The Buddha Route: 

      Thailand. 

  • Tour Overview
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary 2018
  • 2019
  • Overview Map
  • What's Included?
  • Prices in GBP £
  • Prices in Euros €
  • Prices in US $
  • Previous Tour Gallery
  • Previous Tour Video
  • Testimonials

Thailand is a wondrous country featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. With a fascinating history and a unique culture the tourist industry has boomed. However if you think Thailand is all about Bangkok, Phuket bars and clubs, think again. Get away from the tourist hot spots and you will find a rural heartland, a mix of rice paddies, tropical forests and squat villages tied to the agricultural clock. But more than this it is the Thai people who have earned the country the reputation as the “land of smiles”.

Fly into Bangkok and you will be met at the airport and transferred to Amphawa. After collecting the bikes and attending the pre tour briefing you can enjoy the welcome dinner. Your first day of riding is high on excitement with a packed itinerary. En route you will visit a floating market and then on to Kanchana Buri scene of the Bridge on the River Kwai. You will visit the new bridge and can see some of the structures built by the prisoners of war which still support the railways today, before a night in our hotel of the banks of the River Kwai.

Your second day picks up just where the first left off! Starting with an elephant ride through the forest we then head north visiting Hellfire Pass and the museum of the same name. Hellfire was the scene of some of the worst suffering when the railways were built and the museum commemorates those who lost their lives here. In the evening wander the Mon Bridge and take a long tail boat ride to the Sunken Temple "Wat Saam Prasob". If this is not enough then there is a chance to ride to the Three Pagodas Pass where Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) meet.

The following days meander through Kamphangphet and Pitsanulok provinces with the first taste of the mountain roads that await later, en route to Nakhon Sawan and the UNSECO listed Sukhothai. An early afternoon arrival leaves time to visit the park and the ruins of the ancient Sukhothai Kingdom. Dating back to the 12C, once the capital, over 190 temples have been excavated here. Your hotel is just five minutes from the park and you can ride in or take the regular shuttle bus.

Heading north you will ride into the Thai Highlands. These mountains stretch through Laos and Myanmar linking to the Himalayas. They make for fantastic riding as you climb up to 2000m through tropical forest and you will get to ride the beautiful Mae Sod Mountain road. After a night spent near the Myanmar border (with the chance to pop across the border and get another stamp in your passport) you continue north along the border to the Nam Ngao National Park with its many waterfalls. Tonight you are staying in the River House in Mae Sariang.

More challenging winding mountain roads await as you ride part of the road of 1864 bends en route to Mae Hong Son. In the afternoon you will take a Long Tailed Boat on the Pai River to "Ban Nam Piang Dinto" the Karen Tribe Long Neck Village. Traditionally the ladies of the tribe wear gold rings around their necks to make their necks look longer and them more attractive. Although traditional, each girl can now chose whether to follow the tradition or not. The following day is a riding day you will never forget. The road of 1864 curves. A seemingly endless procession of bends on a road cut through tropical jungle and over mountains. We divert off on side roads to the Pang Tong Royal Palace, a Royal Project and Reservoir before riding on through the Tam Pla National Park to the Tham Pi Man Jabo Cave with it 1700 year old teak coffins. Arriving at Pai you will be pleased to know that tomorrow is a day off with a chance to explore this bustling slightly hippy town or just lounge by the hotel pool.

Heading further north you visit the Angkhang Royal Project as we ride some of the best mountains routes in the world. Twisting and turning, climbing and descending harder and sharper than almost anything in Europe or the Americas these routes are a bikers paradise. Don't forget to stop and enjoy the scenery though! After a night in Doi Tung you can visit “Srinagaringdra” the former residence of the Late King's Mother and the Doi Tung Gardens. Turning south with only two days remaining you will be riding through the infamous Golden Triangle home to Opium producers for centuries and along the banks of the mighty Mekong river separating Thailand from Laos. Then all to soon you will be heading for Chiang Rai and our farewell dinner.

PLEASE NOTE: With so much to see and do along our route in Thailand there will be an element of group riding required to ensure that we arrive together at certain times. However you will always have the option to ride independently if you chose.

