Once beyond the city limits of Chiang Mai, roads criss-crossing Northern Thailand are ideally suited to exploring by motorcycle. The number of motorbike rental shops in the city is testament to the longevity of this particular genre of activity. One of the options is a guided big bike tour. These are offered by specialist operators and led by TAT certified guides with countless years of experience.
Chiang Mai big bike tour companies offer a range of packages covering all options from one and two day tasters to 19-night odysseys through the North and on to Myanmar, Laos, China and Cambodia. Fully-inclusive packages come with motorcycle hire, petrol, accident insurance, backup mechanics, meals while on the road, accommodation and sometimes even complimentary soft drinks and round-trip transfers from Chiang Mai Airport. The principle Chiang Mai big bike tour operators are listed below.
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*Note: Prices do change, we recommend you to check with the tour operators before making reservations.
BIG BIKE TOURS
Sansai headquartered Big Bike Tours provides a varied choice of programmes. Choices include a one-day Doi Inthanon sampler, the almost 2,300km Golden Triangle to Sukhothai Thai odyssey and the ultimate tour, a 19-day trip of a lifetime to Tibet in China. Guides and mechanics with first-aid skills accompany the tours. This company notes that riders need to sleep well and selects premium accommodation for the itineraries. Tour groups are limited to 10 to allow for a more personal experience. Big Bike Tours come with meals, accommodation, bikes, fuel, bike and personal insurance but not alcoholic drinks or visas if heading beyond the borders of Thailand.
Big Bike Tours: #167, M. 6, T. Sanpranet, A. Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210 | Open: 10:00-19:00 (Daily) | Tour Prices: day = 7,000 B / 3-6 days = 27,000-54,000 B | Tel: +66 87 316 0907, +66 80 127 2595 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
TBB Tours was once Tony’s Big Bikes. Despite the name change, the company still offers an exciting collection of bespoke motorcycle tours of Northern Thailand. Enchantingly named itineraries such as the Road to Mandalay and the Four Countries Loop will have serious bikers itching to don their biking gear. Highlights of the tours are twisty mountain routes, riding alongside the Mekong River and stops at famous tourist sights like the White Temple in Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, UNESCO listed Luang Prabang and Ngapali Beach in Myanmar. TBB Tours’ package prices include everything but evening dinners and alcoholic beverages. TBB Tours is located on Ratchamanka Road and about five minutes’ walk from Thapae Gate.
TBB Tours: ##17, Ratchamankha Rd., Soi 3, T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-17:30 (Daily) | Tour Prices: 1-2 days = 4,500-13,000 B / 7 days = 48,500 B | Tel: +66 53 207 124, +66 83 865 0935 | Fax: +66 53 261 363 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THAI BIG BIKE TOURS
Thai Bike Tours works out of a premises in Hang Dong and gives bikers a full choice of motorcycle adventure tours. Riders have a choice of big bike and enduro bike tours or a combo on two different machines. Tour lengths vary with the different itineraries. Among Thai Bike Tours destinations are the challenging Mae Hong Son Loop, ancient Sukhothai, Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai Bridge, the Mekong and the Golden Triangle. A three-country, four day excursion is a popular choice. This company uses top-of-the-range Hondas, BMWs and Kawasakis for the road tours. Tour prices include accommodation, meals and bike hire.
Thai Bike Tours: #410, M. 4, T. Nam Prae, A. Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230 | Open: 07:00-19:00 (Daily) | Tour Prices: 1 day = 7,450 B / 3 days = 29,750 B | Tel: +66 89 248 4123 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map