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THAILAND – (BURMA) – LAOS – CHINA – SHANGRI-LA (TIBET) – CHINA – LAOS – THAILAND

(Distance: approximately 4.800 kms. / 3.000 miles)

An Once-In-a-Lifetime-Trip! You will discover 5 exotic countries in 19 days:
Thailand / Burma / Laos / China / Tibet This tour starts and ends in the beautiful area of Chiang Mai with its breathtaking scenery, 800 km north of Bangkok.
The tour provides an outstanding opportunity to obtain a thorough impression of the uniqueness of North Thailand, Laos, Yunnan province in China including the autonomous province of Tibet via Shangri-La. We will explore small, almost hidden routes that are unknown to many.
Please be informed, that you need a visa before you can cross the border into China. You should contact the Chinese embassy or consulate in your home country first. For Myanmar (former Burma) at the Mae Sai border and also for Laos is Visa on arrival possible, same as it is in Thailand. For more Visa information, please see below.
Please be informed that this 19 DAY TOUR does include the arrival and the departure day, it means that we will be actual for 17 days on the road. The hotel on the arrival and the departure day is of course include the tour price.
We run this tour only twice the year. Places are limited and in high demand. Please have a look in our tour dates section for further information. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us any time.

TOUR DATES:

2018
| 15. April – 03. May | –> sold out !
| 02. September – 20. September |
2019
| 14. April – 02. May |
| 01. September – 19. September |

For all our Tour Dates, please click here or download our PDF Tour Calendar or comb through our Google Online Calendar. Please don’t hesitate to contact us any time in case of further questions.

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:

PLAN - PRICE

Description

RIDER


252,000 THB

Rider in shared
twin-bedded room

PILLION


138,600 THB

Pillion in shared double or twin-bedded room

SINGLE BED


28,000 THB

single room
surcharge

BMW


33,000 THB

surcharge for upgrade
to BMW F800GS
(optional)

All tours are fully inclusive. All tour prices are final prices. No hidden costs or upgrades and other surprises.

TOUR INCLUDES:
• Tour and transfer services as described in the itinerary with English speaking professional Thai, Laos and Chinese tour guides,
• The services of an escort vehicle (Service Truck) for transport of the main luggage; both guide and driver will take care of baggage delivery and pick-up at each hotel,
• Accommodation as per hotels and room types specified in the itinerary,
• All Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) – fullboard, except on arrival and departure day in Chiang Mai,
• All entrance fees to sights specified in the itinerary,
• Motorcycle Kawasaki Versys 650cc, fuel during the entire tour (optional: BMW F800GS or R1200GS against surcharge)
• Compulsory third-party insurance in Thailand, Laos and China
• Experienced Thai motorcycle mechanic accompanies the tour,
• SEAsia-experienced and English/German speaking “road captain” as biking tour guide during the whole tour,
• Temporary drivers’ licence for China issued on the basis of a valid international driver’s license,
• Vehicle registration and inspection fees (Chinese Road Transport Administration Department),
• Service charge, room tax and baggage handling.

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• Services that are not mentioned in the itinerary,
• Domestic flights in Thailand: Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Bangkok,
• Meals not specified in the itinerary,
• Visa fee for Myanmar, Laos, & China,
• Insurance during the trip in Laos & China,
• Expenditure of a personal nature, such as tips, telephone charges, laundry, minibar, etc.,
• Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness). We highly recommend to take out appropriate insurance in your home country.

START/FINISH: Chiang Mai (Thailand)
NEAREST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Chiang Mai International Airport
DURATION: 19 days vacation, 17 days riding route
ROUTE: Total distance: approximately 4,800 kms. (3,000 miles)
ROUTE: Daily distance: 160 to 485 kms.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Good quality and comfortable hotels and resorts
HIGH LIGHTS: Golden Triangle, Old Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Tibet, Luang Prabang

