Magical Myanmar February 4 - 17, 2020
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All New Roadrunners adventure tour offering 5 days of fabulous motorcyling in the mountains of Northern Thailand along the Burmese border, followed by 9 days down Burmaís southern coast, including a boat excursion into the beautiful Myiek Archipelogo for two days of relaxation on an exotic island with optional snorkeling & diving. This amazing motorcycle journey starts in the Golden Triangle of Northern Thailand after a short domestic flight from Bangkok, and ends in the southern Thai city of Ranong, with a short return flight back to Bangkok.
5 February - Ride to Pai Early departure for a full dayís ride to our overnight stop in the mountain town of Pai. A mixture of highway riding and backroads to start, a stop at the tomb of KMT General Lee of Tham Ngop. We then ride through one of the finest forested roads in northern Thailand, before stopping for lunch at Wiang Haeng. Moving on, some gravel road riding, with arrival into Pai late afternoon. We will walk to drinks and dinner in this lively little town, popular with travelers.
6 February - Ride to Mae Hong Son Short day today in terms of mileage, but challenge right off on some of the twistiest mountain roads in Thailand. Sightseeing options today include a ride off the main route to a waterfall, or a combination boat and elephant trip to see the Burmese Longneck Village close to the border. Accommodations in the enchanting little town of Mae Hong Son, with a few interesting dinner options, including some of the best italian cuisine in Northern Thailand.
7 February - Ride to Ta Song Yang Long ride today south again instantly onto more paved mountain road twisties , along the fast border highway to Khun Yuam, where we will stop at the World War II museam with a large collection of artifacts. Lunch near town of Mae Sariang, then exceptional afternoon riding with arrival into Ta Song Yang for overnight. Comfortable guest house accommodations, nice little town.
8 February - Ride to Mae Sot Easy start this morning with riding through remote Tak Province, the western border of Thailand, and along the Moei River. We will pass by the huge Karen refugee camp, home to more than 100,000 people, many who have been here for 30 years. Arrival on the Thai-Burma border at Mae Sot before lunch. Group meeting afterlunch for border- cross info & paperwork. Please bring your passport, a writing pen, and two passport size photos. Optional late afternoon visit to the Eyes To Burma relief site on the edge of the city to meet some of the Burmese inhabitants (mostly children) and see and hear about some of the great assistance work being done here. Return to our guest house for overnight.
9 February - Border Crossing to Burma - Ride to Mawlamyine Early breakfast (0730hrs) loading of baggage into our support vehicle for transfer to the border. Border crossing formailties usually take a few hours. We will meet our Burmese guide, driver and government minder this morning. Once clear of customs and immigration formalities, we will ride out on the new highway through the Dawna Mountains before turning southwest towards the coast, with arrival in Mawlamyine in time for lunch. Afternoon free to explore the city, including Pa Auk Taw Ya Monastery, one of the largest meditation centres in Myanmar, and also see the 100-year-old wooden monastery at Seindon Minbaya Kyaung. Group dinner on the River.
10 February - Ride from Mawlamyine to Ye After breakfast we will ride south to the site of the largest reclining Buddha in Asia, then on for a brief pause at the beautifully preserved Allied War Memorial, before visiting the Burmese end of the infamous Death Railway at Thanbyuzayat. Ye is a remote and rarely visited town in Mon State, situated on a picturesque river-bend. The town boasts of an attractive lake and number of beer stations, tea-houses and restaurants, all within view of the river. Guest house accommodations.
11 February - Ride to Dawei (5 hours) Morning ride to Dawei, a sleepy tropical town with a long history of trade, and interesting colonial architecture, with many old wooden thatched-roof bungalows and brick and stucco mansions. Great Thai food lunch then mid afternoon short ride to Maungmagan Beach for overnight.
12 February - Ride to Myeik Situated on a peninsula jutting out into the Andaman Sea, the town of Myeik has been a busy and strategically significant port for over 500 years. Previously known as Mergui (and still sometimes referred to by that name), it retains a number of colonial-era buildings on its unique meandering back-streets. Early afternoon arrival at our boutique style hotel with time for a swim before group dinner down on waterfront.
