The Wild West Motorcycle Tour
Truly incredible riding and stunning regions on and off the bike this motorcycle tour is a real adventure and quintessentially Motorbike Thailand - Rural locations - unique accommodation - Great evenings and incredible roads. What more could you ask from an Adventure Motorcycle Tour?
Starting from Chiang Mai we ride to Mae Sariang along back routes via Thailands highest mountain then towards the remote Burma border. From here we stay tight on the Border heading North to the Golden triangle region staying in remote border locations joing the Border with the peoples republic of Laos.
This is a true adventure motorcycle tour riding many old logging roads perfect for adventure style bikes but also incorporating the must ride Thailand motorcycle roads such as the Famous Mae Hong Son Loop, the impressive Route 1148 plus the 'Race Track in The sky' the awesome Doi Phu kha Loop.
- See The Impressive Salweeen River - Burma Border
- Ride alongside the Mighty Mekong River - Laos Border
- Phu Chi Fah National Park - Laos Border
- Rak Thai Chinese Village - Burma Border
- Infamous Golden Triangle - Twin Borders
- Doi Phukka & Rte 1148
Staying in remote areas where tourism infastructure is limited we use smaller Thai guest houses, lodges on mountain tops, within forests and even close to the edge of a cliff, this offers you a unique experience and in turn benefits the small local communities.
Accommodation is one of the tour highlights and unique to Northern Thailand. Some are basic but all clean and comfortable. It would be silly to run a tour of this length and not have modern Thai nightlife thrown so, to let our helmet hair down we'll stay in bigger towns on occasions. We've included time off the bikes enjoying majestic scenery and must see regions awith rest afternoons here and there to balance the trip.
Experieence the absolute best from Thailand on bikes. This tour is our most comprehensive Thailand route and operates only a few times per year when the riding and scenery is perfect.
Motorcycle Tour Details
|FLY TO:||Chiang Mai (CNX)|
|DURATION:||12 days package, 10 riding days|
|Distance:||Total distance: 2000-2300 km, 1240-1430 miles
Daily distances: 220-360 km, 136-225 miles
|ACCOMMODATIONS:||Locally owned resorts, Lodges and Hotels Unique to this area.|
|REST TIME:||Golden Triangle & Phu-Chi Fah|
|HIGHLIGHTS:||See Highlight Section|
|Maximum group size of 8 riders though can extend to 10 riders if you block book a group of riders all familiar with each other.
You can make this a private tour please contact us for more details
Extend: Extensions are available Please contact us for more details
|DAY 1:||Arrive in Chiang Mai|
|DAY 2:||Chiang Mai - Om Koi|
|DAY 3:||Om Koi - Mae Sariang Via Burma Border|
|DAY 4:||Mae Sariang - Pai|
|DAY 5:||Pai - Fang|
|DAY 6:||Fang - Golden Triangle|
|DAY 7:||Golden Triangle - Phu Chi Fah|
|DAY 8:||Phu Chi Fah - Pua|
|DAY 9:||Pua - Nan|
|DAY 10:||Nan - Phayao|
|DAY 11:||Phayao - Chiang Mai|
|DAY 12:||Depart check out before Noon|
Day 1 is Arrivals only on a room only basis included in the package. We
Price for rider in Shared Twin Room
|Honda CB 500X||$ 2,985-|
|Kawasaki Versys 650||$ 3,165-|
|Suzuki V-Strom 650||$ 3,185-|
|Honda Africa Twin 1000||$ 3,485-|
Sharing With Rider
2 Nights Chiang Mai
The above bikes are the only bikes we would recommend on this tour.
Pillion Riders: Free upgrade to either Versys or V-Strom.
- 11 Nights Accommodation
- airport assistance (CNX)
- Motorcycle Rental
- All Fuel
- Lead rider
- Support Rider
- Support Vehicle
- Breakfast & Thai Lunch (riding days)
- Soft Drinks & Snacks (Daytime on Riding days)
- Any national park fees
We cover almost everything into the package but do not include evening meals. Thailand is famous for it's cuisine and food is on sale everywhere to suit all tastes. Most evenings our team will order food for the group, all fresh and cooked to order. Usually the group split the cost between them (allow $8). Every evening we order a different array of dishes so you experience the real authentic Thai cuisine.