19 DAYS RIDING ROUTE
DAY 1 Arrival in Chiang Mai (Thailand)
DAY 2 Chiang Mai – Mae Sai (Golden Triangle) (Thailand / Myanmar)
DAY 3 Mai Sai – Chiang Khong – Luang Namtha (Thailand / Laos)
DAY 4 Luang Namtha – Boten – Jing Hong (Laos / China)
DAY 5 Jing Hong – Shuangjiang (China)
DAY 6 Shuangjiang – Dali (China)
DAY 7 Dali – Lijiang (China)
DAY 8 Rest Day in Lijiang (China)
DAY 9 Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Shangri-La (Jiantang) (Tibet)
DAY 10 Shangri-La (Jiantang) – Degen – Cizhong (Tibet)
DAY 11 Cizhong – Shaxi (China)
DAY 12 Shaxi – Lincang (China)
DAY 13 Lincang – Mengla (China)
DAY 14 Mengla – Boten – Oudomxay – Nong Khiew (China / Laos)
DAY 15 Nong Khiew – Luang Prabang (Laos)
DAY 16 Rest Day, boat transfer with motorcycle on the Mekong, Luang Prabang – Pak Beng (Laos)
DAY 17 Pak Beng – Hongsa – Phayao (Laos / Thailand)
DAY 18 Phayao – Chiang Mai (Thailand)
DAY 19 Departure from Chiang Mai (Thailand)

TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1. Chiang Mai, Arrival
Arrival at Chiang Mai Airport (International Terminal) from Bangkok. Your guide will await you outside customs hall and transfer you to “The Garden Cottage”, located roughly 10 kms. northeast of Chiang Mai. Dinner with the tour crew and accommodation at the Resort.
Hotel: The Garden Cottage

DAY 2. Chiang Mai – Mae Sai (Golden Triangle) 242 kms.
We take the highway, heading north of Chiang Mai. Discover Mae Kachan hot spring, the highest hot spring in Thailand. Continue along winding roads to Mae Sai, the northern most point of Thailand. Mae Sai on the Burma border. Cross into Burma (let the motorcycle at the border) and explore Tachilek in Burma and its attractions. (Visa on arrival). Spend the night in Mae Sai. (Thailand)
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GrgHnnHhJ6J2
Hotel: Green View Palace, Mae Sai

DAY 3. Mae Sai (Golden Triangle) – Luang Namtha (Laos) 253 kms.
Head east to the Golden Triangle – the area where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet on the mighty Mekong River. Follow the river to the port town of Chiang Khong – gateway to Laos and China. Cross the Mekong on the new Friendship bridge into Laos (Visa on arrival) and after completing the immigration process ride to Luang Namtha. Sleep in charming Luang Namtha near the famous night market.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/AcWWAagiae72
Hotel: Dokchampa Hotel, Luang Namtha

Day 4. Luang Namtha (Laos) – Jing Hong (China) 236 kms.
A bit earlier start since we are riding through Laos and crossing into China. We enter China at Boten, a purpose built ‘Casino Town’ to serve the Chinese fondness for gambling. We try to arrive at Boten early morning and do the formalities to exit Laos. Afterwards we ride for a few hundred meters to Chinese Immigration Building were our Chinese guide is waiting for us. After completing the immigration process we ride 45 km to Mengla, where we get our driver licenses and temporary plates at the police station, quite an experience. Dinner by the Mekong river at a local restaurant. Visit the night market near the Mekong river and get our first glimpse of China.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/AYSuKMESZES2 (Laos)
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZteTP5yTHbs (China)
Hotel: King Land Hotel, Jing Hong

Day 5. Jing Hong – Shuangjiang (China) 327 kms.
Mostly riding today, but with stunning scenery. We will cross many times the Mekong River. Ride to Menghai, visit tea plantations and continue to Shuangjiang Lahu Minority town. Overnight in unknown Shuangjiang.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/yv6miu62nys
Hotel: JinQiao Hotel, Shuangjiang

Day 6. Shuangjiang – Dali (China) 386 kms.
Ride to Dali old city via Lin Cang and Weishan Countries. Visit the very charming old town of Weishan; 1,5 hours before reaching Dali. The old town is one of the hidden gems of Yunnan and not so touristic. Dali has a long time been a cross road for trades and culture. Until today, this walled city is well preserved, buzzing with shops, restaurants and bars. Time to wander around the streets and explore…
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/q15m4We9ErB2
Hotel: Landscape Hotel, Dali

Day 7. Dali – Lijiang (China) 196 kms.
After check out we visit the nearby Three Pagodas of Shong Sheng temple. Afterwards we ride up into the Cangshan mountain range and visit a Kung Fu temple, where until today monks live, pray and practice Kung Fu. From the road to the temple we have fantastic views on the Erhai lake and the Dali valley. Later in the day we take the old road to Lijiang, were we stay in the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7vSvcLcQPh42
Hotel: Liwang Hotel, Lijiang

