We are proud to offer our customers this pure adventure tour: 19 days unseen Thailand & Myanmar (former Burma). We were the first tour company to organize tours across the Thailand/Myanmar border with motorbikes. It was a long and hard process to manage all the paperwork with the Myanmar government. We are so happy, that Myanmar is opening up more and more their wonderful and amazing country for visitors. Please be informed, that you need a visa before you can cross the border. In Myanmar visa on arrival is still not possible like in Thailand. You should contact the Myanmar embassy or consulate in your home country first. For more Visa information, please see below.
Please be informed that this 19 DAY TOUR does include the arrival and the departure day, it means that we will be actual for 17 days on the road. The hotel on the arrival and the departure day is of course include the tour price.
We run this tour only once the year. Places are limited and in high demand. Please have a look at our tour dates section for further information. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us anytime

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONThe Garden Cottage Chiang Mai (Standard Room) / Amora Hotel Tapae Chiang Mai (Deluxe Room)
DEPARTURE TIMEThe tour will start in the morning 8.30am the day after the arrival day.
RETURN TIMEThe tour will finish after the breakfast at the hotel on the departure day.
GEARWe recommend bringing your own 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 as due hygienic reasons.
INCLUDED
Tour and transfer services as described in the itinerary with English speaking professional Thai and Burmese tour guides
The services of an escort vehicle (minibus in Thailand and small truck in Myanmar) for transport of the main luggage; both guide and driver will take care of baggage delivery and pick-up at each hotel
Accommodation as per hotels and room types specified in the itinerary
All Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) – full board, except on arrival and departure day in Chiang Mai
All entrance fees to sights specified in the itinerary
Motorcycle Kawasaki ER6 650cc, fuel during the entire tour (optional: Kawasaki Versys against surcharge)
Compulsory third-party insurance in Thailand
Experienced German motorcycle mechanic accompanies the tour
Myanmar-experienced and English/German speaking “road captain” as biking tour guide during the whole tour
Temporary drivers’ license (valid 1 year) for Myanmar issued on the basis of a valid international driver’s license
Service charge, room tax, and baggage handling
Famous Big Bike Tours “On zeee bikes!” T-Shirt
Vehicle registration and inspection fees (Myanmar Road Transport Administration Department)
NOT INCLUDED
All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and meals not specified in the itinerary
Travel insurance (cover against cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness). We highly recommend you arrange an appropriate insurance in your home country
Insurance during the trip in Myanmar
Visa fee & Airfare

Please be informed, that our tours are fully inclusive. So you can completely focus on your holiday, the adventure, the riding and amazing Thailand. There are no hidden costs or other surprises – our tour prices are final prices. All is paid. Come ride with us – the real deal!

CHIANG MAI – MAE SOT – MAWLAMYINE – GOLDEN ROCK – BAGO – YANGON – BAGO – PYAY – BAGAN – MANDALAY – INLE LAKE – MONGPING – KENGTUNG – CHIANG RAI – CHIANG MAI

(Distance: 2,950 kms.)

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Day 1. Chiang Mai, Arrival


Arrival at Chiang Mai Airport (International Terminal) by Thai Airways International.
Your guide will await you outside customs hall and transfer you to Mae Saa Valley, located roughly 20 kms north of Chiang Mai.
Dinner with the tour crew and accommodation at Suansawan Resort, Mae Rim at Mae Saa Valley (Standard Rooms).
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Day 2. Chiang Mai – Mae Sot (360 kms.)


Breakfast at the resort. Today’s ride from Chiang Mai to Mae Sot at the border between Thailand and Myanmar is although relatively long (360 kms.), an easy ride for which we can use the whole day. Much of it is on a dual-lane highway, except for the last 80 km which will take us along a nice and winding road across the mountain range separating Mae Sot from the rest of Thailand. Lunch at a local restaurant by the river in Tak.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation at Centara Mae Sot Hills Resort.
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Day 3. Mae Sot - Mawlamyine (190 kms.)


