Untouched ThailandThailandChiang Mai
Ride with us to Thailand's largest and least accessible districts along the incredible route 1020 passing refugee camps and pristine jungle teaming with wildlife.
The least accessible places on the planet are often the most pristine which is why we absolutely love this motorbike tour. We're heading into one of the largest and least inhabited provinces in Thailand along the western border with Burma towards our prime location to ride one of the most stunning roads in the Kingdom, the road to Umphang.
Before the 1980's with no roads in or out and surrounded by unsurmountable mountains and thick jungle Umphang was cut off to the rest of Thailand, it's inhabitants mostly Insurgents, Thai rebels, drug smugglers and poachers. With just one crazy insane road accessing this town it's too difficult for many mainstream tourists to visit but on a motorcycle its pure biking heaven.
Choosing to break away from the norm our tours operate in rural off the beaten track regions rarely visited by western tourists and this tour is the most rural of all our tours. Most evenings are in remote location away from big towns and cities accommodation throughout is overall good but basic on a few evenings. It will suit more adventurous people who enjoy remote riding away from the madding crowd. The roads throughout are excellent surface but very twisty and demands experienced riders.
NEW TOUR: First trip departs 14th July 2019
Unless you have opted to arrive earlier make your travel arrangements to arrive in Chiang Mai where you will be transferred to our hotel on a room/breakfast basis.
Day Two: Route to Om Koi (220k)
Departing around 8:30am we leave Chiang Mai city heading south on small back roads around Thailand's highest mountain. Barbecue lunch near a thundering waterfall before heading into more rural Thailand away from the madding crowd on fantastic motorbike roads over stunning mountain scenery. Evening is spent in a remote location near to Om Koi town in a small resort alongside a small river.
Day Three: Most Westerly Point (350k)
Early start for a long days ride west down the border with Burma and passing one of Thailands largest refugee camps on one of the most amazing roads in western Thailand with hardly any other road users. Our plan is to arrive late afternoon staying in a quite up market hotel for an afternoon by the pool followed by an all you can eat banquet and a few beers.
Day Four: Burma Border & Death Highway (185k)
After breakfast we take the short trip to the Burma border (Thai side) grab a coffee and watch the mayhem unfold with the Burmese trying to cross into Thailand before taking on the infamous 'Death Highway' nicknamed before the 1980's when insurgents, drug smugglers and poachers fought the Thai government when the road was built to access this wild west region of Thailand. Route 1020 is an outrageous corkscrew of a ride over multiple mountain peaks into deep tree line valleys hugging the contour of the terrain. Our accommodation tonight is basic but clean and comfortable in one of the most interesting towns in Thailand.
Day Five: Thi Lor Su - Tak (175k)
Bight and early start today with a gentle ride to the 'Wild West' Burma border post before making our way to *Thi Lor Su Thailand biggest waterfall. As Umphang has only one road in and the same road back out we head back on route 1020 for another corkscrew ride to Take city. Accommodation tonight is a large 3 star hotel on the edge of The Ping, Thailand's second largest river.
Day Six: Rural Lampang & Orange Groves (270k)
Starting the day with one of the very few straight sections before we're back on the twisty stuff. A beautiful days ride today with a plan to arrive early in the afternoon to enjoy the luxury lakeside accommodation we've arranged for you. Making our way north we pass through stunning scenery with limestone outcrops, past sugar cane plantations and orange groves in time for an early beer poolside.
Day Seven: National park roads and Chiang Mai (265k)
Keeping with our tradition of taking the lesser known routes we opt for the longer journey back to Chiang Mai city riding through national park territory through tree lined ancient forests avoiding the main highways, tighter roads we've encountered so far through the trip but well worth it for the stunning scenery and magnificent view points. Arriving back in Chiang Mai after a late lunch to your original Chiang Mai hotel. Dinner tonight is on us so lets have a few beers in one of the most popular restaurants to celebrate an amazing tour.
Day Eight: Depart
Unless you have opted to spend an extra night in Chiang Mai it's time for your onward journey.
Note:; Visit to *Thi Lor Su waterfall is subject to local conditions.
- Honda CB500X or option to upgrade
- 8 nights accommodation on a sharing basis (single room supplements available)
- Breakfast Lunch
- Snack and soft drinks during the riding section of the day.
- Airport transfer assistance (Chiang Mai)
- 3rd Party accident liability cover
- All national park entrance fees
- Lead rider
- Tail rider*
- Support truck*
Whats not included
- Travel insurance
- Motorcycle damage
- Personal expenses
* Support truck/Tail rider only available on tours with 4 or more riders without paying a supplement.
We can take non riders traveling in our support vehicle. They get a parallel tour with you and meet up every night at the same location as you.
Pillion riders welcome at the same rates as non riders.
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