2-3 weeks in Thailand

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  1. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Been reading my rear end off about Thailand, and have some questions. Im leaning towards Chaign mai and a northern loop in Nov Dec or jan, however, wouldn't mind seeing the coast/beaches too. Is there such a thing as oneway motorcycle rentals? Or, is it feasable to do a northern loop, head south to Pataya (or another coastal area) and back to Chaign Mai without racing? Im still trying to get a feel for the scope and range if Thailand.
    Also, rx for MC rentals, size, insurance, etc. I dont want a tour. Tips?
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  2. Bucket1960

    Bucket1960 Been here awhile

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    From Chiang Mai, do the Mae Hong Son Loop and take about 1 week to see it all properly.
    Do some more research with Golden Triangle Riders website :thumb
    Train down to Bangkok, then onto anywhere you like by the coast, via another train or plane.
    Rent another bike at any location.
    Scooters cost about $6-8 per day. Common practice to hand over passport, but I prefer to hand over just a copy.
    Bigger bikes cost more, just depends on how fast you want to travel. Insurance ? They don't understand the concept:lol3
    Take many photos of bike BEFORE you ride away, so you have evidence of previous damage.
    Thailand, the people & the food are glorious. Enjoy :beer
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  3. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Duh! Never thought of a train down south after doing a north loop. Excellent advice.
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  4. rosmoe

    rosmoe Been here awhile

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    Do your riding in the north, then you can fly down to Krabi from Chiang Mai non stop. The trains are really slow, but very cheap. Pick up a rental bike there. Ride over to Phuket or where ever you want. I like Krabi better than Phuket, not as many tourists yet & scenery is better. We should be in Chiang Mai starting in Nov. Pops Car Rents is one of many places you can rent a bike in CM. A CB 500 X with top & side cases will run around 25 - 28 dollars a day. The perfect bike for the north. Do get a international drivers license, as the cops are starting to enforce "new rules". I got stopped many times, a 5 dollar fine imposed the first time, paid to the officer & I was on my way. This is mostly in Chiang Mai, once out of the city, no problems. Do spend some time kicking back with the local girls!!
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  5. Lizzard323

    Lizzard323 Solo rider. Lover of solitude and corn meal.

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    I will be in CM in November too. Pop's looks good to rent from. Mae Hong Son Loop.
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  6. Ironchef

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    Great riding to the east of Chiang Mai, I like the roads around Nan more than and MHS loop but both are awesome as is south east from CM over into Issan.
    Pops is biggest rental shop in town, literally 100's of bikes, many models besides what is listed on web, check the facebook site.
    I'll be back for my 5th tour in January, one of best road riding destinations.
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  7. steveh2112

    steveh2112 Adventurer

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    as said already, better ride around north and then train or fly to krabi or phuket and then do the south. there is nothing much to see in the middle anyhow and driving through or around Bangkok is a nightmare. krabi and south has some amazing places, roads and views but not a lot of people speak English, but thais are generally very kind and helpful outside the tourist areas.
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  8. bikerfish

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    PB230771.JPG the ride from chiang mai to Pai is nice, twisty. Pai is touristy, but not crazy, cheap bungalows to rent along the river, night market fun to walk around, have a beer and dinner. Pops is great to rent from. I'd say to take your own gear though, Thai helmets do not fit American heads!!! If you get pulled over for anything, play dumb, never offer passport. If you get a ticket it will be cheap, unless you were doing something really stupid. If you never been there, I'd say to take the night train to Bangkok, tons of travelers, lots of different languages being spoken in the bar car, and a great nights sleep with the clickity clack of the rails. Take your own food on train. I'd avoid any type of overnight bus, horrible to sleep on. Plane is fast and much cheaper than air travel in the states.
    The Thai people are very friendly and gracious, and never stop smiling. Tons of things to see and do around Chiang Mai, you won't get bored!! The old part of town is worth exploring for a day, tons of pubs, restaurants, coffee houses, etc. Check out some motorcycle shops, fun to see bikes we can't buy here!
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  9. KLRWiley

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    I agree, ride in the north and then ditch the bike, great riding up there. It doesn't even matter where, it is very safe and all the roads are the same, twisty.

    After 2 weeks in northern Thailand I jumped on a plane and hit Cambodia, but southern Thailand would have been a good trip as well, if you don't have more than 2 weeks I would probably just stay up north, it is great.
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  10. Inlander

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    My 2 Cents; Go light, my brother and a buddy traveled all over Northern Thailand last Jan. We packed super light taking only day packs weighing about 12 pounds. Even at that I ended up giving a farmer one pair of pants that I was not using. Do not bother with tours, you do not need them, Thailand has had the tourist thing figured out a long time. When you land in Bangkok buy a bunch of data for your cell phone, it is super cheap and wifi is all over Thailand even in the mountains. Use your phone/tablet for navigation, use Agoda Hotel app to find cheap places to stay, you can do that on the fly daily. Super simple.

    For cafes where no English is spoken I put together this photo on my phone/tablet, pointed to what we wanted to eat and held up 3 fingers. Every time they laughed and brought us amazing food.

    Let me know if you would like list of things I packed, cuz ya really don't need much over there.
    The blue line on the map was our route. The riding is amazing.
    We rented from POPS out of Chaing mai, super nice and lots of bikes. We rented 3 brand new 250 dualsport hondas 28.00 CND per day.

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