Touring S.E. Asia – Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia… Exotic Destinations, Amazing Landscapes & Cultural Experiences

S.E. Asia’s Highways Traverse Endless Mountains Ranges…

The eastern foothills of the Himalays extend into northern  Thailand and Laos - offering roller-coaster  roads that soar through jungles, past waterfalls & caves...


Day & Overnight Loop Rides across Northern Thailand…

Big bike road trips on a variety of loops, through mountains & foothills, temperate forests, emerald green rice paddies and provincial towns...


Extraordinary Festivals – Spectacles of Colour and Culture

Enjoy incredibly colourful and fascinating events like the Doi Hua Mae Kham Hill Tribe & Sunflower Festival in a hidden corner of the Golden Triangle ...


Past Spectacular Temples in Stunning Settings

S.E Asia is blessed with an abundance of beautiful Buddhist temples in various styles. Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai is a lovely example...


S.E. Asia’s Winding Roads Go On Forever – across Laos…

Through the limestone karst mountains and steep-sided river valleys of land-locked Laos, back country roads pass peaceful hill tribe villages & smiling peoples...


Across the Surreal Landscape of the Plain of Jars

Eerie empty stone jars lay strewn in abundance across this intriguing Laos landscape, as far as the eye can see...


Riverside Rest and a Cold Beer Laos…

Late evening sunlight means its the end of a hard day's ride, and finally Beer o'clock at a riverside vantage point...


All the Way to the Sapa Highlands of Vietnam

The lush green rice fields, mountainous terrain, hill tribes and cooler climate make the Sapa Highlands of Vietnam a premier tourism destination...



Looking for that great motorbike touring holiday in an exotic south-east Asian country? Northern Thailand's Golden Triangle or Mae Hong Son Loop, the Laos PDR and Vietnam are where it’s at for a brilliant motorcycle touring holiday in S.E. Asia...

The GT Rider website's tour information is designed to help you plan a safe and enjoyable motorcycling touring holiday, no matter where you are from or what bike you prefer to ride. Work your way through the site to gather all the right info and plan a great trip. Information provided covers;
» Motorcycle rental or purchase
» Motorcycles & Insurance
» The best guide maps
» Recommended routes
» Trip Planning Guides
» GPS Tracks

Plus, under touring overview, information for;
» Traffic & roads
» Weather
» Touring tips & riding safely
» International border crossings
» Motorcycle touring forums

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The touring forums now include accommodation & restaurant reviews, provided by GT-Rider membership, at both provincial and district levels;
» Chiang Mai
» Chiang Rai
» Mae Hong Son
» Nan
» North Thailand


GT Rider maps of Thailand & Laos maps are renowned as being the best touring maps around. All maps have been surveyed on the ground using a GPS, so they are guaranteed accurate, with;
» Precise Kilometre Distances
» Reliable road classifications
» Town names matched to road signs!
» Exact placement of local attractions
» Detailed and up-to-date City Maps
» Elevation profiles, perfect for cyclists
» Topography

GT Rider guide maps are laminated plastic and waterproof - almost indestructible and perfect for the rough & tumble of motorcycle touring & all adventurers.

GT Rider's Thailand and Laos guide maps are used by NGOs, local government officials & tour operators because of their accuracy & reliability.

The latest maps also provide links to additional provincial city and town information contained in the expanding GT Website Network.

GT Website Network

Look for additional touring information on our localised websites which highlight attractions, activities, accommodation and restaurant options across northern Thailand;
» Chiang Rai
» Phayao
» Nan
» Fang
» Doi Mae Salong
» Mae Hong Son

Latest GT-Rider News

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Lonely Planet Laos – 2014, New Edition

Lonely Planet’s new Laos edition was published in February 2014 and is now available in stores, as well as online, as an e-book (pdf, epub). GT-rider’s website and map are, again, mentioned as providing a “wealth of information” and being the “best all-purpose country map”. Here some quotes from the latest Lonely Planet Laos guide: […]

Thank you GTR

Received from Name: Grant Handley Email:  Subject: thank you GTR  Additional Details: Just wanted to drop a note of thanks, for the information that your website has provided to me, prior & during our trip around northern Thailand. We managed the Samoeng & Mae Hon Son Loops in the last week & now have […]

Entering Laos

The 4th Mekong Friendship Bridge between Thailand & Laos opened on 11.12.13 & has changed the dynamics of cross border travel by motorcycle in the region. GT Rider was the first official motorcyclist to ride across the bridge on 12.12.13, but it has all changed somewhat since then. You can read about the bridge opening, […]

Thailand Trip Planning

There are so many options for touring North Thailand it’s hard to know where to start. The GT Rider North Thailand trip planning outline explains the options of what routes to take,  which towns to stay in for night life or a quiet rural night. So before you go check out the GT Rider North […]


Myanmar Touring Forums

New Myanmar Trip Report Forums are now online at GT-Rider, see: Myanmar-Road-amp-Trip-Reports A growing interest in Myanmar is evident in recent posts, and the rapid opening up of Myanmar to tourism and business clearly makes it S.E. Asia’s new frontier. The photos and stories in the first Myanmar Trip Reports by GT-Rider members are evidence of […]