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Join the ultimate cycling exploration of northern Thailand on this 9-day tour from the sites of Chiang Rai, through rural mountain landscapes and the lush forests of national parks to Chiang Mai. Discover impressive Buddhist landmarks by bike, enjoy breathtaking views, and immerse yourself in spectacular nature on your active holiday.
Cannondale Quick 1 disc or E-bikes
Friendly Thai team
4 to 14
Comfortable hotels & guesthouses
Our cycling journey through northern Thailand begins in the city of Chiang Rai, home to the famous White Temple which we will pedal to visit. After an exploration of the local night market, we’ll hop on our bikes and ride to the dramatic Chiang Dao mountain where our efforts will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views. Here we’ll have the chance to pedal our way through Pha Daeng National Park, past impressive limestone karsts and idyllic waterfalls.
Ride to the sloping landscapes of Maetang, where we’ll have the chance to learn about a carefully-chosen elephant sanctuary and make the most of our surroundings with some engaging activities.
From here, we make our way on two wheels to Chiang Mai, perhaps the most well-known northern Thailand city. We’ll delve into the local culture with a food tour that showcases the highlights of this flavorful (and often spicy!) cuisine, a tour of a local botanical garden, and visits to the spiritual sites of Doi Suthep and the Monk’s Trail. This tour encapsulates the best of the Chiang Mai region and provides the opportunity to make genuine connections with friendly locals, great riding and plenty of picturesque landscapes.
325 Km riding. There is no hiding it, Northern Thailand is a hilly place. Having said that, in designing this tour, we have balanced the most scenic riding with the most achievable of the hills and then through optimal use of the support vehicles, we’ve set you up for the best riding without too much in the way of climbing. You can expect some uphill, more downhill and quite a lot of undulating, rolling hills. If you would like to know more, request an elevation profile from our team. At least 90% of this ride is on the tarmac and we have some nice light bikes in the form of fixed fork, flat bar hybrids.
Pedal-assist E-bike is an available option for this tour for $245 surcharge.
Join the ultimate cycling exploration of northern Thailand on this 9-day tour from the sites of Chiang Rai, through rural mountain landscapes and the lush forests of national parks to Chiang Mai.
Discover impressive Buddhist landmarks by bike, enjoy breathtaking views, and immerse yourself in spectacular nature on your active holiday.
Welcome to Chiang Rai! We’ll start our tour by meeting in the lobby at 10 am ready to head out and explore this interesting Northern city. Our loop ride along the Kok river takes us pedaling through the region's bucolic countryside, past coffee and tea plantations, local communities and riverside fields.
We'll stop for a quick look at the local pineapple market, with produce so fresh from the surrounding farms that it often sells out early in the day! Our first day's ride drops us right back at the hotel door and you can spend the afternoon at your leisure. Tonight we’ll enjoy the first of many delicious Thai dinners after a walking tour of the lively Night Bazaar.
We’ll start off the morning with a ride through the backroads and fields, pedaling to the city’s iconic White Temple. Wat Rong Khun, constructed in 1997, is an unconventional piece of Thai architecture that looks like something out of an ice kingdom and is sure to spark your interest. After our visit, we’ll hop on the bikes again and ride out to Singha Park. This place is extremely popular with the Thai community and will give you a snapshot of the fun lifestyle of modern Thais'.
In the afternoon we will visit a locally-based coffee house known as The Roastery, where we'll meet the owner, who has not only built a successful business but is also deeply passionate about helping local hill tribe communities start sustainable coffee plantations. He'll take us through the growing and roasting process, and everything that goes into making a great coffee before we try it for ourselves.
Our morning begins with a longtail boat transfer up the Kok river, avoiding the hilliest terrain outside of Chiang Rai to Tha Ton district. This is the perfect time to sit back and enjoy the scenery as your guide shares more about the surrounding region. From here we mount the bikes and head south, reaching further and further into Thailand’s rural landscapes, riding through local communities on quiet roads surrounded by greenery.
A nourishing lunch is followed by a transfer through the hills to our destination, the mountainside town of Chiang Dao. In the evening we'll enjoy a good meal made with fresh local ingredients and meet a local beer brewer to sample some of his amber goodness.
Today is the day the mountains of Northern Thailand truly shine! We begin with a transfer into the hills of the Araksa Tea Plantations for a cup of their finest brew to settle ourselves for the ride ahead. Astride your wheels today we'll be exploring the district of Mae Taeng. Our ride consists of several short sharp hills, but don't be afraid to put in a solid effort today as tomorrow we have a day off the bikes to enjoy the mountain tranquility. A support van is always on hand, as it is throughout the tour, if you feel like giving your legs a rest. Our ride concludes with a final climb into Mae Rim and the door of our impressive mountainside accommodation.
On our day off the bikes in the hills of Chiang Mai province, you'll have the opportunity to seek out some more active adventure, whether it be trekking through the bamboo forests, white-water rafting through the jungle. You could also take advantage of the breathtaking surroundings with a hike to a nearby waterfall for a blissful swim.
Alternatively, you can use this day to rest and recharge. Our chosen resort has many recreational facilities to take advantage of, including a large swimming pool overlooking the valley where you can spend the morning soaking up the views. There is also a spa where you can pamper yourself with a traditional Thai massage or any number of their available treatments. The day is yours to enjoy as you wish.