Some of you may fancy wandering out of the hotel in the evening and helping yourself to whats available as street food (Must Try).
During The Daytimes
We will be often in remote locations around lunch times with few food stops able to deal with a large group of bikers. Some days we stop roadside for traditional noodles in bamboo or wooden built buildings, other days fresh BBQ chicken or pork with sticky rice and on some occasions 7/11's when we have no other option.
Thai food is renowned as the hottest spiciest cuisine in the world but not all. If you can't eat spicy food we will order some of the less/non spicy dishes for you.
EXTREMELY RARE! It's almost un-heard of to get ill from food in Thailand where ever and what ever you decide to eat, so please do not worry about this. Wash your hands regularly and you shouldn't have any issue. Water served in restaurants and ice will not make you ill. Drink bottled water only.
This tour only runs during the periods below.
November to Mid February
May to Mid June
Contact Us to arrange dates for your group
Mae Hong Son City
Mae Hong Son is the capital of the Mae Hong Son province, 1 of the 5 Provinces this tour operates.
Mae Hong Son Province occupies a 13,000 sq kilometers of rain forests and the largest montain range in Thailand. Mae Hong Son city itself is a small but very unique city hemmed in by the mountains and known as the city of mist as especially between November and January the city will be covered in mist until mid morning.
Mae Hong Son Province shares an international border with Burma (Myanmar) and many of the residents are 'Shan' coming from the Shan State in Burma.
We do not have a planned over night stay in Mae Hong Son though we can do if the group decides. Our visit will be a short stop for a mid morning coffee break alongside the centrally located lake in the city center.
The Mae Hong Son Loop
Riding Thailand on bikes is just not complete until you've ridden the Epic Mae Hong Son loop. You'll experience this amazing road on the first 3 days with more twists, loops, curves, bends than you can image. The traditional loop is 1863 twists from Chiang Mai just to Mae Hong Son city. Your ride? We can pretty much quadruple that amount but who's counting?
Why it's a Bikers Dream
During WW11 the Japanese who briefly occupied Thailand needed arms in Burma to attack british forces but until this time Mae Hong Son was almost completely cut off from the rest of Thailand so a road was needed. In a rush to complete quickly, the Japanese simply carved the road around the natural mountain lines. Today it has evolved to be a roller coaster of a ride, well maintained and still the only road access to Mae Hong Son city. Most countries would have blasted the mountains and created more straight sections but not on this road, hardly any straight sections, amazing views over the mountains and elevation levels from 350 to 1800m above sea level.
You gotta ride it to believe it.
Me sam Laep
Mae Sam laep is one of the off shoots we'll make from the amazing Mae Hong Son loop. Leaving Mae Sariang (day 4 ) early we ride to the border port with Burma an ex refugee camp for people fleeing the Karen State of Burma many years previously. Possibly one of the most unique places in Thailand.
Mae Sam Laep lies on the banks of the Salween river the largest un-dammed river in Asia with it's origin from ice melt in Tibet. The Salween has been victim to many wars against illegal logging of Teak on the Burmese side and actions against the plan of numerous Dams along it's path. The Salween take a sharp right turn from Mae Sam Laep heading into Yangon (Rangoon) the old capital of Burma before making it's way into the Indian Ocean.
Ban Rak Thai
Once a sleepy Shan occupied town but now a cosmopolitan town of backpackers to wealthy tourists Pai has something for everyone.
Nestled in the valleys of the Shan Hills surrounded by forests and many ethnic groups the many cultures here have spawned a unique ecclectic style. Meander through walking street and taste the Thai/western fusion of delightful foods. Sit in a bar and people watch the evening out or for those with lots of energy party until the wee small hours.
We arrive around 4pm in time to relax after one of the best riding sections on the Mae Hong Son Loop. Dinner around 8pm with a choice of imported steak, pizza, thai dishes and and a choice of local beer, or imported wines. or....It's because of towns like Pai that we do not include evening dinner into the tour package with so many options available you're free to choose where, and what to eat. Enjoy
The Golden Triangle is where the 3 countries of Thailand, laos and Burma meet separated only by the Mighty Mekong River, Asia's largest.
