I have completed four motorcycle tours to Thailand and whilst by no means am I an expert I have enjoyed riding many of the top rated motorcycle roads in the north of the country. I marked them all on a map for my own reference in planning my next ride there and thought this might be something other riders thinking of going there could find helpful.
There is far more good riding roads than the ones I have chosen to mark, it is no exaggeration to say every 2nd road in the north could be considered a fun ride in any other country. However because there are some monumentally good riding roads the lesser ones get over shadowed and unless you are lucky enough to be an ex pat based there then you are unlikely to have the time to explore everything so I have focused on marking roads I found good and ones other people have told me were good. This is a work in progress which will be expanded as I ride Thailand further. The southern roads marked out are as suggested to me by a chap when I was last riding over there. I shall try these in the future and perhaps the south is a place where you combine some riding and some beach/island hopping activity while the north is the pure road riders paradise.
You can click to open the map into it’s own browser window to then access the map legend. I have added some photos below of a few of the roads and you can read my ride reports there in 2017 – 2015 – 2014 – 2013 to see more about the terrific riding experience there. (click each year to read) As you might notice many of the good roads are in the north around Chiang Mai. This is conveniently also where many motorcycle rental shops are located.
Of course it is not all about great roads (but this being a motorcycle blog I often focus on that). Thailand is famous for it’s food. The scenery is not the alps but always interesting and everything is affordable. From food, beer and hotels to the often most expensive part the motorcycle rentals which are still reasonably priced. It’s a wonderful destination as demonstrated by the record numbers of tourists that it attracts each year (about 30 million and climbing) and the 50% return rate for tourists that have already visited which is very high and dwarfs places like Vietnam with a 5% return rate reflecting how tourists are treated in Thailand Vs Vietnam perhaps.
Anyway my previous posts detail much more about fly/rent/ride in Thailand so here are just a few photos to tempt.
The most famous 1148
The amazing 1081 north of Nan
The incredible route 12
Autumn like colour leaves on 1168
High mountain pass 1256
The incredible 108 and the MHS loop
Even non famous roads are curvy, the 118
And so on it goes!