Thailand - Golden Triangle

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Thailand - Golden Triangle

If you think one of life's greatest pleasures is taking a motorcycle tour in an exotic land on fantastic roads over terrain you truly have to see to believe, then don't dare miss Asian Motorcycle Adventures' GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOTORCYCLE TOUR. Here's why: Not so long ago the GOLDEN TRIANGLE was considered the most notorious territory on our planet. This is where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet at a wide bend in the Mekong river. Opium drug lords, rebel armies, and gunrunners operated with impunity, far from any government's control.

Today, things are the exact opposite. Law and order rule. All the bad guys have been incarcerated, killed, or fled. The Golden Triangle has reverted back to its sleepy, centuries-old pastoral existence, albeit with more than their fair share of souvenir stands cashing in on a notorious past. The residue from this legacy is an extensive road system that just might be the finest collection of motorcycle roads anywhere on earth.  The specific reasons why such great motorcycle touring is found here is as follows:

Historically, Laos, Burma, and Thailand have not been the friendliest of neighbors. For its defense, Thailand built a network of major arteries that allows their army, along with all its heavy equipment, to move swiftly to any part of their rugged border if potential trouble threatens.
 
Uncle Sam also got into the act in Thailand and engineered many of the best north Thai roads in their crusade against drugs. To combat opium poppy production, the remotest cultivating areas in the mountains needed accessing. All these isolated valleys and remote canyons are now linked by roads and trails, and this has produced another network of great motorcycle roads.

Numerous hill tribe settlements have also done their bit for our motorcycle touring pleasure. Their villages tend to be perched on high ridges and mountain tops, and to each and every one leads a road, often only a dirt path best suited for horses, cattle, and, of course, off-road motorcycles.

We must also bless the Buddhist monks for many of the magical GOLDEN TRIANGLE roads. They have a passion for building their stunning temples on top of the most inaccessible peaks and at the most scenic and serene spots, and then they need access roads so adherents can come pay homage with them to Lord Buddha.

Numerous hilltribe settlements did their bit for our motorcycle touring pleasure. Their villages tend to be perched on lofty ridges and mountain tops, and to each and every one leads a road, often only a dirt path best suited for horses, cattle, and, of course, off-road motorcycles. Their agricultural fields are also crisscrossed by dual-and-single-track paths, almost as if they were designed with trail bike riding in mind.

A labyrinth of logging trails snake through this lush landscape. With all commercial logging banned since 1989, these abandoned tracks are ours alone to transport us deep into the interior forests where nature is gradually erasing all signs of man. Just be on the lookout for wild elephants!

But the real icing on this motorcycle touring cake is the geography of the land. Northern Thailand is covered by the foothills of the Himalayas, the Mother of all Mountain Ranges. All these GOLDEN TRIANGLE roads cut across, around, up and down a very, very wild topography. A straight line barely exists in these parts, and this makes for unadulterated motorcycle touring pleasure.

Since most of these roads start and end in the middle of nowhere, hardly anyone uses them and there is virtually no traffic. As good as the riding is, the off-bike activities give it formidable competition. The GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOTORCYCLE TOUR brings our motorcycles to places far off the tourist trail where you will see and do fabulous things. Few of our stops are even mentioned in the most comprehensive guidebooks.

Total length of this tour is 2,000+ kilometers; 1,200+ miles.

Organised by Asian Motorcycle Adventures

Thailand - Golden Triangle


Overview

Thailand - Golden Triangle

If you think one of life's greatest pleasures is taking a motorcycle tour in an exotic land on fantastic roads over terrain you truly have to see to believe, then don't dare miss Asian Motorcycle Adventures' GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOTORCYCLE TOUR. Here's why: Not so long ago the GOLDEN TRIANGLE was considered the most notorious territory on our planet. This is where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet at a wide bend in the Mekong river. Opium drug lords, rebel armies, and gunrunners operated with impunity, far from any government's control.

Today, things are the exact opposite. Law and order rule. All the bad guys have been incarcerated, killed, or fled. The Golden Triangle has reverted back to its sleepy, centuries-old pastoral existence, albeit with more than their fair share of souvenir stands cashing in on a notorious past. The residue from this legacy is an extensive road system that just might be the finest collection of motorcycle roads anywhere on earth.  The specific reasons why such great motorcycle touring is found here is as follows:

Historically, Laos, Burma, and Thailand have not been the friendliest of neighbors. For its defense, Thailand built a network of major arteries that allows their army, along with all its heavy equipment, to move swiftly to any part of their rugged border if potential trouble threatens.
 
Uncle Sam also got into the act in Thailand and engineered many of the best north Thai roads in their crusade against drugs. To combat opium poppy production, the remotest cultivating areas in the mountains needed accessing. All these isolated valleys and remote canyons are now linked by roads and trails, and this has produced another network of great motorcycle roads.

Numerous hill tribe settlements have also done their bit for our motorcycle touring pleasure. Their villages tend to be perched on high ridges and mountain tops, and to each and every one leads a road, often only a dirt path best suited for horses, cattle, and, of course, off-road motorcycles.

We must also bless the Buddhist monks for many of the magical GOLDEN TRIANGLE roads. They have a passion for building their stunning temples on top of the most inaccessible peaks and at the most scenic and serene spots, and then they need access roads so adherents can come pay homage with them to Lord Buddha.

Numerous hilltribe settlements did their bit for our motorcycle touring pleasure. Their villages tend to be perched on lofty ridges and mountain tops, and to each and every one leads a road, often only a dirt path best suited for horses, cattle, and, of course, off-road motorcycles. Their agricultural fields are also crisscrossed by dual-and-single-track paths, almost as if they were designed with trail bike riding in mind.

A labyrinth of logging trails snake through this lush landscape. With all commercial logging banned since 1989, these abandoned tracks are ours alone to transport us deep into the interior forests where nature is gradually erasing all signs of man. Just be on the lookout for wild elephants!

But the real icing on this motorcycle touring cake is the geography of the land. Northern Thailand is covered by the foothills of the Himalayas, the Mother of all Mountain Ranges. All these GOLDEN TRIANGLE roads cut across, around, up and down a very, very wild topography. A straight line barely exists in these parts, and this makes for unadulterated motorcycle touring pleasure.

Since most of these roads start and end in the middle of nowhere, hardly anyone uses them and there is virtually no traffic. As good as the riding is, the off-bike activities give it formidable competition. The GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOTORCYCLE TOUR brings our motorcycles to places far off the tourist trail where you will see and do fabulous things. Few of our stops are even mentioned in the most comprehensive guidebooks.

Total length of this tour is 2,000+ kilometers; 1,200+ miles.

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  • 5-7
  • 6-8
  • 7-9

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