Day 8. Lijiang (China) (Rest Day)
Lijiang’s charming Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets, canals, and stone bridges that date from the Ming Dynasty. In the morning visit Lijiang old town (old town walk 1,5 hours). The earlier the better since less tourists will be around… ;-) You are free to explore this ancient city at your leisure. Lijiang is a ‘shop till you drop’ type place and all sorts of interesting items are for sale. Optional we offer in the afternoon after lunch a short bike ride to Baisha (embroidery center, very authentic old town) and Yuhu (a traditional Naxi village further north under the majestic Jade Drangon Snow Mountain range) is also worth a visit. Late afternoon / evening impression Lijiang show near the old town. This is a spectacular show! You can also visit Naxi Dongba temple, the oldest Dongba temples in Yunnan.
Hotel: Liwang Hotel, Lijiang

Day 9. Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Shangri-La (China) 262 kms.
From Lijiang we cross a small mountain range and arrive soon at the Yangtze river. (Third longest river in the world). We cross the Yangtze and ride into the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Short break at the attraction platform where we will walk down the wooden stairs closer to the river (45 min. break). Leave for Tiger Leaping Gorge, the highlight of motorcycle riding. This fantastic road follows the Yangtse River and is the third-deepest gorge in the world. Lunch in the gorge at a guest house restaurant. After lunch we cross the gorge and take the old famous silk road to Tibetan town of Shangri-La. You will notice the change of altitude and minorities we encounter as we ride to the plateau. Visiting the old town of Shangri-La.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/12b8E7Y6Jm92
Hotel: Compass Hotel, Shangri-La

Day 10. Shangri-La – Deqen – Cizhong (Tibet) 306 kms.
After breakfast visit Sonzanlin Tibetan Monastery, this grand Tibetan Lamasery hosts 600 monks and is still practicing Tibetan Buddhism. Then From Shangri-La we take the G214 up north to the Tibetan town of Degen (3.400 meter) some 70 kilometer south of the Tibetan border (T.A.R.). On the way to Deqen we cross the 4.300 meter high Pass of the White Horse. A little further north of Deqen, in the small town of Feilai Si (Flying Temple), we will access to a panorama platform which offers stunning views on the mighty Mount Kawa Karpo – a stunning 6.700 meter high and holy mountain. The mountain is the third holiest to all Tibetan featuring a triangle shaped snow covered peak. Mount Kawa Karpo is one of the highest peaks in the Eastern Himalayas. We will riding along the Lancang Jiang (Upper Mekong River) to Cizhong Village. Spend a night in a fine Tibetan guesthouse in Cizhong (Homestay with an authentic Tibetan Family).
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3Z3AsfV91TD2
Hotel: Cizhong Guesthouse, Cizhong

Day 11. Cizhong – Weixi Shaxi (Tibet/China) 432 kms.
From Cizhong we head south and lose quickly altitude. Soon we reach the shores of the Mekong river at 2.200 meter altitude, which we follow all the way to Weixi. The area is called the three rivers valley since the three mightiest rivers of Asia almost meet here (Mekong, Yangtze and Nujiang). After a light lunch in Weixi we ride to Shaxi village in the afternoon. Shaxi is considered to be the most intact caravan town remaining on the Ancient Tea-Horse Road. Shaxi’s Sideng Market Square has been listed by UNESCO on their World Monument Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Cultural Sites in the World. We will visit this tea horse caravan town, old houses.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/exHasajYDpT2
Hotel: Shaxi Aoxiu Hotel, Shaxi

Day 12. Shaxi – Lincang (China) 420 kms.
We backtrack out of Shaxi and ride on highway towards the Erhai Lake. Very scenic ride passing this beautiful lake and we turn south to Lincang.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7pnzsZE1JzP2
Hotel: Lin Tong Hotel, Lincang

Day 13. Lincang – Mengla (China) 529 kms.
Mostly riding today on highways today, but again with stunning scenery. Ride to Ning’er and get on the highway, we ride through Xiaomengyang nature reserve, one of the most beautiful highway in China. Arrive in Mengla for overnight. Dinner near the hotel at a local restaurant. Farewell party in a Karaoke pub to enjoy our last night in China.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3fDZfHmr3aG2
Hotel: King Land Hotel New City, Mengla

Day 14. Mengla – Boten – Oudomxay – Nong Khiew (China / Laos) 255 kms.
We will reach the border 1 hour after breakfast. Cross back into Laos. Follow the stunning mountain road to Oudomxay. Oudomxai to Nong Kiau – Brand new stunning road trough Laos highest mountains to the amazing Nong Khiew. Overnight in the middle of nowhere in this beautiful and authentic Laos town at the river near the two Elephant mountains, one of the most beautiful spot in South East Asia.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/yNKPKWB3Jn82 (China)
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3qWyamWCQgw (Laos)
Hotel: Pha Xang Resort, Nong Khiew