Along with Afghanistan in the Golden Crescent, it has been one of the largest opium-producing areas 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.
We arrive around 4 pm into Chaeng Saen on the banks of the Mekong River. A free aftrnoon to spend at will with a choice to cross the Mekong by long tail boat to the Laos Side (No Visa required). Our following days ride is a short day so we depart around 11pm allowing you the morning to see more sights in this area.
'Phu Chi Fah', what a wonderful name. 1600 meters above sea level directly on the Laos Border Phu Chi Fah is one of our favourites.
We arrive around 3 pm after a short but fantastic ride on Rte 1155 another of Thailand's famed motorcycle roads. After a late lunch we have some options for you...Phu Chi Fah is a national park with the main site being the "Rock" along the cliff edge looking down into Laos vewing the mekong snaking it's way towards Luang Prabang. The trip to the rock is for the fit and healthy only with a steep walk to the top of the mountain (around 1km). You can choose to do this either late in the afternoon for a glorious sunset or for early risers sunrise the follwing morning for the "Sea Of Mist" nested in the lowland Valleys.
Warm evening wear is required for Phu Chi Fah.
Thailand offers the traveller amazing sights, fantastic beaches, stunning mountains, glorious food but many people do not realise Northern Thailand is the capital of Motorcycle Touring in South East Asia with a road network of some of the greatest riding roads in the world and something that will stand out on this tour especially.
Why are they so good?
Amazing surfaces for a start but what makes a great trip for a motorcyclist? Most countries have great riding roads but is the trip to that road good also? From the moment you leave your hotel you're on great roads and it's doesn't stop getting better, very little traffic, fantastic scenery, bends seemingly designed for thrilling riding with perfect cambers and more...Strategically placed coffee stops, serving top class fresh coffee overlooking stunning vistas, always great food and everywhere has brilliant hotels, and lodging.
This trip includes every one of Thailand's famous roads and some of the lesser known. The Mae Hong Son Loop - Doi Phu-Kha Loop and Route 1148. These roads are so great we've even created individual tours for each individual road but this tour includes them all and some. 2100 Kilometers of the absolute best riding in Asia and the world. We're not exaggerating!
Have fun, open up and enjoy the incredible riding Thailand has to offer.
We've rated this tour as a 75% difficulty rating due to the incredible amount of bends. All participants must be experienced riders in most situations with the ability to corner correctly on a multitude of often severe bends in quick succession without crossing the center line on corner exit is of upmost importance.
At all times you must ride sensibly and never pushing yourself beyond your riding ability. The Mae Hong Son Loop, and especially Doi Phu Kha and Route 1148 has very few traffic where few often get 'into the zone' and this is fine but please ride in a manner that suits your ability and the country you are riding.
Riders with Pillion Passengers: A couple of sections on our side trips may have pot holes and obstructions in places but if you and your pillion are both experienced there should be no issues at all. Theroughout the trip the pillion will have a choice to ride in the support truck at any pertiod if he/she chooses.
The best times of the year to ride Northern Thailand is the Cool Season and most evenings staying at quite high altitudes so leaving at 07:30 is not part of the itinerary. The evenings and early morning temperatures may shock some of you but we will inform you of expected evening temperatures and what to bring when you speak with us. Due to temperature, fog, mist, we usually head out at a respectable 8:30 to 9am each morning shortly after breakfast and aim to ride in at the latest around 5pm, but we have included a few earlier afternoons to relax and see some sites..
Some people look at a 250 Kilometer per day and think it's a breeze but without calculating in the enormous amount of twists and bends!
We stop for coffee breaks and scenic spots on route, most finding around a 70 kilometers stint on these roads requires a short 'Bum Break' and we try to do this at interesting locations.
It's not a race and you can stop at any time for photo opportunities, you won't get left behind.
This tour has more to see and do off the bikes than any of our other Thailand based road tours. But the main focus being the riding and the scenery.
You will visit unique temples, see the Mekong River, incredible remote vistas, The Golden Triangle Opium museum, Option to cross into Laos for a brief visit and more.
If it's great riding with lots to see and do this is the tour to choose. If it's just the riding you're after choose our Mae Hong Son loop or Doi Phukha Loop or our Wild West Tours.
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