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Northern Thailand in Style

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11 Days
Max People : 30

Organised by: Compass Expeditions

Tour Name: Northern Thailand in Style
Tour ID: 11506
Tour type: Scheduled
Duration: 11 days
Distance: 1780 km
Best Season: November – February

Brief info about the tour:
It is luxury all the way on this incredible food centric, tour of Northern Thailand. Enjoy great riding, great hotels and the exquisite Thai cuisine
This tour provides an outstanding opportunity to thoroughly enjoy the uniqueness of Northern Thailand. The riding is mainly on rural roads with a variety of surfaces that wind through areas of spectacular beauty – some of the best riding anywhere in the world.
We will explore further into this region taking mainly quiet roads, which are not well known to those from out of the area. Along the way we will visit some of the lesser known treasures like mysterious Nan, which for centuries remained autonomous and cut off from the outside world. We will also visit more famous or infamous places like the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet and where for decades the opium poppy provided a living to many people until it was cracked down on in 1996 after the death of the legendary War Lord Khun Sa.
We visit the Long Neck Women of Kayan, famous for wearing brass rings around their necks, and then ride up to Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand.
A focus of this tour will be the local Thai cuisine and we hope to give you a better understanding of the styles, flavors and techniques of this delicious and fascinating cuisine.
In every region that we visit we will sample and learn about the different regional flavors and favorites.
The roads that we will be riding are mostly easy to ride but there are some steep and technically demanding stretches. You must be able to handle a motorcycle and do not expect to learn how to ride while on this tour.
The ride starts in Chiang Mai, the largest city in Northern Thailand, some 700 km north of Bangkok. Chiang Mai has great hotels and facilities. Included in this luxurious tour are all flights and transfers from your arrival in Bangkok.


Day 0Welcome to Bangkok airport

Our luxury transfer will welcome you at the International Airport in Bangkok and bring you to the sumptuous Hilton Millennium. Relax or try a Spa treatment in the hotel. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 1Explore Bangkok

Today we will show you Bangkok’s most important sights and discover a rather unknown side of the Thai capital. Pay a visit to Wat Po, also known as Thailand’s oldest “”university”” and home of the giant Reclining Buddha, one of the most impressive Buddha- images in Thailand. Also we visit the Grand Palace where you will find the most important temple in the whole country: Wat Phra Keow – home of the Emerald Buddha. After lunch by the River at Supatra Riverhouse you will board a longtail- boat to discover another and quiet unexpected side of Bangkok. In Thonburi, on the westbank of the Chaophraya, you will get the impression that you have entered another world. “”Is this still Bangkok?”” you may find yourself asking, as you are driving by wooden houses on stilts in an almost serene atmosphere. Afterwards the boat will bring you directly to your river hotel. In the evening experience your dinner with the lights of the city, by cruising the Chao Phraya River aboard a beautifully restored rice barge. The “”Manohra”” is a 50 years old rice barge that was restored for dining and cocktail cruises and can host up to 40 guests. An intimate experience is guaranteed. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2Bangkok - Chiang Mai (by Flight)

After breakfast we bring you to the airport for a short morning flight to Chiang Mai. We will meet you at the Chiang Mai International Airport and transfer you to your hotel – a 30-minute drive outside of the town. Familiarize yourself with your BMW – your buddy for the next days. After signing all necessary documents enjoy a dinner and a presentation of the tour. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 3 Chiang Mai - Nan

Distance: 350 km

In the morning we start our tour from Chiang Mai in eastern direction. An easy first day of riding, ideal to get familiar with your motorbike. We cruise hilly roads and reach Phayao where we stop by the lake for lunch. In the afternoon we will arrive in Nan, the capital of the Nan province. For centuries it was a separate, autonomous Kingdom with few relationships to the outside world. Now, the city is a beautiful town with many well-preserved temples. Dinner will be at a local restaurant by the Nan River. We will overnight in Nan.