  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Riding along the Mekong River bordering Laos
  • Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and visiting the Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Riding the Three Pagoda Pass
  • Wat Saam Prasob Sunken Temple
  • Elephant Ride in the Tropical Forest
  • Long Tail Boat Trip on the Pai
  • Mueang Singh Historical Park
  • Sod Boundary Point “Thailand/Myanmar”
  • Visit to the Maeusu Cave
  • Riding the road of 1864 Bends
  • Nam Ngao National Park
  • Ban Monghang Hot Springs
  • Karen Tribe Long Neck Village
  • Tam Pla National Park “Pang Ung”
  • Pang Tong Royal Palace
  • Doi Kiew Lom View Point
  • Doi Tung Royal Villa and Gardens
  • Riding in the Golden Triangle
  • Chiang Khong Boundary Point Thailand/Laos
Date Day Location Mileage About the day
02 December 2018 Sunday Amphawa 0 Arrive in Bangkok during the morning for your 90 minute transfer to Amphawa, pre tour briefing and welcome dinner
 
03 December 2018 Monday Kanchanaburi 180 A great way to start the tour with a visit to a floating market and to Kanchana Buri and the Bridge on the River Kwai
 
04 December 2018 Tuesday Sangkhla Buri 180 After a morning Elephant trek take either the dirt or tarmac options today. There is a chance to visit Hellfire pass plus the Mon Bridge, before taking a long tailed boat ride to the sunken temple
 
05 December 2018 Wednesday Nakhon Sawan 210 Using some great local gravel back roads you head for a ferry to Si Sawat and on to Nakhon Swan where dinner will be served in a favourite local restaurant
 
06 December 2018 Thursday Sukhothai 135 A short day to allow you to arrive with plenty of time to wander the UNESCO listed Historical Park of Sukhothai
 
07 December 2018 Friday Mae Sod 135 You are heading into the Thai Highlands, riding the beautiful Mae Sod Mountain road with a chance to visit the Mue Sur Hill Tribe
 
08 December 2018 Saturday Mae Sariang 150 More curvy mountain roads will take you through Mae Ramat and Tha Song Yang en route to the Mae Usu Cave, so long it is said you can walk through it to the Myanmar sea
 
09 December 2018 Sunday Mae Hong Son 110 Some more exciting riding today on the road of 1864 bends as well as a long tailed boat ride to visit the village of the Long Neck Karen
 
10 December 2018 Monday Pai 110 A great day as you continue on the road of 1864 curves. You break off on some local roads to the Pang Tong Royal palace and the Royal Projects before returning to the main road and on to Pai
 
11 December 2018 Tuesday Pai 0 A day off here to relax by the pool and take a moment to consider all the things you have already seen and done or ride the road of 1864 curves once again?
 
12 December 2018 Wednesday Doi Angkhang 195 The morning spent riding another section of the road of 1864 curves and the afternoon heading into the mountains to the Angkhang Nature Resort
 
13 December 2018 Thursday Doi Tung 150 Ride along the Myanmar border through Tea plantations to the Thaton District and on to Doi Tung high in the Thai Highlands
 
14 December 2018 Friday Chiang Kong 110 After the chance to wander the Royal Garden and visit the Royal Villa at Doi Tung in the morning, you will ride through the Golden Triangle and along the infamous Mekong River separating Thailand from Laos
 
15 December 2018 Saturday Chiang Rai 125 All too soon your last days riding as you head through the famous "sea of mist", lunch in the Phu Chi Fa Forest Park and then head to Chiang Rai for our farewell dinner
 
16 December 2018 Sunday Head Home 0 Airport transfer will have been arranged and so, reluctantly, you can head home
Date Day Location Mileage About the day
16 November 2019 Saturday Amphawa 0 Arrive in Bangkok during the morning for your 90 minute transfer to Amphawa, pre tour briefing and welcome dinner
 
17 November 2019 Sunday Kanchanaburi 180 A great way to start the tour with a visit to a floating market and to Kanchana Buri and the Bridge on the River Kwai
 
18 November 2019 Monday Sangkhla Buri 180 After a morning Elephant trek take either the dirt or tarmac options today. There is a chance to visit Hellfire pass plus the Mon Bridge, before taking a long tailed boat ride to the sunken temple
 
19 November 2019 Tuesday Nakhon Sawan 210 Using some great local gravel back roads you head for a ferry to Si Sawat and on to Nakhon Swan where dinner will be served in a favourite local restaurant
 
20 November 2019 Wednesday Sukhothai 135 A short day to allow you to arrive with plenty of time to wander the UNESCO listed Historical Park of Sukhothai
 
21 November 2019 Thursday Mae Sod 135 You are heading into the Thai Highlands, riding the beautiful Mae Sod Mountain road with a chance to visit the Mue Sur Hill Tribe
 
22 November 2019 Friday Mae Sariang 150 More curvy mountain roads will take you through Mae Ramat and Tha Song Yang en route to the Mae Usu Cave, so long it is said you can walk through it to the Myanmar sea
 
23 November 2019 Saturday Mae Hong Son 110 Some more exciting riding today on the road of 1864 bends as well as a long tailed boat ride to visit the village of the Long Neck Karen
 
24 November 2019 Sunday Pai 110 A great day as you continue on the road of 1864 curves. You break off on some local roads to the Pang Tong Royal palace and the Royal Projects before returning to the main road and on to Pai
 
25 November 2019 Monday Pai 0 A day off here to relax by the pool and take a moment to consider all the things you have already seen and done or ride the road of 1864 curves once again?
 
