Recommendations for dirt biking in Chiang Mai, Thailand?

Discussion in 'Asia' started by eschwager, May 16, 2005.

  1. eschwager

    eschwager Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2003
    Oddometer:
    19
    Location:
    Santa Clara, CA
    My brother is currently taking a (on-foot) trip through Thailand and is currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has heard that there is a certain trail, a loop of several hundred miles, that is a great ride. Does anyone out there have recommendations on where he can rent a motorcycle, or find a motorcycle tour, or otherwise take advantage of this opportunity?

    I did find www.endurotours.com, and it had some great testimonials on the web site. Anybody here have any experience with that?

    He's not a very experienced rider, but he does have some experience. This is kind of a spontaneous thing as you call tell. If anyone reading this has recommendations for what he can do, or maybe can provide a name to contact, it would be much appreciated!

    Keep safe,
    Eric
    #1
  2. RICHXHELL

    RICHXHELL Scooterist

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2004
    Oddometer:
    3,222
    Location:
    North Somerset, UK
    I cant really help as I went on a tour and didnt have a clue where I was except to say yes, there are fantastic roads there but hire a small bike. It'll be tricky to find anything above 250 anyhow. Oh and the dirt roads are pretty safe and most are ok for a novice....I was and I was ok!

    He could try siambike@cm.ksc.co.th tel. 01-2714889 mobile or 053-372189 and Walter Fenske may be able to sort him out, although I think Walter outsources his bikes (he runs tours, but not the one you posted). But Walter may be able to suggest a hire shop or tie your brother in on a trip.

    The only thing Id say is sint it very wet at the moment?

    Hope he gets fixed, theres some great riding around there.

    Oh, perhaps if he looks at http://www.hctravel.co.uk/thai.htm it will hint at where we went.
    #2
  3. eschwager

    eschwager Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2003
    Oddometer:
    19
    Location:
    Santa Clara, CA
    thanks Dr Rich!
    #3
  4. beemer boy

    beemer boy Oh no, he's gone Asian

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2003
    Oddometer:
    898
    Location:
    Southern Oregon
    Think I can help since I live in Chiang Mai........... As far as renting a bike just go to Joe's Bike Team who rents out clean and safe bikes. As far as places to go have him just pick up a copy of David Unkovich's guide book to the area. It is in most of the book stores or contact him directly at
    E-mail Address:
    david@gt-rider.com

    For a great two day ride the Mae Hong Song loop is a terrific ride as an introduction to the area. From that loop there are a lot of dirt roads heading off from the main road. Your brother will enjoy some of the best riding in SE Asia.
    #4
  5. beemer boy

    beemer boy Oh no, he's gone Asian

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2003
    Oddometer:
    898
    Location:
    Southern Oregon
    Here is the info for Joe's place. Was written up by Greg Frazier.

    The motorcycle rental business does well in Chiang Mai. Joe's Bike, owned by a German, Joe Sauerborn, 26/1 Soi 2, Chang Moi Rd, tel.# 053-251 186, has been around for 12 years. Not only does he rent bikes (100 cc-400 cc), but he is the local overlander specialist in the area. Finding a tire for your BMW R1150 GS will be impossible in Chiang Mai, but if there is one to be had in Thailand, Joe can get it in a couple of days. While you wait you can browse through current copies of MOTORRAD Magazine in his small "pub" and swill Singha beer, trading stories with other travelers passing through.
    #5
  6. mujiburrahman

    mujiburrahman Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2011
    Oddometer:
    345
    Location:
    indonesia
    Have to check out the book by david
    #6
  7. canoli

    canoli human

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,713
    Location:
    Not from round these parts.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=684477 :deal

    Canoli
    #7
  8. WorldNomad

    WorldNomad n00b

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2015
    Oddometer:
    1
    Location:
    Muscat
    Hey gents. I did a trip to Chang Mai last year. I found an amazing dirt bike track when I was exploring around the mountains. If your in the area, I promise you won't be disappointed!!! The start of the trail is in Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, on the Mae Rim loop, and goes on for miles up into Doi Suthep - Pui National Park. To find the start of the trial you will have to pay a small fee to enter the Botanic Garden. When you enter follow the signs for the banana plantation area. This area, as the name suggests, has all kinds of different species of banana plants. Follow the road through the plantation until you come to the end and you will see that it turns into a dirt trail. This is the beginning of the track that will take you up into the national park mountains. Here is a link to a little video of my mate riding on part of the track:
    https://youtu.be/Xrmu1OoGwKQ
    #8