Day 1 Depart for Mae Sariang near the Burmese borderLeave around 9:00am - Total distance 280 kilometers (160 on dirt)
To get you to one of the best riding regions in Thailand means a long days ride today and after the tour has ended you will understand why. Quite a bit of road riding in the first part of the day until we make it onto the dirt where a multitude of sweet trails are lined up ready and waiting. Riding over a large mountain range cutting through abundant natural forest and hill tribe villages home to the Lahu, hmong and Meo hill tribes who will be our angels of the day dishing out fresh drinking water and snacks along the route. Our aim is to make it to Mae Sariang Town around 4:30pm to check into our resort which will be our base for the coming 2 evenings.
After a great days ride time to relax on the river front with a couple of cheeky beers and some great local Thai food.
Day 2 The River runLeave around 9:30am - Total distance around 120 kilometers
A full English breakfast maybe on the cards this morning but either way a good hearty brekkie is required for todays very special ride. Leaving on a short stretch of blacktop we begin a decent high into the mountain and onto dirt trails on a steep elevation climb from 90 to 1800 meters above sea level. During November and December expect to be riding into thick morning fog in the higher elevation with a couple of little river crossings to dampen things down a bit before arriving at the longest un-dammed river in Asia the mighty Salween. Looking like the end of the road we start the task of loading the bikes and us onto scorpion boats for a 45 minute ride up river where the fun really starts to begin...
Riding through a valley or creek we take on one our now famous 52 river crossings trail, yes 52, and yes someone actually counted them, either way this is a very special ride through dense forest and did we mention how many river crossings? making another massive elevation climb we make it back to our resort with time to dry off our gear and head out for another night on the river.
Day 3 Mae Sariang to Chiang MaiLeave around 9:30am - Total distance around 200 kilometers
Taking a slightly different route than our first days ride we loop back into Chiang Mai and another long day in the saddle over high mountains and dirt trails. A late lunch at the base of Thailand's highest mountain alongside a thundering waterfall before making the final leg into Chiang Mai city before 4:30pm. After a short but great ride in the mountains it would be silly not to enjoy a few wets in the big city tonight.
Recommendations and notes.
This is arguably one of the best short adventure style motorbike tours available. We are able to tailor this route to suit riders with little experience off road but you do need to be able to handle a bike with ease so perfect for riders with good on road experience. For experienced off road riders, the trails are not particularly difficult through there are some sections more technical than others however, there is a great deal of dirt and it is a long trip around 650 kilometers so you do need to be fairly fit and healthy and good for long days in the saddle over multiple terrain conditions.
The boat trip takes us up the river with Thailand on one bank and Burma(Myanmar) on the other side and this area is Army controlled therefore if the Army deny may deny us access up river. In this instance (though rare) we do have a plan B.
This is a basic budget tour tailored for people who may already be in Chiang Mai so it's assumed you already have accommodation before and after the tour. If not we can arrange this for you at a reasonable cost close to our regular starting point in the city.
Pricing & Whats Included
Rider Price: From $810.00 (can be paid in EUR - GBP - AUD)
Pillion Rider: Not permitted on this tour.
Non Riders: $460.00 (sharing with rider)