13 February - Myeik Archipelago After breakfast transfer to the boat launch from Seik Ngel Jetty for our two day Myeik Archipelago island adventure including with snokeling and swimming options or just kick back on the white sand and palm fringed beaches. We will sail to Pyone Gyi (Da Na Theit Di) Island, with a chance for more really good snorkeling on coral reefs, filled with fish and marine species. These untouched islands were only made accessible to foreigners from the port of Myeik in 2015, so its all still new and unexplored. Return to Natthamee for overnight.
14 February - Ross Island - Myeik Lazy morning free to chill out, then visit Ross Island, home to a beautiful waterfall and a Moken village, meet a family, and learn about their way of life. The Mokten are known as the ìsea gypsiesî. Afternoon return to Myiek for overnight.
15 February - Ride to Bokpyin - Kawthaung Long ride today to Kawthaung, with a stop in Bokpyin for a seafood lunch. We will ride thru the Tenasserim Hills with arraival into Kawtaung near dusk, known in colonial times as Victoria Point (Myanmarís southern-most town), a port which is also a multi-ethnic melting pot. Thai baht is the main form of currency here. Accomodations at the wonderful Victoria Cliffs Resort, overlooking the Andaman Sea.
16 February - Kawtaung A full day based out the Victoria Cliffs Resort. Optional sightseeing of Kawtaung town and boat trips to nearby islands for more fantastic swimming & snorkling.
17 February - Kawthaung - Ranong, Thailand Morning transfer to the jetty with departure by boat back to Thailand and Ranong city. After immigration and customs formalities, a quick stop for lunch then transfer to Ranong Airport for afternoon flights back to Bangkok.
What is Included Airport transfers, all hotel and guest house accommodations in Thailand and Burma starting on 4 February and ending on 18 February. All breakfasts. Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc Motorcycle equipped with saddle bags, petrol, spares, mechanic, and support vehicles for seating and luggage. Pre-departure information pack including route maps and Roadrunners T-shirt.
What is Not Included Airfares, visa fees, cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, bottled water, laundry service, gratuities, overweight baggage charges, and airport taxes.
Visa Requirements Thailand Tourist Visa available upon arrival at Bangkok Airport. Myanmar Tourist Visa available from your nearest Myanmar Embassy in your home country, or in Bangkok if you have a few extra days prior to trip. E-Visaís for overland motorcycle tours are not permitted, must be paper visa.
Immunizations are necessary for travel to Thailand and Myanmar. Please consult your GP/MD/Travel Clinic for the latest recommendations.
Motorcycle Damage Deposit A security deposit of USD $1500. is required prior to motorcycle assignment and this can be done on our RideHigh website via a simple credit card authorization where no charges will appear on card upon return of the undamaged motorcycle. Repairs of small accidental damage from bikes falling over and light spills are normally covered in the tour cost, but HRR reserves the right to appraise all damages and repair costs and bill accordingly.
Etiquette & Protocol Riding a motorcycle in Myanmar and the Kingdom of Thailand is a privilege. Himalayan Roadrunners is grateful for permission to operate tours of this kind in both countries. Although Myanmar continues to slowly open its doors to the outside world and experiment with new ideas for tourism, participants are reminded of the culturally sensitive nature of this trip and are requested to conduct themselves in a respectful manner and show extra courtesy while encountering traffic.
A Word of Caution Motorcycling the mountainous areas of northern Thailand, and coastal Myanmar is surely one of the best ways to experience the regionsí rich cultures, friendly people, and unequaled scenery. At the same time, motorcycling does have its dangers especially on narrow mountain roads with unpredictable traffic and quick changing weather conditions. Most of the tours operated by Himalayan Roadrunners Ltd. are better termed ìMotorcycle Expeditionsî, and should be undertaken by fit, experienced riders with an open mind to changing conditions and different rules of the road.