This 8 day, Myanmar motorcycle tour takes us out of Thailand & to the wildest, lawless town in Myanmar, at the China border – Mongla.
Xiaomengla (小勐拉) or Mongla as it’s commonly known, grew from a small town in the early 1990’s, to a multi million dollar, mafia run, crazy township that it is today. Through gambling, prostitution, smuggling & narcotics, with protection money paid to the Myanmar, Kachin military, the town booms.
If you think this is an exaggeration, take a look at the Mongla video below!
With gambling illegal in China, Mongla over the border in Myanmar, attracts 1000’s of visitors every day, indulging in all kinds of questionable activities, there’s even an exotic animal market (photo & video is prohibited), one of the most fascinating towns I’ve ever been to.
After a fantastic days riding through Thailand, It’s then a beautiful ride through the Shan State mountains, in Myanmar, with great curves. So if you’re looking for a really unique motorcycle tour in Asia, you can’t beat this one for sure.
8 day tour – USD$ 2,095 All inclusive.
Chiang Mai, Thailand to Chiang Rai, Thailand (320 km)
We will leave Chiang Mai (Thailand) & ride some of the best curves in Thailand, +300km’s of fun, spending the night in Chiang Rai (Thailand).
Chiang Rai, Thailand to Tachilek, Myanmar (100 km)
We head for the Thai/ Myanmar international border crossing to deal with the Myanmar entry formalities. Most of the paperwork has been processed by our ground handlers in advance, so usually a painless process. After entering Myanmar, we will visit some unique history in the border town of Tachilek, Myanmar, with great views of the surrounding areas. We spend the night in Tachilek, ready for the ride north the next day.
Tachilek, Myanmar to Kengtung, Myanmar (160 km)
Today we ride north through numerous ethnic villages towards the ancient, 14th century town of Kengtung (Chiang Tung). Along the way, weather permitting, we will ride to some untouched, Akha Hilltribe villages in the mountains. It’s a very prosperous region, which produces teak, sugarcane, rice & tea. Kengtung has a fabulous market with lots of different ethnic & historic artifacts, ranging from Akha Hilltribe attire, right through to old, imperial British coins. There are some beautiful temples in Kengtung that shouldn’t be missed.
Kengtung, Myanmar to Mongla, Myanmar (90 km)
A beautiful, windey ride through the mountains, north to the crazy city of Mongla.
There are many military checkpoints along way, then we enter the Kingdom of Mongla.
Entering the big city of Mongla, we will spend two nights here, so that we can have a good look around. It’s a very unique, special place, like nothing you will see elsewhere in the world.
Mongla rest/ exploring day
There’s too much to see here, so we spend a full day here (2 nights in Mongla) taking a look around. You have to be open-minded as you will see things that some will feel is shocking. Various animals being shown for consumption in restaurants, obscure animal ancient medicines & liquor containing tiger carcasses & snakes are common in Mongla.
Mongla, Myanmar to Tachilek, Myanmar 240 km
We ride south back towards Tachilek, making this a full day, fun ride, back to the Myanmar/ Thai international border.
Tachilek, Myanmar to Thaton, Thailand 160 km
We leave Myanmar & take the superb border roads, through the mountains towards the river town of Thaton, where there is excellent accommodation and food. The small border roads offer some of the best motorcycle riding in Thailand
Thaton, Thailand to Chiang Mai, Thailand 250 km
The last day of this fun packed motorcycle tour & we ride the mountain roads back towards Chiang Mai.
END OF TOUR
A video of the riding: