On A Loop: A Bike Ride Across Thailand

On A Loop: A Bike Ride Across Thailand

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Hidden behind the glitz, glamour and beaches of Thailand lies a Thailand unknown to the world. A Thailand full of mountains, culture and traditions…come explore this part with Saurabh Khanvilkar. Actually no, he was too busy doing god knows what so here’s Sarah Merchant telling his story.

Photo credit: Mohit Khushalani 

Northern Thailand Trip 360

Ever since our in-house traveller, Saurabh Khanvilkar, got back from his biking expedition in Northern Thailand, he’s been raving about his experiences there! If having the best time wasn’t enough, he came back with pictures that made us cry. Take a look, while I go pester him to let me ride pillion next time.

Saurabh’s love affair with Thailand started with this bike! Apparently, it’s his dream bike or something, I zoned out when it came to the technical part.

Northern Thailand Biking Expedition

His first pit stop was at this gorgeous waterfall which he conveniently forgot the name of. But we did some research and this mighty waterfall is called Vachiratharn. It’s 80 meters high!

Vachiratharn Waterfall in Thailand

One of the things Saurabh constantly brags about! The ride to Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand.

Doi Inathon Highest mountain in Thailand

Such an interesting way to park boats, no?

Northern Thailand Biking Expedition

Saurabh made me add this photo just because he thinks he looks good here. Anyway, the boat ride ends at the Kayan long-neck village.

Northern Thailand Biking Expedition

Welcome to the Kayan long neck village

Long Neck Village in Thailand

“Always seen them in travel magazines, never imagined meeting them!” – Saurabh. The women here wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins.

The women in long neck village

And the biggest and the baddest and the most amazing road of all! The Mae Hong Son Loop with 1864 bends! *Saurabh screams with excitement in the background* (Every single time!)

The Mae Hong Son Loop in Thailand

A little detour to Ban Rak Thai (literally “the Thai-loving village”) is a welcome change from all the hairpin bends. Built around a lake on the Myanmar border, this village has over 800 Chinese immigrants who settled here after the communist takeover of China.

Northern Thailand Trip 360

Back again at them bends.

Northern Thailand Biking Expedition

“The strawberries here were so good!” But don’t take my word for it. Apparently they were so delicious, Saurabh ate them all before they got to us.

Northern Thailand Biking Expedition

This bridge was built by the Japanese during World War I.

Northern Thailand Biking Expedition

Behind the scooter is a box where you leave 5 Baht every time you click a photo with it. PS: It’s not mandatory. Saurabh says he put some but we’re not so sure! 😛

Northern Thailand Trip 360

Chiang Mai is dotted with such cafes. Such good photo locations *sigh*

Northern Thailand Biking Expedition

No idea what he is up to here!

Northern Thailand Biking Expedition

The food!

Northern Thailand Biking Expedition

The fooooddd

Street food in Northern Thailand Trip 360

The food makes us cry!

Food in northern thailand

Just look at this dessert

Food in northern thailand

and the night life too..

Nightlife in Chiang Mai

*crying* We missed out on this trip but you can still go for it.

Interested in a biking expedition across Thailand? Write to us at [email protected] or call us at 1800 123 6898

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