Guided Motorcycle Tours
Our original & immensely popular Biking Adventures: We began these in 2004 and all are now ‘old friends’. Recommended especially for those who have little / no experience in Thailand - or even if been here a few times but is your first time with us and unsure which to choose? Suggested dates are posted on our calendar but as always if you’re the first to book three places and remit deposit, the choice of tour is yours. Additionally we’re so practiced with these that if you’ll allow us to get to know you through email & conversation it’ll be our pleasure to tailor your tour for you. Personal touches on a daily basis; we firmly believe it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
We’re pleased to announce the addition of seven new Local Festival & Special Interest tours spread across the season: Primarily for the many guests returning regularly and having exhausted our seven standard tours - needless to say as always all riders will be made very welcome indeed, we only hope to see you again too! Our regulars rightly expect so much more than a biking tour; knowing we’re the only true Thailand Specialists able to fully immerse you in this wonderful culture without being overwhelmed by it. Our experience is unmatched: We also go the extra mile, not because it’s requested or required – but because we enjoy surpassing expectations and seeing our guests truly happy on holiday.
The Around Thailand Loop
The 'Iron Butt' loop!
The one and only tour which requires no explanation, sells itself.
Three weeks / 21 nights, 7,778Km, weekend in Pattaya, weekend in Phuket, Start/finish Chiang Mai. 'Nuff said.
Well, what else could you possibly want to know: Where are we going? Everywhere! What are we doing? EVERYTHING! Experienced riders only!!
"Oo-oo, can I be a pussy and join / leave your group halfway through...?" NO!!
If you're able to hack three weeks of total, full on, sensory overload both on & off the road, put your responsible self away for the best part of a month and postpone sleep for the sakes of fun...almost indefinitely, you're in. If not, don't even ask, honestly, we'll laugh. Lots. Shandy-pants' & Big Girls' Blouses need NOT apply!!
We LOVE being able to display this gorgeous land and her wonderful inhabitants to one & all. We take our responsibility as mini-ambassadors (in a manner of speaking) very seriously, likewise our hearts will always belong to this amazing land.
However: All work & no play, dull, Jack & Jill, etc.., THIS tour is the one we keep back for ourselves. Never watered down, NO punches pulled, Gauntlet's down, reckon you have it in you...?
Plenty of ladies have managed it. Quite a few "tough" guys, didn't. You know who you are!
The River Kwae Loop (Tour E)
Arrival & Airport Transfer, Welcome Dinner, Day Ride, Cultural Dinner & Show, Thailand's Highest Peak, an Unbelievable assortment of roads & surfaces all the way from dirt to 6-lane highway! Visiting Mae Sariang, Mae Sot, Nakhon Sawan, Kanchanaburi, Kampaeng Phet, Tak.
Day 1) Arrival
Day 2) Day Ride. Shakedown for rider & machine, ensure both prepared & ready for the coming ministrations. And yes, if you're less than a half decent rider I will chuck you in the truck for the duration. No refunds.
Day 3) 320Km: Visiting temples, falls and a museum bearing opposite viwpoints - fascinating
Day 4) 230 Km: Visiting Burmese Refugee Camps, plus scenery & experiences only available through us, less Km's than yesterday while still more saddle-time. Good Value.
Day 5) 354 Km. Easy K's today. Cruising. Many, many possible attractions, TBA D2.
Day 6) 381 Km. Should be settling into the bike by now. If it ain't a part of you already...sure will be by the end of today! This one separates the wheat from the chaff, crescendo ending to the day with "the corkscrew", BEST bit of road in the entire country! Stay sharp!!
Day 7) 70 Km. Kushty. Often touted as "Thailand's most beautiful waterfalls", it's still worth a visit just to laugh at the 100+ Kg Russian ladies unable to understand they're actually offensive to the eye? Pictograph signs every 50-100m apart proclaiming respectable dress / respectful behaviour..which is why in the north here you'll see Chinese language rather than Russian, lesser of two...