Day 15. Nong Khiew – Luang Prabang (Laos) 141 kms.
After breakfast we ride to Luang Prabang (literally: “Royal Buddha Image”) where we will stay overnight. The city was formerly the capital of a kingdom of the same name. It had also been known by the ancient name of Chiang Thong. Until the communist takeover in 1975, it was the royal capital and seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos. The old town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main part of the city consists of four main roads on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. One of the major landmarks in the city is a large steep hill on which sits temple Wat Pousi. Before dinner directly at the Mekong River, we have to lift up our motorcycles in the long tail boat.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/h2qQcNrkn1s
Hotel: Mekong Sunset View Hotel, Luang Prabang

Day 16. Rest day, boat transfer on the Mekong, Luang Prabang – Pak Beng (Laos) 250 kms.
Once-In-a-Lifetime-Experience: We take the bikes with us on a long tail boat upstream the Mekong River to Pak Beng. About 250 kms. on the river will take us 6-8 hours. Lunch will be served on the boat. Overnight in the little charming town of Pak Beng by the Mekong.
Hotel: Phonemany Guesthouse, Pakbeng

Day 17. Pak Beng – Hongsa – Phayao (Laos / Thailand) 295 kms.
Cross back into Thailand. Ride the top 10 motorcycle road in the world R1148 to the Phayao lake (one of the biggest lake in Thailand). Overnight on the lake. Last tour night … Party time for sure … ;-)
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NM82BLAmGt22
Hotel: Win Hotel, Phayao

Day 18. Phayao – Chiang Mai (Thailand) 153 kms.
Riding back home on the stunning road R120. Continue riding on windy mountain roads to Tharntong waterfall and Mae Kachan hot spring. Visit a local market, stopping for refreshment, before heading back to Chiang Mai.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jwot7jN9irr
Hotel: Amora Hotel, Chiang Mai (deluxe room)

Day 19. Chiang Mai, Departure
Relax at hotel, check out and leave for airport or stay and explore Chiang Mai and surrounding area.

VISA THAILAND
Most nationalities do not require a visa to enter Thailand for a stay that does not exceed 30 days. However, it is important to note that Thailand’s immigration regulations require that passports must remain valid at least six months beyond visitors’ intended length of stay in Thailand.
Furthermore, it is important to note that Thai Immigration authorities only grant a visa-free stay of maximum 15 days in Thailand if tourists enter the country overland (from Burma) rather than through an international airport. Hence, after returning overland from Burma, you will only be allowed a maximum visa-free stay of 15 days in Thailand.

VISA FOR MYANMAR (former Burma) & LAOS
For Myanmar (former Burma) only at the Mae Sai border and also for Laos is Visa on arrival possible, same as it is in Thailand. The Visa fee for one day in Burma is about 15 US$ (500 THB) and for Laos about 30 US$ for 30 days (1.000 THB).

VISA FOR CHINA
First of all, please note that today it is irrelevant whether you refer to China.
In order to facilitate the issuance of visas through a Chinese Embassy or Permanent Mission, it is best if persons with pre-booked travel arrangements submit along with their visa application a so-called “Visa Confirmation Letter” from the tour operator in Bejing responsible for the tour arrangements. We shall obtain the visa confirmation letter and forward it to you. The confirmation letter implies that the tour operator is responsible for you during your entire stay in China and eliminates further questioning by the Chinese Embassy.
Please note that Chinese Embassies generally do not consider the exact travel dates but simply stamp visas valid for 3 months and entitling the holder for 1 single entry into China within these 3 months. Therefore, we will forward to you the visa confirmation letter approximately 1 ½ months before the start of the tour to ensure that the validity of your visa will extend beyond the length of your stay in China. Once you have received your visa confirmation letter, you should contact the nearest Chinese Embassy or Permanent Mission to obtain visas application forms, fill in the visa application forms in triplicate, attach one passport photo to each copy of the application form and enclose a printout copy of the visa confirmation letter with the application. Please refer to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_of_ChinaList of diplomatic missions of China for a list of all Chinese Embassies, Permanent Missions and Consulate Generals.

REGISTRATION / DEPOSIT
Due to the cumbersome logistics involved with obtaining all necessary permits and border formalities, we must impose the following conditions for registration of your participation in the tour:

• The deadline for latest registrations is 29. February 2016
• Confirmation of your participation in the tour will only be confirmed against the payment of 10% deposit (down payment) of total tour price
• First come – first served: the date of receipt of your deposit (down payment) will determine whose participation will be confirmed first. We will not confirm participation in the tour before receipt of your deposit.

