Best of Thailand Tour

10 days
Difficulty Level
1700 km

Best of Thailand Tour

Embark on a 10-day adventure through Northern Thailand, exploring the diverse landscapes and rich culture of the Lana Kingdom. From the vibrant city of Chiang Mai, known as the “Rose of the North,” to the remote province of Nan with its centuries-old autonomy, you’ll uncover hidden gems and iconic landmarks.

Journey through rural two-lane roads, winding through breathtaking mountain scenery, and visit unique villages like Bo Kluea, famed for its Salt Wells. Discover the architectural marvels of Chiang Rai, including the mesmerizing White Temple, Wat Rong Khun.

Explore the historic Golden Triangle, where the borders of Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand converge, and ride along the scenic routes to Doi Tung and Mae Salong. Test your skills on the exhilarating road with 1,864 bends between Mae Taeng and Mae Hong Son, offering a thrilling experience for riders of all levels. Experience the best of Thailand’s landscapes, temples, and winding roads on this unforgettable motorcycle tour.


Motorcycle/Car rental w/unlimited milage
1st choice vehicle model class
Shared room in biker-friendly hotels
Continental breakfast at most hotels
Entrance fees Nat. parks
Welcome meeting
Multi-lingual Tour leader
Transport to rental company
Support van w/ luggage
State min. SLI insurance
Loss damage Waiver
Half-shell helmet
Tour PDF w/route description.
Pictures from the tour
NOT Included
Optional attractions
Vehicle model guarantee
Security deposit for LDW
Food and beverages
LDW Zero & insurance upgrades
Anything not listed in “Included” above



Day 1: Arrival Chiang Mai, Thailand

Welcome to Thailand!

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai airport, ensure arrival at the hotel no later than 1 pm. At 3 pm, transfer to Bike Tour Asia for a comprehensive welcome briefing, where any questions will be addressed and motorcycle check-out will be conducted. Following this, enjoy a short ride back to the hotel, culminating in a group dinner.


Day 2: Chiang Mai - Nan

(Driving day 1: 300 km/186 miles)

We commence our “Best of Thailand” tour by mounting our motorcycles and departing from Chiang Mai, heading eastward towards Phayao. Throughout the day, we traverse diverse landscapes, providing an excellent opportunity to acclimate to riding in Thailand and become acquainted with our motorcycles. In Phayao, we indulge in a delightful lakeside lunch before continuing our expedition towards Nan. Along the way, we navigate through a mountain range, relishing the twists and turns of the remote roads, with charming villages and picturesque rice fields dotting the route. Our day concludes with a dinner beside the serene Nan River.


Day 3: Nan - Bo Kluea - Nan

(Driving day 2: 210 km/130 miles)

Prepare for one of the tour’s highlights: today, we embark on the road to Bo Kluea, renowned as one of Thailand’s premier motorcycle routes. This classic stretch features winding roads with minimal traffic, promising an unforgettable riding experience. Nestled in a scenic valley near the Lao border, the quaint village of Bo Kluea is both remote and picturesque. Its name, “Bo Kluea,” translates to “salt well,” owing to the presence of two natural saltwater wells around which the village has flourished for centuries.

After traversing the mountain through Phu National Park, revel in the breathtaking scenery and deserted roads. In the early afternoon, we return to Nan to visit the exquisite Wat Phumin, a temple intricately designed to resemble two colossal snakes. As the day draws to a close, we gather for an authentic dining experience at a local restaurant overlooking the tranquil Nan River.


Day 4: Nan - Chiang Rai

(Driving day 3: 250 km/155 miles)

Leaving Nan behind, we journey southward through the scenic hinterlands via delightful back roads. En route, we traverse verdant rice fields, lush fruit plantations, and charming farming communities. Following a satisfying lunch at a picturesque restaurant, our ride takes on a more dramatic character. Over the next hundred kilometers or so, we navigate a multitude of twists and turns amidst breathtaking landscapes. Just before arriving at our hotel in Chiang Rai, we make a stop at the renowned Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple, a cultural gem revered as one of Thailand’s premier attractions.


Day 5: Chiang Rai

(Explorer day & fun day)

Today is a day of rest and rejuvenation. Start your morning with a healthy breakfast at the hotel, setting the tone for a relaxed day ahead. You have the option to spend your day lounging by the hotel pool or indulging in some pampering at the Spa—a perfect way to unwind and treat your body after the extensive riding.

If you’re feeling up for a bit of exploration, consider taking a leisurely walk through the town. This is a great opportunity to visit the local markets and temples, immersing yourself in the culture and daily life of the area. The walk is not only a good way to stretch your legs after the long hours spent riding but also to connect more deeply with the place you’ve been adventuring through.

