Welcome to On The Road Thailand (OTRT)!
An independent expat survival guide and website for bikers living in Thailand. We focus on the issues and challenges the farang population faces. Originally just a bikers guide we now place an emphasis on expatriate issues.
Focusing on all areas including the Golden Triangle, Bangkok, Isaan and surrounding provinces. The North of Thailand is the best in all of Asia for motorbike touring and famous for it's mountain trails. In this guide popular routes are covered and locations revealed. Using this resource you can access bike routes, information, images and insider info from across Thailand to aid you in your travels and living.
Thailand is a large country featuring highlands in the North of the country where the borders with Laos and Burma (Myanmar) meet at a place known as the point of the 'Golden Triangle.' Chang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand and was formerly a capital in her own right.
Journeying south towards Phitsanulok the fertile rice plains that stretch in all directions become more apparent. Kamphaeng Pet and Nakhon Sawan are predominant areas in this agricultural powerhouse of Thailand.
To the East lies what is considered by many to be north-eastern region of Thailand; Isaan. There are no less than eight provincial cities that make up this region. Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and the border town of Nong Khai to name but a few.
Just south of the former capital Ayuthya is Bangkok; The Capital City of Thailand.
Away to the west is Kanchanaburi, a popular spot for visitors to the Bridge over the River Kwai.
Nearby to the south-east is the infamous city of Pattaya and to the south-west is its tamer cousin Hua-Hin. (See Night-Life of Thailand).
Along the border with Thailand to the east is Cambodia with the border town of Arantha Prathet.
Moving further south along the peninsular past Hua-Hin the closeness of Burma becomes apparent as the border becomes a bottleneck not far from Prachuap Kiri-Kahn.
The Gulf of Thailand is easily accessible from the coastal city of Chumpon which has boat travel to the Islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phang-yan and Koh Samui (which also has a domestic airport).
Where the Thai peninsular starts to widen is the border city of Ranong. Then further south is where the popular island destination Phuket lies.
Continuing south (off map) are the cities of Hat Yai and Songkla eventually ending at the border towns of Sadao and Sungai Kolok nearbouring the Malaysian border.
For newcomers to Thailands biking scene we advise caution. Don't go renting a super-fast sportsbike and riding flat-out like a madman!
Attempting to conquer city-to-city times or long-range tours at very-high speeds leads to a messy outcome, believe me we've seen it and it ain't pretty.
Take your time, get used to the roads and ways before you take your chances. There's some lovely and unforgetable experiences to be had travelling Thailand on a motorbike.
You can travel by car too but in Thailand it's 4 wheels good, 2 wheels better...