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Thailand - The great north loop
10 days - 2000 km/1250 miles


If you like to ride curvy and mountainous roads this guided tour in north Thailand mostly along the Myanmar and Lao border is a great motorcycle tour for you! Besides stunning scenery this guided tour offers an insight in local cultures, historical sites, national parks, local cuisine and traditional way of life. Day after day the roads are mostly rural with little traffic. Plenty of mountains, curve after curve, a truly motorcycle paradise.

The roads are mostly easy to handle but there are some steep and partly demanding stretches. You must be able to ride your big motorcycle and do NOT expect to learn how to ride a motorcycle while joining this guided tour.

The tour starts and ends in Chiang Mai, the largest city of northern Thailand, 700km north of Bangkok. Chiang Mai is easy to access by road and air, especially from Bangkok. International services also connect Chiang Mai with other regional centers, including cities in other Asian countries.

This tour provides an outstanding opportunity to obtain a thorough impression of the uniqueness of the border region of North Thailand. We will visit Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand (2,565 meter). Ride the 1,864 curves on the 350 km long stretch from Mae Hong Son via Pai to Mae Taeng. Explore the area of Chiang Rai, the Golden Triangle and the mighty Mekong river. Continue to the spectacular Phu Chi Fa (1,628 meter) crossing Doi Phu Kha National park to Bho Klua, up in the mountains next to the Lao border. Visit the remote city of Nan once part of the “one million elephant” kingdom before riding back to Chiang Mai. Due to careful route selection, you will have the opportunity to experience hill tribes, historical sites, national parks and endless of curvy mountainous roads.



This program is a guideline for activities and experiences on the tour. Deviations may occur, but we guarantee that our positive tour leaders will do their utmost to execute the program as described - as far as it is feasible and circumstances allow. We are continually working to improve the program, thus you may experience positive surprises. Check updates under "Guided Tours".


About the JoyRides Tours

JoyRides’ tours are developed by and for motorcycle enthusiasts, with long experience in organizing guided tours for cars and motorcycles. We love to ride on tours, create memorable experiences and friendships. Thus, our stress free and fun tours are popular. At JoyRides, the customers are in focus! Our mantra - Realizing dreams and creating memories for life! JoyRides has an established partnership with Eagle Rider, the world's largest mc rental company, with over 20 years of experience as a tour operator. JoyRides is an "Authorized Touring specialist", which means that you always have the support of a large team of professional enthusiasts. 


The benefits of touring with JoyRides are:

  • Experienced tour leaders
  • Focus on enjoyment & camaraderie
  • Tour leader on mc rides in front of the tour group



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