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From 28th December 2022
To11th January 2023
Category Guided Tour
Location Chiang Mai
Price€ 3550
3 available

Northern Thailand

“The very best South East Asia has to offer the adventure motorcyclist”

Start / Finish Location
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration
13 Days & 14 Nights (Fully Supported)
Distance
2,500km approx.
Riding Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Culture Shock
Low to Medium
Pillion Supplement
€800
Single Room Supplement
N/A - all single room

New itinerary for 2022 / 2023

Motorcycling in South East Asia can only be described as an Adventure of a Lifetime and is a perfect mix of excellent roads, spectacular scenery, culinary delights and most of all very warm and welcoming people. Over the past decade we’ve spent quite some time in South East Asia with various tours in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Myanmar varying in length from 7 to 21 days. Whilst they’re all fantastcic countries, Northern Thailand remains one of our firm favourites and we believe our itinerary & route perfectly encapsulates the very best of this enchanting land.

This is a fully supported tour taking in all our favourite places! Leaving Chiang Mai, our route takes us in a clockwise direction around the Mae Hong Son loop, north to the Myanmar border and west to the Golden Triangle before turning south down along the Mekong and the east side of Northern Thailand. There are three rest days built into the itinerary with optional biking and / or lots of activities on offer.  

Highlights Include: Mae Hong Son Loop | Riding in and visiting the Golden Triangle | Riding along and taking a boat trip on the Mekong River | Visiting the White Temple | Karen Long Neck Tribal Villages | Route of 1864 bends, Phu Chi Fa National Park and much much more!

Just to mention a few highlights…

  • The Karen tribes and in particular the Karen Padaung. The tribes women are strikingly recognized for the large brass rings they wear around their necks, thus lengthening them and giving them the more common name of ‘The Long Neck’ tribe. The Padaung call themselves “LaeKur” or “Kayan” and they have their own unique language which originates from Tibeto-Burmese.
  • Mountain Tea Plantations, Chinese Village and an optional cave visit; Most of Mae Hong Son’s landscape is surrounded by many high complicated mountain ranges, variety of forests, and covered by mist all year round. All these reasons bring it to be called “City of Three Mist”. Due to the nature’s charm and beauty together with the large magnificent cave, hot spring, both small and big streams, these all seem to be the important factors to bring Mae Hong Son to become the biggest center of conservative travelling style in Thailand.
  • The town of Pai who’s permanent residents are a seemingly harmonious mix of Western hippies, Thai Rastas, and Muslims which gives the place a unique vibe. Pai marks our first stop in the authentic mountainous province of Mae Hong Son and we are now on the infamous Mae Hong Son Loop. The Mae Hong Son Loop is a comprehensive way to discover one of Thailand’s most authentic provinces and experience authentic northern Thai & Shan minority culture – the Mae Hong Son Loop is the perfect antidote. Mae Hong Son is the most mountainous province in Thailand and receives few visitors due to its relatively remote location and time needed to reach it.
  • Wat Rong Khun, better known as “the White Temple”. The White Temple is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. Located outside the town of Chiang Rai the temple attracts a large number of visitors, both Thai and foreign, making it one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions. Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out through the white colour and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white colour signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.
  • The village of Doi Chang, home do Doi Chang Coffee. Located in the Golden Triangle region of Thailand, the village of Doi Chang has not always been known for its coffee. Instead, it was an area, which was known for its opium production and trade, and many grew the cash crop in order to survive and take care of their families. With the help of a Royal initiative of Thailand in 1983, farmers were given Arabica coffee plants to grow. The rich soil in the north of Thailand and the cooler weather helped the coffee to flourish. After producing coffee for over 20 years, and frustrated with the efforts of dealing with third party coffee dealers, the farmers in Doi Chang decided to form their own coalition and sell coffee directly themselves.
  • The Golden Triangle designates the confluence of the Ruak River and the Mekong River, since the term has been appropriated by the Thai tourist industry to describe the nearby border tripoint of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. We will also have the opportunity for a boat ride on the mighty Mekong. The Golden Triangle is one of Asia’s two main opium-producing areas. It is an area of around 950,000 square kilometres that overlaps the mountains of three countries of Southeast Asia: MyanmarLaos and Thailand. Along with Afghanistan in the Golden Crescent, it has been one of the most extensive opium-producing areas of Asia and of the world since the 1950s. Most of the world’s heroin came from the Golden Triangle until the early 21st century when Afghanistan became the world’s largest producer.
  • The exhilarating mountainous highway No. 1148, ranked in the top 10 it’s one of the most fun biking roads to be found anywhere in the world with 120 kilometers of up and down curves through the impressive mountains.
  • The national park of Phu Chi Fa. The famous cliff is part of an elevated area, the DoiPha Mon sub-range, that rises near the border with Laos sloping towards the Mekong River. The highest point of the ridge, DoiPha Mon, is 1628 m high. With spectacular views over the surrounding mountains, it is one of the famous tourist attractions of the Thai highlands where one can catch a glimpse of the “sea of mist” – the view of the fog-surrounded hills.

We will be providing a more detailed itinerary on arrival to include hotel info and GPS co-ordinates. Please note that this is an outline route and maybe subject to change.

