If you had 20 days to blaze your way through a bucket list motorcycle adventure tour crossing a country from the North to the South, which would you choose? In our minds, there’s no question: Thailand has it all. There is simply nowhere with the sheer volume of natural and historical world wonders, the mind-blowing diversity of landscapes, the amazing cities, and the fascinating cultures any other place can throw at you. All in the space of three weeks (we ride 16 out of the 20 days on this tour).
From the Mountains to the Sea, this 20-day Thailand Motorcycle Tour gives you a great experience of all the best Thailand has to offer. From the North to the South. Starting in Chiang Mai and ending on Phuket Island.
The Great Thailand Ride gives you a great insight into the Land of Smile. Pass the unique highland vast panoramic view of Doi Inthanon, the highest peak of Thailand, and the beautiful Mae Hong Son. Visit Pai, Chiang Dao, the charming Tha Ton, the long-neck Karen tribes village; the impressive mountainous scenery of Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung Royal Villa, and the famous Golden Triangle, where three countries borders meet: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar (former Burma). Ride to the famous White Temple Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai. Ride the exhilarating, mountainous road R1148 to Nan, ranked in the Top 10 as one of the most fun biking roads to be found anywhere in the world. 120 km. of up and down curves through the impressive mountains providing you with pure riding pleasure. Ride along with the unique panoramic views of the border between Laos and Thailand on dream roads and explore Bo Kluea’s unseen Salt Mines. Cross the Sirikit dam reservoir on a wooden ferry and discover the unseen Uttaradit. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage historical park of Sukhothai and the Ho Chi Minh House in Phichit. Discover the hidden Erawan National Park and visit the famous River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi. Enjoy the beach and nightlife in the famous Hua Hin. Stay at the unseen and forgotten fisher town of Ranong. Take a speed boat on the Myanmar Sea and visit the breathtaking Cocks Comp Island – the Emerald Heart Of Myanmar, former Burma (no visa necessary). Ride on dream roads along the Andaman Sea with unique panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Relax on the boat and enjoy the best moment of Krabi island hopping. Visit the mountainous scenery of stunning Phang-Nga National Park and ride to the world´s finest beach destination Phuket; with fine white sands, nodding palm trees, glittering seas, and lively towns.
An unforgettable riding experience as we pass through natural, historical, traditional, and cultural attractions. Start your adventure today and please feel free to contact us anytime if you have more tour questions. Looking forward to hearing from you.
|Big Bike Tours Headquarters / Diamond Resort Phuket (Bang Tao Beach)
|The tour will start at 8.30 am. Please be informed, that you arrived at least one day before the tour started in Chiang Mai. We recommend two days before the tour starts to acclimate and avoid jet lag.
|The tour will finish at 3/4 pm in Phuket, so if you would like to fly back the same day to Bangkok or your final destination, you can easily catch any flight from Phuket after 7 pm.
|We recommend bringing your gear to be the most comfortable. BUT we also offer helmets, jackets, gloves, and knee guards (European high-quality brands in many different sizes). Please be informed, that we do not offer boots and trousers due to hygienic reasons.
Please be informed, that our tours are all-inclusive. So you can completely focus on your holiday, the adventure, the riding, and the amazing Thailand. There are no hidden costs or other surprises – our tour prices are final. All is paid. Come ride with us – the real deal!
Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon – Mae Sariang – Mae Hong Son – Pai – Chiang Dao – Tha Ton – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai – Nan – Bo Kluea – Phayao – Sirikit Dam – Uttaradit – Sukhothai – Phichit – Nakhon Sawan – Erawan National Park – Kanchanaburi – Hua Hin – Prachuap Khiri Khan – Chumphon – Ranong – Krabi – Phuket
(Distance: about 4,200 km / 2,600 miles )
Day 1. Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon – Mae Sariang (278 km.)
Familiarize yourself with your bike on the highway ride heading south of Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest peak in Thailand, 2,565 meters above sea level. Ride along the excellent winding mountain road through pine forest scenery. Visit Thailand’s finest waterfall, nature trails, Royal pagodas, and botanical gardens. Descending to Mae Chaem for a relaxing lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch, ride on, passing through pine forests until we reach Mae Sariang, near the border with Myanmar, where you later enjoy your peaceful accommodation.
