THE PAGODA RIDE

THE PAGODA RIDE

Overview

Are you ready to ride/ drive on the newly opened trilateral ‘Asia Highway’ & make history, if yes then read on.

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the-dream-ride-12Our Signature motorbike tour is specially designed for people who want to see the beauty of Myanmar & Thailand at a relaxed pace over a period of two (2+) weeks.

We start in Imphal (Manipur) and end in Bangkok (Thailand). For people who are coming from outside India/ other states, you are required to be in Imphal, one (1) day prior to the departure of your tour.

You may choose to go on one of our fixed departure dates if you are an individual. However, if you are group of eight (6) or more friends then we can do a custom tailor made tour for you as well, the dates for which can be at your convenience.

This is the most well researched itinerary that we have chosen after our one month long recce (survey) ride to Myanmar – Laos – Cambodia – Thailand in Jan – Feb 2016. See all pics here 🙂.

We can help you in arranging a reliable logistics services company (http://www.gatikwe.com) to pick up your motorbike from anywhere in India and delivering it to the team hotel at Imphal.

If you want a motorbike on rent from Delhi then please inform us separately, we will help you in arranging a good quality reliable motorbike from one of our trusted vendors.

If you have your own motorbike then it’s recommended to courier it to Imphal using the logistics services company (http://www.gatikwe.com), they take about 15 - 20 days to ship to Imphal from almost anywhere in India.

You can either ride single or have your partner as pillion. She also has a choice to hop on/ off between your motorbike and the SUV for added comfort. We mostly run mixed tours – SUV’s and motor-bikers go together.

 

What we Provide

  • All accommodation for 16 nights {from 1st Night at Imphal till 16th Night at Bangkok} (twin/ triple sharing basis) in comfortable hotels in scenic & off beat locations.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at gourmet eating joints on the way.
  • Chai/ Coffee & cookies twice a day (11am & 5pm).
  • Inner Line Permits and Wildlife fees for restricted areas for Indian Nationals.
  • Visas for Myanmar & Thailand.
  • Special overland permits & permissions to ride/ drive in Myanmar & Thailand.
  • Temporary import of bike/ car in Myanmar & Thailand.
  • Temporary driving license to ride/ drive in Myanmar.
  • Liaison officer from the Myanmar Ministry of Tourism.
  • Basic First Aid Kit & medicines.
  • Services of certified & experienced English speaking guides/ instructors for high altitude trekking/ biking/ jeep safaris.
  • Services of Wilderness Medicine Institute Certified guides/ instructors from NOLS,USA http://www.nols.edu/wmi.
  • A comprehensive health, accident, medical, repatriation complete cover insurance for the duration of the trip, provided by https://www.worldnomads.com.
  • Minivan/ pick-up truck (Hilux or similar) from Imphal to Bangkok/ 15 days.
  • All fuel as per the itinerary above.

Exclusions

  • Service Tax @ 3.625%
  • Flights to Imphal & from Bangkok.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Motorcycle shipping to Imphal & from Bangkok.
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, internet, wifi, telephone/ fax calls, bed tea, mineral water, aerated/ alcoholic beverages, juices, entrance and camera fee at monuments/ museums, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
  • Any item, activity or facility other than clearly mentioned within the inclusions & itinerary above.
  • Cost of spare parts of any kind as & when used.
  • Traffic fines, vehicle servicing & or maintenance etc.
  • The cost of motorbike rental (if applicable).
  • Any entry fees, any tips, porter/ pony charges or any other expenses incurred by the participants during the sightseeing, rafting, paragliding trips, other than as clearly mentioned within the inclusions and itinerary.
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/ change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond our control.
  • Additional accommodation & or food charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey.

Other Terms and Conditions

  • 100% Payment in advance.
  • The program schedule / route/ mode of transport might be changed due to unforeseen circumstances or for the safety of the group; the decision of the Program Director and/ or the Field director will be final & binding in this regard.
  • In case any participant falls sick during the tour, the expenses for medical treatment, travel & porter charges etc. will be borne by the concerned individual.
  • During the tour, the decision of the Program Director and/ or the Field director will be final and binding
  • I AM ADVENTURE shall not be held responsible for any accident, illness and loss of valuables or such other unforeseen events during the tour.

FULL ITINERARY
DURATION: 17 Days

Day 01

Reporting at Imphal & Orientation, stay at hotel in Imphal
We get together in Manipur’s capital city of Imphal & meet our fellow travellers. Trust us when we tell you, you will shake hands with strangers today but on the last day of the journey, you will be hugging these same people!!! A getting to know each other & safety briefing session in evening over some masala chai & local Manipuri dinner :).

Day 02

Imphal to Moreh border (110 km), Tamu border to Kale (120 km), stay at hotel in Kale
Today we ride/ drive through the beautiful mountains to reach Moreh, the last town on the
Indian side, bordering Myanmar. After exit formalities, we enter Myanmar through the Indo –
Myanmar friendship bridge/ road. Post the entry formalities on the other side of the border, we
are all set to ride into the Land of Pagodas :).

Day 03

Kale to Monywa (340 km), stay at hotel in Monywa
Scenic ride through villages, mountains, curves to keep you busy throughout the day!!
Don’t get scared by reading this…..Myanmas are very very friendly people :).
Once in Monywa, visit the colourful Thanbuddhyi Pagoda which is home to more than 500,000
images of Buddha and the Hiaungdawmu Buddha, the second largest reclining Buddha in
Burma.

Day 04

Monywa – Pakokku - Bagan (160 km), stay at hotel in Bagan
As we start the ride today, get ready for some dusty roads & river crossings. It’s a challenging
day 🙂 Bagan is the temple city of Myanmar, with thousands of temples & pagodas around.
The Ayeyarwady river drifts past it’s northern & western sides.

