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Myanmar & North Thailand Motorbiking Tour 14D13N Private Trip

Myanmar & North Thailand
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Duration

14 Days 13 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

Multilingual

Overview

Join an 14-Day Motorcycle Tour of the Exotic lands of Myanmar & Thailand. Two Weeks of Riding BMW Bikes in Paradise!

Myanmar is finally slowly opening its gates for tourism. Be one of the first to explore this exotic country with its many hidden beauties and landscapes behind the handlebars of a BMW touring motorcycle. We have combined the best areas in Myanmar and Thailand with historical sites along the route.

Expect one million impressions, great food and diversity, friendly and smiling people. This itinerary comprises some of the best riding all over Myanmar and Thailand with endless corners, great paved roads and spectacular scenery. Do you know that you are actually riding in the Himalayan mountain ridge?

This trip begins and ends in Chiang Mai. Among the highlights, White temple in Chiang Rai, crossing over the spectacular Mong Ka mountain range in Myanmar. Boat trip on Inle Lake, visit the thousands of pagodas of Old Bagan. Myanmar’s new capital, Naypyitaw, visit one of the holiest Buddhist sites in South East Asia, the Golden Rock.

Ending the tour with the famous Mae Hong Son Loop, the road of 1,864 bends along a 300 km stretch (don’t worry – there are countless more corners to ride). Spending one night in the hippy capital of South East Asia, Pai before returning to Chiang Mai.

START / FINISH: Bike Tour Asia
NEAREST AIRPORT: Chiang Mai
DURATION: 14 days, 12 days riding
ROUTE: 3,000 km
DAILY ROUTE: 150-390 km
ACCOMMODATIONS: Carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
REST DAY: Old Bagan

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • White temple in Chiang Rai, Cross the spectacular Mong Ka Mountain-range, a boat tour on Inle Lake, thousands of Pagodas at Old Bagan, Visit the new capital, Naypyitaw, the holy site of the Golden Rock. Famous Mae Hong Son road of the 1,864 curves, the small town of Pai

Itinerary

1 Day / Chiang Mai

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai airport transfer to hotel (arrival not later than 1 pm). At 3 PM transfer to Bike Tour Asia for a welcome briefing, answer any questions you might have and motorcycle hand over. Short motorcycle ride back to your hotel. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

2 Day / Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai

The first day of our Myanmar & Thailand Motorcycle Tour is a great way to get familiar with your motorcycle and the local riding environment. In the morning we head northeast towards Chiang Rai. Break at Doi Chang Coffee Shop, excellent coffee and cakes.
(220 km/137 miles)

Another 20 km and we leave the main road and ride up the mountain to Doi Chang coffee plantation – a great remote and scenic area. During the afternoon when getting close to Chiang Rai we stop at Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), the remarkable temple which is today recognized as one of the main attractions all over Thailand. Park your motorcycle and take a stroll inside the temple. There are plenty of coffee shops around the temple. From here we have a short 30 minutes to our hotel downtown Chiang Rai which is your destination of the day. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

3 Day / Chiang Rai - Keng Tung (Myanmar)

We leave Chiang Rai to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Ride up to the viewpoint at Wat Pra That Pukhao for the signature group photo for our Myanmar & Thailand Motorcycle Tour. From here we ride to Mae Sot, the most northern part of Thailand, and also one of the main border crossings with Myanmar. After clearing Thai custom and immigration we cross the bridge to Myanmar. Here we meet our local guide, finalize custom and immigration and we are in the town of Tachileik. Riding on the right side we continue a nice road along the Sai River to Keng Tung which is our end destination for the day. Overnight in Keng Tung.
(220 km/137 miles)

4 Day / Keng Tung - Nam Sang

Today we have a long and beautiful riding day in front of us through Myanmar hinterland. Leaving Keng Tung behind us we ride the switchbacks up the Mong Ka mountain range. There is not much traffic in this part of Myanmar. Nature is spectacular, plenty of good photo opportunities. We head east through forested hills and remote outlying regions to Mong Ping were we have lunch. If you check out the route on Google Maps, you'll see there are not too many straight sections! From here we cross over the Thanlyin River. There is a checkpoint at the bridge, the area is restricted. Before reaching Nam Sang we stop at a Myo Tribe village. Women are wearing big brass belts around their waists. Overnight in Nam Sang.
(340 km/211 miles)