Day 2. Mae Sariang – Mae Hong Son – Pai (287 km.)
After breakfast, leave Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son on narrow twisty curvy roads. In Khun Yuam we take a break and visit a World War II museum. Visit Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, the first temple of Mae Hong Son on the hilltop. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Visit the unseen Su Tong Pae Bamboo Bridge, which was built by villagers and locals of Ban Gung Mai Sak. A beautiful bridge supposedly the longest bamboo bridge in Thailand. Then back on twisty curvy roads to Pai. Then we reach charming accommodation with a swimming pool. In Pai, we dine on delicious local food in a restaurant near the river. In the evening after dinner, you can enjoy the delights of the Walking Street market.
Day 3. Pai – Chiang Dao - Tha Ton (270 km.)
Before breakfast, in the very early morning, you have a chance to offer food to the monks along the streets of Pai`s local market. After breakfast, visit the Pai World War II Memorial Bridge. Back on winding mountainous roads. Later we reach Chiang Dao, where we have a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Chiang Dao cave. Then ride along fantastic mountain roads via Thailand´s “Little Toscana” until we reach Tha Ton, where you will visit the Wat Tha Ton on top of the mountain and enjoy the amazing sunset there. Later you relax in your charming accommodation with a fantastic river view.
Day 4. Tha Ton - Golden Triangle (144 km.)
After breakfast, we leave Tha Ton to visit the long-neck Karen tribe village near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Ride to Doi Mae Salong, where Chinese mountain tea farmers live. Of course, you will test Thailand´s best tea there. Then back on curvy roads to Doi Tung Royal Villa. Visit the Winter Palace and the botanical garden. Lunch is served at the Royal’s Project restaurant. Continue along winding roads to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand. Visit Wat Tham Pla where you can feed some food to wild monkeys. Reach the Golden Triangle to take a long-tail boat trip on the Mekong River and visit a small village in Laos (no visa necessary). Visit the Opium Museum before relaxing at your peaceful accommodation directly at the mighty Mekong River.
Day 5. Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai - Nan (328 km.)
After breakfast, ride along a scenic farming area road to Chiang Rai city. After that visit the famous White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) one of the top 10 wonder temples in the world. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Ride the exhilarating, mountainous highway to Nan. Visit Wat Phra That Khao Noi (Nan hilltop scenic temple) before relaxing in your lovely accommodation and jumping into the swimming pool. Later you will discover and enjoy Nan´s nightlife.
Day 6. Rest Day in Nan
A day of leisure. Today we’re doing nothing at all. Relaxing by the pool or shopping in the town. Optionally you can, of course, discover the historical and cultural sites of unseen Nan by bicycle.
(Laundry service available)
Day 7. Nan – Bo Kluea - Phayao (334 km.)
After breakfast, we leave Nan riding through winding mountainous roads via the famous motorcycle paradise road R1081 the Bo Kluea. Here we will visit the Bo Kluea salt wells. Then we continue through Doi Phu Kha National Park to Chiang Klang where we will have lunch in a local restaurant. Ride the exhilarating, mountainous highway No. 1148 to Nan, ranked in the Top 10 as one of the most fun biking roads to be found anywhere in the world. 120 kilometers of up and down curves through the impressive mountains providing you with pure riding pleasure. Then we cruise along the highway R1021 through farming areas to Phayao. Discover Kwan Phayao Lake, which is one of the biggest lakes in Thailand. It covers an area of 12,831 rai (21 km²) at an elevation of 380 m. The lake has a mean depth of 2 m. Forty-eight species of fish are recorded for the lake, the most dominant are the artificially introduced Nile Tilapia and the Climbing Perch. The lake was created in 1939 to improve irrigation in the area. It was added to the list of 61 most important wetlands on the 1st of August 2000. There are currently plans to restore the ancient temple Wat Tilok Aram dating back to the end of the 15th century, which was submerged during the construction of the lake. The town of Phayao is at the southeast corner of the lake. Then we arrive and relax at the charming accommodation.
Day 8. Phayao - Sirikit Dam - Uttaradit (331 km.)