Breakfast at the hotel. Today we cross the “Goodwill Bridge” which links Mae Sot with Myawaddy, Thailand with Myanmar (former Burma). As it is rather unusual that Myanmar immigration and customs officials are dealing with a group of motorcycles entering Myanmar, we are prepared to have a lot of patience until the lengthy procedures to get all the papers right, inspect all the motorcycles, etc. are terminated. Afterwards, we drive from Myawaddy across the Dawna Mountain Range to Kawkareik on the Western side of the mountain range. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.
Later, we cross the Thanlwin (Salween) River for the first time as we continue to Thaton, get onto the main road linking North and South Burma and continue in Southern direction towards Mawlamyine (Moulmein). Shortly before we reach Mawlamyine, we cross over the Salween River again as we take Burma’s longest bridge connecting the cities of Mottama and Mawlamyine. Mawlamyine is Burma’s 3rd largest city and capital of Mon State. This charming and multicultural city lies at the mouth of the Salween River and was British Burma’s first capital from 1826 – 1852. Depending on how much time remains after our arrival, we visit the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda which the famous English writer Rudyard Kipling meant in his poem when he wrote: “By the old Moulmein pagoda lookin’ lazy at the sea. There’s a Burma girl a-sittin’ and I know she thinks o’ me”. Sunsets at this pagoda are a scene to behold.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation at Mawlamyine Strand Hotel (Superior Rooms).
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Day 4. Mawlamyine - Golden Rock (190 kms.)


Breakfast at the hotel. We start the day with a short excursion of around 20 km to Mudon, site of a huge reclining Buddha. From there, we drive North, again across the Thanlwin (Salween) River, as we continue to Thaton, which was the capital of the former Mon Kingdom which ruled Lower Burma from the 9th – 11th century and stretched far into Thailand. Lunch at a local restaurant in Thaton.
From Thaton, we continue in Northern direction to Kyaik Hto, a small town in Mon State, known for its rubber plantations and the Golden Rock Pagoda in the vicinity.
Dinner and accommodation at Sane Le Tin Resort (Superior Rooms) which also boasts a small private zoo.
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Day 5. Golden Rock - Bago (95 kms.)


Early breakfast at the hotel. The morning is spent visiting one of Myanmar’s landmarks, famous for its precarious position and religious importance: Kyaiktiyo – the ‘Golden Rock’, a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. We ride by minibus to Kin Mon, the base camp from where a steep 15 kms. road leads to the upper staging point. The journey is made in open trucks which are very crowded. From the summit where you disembark from the truck, it is a mere 10 min. walk to the Golden Rock. A visit to the Golden Rock is a mesmerizing experience as you will encounter the religiosity of Myanmar people in stunningly beautiful natural surroundings. Afterwards, return to Kin Mon base camp by truck. Lunch back at the Sane Le Tin Resort.
Afterwards, we take off in the direction of Bago, also called Pegu and formerly known as Hanthawaddy (or Hongsawadee to the Thais). This city is located only 90 kms. to the Northeast of Yangon. We visit the over a thousand years old Shwemawdaw Pagoda with its spire taller than the Shwedagon Pagoda. If we have enough time, we can also visit the 55-meter long reclining Shwe Tha Lyaung Buddha, which is among the country’s most impressive Buddha images.
Dinner and accommodation at the lovely Han Thar Gardens Resort.
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Day 6. Yangon


Breakfast at the hotel. Today we leave our motorcycles at the resort because bikes are not allowed in Yangon (Rangoon) the capital of Myanmar. We ride by bus into Yangon (approximately 90 kms.) and to the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda containing a huge reclining Buddha image. Then we visit the tranquil Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake with Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge. This is an ideal spot to take photographs of the lake and the beautiful gardens and trees lining its shores. Then we enjoy a typical Myanmar lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we drive to the Eastern entrance of Shwedagon Pagoda, passing the picturesque streets of Yangon and enjoying nice photo opportunities towards the Shwedagon Pagoda. We walk through the small shops where monk accessories, Buddha statues, flowers, etc. are sold. The entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda is always very busy with sellers and Myanmar visitors. We enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide – its golden stupa is the ‘heart’ of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Burmese people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon, and it is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Return to Bago and our hotel.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation at Han Thar Gardens Resort.
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Day 7. Bago - Pyay (285 kms.)


