Chiang Mai Kingdoms of the North Bike Tour

  • 9 days / 8 nights
  • $3,780.00

Cycle & explore the highlights of Northern Thailand

Join the ultimate cycling exploration of northern Thailand on this 9-day tour that takes you from the sites of Chiang Rai, through rural mountain landscapes and the lush forests of national parks to the city of Chiang Mai. Discover impressive Buddhist landmarks by bike, enjoy breathtaking views, and fully immerse yourself in northern Thailand’s spectacular nature on your active holiday.

Chiang Mai Kingdoms of the North Bike Tour

$3,780.00

Cycle & explore the highlights of Northern Thailand

Join the ultimate cycling exploration of northern Thailand on this 9-day tour that takes you from the sites of Chiang Rai, through rural mountain landscapes and the lush forests of national parks to the city of Chiang Mai. Discover impressive Buddhist landmarks by bike, enjoy breathtaking views, and fully immerse yourself in northern Thailand’s spectacular nature on your active holiday.

Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Chiang Rai Arrival in Chiang Rai
2 Chiang Rai Explore Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) and coffee house
3 Tha Ton
Chiang Dao
Longtail boat transfer up the Kok river
Transfer to Chiang Dao
4 Mae Rim Transfer and ride to Mae Rim
5 Mae Taeng Day for optional activities or rest day
6 Chiang Mai Cycle to Chiang Mai
7 Chiang Mai Explore Chiang Mai and food tour
8 Chiang Mai See Doi Suthep and enjoy a nature walk
9 Chiang Mai Depart Chiang Mai

Day 1 – Arrival and first ride of Chiang Rai

45 km cycling

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.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Explore Wat Rong Khun & The Roastery

65 km cycling

We’ll start off the morning with a ride through the backroads and fields, pedalling 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 modern Thais' live.

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 deeply passionate about helping local hill tribes communities start sustainable coffee plantations. He'll take us through the growing and roasting process, and everything that goes into making a great coffee.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Boat to Tha Ton; Cycle & Transfer to Chiang Dao

30 km – 50 km cycling

Your 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Transfer & Ride to Mae Rim

60 km cycling

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Activity Day Mae Taeng or Optional Rest Day

On our day off the bikes in the hills of the 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, or zip-lining 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 in 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Cycle to Chiang Mai

40 km cycling

Let’s saddle up on our bikes and start the ride to Chiang Mai! Today the hills are in our favour 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 favourite Thai specialities with family and friends.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Chiang Mai Exploration & Food Tour

40 km cycling

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 give our tastebuds 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 will have the opportunity to trade stories with these people in the “Land of Smiles”.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Ascent Doi Suthep & Nature Walk

35 km cycling

Today we have a bit of a climb in store as we tackle the route up Doi Suthep, a landmark mountain that stands over Chiang Mai and offers incredible views of the city down below. Although this ascent will work out the leg muscles, you'll be rewarded with one of Chiang Mai's most famous and culturally significant sites, the beautifully ornate Wat Phra That Doi Suthep pagoda and panoramic views over the city!

After exploring the site we can enjoy a nature walk in one of Thailand’s national parks and possibly sample some mountain-grown coffee before a transfer back down the hill.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 – Depart Chiang Mai

Enjoy the morning at your leisure, exploring town, relaxing by the pool or maybe trying some other activities in town, your tour leader can help with suggestions. The tour concludes upon checkout from our Chiang Mai resort.

Meals: Breakfast

Departure Dates Double Occupancy Single Supplement
November – December 2019
January – February 2020
June, October - December 2020
$3,780 $895

*Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for departure dates and full pricing.

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