26-30 December 2023
Amidst Highlands and Borderlands
Chiang Rai is a city about 3.5 hours ride away in the northeast direction from Chiang Mai. It sits even closer to the Mekong river, which is split among Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Where it’s not the river, the highlands occupy the border with Myanmar, promising stunning sunrise views.
This road trip utilizes the popular and convenient motorbike or scooter, adding to the adventurous spirit that wants to get around like the locals. Fair warning: it will be dangerous on the road with reckless traffic and steep, windy roads, so you must be experienced in order to join this trip!
In the north: The Itinerary
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, you’ll be warmly greeted by your host. Depending on your arrival time, the day will be left free for you to roam and discover the city’s wonders. We will immerse ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the night market while feasting on delicious local delicacies. We’ll then retreat for a restful evening, preparing ourselves for the exciting journey ahead.
We start early to enjoy a delightful breakfast, pick up our motorbikes, and hit the road! Our initial destination is Chiang Rai, approximately a 3.5-hour journey without factoring in pit stops. However, we will definitely take at least one break along the way, perhaps at a charming café. Upon reaching Chiang Rai, we will indulge in a delicious lunch and proceed to check in at our accommodation.
The afternoon will be dedicated to exploring captivating temples, followed by a visit to a vibrant night market to conclude the day.
After breakfast, we set off towards the Golden Triangle, where the Mekong River converges at the meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. Interestingly, we have the opportunity to take a short boat ride to an island located on the Laotian side! Spend the day exploring this captivating area before returning to Chiang Rai for another delightful evening.
Get ready for an exhilarating day of riding as we venture into the mountains! Our journey takes us northward, passing through Mae Salong and reaching Doi Ang Khang. Once there, we will have the opportunity to rent a tent and experience the thrill of sleeping in the wild, awaiting a breathtaking sunrise. Before that, we will embark on scenic hikes and explorations to witness the stunning mountain vistas.
After a breath-taking sunrise view, we begin our way down to return to Chiang Mai, although not without a stop at Nong Uk to taste some delicious Yunnan cuisine for breakfast. We can make an optional stop at Chiang Dao, otherwise we return our motorbikes in Chiang Mai and end the trip.
* Price from US$900 per pax
Secure your slot by submitting a booking request below! In case the trip is fully booked, our host will contact you for further discussion on alternative solutions. You may also contact us if you have any enquiries about the trip.