The Thailand Golden Triangle & MHS Loop Tour brings the best of Thailand and motorcycling together in 6 days of riding in a perfect loop of 900 miles and on the road of 1,864 bends (yes, someone counted them).
The tour explores the back roads from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, where we visit the world-famous White Temple before traveling via beautiful Phu Chi Fa to the mighty Mekong River and the Golden Triangle.
Among the other highlights of the tour we offer the opportunity for participants to visit the famous long-necked women of the Karen Tribe, famous for the brass rings that they gradually place around their necks in the plight of beauty.
Before returning to Chiang Mai we ride to the very top of Thailand around the roads of the highest mountain in Thailand – Doi Inthanon at 2,536 meters.
While the roads are mostly easy to ride, please note that there are some steep and technically demanding stretches, although the tour is driven with plenty of time for everyone to remain safe and to enjoy the riding, relaxing, dining and sightseeing.
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Join Polaris on this true south-east Asia tour, where the locals will treat you like royalty and where the riding and scenery is some of the best in the world.
Please see the day-by-day tour schedule below for the full details of this tour.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss this tour further, please contact Polaris today.
*Please note that the following map graphic only displays a rough guideline of the route for display purposes.
Day 1 is an arrival day, and we can collect participants from the inbound flights into Chiang Mai Airport, or from their local hotels, whereupon we can get you checked-into the Chiang Mai Hotel that we will be using for the first evening and over the to the tour bike location where we'll provide a welcome briefing, answer any questions or concerns, and introduce all participants to their chosen motorcycle alongside a full control and luggage brief as needed.
We'll then take a short motorcycle ride back to the hotel, where we'll refresh before heading out together for a group welcome dinner.
Day 2 and the first day of the tour starts off nice and easy, and for most of the day the roads are rural with low traffic density, with nice slow and steady bends to allow everyone to get accustomed to their bike.
We are quickly out of Chiang Mai, where we ride the back road to Phrao, and where further up the mountain we head to Doi Chang with its coffee plantations and amazing horizon views.
During the early afternoon when getting close to Chiang Rai we take some back roads to Wat Rong Khun and we start to see the famous White Temple come into view, recognised as one of the main attractions and wonders of Thailand, where we park our motorcycles and take a stroll inside the temple.
There are plenty of coffee shops around the temple to take a well-deserved refreshment, before we take a 30 minute ride to our hotel in Chiang Rai and the end destination of the day.
We again take dinner as a group, and after we visit the busy bazzar nightlife area or you can simply relax with a Thai massage at the beautiful centrally located hotel.
Day 3 and the tour departs Chiang Rai as we head in an easterly direction towards the mountain of Phu Chi Fa, where we enjoy lunch alongside some of the best views in the world.
Phu Chi Fa is located on the border between Thailand and Laos and it's an amazing ride to the top and the scenery is spectacular with lots of photo opportunities.
If time permits and weather is clear, we ride up to the viewpoint and walk to the cliff on the border to Laos, where we can enjoy the magnificent valley views.
Descending from Phu Chi Fa towards the mighty Mekong River, we again stop for a coffee break at a spectacular viewpoint before traversing the Mekong River all the way to Chiang Khong where we stay overnight at our riverside hotel.
Day 4 and again we follow the mighty Mekong River to the legendary Golden Triangle where the three borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.
We'll ride up to the view point from where we have a great panoramic view of the Golden Triangle.
There is also an opium museum close by for those who are interested to learn more about the illicit opium trade which thrived in this area not so long ago.
From the Golden Triangle we continue to Mae Sai, the most northern point of Thailand and one of the main border crossings to Myanmar.
From Mae Sai we ride up the mountains to Doi Tung and Doi Mae Salong on yet more amazingly stunning and twisty mountainous roads.
We finally reach Doi Mae Salong, 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, and is scattered with beautiful flower-laden houses and countless tea plantations as far as the eye can see.
The final part of the day's route will take us along gentle hills through rice paddies and farm villages, where we follow the Kok River for a while before arriving to our resort hotel in Thaton, where we refresh and enjoy a cold drink and some well-deserved rest in the pool and for some final hours of sun as you wish.
Day 5 and we have another great motorcycle day of riding and experiences ahead of us.
After breakfast we ride up the hill in Thaton and enjoy a splendid view from Wat Thaton over the town and the vicinity, and we then follow some amazing rural and twisting roads which take us to the Hua Luk Royal Project.
Lunch is then held at The Nest Resort with beautiful views over the Limestone Mountains.
On reaching Mae Tang, we turn and cross the mountains to Pai, and this is the beginning of the road to Mae Hong Son, famous for having hundreds of road bends of varying degrees.
Before we reach our hotel we stop at an Elephant Camp near Pai to enjoy these amazing and very well-treated and kept animals.
Once in Pai, you can enjoy the pool at the resort, or take some time as a group or alone to stroll along the walking street which is littered with restaurants, bars, food stalls, live music, etc.
Pai is the hippie capital of South East Asia and it’s a town full of diversity and contradictions.
There are back packers, tourists with suite cases, people who once came and never left, and people mixed from all corners of the earth, all walks of life, and all age groups.
It is certainly a place to be explored and to be enjoyed.
Day 6 is a relatively relaxed day with low road miles, as we depart Pai and pass up and around a number of beautiful mountains where we stop at vantage points to take in the view and to get some photographs.
At around midday we arrive into Ban Rak Thai where we have lunch in one of the local Chinese restaurants by the little lake, and the restaurant serves many delicious Chinese specialty dishes.
Ban Rak Thai translates to 'the Thai-loving village' and its built around a lake on the Myanmar border, where 800 mainly Chinese settlers found a home here after the communist takeover of China, and therefore the food and some of the buildings have a distinctively Chinese appearance.
Our next destination is the pier were we park our motorcycles before we enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Pai River for about 20 min to the Karen Long Neck Village.
The Karen is a tribal minority who historically lived in the hills on the Myanmar side of the border.
Some of the tribal women wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins, and 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, and another theory is that the coils originate from the desire to look more attractive.
After this tribal visit we return by boat to the pier and then we ride further to the nearby Fern Resort, a lovely hotel in the middle of rice paddies, where we can enjoy a drink at the sunset bar overlooking the rice paddies and where we then take dinner at the resort, before drinking around the nightly bonfire under the stars.
Day 7 sees the tour group leave Mae Hong Son and we ride toward Khun Yuam.
The route is a really great winding road with wide bends, and when we reach Khun Yuam we visit the local and fascinating museum which tells the history of the Imperial Japanese Army that was stationed in Khun Yuam during the construction of a highway intended to cross Burma to India - dubbed the 'Death Railway' and also the subject of the film 'Bridge on the River Kwai'.
From Khun Yuam we continue to Mae Chaem on great twisty back roads, before we take lunch at a little local restaurant.
We then continue up to the top of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand and if the weather is clear, provides a vantage point of hundreds of miles with spectacular views.
Next stop is the Wachiratharn Waterfall - an impressive and powerful 80 metre high waterfall with an amazingly beautiful backdrop area.
From the waterfall we ride the last part of Doi Inthanon National Park, and once we drop down into the valley we take the last 50 kilometres on safe and steady roads to our final point back in Chiang Mai.
After unpacking the bikes, we take the tour group back to the hotel where we refresh for dinner, before taking a final evening out together for a farewell meal, where we spend the time to reminisce on the amazing experiences of the week.
Day 8 is a departure day, and after the sharing of hand and hugs goodbye, we escort everyone to Chiang Mai Airport or elsewhere in the city as needed, and we say goodbye until the next Polaris tour.