After breakfast, leaving unseen Phayao. Ride first south a bit on the main highway and use later the back roads via Mae Yom National Park. Later ride again fantastic motorcycle dream roads and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Khun Sathan National Park. Lunch is served in the middle of nowhere with a million-dollar view at a local restaurant. Highlight this day will be, of course, crossing the Sirikit Lake. We take the motorbikes on a wooden ferry across the Sirikit Dam reservoir. Sirikit Dam is the largest earth dam in Thailand. It´s used for irrigation, fisheries, flood control, and as well as hydroelectric power generation. Then we continue on the highway passing through rice fields until we reach charming Uttaradit. It is a small city near Lampang and a few kilometers away from Denchai. Very few tourists come here to visit the area, but Uttaradit City and its surroundings are worth coming to. If you want to see authentic Thailand, the one not many tourists see, you have to come here. Later you enjoy the beautiful accommodation with a swimming pool.
Day 9. Uttaridit – Sukhothai (89 km.)
After breakfast, we leave Uttaradit riding again on backroads and passing through massive rice fields until we reach Sukhothai. A short day of riding gives us plenty of time to discover one of the highlights of this amazing motorcycle tour: the Ancient Sukhothai Historical Park, designated World Heritage site number 574 on 12 December 1991 by UNESCO, and enjoy the amazing sunset in the old ruins. A magical and memorable scene. Later you arrive at the guest house, where you enjoy the charming classic wooden Thai accommodation with a swimming pool.
Day 10. Sukhothai – Phichit - Nakhon Sawan (240 km.)
After breakfast, we leave Sukhothai riding south to Phichit, a Land of Legends and Crocodiles! According to local folklore, there was once a huge crocodile ruler who lived in a cave. It is said that upon entering the cave, all crocodiles took on a human form. Chalayan was an aggressive and power-hungry leader with a hunger for human esh. Two sisters went to the canal to play, and Chalawan fell in love with one, kidnapping her and carting her off to his cave. In his lair, Chalawan appeared to the girl in his human form, but she resisted his advances. The girl’s father was devastated and offered a large reward for anyone able to rescue his daughter and kill the fearsome crocodile king. The story tells of a skilled man, Krai Thong, who traveled to Phichit from a faraway province, determined to defeat the monstrous crocodile. He fought the beast in the water, then followed the wounded crocodile into his cave, and they fought again, with Chalawan then in human form. Krai Thong was victorious, killing Chalawan and saving the young lady. He became a local hero. Because of the local stories, there are many crocodile references throughout Phichit today.
We will visit here of course the Ho Chi Minh house, where the Vietnamese Revolution leader was living in exile for 6 years.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant at the Bueng Si Fai Lake, one of Thailand´s largest lakes, where still wild crocodiles live.
After lunch, we will continue our journey to Thailand’s province of Nakhon Sawan, which is close to where the Central and Northern Regions meet. It sees relatively few visitors but is well worth to stopover.
Day 11. Nakhon Sawan – Erawan National Park (313 km.)
First stop, we visited Wat Tha Sung, Uthai Thani, which was built in 1320 A.D. and now become a very important temple in the Central part of Thailand. Next stop, we went to the unseen teak wood temple, in the middle of Castle Rock Mountain surrounded. (Wat Tham Khao Wong) Then use hidden back roads and a ferry to Erawan National Park, and quickly stop at the viewpoint of Sri Nakarin Dam. Reach to target before sunset.
Day 12. Erawan National Park - Kanchanaburi (222 km.)
Sightseeing day with a 200 km ride. From Erawan National Park to Kanchanaburi City, we will visit Sai Yok Yai waterfall at the first stop. Then ride to Hellfire Pass, will do a bit of trekking trail. Continue to Tham Krasae for the Death Railway passing. Easy ride to Mallika town, a 100-year-old model town in Thailand. Reach to Kanchanaburi city and a quick stop to pay respect at the war cemetery. Lots of things to see here, for example, the famous WW2 memorial bridge, well known in the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai”.
Day 13. Kanchanaburi - Hua Hin (296 km.)
After breakfast, in the morning we will ride to the Giant Monkey Pod Tree. Then a transfer ride to Kaeng Krachan Motorcycle Race Circuit. Continue ride through Kaeng Krachan Dam crest and national park. Lunch at the dam. Now we are in the southern part of Thailand. Avoid the main highway and use the back road via Khao Samroiyod to reach Hua Hin. Stay overnight at Hua Hin beach. A very good and fresh seafood dinner will wait for us. Later we discover the famous Hua Hin night market and its nightlife.