Breakfast at the hotel. We leave Bago in the morning and ride to Pyay (formerly called Prome), situated on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River. Our ride today takes us initially over a few hills and then through vast plains made colourful with small villages and towns. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant on the way.
Prome is a lovely town and if time permits we visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, one of the most scenic spots in the country.
Dinner and accommodation at Mingalar Garden Resort (Superior Rooms).
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Day 8. Pyay – Bagan (380 kms.)


Breakfast at the hotel. Our ride today takes us in Northern direction and more or less along the Ayeyarwaddy River, all the way to Bagan. On our way, we cross a few karst hills and realize how the landscape is becoming visibly more arid. Lunch at a local restaurant by the ayeyarwaddy River in Magwe.
In the afternoon, we continue further in Northern direction on our way to Bagan and visit the old wooden monastery of Yoke Sone in Sale. The last stretch of road leading into Bagan leads along the Ayeyarwaddy River and shortly before arriving in Bagan we can already glimpse the first pagodas.
Dinner and accommodation at Bagan Airport Hotel (Superior Rooms).
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Day 9. Bagan


Breakfast at the hotel. Today we explore the archaeological site of Bagan. Visits include the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan’s most important reliquary shrine – look out for images of the 37 ‘nats’ housed in a small hall; Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In Village), a ‘cave’ temple with fine frescoes of the ‘Jataka Tales’; and Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery with beautiful, well-preserved 18th century murals. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we learn about one of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts at a lacquerware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba Village. Then, we continue to Manuha Temple, built in the Mon-style in 1059, and Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, a temple noteworthy for its mural paintings which today are under the protection of UNESCO. Finally, we proceed to Shwesandaw Pagoda to watch the sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Dinner and accommodation at Bagan Airport Hotel (Superior Rooms).
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Day 10. Bagan - Mandalay (260 kms.)


Breakfast at the hotel. Today, a scenic overland journey leads us first to Mount Popa (approx. 50 kms.), an extinct volcano with a shrine dedicated to animist spirits known as “Nats”. Contrary to other countries practicing Buddhism, the “Nats” are a peculiarity for Burma only. There are 37 main “Nats”, all of which are ghosts of humans that mostly have died a painful death. Additionally, there are “Nats” that reside in the water, in the forest, in the house or elsewhere and that demand to be respected if one does not want to attract the ire of a “Nat”. In urban Burma, the “Nats” do not play a significant role in daily life anymore, but in rural Burma, they are revered, particularly at Mt. Popa. We ride directly to the Mt. Popa Resort where sipping coffee and maybe sampling a cake, we enjoy the fabulous view over Mt. Popa. Afterwards, we continue our journey through the pleasing landscape with little traffic, over three rivers and through the local town of Thaung Tha to Mingyan where we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon and as we approach Mandalay riding through the towns of Myo Tha and Ta-U roads become a lot busier. Particularly the last 15 kms. will be hectic as we will have to fight our way through dense Mandalay city traffic to our hotel by the river.
Dinner and accommodation at Best Western plus Eastern Palace Hotel (Deluxe Rooms).
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Day 11. Mandalay


Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we drive out of Mandalay to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayone Monastery, home to some 1,200 monks and one of the most prestigious monasteries in Myanmar. Afterwards, we will take a stroll over a historic bridge, known as U Bein Bridge, originally built in 1851 entirely of teak wood and spanning over the Taungthaman Lake. Return to Mandalay for lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay and start with a visit to one of the most revered religious monuments of Myanmar, the Mahamuni Pagoda. Afterwards, we witness how small gold nuggets are hammered into wafer-thin gold leaves which Buddhists use to stick them on the Buddha statues in the temples.
In the evening we enjoy a performance of typical Myanmar puppetry at Mama Naing’s Marionettes Theatre.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation at Best Western plus Eastern Palace Hotel (Deluxe Rooms).
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Day 12. Mandalay - Inle Lake (260 kms.)