Day 05

Bagan to Naypyidaw (250 km), stay at hotel in Naypyidaw
Welcome to the country’s new capital city!!! In 2005, the capital was shifted from Yangon to a more central city, Naypyidaw :). Most government ministries & their staff has been relocated here. It’s a grand - big city, literally meaning Royal City of the Sun.

Day 06

Naypyidaw to Golden Rock (400 km), stay at hotel in Golden Rock
After an early morning hearty breakfast, we set out for a long day on the road. Mountains will be by your side throughout the day. Hit the BIG ROAD = The Yangon Mandalay expressway & ride as fast as your bike would go…

Day 07

Rest day/ Bike check up/ Local Sightseeing in Golden Rock
We will admit it: a giant gilded rock on the top of a mountain seems like an odd, perhaps even gaudy, destination. But there really is something special about the boulder stupa of Kyaiktiyo.

Day 08

Golden Rock to Myawaddy border (290 km), Myawaddy border to Mae Sot border (10 km), stay at hotel in Mae Sot
Today is our last day in Myanmar, we ride towards the Myawaddy border & after exit formalities on this side, & entry formalities on the other side, enter the awesome Thailand!

Day 09

Mae Sot to Chiang Mai (360 km), stay at hotel in Chiang Mai
Get wow’d with the quality of roads in Thailand & the awesome traffic sense!!! Riding these roads is a breeze & stress free……4 – 5 hours to cover this distance today :).

Day 10

Rest day/ Bike check up/ Local Sightseeing in Chiang Mai
Thailand’s northern capital is an escape from the whirlwind pace of life of its southern rival. Despite the constant arrival of planes and trains full of sightseers, the former seat of the Lanna kingdom is still blissfully calm and laid-back. This is a place to relax after the chaos of Bangkok and recharge your batteries with fabulous food and leisurely wandering. If you don't want to participate in the vast array of activities on offer, just stroll around the backstreets, and discover a city that is still firmly Thai in its aspect, atmosphere, and attitude.

World Famous: Mae Hong Song Loop Start

Day 11

Chiang Mai – Chiang Dao - Pai (210 km), stay at hotel in Pai
This magnificent stretch of road north of Mae Rim really sets the scene for this journey. Although many riders taking the north route head straight to Pai, the 80km deviation to Chiang Dao, a sleepy town nestled amongst a ring of vast limestone cliffs, is well worth the effort. The tarmac on this stretch, which winds its way through open expanses of verdant farmland and dusty towns, to sky-high gorges and vine-covered rocky outcrops, is in great condition, which is helpful if you’re still getting used to being on a bike.

Day 12

Pai – Soppong – Mae Aw/ Ban Rak Thai (125 km), stay at hotel in Ban Rak Thai
The most scenic stretch of road on the loop lies just beyond Pai – think sharp hairpins and epic panoramas, across a landscape that could be mistaken for the set of Jurassic Park. Charming little Soppong is worth a stop, if just for a coffee. A muddy river runs along the lower flank of the town, which is lovely to watch from the precariously cantilevered terrace at the Soppong River Inn. With a ‘20s jazz soundtrack wafting down from the cafe it’s an ideal spot to recuperate.
Sixteen kilometers outside Mae Hong Son, just after the turnoff to Fish Cave, is a small right fork onto a concrete road. Turn off and glide through the paddies toward the Chinese outpost village of Mae Aw, also known as Ban Rak Thai, right on the border with Myanmar. A short while into the 40km stretch, the scenery will feel reminiscent of medieval China; tea plantations are laid out across the wild scrubland in a patchwork of browns and dark greens, Mandarin scripture covers wooden teahouses and, as you reach the village itself, a serene glassy lake comes quietly into view. Get yourself a steaming cup of Chinese black tea and enjoy the tranquility.

Day 13

Ban Rak Thai – Khun Yuam – Mae Sariang – Mae Chaem (200km), Stay at hotel in Mae Chaem
Once you hit Mae Hong Son town ('City of Three Mists') the road seems to level out. Hairpins change into sweeping racetrack curves, which are exceptionally fun to ride.

Khun Yuam, 85km south of Mae Hong Son town, is a stopping point for one main reason: a moment of deliberation. Continue south and onto the open plains of Mae Sariang or head inland.
Mae Chaem is the last chance saloon town before the long climb to the summit of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s tallest mountain. It’s a good spot to refuel both the bikes and yourself for the evening.

Day 14

Mae Chaem – Doi Inthanon – Sukhothai (380 km), stay at Hotel in Sukhothai
Located halfway between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Kamphaeng Phet translates as ‘Diamond Wall’, a reference to the apparent strength of this formerly walled city’s protective barrier. This level of security was necessary, as the city helped to protect the Sukhothai and later Ayuthaya kingdoms against attacks from Burma. Parts of the wall can still be seen today, as well as impressive ruins of several religious structures. The modern city stretches along a shallow section of Mae Nam Ping and is one of Thailand’s pleasanter provincial capitals.

Mae Hong Song Loop End

Day 15

Sukhothai to Bangkok (450 km), stay at hotel in Bangkok
Same same, but different. This Thailish T-shirt philosophy sums up Bangkok, a city where the familiar and the exotic collide like the flavours on a plate of pàt tai.

Welcome to the mad-traffic-jam city!!!

Day 16

Rest day in Bangkok/ local sightseeing/ ship bikes back home
After a lazy start to the day, we finish shipping our bikes & then go for local sightseeing!! Khao San Street/ Mega malls/ nightlife……we do it all in a day’s time!!! Oh yes & we also go on a river dinner cruise today :).

Day 17

All HEROS fly out to home cities with happy memories!!!

GAME OVER. Tour Concludes.

EXPERIENCES

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Day 2

PHOTO GALLERY

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