26 November 2019 Tuesday Doi Angkhang 195 The morning spent riding another section of the road of 1864 curves and the afternoon heading into the mountains to the Angkhang Nature Resort
 
27 November 2019 Wednesday Doi Tung 150 Ride along the Myanmar border through Tea plantations to the Thaton District and on to Doi Tung high in the Thai Highlands
 
28 November 2019 Thursday Chiang Kong 110 After the chance to wander the Royal Garden and visit the Royal Villa at Doi Tung in the morning, you will ride through the Golden Triangle and along the infamous Mekong River separating Thailand from Laos
 
29 November 2019 Friday Chiang Rai 125 All too soon your last days riding as you head through the famous "sea of mist", lunch in the Phu Chi Fa Forest Park and then head to Chiang Rai for our farewell dinner
 
30 November 2019 Saturday Head Home 0 Airport transfer will have been arranged and so, reluctantly, you can head home

Whats Included?

  • Pre tour pack including tour information, Michelin maps, route notes and GPS routes in Garmin/BMW format
  • Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
  • All accommodation as listed primarily in 4 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Due the remote nature of many locations dinner is included on all but one tour nights (excludes beverages)
  • Entrance to all parks and attractions listed in the highlights
  • Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
  • Motorcycle rental for the duration of the trip
  • Comprehensive Insurance with £1,500 excess/deductible
  • Support vehicle and driver throughout the Tour
  • Carriage of one 60L soft bag per customer luggage in the support vehicle
  • Airport transfers from Bangkok Airport and to Chiang Rai airport
  • Commemorative Polo Shirt for all riders and passengers
  • Expert advice and support throughout
  • The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator

 

Whats Not Included? 

  • Fuel
  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not listed as included

Motorcycles for Adventure Tours are supplied by our local BMW Travel Partner. They are current model BMW's under 24 months old and are equipped with ABS, top box and panniers. You are welcome to take your own GPS unit or you can rent one. We will provide complete GPS routes and GPS maps for the tour. For further details of hire bikes and terms and conditions please see the Hire Bikes page.

Tour Prices in GB£ Solo Rider
   Shared Room   
                              
Solo Rider
Single Room
                              
Rider and
Passenger *
                              
  Including an F700GS Hire Bike £6,995 £7,995 £9,495
  Including an F800GS Hire Bike   £7,195 £8,195 £9,695
  Including an R1200GS Hire Bike                                        £7,495 £8,495 £9,995

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

PLEASE NOTE: The BMW F700GS and F800GS for this tour are all low chassis models. This is the standard build for Thailand.

Motorcycles for Adventure Tours are supplied by our local BMW Travel Partner. They are current model BMW's under 24 months old and are equipped with ABS, top box and panniers. You are welcome to take your own GPS unit or you can rent one. We will provide complete GPS routes and GPS maps for the tour. For further details of hire bikes and terms and conditions please see the Hire Bikes page.

Tour Prices in €uro Solo Rider
   Shared Room   
                              
Solo Rider
Single Room
                              
Rider and
Passenger *
                              
  Including an F700GS Hire Bike €7,595 €8,695 €10,295
  Including an F800GS Hire Bike   €7,795 €8,895 €10,495
  Including an R1200GS Hire Bike                                        €8,095 €9,195 €10,795

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

PLEASE NOTE: The BMW F700GS and F800GS for this tour are all low chassis models. This is the standard build for Thailand.

US$ OR EURO PAYMENTS:  Currently our website will only take your 10% deposit payment in GB£ and your credit card company will convert this to your home currency. However your balance payment can be made in either US$ or Euro, directly by bank transfer with no currency conversion. Your balance payment will be 90% of the US$ or Euro Price shown.

Motorcycles for Adventure Tours are supplied by our local BMW Travel Partner. They are current model BMW's under 24 months old and are equipped with ABS, top box and panniers. You are welcome to take your own GPS unit or you can rent one. We will provide complete GPS routes and GPS maps for the tour. For further details of hire bikes and terms and conditions please see the Hire Bikes page.

Tour Prices in US$ Solo Rider
   Shared Room   
                              
Solo Rider
Single Room
                              
Rider and
Passenger *
                              
  Including an F700GS Hire Bike $9,095 $10,295 $12,295
  Including an F800GS Hire Bike   $9,295 $10,495 $12,495
  Including an R1200GS Hire Bike                                        $9,795 $10,995 $12,995

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

PLEASE NOTE: The BMW F700GS and F800GS for this tour are all low chassis models. This is the standard build for Thailand.

US$ OR EURO PAYMENTS:  Currently our website will only take your 10% deposit payment in GB£ and your credit card company will convert this to your home currency. However your balance payment can be made in either US$ or Euro, directly by bank transfer with no currency conversion. Your balance payment will be 90% of the US$ or Euro Price shown.