This 7-day (5 riding days) tour along the Thai – Myanmar border south to Umphang and back gives you a great insight into this part of Thailand. Many of the roads along our route are truly “Less Travelled”.
|per rider in shared twin/double room incl. rental motorcycle Triumph Tiger Sport 660 (Only available for a booking of two persons. Single travelers need to choose the single room surcharge.)
|per rider in shared twin/double room incl. rental motorcycle Triumph Tiger Sport 850 (Only available for a booking of two persons. Single travelers need to choose the single room surcharge.)
|per rider in shared twin/double room incl. rental motorcycle Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro (Only available for a booking of two persons. Single travelers need to choose the single room surcharge.)
|per rider in shared twin/double room incl. rental motorcycle BMW R1250 GS (Only available for a booking of two persons. Single travelers need to choose the single room surcharge.)
|per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room (pillion passengers can only book along with an accompanying rider)
|per person single room (surcharge, only available with an additional selection of the basic price "per rider in shared twin/double room")
|Per person rental riding helmet and jacket (Surcharge)
|IMPORTANT: The price for a single rider in a sharing room requires another single rider booking with the same request. If there is no other request for room sharing we will have to charge you the single room supplement
|Airport/Hotel/Service Center transfers in Chiang Mai at arrival and departure days
|6 nights with Breakfast at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
|5 Lunches and 6 Dinners
|Water, soft drinks, coffee/tea in connection with the meals
|Late-model Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and fuel
|Panniers and top box if desired, basic motorcycle crash protection bars, etc.
|Experienced Tour leader on a motorcycle
|English speaking licensed Tour guide
|Transfer of luggage in the support vehicle
|On rest days, if any, no lunch or dinner included
|Riding gear (helmet, jacket & gloves can be rented at the Service Center. We do not provide pants and boots). We do recommend to bring your own.
|Personal Travel Insurance (mandatory for our tours).
|All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature
|Start/Finish: Chiang Mai, Thailand
|Arrival/Departure: Chiang Mai Airport
|Duration: 7 days total, 5 riding days
|Total riding distance: 1340km
|Daily stages: between 170 - 390km
|Terrain: 95% Paved
|Rest days: No
|Weather: Depends on what time of the year you are in, the temperature can drop to around 10°C (50°F) during the cold season night, or can go as high as 40°C (104°F) during the summer day. Below is the average temperatures and chance of rain for Northern Thailand and its neighboring countries.
|Northern Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam: 10-30°C (50-86°F), Chance of Rain 0-20% during October to March 23-36°C (73-97°F), Chance of Rain 30-80% during April to September
|Riding gear: We can provide you a helmet and riding jacket with a surcharge of USD 10.- per day for each item. However we do suggest you bring your own riding gear for the tour if possible, since they will suit you better.
|Languages: Our tour guides and Road Captains are all bilingual. Besides Thai and English some of us speak German, Scandinavian, Slovenian etc. Upon request we can provide tour guides speaking other languages. When we have a group from a specific country, we will, upon request, ensure that one of our staff speaks that language.
|Group size: We strive to offer the best possible individual guest service and a safe riding environment. Therefore, our groups are relatively small and typically kept to 8 to 10 guest motorcycles plus pillions. Most of our guests prefer groups of this size, where diversity of age, motorcycle experience and interests ignites instant friendships.
|Motorcycle Damage & Loss Coverage: We have motorcycle damage & loss coverage. Your motorcycle security deposit amount is your maximum liability limit. This coverage is included in the tour prices for riding in Thailand, while for multi-country tours, we have a waiver program available to obtain the coverage for the riding days outside of Thailand.
|In the case of any replacement parts being required due to damage caused during the rental period we shall charge the rental customer for these parts, according to the Replacement Parts Price List, up to a maximum deductible amount of the excess amount listed in the table below (according the motorcycle type).
|Maximum excess for each Motorcycle Type:
|- Triumph Tiger 660: USD 1,500
|- Triumph Tiger 850: USD 1,700
|- BMW R1250GS: USD 2,500
|Accommodation and meals: accommodations are carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities. Besides, we select quality restaurants serving fresh local delicious cuisines that reflect the character of the area in which we travel. We also strive to cater to our guests preferring vegetarian, western or other food preferences, prior notice required.
|Age limit: Minimum age limit for riders is 25 years old. We have no maximum age limit so long as you are in good condition to handle and ride the motorcycle. Pillion passengers should be not less than 15 years of age.
|Driving license and riding ability: The customer declares that he/she possess a valid Driving License from their home country and an International Driving License for motorbike over 500 cc (the vehicle) taking part in the tour for the period of travel and has the necessary riding ability, technically, mentally and physically to control such a vehicle booked, safely on the tour route. The customer also declares to have experience of riding motorcycles above 500 cc for at least a total of 10,000 km.
|The roads are mostly easy to ride but there are some steep and technically demanding stretches. You must be able to handle a motorcycle and do not expect to learn how to ride while on this tour.
|Every riding day is designed in such a way that there is time for riding, relaxing, dining and sightseeing.
|We are pleased to assist you with the booking of additional nights in Chiang Mai or any other services in connection with the tour
|Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. Please enquire for language options.
