14 Days

14 days of iconic exploration

It’s hard to beat the combination of challenging roads and myriad attractions that central and Northern Thailand offer – and on this journey we’ll mix ancient temples and remote villages with off-the-beaten-track dirt roads and misty mountain passes. This region has a reputation as one of the best places on the planet for motorbike touring and we have two weeks to see what it has to offer – from the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai to the hippie town of Pai, surrounded by a mellow mix of waterfalls and temples.

Long-neck Karen people, Mae Hong Son motorcycle tour
Sukhothai Historical Park
Mae Sariang - rice paddies - Mae Hong Son motorbike tour

The details

Start Point: Bangkok, Thailand
End Point: Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Dates November 15 – 29, 2020
Duration 14 Days – 3,033 kms
Roads: Tarmac/Dirt/Mountain
Region: Thailand
Motorcycle: Honda CRF250L, CBX500, R110R, F700GS, F800GS or F1200GS
Prasit - BMW Motorrad tour guide Asia


“You’ll never forget this adventure into one of the world’s best motorcycling regions. We’ll cover mountain passes, dirt roads and follow the trail of ancient temples, for a once in a lifetime experience.”




Bangkok - Amphawa

Day 1: Arrival day in Amphawa. Take the shuttle bus from Bangkok International Airport, ready for check-in, welcome briefing and dinner, and your vehicle check.

Amphawa - Kanchanaburi - 200 kms

Day 2: Heading further away from the bustle of Bangkok, our route into the countryside passes some must-see attractions – including the floating market at Damnoen Saduak, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the Death Railway and the famous Bridge Over The River Kwai. (Google Map)

Kanchana Buri - Sangkhla Buri - 242 kms

Day 3: There’s a lot to take in in this fascinating area, so after an early start we’ll visit an elephant camp and the tragic memorial of the Hell Fire Pass Museum – or alternatively tackle a dirt road through the jungle that follows the line of a reservoir. Then we’ll take in the historic crossing point of the Three Pagodas Pass and visit the mysterious ruins of the Sunken Temple. (Google Map)

Sangkhla Buri - Nakhon Sawan - 352 kms

Day 4: Get set for varied and challenging day as we journey into Northern Thailand. We’ll tackle a variety of roads – but one of them will be on foot, as we wander across the incredible Mon Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in Thailand. Afterwards, we’ll take dirt roads, a ferry and breathtaking mountain passes to reach our destination.  (Google Map)

Nakhon Sawan - Sukhothai - 215 kms

Day 5: Today we’re following the path of the Ping River along leafy roads towards the beautiful region of Kamphaeng Phet, before continuing onwards towards the ancient temples of Sukhothai. We’ll arrive in time to tour the Historical Park and find out more about the city’s ancient civilisation. (Google Map)

Sukhothai- Mae Sot - 217 kms

Day 6: A final visit to the temples of the historical Park, and then we’re off on the empty roads that cut through countryside and small villages on the way to the border city of Mae Sot. Once there, we’ll explore the city – from the hilltribes market to the border post marking the gateway to Myanmar. (Google Map)

Mae Sot - Mae Sariang - 241 kms

Day 7: With an early start, we’ll hit the smooth tarmac of the R105 on our way to Mae Sariang. Along the way, we’ll venture into the lands of displaced people at the Mae La Temporary Shelter, to find out more about local cultures and peoples. We’ll also visit the fairytale cave of Mae Usu. (Google Map)

Mae Sariang - Mae Hong Son - 167 kms

Day 8: Today we’ll tackle the region’s most famous stretch of road, the 1864 curves. The twists and turns of the road are renowned amongst motorbike riders as both challenging and scenic, offering a glimpse into incredible countryside – when you’re not concentrating on the road! Along the way, we’ll visit some of the hot springs that the area is famous for, along with a Karen Long Neck village, before arriving at the atmospheric ‘City of Three Mists’. (Google Map)

Mae Hong Son - Pai - 186 kms

Day 9: Today we’ll leave “City of Three Mists”, on another spectacular road speckled with places to visit (including the fascinating Coffin and Fish Caves, the Chinese village of Santichon and the nearby waterfalls). Our next stop is the hippie town of Pai, famous for its laid-back atmosphere. (Google Map)

Pai - 39 kms

Day 10: Kick back on a rest day in Thailand’s most relaxed town, which is lost in beautiful countryside. There’s plenty to see around town – from hot springs and waterfalls to temples, via the WW2 Bridge. Alternatively, relax by the pool or take in the town’s burgeoning cafe scene. (Google Map)

Pai - Pong Khai - 170 kms

Day 11: We’re off again, this time on a ride through the countryside on local roads. We’ll pass the villages of Wat Chan and Sameong, before arriving in the remote village of Pong Khai for breathtaking mountain views. If you really want to test your skills, there’s also the option to tackle this stretch by dirt road, taking the scenic route for seven hours on a once-in-a-lifetime journey. (Google Map)

Pong Khai - Doi Tung - 298 kms

Day 12: Back on highway and covering more ground today, we’ll make for the mountain of Doi Tung via the sprawling tea plantations of Doi Mae Salong and the Royal Factory Museum. (Google Map)

Doi Tung - Chiang Khong - 126 kms

Day 13: We’re in Golden Triangle Country, once the countryside hideout of opium lords. Our ride takes us along the border with Myanmar and to the Hall of Opium Museum, before following the Mekong river to Chiang Khong. (Google Map)
Day 14: Departure day. Your day is free until the shuttle bus ride to Chiang Rai Airport and your onward flight.
Departure / Return location: Bangkok International Airport
Departure time: Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.

The Temple Trail

This tour has several variables that affect its cost, including;

  • Choice of motorcycles: in ascending order of cost – Honda CRF250L or CBX500, F700GS, F800GS or F1200GS.
  • Bringing your own Motorcycle? If you have a bike in Asia, or want to ship yours in, we can make that work for you.
  • Pillion Passenger: riding with a companion is no problem.
  • Accommodation: base rate is based on sharing a room, but single occupancy is available at 680€.

The base rate for one person, riding one of our Honda CRF250L’s, sharing a twin room, and with no pillion rider is: 4,460€

TH14D 14 Days - Bangkok <> Chiang Rai

Base Price:3,700€4,100€4,100€4,100€4,100€4,100€
Bike Cost:-360€600€1.320€1,440€1,800€
Tour Program includes:
Overland Permission Services
Rental Vehicles
Vehicle Insurance (3rd Party)
Accommodation & Meals
BMW Certified Tour Guide
Fully equipped BMW Motorcycle
Luggage Vehicle
Tickets & Entry Fees
Tour Program does not include:
Passport or Visas Fees for Thailand/Laos/China
Fuel for your vehicle
Hotels 1st evening in Bangkok for early arrival or last evening in Bangkok for late departure
Snacks, alcohols beverages, refreshments, mini bars and room services
Fines, gratuities, laundry services, SIM card, phone call, fax and internet access fees
Personal medical and travel insurance

Approximate Route: click image to view full size


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