Half day bike tour in Chiang Mai, Thailand
From the seat of a bicycle discover the charms of Old City Chiang Mai. Bike the back lanes and alleys to experience both the modern city and the ancient temples.
This bike tour runs in Chiang Mai.
Cycle the Historic Old City of Chiang Mai. An easy bike tour on the backstreets and small lanes inside the walls of Chiang Mai. The slow ride gives the biker an excellent opportunity to learn a bit about the long history and rich culture of Chiang Mai. This bike tour is good for families with young children.
On this bike tour you will visit Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai’s oldest temple. Admire the 700-year-old White Buddha at Wat Intakin. Cycle around Chiang Mai’s iconic Wat Chedi Luang. Pedal by the city gate at Tha Phae and wander the fruit and vegetable stalls of Somphet Market.
0.5 day duration
11 km distance
50% of tour price
Tour Features & Inclusions
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Top quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes with a water bottle and helmet are provided.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country.
Local snacks are provided during the tour, and clean water is always available to keep you well hydrated.
1 to 10
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 1 traveller. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
We have a range of kids sized bikes, tag-alongs and child seats so there's no reason to leave the kids at the hotel. And to help families we offer discounts to all children aged 15 years and below: Ages 0 to 4 years - 50% off / Ages 5 to 12 years - 30% off / Ages 13 to 15 years - 10% off
Tour Old City Chiang Mai
Gather at the Grasshopper Shop
Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures Shop near Chiang Mai Gate at 9:15am. The bike tour will depart at 9:30 am sharp. After a quick bike fitting and briefing we pedal away to discover the charms of Chiang Mai.
The biking is easy. It is a chill way to explore Chiang mai. Meandering the small lanes throughout the old city to visit some of the main sights of old Chiang Mai.
Tha Phae Gate
On the way towards the old city’s eastern gate we'll bike through many of the city’s quaint lanes. Tha Phae gate was once the entrance through which traders brought their wares into the city. At this beautifully restored gate learn about Chiang Mai's history as a trading hub.
From Tha Phae Gate bike to a nearby Somphet Market. Wander through the market learning a bit about Chiang Mai food and taste a few fruits and sweets while you are at it.
Wat Chiang Man
The next stop on the bike tour is Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai’s oldest temple, built in the auspicious Northeast corner of the old city. This is where the ancient Marble and Crystal Buddha images are enshrined.
The City Navel
Pedaling through Chiang Mai’s backstreets you will come to the cosmological heart of Chiang Mai is called the City Navel. Visit the Navel Temple with its serene 700 hundred year old white Buddha and the Three Kings Monument.
Wat Chedi Luang
Next on the bike tour is Chiang Mai’s grandest monument. Wat Chedi Luang was built to house the ashes of a king and was once the home of the Emerald Buddha (now resident at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok). It is now the home of the City Pillar and 3 auspicious dipterocarp trees which provide protection to the city.
Bike back to the Shop
The bike tour usually takes 3-4 hours but this is variable by group. The bike tour ends at the Grasshopper Adventures shop, the end of a unique and lovely bike tour through old city Chiang Mai.
What's the Riding Like?
An Easy Bike Tour in Old City Chiang Mai
This is a totally chilled out bike ride - easy, easy. The terrain is all flat and where we have to cross any roads this is done together in an organised manner (and Chiang Mai drivers are very polite!)
The tropical sun can be quite fierce, so we recommend you use some sun block or, if you prefer a natural option, sun sleeves for your arms and Buff headwear for your neck.
Men and Woman need to cover their shoulders to enter temples and mosques. Woman need to cover their knees as well, so If you like to wear shorts when riding, we recommend bringing a sarong to wear for entering a temple or mosque.
Making a Booking
Click on the 'Book this tour' button below or at the top of the page to reserve your place on this tour.
A 50% deposit is required to confirm your place on this tour. Please note that if you cancel the tour within 24 hours of the tour starting your deposit is not refunded. If you change the date of your tour within 24 hours of the tour starting you will need to pay the deposit payment again as we consider this a cancellation.
This tour departs daily.
Cancellation Policy & Rain
You still need to turn up for the tour if it is raining. It is quite common that it can be raining in one part of the city and not raining in another. So if it's raining at your hotel don't assume it is raining where you will be cycling. Also it is common that the rain falls heavily and for short durations so if it does rain we just wait and continue the tour once the rain stops. We also have plastic rain ponchos for everyone in the case that you do need to ride in the rain. If heavy rains continues until 8:45 am or if there is torrential flooding, you can choose to cancel with full refund or change your tour to another day.
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What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
We had a great time. This is a must for Chiang Mai. Our tour leader, Aom, was super knowledgeable and did a great job sharing information about the temples. We learned a lot about Chiang Mai and it's people. We always felt safe on the bikes. Definitely do the lunch afterwards. It is worth it! Thanks Aom!
My friend and I had a blast going on this morning tour of old Chiang Mai. Our tour guide called Gun was excellent! He knows his history like the back of his hand and was friendly as well as hilarious. We had great laughs and also got to eat, drink and taste all sorts of exotic things along the way.
Definitely the best way to learn about a new place if you only have half a day. Our guide Bond was wonderful and friendly with lots of knowledge about the old city.
Our guide was Bom and he was just perfect!! He definitely knew his stuff regarding Chiang Mai and the old city and gave our small group an incredible workout!! He answered questions we had, gave thorough responses, and was chill and down-to-earth guy!!
I completely recommend anyone who can ride a bike to do this tour. It is not physically taxing and you get to see the old city at a pace that you can take in more of what is going on. The quiet side streets and shortcuts you would never get to see unless you were on a bike with a guide. No question that if I had more time available I would have booked more adventures.
Learned a lot about the city’s history and saw so many interesting things along the alleys that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise!
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