Evening Food & Cycling tour in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai's top food tour just got better! Introducing the newly optimised cycling food adventure, that takes you off the beaten tourist path to discover the wonders of Chiang Mai's varied cuisine. You'll be happy to leisurly cycle between the many delicious food tour stops as you move from old traditional dishes to vibrant Thai sweets. This is the only food tour of its kind in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is often regarded as having the most diverse of Thai cuisine, the Muang food of the region is mouthwatering and distinct from regular Thai food. With the setting sun we'll pedal forth for a culinary journey of Chiang Mai.
You'll have a memorable time riding Chiang Mai’s backstreets and alleyways, stopping at streetside stalls, hidden local restaurants and food markets. The whole range of Thai food will spring forth to delight your taste buds and fill your belly. In addition to Muang Food, you will also get to sample some Shan or Tai Yai food.
Your food & bike tour will finish with a traditional dessert followed refreshing cold beverage in a beautifully transformed restaurant that was formerly a terracotta clay works.
0.5 day duration
8 km distance
Tour Features & Inclusions
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This bike tour comes with top quality Merida mountain bikes equipped with lights, and 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.
This tour is all about food! Along our way we will sample tropical fruit and local snacks in addition to sit down meals. We'll try Chiang Mai cuisin and also introduce you to Shan and Tai Yai delicacies, and we are sure you'll have a full belly at the end of the trip. Everyone will find something to suit them, including vegetarians, and rest assured there will be no snakes or bugs! Fresh clean water is always available during the tour.
2 to 6
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 8 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
Meet at the Grasshopper Shop
We'll gather at our shop near Chiang Mai Gate at 4:30pm for a 5pm departure. We promise that there will be something tasty for everyone to eat. Vegetarians are welcome. Come cycle with us to discover authentic Thai cuisine on this unique food tour.
The cycling is easy, the food delicious and with a genuine connection other local culinary boys of Chiang Mai. Meandering the small lanes throughout the old city and beyond to visit some of the city's best-kept dining secrets.
Tha Phae Historic Stop
On the way towards the old city’s eastern gate, we'll cycle through 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 old city walls and history.
Three Kings Monument
After the Thapae Gate, we'll cycle to the Three Kings monument before Lert Ros restaurant because it's still a bit too early for the main dishes dish
This place is not easy to find tucked away in the old city. The restaurant and owners have been serving locals for over 35 years, it will give you the real Thai experience. The open-air kitchen and barbecue in front of the restaurant will have your mouth watering with anticipation as Red Tilapia, seafood and banana leaf wrapped mince pork with red curry ( Ab - Mhoo ) smoke away, complimented by a palate cleasing Som Tam, (papaya salad) and morning glory.
The Swan, Shan Cuisine
Yes, we are eating a Burmese dish in Thailand! Northern Thailand's connection with Shan, Hilltribe people of Burma is long and eventful. Located just outside the old city, this restaurants' food is bursting with flavour, it's only one dish but Pickled Tea leaf salad is truly unique and worth the stop! It tastes like an incredible homemade meal with love.
Tha Phae Pad Thai
What is a trip to Thailand without a pad thai? How did this classic become the global Thai standard? Here we will sample the various different forms of pad thai, yes, there is more than one. The original name of Pad Thai is ‘Gway Teow Pad Thai'Gway Teow is a Chinese word for ‘rice noodles’, which hints at a Chinese influence. Thailand suffered a rice shortage due to the war and floods, so to reduce domestic rice consumption the Thai Prime Minister, Plaek Phibunsongkhram, promoted eating noodles instead and Pad Thai was born.
The first thing that stands out at this very local sweet stop is the vibrant colours of the nearly 40 different dessert ingredients, next is the constant flow of Thais stopping in for a sweet treat. The whole restaurant is an experience in colour, excitement, unique flavours and sugary fun.
Warorot Market (or Kad Luang) is a must-visit for food lovers as it offers a wide range of ready-to-eat meals, local snacks and all kinds of fresh produce. Wander the market as your guide talks about the different goods on offer. Targeting mostly Thais, Warorot Market is a great place to get a feel for the local way of life. Be ready for some fruit and snacks you may never have seen or tasted before.
Gallery & Gastro Bar
Our final stop for the night is a favourite hidden gem - Down a quiet soi in the heart of the old city sits this charming lush garden dripping with ferns and vines and decorated with terracotta Khmer motifs and sculptures of Angkorian style. It's a green oasis under a canopy of trees, with trickling fountains and lots and lots of Khmer faces peeking from behind foliage. A great place to conclude the tour and enjoy a cold refreshing local beer or herbal drink while you reflect on your food adventure.
We'll ride back to the shop at the conclusion of the tour, full and happy.
What's the Riding Like?
The riding on this bike tour is relaxed and easy. The terrain is all flat. While we will mostly be cycling along backstreets, there are some short sections on busier roads. Where we have to cross any roads this is done together in an organised manner and Chiang Mai drivers are very polite.
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.
Please Note: Thailand day tours will not operate April 13th to 15th over the annual Songkran (water festival) holidays. We will resume tours April 16th after our guides have enjoyed a well-deserved break. Sorry for any inconvenience and enjoy the celebrations!
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 you do need to ride in the rain. If heavy rains continues until 6:00pm 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!
Tania tailored the selection of local food to try to our taste and let us pick things we hadn’t tried … We had plenty of food and plenty of things we’d never eaten nor would be able to order and eat without a guide.
Tried lots of food and it was catered to what we wanted. All of it was new and yummy. Dessert afterward by the river was beautiful.
Boi, our guide, was really great. He was very safety conscious and took the time to explain things at each stops, with a lot of personal note on his own experience, culture and heritage.
Excellent evening. The food was great, the bike ride was enjoyable, and Boy is a great guide. Highly recommended!
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