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Northern Thailand Bike Tour


7 day Thailand bicycle & food tour from $2675

creating Thailand experiences since 1987

Chiang Mai, the ancient kingdom of King Mengrai dating back 700 years. Well known to tourists around the world but its surroundings are often missed by visitors to Thailand. We invite you to explore Chiang Mai and it surroundings in depth on our northern Thailand bicycle tour. Discover ethnic hill tribes still living in thatched villages on the hill tops dressed in their colorful garments. Explore ancient temple ruins and city fortifications. Taste the delicious cuisine that Thailand is renowned for worldwide and meet the friendly Thais.

Your week long Thailand cycling holiday begins in Chiang Mai, where 700 year old stupas co-exist side by side with modern offices. Discover a city where vegetable and fish markets open every morning at 5 am and where teeming night markets spring up on the sidewalks. We'll explore the city before heading north through vast farmlands and spectacular landscapes. Soak in a natural hot spring feed pool and discover daily lives of the rural Thais.

Your cycling holiday winds down in the northern reaches of the kingdom. Pedal along the Mae Kok River through lush forests and green rice paddies. Enjoy a variety of excellent accommodations, ranging for delightful city lodges to remote mountain resorts. Recharge with fine dinners at our favorite local restaurants featuring the best of the region's cuisine. Join us for an awesome Thailand bicycle tour through the best of northern Thailand.

let the fun begin!
day:1
Meet in Chiang Mai, enjoy northern style Khantoke Dinner, launch fire balloons.
Your bike tour group will gather today in the vibrant northern city of Chiang Mai. After checking into our lodge, we will get everyone set up with their bikes. Then head out for a traditional northern Khan Toke dinner with classical Thai and hill tribe dancing.
Meals: D
day:2
Cycle through the ruins of ancient Wiang Khum Kam, explore the wood working shops of Baan Tawai, dinner at our favorite riverside restaurant.
This morning we head south of town to explore the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam. This is the site of the first city built by King Mengrai some 700 years ago. Unfortunately his choice of land was subject to frequent floods, so after a short while he moved the city to its current locale. After lunch, your cycling holiday will explore the wood working village of Baan Tawai and then return to Chiang Mai. Tonight we enjoy dinner at our favorite restaurant perched on the banks of the Mae Ping which flows through the heart of the city.
Cycling: 22 mi / 35 km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D
day:3
Visit orchid farms, small villages, pedal the rural countryside to a remote lodge.
Your bicycle tour heads north this morning, following small roads along the Mae Ping through villages and past flower farms. Lunch time will find us in the town of Mae Rim. Here we will break from cycling to visit an orchid grower and butterfly farm. In the afternoon, we remount our bikes for a beautiful ride through emerald rice paddies and past colorful temples. Overnight in the village of Baan Rai.
Cycling: 31 mi / 50 km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D
day:4
Discover the ornate colorful temple of Wat Baan Den, cycle through the lush Mae Ping Gorge, enjoy dinner while relaxing in a hot spring.
Discover the ornate colorful temple of Wat Baan Den, cycle through the lush Mae Ping Gorge, enjoy dinner while relaxing in a hot spring.Our morning ride takes us first to Mae Malai, where we visit a traditional fresh market. Discover a broad selection of local vegetables, fruits and fish, along with a tasty array of prepared foods from pad se yu (noodles) to fried insects. We will also visit the magnificent Wat Baan Den, before heading north into the rolling, forested countryside. Our bicycle tour winds down the day at a delightful resort with a dramatic sunset view of Doi Chiang Dao, Thailand's second tallest mountain. We'll enjoy a post ride soak in a private hot spring pool at the base of Doi Chiang Dao.
Cycling: 57 mi / 92 km, Terrain: flat then small hills at end, Meals: B L D
day:5
Cycle the Chiang Dao Hills, passing golden Buddhas, then wander into the 1000 year old Temple Cave at Tab Tao.
After breakfast this morning, we will pedal north. Visit a local hill tribe market offering fresh produce from various Royal Projects, along with delicious teas and dried fruit. Then up to a beautiful giant Buddha, perched beneath the golden cliffs, before enjoy a thrilling descent onto the agricultural realm around Fang. Our last stop is Wat Tham Tub Tao, an ancient temple complex with 100s of Buddha images inside a giant cavern. Each year a gathering of 2500 monks takes place at this temple and has been happening for hundreds of years. We will walk into the giant caverns to visit a stupa dating back more than 1000 years. Our stop is a few miles further up the road in Chai Prakan.
Cycling: 39 mi / 63 km, Terrain: moderate climb, then flat, Meals: B L D
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day:6
Cycle through remote rural valleys and farms, explore Burmese style temples, enjoy dinner on the banks of the Mae Kok River.
The last day of your Thailand bicycle tour pedals along rural roads through the flat plains of the far north. Along the way discover Burmese style temples with Buddha statues made from woven wicker. Enjoy numerous photos ops with emerald rice paddies, quiet villages and remote temples. Our last night's celebratory dinner will be at a great restaurant overlooking the Mae Kok River.
Cycling: 40 mi / 64 km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D
day:7
Return to Chiang Mai to prepare for your next adventure. Sawasdee
OOur cycling holiday must come to an end today. We will shuttle back to the Chiang Mai Airport in our vans. One last chance to enjoy the scenery through which you pedaled for the last few days. Khap khun khap, sawasdee khap.
Meals: B
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7 days / 6 nights
Fun: Bicycling
Sleep: Classic
Level: A

Paved roads, moderate traffic, mixed terrain

Total: 189 mi / 304 km
Daily Avg: 37 mi / 61 km

Tour meets and ends in Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX)

Boutique inns and resorts
3 and 4 star

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What's Included:
  • Expert local bilingual guides
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
  • Dinners featuring fine local cuisine*
  • Handpicked lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
  • Support van with drinks, snacks and lifts
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Entrance fees
*as noted in itinerary

What's Not:
  • Airfare to/from Thailand
  • Gratuities for Guides and Crew
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees or service
  • Internet, laundry, phone services
Make new friends join a scheduled group
$2675
  • Single room: $550
  • Bicycle rental: free
  • Airport pick up: free

Go When You Want

When To Go? Tour is available year round. November through February is winter with cooler temperatures and no rain. March through May is summer and quite hot. June through October is rainy season, but still suitable for the adventures.

Just the two of you private trip for two
$3425
  • Single room: $550
  • Bicycle rental: free
  • Airport pick up: free
Bring the family 3 to 5 persons
$3150
  • Single room: $550
  • Bicycle rental: free
  • Airport pick up: free
The gang's all here 6 or more persons
$2875
  • Single room: $550
  • Bicycle rental: free
  • Airport pick up: free
All costs are per person in US Dollars. Seasonal supplements may apply on private trips.

In all respects, this was a fabulous tour....The route was excellent, with visits to significant historic sites as well as roads that gave us the chance to see the beauty of rural Thailand....The guides were tops, and we appreciated having an English speaking native guide who could answer questions about the culture and customs of the country--and order fabulous meals for us ...Side visits to markets, hill tribe villages, etc. were thoughtfully chosen and added to our insider's view of the Thai heritage....We used the rental bikes, and found them to be excellent--definitely not worth the hassle of bringing our own bikes on this trip.  

delightful nights
The Rim Resort in Chiang Mai
Rim Chiangmai Resort
Baan Rai Lanna a bike tour hotel
Baan Rai Lanna Resort
ChiangKhun Luang stop on bicycle tour
Chiang Khum Luang
Saimoonbury Resort in Chai Prakan
Saimoonbury Resort
Maekok River Village end of Thailand bicycle tour
Maekok River Village
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