Day 4Nan - Chiang Rai

Distance: 260 km

In the early morning we visit the most beautiful temple in town, the Wat Phumin. The temple was built as if it were on the back of two immense snakes. Then we leave Nan and follow the main Road 101 for a while before we turn left and ride for an hour on a perfect motorbike road with nice sweeping corners to Phu Langka. Here we take a break from a nice view point and have a simple local lunch. Afterwards we make our way through the hinterland on small back roads in northern direction. We pass through rice fields and fruit plantations and cruise through farm villages. Before we reach our hotel we visit the impressive Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple) which is today recognized as one of the main attractions all over Thailand. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. We Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Day 5Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle

Distance: 210 km

In the morning we leave the city of Chiang Rai and continue towards the mountains of Phu Chi Fa, were we will have local lunch. Phu Chi Fa is located on the border between Thailand and Laos. It’s a great ride up here and the scenery is spectacular with lots of photo opportunities. Most roads are local with not much traffic. We will take our time and enjoy the ride. Since Phu Chi Fa is fairly remote, there are not many tourists who make it to this part of Thailand. If time permits and the weather is clear, we will ride up to the lookout and walk to the cliff on the border to Laos, enjoy the valley before you. We proceed to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Before dinner we can visit the local Opium Musem. Overnight in the Golden Triangle.

Day 6Golden Triangle – Thaton

Distance: 120 km

In the morning we continue our ride along rice paddies and farm villages. We visit the most Northern town of Thailand in Mae Sai and explore the impressive Choui Fong Tea House. The teahouse serves all kinds of different tea blends and great cakes and the scenery is lovely. Continuing on to Doi Mae Salong on yet more amazing twisty mountainous roads. Doi Mae Salong is a Chinese settlement, which was built, by a division of the Chinese Nationalist Army that refused to surrender to Chinese communists after the Nationalist Kuomintang government was routed in 1949. Today the village still offers a native Chinese cuisine, lovely houses with flowers and countless tea plantations as far as the eyes can see. We then descend from Doi Mae Salong to Thaton, a small town on the banks of the Kok River, bordering with Myanmar. We stay overnight in our hotel in Thaton.

Day 7Thaton – Pai

Distance: 260 km

After breakfast, we will ride up the hill in Thaton and enjoy a splendid view from Wat Thaton over the town and the vicinity. Then we follow the main road Nr. 107 until we turn right and cross the mountains from Mae Taeng to Pai. This is the beginning of the road to Mae Hong Son, famous for having 1864 bends of varying sharpness. Lunch en route in a nice resort. We stay overnight in Pai. Dinner in a local restaurant at the river.

Day 8Pai – Mae Hong Son

Distance: 107 km

In the morning we pass two mountains with nice scenic viewpoints en route to Mae Hong Son. We take a little detour and drive up to Ban Rak Thai, a Chinese settlement for a delicious typical Chinese lunch. We then drive to the pier at Pai River and park the motorcycles here. From here we enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Pai River for about 25 min to a Kayen Long Neck village. The Kayen, a tribal minority, historically lived in the hills on the Myanmar side of the border. Some of their women wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins. Many ideas regarding why the coils are worn have been suggested. Some have hypothesized that the rings protected women from becoming slaves by making them less attractive to other tribes. Another theory is that the coils originate from the desire to look more attractive. We return by boat and ride to the nearby Fern Resort – a basic but lovely Eco resort in the middle of rice paddies. We stay overnight in Mae Hong Son and have a BBQ Dinner over a campfire.

Day 9Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai

Distance: 360 km

On this last riding day we continue from Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam on another sensational windy road. In Khun Yuam we visit the local War Museum. The Imperial Japanese Army troops were stationed here during the construction of a highway, which should cross to Burma and India. We continue on a rural road to Mae Chaem for a local lunch. If time and weather permits we will ride up to Doi Inthanon, witch at 2,565 m is the highest mountain in Thailand. Our last stop will be at the Vachiratharn Waterfall – an impressive and powerful 80 m high waterfall. We reach Chiang Mai in the afternoon, in time to get ready for our farewell Chaing Mai dinner. We end the day together with our new friends, sharing good riding memories and looking at some of the pictures from our adventures of the last days. We will overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 10Chiang Mai – Bangkok (by Flight)