5 Day / Nam Sang - Nyaungshwe

A shorter ride today towards Inle Lake. The plan is the get to Inle by noon, have lunch and take a boat trip on the lake during the afternoon. Inle Lake is like something straight out of a Nat Geo documentary. The local fishermen here have developed an unusual style of paddling their craft – they stand on one leg at the end of their boat and wrap their other leg around the single oar to paddle. This leaves both hands free to manipulate and cast their net, whilst on the move. It also gives them a higher vantage point above the reeds and plants, to spot the small schools of fish they seek. The boat will take us around the lake, along some of the many canals. A great way to explore. Overnight in Nyaungshwe.
(150 km/93 miles)

6 Day / Nyaungshwe - Old Bagan

Today is a somewhat long riding day and takes us to the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Pagan. Pronounced "Pah-Gahn" and not to be confused with our modern interpretation of 'pagan', the Pagans were Buddhists and were the first to unify several disparate regions into what later became the country now called Myanmar. Between the 9th and 11th centuries, for 250 years, Bagan's rulers and their wealthy subjects constructed over 10,000 religious monuments (approximately 1000 stupas, 10,000 small temples and 3000 monasteries in an area of 104 square kilometres (40 sq mi) in the Bagan plains. Overnight in Bagan.
(350 km/217 miles)

7 Day / Old Bagan (Rest Day)

More than 2,000 of these temples remain today, and it’s a stunning sight at sunrise to gaze down upon them from a nearby vantage point. Another great way of seeing the area is by hot air balloon. There are some interesting temples and pagodas to visit, e.g. Anada temple, Bupaya Pagoda, Dhammayangyi Temple etc. Our local Myanmar guide will join and share the history with us. There are many souvenir/handicraft shops in the area. You can also take the opportunity to go on a boat trip on the mighty Irrawaddy River. Overnight in Bagan.

8 Day / Old Bagan - Naypyitaw

Today’s motorcycle ride on our Myanmar & Thailand Motorcycle Tour is more about the destination than the journey. Naypyitaw, being an entirely planned city, similar to Canberra in Australia, Brasilia in Brazil, Washington, D.C. in the United States and Islamabad in Pakistan. The town is located about 320 kilometres north of the old capital Yangon. Naypyitaw has a short history, construction started in 2002. On 6 November 2005, the administrative capital of the country was quietly relocated from Yangon to here. We will explore some of the landmarks like the Uppatasanti Pagoda, wide boulevards and endless government ministries. Overnight in Naypyitaw.
(300 km/186 miles)

9 Day / Naypyitaw - Kyaikto

If our permit allows us we will ride on the motorway south towards Kyaikto. If not we will spend a couple more hours on the old road. We’ll then stick to the smaller regional roads, heading to Taungoo, a former Capital of Burma. The forests here provide excellent hardwoods including teak which forms a major export industry, as well as a certain kind of palm called areca which is popular for supplying betel for the 8 locals. We run parallel to mountain ranges on our east and west as we head south to Kyaikto were we will stay at a resort at the foot of the Kyaiktiyo hill. Overnight near Kyaikto.
(360 km/224 miles)

10 Day / Kyaikto - Mae Sot (Thailand)

For the early risers, there's an optional visit to the nearby pagoda of the Golden Rock. The legend associated with the pagoda is that the Buddha, on one of his many visits, gave a strand of his hair to Taik Tha, a hermit. The hermit, who had tucked it in the tuft of his hair safely, in turn, gave the strand to the king, with the wish that the hair is enshrined in a boulder shaped like a hermit's head. The king had inherited supernatural powers from his parents. They found the rock at the bottom of the sea. They found the perfect place at Kyaiktiyo for locating the golden rock and built a pagoda, where the strand was enshrined. It is this strand of hair that, according to the legend, prevents the rock from tumbling down the hill. Rest of the day we spend riding east towards the Thai border which we cross in the afternoon. Overnight in Mae Sot.
(270 km/168 miles)

11 Day / Mae Sot - Mae Hong Son

After breakfast, we restart our Myanmar & Thailand Motorcycle Tour by riding north along the Thai / Myanmar border. The road is winding and paved and we are passing many small communities like Mae Ramat, Tha Song Yang or Ban Sop Ngao. On the way, we also pass a huge Refugee Camp where thousands of Burmese refugees live. Lunchtime we reach Mae Sariang, a small town alongside the Yuam River where we have lunch.

