Map of your Motorcycle road trip :
Arrive for your Chiang Mai motorbike tour at the International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Make the most of your first day in the country by exploring Chiang Mai, the great urban center of Northern Thailand. Located in the heart of the former Kindom of Lanna, the city’s architectural heritage is breathtaking in no less than 300 temples! Visit the Wat Chiang Man and stroll through various markets including the Talad Waroot, the famous night market where you can taste your first Thai delicacy.
Chiang Mai - Mae Sariang
250 km - 5h of riding
A 250-kilometer drive begins the adventure as you head southwest on Chiang Mai’s main road to Doi Inthanon national park, home to the country’s highest peak. A small road rides atop the 2565-meter peak where you can observe the surrounding forest. Continue west on a magnificent mountain pass with very little traffic on a network of Thailand’s less-developed roads. Come into first-contact with the region’s various hill tribes, including the Karens who fled Myanmar to take refuge on this side of the border. Arrive in Mae Sariang, a small haven sitting peacefully on the Mae Yuam river.
Mae Sariang - Mae Hong Son
170 km - 4h of riding
This four-hour stage of you motorcycle tours in Thailand takes you along a stunning road that is a part of the famous Mae Hong Son loop. The section up to Khun Yuam is a winding journey offering some of the most spectacular views in the world. Arrive in Mae Hong Son, known as the City of Three Mists and nestled in the valley surrounded by mountains. Only 40-kilometers away from Myanmar, we sit at the crossroads of many peoples and cultures. The Hmong ethnic group forms a key population to a community made by Karens, Lahu, and Lisu tribes. Visit the local market and Burmese-inspired teek temples, including the Wat Chong Klang around the city’s center lake. On top of Doi Kong Mu’s hill, the Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu offers a magical show as the sun sets.
Mae Hong Son – Pai
140 km - 4h of riding
Mae Hong Son to Pai is a rugged stage following a spectacularly twisty road. Along the way, stop at Soppong for an excursion with a traditional bamboo raft it the bat-filled caverns of Tham Lot. Famous Mae Hong Son loop rolls through the middle of a pristine countryside. When arriving in Pai, you can make the most of this small town’s relaxed atmosphere. Its numerous attractions include waterfalls, complete with hot springs and elephant rides. Take an 8-kilometer excursion at on the south side of the city to reach a beautiful canyon. Later, restaurants serve-up cocktails and live music for you to enjoy.
Pai - Doi Ang Khang
166 km - 5h of riding
Hugging the Myanmar border, you push on through unspoiled lands of the northwest of the country. In December and January, you can admire blooming Sakura trees, a relative of Japanese cherry-trees. You ride on as far as the 1,928-meter Doi Ang Khang. The valley is also known as “Little Switzerland” because of its pleasant temperate climate and wild, unblemished nature. Feel influence of the Yunnan and further Chinese mountainous culture upon these motorcycle tours Asia.
Doi Ang Khang - Tha Ton
190 km - 5h of riding
A five-hour drive begins north along the Myanmar border from Doi Ang Khang to Tha Ton. An impressive descent brings you to the fertile plain of Fang. From the ridges, you can fully appreciate how important the roads and trails are in this remote region. You near the Golden Triangle and spend the night in the peaceful haven of Tha Ton, a tropical atmosphere in the heart of mountains upon the Kok river. You will have the occasion to meet the Burmese and Chinese natives to the area.
Thaton - Doi Mae Salong - Mae Sai - Chiang Saen
170 km - 5h of riding
The journey continues north as we quickly rise in altitude on winding roads leading to Doi Mae Salong. The lush lands where orchards and tea plantations have replaced poppies. After tasting the famous Oolong Tea, you continue upon a small secondary road that separates Myanmar and Thailand until the border town of Mae Sai. Head 30-kilometers further east to greet the great Mekong plain and the epicenter of the famous “Golden Triangle”. The region where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar is a symbolically strong place.
Chiang Sean – Chiang Kham
220 km - 5h of riding
An early departure from Chiang Saen begins along the Mekong before heading south along a sublime stretch of road running parallel to Laos. A morning mist enveloping the landscapes is a sight not to be missed. Sticking mainly to the high ridges, you will see magnificent views of neighboring Laos below. You join the eastern province of Phayao to check-in to your hotel for the night.
Chiang Kham – Bo Klua
170 km - 5h of riding
Chiang Kham to Bo Klua starts with a 100-kilometer southeastern ride along exhilarating roads through the mountains. Forking off eastwards in the Nan district, you cross the Doi Phu Kha National Park to reach Bo Kluea. This wild and wonderful place is best known for its salt; observe the salt extraction process in the working mines. Once closed to foreigners, the atmosphere and culture remain mainly Laotian.
Bo Kluea – Lampang
320 km - 6h of riding
Complete the Chiang Mai motorbike tour loop in the easternmost part of the country through a 90-kilometer cruise upon the mountain road towards Nan. Continue west to Lampang to visit famous Burmese temple, including the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang and its superb wood carvings. In the 19th-century, the British harvested Lampang’s nearby teek forests for an exceptional quality of wood. The Ban Sao Nak, a building filled with 116-pillars, and other Lampang houses serve as a testimony to time.
Lampang - Chiang Mai
140 km - 3h of riding
Your last day in the saddle brings you along the main road back to Chiang Mai. On the way, take the chance to stop off at the elephant conservation center located 30-kilometers outside Lampang. On arrival in Chiang Mai, you take a detour to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep for a last bird’s eye view. Enjoy a free afternoon for shopping or one last bit of comfort. Opposite to the women’s prison of Chiang Mai is a rehabilitation center where prisoners practice techniques of traditional massage.
Depending on your flight time, you may have a few more hours to enjoy Chiang Mai’s charming nature. Your motorcycle tours Asia ends upon a transfer to the international airport.