A confirmed departure in November 2019 this two week ride in remote northern Thailand is packed with the sights and sounds of this enchanting country.
A magical mix of great riding and incredible sights.
This stunning adventure takes you north from Bangkok away from the beaches, bars and clubs to see the real Thailand. Ancient cities, temples and tribes are all linked by some of the best road riding in the world.
• UNESCO Listed Sukhothai
• Tribe of the Long Neck Karen
• Wat Saam Prasob Sunken Temple
• Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and visiting the Bridge on the River Kwai
• Ride the Road of 1864 Bends
• Ride the Three Pagoda Pass
• Ride to the centre of the Golden Triangle
Tour includes airport transfers, flight to Bangkok from Chiang Rai, dinner on all but one night on tour, Motorrad Tours Tour Leader and local support truck driver and much, much more…
THE BUDDHA ROUTE: THAILAND.
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Thailand is a wondrous country featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. With a fascinating history and a unique culture the tourist industry has boomed. However if you think Thailand is all about Bangkok, Phuket bars and clubs, think again. Get away from the tourist hot spots on our Thailand motorcycle tour, and you will find a rural heartland, a mix of rice paddies, tropical forests and squat villages tied to the agricultural clock. But more than this it is the Thai people who have earned the country the reputation as the “land of smiles”.
Fly into Bangkok and you will be met at the airport and transferred to Amphawa. After collecting the bikes and attending the pre tour briefing you can enjoy the welcome dinner. Your first day of riding is high on excitement with a packed itinerary. En route you will visit a floating market and then on to Kanchana Buri scene of the Bridge on the River Kwai. You will visit the new bridge and can see some of the structures built by the prisoners of war which still support the railways today, before a night in our hotel of the banks of the River Kwai.
Your second day picks up just where the first left off! Starting with an elephant ride through the forest we then head north visiting Hellfire Pass and the museum of the same name. Hellfire was the scene of some of the worst suffering when the railways were built and the museum commemorates those who lost their lives here. In the evening wander the Mon Bridge and take a long tail boat ride to the Sunken Temple “Wat Saam Prasob”. If this is not enough then there is a chance to ride to the Three Pagodas Pass where Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) meet.
The following days meander through Kamphangphet and Pitsanulok provinces with the first taste of the mountain roads that await later, en route to Nakhon Sawan and the UNSECO listed Sukhothai. An early afternoon arrival leaves time to visit the park and the ruins of the ancient Sukhothai Kingdom. Dating back to the 12C, once the capital, over 190 temples have been excavated here. Your hotel is just five minutes from the park and you can ride in or take the regular shuttle bus.
Heading north you will ride into the Thai Highlands. These mountains stretch through Laos and Myanmar linking to the Himalayas. They make for fantastic riding as you climb up to 2000m through tropical forest and you will get to ride the beautiful Mae Sod Mountain road. After a night spent near the Myanmar border (with the chance to pop across the border and get another stamp in your passport) you continue north along the border to the Nam Ngao National Park with its many waterfalls. Tonight you are staying in the River House in Mae Sariang.
More challenging winding mountain roads await as you ride part of the road of 1864 bends en route to Mae Hong Son. In the afternoon you will take a Long Tailed Boat on the Pai River to “Ban Nam Piang Dinto” the Karen Tribe Long Neck Village. Traditionally the ladies of the tribe wear gold rings around their necks to make their necks look longer and them more attractive. Although traditional, each girl can now chose whether to follow the tradition or not. The following day is a riding day you will never forget. The road of 1864 curves. A seemingly endless procession of bends on a road cut through tropical jungle and over mountains. We divert off on side roads to the Pang Tong Royal Palace, a Royal Project and Reservoir before riding on through the Tam Pla National Park to the Tham Pi Man Jabo Cave with it 1700 year old teak coffins. Arriving at Pai you will be pleased to know that tomorrow is a day off with a chance to explore this bustling slightly hippy town or just lounge by the hotel pool.
Heading further north you visit the Angkhang Royal Project as we ride some of the best mountains routes in the world. Twisting and turning, climbing and descending harder and sharper than almost anything in Europe or the Americas these routes are a bikers paradise. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the scenery though! After a night in Doi Tung you can visit “Srinagaringdra” the former residence of the Late King’s Mother and the Doi Tung Gardens. Turning south with only two days remaining you will be riding through the infamous Golden Triangle home to Opium producers for centuries and along the banks of the mighty Mekong river separating Thailand from Laos. Then all to soon you will be heading for Chiang Rai and our farewell dinner.
PLEASE NOTE: With so much to see and do along our route in Thailand there will be an element of group riding required to ensure that we arrive together at certain times. However you will always have the option to ride independently if you chose.