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Motorcycle Tour
3-day, Mae Hong Son Loop of Thailand - Self Guided

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This 3-day tour in Northern Thailand gives you the chance to ride one of the true 'bucket list' motorcycle loops!

Pricing

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.) $935.00
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.) $935.00
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.) $970.00
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.) $1,100.00
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per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room (pillion passengers can only book along with an accompanying rider) $325.00
per person single room (surcharge, only available with an additional selection of the basic price "per rider in shared twin/double room") $120.00
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Per person rental riding helmet and jacket (Surcharge) $60.00
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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

Included

2 nights accommodation with breakfast at carefully selected quality hotels and resort with leisure facilities
Transfers in Chiang Mai.
Late-model Motorcycle rental included 300 km / day, (additional km USD 0,5 / km)
Motorcycle Damage and Loss Coverage (see “More details”)
GPS, pre-programmed day by day itinerary
Introductory itinerary briefing by an experienced tour guide
Comprehensive tour script, detailed day-by-day itinerary, tips of activities and highlights en route, a hotel list and important contacts
Panniers and top box if desired, basic motorcycle crash protection bars etc.
Tools & tire repair kits
Not included
Flights
Hotel nights in Chiang Mai (pre and post-tour)
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.

More details

Start/Finish: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Arrival/Departure: Chiang Mai Airport
Duration: 3 riding days
Total riding distance: 680km
Daily stages: between 180 - 300km
Terrain: 95% Paved
Rest days: 0
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
Maximum excess for each Motorcycle Type:
Triumph Tiger 660 - USD 1,500
Triumph Tiger 850 - USD 1,700
BMW R1250GS - USD 2,500
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pillions/Passangers: Our BMW GS motorcycles are made for and equipped for your partner to be very comfortable as a pillion. On Guided Tours, our support vehicle can accompany a few passengers throughout the tour (upon prior request).
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Dates: Choose your own desired Tour dates – all year round
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Additional Nights & Services: We are pleased to assist you with the booking of additional nights in Chiang Mai or any other services in connection with the tour
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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.

Description

A frequent question we get is: “We have never been to north Thailand, we only have a couple of days time, what can you recommend for a short motorcycle tour?”

Our answer is always the same, “Ride the famous Mae Hong Son Loop”. This trip covers some of the best riding in Thailand.

With endless curves, good paved urban roads through spectacular scenery, endless villages, rice paddies, hill tribes and more.

Not known to many, the mountains you are riding during this tour belong to the Himalayan mountain range. Known as the Mae Hong Son Loop this trip begins and ends in Chiang Mai and is most famous for having 1,864 bends along a 300 km stretch (don’t worry – there are countless more corners to ride during the three days).

Among the landmarks is the road less traveled to Pai. The town of Pai itself with streets night market, endless bars and restaurants, live music... a truly chill stop!

Explore a Chinese village up in the mountains next to the Myanmar border named Ban Rak Thai. A boat ride to a village of the Long Neck Karen hill tribe.

Riding a motorcycle to the peak of Doi Inthanon which, at 2,565 meters, is Thailand’s highest mountain before returning back to Chiang Mai.

Every day we will feast on local Thai cuisine. Western dishes are available at dinners.

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Highlights:

Famous 1,864 curves to Mae Hong Son, the small town of Pai, Ban Rak Thai (Chinese village), along the Myanmar border, Long Neck Hill Tribe, Doi Inthanon, endless curves and stunning scenery.

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Itinerary:

Day 1 / Chiang Mai-Pai

Welcome to our Service Centre in the morning for a tour briefing, motorcycle & GPS hand over etc. We are at your disposal as of 8 am.

Once on motorcycles quickly leave Chiang Mai behind and start mountain riding towards Samoeng, the first destination for your motorcycle tour of best roads in Thailand. A well-deserved coffee break and leg stretcher and back on the motorcycle again. The road to Wat Si Witchan is snaking its way over hills and mountains and was just recently fully paved. Lunch at Wat Si Witchan, and visit the “Ray-Ban” temple. From here enjoy remaining two hours mountain riding to Pai. Before reaching the hotel, stop at an elephant camp, feed those majestic animals and even get a hug from them. Once in Pai, enjoy the pool at the resort. After sunset, stroll down along the walking street, taste food from the street food stalls or enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants.

Note:

Pai is the hippie capital of South East Asia. It’s a town full of diversity and contradictions. There are backpackers, tourists with suite cases, people who once came and never left. Mixed from all corners of the earth, all walks of life and age groups. This little town is full of bars with live music. Enjoy! Overnight in Pai.

(200 km/124 miles)

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Day 2 / Pai - Mae Hong Son

Today is a very scenic riding day on your motorcycle tour of the best roads in Thailand. Even if the distance is not that much, there are plenty of mountains and switchbacks to negotiate, don’t worry, you will need the full day.

This is also the second part of the road famous for its 1864 bends of varying sharpness, an unmissable experience in your motorcycle tour of the best roads in Thailand. You pass two mountains with 2 great scenic View Points en route. The journey takes you through some beautiful mountainous scenery. Around mid-day arrive Ban Rak Thai where you have lunch in one of the local Chinese restaurants by the little lake. They serve delicious Chinese specialities. Ban Rak Thai means literally "the Thai-loving village", built around a lake on the Myanmar border. About 800, mainly Chinese settled here after the communist takeover of China and some of the buildings have a distinctively Chinese appearance.

After lunch, you continue to Mae Hong Son and up the hill to visit the Wat Phrathat Doi Kongmu. From here you have a great view of the city and its surroundings.

Next destination is the pier where you park your motorcycles. You can leave helmets, jackets etc at the ticket office. Enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Pai River for about 20 min to the Karen Long Neck village (http://www.huaypukeng.com/info_visitor.htm). The Karen, a tribal minority, historically lived in the hills on the Myanmar side of the border. Some of their women wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins. Many ideas regarding why the coils are worn have been suggested. Some have hypothesized that the rings protected women from becoming slaves by making them less attractive to other tribes. Another theory is that the coils originate from the desire to look more attractive. Why don’t you ask them and find out the real story….

Return by boat to the pier and ride to the nearby Resort. Enjoy first a drink at the sunset bar overlooking the rice paddies. Overnight in Mae Hong Son.

(180 km/112 miles)

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Day 3 / Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai

In the morning ride the Road 108 from Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam. It is a great winding road with wide twists. In Khun Yuam visit the local War Museum. The Imperial Japanese Army troops were stationed in Khun Yuam during the construction of a highway intended to cross Burma to India. Tip: Ask the museum staff to show the video about history (approx. 10 min, included). Besides the museum, there is a Coffee Shop and a 7/11 store. From Khun Yuam continue to Mae Chaem on Road 1088 and 1263 on nice twisty back roads. Here is a little local restaurant where you can have lunch. Ride on Road 1192 and turn left on Road 1009 up to the top of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand. Park your motorcycles and walk up to the absolute peak and the little museum.

Next stop is the Wachiratharn Waterfall - an impressive and powerful 80 m high waterfall. Continue on Road 1009 until reaching the intersection 108. The last 50 km or so, ride on Road 108 until reaching our Service Centre where you end the ride. Kindly arrive at our Service Centre no later than 5 pm, wrapping up your solo motorcycle tour of Thailand.

(300 Km/186 miles).