4 days Northern Thailand Mountain-Biking

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights (4 days of cycling)
Departures: Regular departure every Monday from Chiang Mai
Activities: Mountain biking; off-road trails and small country roads; motor pirogue, cave exploration
Fitness Level: Easy cycling with off-road trails. Suitable for fit participants. Cycling experience is recommended to fully enjoy the tour.

Trip overview
From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, join us and experience our most popular mountain bike route over four days of great cycling from the hills of Chiangdao to the Maekok river. Discover small villages and the ethnic hill tribes of Northern Thailand. Cycle through scenic area with plenty of exciting trails and sights. Meet with the locals and spend a night with a hill tribe family.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – MONDAY: CYCLE CHIANGMAI TO CHIANGDAO (cycle 30 to 45 km cycling / 18 to 28 miles)
Around 8:30 am, pick up participants from various Chiang Mai hotels and drive north by covered pickup to Chiangdao region. Stop at elephant camp in jungle. Watch elephants bathing and demonstrating their skills. Explore Chiangdao caves, followed by lunch in local restaurant.

Then we start our bike ride through rural back roads first, continuing on off-road trails, across a pristine landscape leading to small hill tribe villages. Visit Lahu, Lisu and Akha villages, and discover the Palaung people from Myanmar (only a few settlements in northern Thailand). Finish cycling at Palaung village where we spend the night as guests of the village headman’s family.
(Meals: -L/D)
DAY 2 – TUESDAY: CYCLE CHIANGDAO TO THATON (cycling 30 to 60 km cycling / 18 to 38 miles)
Intense and fantastic cycle tour through nature! However, the route is not too difficult and the escort vehicle is always nearby. After breakfast, ride exciting trails (30 km) then onto paved road. Lunch stop and visit Buddhist forest temple and caves. Afternoon cycling around 25 km, mostly off road, then car transfer to Ban Thaton for overnight stay on the banks of Maekok river, near the Burmese border. Night and dinner at hotel.
(Meals: B/L/D)
DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY: CYCLE THATON TO CHIANGRAI (ride between 45 to 60 km / 28 to 38 miles)
Early morning, after breakfast, we cycle through the Maekok river valley, past rice fields and plantations. Then we follow an exciting riverside trail. Next we ride a local longtail boat downriver. We continue cycling to a Karen village on the riverbanks. We proceed by bike or transfer by car to our Chiang Rai hotel. Evening and dinner free at leisure.
DAY 4 – THURSDAY: CYCLE CHIANG-RAI AND RETURN TO CHIANG-MAI (ride between 20 to 40 km / 12 to 24 miles)
Cycling itinerary is flexible today and to some extent depends on the season. Cycle out of town and follow the river to discover exciting new trails. Cycle up the mountain to a waterfall and down another route. Lunch, relax and shower at waterfall, before a car transfer back to Chiang Mai (3 hours). Arrive around 7pm and drop off at hotel.
(Meals: B/L/-)

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End of tour suggestions / alternative options:

Stay extra night(s) individually in Chiang Rai hotel, then depart by flight to Bangkok. (Direct flights on Thai airways are available from Chiangrai to Bangkok).
Additional days of cycling to the Golden Triangle can be organized (available on request for a minimum 4 persons).

Pricing:

Join Tour departure: THB 12,900 / person
Private departure: upon request

Included

  • Tour as per itinerary. Transportation in support vehicle (covered pick-up truck).
  • Quality TREK brand Mountain-Bike with 24 gears and front suspension. We provide cycling helmets and water bottle.
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide and driver/mechanic.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
  • Drinking water and snacks always available with the escort vehicle.

Not Included

  • Beverages, tips or gratuities, and optional tours
  • Personal expenses, meals not mentioned

General Information

Monday departures year round from Chiang Mai. Participants must bring personal cycling gear including shorts, cycling gloves, sunglasses. We do provide helmets which are compulsory while riding, but you might want to bring your own.
Best (coolest) season is from September to end of February.
Itinerary subject to change according to season.
Anyone in good physical condition can join our regular cycling trips.
Experienced bike riders will best enjoy this trip.

Accommodation and meals

First night at the Padeng Lodge in Chiangdao. Fan cooled private rooms in Thai house. Toilet facilities including western style toilets and hot shower are located outside the rooms. Second night we stay in a tourist class hotel in Ban Thaton, with private bathroom. The third night is spent in Chiangrai city, and we stay in a tourist class hotel, with private toilets and air-condition. In Chiang-Rai, we suggest you to stroll around the night market and the main road, or perhaps to try a traditional Thai massage.

Meals are taken at local restaurants or hotels. Participants will certainly have plenty of opportunities to discover and enjoy Thai delicacies throughout the trip. Drinking water, fruits and snacks are always available in our escort vehicle. Other drinks are not included in price, but widely available at local restaurants and shops along the way.

More info

  • No reduction for participants bringing their own bikes (please contact for any group booking).
  • This trip is a mountain biking tour, therefore participants should have some previous cycling or mountain biking experience. We welcome accompanying non-cycling participants, to follow in escort vehicle.
  • Itinerary changes are sometimes necessary, depending on weather conditions.
  • Anyone in a good physical condition can join our regular cycling trips!
  • All programs subject to our general conditions.

Note: Participants understand this type of adventure travel incurs some risks. We do not provide personal insurance and strongly recommend participants to contract such insurance before taking trip. We require participants to sign full liability release before trip departure.

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