Day 8) Off the bikes. If you like?! 100 Km or so to the aforementioned "mustn't miss", further if you like, we're entirely at your disposal, the "customer's choice" day.
Day 9) 350 Km. Northbound again, mountains to the left, plains on the right - avoiding those awful 6-lane wide strips of concrete & tarmacadam, home of the catatonic.
Day 10) 80 Km Half a day exploring some quite phenomenal archeology & architecture, before heading north to a fantastic little spot on the riverside... winding down, time to reflect upon the unbelievable amount of...stuff...crammed into such a short space of time and: It's over already?!?! We only left Chiang Mai the day before...oh, yeah, suppose so...
Day 11) 300 Km. Sweeping bends, chilled, relaxed, give the ol girl a handful every now and again. Become quite attached we have. Certainly never had a moment to begin those paperback thrillers bought on impulse in the airport, never pushed, never rushed, never had an idea there even was any form of schedule or timetable? And yet, never wanted for a thing, never had to ask...either...never actually had to worry, no concerns, don't enjoy admitting it but didn't have to..think..really? Appeared to be the entire country moved around our group, adapted itself to our needs, flawlessly, as if a whim of our collective wills.
Day 12) Wow. Refreshed, relaxed & even still a little shell-shocked! Return Transfer to CNX International airport seamlessly organised, beginning to wonder if it was all a dream and really I'm about to wake up on the Inbound flight, before the holiday? The TMT regular guests assured me this disjointed feeling totally normal on the first tour or two, those little "grin" moments just keep unveiling themselves months afterwards...
The Sukhothai Loop (Tour D) - Cruising Heaven
For a brief but brilliant period (1238–1376), the walled city of Sukhothai presided as the capital of Thailand, creating the legacy of a unified nation of Thai peoples and a phenomenal artistic heritage. Now an impressive assembly of elegant ruins, the Old City, has been preserved as Sukhothai Historical Park, one of Thailand's most popular attractions.
Following the border with Myanmar you almost feeling as if you’re there! Different faces and tribal dress make you realise that this certainly is the-road-less-travelled. This is certainly the "long way round” to this most famous of Thai cities, but you'll be glad to have experienced roads and scenery most people will never get the chance to see.
Day 1 - Chiang Mai to Mae Sariang, 270Km
Day 2 - Mae Sariang to Umpang, 399Km
Day 3 - Umpang to Tak, 355Km
Day 4 - Tak to Sukhothai, 264Km
Day 5 - Sukhothai to Chiang Mai, 490Km
In addition to these four tours, we gladly offer completely customized guided motorcycle touring holidays from 6 to 23 days in length for groups numbering 5-15 riders. We're able to handle over 30 Riders if necessary, 12 month's notice required for parties of 20 and above.
Saturday and/or Sunday day rides around Chiang Mai province are also offered before and after our regularly scheduled tours, as part of an existing tour only. Our apologies, but we're unable to provide Day Rides as a stand-alone item. Please enquire for any and all special tour requests; we're always happy to meet your requirements.
Nan Loop (Tour C) - Sports-Bike Riding Heaven
For the more adventurous, with its wide, sweeping bends, this loop lends itself perfectly to the sport-bike enthusiasts amongst us!
During this loop you will take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Thailand, and ride some simply amazing roads. We'll see a few attractions; the occasional ancient temple murals and a weaving village, but on the whole just some of the most spectacular roads you have ever ridden. And best of all, they're so far out of the way, there's no other tourists; just hours of endless fun!
Day 1 - Chiang Mai to Phayao, 217Km
Day 2 - Phayao to Nan, 222Km
Day 3 - Day trip out from Nan, 491Km
Day 4 - Nan to Uttaradit, 277km
Day 5 - Uttaradit to Chiang Mai, 190Km
The Golden Triangle Loop (Tour B) - Scenic Riding Heaven
This is a Monday to Friday 'on the road' Loop with additional sight-seeing and activities etc, dependant upon how many days you stay to fill your holiday dates.
