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7 Days Discover Northern Highlights Cycling Holiday in Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Leisure Cycling Holiday Thailand

Join Pedalers Pub & Grille for an awesome bike tour through the best of northern Thailand. Your week-long Thailand bicycle tour begins in Chiang Mai, where 700-year old stupas co-exist side by side with modern offices, where vegetable and fish markets open every morning at 05:00 a.m, and where teeming night markets spring up on the sidewalks where businessmen in suits ply by day.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Combined hilly and flat terrain
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day) to challenging (cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Type of bike: Touring bike (included in the price)
  • Total Distance: 189 miles / 305 kilometers

Highlights

  • Scenic cycling rides
  • Visit to an elephant camp
  • Soak in a natural hot spring pool
  • Wander into the 1,000 year-old temple cave
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: Thai
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

On this cycling holiday, you will be provided six nights of accommodation.

Program

You will explore the city before heading north through vast farmlands and spectacular landscapes. Visit the jungle, soak in a natural hot spring feed pool, and discover daily lives of the Paduang and Karen tribes.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai

You will arrive in Chiang Mai, and then you will enjoy a northern style Khantoke dinner, with launch fire balloons. Your bike tour group will gather on this day in the vibrant northern city of Chiang Mai. After checking in at the lodge, you will be setting up your bike and then head out for a traditional northern Khan Toke dinner with classical Thai and hill tribe dancing. Dinner is included.

Day 2: Wiang Khum Kam and Baan Tawai

On this day, you will cycle through the ruins of ancient Wiang Khum Kam, explore the wood working shops of Baan Tawai, and have dinner in a riverside restaurant. In the morning, you will be heading south of town to explore the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, 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, you will explore the wood working village of Baan Tawai and then return to Chiang Mai.

At night, you will enjoy dinner at your favorite restaurant perched on the banks of the Mae Ping (Ping River) which flows through the heart of the city. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included.

  • Cycling distance: 22 miles / 35 kilometers
  • Terrain: Flat

Day 3: Mae Ping and Baan Rai

On this day, you will visit an elephant camp and ride through the jungle, and pedal the rural countryside to a remote lodge. You will head north in the morning, following small roads along the Mae Ping through villages and past flower farms. Lunch time will find you in the town of Mae Rim, where you will take a break from cycling to visit an orchid grower, butterfly farm, and the Mae Rim Elephant Camp, where you can enjoy a demonstration of the elephant's former work.

In late afternoon, you will remount your bike for a beautiful ride through emerald rice paddies and past colorful temples en-route to the overnight stop in the village of Baan Rai. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included.

  • Cycling distance: 31 miles / 50 kilometers
  • Terrain: Flat

Day 4: Wat Baan Den and Mae Ping Gorge

On this day, you will discover the ornate colorful temple of Wat Baan Den, and then you will cycle through the lush Mae Ping Gorge and enjoy dinner while relaxing in a hot spring.

In the morning, the ride will take you first to Mae Malai, where you will visit a traditional market featuring 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. You will also visit the magnificent Wat Baan Den, before heading north into the rolling, forested countryside.

The bike tour winds down the day at a delightful resort with a dramatic sunset view of Doi Chiang Dao, Thailand's second tallest mountain. You will enjoy a post ride soak in a private hot spring pool at the base of Doi Chiang Dao. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included.

  • Cycling distance: 57 miles / 92 kilometers
  • Terrain: Flat then small hills at end

Day 5: Chiang Dao Hills and Tab Tao

On this day, you will cycle the Chiang Dao Hills, passing golden Buddhas, then wander into the 1,000 year-old temple cave at Tab Tao. After breakfast on this morning, you will pedal north, visiting a local hill tribe market offering fresh produce from various Royal Projects, along with delicious teas and dried fruit, and then up to a beautiful giant Buddha, perched beneath the golden cliffs, before enjoying a thrilling descent onto the agricultural realm around Fang.

The 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 2,500 monks takes place at this temple and has been happening for hundreds of years.

You will walk into the giant caverns to visit a stupha deep in the heart of the mountain that allegedly dates back more than 1,000 years. The stop is a few miles further up the road in Chai Prakan. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included

  • Cycling distance: 39 miles / 63 kilometers
  • Terrain: Moderate climb, then flat

Day 6: Mae Kok River

You will cycle through remote rural valleys and farms, explore Burmese style temples, and enjoy dinner on the banks of the Mae Kok River. The last day of this Thailand bike tour pedals along rural roads through the flat plains of the far north. Along the way, you will discover Burmese style temples with Buddha statues made from woven wicker.

Enjoy numerous photos ops with emerald rice paddies, quiet villages, and remote temples. The last night's celebratory dinner will be at a great restaurant overlooking the Mae Kok River. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included.

  • Cycling distance: 40 miles / 64 kilometers
  • Terrain: Flat

Day 7: Chiang Mai

On this day, you will return to Chiang Mai to prepare for your next adventure. You will be transferred in a shuttle back to the Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), and in the van, you will have one last chance to enjoy the scenery through which you pedaled for the last few days. Breakfast is included.

Included excursions

  • Enjoy a post-ride soak in a private hot spring pool at the base of Doi Chiang Dao
  • Explore the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam
  • Explore the wood working shops of Baan Tawai
  • Have a walk into the giant caverns to visit a stupha
  • Visit an orchid grower, butterfly farm, and the Mae Rim Elephant Camp
  • Visit the magnificent Wat Baan Den

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Thailand. It will cover places including Chiang Mai, Wiang Khum Kam, Mae Ping (Ping River), Mae Rim, Baan Rai, Wat Baan Den, Mae Malai, Doi Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao Hills, Wat Tham Tub Tao, Chai Prakan, and Mae Kok River.

Features

Activities

  • Cycling

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included in the cost of the packages.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All cycling tour
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday December 21, 2019
Departure: Friday December 27, 2019

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