Day 14. Rest Day in Hua Hin
A day of leisure. Today we’re doing nothing at all. Relaxing by the pool or shopping in the town. Optionally you can, of course, discover the historical and cultural sites of Hua Hin by bicycle.
(Laundry service available).
Day 15. Hua Hin - Prachuap Khiri Khan – Chumphon (324 km.)
Easy day, we will explore scenic routes along the coastline of the Gulf of Thailand. Ride to the Thamthong and Bangberd beach and continue to the fishery harbor pier. Then ride again on dream roads via different beaches, Baan Krud, Bo Mao, and Tungwualaen until Chumphon City. We also will stop at Dinsor uphill viewpoint before we reach Chumphon City. And of course not forget to visit the Nong Yai Development Project before we arrive at the hotel for a perfect sunset. Stayed overnight in Chumphon directly at the beach.
Day 16. Chumphon - Ranong (198 km.)
Today we will cross from the Gulf of Thailand to the Indian Ocean, the Andaman Sea. Many places to see along this route. First stop, Wat Suwankhiri the Myanmar temple on the hilltop. Then we ride to Kho Kot Kra or Kra Isthmus, which is Asia´s narrowest point. Take a coffee break for hand-roasted coffee at Kong Valley. Stop for lunch with local people before we go up to the famous Khao Fahchi viewpoint with breathtaking views over the bay. Then continued our ride to Ranong Pier at the border with Myanmar. Stayed in the middle of the city where will explore casual life and local markets.
Day 17. Rest Day in Ranong
A day of leisure. Today we’re doing nothing at all. Relaxing by the pool or shopping in the town. You can, of course, discover the historical and cultural sites of Ranong.
Optional we highly recommend the hottest program in Ranong that you shouldn’t miss: travel to the Cock’s Comb Island, also nicknamed “Emerald Heart Island” for its lagoon resembling a heart. Our van will pick you up at your hotel in Ranong City at around 8 am. Then we take you to proceed with a border pass before heading to Kawthaung, the southernmost part of Myanmar. Afterward, we journey to the Myanmar Sea with snacks and drinks served along the way. It doesn’t take long to arrive at the Cock’s Comb Island. We cruise through a cave and enter the lagoon to see coral reefs, sea anemones, fish, and coralline algae. Then we take a lunch break on Tafook Island, another island with a powdery white sand beach. The next destination is Zadetkyi Island, a major island with the longest line of abundant coral reefs. You’ll be surprised you can find several species of sea anemones and rare coral reefs there. Then we return to the five-star Grand Andaman Hotel to have an all-you-can-eat dinner. We guarantee the special, delicious dishes will impress you. The hotel also provides other activities such as games and duty-free stores. We return to Ranong at around 7 pm and our car will drop everyone off back at our hotel safely.
Note: This program is available from October 15 through May 15. The activity is suspended from May 16 through October 14 every year due to the national park’s closure.
(Laundry service available)
Day 18. Ranong - Krabi (320 km.)
Awesome ride today from Ranong to Ao Nang, Krabi. In the morning, we will stop at the “Grass Hill´s” for photo shooting. The area looks like a Swiss alpine. The long curvy highway speed ride to a lovely coffee shop at Baan Rai Ai Aroon. Then ride a more curvy road to Takuapa’s old city, Phang-nga. Lovely lunch cooked and served by old ladies. Then we will ride up the mountain twisty route to Nang Hong viewpoint. Then downhill via backroads to Ao Nang, Krabi. We will stay two nights here and explore this beautiful piece of Earth.
Day 19. Rest Day in Krabi
A day of leisure. Today we’re doing nothing at all. Relaxing by the pool/beach or shopping in the town.
One of the tour highlights will be today the Krabi Island Hopping (optional). This is one of the most popular things to do amongst travelers in Southern Thailand. Enjoy a full-day tour by hopping around the beautiful significant islands by speedboat. Visit the islands of Koh Poda, Chicken Island, Tup Island, and Phranang Cave Beach. Take some time to swim and snorkel in beautiful and relaxing places.
