For biking enthusiasts, the roads and jungle trails of Northern Thailand are the closest to heaven they will find. Bikers have a choice of off-road enduro and dirt bike tours as well as big bike riding travel odysseys. Chiang Mai is centrally located in Northern Thailand and is the ideal start point for off road expeditions. Terrain is varied and will take riders along deserted mountain and jungle trails and across rivers. Operators such as Thai Bike Tours say they cross up to 30 rivers a day on their tours.
The What’s Up recommended enduro and dirt bike companies are run by bikers who know the paths and trails of the North as well as they know their own villages. They use bikes which have been modified for comfort and long periods of riding. Tour lengths from one day up to three weeks are available. The tours include petrol and bike hire while the longer ones usually include meals and accommodation.
Top 5 Chiang Mai Enduro & Dirt Bike Tour Operators:
Chiang Mai X-Centre | CNX Tours | TBB Tours | Thai Bike | Thai Enduro | Further Reading
*Note: Tour prices do change, we recommend you to check with the operators before making reservations.
THAI BIKE TOURS
Thai Bike Tours offers enduro, dirt bike and big bike tours. Bike options are Honda CRF250s and Kawasaki KLX250s which have been derestricted and fitted with off road tyres and aftermarket exhausts. Tours up to seven days long cover as much as 140kms a day on a mix of single and double track paths. Guides tweak routes as they go along to suit the individual capabilities of riders in each group, but guarantee 80 per cent will be off road. Tour prices are fully inclusive and overnight stays are generally in bamboo or timber houses.
Thai Bike Tours: #410, M. 4, T. Nam Prae, A. Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230 | Open: 07:00-19:00 (Daily) | Tour: 1 Day = 5,000 B | Tel: +66 89 248 4123 | Fax: +66 53 261 363 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
CHIANG MAI X-CENTRE
Thrill seekers always have the time of their lives at Chiang Mai’s extreme activities centre. The X-Centre provides a range of off-road four-wheel and two-wheel adventures to suit all tastes and age groups. The trail bike collection comprises Kawasaki KLX 150s and KLX250s. The excursions vary in length and are tailored to suit the particular skill levels of drivers and riders. Read more about the ATV Rides, Buggy Drives and Extreme Sports.
Chiang Mai X-Centre: #816, M. 1, A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180 | Open: 09:00-18:00 (Daily) | Tours: 1 Hour = 2,500 B; 2 Hours = 4,000 B | Tel: +66 53 297 700 | Fax: +66 53 261 363 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THAI ENDURO TOURS
Thai Enduro Tours operates from a premises in the Mae Rim area of Chiang Mai and runs standard six-day dirt biking tours in Northern Thailand. Routes are changed to give repeat riders variety but typically include Mae Chaem, Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son, Pai, Chiang Dao and Fang. The tour leaders say the tours typically cover 900kms with four-fifths of it off road. Tours utilise the firm’s own Honda CRF and CRM 250s. Thai Enduro tours come with good quality accommodation, breakfast, lunch, the bike and fuel and insurance for it.
Thai Enduro Tours: #66/2, M. 3, T. Muang Geaw, A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180 | Open: 05:00-19:00 (Daily) | Tour: 6 Days = 53,000 B | Tel: +66 53 379 586 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
TBB Tours (AKA Tony’s Big Bikes) has undergone a name change but is still the same specialist big bike hire company and operator of guided motorcycle tours in Northern Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. The TBB Tours shop is located just inside the Old City and is five minutes on foot from Thapae Gate. Although TBB concentrates on big bike tours, guides will build custom off road programs if asked. The TBB trial bikes are Honda CRF300Ls and souped up Honda CRF250s. The tours follow less travelled paths on single tracks through forests and along shallow rivers.
TBB Tours: #17, Soi 3, T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-17:30 (Daily) | Tours: 1 Day = 5,000 B; 3 days = 22,500 B | Tel: +66 53 207 124 | Fax: +66 53 261 363 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
CNX Tours is a premium operator of Chiang Mai adventure tours. CNX offers seven and ten day dirt bike programmes as well as the choice of customised ones. The standard seven-day tour covers 860kms and takes riders to Mae Hong Son and Pai. The longer tour is a 1,500km odyssey of Mae Hong Son and Chiang Rai. CNX Tours focus on enjoying the wonderful landscapes of Northern Thailand and come with bonuses like stopovers at hilltribe villages. CNX Tours maintains a fleet of Honda XR and CRM 250cc bikes. Tours provide a support team, fuel, accommodation, basic insurance and some meals, but not riding gear.
CNX Tours:– Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Price: N/A | Tel: +66 87 518 1430 | Website | Map