ABOUT THE ROUTE
The Great Thailand Experience bike ride broadens the mind on Thailand and the Land of Smiles. Pass the incredible view of Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand and the world renowned Mae Hong Son. Visit many sites and experience the famous Golden Triangle, where three countries meet in one place: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. The White Temple, Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, is a must see for any visitor. Navigate the mountainous road No. 1148 to Nan, ranked within the top 10 fun biking roads in the world. Enjoy the up and down bends through imposing mountains, providing you the purest of riding pleasures. Ride alongside unique panoramic views of the border between Thailand and Laos. See the mountainous scenery of remarkable Doi Angkhang (Thailand´s own “Shangri-La”). A memorable riding connexion as we pass through natural, ancient, traditional and cultural facets that make up this most incredible and amazing country.
Start: Arrive in Bangkok
On arrival in Bangkok our team will pick you up at the airport for your transfer to the hotel. In the evening we have dinner together close to the hotel.
Sightseeing – Bangkok
As we go we head into the Chinatown neighborhood to make your first temple stop of the day at Wat Traimit, often called the Temple of the Golden Buddha. Beneath the gilded roof of the eye-catching main temple, you’ll find the largest solid gold Buddha image in the world, a 5.5-ton sculpture whose origins have been lost to history.
From Wat Traimit, continue to the nearby Wat Pho, or Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Walk the full length of the 151-foot (46-meter) long Buddha image that’s the longest in Bangkok, or light an incense stick by the Buddha’s inlaid, mother-of-pearl feet.
Head to the banks of the Chao Phraya River to see the Grand Palace, whose elegant stepped roofs are considered the height of classical Thai architecture. You’ll be following in the footsteps of the Chakri Kings as you tour the sprawling site; still a working palace, most of the interior is closed to the public, but the manicured grounds and palace temple are fascinating to explore.
In the afternoon there will be time for relaxing. Maybe have a nice massage to loosen up those muscles for the coming up motorcycle tour?
Fly Bangkok – Chiang Mai
After breakfast, we will pick you up to visit the floating market near Bangkok. In a small wooden boat, you will experience how the locals sell their products in this unique way. In the afternoon there is transportation by air to Chiang Mai.
We will have dinner in the city center. Our hotel will be on the south-side of town so there will be an easy getaway on our bikes the next day.
Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon – Mae Sariang
Familiarize yourself with your bike on the highway ride heading south of Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest peak in Thailand, 2,565 metres above sea level. Ride along the excellent winding mountain road through pine forest scenery. Visit Thailand’s finest waterfall, nature trails, Royal pagodas, and botanical gardens descending to Mae Chaem, for a relaxing lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, ride on, passing through pine forests until we get to Mae Sariang, near the border with Myanmar, where you’ll later enjoy your peaceful accommodation.
Mae Sariang – Mae Hong Son – Pai
After breakfast, leave Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son on narrow twisty curvy roads. In Khun Yuam we make a break and visit a World War II museum. Visit Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, the first temple of Mae Hong Son on the hilltop. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Visit Lod cave, which means, “cave with a stream running through”, on a bamboo raft. Then back on twisty curvy roads to Pai. Optional visit Tha Pai hot spring, where you can enjoy a mineral bath. Then we reach a charming accommodation complete with swimming pool.
Pai – Tha Ton
Before breakfast, in the very early morning, you have a chance to offer food to the monks along the streets of Pai`s local market. After breakfast, visit the Pai World War II Memorial Bridge. Back on winding mountainous roads. Later we reach Chiang Dao, where we have a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit Chiang Dao cave. Then ride along fantastic mountain roads via Doi Angkhang until we reach Tha Ton, where you will visit the Wat Tha Ton on top of the mountain and enjoy the amazing sunset there. Later you relax in your charming accommodation with a fantastic panoramic view.
Tha Ton – Golden Triangle
After breakfast, we leave Tha Ton to visit the long-neck Karen tribe village near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Ride to Doi Mae Salong, where Chinese mountain tea farmers live. Of course, you will test Thailand´s best tea there. Then back on curvy roads to Doi Tung Royal Villa. Visit the Winter Palace and the botanical garden. Lunch is served at the Royal’s Project restaurant. Continue along winding roads to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand. Visit Wat Tham Pla where you can feed some food to wild monkeys. Reach the Golden Triangle to take a long-tail boat trip on the Mekong river and short visit a small village in Laos (no visa necessary). Visit the Opium museum before relaxing at your peaceful accommodation.