More Information

Day 1 – arrive Chiang Mai

Day 2 – Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai

Day 3 – Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son

Day 4 – Mae Hong Son to Pai

Day 5 – Pai to Chiang Dao

Day 6 – Chiang Dao to Chiang Rai

Day 7 – Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

Day 8 – Chiang Khong to Chiang Khong – rest day with optional rideout / activities

Day 9 – Chiang Khong to Nan

Day 10 – Nan to Nan – rest day with optional rideout / activities

Day 11 – Nan to Dan Sai

Day 12 – Dan Sai to Sukhothai

Day 13 – Sukhothai to Sukhothai – rest day with optional rideout / activities

Day 14 – Sukhothai to Chiang Mai

Day 15 – Chiang Mai to Ireland

Included:

  • Motorcycle Rental CB500X
    • Upgrade options subject to availability
    • Suzuki V-Strom 650 or similar – €250 suppl.
    • Honda CRF Africa Twin or similar – €800 suppl.
  • B&B accommodation in quality hotels and authentic guesthouses.
  • Support vehicle for luggage transfers
  • Fuel for Motorcycles
  • Lunch on all riding days. 
  • Tour guide(s) (Overlanders & local with necessary permits & licenses)
  • Detailed route maps / itinerary etc. allowing some self-guiding if preferred.

Not Included

  • Any travel costs to get to the start and from the finish point for the tour.
  • Rental security, deposits etc.
  • Personal travel, accident and medical insurance (covering matters such as medical expenses, repatriation, cancellation, curtailment, loss or damage to property)
  • Motorcycle insurance cover, motorcycle breakdown cover or recovery costs
  • Entrance fees to sights and parks, optional local excursions or local activities, (except where stated)
  • Lunches on rest days
  • Evening meals.
  • Personal spending money, tips, souvenirs or other extras.
  • Personal documentation (eg visas, passport), vaccinations, personal taxes, border crossing fees, motorcycle documentation
  • Toll road fees, traffic fines or other charges relating to breach of the law
  • Any other item not specifically included in the price.

Suggested Flights: Tour participants should arrive in Chiang Mai evening 28th Decemeber very latest and depart Chiang Mai 11th January earliest.

Pre-trip we provide you with Tour Specific Information that gives you detailed information about how to prepare and plan your tour, and what to expect when on tour.  These are a few FAQ that many people have. If you have any further queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

What riding experience do I need?
Generally speaking we recommend all participants to be experienced tourers in Europe and/or beyond. Obviously, some destinations are easier than others, as classified by our difficulty ratings, and should you have concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. It is your responsibility to ensure your motorcycling skills are up to the requirements for this tour. Obviously advanced riding skills increase enjoyment factor and reduce risk.

Do I have to ride in a group?
No!  We do not make you ride in convoy and we offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. However, we find most people prefer to ride with the group without the need to navigate. We use either the ‘drop off’ or ‘buddy’ systems when group riding (depending on country and complexity of navigation); these are tried and tested systems of group riding and allow riders to ride at their own pace. Full details are provided at pre-trip briefings. Daily departure times are set every evening for the following morning depending on the days route and points of interest. If you prefer to ride on your own, we provide you with a map and route cards with recommendations for lunch or coffee stops and hotel information. We offer a very flexible approach with an emphasis on maximum enjoyment.

Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
Yes. Pillion passengers should be experienced tourers / travellers. 

What is the average group size?
Our groups are normally between 8 – 14 riders (some riders will have passengers). Most riders are from the Ireland, but we do also have overseas riders who may take part.

What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: 

  • Passport and Driving Licence.  Passengers only need their passport.  As a general rule, passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the tour; however, this may be shorter in some European countries. 
  • If you are bringing your own motorcycle, you will also need your motorcycle registration document (RF101 / log book) and your motorcycle insurance.
  • In addition, you must have valid travel/medical insurance.
  • Visas as required Please ensure that you are fully aware of all passport and visa requirements and that you allow adequate time to obtain them.

What will the weather be like?

Depending on season / time of year we will advise expected weather conditions in the pre-trip information and also suggest the most suitable gear based on our experience. It is imperative that tour participants have suitably adequate gear. Please note our tour calendar is carefully planned taking into account the most suitable seasons / local weather for the destination. However, as much as we would like, we cannot always guarantee the best weather. Particularly considering the un-predictable climates the world has been experiencing.

What about my health when I am abroad?
You need to be physically fit and healthy and also take the necessary health precautions.  It is essential for you to consult your doctor or travel clinic for up-to-date medical travel information prior of travel, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Please ensure that you are fully aware of all official travel advice, local customs, current affairs, travel requirements and medical/travel advice. Please check with your GP regarding recommended inoculations. 

Do I need Travel / Medical Insurance?
It is a condition of you travelling with us that you are adequately insured.  Your insurance policy must cover you for the costs of any medical expenses, medical treatment or repatriation needed, due to injury or illness on this trip, including those that occur whilst motorcycle touring, either as the rider or a passenger.  It is important that your insurance company understands that the main purpose of your trip is motorcycle touring, using your own large capacity cc motorcycle or a rental motorcycle.  Your insurance must cover you for the full duration of the trip and for all countries we travel through.

In addition, we strongly recommend that your insurance policy has cover for loss or damage to your personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and cancellation and curtailment. We do not refund your deposit simply because you failed to take out insurance in sufficient time. Some travel insurance policies do not cover motorcycle travel over a certain cc or for a prolonged duration.

Minimum Numbers
We require a minimum number of 8 riders on this tour.  If we do not have this number of bookings, then we reserve the right to cancel the tour.

Booking:

  • Overlanders may accept a booking online, via telephone or by email. To confirm a booking a deposit is required – once the deposit is received the booking is confirmed.

Payments & Fees:

  • A deposit is required at time of booking.
  • Guided tours – 50% required at least 60 days prior to the shipment / travel date.
  • All payments must be made in full at least 30 days prior to the shipment / travel date.

Cancellation/Amendments/Refund Policy:

  • Please note that all payments and deposits are non refundable nor transferrable if cancellation accrues within one month before the shipment / tour date.
  • Where possible we will try to accommodate any amendments you wish to make.
  • In the event of curtailment no refunds shall be made.
  • Refunds may be processed via the original method of payment, except for cash transactions where refunds will be provided by cheque.

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