Thailand - Off-Road

Golden Triangle Thailand off-road motorcycle tour

More holiday means more fun! For those of you with time and possibly the stamina this is not to be missed! Our Golden Triangle 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.

Map of H-C Travel's Golden Triangle Thailand Off-Roading


— Visit Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain

— Visit villages only accessible by narrow trails

— Varied terrain from stony tracks to river crossings

— Cross the Mekong River by boat

— Walk across the border to Myanmar

  • Day 1

    Chiang Mai

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax and unwind or enjoy some shopping and sightseeing. In the evening meet the rest of the group at your welcome dinner before a visit to the famous night market.

    Day 2

    Chiang Mai – Mae Malai (90% off road)

    Travel to your base camp in Mae Malai. Get acquainted with your bike and listen to a safety briefing before taking to the surrounding hillside. This first ride offers you the chance to familiarise yourself with both the bike and the riding conditions.

    Day 3

    Mae Malai – Mae Cham (160 km, 50% off road)

    Set off up the mountains again before turning off the tarmac and taking a trail into a tribal village. Next stop is Doi Inthanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest mountain.  Enjoy a twisty ride to the top to take in the spectacular views. After taking the road back down, head off road again for your last section on some great trails. Take your first river crossing and end at the hotel in Mae Cham.

    Day 4

    Mae Cham – Pai (160 km, 80% off road)

    A long day on the road as you take in 100km of trails to the town of Pai, known for its hot springs. Depending on road conditions, there are several options of enjoyable trails to suit riding for all abilities.

    Day 5

    Pai (100 km loop, all narrow tarmac)

    The countryside surrounding Pai offers many opportunities for exploring including the Huai Nam Dang National Park, which continues out towards the Myanmar border. Visit the Tham Lod Cave, with its beautiful stalagmites and stalactites before exploring magnificent waterfalls, mountains trails and gorges.

    Day 6

    Pai – Chiang Dao (150 km, 60% off road)

    Journey through Huai Nam to Chiang Dao today on another great day’s off-roading. There are a selection of routes all which offer stunning scenery and exhilarating riding such as the mountain trails of Doi Chiang Dao.

    Day 7

    Chiang Dao – Chiang Mai (200 km road with optional off-road loops)

    Today is a road trip – small winding roads of course. For those who just love to ride off road, there are some nice trails in between as well. By early afternoon you will arrive in a Karen hilltribe village. Tonight’s accommodation is a small lodge, in the heart of the mountains of northern Thailand.

    Day 8

    Mae Suay – Mae Sai (180 km, 30% offroad)

    For the first two hours you will ride through Wawi Valley, where some parts are still off road. Continue to Doi Mae Salong, a village high in the mountains. Mae Salong (Santikharee) was founded by Kuomintang Chinese and became a centre for exiled Chinese. The market is filled with their handicrafts and cuisine. The day draws to a end on a winding tarmac road, bringing you to Mae Sai. This is the border town to Myanmar.

    Day 9

    Mae Sai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai (110 km, road)

    After breakfast you will have an opportunity to cross the bridge into Burma and visit the market at Tachilek. Then it is just a 30 minute ride before you arrive at the Golden Triangle,  famed for its former opium production. Here you have time to take a riverboat ride on the Mekong river and visit a market in Laos. This afternoon offers another short ride to Chiang Rai.

    Day 10

    Chiang Rai (loop, flexible distance, mix of road and off road)

    You have a choice today, you can either enjoy a day off the bike and explore Chiang Rai by foot, visit some local temples or just relax in a café watching the world go by. Alternatively, enjoy a half-day trip around Chiang Rai, riding on some fantastic trails and dirt roads with stunning views.

    Day 11

    Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai (200 km road, with optional off-road loops if time permits)

    Today provides another chance to ride through the mountains of northern Thailand. Arrive back in Chiang Mai by early afternoon with time for sightseeing, bargain hunting or just relaxing by the pool before your farewell dinner.

    Day 12

    Chiang Mai 

    The hardest day of the tour – transfer to the airport for your onward arrangements! We do hope you have had a fantastic adventure off-road in Thailand and the Golden Triangle.

    Total Distance c. 1000 km

  • Golden Triangle Enduro Tour
    Dates Rider Passenger Single room supplement
    13 - 24 Jan 2020 £2,275 £1,425 £245
    17 - 28 Feb 2020 £2,275 £1,425 £245
    03 - 14 Mar 2020 £2,275 £1,425 £245
    03 - 14 Nov 2020 £2,275 £1,425 £245
    17 - 28 Nov 2020 £2,275 £1,425 £245
    01 - 12 Dec 2020 £2,275 £1,425 £245
    12 - 23 Jan 2021 £2,275 £1,425 £245
    16 - 27 Feb 2021 £2,275 £1,425 £245
    02 - 13 Mar 2021 £2,275 £1,425 £245
    Extra Nights £45 £45 £35
  • What's Included & What's Not
    Price Includes Price Excludes
    11-nights bed & breakfast accommodation
    11 days motorcycle hire (Honda CRF250 or Kawasaki KDX250)
    National park entry fees
    Ferry & boat rides
    Airport and local transfers
    4WD support vehicle
    English speaking tour guide and local support team
    Motorcycle insurance excess €100 (c. £90, payable locally)
    Meals not stated above
    Meals not stated above
    Personal items and expenses
    Additional activities
    Riding gear
    Travel Insurance, available through H-C Travel or
    Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel

  • Walter Fenske, was born in Germany in 1957. He trained as a mechanic and ran his own garage, and first came to Thailand in 1988 for a holiday. Walter fell in love with the place and became a resident in 1989. In the same year he founded a motorcycle garage in Chiang Mai together with his friend “Joe” Sauerborn, which also offered motorcycle rentals.
    In 1994 Walter founded the oldest legally registered motorcycle tour company in Northern Thailand, and in 1995 H-C Travel teamed up with Walter to offer British riders the opportunity to discover the off-road delights of Northern Thailand.
    Walter married Joang in 2001 and, in between looking after their pot–bellied pigs, she manages the business day to day. They are both committed to making your time in Thailand fun, safe, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. We know you won’t be disappointed!

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