Enjoy this rest day to its fullest, whether you choose to relax in the tranquility of the hotel or venture out to explore the vibrancy of the town.


Day 6: Chiang Rai - Thaton

(Driving day 4: 220 km/137 miles)

We embark on a brief ride to the majestic Mekong River, arriving at the fabled Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos converge. Here, we exchange our motorcycles for a boat to explore the riverine region, pausing for a short interlude in Laos (no visa required, just bring your passport) before returning to our bikes. Our journey then leads us to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand and a key border crossing to Myanmar.

Ascending further into the mountains, we navigate winding roads to Doi Tung and Doi Mae Salong, offering breathtaking vistas at every turn. Doi Mae Salong, a Chinese settlement established by a faction of the Chinese Nationalist Army in 1949, continues to showcase its rich heritage with traditional Chinese cuisine, picturesque homes adorned with flowers, and sprawling tea plantations. The final leg of our route meanders through gentle hills, flanked by rice paddies and quaint farm villages. Following the Kok River for a stretch, we eventually reach our resort in Thaton, where a refreshing drink and leisurely poolside relaxation await.


Day 7: Thaton - Pai

(Driving day 5: 240 km/149 miles)

Get ready for another exhilarating day of riding! We kick off with a breathtaking vista from Wat Thaton, offering panoramic views of the valley, Kok River, and surrounding landscapes. Following the main road, we pause for a coffee break at the scenic Hua Luk Royal Project before indulging in a delightful lunch at The Nest Resort, with its picturesque backdrop of limestone mountains.

Turning at Mae Tang, we traverse the mountains en route to Pai, marking the onset of the famed Mae Hong Son road, renowned for its 1864 bends of varying sharpness. En route, we visit an Elephant Camp near Pai. Upon arrival in Pai, unwind by the resort pool and, as dusk descends, meander down the lively walking street, sampling delectable fare from street food stalls or dining at one of the charming restaurants.


Day 8: Pai - Mae Hong Son

(Driving day 6: 180 km/112 miles)

Today promises a scenic adventure with plenty of twists and turns as we navigate through picturesque mountains. Continuing along the road famous for its 1864 bends, we encounter two magnificent viewpoints offering sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscapes. As we reach Ban Rak Thai around noon, we indulge in lunch at a local Chinese restaurant nestled by a serene lake, savoring delicious Chinese specialties.

Ban Rak Thai, meaning “the Thai-loving village,” boasts a rich history dating back to around 800 years ago when Chinese settlers established roots here following the communist takeover of China. Our journey continues to the pier of the Nan River, where we embark on a scenic boat ride along the Pai River to the Karen Long Neck village. Here, we encounter the Karen tribe, known for the women who wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins. The purpose behind these coils remains a subject of intrigue, with various theories posited. After our insightful visit, we return by boat to the pier and make our way to the nearby resort. Here, we unwind with a refreshing drink at the sunset bar, soaking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding rice paddies.


Day 9: Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai

(Driving day 7: 300 km/186 miles)

Departing from Mae Hong Son, we embark on a scenic journey to Khun Yuam, navigating through winding roads adorned with wide bends. Upon arrival, we visit the local museum, where remnants of the Imperial Japanese Army’s presence during the construction of a strategic highway are on display.

Continuing our adventure, we proceed to Mae Chaem, traversing twisty back roads before stopping for lunch at a quaint local restaurant. Our route then leads us to the pinnacle of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain towering at 2,565 meters. Here, we marvel at the majestic Wachiratharn Waterfall, cascading powerfully from a height of 80 meters.

Descending from the heights of Doi Inthanon National Park, we conclude our ride with a scenic drive through the valley, covering the final stretch to our Service Center in Chiang Mai. After returning the bikes, we transfer to our hotel for the evening, where a farewell dinner awaits, marking the end of our unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of Northern Thailand.


Day 10: Departure Chiang Mai - Home Travel

We bid farewell to Thailand, cherishing the memories of our incredible journey. Thank you for choosing to tour with Explorify and for the wonderful experiences shared along the way. Wishing you a safe trip home and hope to welcome you again on one of our tours in the US, South America, Asia, Africa, Oceania, or Europe.

Please note: While this program serves as a guideline for the tour activities and experiences, deviations may occur. Rest assured, our dedicated tour leaders will strive to execute the program to the best of their abilities, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable journey for all. We are continuously enhancing our program, so expect positive surprises along the way.

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