Ride-on Road 108 towards Khun Yuam. It is a great wide winding road with long twists. In Khun Yuam we 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. We continue on a great winding road with wide bends to Mae Hong Son. We will stay at Fern Resort, a lovely resort in the middle of rice paddies. If still some energy left, take a drink at the bonfire. We stay overnight near Mae Hong Son.
(390 km/242 miles)

12 Day / Mae Hong Son - Pai

In the morning we take a pleasant boat ride on Pai River to visit a Karen Long Neck village. 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. http://www.huaypukeng.com/info_visitor.htm

We then set out for the famously chic town of Pai on the beginning of the road famous for having 1864 bends of varying sharpness. The road passes through some beautiful mountainous scenery. On the way, we do a side trip to Ban Rak Thai (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. In the afternoon we arrive in Pai and relax in our hotel before we dine on delicious local or western food in a restaurant by the river. In the evening after dinner, you can enjoy the delights of the Walking Street market. We stay overnight in Pai.
(180 km/112 miles)

13 Day / Pai - Chiang Mai

Our final riding day on our Myanmar & Thailand Motorcycle Tour. Leaving Pai behind, we will use roads less travelled. First stop is the elephant camp outside Pai. Riding along the Pai river in direction of Wat Chan. A couple of years ago this road was gravel and difficult to pass, especially during the wet season. Today it’s a beautiful windy road with great scenery. At Wat Chan, we have lunch and visit the “RayBan” temple. From Wat Chan, we continue over the mountains to Samoeng. There is little traffic, the scenery is as good as it gets. Before you know it we are back in Chaing Mai. A beautiful way to end this spectacular motorcycle tour. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
(190 km/118 miles)

14 Day / Chiang Mai / Departure

This amazing Myanmar & Thailand Motorcycle Tour ends with the transfer to the airport or your extension.

Included/Excluded

  • - Airport/Hotel/Bike Tour Asia’s Service Center transfers in Chiang Mai during arrival and departure day
  • - 13 nights with Breakfast at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • - 11 Lunches and 12 Dinners
  • - Water, soft drinks, coffee/tea in connection with the meals
  • - Late-model BMW GS Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and fuel
  • - Panniers and top box if desired and basic motorcycle crash protection bars, etc.
  • - Motorcycle Damage & Loss Coverage
  • - Experienced Tour leader on a motorcycle
  • - English speaking licensed Tour guide
  • - Support vehicle
  • - Transfer of luggage in the support vehicle
  • - Entrance fees
  • - Tour description
  • - Bike Tour Asia T-shirt & Pannier Bag
  • - Travel Accident Insurance
  • - Myanmar Permit, all related expenses including tour guide
  • - Additional support vehicle
  • - Myanmar third party liability insurance (according to legal requirement) etc.
  • - Flights
  • - On rest days, if any, no lunch or dinner included
  • - Alcoholic beverages
  • - 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
  • - All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature
  • - Optional motorcycle loss/damage waiver
  • - Myanmar visa, 50 USD. Please note that you need to arrange visa PRIOR to arrival. It’s easy to do over the internet.

Tour's Location

Myanmar & North Thailand

FAQs

Remarks
- A deposit of USD 1,000.- per rider and USD 500.- per pillion is payable upon booking. Rest payment is due the latest 60 days before departure. For Tours with Tour price less than the deposit, the full amount is due upon booking.
- Motorcycle Security Deposit applies upon handover of the motorcycle
- The above prices are based on a group of 5 riders, if fewer riders please contact us for a tour price offer
- The price for a single rider in a sharing room requires another single rider booking with the same request in your group
- Choose your own desired Tour dates – all year round
- We are pleased to assist you with the booking of additional nights in Chiang Mai or any other services in connection with the tour
- Prices listed above are based on this tour’s itinerary and its inclusions. Should you like to amend the itinerary and /or inclusions just let us know and we will tweak according to your needs.
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Extras
  • Pillion($ 2,395)

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