Let’s saddle up on our bikes and start the ride to Chiang Mai! Today the hills are in our favor as we pedal down to meet the scenic Ping River. From here, the route is quite flat and a welcome respite from the previous climbing, allowing you to enjoy the views from over your handlebars.
Upon our arrival in Chiang Mai, we’ll check into our delightful resort before taking part in an afternoon cooking class and getting truly hands-on with traditional northern Thai cuisine. This is an experience that keeps on giving, in addition to enjoying all the delicious dishes you prepare, you can take your new-found skills home with you and share your favorite Thai specialties with family and friends.
Today we’ll make our way on two wheels through the surroundings of Chiang Mai, cycling through the countryside, over mild hills to a botanical garden. After a tour of the botanical garden’s vibrant hues and sweet fragrances, we will make our way back along scenic roads to the hotel, where you'll have time to enjoy the pool or another well-earned Thai massage before our evening activity.
Tonight we give our taste buds a workout on a food tour of the city, and you'll likely have worked up a healthy appetite from today's adventures! We’ll make our way through this famous northern city to hole-in-the-wall local restaurants, markets, and bars to try authentic dishes such as red curry, spicy papaya salad, classic pad thai, and mango sticky rice. Is your mouth watering yet? Along the way, we’ll meet countless friendly Thai locals, likely curious about your adventures, and will have the opportunity to trade stories with these people in the “Land of Smiles”.
Today we have a bit of a climb in store as we tackle the route up Doi Suthep, a landmark mountain that stands over Chiang Mai and offers incredible views of the city down below. Although this ascent will work out the leg muscles, you'll be rewarded with one of Chiang Mai's most famous and culturally significant sites, the beautifully ornate Wat Phra That Doi Suthep pagoda and panoramic views over the city!
After exploring the site we can enjoy a nature walk in one of Thailand’s national parks and possibly sample some mountain-grown coffee before a transfer back down the hill.
Enjoy the morning at your leisure, exploring town, relaxing by the pool or maybe trying some other activities in town; your tour leader can help with suggestions. The tour concludes upon checkout from our Chiang Mai resort.
Your guide is happy to assist you in making further travel arrangements, or you are welcome to join any Grasshopper day tour in Chiang Mai for further bike exploration of the city and surrounds.
Top quality, well maintained Cannondale Quick 1 Disc mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a reusable sports bottle are also provided.
The Cannondale Trail Neo is a durable, high quality and supremely comfortable e-bike. It features a power pack and drive unit from Bosch and is equipped with 10 speed Shimano gearing with plenty of range for all conditions. The hydraulic disc brakes prevent any braking fatigue in your hands and front suspension prevents any wrist pain that can occur with e-bikes due to their slightly different weight distribution. It's a great looking bike too, with a battery that is integrated into the frame and a nice, subtle color scheme. The bikes come in S, M & L, so will suit riders from 165cm to 186cm in height.
The hotels we use are a great, and sometimes unexpected, part of this tour. In the larger cities and established tourist centers 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.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very knowledgeable, and charming. For tours of 7+ people, an assistant guide will accompany the group to allow for flexibility and ensure attention to service & detail.
Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local guides 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. They will also look out for your safety and comfort at all times.
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.
4 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 4 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travelers - we will match you with another same-sex single traveler. If you want a single room there is an optional upgrade that you can book.
On this tour we provide Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers for additional navigational support. These are the latest in user-friendly navigation tech from Wahoo Fitness. With Wahoo devices you will be able to track your progress and monitor your route. Beyond their basic setup, the geek-cyclists will find Wahoo ELEMNTs to be excellent data mining devices allowing to measure almost any aspect of the ride.
This 4-star luxury resort located in the midst of stunning nature northwest of Chiang Mai features comfortable rooms and a variety of facilities, including a spa, two-tiered pool, meditation cave, and mini-golf course.
Enjoy scenic views of the lush surroundings and Mae Kok river from this 4-star luxury resort’s infinity pool. Walkthrough floral gardens with lotus ponds, restore your energy in the resort’s outdoor spa, and get a good night’s sleep in luxurious rooms full of teakwood furniture.
This elegant resort located inside of the Old City of Chiang Mai, built in the classic Lanna style, features world-class service. Enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and sleep well in large, comfortable rooms, all the while just a short walk from the city.
Thailand is an incredibly bike-friendly country and biking is a great way to experience the country's sights, sounds, and smells. I can't say enough good things about our guide (Tick) and driver (Wao). They shared their passion for the culture, food, and history, and really made our adventure special. We stopped in rice fields and local markets, talked to locals, and had the opportunity to see Thailand in a very intimate way. Thank you Grasshopper Adventures!
The tour was great, biking not too challenging but fun. Lodging and meals were outstanding and our guide was very knowledgeable. If you do this tour in November, definitely stay for the Loy Krathong festival, it is a wonderful experience. Chiang Mai is a great city to spend a few days in.
One sees so much more of the country on bicycle. I loved riding through rice paddies and forests on a great bike with well prepared support and a good leader. Well done, Grasshopper.
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With our experience bringing you premium bike tours in Asia, we have developed this itinerary to showcase the very best of Thailand's northern reaches. Not only will you be able to explore the fascinating cities of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, but all of the gorgeous nature in between. This tour gives you all the time you need to take in your surroundings, with a few extra days in Chiang Mai to sample all of the best food, cycle the back alleyways, and visit the stunning natural highlights of the city’s surroundings. Get on your bike and let’s discover northern Thailand!
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