The 'Golden Triangle', infamous in days past for the illicit opium trade but today famous as the best motorbike tour route in Thailand. 1200 kilometers of some of the best roads you can poke a stick at!!! Carefully put together by us to incorporate invigorating riding as well as some quality time off the bike!
Tour Highlights: Opium Museum - Visit to Burma - Mae Salong Chinese Village - Visit to Laos - White Temple - the stunning Phu Chi Fah Forest and much more, but for anyone that has read anything about riding the Golden Triangle it's probably the routes that maybe the highlight for you and yes, we have included everything you may have read about.... Yes to the most outrageous stretch of motorcycle heaven, simple the best road in Asia or probably even the world 'Route 1148' is rightfully included along with the the 'Race track in the sky' Doi Phukka Loop also waiting your arrival.
Having such great roads on this tour we had to line you up with great accommodation, plus we have arranged time off part way around to cool off your enthusiasm with a day by the pool. Join us on this extra special journey to the far North of Thailand.
Day 1 Arrival dayMeet & greet day and accommodation is included for today for your convenience.
Our team will greet you at the Chiang Mai airport and transfer to our quality city hotel in downtown Chiang Mai within walking distance of all the nightlife and attractions. We will be busy collecting all members of the group over the course of the day so a good time to chill by the pool and relax out after your long flight. A few beers and some food early evening to get to know everyone. Bikes will be ready and waiting at the hotel prepared for the mornings departure.
Day 2 Fang Via Doi AngkhanNice easy ride to start the trip! Total distance around 205 kilometers
After a safety briefing and breakfast let's gear up and head North. A little bit of city and highway riding to begin with just to get us out of town before reaching the roads where you can stretch your wings a bit and a great time to get the feel of the bike in preparation for the awesome days ahead. After lunch we head onto the back roads for a tight and twisty corkscrew ride up into the mountains and lunch in the Akha hill tribe village before heading into the surprisingly vibrant town of Fang. Night on the town with a great all you can eat buffet BBQ.
Day 3 Burma border Via Doi Mae Salong & Doi Tung Royal PalaceTotal distance around 140 kilometers
Only a short trip today but absolutely great riding throughout the day and with very few other road users. We take the back roads following the old logging trails close to the Burmese Border via Doi Mae Salong and Doi Tung. Our aim today is to arrive at our accommodation in the center of town for around 2pm. Once at our hotel we change into comfortable gear and take a walk into Burma for a lunch of Burmese cuisine.
Day 4 The Infamous Golden TriangleTotal Distance around 140 kilometers
An early start and a ride along the Mighty Mekong the largest river in South East Asia and towards the Golden Triangle where the three countries Burma- Thailand and Laos meet. Spot of lunch followed by a wild scorpion tail boat trip to Laos for a glimpse into this beautiful country. So far, 4 days you've visited 3 countries, you've had your photo taken at the Famous Golden Triangle Point, you've mingled with the ethnic hill tribes and you've had some pretty good riding lets put all this touristy stuff behind us now and lets get on to the serious stuff. You should, be warmed up with the bikes and the quality for the roads by now so lets kick it up a notch shall we?
Day 5 Route 1148 Motorcycle HeavenDistance 240 Kilometers
We leave our hotel and the views of Laos over the Mekong River and settle in for the ride of your life! Tracking over the mountains lies a road to end all roads with perfect bends, perfect cambers and sports bike heaven honestly we could try and describe it but it would never explain how absolutely fantastic this road is for bikers so we will leave it until you ride it. There's no tourist stuff today, honestly you won't want it and one things for sure you will have a smile so big after the ride the chances are you will want to go back and do it all again!
Day 6 Doi PhukkaTotal distance around 120 kilometers
The awesome roads are now coming thick and fast with another great trip around Doi Phukka National Park via Bo Kluea Salt Mines. Our plan for the day is a late lunch alongside our swimming pool so we crack on and enjoy this fantastic roller coaster of a road into Nan Town. Check into our accommodation around 1pm and the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 7 Phayao by the lakeTotal distance around 220 kilometers
An early start and another great ride to Phayao a beautiful town on the banks of the 3rd largest lake in Thailand. Our accommodation this evening is a beautiful family run teak house. Our arrival time at around 3pm will allow us the time to wander along the banks of lake and for a few cheeky beers before a feast of fish fresh from the lake.
Day 8 Chiang MaiTotal distance around 150 kilometers
Drawing to a close we make our way back to our starting point of Chiang Mai city and still on roads to make your mouth water. A fairly short but great ride planned to allow yourself an early check in to your inner city hotel for more beers around the pool or maybe a visit to the market last minute gifts or souvenirs. Our team will be on hand to help you with anything you would like to do but be ready for our farewell dinner this evening about 7pm in one of Chiang Mai's finest restaurants courtesy of us.
Day 9 Depart for AirportDistance 10 minutes.
If your schedule does not allow you to take the full 9 days you are able to leave on the 8th day but please arrange your flights to be after 4pm. If you should need to do this we will of course alter your tour price slightly to account for this. Alternatively if you have stayed the duration with us our team will arrange for you to transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Recommendations and notes.
We've rated this as 'Intermediate - Advanced'. There are some technical sections with very tight hairpin bends however routes such as the 1148 are simply outstanding and definitely sports bike material but at all times you will need to keep your wits about you and keep from pushing yourself beyond your limit. This road has a habit of making people feel like Valentino Rossi which is great if they have his ability!!
Trip includes pretty much everything into the package except evening meals/drinks, snacks and your flight to Thailand. Rooms are private on nights 1 & 8 and sharing on nights 2 to 7. For more information about our Road tours we have made a detailed FAQ explaining the basics of each tour style we operate.
Pricing & Whats Included
Rider Price: From $2100.00 USD (can be paid in EUR - GBP - AUD)
Pillion Rider: $890.00 (Sharing rooms with rider)
Non Riders: $995.00 Riding in our support vehicle* (sharing)
- Honda CBR500X or Kawasaki Versys Kawasaki ER6N or Kawasaki Z800 - Suzuki vStrom 650 - Yamaha MT7 - Africa Twin (from 2019)
- 8 nights sharing (single supplement available)
- Breakfast & Thai Lunch
- Support vehicle
- Airport Transfer
- Local transport fares when out with the group
- Entrance fees to sightseeing
- English speaking tour leader and support rider
How To Book
If you are travelling alone or flexible with dates check our Tour Calendar and join a group already booked. In other cases Click here give us a little information and we'll sort a date that suits your schedule. Once we have confirmed dates and ready to make a booking we'll forward a secure payment link for a 20% deposit to hold your tour. Final payment is made around 40 days before you arrive. In some situations payment can be made on arrival.
In any situation... To secure a date to suit you Speak to us as soon as possible. If you haven't booked flights or time off from work and need time to confirm we will hold dates for you without a deposit and under no obligation with first refusal.
We Look forward to helping you plan your Thailand Motorbike Tour