Motorcycle Through Northern Thailand

Whistle While You Wander By: The infamous—and cinematically famous—bridge on the River Kwai, part of Avalon's Grand Tour itinerary (PhotoDisc)
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In many respects, Thailand is made for motorcycle travel. From the winding roads riddled with potholes to the ease that comes with traveling light in the tropics, this is one of the best ways to get closer to the real Thailand. And while you could rent or buy a two-wheeler upon arrival, to lessen the hassles of finding places to eat, stay, and getting that front suspension fixed after a long day in the saddle, we heartily recommend signing up with Avalon Tours. Their small-group tours (no more than eight motorcycles) typically take two weeks, covering roughly 1,400 miles. The Grand Tour, one of the best, takes you into the Northern Hill Tribes, through rainforests and past waterfalls, and to ancient temples in the Chiang Mai region, the night market in Tak, and the famous River Kwai Bridge. Avalon Tours documents the entire experience and gives you a photo CD of your escapades at the end of the trip. Two-week, all-inclusive tours are offered every month, and special requests, including specific destinations, can be accommodated.
Contact Info: 270.738.0112; www.geocities.com/avalon_th/


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