Breakfast at the hotel. Today’s ride promises to become spectacular as we move from the flat lands into the mountains and up onto the high plateau surrounding Inle Lake. At first, we ride in Southern direction on a busy road, but then we turn off in Eastern direction and continue on a smaller road with little traffic, up to a very long valley, and into the mountains. On the way, we realize that we are definitely leaving behind us the Burmese flat lands and the Bamar culture as we enter the area of the Shan minority. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.
We continue on our way through the mountains and stop frequently, either to take pictures or to just make a break. In the late afternoon, we reach Nyaungshwe at the fabled Inle Lake.
Dinner and accommodation at Thanakha Inle Lake Hotel (Deluxe Rooms).
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Day 13. Inle Lake


Breakfast at the hotel. Inle Lake is a photographer’s dream as its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop. We spend most of the day touring the lake by boat, passing endless floating gardens, where fruit and vegetables are grown and will observe the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. We visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State and see traditional handicrafts – silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. Lunch at a local restaurant on the lake.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation at Thanakha Inle Lake Hotel (Deluxe Rooms).
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Day 14. Inle Lake - Namsang (150 kms.)


Breakfast at the hotel. Today’s ride takes us first up a steep mountain to Taunggyi, the capital of Southern Shan State. From there we ride into fantastic mountain scenery and on a road which until recently was forbidden for any foreign visitors. We ride through spectacularly beautiful mountain scenery and through many ethnic minority villages, particularly of the Shan people. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.
We reach Namsang, an important Shan town, in the early afternoon.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation at the simple Shwe Ngar Kan Guest House in Namsang.
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Day 15. Namsang - Mongping (230 kms.)


Breakfast at the Guest House. The road takes in Eastern direction, through the spectacularly beautiful landscape and villages that are predominantly of the Shan and Palaung minorities. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.
In the afternoon we cross again the Salween River which we had already encountered on our very first day in Burma more than 1,000 kms. further South. After we have crossed the river, a piece of work expects us as the last 80 kms. to our destination will takes us up and over an important mountain range. Beware of construction sites, landslides and pot holes on the way.
Dinner and accommodation at the simple yet comfortable Sein Yatanar Guest House in Mongping.
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Day 16. Mongping - Tachilek (270 kms.)


Breakfast at the Guest House. Today’s drive starts with another challenge as we take again up and over spectacular mountains in direction of Kengtung which is the capital of Eastern Shan State. Kengtung is a lovely town built around a lake. Upon arrival in Kengtung we will have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch we leave Kengtung in Southern direction and ride one more time through beautiful mountains on a good and relatively fast road towards the city of Tachilek on the Burmese-Thai border. On the way we will have to twice pass police and immigration checkpoints before we reach busy Tachilek. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation at Shwe Buu Thee Hotel (Superior Rooms) in Tachilek
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Day 17. Tachilek - Chiang Mai (250 kms.)


Breakfast at the hotel. Our day begins with the border formalities as we exit Myanmar and enter back into Thailand. Then, we continue on a very good but busy road towards Chiang Rai. Right after passing Chiang Rai, we will visit Wat Rong Khun, a contemporary purely white temple with the startling design. Inside the temple, you will find astonishing paintings (they even include George Bush and Keanu Reeves) that “show an escape from the defilements of temptation to reach a supramundane state” – sic: Wikipedia). The artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat also created the mural paintings at the Buddha Prateep Temple in London. Afterwards, we continue towards Chiang Mai and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the way.
Arrival in Chiang Mai in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at Ban Thai Village Hotel (Superior Rooms).
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Day 18. Chiang Mai


Breakfast at the hotel. Chiang Mai has a lot to offer: shopping, culture and a vibrant pub and bar scene. In the morning we embark on an excursion up to Doi Suthep Mountain overlooking Chiang Mai where we visit Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai’s most revered temple on the mountaintop. According to an old legend, Monk Sumana presented the king with a bone relic of the Lord Buddha. He then tied it to the back of a royal elephant that stomped through the jungle for days. The elephant finally stopped at the actual place of the temple where he died. Both the king and Monk Sumana agreed that this would be the place where Doi Suthep temple would be built.
Farewell-Dinner at a popular restaurant. Accommodation at Ban Thai Village Hotel (Superior Rooms).
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Day 19. Chiang Mai, Departure


Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Chiang Mai Airport (International Terminal) or stay and explore Chiang Mai and surrounding area.

USEFUL WEBSITES
Suansawan Resort www.suansawanresort.com
Centara Mae Sot Hill Resort www.centarahotelsresorts.com
Sane Le Tin Resort, Kyaik Hto www.facebook.com/SaneLeiTinResortMyanmar
Han Thar Garden Resort, Bago does not have its own website
Lucky Dragon Hotel, Pyay www.luckydragonhotel.com
Bawga Thaiddhi Hotel, Bagan www.facebook.com/BTBaganOfficialpage
Ayeyarwaddy River Hotel, Mandalay www.ayarwaddyriverview-hotel.com
Thanakha Inle Hotel, Inle See www.thanakha-inle-hotel.com
Sein Yatanar Guest House, Mongping does not have its own website
Private Hotel, Kengtung www.privatehotelmyanmar.com
The Legend River Boutique Hotel, Chiang Rai www.thelegend-chiangrai.com
Ban Thai Village Hotel, Chiang Mai www.banthaivillage.com

VISA THAILAND
Most nationalities do not require a visa to enter Thailand for a stay that does not exceed 30 days. However, it is important to note that Thailand’s immigration regulations require that passports must remain valid at least six months beyond visitors’ intended length of stay in Thailand.
Furthermore, it is important to note that Thai Immigration authorities only grant a visa-free stay of maximum 15 days in Thailand if tourists enter the country overland (from Myanamr) rather than through an international airport. Hence, after returning overland from Myanamr, you will only be allowed a maximum visa-free stay of 15 days in Thailand.

VISA FOR BURMA / MYANMAR
First of all, please note that today it is irrelevant whether you refer to Burma or to Myanmar.
In order to facilitate the issuance of visas through a Burmese Embassy or Permanent Mission, it is best if persons with pre-booked travel arrangements submit along with their visa application a so-called “Visa Confirmation Letter” from the tour operator in Yangon responsible for the tour arrangements. We shall obtain the visa confirmation letter and forward it to you. The confirmation letter implies that the tour operator is responsible for you during your entire stay in Myanmar and eliminates further questioning by the Myanmar Embassy.
Please note that Myanmar Embassies generally do not consider the exact travel dates but simply stamp visas valid for 3 months and entitling the holder for 1 single entry into Myanmar within these 3 months. Therefore, we will forward to you the visa confirmation letter approximately 1 ½ months before the start of the tour to ensure that the validity of your visa will extend beyond the length of your stay in Myanmar. Once you have received your visa confirmation letter, you should contact the nearest Myanmar Embassy or Permanent Mission to obtain visas application forms, fill in the visa application forms in triplicate, attach one passport photo to each copy of the application form and enclose a printout copy of the visa confirmation letter with the application. Please refer to www.myanmar-evisa-online.com/myanmar-embassy for a list of all Myanmar Embassies, Permanent Missions and Consulate Generals.

REGISTRATION / DEPOSIT
Due to the cumbersome logistics involved with obtaining all necessary permits and border formalities, we must impose the following conditions for registration of your participation in the tour:

• The deadline for latest registrations is 30. September
• Confirmation of your participation in the tour will only be confirmed against the payment of USD 1.000 deposit (down payment) of total tour price
• First, come – first served: the date of receipt of your deposit (down payment) will determine whose participation will be confirmed first. We will not confirm participation in the tour before receipt of your deposit.

We shall guarantee the departure of the tour with a minimum of 6 bikers and shall limit the maximum size of the group to no more than 15 bikes.

With your registration for the tour, we also need the following personal data from you:

Family Name(s) – as per passport:
First Name(s) – as per passport:
Passport Number:
Nationality:
Date of Birth:
Passport Issue Date:
Passport Issue Place:
Passport Expiry Date:

Please note that in order to participate in this tour, you must be in possession of a valid international driver’s license for motorcycles in excess of 500 cc.

For inquiries or in case of any uncertainties, please contact us under contact@bigbiketours.net.

FULL PREPAYMENT
Owing to the fact that we shall have to fully prepay all suppliers far in advance, we require your full prepayment of the tour (minus the deposit) by latest 30. September

CANCELLATION FEES
Please note that the following cancellation fees apply in the case that you are obliged to cancel the reservations for the tour at last minute:

If cancellation is received: Fee (in % of total tour price)
between 01 and 14 October: 50 %
between 15 and 30 October: 75 %
on or after 01 November: 100 %

We strongly recommend that you purchase individualized travel and / or medical insurance from any insurance company in your home market to prevent from having to incur any unexpected medical or travel expenses.