We shall guarantee the departure of the tour with a minimum of 4 bikers and shall limit the maximum size of the group to no more than 15 bikes.

With your registration for the tour, we also need the following personal data from you:

Family Name(s) – as per passport:
First Name(s) – as per passport:
Passport Number:
Nationality:
Date of Birth:
Passport Issue Date:
Passport Issue Place:
Passport Expiry Date:

Please note that in order to participate in this tour, you must be in possession of a valid international driver’s license for motorcycles in excess of 500 cc.

For inquiries or in case of any uncertainties, please contact us under info@motorcycletoursthailand.com.

FULL PREPAYMENT
Owing to the fact that we shall have to fully prepay all suppliers far in advance, we require your full prepayment of the tour (minus the deposit) by latest 29. February 2015.

CANCELLATION FEES
Please note that the following cancellation fees apply in case that you are obliged to cancel the reservations of the tour at last minute:

If cancellation is received: Fee (in % of total tour price)
60 Days to 15 Days 30% of Tour cost
30 Days to 8 Days 50% of Tour cost
14 Days or less 100% of Tour cost

We strongly recommend that you purchase individualized travel and / or medical insurance from any insurance company in your home market to prevent from having to incur any unexpected medical or travel expenses.

INSURANCE – THAILAND & LAOS
The motorcycles carry compulsory third party insurance according to Thai law but do not carry full comprehensive insurance as this is not available in Thailand for rental motorcycles. The tour participant therefore carries the maximum risk of 175.000 THB in case of total damage to his/her motorcycle. The participant is not liable for technical failure in the case of engine or gear box problems nor for wear and tear.

INSURANCE – CHINA
The motorcycles only carry compulsory third party insurance for Thailand – not for Burma as our Thai insurance company’s coverage does not extend beyond Thailand. Consequently, the participant carries the full risk in case of any accident, regardless of whether the accident is caused by the tour participant or by a third party. Please bear also in mind that in the case of an accident, the adversary will most likely not be carrying any insurance coverage at all. Hence, the tour participant carries the maximum risk of 175.000 THB in case of total damage to his/her motorcycle.

OPTIONAL
Against the surcharge of 9.000 THB we offer limited comprehensive insurance cover with a maximum liability/participation of 35.000 THB (instead of 175.000 THB) for the participant in case of damage sustained to his/her motorcycle. For minor damage, we will collect the costs for repair at the end of the tour as it is easier to handle such minor cases on the spot. Tour participants who opt for full comprehensive insurance cover will also have to deposit 35.000 THB in cash at the beginning of the tour.

It is also important to know that the participant is liable for damage caused to his/her motorcycle in the case of an accident caused by a third person. Third party insurance in Thailand generally only covers bodily harm caused to the third party and does not cover damage caused to the vehicle of a third party.

THAILAND CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
American Express, Visa and Master Card are widely accepted in Thailand. Cash payments are only accepted in Thailand’s own currency (Thai Baht). It is easy to exchange major foreign currencies into Thai Baht as there are official money changers at most touristic places. ATM’s can be found almost everywhere. Please do not bring Euro cheques as these can only be cashed at major banks.

LAOS CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
The best way in Laos will be to use Thai Bath over there. In Laos Thai Bath can use and is accept everywhere. 1 Thai Bath is about 250 KIP. ATM’s can be found almost everywhere.

CHINA CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
ATM’s are not yet widespread in China and only major hotels and sometimes upcountry accept the most common credit cards such as American Express and Visa. At many places, however, credit cards will not be accepted at all. Hence, it is useful to bring cash US Dollars, preferably also in small denominations as many shops upcountry cannot easily provide change for a 100-Dollar bill. You may also want to change some foreign currency into Chinese Renminbi (Yuan) as the Chinese only trade in their own currency. When paying for something small with US Dollars, change will most likely be rendered in Chinese Renminbi (Yuan). This change, in turn, can be used again for buying a drink or for small tips, etc. Bringing traveller cheques is useless as only the Chinese Investment and Commercial Bank (CICB) or the Chinese Foreign Trade Bank (CFTB) in Bejing would trade in these through cumbersome and time-consuming procedures. However, it is now possible to change US Dollars and even Euro into local currency at most airports and many other places. We recommend to change some Chinese Renminbi (Yuan) already in your home country.


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