The Kingdom’s northernmost province deserves an intimate exploration. This unique adventure explores the many faces of Chiang Rai in a creative, cozy and immensely enjoyable manner. From life along the Myanmar and Laotian borders, to the delectable food and charming accommodations, you’ll satiate your senses through the back roads of the far north, where getting there is half the fun. Using mountain bikes, motorscooters, sea-kayaks, foot power, boats, elephants and a private vehicle, each day allows you to challenge – or pamper – yourself as you wish. Using the best adventure ingredients, this is the finest experience in northern Thailand.
If you love dirt biking this is the adventure for you. Designed from some of the most outstanding dirt biking trails in Thailand’s Golden Triangle, this adventure is the result of more than 10 years exploring Thailand’s northernmost province Chiang Rai.
Sandwiched between Myanmar and Laos, Chiang Rai provides some of the best terrain and memorable accommodations in the kingdom. The legendary greater Golden Triangle, once opium country, is home to a variety of hilltribe groups who you’ll meet as you journey deep into the Thai bush.
Spend four days riding hidden dirt trails, while enjoying a gorgeous resort each night. Depending on group experience we’ll chose routes with a perfect blend of challenge and enjoyment. This trip is best experienced during the dry season (Nov-June) as the clayish dirt gets very slippery and sticky during the rainy season (July-Oct). Hang on for the ride of your life.
Day 1: Hit the Trail
We’ll be waiting when your plane touches down, check you in to your hotel, and prepare you for a fantastic day of dirtbiking. This morning we’ll ride right from The Legend Resort & Spa on Honda 250cc on-off road bikes. We will provide you with a full-face off-road helmet, goggles, gloves and protective pads for knees and elbows. On today’s ride we’ll run for about six hours, followed by some r ‘n r at the resort, sundown drinks, and then we’ll hit the town for dinner and markets.
Riding: 6 hours, 80km, dirt trails, single-track, hilltribe footpaths
Flight: Early morning flight from Bangkok
Day 2: Down and Dirty
One of our all-time favourite trails today takes you along one of the highest mountains in the province, Doi Chang. After a brilliant climb to the summit we’ll have a cup of locally grown coffee before traversing along mountain ridges and narrow ledges. You simply won’t believe where you’re riding. A steep drop takes you down 1,000m where we’ll have lunch, but it’s not over! Hang on for a series of twists on an awesome cross-country track with several streams and bamboo bridge crossings.
Riding: 8 hours, 120km, dirt trails, single-track, hilltribe footpaths
Day 3: Out There
This morning we’ll leave Chiang Rai city along the river on remote paths to Mae Salak, inside Chiang Mai province. A 25km paved road takes us to a dirt track leading up a mountain to an old army post on the Thai-Myanmar border. An old outlaw town is visible in the distance in Myanmar, as rolling mountains form a spectacular backdrop. A further push takes us to one of the most stunning locations in Thailand, Doi Mae Salong. Home to terraced tea plantations and Chinese from Yunnan region, we’ll find off-road trails and a bit of seald-road to the gorgeous Phu Chaisai Resort & Spa where we’ll swim, enjoy and reflect on the day.
Note: A truck will shuttle our bags to the hotel while we’re riding
Riding: 8 hours, 150km, dirt trails, hilltribe footpaths, paved roads
Day 4: Further Afield
Today is the capstone of the entire trip. We’ll ride up to a royal reforestation project at Doi Tung, sample some locally grown coffee then head west to the far-flung town of Thoed Thai. Once home to one of the world’s most wanted drug lords (Khun Sa) this is the starting point for some awesome singletrack through remote mountains and back into Doi Mae Salong. More dirt tracks and roads bring us back to Chiang Rai city where we’ll enjoy a shower and bite to eat before your flight back to Bangkok.
Riding: 6 hours, 150km, dirt trails, single-track, paved roads
Flight: Evening flight
For this adventure we use well-maintained, Honda 250cc Baja (best for tall people), or Degree (best for shorter people), motorcycles. A support team and mechanic is always near and the rides are decided on group consensus considering abilities and weather conditions.