INSURANCE – THAILAND
The motorcycles carry compulsory third party insurance according to Thai law but do not carry full comprehensive insurance as this is not available in Thailand for rental motorcycles. The tour participant, therefore, carries the maximum risk of 175,000 THB in case of total damage to his/her motorcycle. The participant is not liable for technical failure in the case of engine or gear box problems nor for wear and tear.

INSURANCE – MYANMAR
The motorcycles only carry compulsory third party insurance for Thailand – not for Myanmar as our Thai insurance company’s coverage does not extend beyond Thailand. Consequently, the participant carries the full risk in case of any accident, regardless of whether the accident is caused by the tour participant or by a third party. Please bear also in mind that in the case of an accident, the adversary will most likely not be carrying any insurance coverage at all. Hence, the tour participant carries the maximum risk of 175,000 THB in case of total damage to his/her motorcycle.

OPTIONAL
Against the surcharge of 19,000 THB we offer limited comprehensive insurance cover with a maximum liability/participation of 35,000 THB (instead of 175,000 THB) for the participant in case of damage sustained to his/her motorcycle. For minor damage, we will collect the costs for repair at the end of the tour as it is easier to handle such minor cases on the spot. Tour participants who opt for fully comprehensive insurance cover will also have to deposit 35,000 THB in cash at the beginning of the tour.

It is also important to know that the participant is liable for damage caused to his/her motorcycle in the case of an accident caused by a third person. Third party insurance in Thailand generally only covers bodily harm caused to the third party and does not cover damage caused to the vehicle of a third party.

SECURITY DEPOSIT
The tour participant agrees to deposit 1,000 USD or 35,000 THB in cash at the start of the tour. The deposit will be returned in full upon the accident-free use of the motorcycle during the tour. Tour participants who opt for fully comprehensive insurance cover will also have to deposit 1,000 USD or 35,000 THB in cash at the beginning of the tour.

THAILAND CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
American Express, Visa, and Master Card are widely accepted in Thailand. Cash payments are only accepted in Thailand’s own currency (Thai Baht). It is easy to exchange major foreign currencies into Thai Baht as there are official money changers at most touristic places. ATM’s can be found almost everywhere. Please do not bring Euro cheques as these can only be cashed at major banks.

MYANMAR CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
ATM’s are not yet widespread in Myanmar, and only major hotels in Yangon and sometimes upcountry accept the most common credit cards such as American Express and Visa. At many places, however, credit cards will not be accepted at all. Hence, it is useful to bring cash US Dollars, preferably also in small denominations as many shops upcountry cannot easily provide change for a 100-Dollar bill. You may also want to change some foreign currency into Myanmar Kyat as the Burmese start to trade more and more in their own currency. When paying for something small with US Dollars, change will most likely be rendered in Myanmar Kyat. This change, in turn, can be used again for buying a drink or for small tips, etc. Bringing traveller cheques is useless as only the Myanmar Investment, and Commercial Bank (MICB) or the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank (MFTB) in Yangon would trade in these through cumbersome and time-consuming procedures. However, it is now possible to change US Dollars and even Euro into local currency at most airports and many other places.


Day 1. Chiang Mai, Arrival


Day 2. Chiang Mai – Mae Sot (378 kms.)


Day 3. Mae Sot – Mawlamyine (186 kms.)


Day 4. Mawlamyine – Golden Rock (152 kms.)


Day 5. Golden Rock – Bago (124 kms.)


Day 6. Yangon


Day 7. Bago – Pyay (285 kms.)


Day 8. Pyay – Bagan (339 kms.)


Day 9. Bagan


Day 10. Bagan – Mandalay (179 kms.)


Day 11. Mandalay


Day 12. Mandalay – Inle Lake (249 kms.)


Day 13. Inle Lake


Day 14. Inle Lake – Namsang (153 kms.)


Day 15. Namsang – Mongping (209 kms.)


Day 16. Mongping – Tachilek (241 kms.)


Day 17. Tachilek – Chiang Mai (252 kms.)


Day 18. Chiang Mai


Day 19. Chiang Mai, Departure



2018 Tour
| 05. December – 23. December | 

2019 Tour
| 04. December – 22. December |


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