves! We then sink closer to Burma along small picturesque tracks. En route, we stop off at Tham Lod for traditional bamboo rafting to caves filled with bats and catfish. Then, back on the famous loop road, we pass through superb landscapes. Once in Pai, we can make the most of this small town’s relaxed atmosphere.

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D4 / Pai - Doi Ang Khang - 106 miles

Hugging the Burmese border, we push on into the unspoilt northwest of the country. It is not uncommon to spot beautiful Japanese cherry blossom on this stretch. We ride on as far as Doi Ang Khang national park, which sits at an altitude of 1,928 m. The valley is known as "Little Switzerland" because of its very pleasant, mild climate and wild, virgin nature.

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D5 / Doi Ang Khang - Golden Triangle - 112 miles

We continue north along the Burmese border. The route continues up a winding road to Doi Mae Salong, known for its Chinese mountain village, Santikhiri. We continue on small secondary roads along the Thai-Burmese border, until we reach Mae Sai. We carry on along the Mekong until Chiang Saen, and voila, we’re in the heart of the Golden Triangle!

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D6 / Golden Triangle

This area, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma meet, is a symbolically strong place, considered the cradle of Thai civilisation. We can visit the Hall of Opium Museum and 800-year-old Wat Chedi Luang temple. Today, we take a day off from biking. But if you really can’t get enough, we can take the bikes for a spin outside of Chiang Saen.

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D7 / Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai - 68 miles

We make an early start and leave Chiang Saen, following the Mekong for a few miles and then head south. We cruise between rice paddies, pineapple and other fruit and vegetable plantations, and arrive in Chiang Rai for lunch. In the afternoon, we can visit the famous White Temple, Baan Dam Museum and Wat Hyua Pla Kung.

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D8 / Chiang Rai - Chiang Kham - 93 miles

We head northeast this morning. After several small roads, we climb to Phu Chi Fa and its never-ending hairpin bends. We take a short 30-minute walk to see neighbouring Laos. We then descend Phu Chi Fa mountain to reach our hotel with an interesting host.

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D9 / Chiang Kham - Nan - 162 miles

We set off early: we have a long day ahead! We push southeast for around 60 miles on exhilarating mountain roads full of twists and turns. We head east in Doi Phu Kha national park, through a wild and wonderful place until we reach Nan district. Off limits to foreigners for many years, this region has a Laotian atmosphere and influences.

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D10 / Nan - Lampang - 130 miles

This morning, we head southwest on a beautiful mountain road. Then, we cruise through the plains of Doi Pha Klong national park to Lampang. Here, we can visit its famous Burmese temple, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, known for its superb woodcarvings.

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D11 / Lampang - Chiang Mai - 87 miles

Today is your last day in the saddle, along the main road back to Chiang Mai. En route, we can stop off at the elephant conservation centre, 18 miles outside Lampang. We can still enjoy some winding roads in Doi Khun Tan national park on the way. You can spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure doing some shopping or simply enjoying one last Thai massage.

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D12 / Chiang Mai - International Airport

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

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The riders' opinions

Neil
Great team offering a wide choice of …

“Great team offering a wide choice of rides. I selected northern Thailand, the golden triangle route. Well planned ride on good quality bike's, interesting and unique accommodation, well priced and well organised. No hesitation in recommending them and I am planning another trip for 2018 Neil UK”

Andrew
Great experience

“Great experience. Really enjoyed the trip. I did the Thailand golden triangle 7 day. Had a ball.”

T Ainslie
Golden Triangle January 2018

“Very good initial contact. Video conference with Denise made the experience more personal, from the start. Good to have the update emails counting down to departure , with handy hints about what to prepare for the trip. Met at Chang Mai airport and installed in the hotel before joining the group in a restaurant . The trip was well organised with lunch and accommodation stops timed for just the right time of the day. Shad our guide did a really good job of leading a group of 5 bikes, ensuring all riding habits were catered for and controlled when necessary! Having a back up van to carry luggage and a mechanic was brilliant leaving us to ride with unencumbered bikes. This trip is more about riding tarmac /concrete roads of varying condition , than off road. All in all we all had some great experiences, during what was one of the most relaxing bike trips I have ever undertaken.”

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