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Chiang Mai & North Thailand Bike Tour

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Chiang Mai & North Thailand Bike Tour

Scheduled Tour

Price from

2590 USD

Duration

8 Days | 7 Nights

Level

3

Tour Code

GHTW20

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Cycle from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai - Explore the Highlights of Northern Thailand
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Join the ultimate cycling exploration of northern Thailand on an 8-day bike tour from the sites of Chiang Rai, through rural mountain landscapes, lush forests and national parks, to the city of Chiang Mai. Explore impressive Buddhist landmarks, enjoy breathtaking views by bike, savor the delicious cuisine of North Thailand and immerse yourself in spectacular nature on an active cycle tour through Thailand's upper reaches.

Quality Bikes
Cannondale Quick 1 disc or E-bikes

Your Guide
Friendly Thai team

Group Size
6 to 14

Accommodation
Comfortable hotels & guesthouses

Activities
Ride/raft/zipline/swim/walk

Minimum Age
14+

Overview

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 cycle our way through Pha Daeng National Park, past impressive limestone karsts and idyllic waterfalls.

The fantastic riding doesn't stop, as we make our way to the sloping landscapes of Maetang. Surrounded by the idyllic scenery of Northern Thailand we'll visit an ethically run elephant sanctuary that has been specially selected, and learn about their work. This region is ripe for exploring, so we'll make the most of our surroundings with some engaging activities.

Back to two-wheels, we'll cycle our way to Chiang Mai, perhaps the most well-known city of northern Thailand. Our discovery of the city begins by delving into the local culture on a food tour showcasing the highlights of this flavorful (and often spicy!) cuisine. Our Chiang Mai adventure continues with a cycle tour of the city's peacful outskirts, a good opportunity to burn off some of last night's feasting! We'll also tour the local botanical garden, and hike to the iconic spiritual site of Doi Suthep. This tour encapsulates some of the best of Northern Thailand with a faithful introduction to the city of Chiang Mai, you'll finish up having had the opportunity to make genuine connections with friendly locals, enjoyed some fantastic riding, and snapped an album full of Thailand's bucolic northern landscapes.

290 km / 180 mi riding. There is no hiding it, Northern Thailand is a hilly place. Having said that, in designing this tour we balanced the most scenic riding with the most achievable of 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, but more regular 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 tarmac and we have some nice light bikes that are perfect for cycle touring through this terrain, in the form of fixed fork, flat bar hybrids.

Pedal-assist E-bike is an available option for this tour for $210 surcharge.

Highlights

  • Bike tour northern Thailand's postcard rural landscapes
  • Explore highlights of Chiang Rai from white temples to active night markets
  • Cycle lush forests and national parks to Chiang Mai city
  • Savor the tastes of Northern Thailand on a city food tour
  • Hike iconic Doi Suthep in the early morning avoiding the tourist crowds
  • Enjoy impressive Buddhist landmarks and breathtaking views by bike

Inclusions

  • Breakfast x7, Lunch x7, Dinner x7
  • 7 nights in comfortable accommodation
  • Healthy snacks, local treats, fruit, and water while riding
  • Quality well-maintained bike and helmet for riding
  • Knowledgable Local guide
  • Full vehicle support
  • All ticket and entry costs included in the itinerary
  • Custom country-themed jersey and water bottle as mementos

Day to Day


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Riding:
45km
28mi
Meal:
LD

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.

Riding:
65km
40mi
Meal:
BLD

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.

Riding:
40km
25mi
Meal:
BLD

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.

Riding:
60km
37mi
Meal:
BLD

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.

Meal:
BLD

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.

Riding:
40km
25mi
Meal:
BLD

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.

Riding:
40km
25mi
Meal:
BLD

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 enjoy our last evening together and 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 you'll have the opportunity to trade stories with these people in the “Land of Smiles”.

Meal:
B

For our final day of adventure in Northern Thailand. We will make an early start to hike a short trail up the imposing Doi Suthep, the mountain that sits to the west of the city. We shuttle out from town, then start walking from the grounds of Chiang Mai University. We'll ascend quite quickly, following the snippets of saffron robe tied to trees that guide us, stopping at Wat Pha Lat, a small temple about halfway along our 3km walk. Here young monks going through their morning routine will give a smile at the early rising visitors. We continue to the main temple Wat Phra Tat Doi where our walk concludes.

This is a beautiful temple with some lovely sweeping views over the city and countryside, but the crowds do start to arrive, so we will enjoy the tranquility while we can before boarding the vans with a coffee in hand. Our return journey will have us back at the hotel in time to catch the tail end of the breakfast buffet. The remainder of the morning is free for you to enjoy a final dip in the pool, or at your leisure. The tour concludes at checkout time which is 12 noon.

Dates & Price


Dates Availability Price * Deposit payment: $500 USD
* Single room option: $660 USD
06 - 13 Feb 2022 Seats available

Adult 2770USD

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17 - 24 Jul 2022 Seats available

Adult 2590USD

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23 - 30 Oct 2022 Seats available

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06 - 13 Nov 2022 Seats available

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18 - 25 Dec 2022 Seats available

Adult 2990USD

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27 Dec 2022 - 03 Jan 2023 Seats available

Adult 2990USD

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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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