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Thailand Motorbike Adventure 3 years, 4 months ago #11757

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I have recently returned from a 2 week trip in Thailand. I went out with Fern to ride bikes around the Mae Hong Son loop, the road of 1864 bends. A 600km tar road around the Jungle up near Chiang Mai. We manged to get in 400km of off road through the interior jungle following maps and a gps garmin.

This was an amazing holiday costing us less that £1000 each for 16 days.



Return Flights - £380 each (via beijing)
6 days bike rental - £20 per day
Train tickets - £25 each Chiang Mai to Bangkok (14hours)
Accomadation - Guest houses to Hotels £7 - £17 per double
Food - Street bbq food to restaurants £1 - 12
Beer - £1 - £2

So we didn't book anything before hand and just flew into Chiang Mai at 21.00 on a sunday night. We had spoke to guys on the web from Ride Asia and they suggested Phil from Riders corner in Chiang mai might have rooms. So we got a taxi to his place and got a double room for £9.



www.riderscorner.net/

The next day we went and hired our bikes from POP for 6 days. I had been wanting to try the new Honda CRF250 Rally bike, made here in Thailand. We hired a rally and standard CRF250.


On Tuesday we collected the bikes and planned our route around the loop, not sure where we would end up each night. This is what i like about our adventures they are mostly made up as we go along, open to changes and subject to what we find on the ground.


We head for Pai and cave lodge which is about 30km past there as Fern mate used to work there and it seemed a cool place. Both bike were great and we were on the road about 5 hours and did 185km, only stopping to play at waterfalls and for snacks at roadside shacks.



our room




We had time to visit the cave just before dark


The next morning we set off in search of a trail that Phil had told us about. He sold us an off road map (£4) and marked it up with what was good on our route. We were looking for the elusive crashed hewy helicopter in the mountains near an army base.



We set off and after some easy stuff it got extremely hard, to the point where i was worried that we should maybe turn back to cave lodge.













We got off the track we should have been on as a sign stated no entry and ended up in a really knarly mountain side goat track unable to turn round. Thankful a deer hunter stopped us before we got to lost and pointed us back the way we came. We eventually made it back to the no entry sign and carried on doing the hard enduro trail, with extremely steep and tight tracks for about 30km.







Just after reaching the army base and trying to find our way out Fern rode over a small log foot bridge and it collapsed, dropping the crf through, only stopped by a well placed foot peg.



Eventually we found the crashed helicopter



running low on fuel we headed to Pai and look what we found in a random secluded village, just in the nick of time.....



Thankfully it was fairly easy jeep trails back to Pai for 4 hours (70km) and emerging from our hard enduro day we found a lovely bungalow to stay in which was run by a dutch guy.











The next morning we set off after coffee for Mae Hong Son on the road wondering how we managed to get through yesterday, stuff still covered in red dust. We stopped at a moped garage to tighten Fern's clutch cable and to visit a Buddhist retreat and a few temples on route. 120km done on road









After stopping in the town of Mae Hong Son for the night we head for Mae Sariang the next morning to meet up with Colin a guy i had be speaking to on Ride Asia forum.



He had promised to take Fern and I out on his local trails for the day.

From Mae hong Son We started the morning following the Elephant trail 120km off road.











Listen to the jungle noises...



It was fairly easy going jeep trails with often thick talc dust covering them an inch or two. we then hit the main road as it was getting late for the final 120km. We got in to Mae Sarinag about 6pm and met Colin at his guest house and stay there for £7 per night.



Next morning Colin showed us the local trails. He has been coming out here for years and was an amazing free English guide. Look him up if you ever get the chance (AKA Captain slash) www.captainslash.com/







A great day spent in the Mountains of Mae Sariang















The final day, day 6 we had a 200km+ road race back to Chiang Mae to drop off the bikes before catching the over night train to Bangkok to continue our holiday on an island in the gulf of Thailand.




An amazing 1000km 6 day North Thailand adventure ......if you get the chance in life....take it!!

Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you're gonna be up again. But life goes on.
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Re: Thailand Motorbike Adventure 3 years, 4 months ago #11760

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Looks like a fantastic trip Ferdie. One to definitely aspire to once I'm done with University
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Re: Thailand Motorbike Adventure 3 years, 4 months ago #11761

When you hired your bikes did you have to leave a large deposit or leave your passport as I know a few of them make you do this that is what has put me off in the past cheers

Re: Thailand Motorbike Adventure 3 years, 4 months ago #11763

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Great write-up Ferdie, thanks for sharing Looks like you had a fantastic time
Take the Byway not the Highway
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Thailand Motorbike Adventure 3 years, 4 months ago #11764

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Great write up Ferdie, make my up coming road ride to France and Germany look tame.
Rather be loud than lazy......
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Re: Thailand Motorbike Adventure 3 years, 4 months ago #11766

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Norfolk and good wrote:
When you hired your bikes did you have to leave a large deposit or leave your passport as I know a few of them make you do this that is what has put me off in the past cheers


This is standard. We left our passports. They gave us a photocopy in case we got stopped.
Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you're gonna be up again. But life goes on.
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