Bike Tour Thailand's north from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
A great adventure for your biking holiday, from the vibrant city of Bangkok to the northern reaches of Chiang Mai. Cycle by the rice paddies of Si Satchanalai, bike tour Sukhothai, one of Thailand's earliest kingdoms, then pedal through rolling countryside, ending in the cultural center of the north: Chiang Mai.
This bike tour runs from Bangkok to Chiang Mai via Sukhothai
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This is the best way to tour Thailand's north, cycling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
Start off in Thailand’s busy capital, Bangkok, before riding through the ancient kingdoms of Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Explore the highlights of the rural north on two-wheels and immerse yourself in the country’s early history along the way. Among many other cultural and historic sites of note, this back-country cycle route takes you past Thailand's tallest mountain, Doi Inthanon, through small Thai villages and the imposing walled city of Lumphun.
With smiling locals cheering you on, you will discover a great deal about the northern reaches of this exciting country on two wheels, topping off a memorable bike adventure with your arrival in the city of Chiang Mai.
This is a fulfilling bike tour that will leave you with new cherished memories of your journey from one great Thai city to another, through back roads and byways, with plenty of sights, smells, and highlights discovered best on two wheels.
For tours commencing from Dec 20 to Jan 5, and Apr 13-16 there is a peak season surcharge of 5% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
7 days duration
326 km distance
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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Quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your bike tour, fitted with hydraulic disc brakes, hybrid tyres for touring. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a reusable sports bottle are also provided.
The hotels we use are a great, and sometimes unexpected, part of this tour. In the larger cities and established tourist centres we use stylish and supremely comfortable hotels and resorts, while in the smaller and more out of the way areas we stay in the best available accommodation, which is often simple yet always well run, clean and comes with air-conditioning and a private bathroom.
On the first night of your tour you will be lulled to sleep on the overnight sleeper train from Bangkok. Thai trains are comfortable and spacious and a fun way to cover long distances.
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 and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
For groups of 6+ people a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
Thai food is internationally famous, and for good reason. This trip is as much about food as riding with all the best of Thai food provided throughout the trip. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
2 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
This tour is 100% operated by Grasshopper Adventures. The guides are our full time employees, the hotels booked by our local office staff, and the bikes are part of our fleet of over 300 bikes. We are not outsourcing any element of this tour so you can be assured of 100% Grasshopper quality.
for Cycle Bangkok to Chiang Mai tour
Arrival in Bangkok & Overnight Train
We will meet in the late afternoon at a hotel near Bangkok's main railway station. If you are flying in, we will gladly pick you up from the airport (Please note that your flight needs to arrive before 3 pm). The sleeper train is a nice alternative to flying for long-distance travel in Thailand. The train is well run, relatively punctual and a pleasant way to travel through the country. We have dinner before boarding the train, and as we leave the metropolis of Bangkok the rocking motion will send you into an early sleep.
Cycle to Si Satchanalai
The train arrives early in Uttaradit, so we make use of some rooms at a guesthouse to shower and change into cycling gear. Enjoy a great local breakfast before setting off on the bikes. As we leave town, we find Wat Phrathat Thung Yang, an ancient that features an unusual image of the Buddha and is still in use today. From there we cycle to the countryside, meandering through sugar fields and orchards over fairly flat terrain. We reach the small town of Si Satchanalai in the early afternoon and have plenty of time to explore this small town at a relaxed pace
Ride Country Roads to Sukhothai
This morning we will ride along country roads next to the Yom River and visit artisans who are weaving gold into cloth and crafting pieces of pottery. From there we cycle through the Si Chanalai Historical Park. This evening we settle in our hotel outside the city gate of Thailand's first capital: Sukhothai.
Explore Sukhothai & Rural Handicrafts Tour
Today is our first opportunity to stretch out and enjoy the landscape of the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai. We start off with a gentle pedal through the Sukhothai Historical Park, visiting the scattered ruins of the ancient city. We then cycle south along the base of a mountain to a temple in the Ramkhamhaeng National Park.
Following lunch in the afternoon we have a fun outing to explore the local community. You'll have the chance to see and experience local life as we join them in the rice fields and their places of work, checking out rural handicrafts such as weaving, woodwork or making coal.
Cycle to Tha Deua, Transfer to Chom Thong
Following a 1.5 hour transfer you're in store for one of our most scenic and enjoyabe days of cycling! Today's ride brings us into hill country with lots of easy ups and downs and interesting twists and turns. The journey is peppered with villages and charming hilltop temples and stupas - the most impressive of these being Wat Prathat Huai Thom. At the end of a great day's cycling, we transfer 1 hour to Chom Thong.
Cycle to Chiang Mai
Starting off in the shadow of Thailand’s tallest mountain Doi Inthanon, we make our way across rice paddies and through small villages and towns to the site of the ancient Kingdom of Haripunchai- now called Lamphun. From Lamphun we ride out of town down tree-lined roads, through fruit orchards, along irrigation canals, and across fields. Eventually we arrive in the artisan village of Ban Tawai. From Ban Tawai we will transfer the last bit by van into the city of Chiang Mai. This evening we'll enjoy a special dinner to commemorate the final evening of your tour.
Conclusion of Tour in Chiang Mai
The bike tour concludes after breakfast today. Our team, including your leader, will be more than happy to assist you in confirming any onward travel plans from Chiang Mai. Should you need to reach the airport, our van will be waiting for you.
What's the Riding Like?
Some rolling hills
5 days riding
This ride is a mixture of flat terrain with a few days of rolling hills. Most of the trip is on rural back roads and occasionally on dirt roads and highways. This ride is achievable by anyone who can ride a bike for the distances involved (and if not just jump in the air conditioned support vehicle for a rest). We take a slow and relaxed pace so this trip is well suited to fit riders looking for a relaxing ride or those new to cycle touring who are looking to find out what it's all about.
Coolest time: Nov-Feb
Wettest time: Jun-Oct
Dec-Jan & Jul-Aug
Central, North & Northeast Thailand
This region of Thailand has three seasons: 'the cool', 'the hot' and 'the wet'. November to February is cool and dry (sometimes even chilly in the far north), with temperatures starting to rise in March to reach a peak in late April and May. The onset of the rains, in late May, helps to bring temperatures down, with showers being generally heavy but short.
While without doubt the best riding conditions are during the coolest part of the year (December & January), Thailand is at its most beautiful at the height of the rains (July & August) when the fields are a vibrant emerald green and the rice paddies full of water.
What our guests tell us...
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A challenging and rewarding adventure through Thailand.
One of the most beautiful things about a bike is that there are no walls separating you from the world around you. You can see the country roll by to the edges of your view.
We knew that we wanted to go to Thailand for an epic bike tour, and finally our travel dreams became a reality. By two wheels, we discovered a land of magical enchantment filled with surprises and mystery around every turn. We avoided the hectic bustle and crowds so often associated with Asian countries. We did all of this on a tour that expertly guided and balanced between different types of adventures, both on and off the saddle.
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