Overview: Golden Triangle Loop; Chiang Mai, Tha ton, Mae Sai, Golden Triangle, visiting Myanmar & Laos, Chiang Rai.
Less arduous than the Mae Hong Son loop, for those who'd prefer a little less riding midweek, this route still takes you through some amazing countryside, through the lakes and mountain roads following the borders of Myanmar and Laos. Described as 'Scenic Riding Heaven'
This Loop also includes many attractions to see en route, national parks, waterfalls, hot springs, gardens, the mighty Mekong river, lakes, mountains, temples, The Three Tribes Village (Eghor, Karin longnecks and Musoe), the largest cave system in Thailand, the famous Golden Triangle (where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge) including short visits to these countries, along with lots more (elephant rides, boat trips, etc).
Day 1; 245km, Elephant camp, exploring the largest cave system in Thailand.
Day 2; 167km; Boat ride, 7-temples hillside, Chinese village, optional palace and gardens trip
Day 3; 152km; Trip to Myanmar, visit the Golden triangle, souped-up longtail speedboat to Laos.
Day 4; 250-350km, dependant; Opium museum, temple ruins, the tulip fields when in season.
Day 5; 273km; Waterfalls, hot springs, astonishing views on the return to Chiang mai
The Mae Hong Son Loop (Tour A) - Technical Riding Heaven
Technical Riding Heaven
Join us on what is well known to be one of the ten best motorbiking routes in the world, "The road of 5,000 bends"
For an exciting, challenging, invigorating adventure holiday, take a motorcycle ride through the plains and mountains in the north of Thailand and to the west of Chiang mai. Beginning in this fabled city of ancient culture we ride through some marvellous empty mountain roads with hairpins galore, stopping at many places of interest including Hot Springs & Waterfalls along the way to the now famed frontier village of Pai for lunch, after which an elephant ride...with a difference (are you game?) or simply to relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery, solitude, peace and quiet in the top-rated accommodation.
On day two we take our motorbikes down the other side of the mountains again stopping at many attractions including rafting, caves and gorgeous viewpoints before beginning the lowland mountain stretch. Far easier on both motorcycle and rider now as the still almost empty roads open out but keeping those same, hairpin bends. This is what motorcycling is all about, now with room for corrections! There's almost a complete change of vegetation and therefore scenery almost every couple of hours for the duration of the tour, you could almost be taking your bike through a different country in the morning and afternoon on the way to Mae Hong Son. Usually arriving at the (again, best in the area) resort around 3pm, just enough time for a beer by the pool, quick change & down for a cocktail at The Sunset Bar...another G&T as the sun passes the yard-arm, old boy?
Wednesday morning begins...gently; fairly often having brought a bottle of the local rum back from town, damned stuff appears to evaporate overnight as never any left? Must be those Thai leprifairies?! We give both motorcycle and rider a bit of a break after breakfast where you can either chill out by the pool in this picturesque Farm-style resort for a couple of hours, or join us on the back of the truck to visit not only temples & longnecks, but a true "moonshine" still. The tiniest nip of this will have you right as ninepence again! No point coming on a motorcycling holiday and becoming sick of the sight of roads, now's a good time to take a breather around those attractions before the excitement commences once more. More empty, open roads in the afternoon heading down to the river town of Mae Sariang. Some cracking fast straights here with incredible scenery to both sides, and a couple of stops to take in attractions and allow the old ticker to slow down a little! Once more we're in the best digs in town (always), and our local knowledge really coming into play for the best rooms in this hotel. Remind me on arrival & I'll tell you all about it, lol!
