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Now you have selected your Triumph Tour in Thailand and your adventure holiday, you need to make an inquiry and then the confirmed booking and make sure we can fulfill your motorcycle tour requirements.
The information in the following section is a guide to help you book your Triumph bike tour, arrange your travel and other documentary requirements.
Many airlines fly into Bangkok from around the world, some direct and some with a short stopover.
Most recently, Qatar Airlines operate flights direct into Chiang Mai from Doha (which is well connected from Europe).
Where is Chiang Mai?
Despite its relatively small size, Chiang Mai truly has it all. Located 700 km (435 miles) north of Bangkok in a verdant valley on the banks of the Ping River, Chiang Mai was founded in 1296 as the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom.
Is insurance included?
Basic Thai motor insurance is included.
This does not pay for damage to the bike.
As the rider you are responsible for any bike damage.
A 10,000 baht Bike excess deposit must be paid in cash before the tour commences.
This excess deposit will be paid back in full if there is no damage to the bike.
A full British (or other local or international) driving license that allows you to ride unlimited cc motorcycles is required.
You should have with you all licenses at all times. An international driving permit from your country is compulsory, usually obtained from a major post office or AA, AAA or RAC
What about licenses?
For driving and riding in Thailand you need an International Driving Permit (IDP)1949, as well as your British (or your country of origin) license (both parts).
For UK riders: You can get your IDP from many main post offices in person see notes below from The AA website
Applying for an IDP at a Post Office
Personal applications for an IDP can be made at selected Post Office® branches.
You must apply in person (no third-party applications).
You must complete an application form available from the Post Office®, and produce one of the following ORIGINAL valid documents:
Your UK driving licence (if photocard licence then photocard and counterpart)
Your UK pass certificate (certificate of competence to drive, valid for two years from the date of your test), together with your provisional driving licence.
This document must be accompanied by a recent passport-sized photograph (see photograph checklist on the application form ) on photographic paper, signed on the back by you and showing full face against a light background, together with some other acceptable signed proof of identity (eg passport).
There are no other circumstances under which an IDP can be issued at a Post Office®.
Payment to the Post Office® may be made by cash or cheque. If by cheque this should be made payable to “Post Office Ltd” and supported by a cheque guarantee card. Payment cards (credit/charge/debit) are not accepted for these transactions. A 20% deposit will be required with your completed booking forms.
Booking and deposits
If your booking is a group booking we would prefer 1 combined deposit not 1 deposit for each rider.
1 booking form to be completed per rider.
A further 20% 2nd payment will be required 60 days before the tour start date and the final balance to be received 7 days before the tour start date
Deposits and balances can be paid via:
PayPal (5% charge) you don”t even need a Paypal account to do this!! it’s by far the safest, fully insured and guaranteed.
Cheque or bank transfer.
Do I need a Visa to enter Thailand?
People traveling from 43 countries (UK is one of them) – are not required to obtain a visa in their home country before entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days on each visit. If your stay is longer than 30 days please visit www.thaiconsul-uk.com all the information you need is there.
How much spending money will I need?
Not a lot as virtually everything is sorted by us. Alcohol, gifts, evening entertainment and tips are not included, a half pint of draft beer is about £1 and bottled imported beer is about £1.50.
Thai Baht is the currency but don’t get it in Europe wait till you get to Thailand you will get a better rate although ATM machines do charge about £5 per transaction.
What biking gear do I need to bring?
Remember it’s going to be hot so leathers and thermal lined kit is definitely not required however you do need to be protected both from the sun and any possible mishaps, also tree branches and bugs need to be kept out.
You need the lightest gloves you can buy (motocross gloves are ideal), goggles or tinted visors or sunglasses are an absolute must, combat trousers are loose enough for comfort but offer little protection but if they are worn over protection they will do the job, jeans are normally too hot and will stick to your legs.
I use motocross style clothing and helmets for all tours as it’s really comfortable, it breathes and it’s light. I have an enduro jacket that is totally breathable but has protection too which I wear on the road tours.
Sturdy walking style boots or army boots are a substitute for biking boots I often wear short motocross paddock style boots.
I always wear full body armour including knee shin and hip pads.
What about road hazards?
Driving is on the left the same as the UK, however being really aware of all road users is the order of the day, anticipate the most hideous road rules and you’re halfway there.
Many folk think Thai’s are bad drivers personally I think they are very bike aware and because they all know this, the traffic seems to flow quite well.
We will have a full briefing about this in our team briefing before the tour.
Pot holes wash outs and disappearing roads and collapsed bridges are normal sights.
Buffalo and cows are also very common grazing or asleep on the road and if you see a thai dog in the road be sure it ain’t gonna move for you!!!
Thailand is 230 v and you will need a 2 pin adapter (European)
Thai cultural tips, how to get along with the locals.
Smile and be courteous
Thai’s generally don’t like confrontation and aggressive behaviour, please remember this at all times and remember we are riding often on their territory, a smile and a wave goes down a storm.
Do not touch people on the head.
Keep your feet on the ground, showing the soles of your feet is massively disrespectful.
Transfer from Chiang Mai airport or railway station (to your hotel)
Welcome group meal and briefing
Tuk Tuk and taxi fares whilst out with the group.
Accommodation the night before the riding starts and the night the riding ends (in Chiang Mai)
Approx 100-200km riding per day (off road tours).
250-450 kms (on road) of riding each day.
Lots of photo opportunities.
All accommodation throughout the tour is based on single occupancy.
All meals throughout the tour: breakfast, morning tea, lunch afternoon tea and evening meal.
Motorbike Hire (fully checked) including fuel and oil.
Biking gear is available although you may prefer to bring your own.
English rider with every tour (me).
Thai tour guide registered with Thai tourist authority( fluent English).
Thai support truck driver (fluent English).
Support truck with spares carrying luggage.
Tea coffee making facility and cold canned drinks.
3rd party insurance excluding bike damage, £250 bike deposit required) any bike damage must be paid for by the rider.
All entrance fees to national parks etc.
What’s not included?
Flights into Bangkok or Chiang Mai from anywhere in the world.
Travel insurance and medical insurance (see note 4 in terms and conditions)
Snacks or drinks bought from petrol stations or gifts and souvenirs.
Tips or gratuities?
These are at your discretion for any of the places you go, if you’re not sure how much is normal ask us.
How to pay?
We now accept tour deposit and balance payments via Transferwise , you can use credit or debit cards to make your payment, please see the link and registering information below.
It will save you and us money and that’s always a good thing.