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Thai Motorcycle Touring may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 01/01/2018.
What we collect
We may collect the following information:
Demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
Other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
Internal record keeping.
We may use the information to improve our products and services.
We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
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Links to other websites
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Controlling your personal information
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:
Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, you will need to tick the box to give your specific consent to the transmission of the information. This information is not stored on the website, it is not used for direct marketing purposes, and is deleted when no longer required.
We will not divulge, sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties under any circumstances.
You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please contact us.
If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.
FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
Please Check our Tour Dates but most are based on 8days-7nights; starting & finishing on Saturday, or multiples thereof
Saturday: Arrival Day and Welcome Dinner
Sunday "Day Ride", acclimatisation & getting used to bikes & riding styles,
Monday - Friday: out on one of the Loops,
Saturday: Departure Day, or if you're with us for longer, a leisurely day pleasing yourself
Obviously Bespoke tours (for parties of five (riders) or more can be of any duration.
FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
Is a CB 500 big enough? Don't you have anything BIGGER?
We do have bigger bikes available at a nominal fee, but most people find them very tiring, especially on the Mae Hong Son Loop, where there is over a thousand hairpin bends, over 4,000 bends altogether! Lugging a 1000 CC monster around there is hard work, we advise you leave the work at home, you're on holiday, less is more! For Rider & Pillion Combinations obviously upgraded to Kawasaki Versys 650 for free
What should we bring with us?
You will be expected to bring your own helmets and body armour. We are able to supply helmets if you wish, but we cannot guarantee their safety/fit. Bring your leathers if you like but they can be incredibly uncomfortable and cumbersome in this heat. You can buy a good armoured jacket here for about £80 if you wish. We have a backup vehicle for luggage and also carry as spare bike in case of breakdowns, so there's no limit to the amount of luggage you may bring apart from that set by the airline! However we recommend you bring a minimum because you're sure to want to take a shed load home with you, most things here cost half the amount you'd expect to pay for them in the West (unless you require actual, brand name Western goods) so don't buy a pair of shorts to bring over, you can pick up a pair for about £2, or even a pair of original Levi's jeans for about £20, copies go for about half that! The same goes for medicines etc, there's a Boots chemist in most towns and they stock nearly everything you can find at home, plus a few more interesting Thai remedies that are actually far superior to their Western counterparts given the local conditions.
What's the weather like?
Between June and September it rains, and rains, and then rains some more which is the primary reason for us not to book week-long Tours in advance for this period. The cool season is between November and February where it averages between 18 and 25oC during the day. Night times can get somewhat cooler down to about 10oC. A spot of rain occasionally, but this is very rare. February through to May it warms up gradually until in May you can guarantee 35o C. and above during the day and not much cooler at night, which is why all our hotel/resort accommodation is air-conditioned. October is usually clear but we can't guarantee you won't have a few showers, warm enough on a bike though, you get wet and then blow-dry!
Do you have set departure dates?
Yes, but if there is a large enough group of you we're sure we can arrange something to suit your needs.
How far do we ride per day?
We usually cover 150 to 350 kilometres of very good, smooth tarmac daily. There is a lot to see on the way and if you want to step take photographs you can do so at any time. Far from onerous, if you fall behind our service vehicle will stay with you until you catch up with us, probably taking photos around the next bend! Very easy riding here, on the left the same as at home in the U.K / Australia
Do I need a visa for Thailand?
Not if you don't intend to stay longer than 30 days. You will complete the form for your 30 day Visa on the flight over and immigration will simply stamp your 30 day Visa into your passport on arrival. If you wish to stay longer you can either obtain a Visa in your home country or just hop over the border and automatically get another 30 days on the way back in..
How much cash will I need?
Very little, the cost of living is very low here, only luxury items bump up the expense! Bringing £100 per person per week will MORE than suffice as we can get you a far better rate here than your bank at home will give you. You can use your Servicetill/Credit card(if you have the facility) in any ATM here for a nominal charge (usually £1.50) and draw up to 20,000baht (about £300.00) daily, Please be aware when using ATM/Servicetills you’ll pay the more expensive rate charged by your bank at home, NOT the preferential Thai rates traveller’s cheques in your home currency DO qualify for the better Thai rates though.
We have a few simple rules for your safety and convenience;
Follow our lead, not only on the road but also in the way we greet and treat people, this is an entirely different culture, and just because they don't show offence and continue to smile doesn't mean that you haven't hurt them and spoiled our (and all other foreigner’s) reputation, and as your mother used to say "manners cost nothing"!
We've read this one in a TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) office in Bangkok and were quite taken with it; If you want everything just like home, stay home!". If you don't enjoy new experiences in a quite different environment then you're much better off staying in the West where you know and understand all the rules and laws. This is the simple fact, we're not being cynical. This is South-East Asia, and things are different! That being said, learning all about this new culture is absolutely fascinating, we’ve been here for many years working and living amongst these wonderful, gentle people, their hospitality never ceases to amaze us and we certainly wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else in the world. We welcome the opportunity to show you around “Amazing Thailand”, there’s so much more to this country when you’ve a guide or two to take you off the beaten track and show you what it’s really about!
“One of the ten best motorcycling routes in the world”
NO speed cameras!
Hotel/Resort accommodation, bike hire, bike insurance, petrol, etc. all included.
Tours; Elephant camps, Hilltribes (Karin, Akha, Lahu, Karin longnecks), Boat trips, Golden Triangle(visit three countries, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar), Snake farms, all included!
Off-road carting, Bungee jumping and many more options available
For more information please visit our websites, www.tmtsite.com or www.thailandmotorcycletours.com
Or call us on +44 (0) 1260 279443
Terms and Conditions
A contract is deemed to exist once a booking has been made and a deposit has been received by Thai Motorcycle Tours.com Co. Ltd (hereinafter referred to as TMT). By signing the booking form you accept all the conditions either stated or inferred, and those conditions apply to all those travelling on that booking, even if added at some later date.