On Thursday we take our bikes over to the base of Doi Inthanon, the mountain itself saved...well, ALWAYS save the best for last, don't you? En-route we'll take in...you guessed it, attractions, canyons, gorges, roads a little busier by now but have opened right out with the usual Thai-style "hard strips", something akin to a bike lane (and mostly used by scooters) on each side of the carriageway? Drivers here SO courteous most will squeeze over a little onto these strips to allow you through, and that (although less frequently) includes the oncoming traffic too! It's the small considerations such as this which make Thailand truly a biker's dream! Quick word to those who read this but won't be following me? Safety: Wait for them to give you room, here we share the road - you have as many "rights" to everything as the Thais do - none. Period. After an amazing lunch at the base of some waterfalls you can either relax by the pool or nip out with us to visit a famous temple & temple gardens with the largest Reclining Buddha statue...anywhere! The famous one in Bkk being the largest indoor example.
Friday: Onwards and upwards to Thailand’s highest mountain, as always more waterfalls and viewpoints than you can shake a pointy stick at, the temple and gardens sat atop this mighty peak really are something to behold, high above the clouds! We'll be back at our hotel in Chiang Mai by mid-afternoon...if you're quick and speak nicely to the laundry lady opposite...she'll have all those smelly clothes sorted out for you by lunchtime, one major operation saved when arrive home - give you more time to bin all that junk mail which piled up while you were away! Lol!! "Where did all the time go?" You’ll be asking yourself, seeing the country in a whirlwind of sensory overload, by the best possible routes, on the ultimate mode of transport, by motorcycle! And if it was all over too quickly for you, only one possible answer…join us on Tour B.
1-3 Week Biking Adventures
Thailand Motorcycle Tours offers four suberb motorbike adventure tours out of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand.
Each Loop below is a 5-day Mon-Fri on-the-road Tour and when combined with our day rides etc makes up our fully inclusive 8 & 15 day packages
The Mae Hong Son Loop. We head west on the "Road of 10,000 Turns" towards the border with Myanmar. This loop is ranked one of the top ten motorcycle routes in the world!
The Golden Triangle Tour takes you north and into the world-famous (or infamous!) Golden Triangle, along the Mekong River and the border with Laos.
The Nan Loop. This tour features miles and miles of virtually empty, twisty roads which take you through the mountain wilderness, ancient forests and presents an infinite number of spectacular vistas.
The Sukhothai Loop. We travel south and thoroughly explore one of Thailand's most famous, historic cities - Sukhothai - designated a UNESCO World Heritage historical park.
To learn more about Sukhothai, please click this link: http://wikitravel.org/en/Sukhothai
The River Kwae Loop
This is the first of our tours to break the "1-week-long" format, 12days (11nights) in duration overall and we'll happily add a local tour from our selection to fill a fortnight if preferred: Or simply relax & soak up Chiang Mai's atmosphere, masses to occupy all. Arrival & Airport Transfer, Welcome Dinner, Day Ride, Cultural Dinner & Show, Thailand's Highest Peak, an Unbelievable assortment of roads & surfaces all the way from dirt to 6-lane highway! Visiting Mae Sariang, Mae Sot, Nakhon Sawan, Kanchanaburi, Kampaeng Phet, Tak.
The "IronButt" Around Thailand
"Oo-oo, can I be a pussy and join / leave your group halfway through...?" Errr...NO. If you're able to hack three weeks of total, full on, sensory overload both on & off the road, put your responsible self away for the best part of a month and postpone sleep for the sakes of fun...almost indefinitely, you're in.
In addition to these four tours, we gladly offer completely customized guided motorcycle touring holidays from 6 to 18 days in length for groups numbering 5-45 riders. We're able to handle over 30 Riders if necessary, 12 month's notice required for parties of 20 and above.
Saturday and/or Sunday day rides around Chiang Mai province are also offered before and after our regularly scheduled tours, as part of an existing tour only. Our apologies, but we're unable to provide Day Rides as a stand-alone item when we have serious riders with us. Please enquire for any and all special tour requests; we're always happy to meet your requirements wherever possible.