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The First Step to a Holiday of a Lifetime

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THAI-8Golden Triangle Offroad Tour

More holiday means more fun! For those of you with time and possibly the stamina this is not to be missed! Our Golden Triagle tour starts with our Dragon’s tail tour, and then continues to explore the area northeast of Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle.

I would love to come back. Went to Vietnam for spring holiday and I was just thinking about time I went back to Thailand and finish the final bit of the 12 day enduro ! That 6 days up north was the best experience I have had on a bike in my life. Still trying to get permission from the wife but I am working on it.

Neil Davis, UK

Tour highlights

  • The royal mausoleum at Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain, with the requisite spectacular views
  • Largest caves in Southeast Asia
  • Dramatic waterfalls
  • Chiang Mai night market
  • Tribal villages only reachable by narrow trails
  • Varied terrain from steep mountain mud trails to gentle stony tracks and river crossings
  • Karen hilltribe villages
  • Santikharee Chinese community
  • Burmese market
  • Mekong River boat crossing
  • Elephant camp

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Chiang Mai. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our tour hotel, the Amora, in the heart of Chinag Mai. The rest of the day is for you to relax and unwind, sightseeing, shopping or relaxing by the pool. In the evening we’ll have a welcome dinner in a riverside restaurant and then visit the famous night bazaar.

Day 2 Chiang Mai – Mae Malai (90% offroad). We drive out, possibly in our old Willys, to our base camp in Mae Malai about 30 km north of Chiang Mai. After checking out our riding gear and the motorcycles, and after a safety briefing, we head out for a ride in the surrounding mountain area. This will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the bike and the local riding conditions, and we can modify the bike’s set up if needed. This evening there’s a barbecue before you retire to one of our comfortable bungalows.

Day 3 Mae Malai – Mae Cham (160 km, 50% offroad). After breakfast we set off up into the mountains again, this time heading southwest out of Chiang Mai. Our first stop is at an elephant camp by a river for a refreshing drink and maybe a snack. A little later we turn off the tarmac and take a trail to a tribal village and then on to our lunch stop at a roadside restaurant in Doi Inthanon National Park. It’s then an enjoyable twisty tarmac ride to the top of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain at 2565 m. On a clear day the views from the top are spectacular, and we spend some time at the twin mausoleums built by the present King and Queen of Thailand on two small mounds near the top, known as the Royal Chedis. After taking the road back down, we head offroad again for our last section on some great trails, our first river crossing and our comfortable hotel in Mae Cham.

Day 4 Mae Cham – Pai (160 km, 80% offroad). Today is a long day in the saddle, as we ride over 100 km of trails to Pai, a small town famous for its hot springs, and for being one of Thailand’s best beauty spots. This is trail riding at its purest and most enjoyable, and we have a number of options depending on local conditions and rider ability.

Day 5 Pai (100 km loop, all narrow tarmac). And because the riding around here is so good, we spend today riding around Pai. The town is surrounded by the scenic Huai Nam Dang National Park, which stretches to the Burmese border to the north and west. We take in a visit to the largest cave in southeast Asia, with it’s magnificent stalagmites and stalagtites, and have the opportunity to visit some beautiful waterfalls, gorges and mountain trails.

Day 6 Pai – Chiang Dao (150 km, 60% offroad). Another great day’s offroading, through Huai Nam to Chiang Dao, where we stay in a resort hotel. Again, we have a choice of routes, all with great riding and beautiful scenery. For example the mountain trails of Doi Chiang Dao.

THAI - Golden1Day 7 Chiang Dao – Mae Suay (200 km narrow tarmac with optional offroad loops). Today is a road trip – small winding roads of course. For those who just love to ride offroad we’ve some nice trails in between as well. By early afternoon we will arrive in a Karen hilltribe village. Our accommodation is a small lodge built by a Swiss guy who married a Karen woman. It’s a really relaxing place in the heart of the mountains of northern Thailand.

Day 8 Mae Suay - Mae Sai (180 km, 30% offroad). For the first two hours we ride through Wawi Valley, where some parts are still offroad. After lunch at a riverside restaurant we go to the famous Doi Mae Salong, a village high in the mountains. Mae Salong (now known as Santikharee) was founded in 1962 by Kuomintang Chinese and became famous as a centre for exiled Chinese. It’s quite a shock to see Chinese faces and Chinese style buildings in the hills of the northern Thailand! The local market is dominated by Chinese goods. Then an endless winding tarmac road brings us to Mae Sai, the border town to Myanmar (Burma) by the end of the day..THAi-9

Day 9 Mae Sai – Golden Triangle -  Chiang Rai (110 km, road. After breakfast we have an opportunity to cross the bridge into Burma and visit the market at Tachilek. Just  another 30 minutes ride and we arrive at the Golden Triangle, which is famous to most Westerners for its former opium production. Here we have time to take a riverboat ride on the mighty Mekong river and visit a market in Laos. Another 90 minutes riding brings us to our comfortable city hotel in Chiang Rai. In the evening we visit the local food market and the night bazaar.

Day 10 Chiang Rai (loop, flexible distance, mix of road and offroad). We have a choice today. You can either take the day off, or come on our half-day trip around Chiang Rai - fantastic trails and dirt roads with stunning views, and the chance to visit an elephant camp and a waterfall before returning to Chiang Rai. Maybe this evening its time for some Italian food or a big tenderloin steak!?

Day 11 Chiang Rai  – Chiang Mai (200 km road, with optional offroad loops if time permits). Another chance to ride trough the mountains of northern Thailand We arrive back in our base camp by early afternoon. After a snack we bring you to the Amora, our hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai. There’s time for sightseeing, bargain hunting or just relaxing by the pool.

Day 12 Chiang Mai. The hardest day of the tour – transfer to the airport for your flight home!

Total distance    c. 1000 km

Golden Triangle Enduro Tour

Dates

Rider

Passenger

Sgl rm suppl.

06 Nov - 17 Nov 2017

2,045.00

1,275.00

215.00

20 Nov - 01 Dec 2017

2,045.00

1,275.00

215.00

04 Dec - 15 Dec 2017

2,045.00

1,275.00

215.00

15 Jan - 26 Jan 2018

2,045.00

1,275.00

215.00

19 Feb - 02 Mar 2018

2,045.00

1,275.00

215.00

05 Mar - 16 Mar 2018

2,045.00

1,275.00

215.00

Extra nts

35.00

35.00

35.00

 

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Price includes: Honda CRF250 or Kawasaki KDX250, resort/hotel/guesthouse accommodation with bed and breakfast, airport and local transfers, fuel, 4WD support vehicle, national park entrance fees, English speaking tour guide and local support team, ferry and boat-rides.

Price excludes: Motorcycle insurance excess €100 (c. 90, payable locally), lunches, dinners and drinks, and personal expenses. Burma visa c. 5, elephant ride c. 20, river rafting c. 15, Karen hilltribe visit c. 15. Travel insurance and return flights from the UK to Chiang Mai, plus any other accommodation or tours, can be booked through H-C Travel at the time of booking.

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