It is a condition of booking that you obtain all necessary insurance protection. Thai motorcycle Tours.com will not accept any responsibility for a client’s failure to obtain the requisite insurance cover.
Reservation amendments by you following issue of a confirmation invoice and/or receipt of full payment must be made in writing and incur an amendment fee of £25.00.
Client cancellation charges.
Your deposit is non-refundable as costs will have already been incurred by our company. Cancellation less than eight weeks before your tour date incurs a charge of 50% of the tour cost, and if a cancellation is made less than four weeks before the commencement of the tour payment will due in full.
Cancellation by us.
(A) Thai Motorcycle Tours.com reserves the right to cancel Tours up to 14 days prior to commencement if minimum tour numbers have not been reached or if a rental motorcycle or substitute is no longer available. Thai Motorcycle Tours.com is obliged to give you as much warning as possible of any cancellation, and will make every endeavour to offer an alternative. If there is no suitable alternative, then the tour cost will be refunded in full, which will constitute full settlement. Thai Motorcycle Tours.com is under no obligation to refund the cost of additional arrangements such as extra nights accommodation or flights. (B.) Thai Motorcycle Tours.com and its guides reserved the right to accept, decline or restrain any customer from any tour at any time, and to cancel any contract on grounds of non-compliance with these terms and conditions, those of the guides, local traffic regulations or a guide's requirements for group travel. In such circumstances no refund will be due. Customers agree to except the authority and rules of Thai Motorcycle Tours.com , its guides and agents.
Acts of God.
TMT, our agents, assignees and contractors accept no responsibility for and shall not be liable in respect of any loss, damage alterations or delays or changes arising from circumstances beyond our control, such as (but not restricted to) war or threat of war, industrial or political dispute, civil strife, fire, weather conditions, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, transportation difficulties, delays or cancellations, computer malfunctions or airport closures or congestion. If in doubt we suggest that you take any Foreign Office advice appertaining to the situation at that time.
We undertake to provide you with a motorcycle either of the type already described in our brochure or with what is in our judgement a suitable alternative. If you are dissatisfied with the motorcycle offered then that must be made clear to the guide immediately as no alternative or refund will be offered as later complaints cannot be met. There is no refund if a motorcycle is returned prior to the end of a tour or if a client decides to terminate his/her tour before normal completion date.
It is a condition of Thai Motorcycle Tours.com, and indeed Thai law, that you wear an approved crash helmet when riding a motorcycle. We are sometimes able to provide helmets locally, but we strongly encourage you to bring your own. Thai Motorcycle Tours.com accepts no liability for the condition of any crash helmet.
When touring it is your responsibility to follow any instructions or information issued to you by the tour leader. As a general rule, you must not leave the country, travel on private roads, or take the motorcycle off-road without our prior permission. Breaches of restrictions may invalidate travel and motorcycle insurances.
Whilst TMT make every reasonable effort to be as accurate as possible with tour descriptions we reserve the right to alter the itinerary should local conditions or circumstances dictate a change at that time, provided that change is due to circumstances beyond our control or by the number of participants in that tour. Whilst taking part in a tour it is your responsibility to follow any instructions or information issued to you by the tour leader. TMT will not accept any liability if you do otherwise.
Mechanical problems or accidents.
In the case of either mechanical problems or an accident, the client must remain with their bike throughout and take advice from the tour leader. The client must not attempt unauthorised repairs or have them undertaken without prior consent. You will be required to leave a deposit (this is required by Thai Law and we will provide ) with our contractors at the start of your tour, the deposit normally being equivalent to the insurance excess which is deductible. Any damages to the bike will be deducted by the contractor at the end of your tour.
Passports and visas.
Thailand requires that your passport must be valid for more than six months after the date you intend to leave the country. If that is not the case you will probably be refused entry to the country and TMT cannot accept any responsibility under those circumstances.
You must hold a current (for the length of your tour) Motorcycle licence valid to drive vehicles under Group A. An international driving licence is also required but is not sufficient by itself.
Age, experience and health.
In order to qualify for a tour you need to be an experienced rider (preferably in group as well as individual riding) and have a full (and preferably clean) licence. Age is not a problem unless you are over seventy, in which case certain restrictions (insurance etc. which are beyond our control) may apply. In that situation we suggest that you take specialist advice.
TMT cannot accept any responsibility if your health is in question before you undertake the tour (heart problems, for example) as whilst the tour itself is not strenuous you are up in the mountains and it can he hot. Furthermore TMT cannot be held responsible for any health problems which may occur as a result of the tour either during or after the event.
TMT will undertake to comply with any special requests or requirements which you may make. You will be notified at that time of any extra cost(s) incurred.
Passengers/non-riders are more than welcome on all Tours. Only pillions notified to Thai Motorcycle Tours.com may be carried. Pillions not on the booking sheet may be carried for an extra charge.
The prices shown on either our brochure or website are correct at the time of the booking and are based on two persons sharing a room. TMT makes every endeavour to keep these prices except in the case of any changes in local regulations which are beyond our control.
If you have any complaint about the service that you have received from Thai Motorcycle Tours.com , our contractors or guides we require you to do the following.
1. Lodge the complaint with your Thai Motorcycle Tours.com guide as soon as possible, to allow us the opportunity to rectify the cause of your complaint. Failure to do so may reduce or even extinguish your legal rights. At the very latest, the complaint must be lodged by the end of the tour .
2. If not resolved at the time, follow this up in writing to Thai Motorcycle Tours.com within 30 days of the completion of your tour .
All complaints will be acknowledged within seven days of receipt, and we aim to respond in full within 30 days.