An easy morning in Chiang Mai before we transfer to the airport for the flight to Bangkok. Transfer to the hotel and check in early in the afternoon because you now have time for some leisure! In the evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at the terrace of the hotel by the river. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 11Departure

After breakfast at the hotel we have a luxury transfer to get you to the airport in comfort for your onward travels

Accommodation details

During this tour, you will be accommodated at several luxury hotels and basic Eco resort as well on a twin sharing basis.
If you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: Rs. 57,400

BMW f700

Displacement : 1170 cc

Maximum Power: 125 hp

No. of Gears : 6


  • Rs. 4,67,280 (Single Rider)
  • Rs. 4,49,280 (Dual Rider)
BMW f800

Displacement : 645 cc

Maximum Power: 66.6 hp

No. of Gears : 6


  • Rs. 4,81,680 (Single Rider)
  • Rs. 4,56,480 (Dual Rider)
BMW f1200

Displacement : 645 cc

Maximum Power: 66.6 hp

No. of Gears : 6

BMW R1200 GS

  • Rs. 5,03,280 (Single Rider)
  • Rs. 4,67,280 (Dual Rider)

The above tariff is in INR for indicative purposes. The rate of exchange prevailing on the day of payment will apply. Below is the Tariff in US Dollar (USD)

Tariff Per Person BMW
F700 GS
F800 GS
F1200 GS
Single Rider US$ 6490 US$ 6690 US$ 6990
Dual Rider US$ 6240 US$ 6340 US$ 6490
Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Includes

  • Motorcycle rental
  • Fuel
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in Bangkok
  • Bangkok – Chaing Mai Return Flights
  • All Breakfasts, 8 Lunches & 11 Gourmet Dinners
  • Professional English speaking Road Captain and Support Staff
  • Backup Vehicle with mechanic, basic spare parts and your luggage
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Panniers and top box
  • Comprehensive tour script
  • Trailer
  • Company’s T-shirt
  • Entrances to all national parks
  • Motorcycle Insurance with max Rs.1,08,000 (deductible in case of damage)
  • Taxes

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • Remaining Meals
  • Optional Cooking Class (full day: 5 dishes) at Le Meridien in Chiang Rai
  • Personal Expenses
  • Personal health/travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Payment Terms

To confirm your spot, an advance of 10% of the total amount needs to be paid.
The balance needs to be paid 90 days before the tour start date
The deposit is non refundable if the booking is cancelled
Cancellation Policy:
More than 90 days prior to departure date – 50% is refunded
Less than 90 days prior to departure date – No refund
No refund will be applicable in case of cancellation due to Natural contingency, political turmoil or disaster.

How to get there

Book your flight to arrive at any of the International Airport in Bangkok
You can book your return journey on Day 11 Departing from International Airport in Bangkok


Other Important Information

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:
Non- Vegetarian

Special Preferences
In case of special food preference, kindly communicate to us while making a reservation

Group ride Dates:
03– 14 Feb 2019

This Northern Thailand in Style is a scheduled trip. If you want to venture out with your own gang, we can customize this tour for you. Do get in touch with us for more details.


Recent Reviews
  • To have an exciting motorcycle adventure you need three things. A company with great organisational skills and reliable bikes, a destination that will leave you wide eyed and exhausted and participants that are as thrilled to be there as much as you. These guys provides all three in spades and then some.

    Alan Shaw
  • Just finished Darwin to Melbourne going right down the middle & IT WAS AMAZING & a ton of fun!
    The care & organizational skills that went into orchestrating this trip was above & beyond expectations pretty well every step of the way.
    Truly the level of patience, consideration & understanding that Jerry & Bill showed to ALL of us, was off the charts (NOT an easy task when you put 15-16 people together from all over the world) and everybody seemed to have a great experience overall!
    Can’t wait to book another trip with them!!
    Thanks again to you guys for making it such a great trip!!

    Carol Jensen
  • Just finished our Los Andes tour with them. What a fantastic trip and superb leadership. Way beyond our expectations. They really knew their stuff and made everything so stress free for us.
    If you are looking for a luxury adventure this is the company you want.
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