Four-day leisure cycling tour around Chiang Mai
Departure at 08:30 am
This 4-day renewed cycling tour east and south of Chiang Mai shows you the diversity of the Northern Thai countryside and you will experience its people and culture in a way only a cyclist can. For this bicycle tour, one should have a good condition.
Day before the trip: Meeting around 6 pm at your hotel.
Day 1:About 45 km flat (L, D).
After a short safety briefing, we cycle down narrow lanes through some of Chiang Mai’s interesting neighborhoods, past beautiful houses and through areas rarely seen by tourists. Once we leave Chiang Mai behind us we will cycle on country roads through a beautiful and ever changing scenery. You will see orchards, rice fields, irrigation canals, pass through small villages and witness the farmer’s daily life activities. We pass a Chinese cemetery and glimpse tantalizing views of a temple on top of a hill. We will visit this beautiful temple, which is also an important social centre and school for the area. After a visit to the local market we continue through small villages and paddy fields. Your first accommodation is a small boutique resort with a nice swimming pool, located in a lush, natural surrounding. In the restaurant a rich menu of Thai, Malaysian, Singaporian and Western food is served.
Day 2: About 42 km, 10 km gently rolling hills (B-L-D).
Today’s cycling will give us further insight into the Thai way of life. We will continue cycling through rice fields, orchards, and small villages, taking regular breaks. Along the way, we will visit some local hot springs, caves and a most interesting and quite unique temple. Part of this trip has some rolling hills and some climbing needs to be done but this shouldn't be a problem since we are using bicycles with 24 gears. Today’s accommodation is a small lodge in a local village. It has only a couple nicely decorated rooms available. The lodge has a nice swimming pool with bar where excellent cocktails are served. The restaurant has a very good choice of delicious Thai food. Thai massage is available.
Day 3:About 62 km, mainly flat (B, L, D).
This is the longest day of the tour but we feel fit to tackle the challenge. After a short warm up, the road goes uphill for some kilometers. Then the country flattens out and we are back into an area of paddy fields and local villages. Today's scenery is completely different again. We cycle along irrigation channels, orchards, rice fields, traditional farms and typical Thai villages. We pass a 29 metre high standing Buddha protruding from the flat countryside. Next, we are heading towards Lamphun where we will visit Wat Phrathat Haripunchai, one of the most revered temples in Northern Thailand. Avoiding the traffic, we cross Lamphun and continue the ride on quiet back roads. The last part is through a village where time has stood still. On either side we discover chedis and ruins, some of which are over seven centuries old. Our overnight accommodation is a resort, converted from old tobacco barns, with nicely and tastefully decorated rooms. It has a large swimming pool and is located in the quiet and peaceful surroundings of a park.
Day 4:About 50 km flat (B, L).
During the first part of today you will ride through mainly longan orchards. Families in this area make sa paper still using traditional methods. Via nice routes, we cycle to Ban Tawai, a small village famous for its wood carving artisans. We have enough time to look around the various stalls. Afterwards, we join the Ping River with its lush green banks throughout the year. A visit to a former leper colony, now a rehabilitation center, gives some insight into the activities of the missionaries in days gone bye. A visit to ancient ruins of the former site of Chiang Mai rounds off the day. With pleasure you will look back and remember the highlights of this cycling adventure.
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights.
Distance: Total cycling distance is about 200 km, mainly flat with 10 km gently rolling
Group size: 2 - 8 people.
Category: Leisure cycling for everyone in good condition.
Key features: Country life, farmer's activities, hot springs, temples, wood carving village, beautiful scenery.
Included:English speaking cycling guide, comfortable bike with front suspension, helmet (mandatory), insurance, snacks and bottled water, meals as specified in the itinerary, B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner.
Not included: drinks with dinner, personal expenses, tips.
Accommodation: First night: a small boutique resort with swimming pool in lush, natural surroundings. Great food, very friendly hosts. Thai massage is available. Second night: a small lodge in a local village. It has a nice swimming pool and a very good choice of delicious Thai food is available. Third night: elegantly and luxuriously decorated rooms in old converted tobacco barns, nice restaurant with good Thai food, large swimming pool, several massages are available such as traditional Thai, aroma, foot, oil and face massages.
Bicycles: Adapted mountain bikes, also known as comfort bikes, with 24 gears and front suspension are used for their multifunctionality and comfort. The bikes are equipped with water bottle carriers, rack and waterproof "Ortlieb" panniers. Frames for both men and women are available.
Personal gear:People with particular requirements are advised to bring their own pedals, shoes, saddle, helmet, gloves or other cycling clothes.
Meeting: Our guide will meet you at your hotel around 6 pm the day before the start of your trip and bring your cyclingbags. He will be happy to answer any remaining questions.
Clothes: Suitable clothes are shorts and firm footwear. Please no loose fitting dresses that can get caught up in wheels, and no flip-flops. Your safety is a major concern to us. We provide a light poncho during the rainy season.
Packing list: Sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent, pocket money and a small camera. You will receive a complete packing list after your booking of this cycling tour is confirmed.
Support: This environmentally friendly cycling tour does not need a support vehicle; however, back up is provided when necessary.
GPS: The use of GPS or other tracking devices is not allowed during our tours.
Prices and weekly schedule
|Price in Baht pp||Adults||Children 0-2 yr||Children 3-5 yr||Children 6-11 yr|
* To enjoy the child-discount, a child should share a room with 2 adults.
Tour prices are based on 2 or 3 persons sharing a room. A single room supplement (1950 Thai Baht) will be added if necessary. Departure is scheduled from Chiang Mai town. Check the tour map for the free pick up zone.
Note: During the peak season period of 20/12 until 15/1, these prices are susceptible to change as a result of seasonal prices of the accommodation and/or compulsory Christmas and New Year dinners.
Option: This tour can also be booked as a self-guided tour.