Packing & What To Wear

Every rider will pack too much on their first tour, but it's important to get the essentials correct and not bring along items you will never use.

It’s very common to pack far too much kit because we want to cover every eventuality. So we are here to help you decide what you should leave in and what you should take out. Aim to pack light and fold your clothes correctly as this can save a lot of space.

Nothing can beat the gear you own, as it was chosen for your size and fit. However, we do understand riding gear takes up a lot of space, and we have some gear for customer use should you need a few items to complete your outfit. Please contact us before arrival if you plan to use some of the gear available at Ace Tours Thailand.

You will generally carry very little on the bike itself, as we have a support vehicle that can carry the main luggage. But please don't come with 3 suitcases!

Motorcycle Equipment

You are encouraged to bring your own bike gear and helmet, but please bear in mind the hot humid climate, so heavy leathers will prove uncomfortable. If you prefer not to bring every piece of personal gear, we can provide:-

  • Vented helmet.
  • Gloves.
  • Mesh motorcycle jacket.
  • Mesh motorcycle trousers.
  • Vented motorcycle boots.

The Essentials

It depends on the tour duration, but let's just say you are heading off on a 5-day tour around the northern loops. You’d want to be comfortable, dry and cool. Quality underwear, t-shirts, shorts, and trousers made from technical wicking fabrics are preferred. Evening temperatures will rarely fall below 20 degrees Celsius. The winter months can see some temperatures as low as 10 degrees in mountainous areas, so a light fleece or technical jacket will come in handy. Laundry services may or may not be available overnight, so it's best to wear clothes that are easy to wash and dry.

  • Small travel size bottle of hand wash detergent.
  • High factor sunscreen.
  • Mosquito spray (Jungle formula).
  • A pair of flip flops or sandals.
  • A pair of rugged trainers.
  • One waterproof lightweight jacket will keep you dry if you’re off the bike.
  • A lightweight, warm mid-layer fleece will keep you warm (December - March)
  • A pair of shorts and one pair of tech trousers (ideally with zip-off legs).
  • Cameras and camera equipment.
  • A battery power pack for your phone.
  • SD cards for your cameras.
  • Medication – such as prescriptions, pain killers, antihistamine etc. All in original packaging.
  • Lip balm.
  • Spectacles – A spare pair if you need them for riding.
  • UV sunglasses (there are some excellent brands specific to biking).
  • Swimming gear.
  • Paperwork (eg. insurance certificate)
  • Passport, driving licence.
  • Money and credit cards.

Don't bring very expensive watches or items of jewelry.

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What not to bring

Some things may be illegal in Thailand that may be legal in your own country. The punishments for contraband or illegal items are severe. and you may face fines or imprisonment. Examples would include:

  • Vaping fluids
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Weapons such as knifes and firearms.
  • Recreational drugs
  • Steroids
  • Cannabis resin or oil.
  • Some amphetamines. If your prescription medicines fall into certain categories, it can be regarded as Class A drugs and possession carries the same penalty as heroin
  • Items of clothing (t-shirts, caps etc) that are offensive to the government or Monarchy, breaking Lese Majeste laws.
  • Items of clothing that display drugs or alcohol.
  • Pictures or statues of Buddah
  • Drones (licencing drones is very difficult and there are severe restrictions where they can fly).
  • Playing cards or poker chips.
  • The possession of more than 200 cigarettes.
  • Any item made from ivory.
  • Certain fake goods.
  • Pornography
  • Counterfeit notes and coins

You are also required to declare medications brought in and out of Thailand; including the written prescriptions signed by a licensed physician, the original prescription bottles or containers, and any other documents related to the medication.


We offer tailored motorcycle tours in Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. Fully guided and supported motorcycle tours. From budget touring to 5-star luxury motorcycle tours, we are your complete tour concierge service

  • Family-friendly.
  • Fully insured.
  • TAT licenced.

Contact Ace Tours

Tel:  +66 0909 180 436 (TH)
Tel:  +44 t.b.a  (UK)

Ace Bike Tours Office
365/8 Tambon Nong Phueng
Amphur Saraphi
Chiang Mai
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