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.
In total, this trip covers approximately 1,340 km of some of the best riding anywhere in the world.
The highlight (aside from the continuous great riding roads and scenery) will be spending two nights in the regional area of Umphang, where we will visit the largest and highest waterfall in Thailand, Thi Lor Su Waterfall. There is also a ride down to “road end”, Perkler, a Karen village at the Myanmar border.
The roads are mainly rural two lanes with various surfaces and wind through areas of spectacular mountainous beauty.
Accommodations are a mixture of carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities and Guest houses in Umphang.
Bo Kaeo Pine Tree Garden with its towering pine tree forest, Omkoi district, Road with 1,219 curves snaking along the Thai – Myanmar border, Thi Lor Su Waterfall, Perkler Karen village, Bhumibol Dam.
Day 1: Chiang Mai
Arrival in Chiang Mai. Our guide will welcome you and bring you to the hotel.
At 3 PM at your hotel, transfer to our Service Center for motorcycle handover and welcome, safety briefing, answer any questions you might have followed by a short ride back to your hotel and dinner. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 2: Chiang Mai - Mae Sot
After breakfast we will start our adventure, riding in a South West direction out of Chiang Mai via road 108 which soon turns from a bustling city road to a winding road alongside the Mae Chaem River. Our first stop for a coffee break at the beautiful Bo Kaeo Pine Tree Garden with its towering pine tree forest. From that stop, we turn off to head directly South and in around 50 km we pass through the Omkoi district en route to our lunch stop, further along, the same road to Mae Tuen. Not long ago the paved road ended here. Recently the local authorities have built a concrete road over the mountain to Mae Ramat. It’s a beautiful 80 km stretch, used by locals passing through farmland and remote villages. Once in Mae Ramat, we ride the last stretch on the main road to Mae Sot which is the end destination of the day. Overnight at Mae Sot.
Day 3: Mae Sot - Umphang
From Mae Sot we continue our adventure on the road to Umphang. The road with its 1,219 curves snakes its way over the mountains along the Thai – Myanmar border for some 180 km. Since Umphang is the end of the road and the only way is to go back the same way, there is mostly very little traffic on this road. Along the road, we pass many hill tribe villages, Karen, Hmong, Lisu, Mien, and Lahu. Umphang is predominantly Karen. There is also a refugee camp along the way.
Outside Upmhang is the biggest virgin rainforest in Thailand. The wildlife sanctuary is home to animals such as elephants, leopards, langurs, bears, tigers, tapirs, deer, and others. Many species of butterflies and birds!
Thi Lor Su Waterfall, the largest in Thailand, some 200 meters high and 40 km from Umphang, is waiting for us tomorrow for a visit. Overnight in Umphang.
Today there are some 100,000 ethnic minorities from Myanmar, mainly Karen and Karenni, who live in nine refugee camps in four provinces along the Thai-Myanmar border.
Day 4: Umphang - Thi Lo Su Waterfall - Perkler - Umphang
Leave Umphang and make our way through the hinterland. Today’s highlight is the Thi Lo Su Waterfall. The Thi Lo Su Waterfall was discovered by a Karen hunter and is claimed to be the largest and highest waterfall in Thailand. It stands 250 meters high and nearly 450 meters wide on the Mae Klong River flowing towards Srinakarin Dam in Kanchanaburi. We are not allowed to ride the gravel road to the waterfall but must take a songthaew. We will park our motorcycles at the entry point to the national park.
Once back on our motorcycles, we ride the 90 km along the Thai – Myanmar border to Perkler, a Karen village just at the Myanmar border. This is a place very few people make it to. It’s the end of the road, ahead of Thailand’s biggest virgin forest, the whole way south to Songklaburi and the Three Pagoda pass. After the visit, we ride back to Umphang.
For the early birds or for the ones with still energy left towards sunset there is a possibility to go to Doi Hua Mod View Point. Overnight once again in Umphang.
Day 5: Umphang - Tak
Today we have a lovely motorcycle ride in front of us, initially on the road back from where we came south. We will leave Umphang around 8 AM and make our way back over the mountains towards Mae Sot.
From Mae Sot we head east and cross over the mountain on the brand new four lane road to Tak. Since this is the main transit point into Myanmar there can be quite some traffic, including trucks. Overnight in Tak.
Day 6: Tak - Chiang Mai
Today, the final riding day of the journey, we leave Tak on more provincial roads, with low traffic density, enjoying the rural life as villages and rice field’s pass by.
We take the back roads to an interesting stop at Bhumibol Dam. It is the highest dam in Thailand at 154 m (505 ft) tall. After the dam we continue North, staying on the more interesting rural roads, running parallel to Hwy 1, before eventually turning North East onto road 106 where we will take our lunch stop. After lunch, the road between Li and Lamphun is full of fruit plantations and villages. Cruising on hilly roads in a northern direction back to Chiang Mai and our Service Center where we end this motorcycle ride. Transfer you back to the Chiang Mai hotel and get ready for our farewell dinner where we can exchange photos and great memories of the adventure done.
Day 7: Chiang Mai Departure
This amazing trip ends with the transfer to the airport or your extension.
Hope you enjoyed it!