let the fun begin!
Arrive Vhiang Mai, khantoke dinner
Arrive in Chiang Mai where your guide will meet you at the airport, then shuttle to your hotel in the Old City heart of Chiang Mai. Enjoy some free time to wander the neighborhood or relax poolside, before gathering for tour orientation and a welcome dinner featuring traditional northern cuisine served on a khantoke (small round serving table). Enjoy traditional dance and music while you eat.
Hisotric Wiang Kun Kam, Baan Tawai craftshops
After breakfast your guides will shuttle you to the Visitor's Center at Wiang Khum Kam, the original location of Chiang Mai. We will cycle through the longan plantations (fruit trees) visiting ruins that date back 700+ years from the original Lanna Kingdom. From here the route turns south, as we ride down to Baan Tawai, a handicraft village renowned for its wood working, with everything from small household decor to large wooden meeting tables. If the group feels ambitious we can ride back or catch a lift in the support van. Dinner on the banks of the Mae Ping (Ping River) tonight.
Thai cooking class
Try your hand at making Thai cuisine, with a cooking class. Learn about the ingredients and flavors employed, then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor with your fellow classmates. The rest of the day is at your leisure and dinner (if you still have room) is on your own.
Rural cycling to floating hotel
After breakfast we depart to enjoy a couple of days of rural cycling through the surrounds of Chiang Mai. You will cycling past emerald rice apddies and through fruit orchards, passing small villages and colorful wats. Explore the fresh market in Mae Malai and the ornate Wat Ban Den before reaching Sri Lanna National Park where we spend the night in a floating resort surrounded by forested mountains.
Rural cycling, street food discovery
Returning to shore we shuttle to Sticky Falls, with its unique limestone cascades. Remounting our bikes, you will follow Khlong Liat, an irrigation canal that supplies farms in the region. The flat ride takes you to a panoramic overlook of Chiang Mai Province, several hsitoric temples and more fresh markets. Upon reaching our hotel back in the city, we will wander out to check out traditional Thai street food at Chang Puek Gate area.
White water rafting
Giving the bikes the another day off, we switch modes to white water rafting. It is not as wild as the big water rivers in the Rockies, but the scenery along the riverside is quite different and the rock gardens along the way make an enjoyable casual white water trip. The late afternoon and evening are free to shop, dine or explore the city as you please.
Shuttle back to the airport, where we bid fond farewells.