Golden Triangle – Nan
After breakfast, we ride along a scenic farming area road to Chiang Rai city. Afterwards we take optional visit to the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), one of the top 10 wonder temples In the world. Lunch is served at a local restaurant, then we ride the exhilarating mountainous highway No. 1148 to Nan, ranked in the Top 10 as one of the most fun biking roads. 120 kilometres of up and down bends in the road through impressive mountains provides the purest of riding pleasures. Visit Wat Phra That Khao Noi (Nan hilltop scenic temple) before relaxing in your lovely accommodation and jump in the swimming pool. Later you will discover and enjoy Nan´s night-life.
Rest Day in Nan
Today we’re doing nothing at all, just a day of leisure. Relaxing by the pool or shopping in the town. Optionally you can ride the Bo Kluea Loop (213 km.) on amazing roads to visit the Bo Kluea salt wells. (Laundry service available)
Nan – Phrae
After breakfast, we leave Nan riding through winding mountainous roads. We then take the motorbikes on a wooden ferry across the Sirikit dam reservoir. Sirikit dam is the largest earth dam in Thailand. It´s used for irrigation, fisheries, flood control and as well as hydro-electric power generation. Lunch is served at Sirikit dam. Then we continue on the highway passing through rice fields until we reach charming Phrae. It is a small city near Lampang and a few kilometers away from Denchai. Very few tourists come here to visit the area, but Phrae city and its surroundings worth to come. If you want to see authentic Thailand, the one not many tourists see, you have to come here. Later you enjoy the beautiful accommodation with a swimming pool.
Phrae – Phayao
After breakfast, After breakfast, leaving Phrae to unseen Phayao. Ride along fantastic mountainous roads. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Then we cruise along the highway R1035 through farming areas to Phayao. Discover Kwan Phayao Lake, which is one of the biggest lakes in Thailand. It covers an area of 12,831 rai (21 km²) at an elevation of 380 m. The lake has a mean depth of 2 m. Forty-eight species of fish are recorded for the lake, most dominant are the artificially introduced Nile Tilapia and the Climbing Perch. The lake was created in 1939 to improve irrigation in the area. It was added to the list of 61 most important wetlands on the 1st of August 2000. There are currently plans to restore the ancient temple Wat Tilok Aram dating back to the end of the 15th century, which was submerged during the construction of the lake. The town of Phayao at the southeast corner of the lake. Then we arrive and relax at the charming accommodation.
Phayao – Doi Angkhang
After breakfast, we ride on one of the best roads to discover Thailand´s “Shangri-La”. Visit Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station. The agricultural station researches and cultivates temperate climate fruits, flowers, and vegetables. At present, the station has more than 12 species of temperate fruits such as raspberries, peaches, plums, kiwis, and strawberries, and more than 60 species of vegetables such as carrots, Brussels sprouts, and peas, and more than 50 species of temperate flowers such as carnations and roses. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Doi Angkhang is a district over 1,000 meters above sea level: Often with a misty, 360-degree panoramic view and refreshing weather the entire year (18 – 25 Celsius degree). Later you will enjoy and relax in your peaceful accommodation.
Doi Angkhang – Chiang Mai
After breakfast, we leave Doi Angkhang and riding on windy and tiny mountain roads along the Myanmar border (former Burma) through the stunning scenery of the Doi Angkhang mountain range. It is part of the Daen Lao Range that straddles both sides of the Burmese-Thai border. Ride along fantastic mountainous roads to visit Mae Ngat Samboon Chon Dam. Lunch is served at the dam restaurant. We continue riding, passing through national parks and farming areas. Visit a local market, stopping for refreshment, before heading back to Chiang Mai
Fly from Chiang Mai – Bangkok
Fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Departure is getting closer but not before we experience one more afternoon and night in the City of Angels: Bangkok
End: Depart Bangkok
Depending on your flights we take care of your transfers to the airport. We hope you had a great holiday and look forward to seeing you again, maybe to try an alternative route.
Included in this tour
- All the transfers
- entrees (parks, tempels, and such…)
- flight Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai-Bangkok
- hotels, single rooms except for couples and singles sharing a room.
- motorcycle rental
- insurance for liability as well third-party liability
- cooled water during riding hours
- 2 lunches on day 4 and day 7
- A minimum 2 guides.
- use of spare motorcycle by defect of own motorcycle
- support vehicle for luggage
- all breakfasts
Not included in this tour
- Flight to/from Bangkok
- Meals except the 2 lunches mentioned above and all breakfasts
- travel and cancellation insurance
Note: *Don’t book your flight until you receive our confirmation that your private tour will take place!!!
The roads of the Great Thailand Experience are mostly easy to ride. Some parts might be a bit harder than others but all our routes including this one can be completed by real bikers. You must be capable to handle a motorcycle over 250cc and do not use Motor Travel Inside routes as a form of learning how to ride it during the trip.