Our van picks you up at the hotel at around 7 am and sends you to the pier. Enjoy a 20-minute speedboat ride to Phranang Cave which will be the first stop. Visit Phranang Cave, a very famous cave known as the house of a princess spirit who is respected and worshiped by the local people. Continue to Chicken Island where there is a distinctive rock formation that looks like a chicken. This is an excellent snorkeling spot with marine life that will amaze you. After relaxing here, enjoy your included lunch box.
Journey to Tup Island one of Thailand’s unseen highlights, situated along Koh Dam Khwan. As the tide recedes the white sand and limestone beach will begin to appear and connect the two islands at low tide.
Afterward, visit the last stop, Poda Island. A lovely white and sandy beach that is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. Enjoy great underwater adventures, exploring colorful corals and reef fish. After the long joyful day, journey back to the pier around 3 pm before driving back to the hotel.
(Laundry service available)
Day 20. Krabi – Phuket (216 km.)
Last tour day from Ao Nang, Krabi to Phuket. Easy ride via the back road to Phangan Bay. From there we will take a boat trip to Khao Pingkan or the well-known name “James Bond Island”, and continue our cruise to Kho Panyee, notable for being built on stilts by Malay fishermen. The population consists of 360 families or 1,685 people descended from two seafaring Muslim families from Java. We will visit the famous floating football field, the island mosque, the school and the lifestyle of people here, it´s very interesting. Lunch of course here on the island. Then head back to the mainland and ride to the stunning Ao Tho Li viewpoint. Reached Phuket perfect time for sunset and an ice-cold beer.
Tour Highlights: Chiang Mai (the “Rose of the North”); Doi Inthanon National Park (highest peak of Thailand); Vachiratharn waterfall; Famous 1,864 curves to Mae Hong Son; Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu; the longest bamboo bridge in Thailand; Pai World War II Memorial Bridge; Chiang Dao cave; Wat Tha Ton; long-neck Karen tribes village; Doi Mae Salong tea farm; Doi Tung Royal Villa; Monkey Temple; Golden Triangle; long-tail boat trip on the Mekong River to Laos, Opium Museum, White Temple Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai; charming Nan; Bo Kluea Salt; road R1148, ranked as one of the top 10 world`s best biking roads; Phayao lake (Kwan Phayao); crossing Sirikit dam reservoir on the wooden ferry; unseen Uttaradit; World Heritage Site of Sukhothai; Phichit (Ho Chi Minh House); Nakhon Sawan (insight into the Land of Smile – the real & authentic Thailand); Erawan National Park; Death Railway; Bridge of River Kwai in Kanchanaburi; famous beach town of Hua Hin, charming Prachuap Khiri Khan; unseen Chumphon, hidden fisher town of Ranong; Cocks Comb Island – the Emerald Heart of Myanmar; Dream roads along the coastline of the Indian Ocean (Andaman Sea); Boat Trip and island hopping in Krabi; Phang-Nga National Park; world´s finest beach destination Phuket; with fine white sands, nodding palm trees, glittering seas, and lively towns.
Day 1. Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon – Mae Sariang (269 km)
Day 2. Mae Sariang – Mae Hong Son – Pai (290 km)
Day 3. Pai – Chiang Dao – Tha Ton (271 km)
Day 4. Tha Ton – Golden Triangle (147 km)
Day 5. Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai – Nan (328 km)
Day 6. Rest day in Nan
Day 7. Nan – Bo Kluea – Phayao (335 km)
Day 8. Phayao – Sirkit Dam – Uttaradit (329 km)
Day 9. Uttaradit – Sukhothai (89 km)
Day 10. Sukhothai – Phichit – Nakhon Sawan (239 km)
Day 11. Nakhon Sawan – Erawan National Park (313 km)
Day 12. Erawan National Park – Kanchanaburi (222 km)
Day 13. Kanchanaburi – Hua Hin (296 km)
Day 14. Rest day in Hua Hin
Day 15. Hua Hin – Prachuap Khiri Khan – Chumphon (111 km) Part 1/2
Day 15. Hua Hin – Prachuap Khiri Khan – Chumphon (207 km) Part 2/2
Day 16. Chumphon – Ranong (198 km)
Day 17. Rest day in Ranong
Day 18. Ranong – Krabi (317 km)
Day 19. Rest day in Krabi
Day 20. Krabi – Phuket (204 km)
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