Exquisite Thailand Bike Tour

  •  Your tryst with rural Thailand. The trip ensures that you get a peek inside local life of hinterland Thailand, ride by the paddy fields and get to see the ancient Wats of the country.
  • The Buddhist temples are serene, yet exquisite in their aesthetics. The intricate paintings and carvings are enough to engulf you in a world of historic events.
  • A Thai culinary adventure, with an array of dishes that you can try.
  • The Rivers that we touch along this ride are special in their own way. Entire communities depend on them for a living. These arterial streams are a great way to know the destination better; whether you ride along them, or in tail boat in its waters.

Join us for a journey of a lifetime – with charming toothless smile of an old fruit seller, the disarming attitude of the villagers, the verdant topography of Thailand’s interiors, the exquisite Buddhist wats, the nose dripping spicy food to die for and lush paddy gently swaying in the breeze while you pedal along to your next destination across mountains, through deep valleys and riversides, full of local surprises. Let the Thai smile shower you with love!

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    10 days / 9 nights

  • Start / End

    Chiang Mai / Chiang Saen

  • Price

    As per your size of group, accommodation, time of year you travel

  • Hotels

    Premiere or Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlacePremiere InnsCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1Chiang MaiAnantaraShewe Wana Boutique Resort and Spa
1
2 – 3Mae TaengSibsan Resort, Lisu LodgePhusanfah Resort250km / 30mi
35km / 21mi
4 – 5ThatonMaekok Village ResortMaekok Village Resort250km / 30mi*
30km / 18mi
6 – 7Mae SalongPhu Chaisai ResortPhu Chaisai Resort240km / 24mi*
8 – 9Chiang SaenAnantaraThe Imperial Golden Triangle260km / 36mi*
10Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Arrive at the Chiang Mai airport in Thailand, where a trip leader will meet you and take you to the Mae Taeng Valley, a short distance from the city.  We meet for dinner and get briefed about the upcoming days.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Mae Taeng

After the orientation, we head out for a ride into the valley, just so that you can get oriented to the terrain. Mae Taeng lies on the northern part of the Chiang Mai district, with the River Taeng, making it a rich, verdant area, full of natural off the beaten trails to explore. This is a haven for nature lovers.

At night, we can choose to eat at the in-house restaurant at Siban, or head to get a taste of local fare. If your palate is new to Thai food, start with the more popular green curry and rice. Be well rested for the next morning, as we start our Thai adventure with a slightly longer day of cycling.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 3: Mae Taeng

We start early on this day for a half-day loop around the valley, crossing many local villages in the hinterland. Though the ride is only 35 km, we will have a back up vehicle if needed. The idea is take it slow and immerse ourselves in the local life of Mae Taeng. Expect to see the valley whitewashed with bright green hues of paddy, jungles and fruit plantations.

It is not uncommon to see elephants ambling in a row making their way to the Woody Training Camp. We also ride along the River Mae Taeng and see how it is the main source of livelihood for the locals. Fishing and tourism make for a large part of the interaction with the river. We try and catch lunch at a local restaurant, to get acquainted to the authentic Thai fare.

Post lunch, we leave the cycles at the resort and head to Chiang Mai to see some significant sights of the city. For this, we will be using the shuttle. Time dependent, we try and cover some of the ancient Wats (temples) like Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. These give you an insight into the exquisite history of Thailand. We would also love to take you to the Patara Elephant farm where you can bathe, feed and ride bareback elephants. The gentle giants are a big draw of Chiang Mai. Post dinner, we retire in the resort, ready to hit the next town, Thaton.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 35km / 21mi

Day 4: Thaton

The day begins with a short ride in the shuttle to a small town called Fang. From here, the topography is much better to ride from. The ride from Fang to Thaton traverses across paddy fields. The fields cling onto the side of the village road for almost the entire way. The ride is mostly on flat roads, with occasional dips and climbs, which add to the interest for a cyclist. Today, you cover a significant distance of 50km. For those whose legs begin to fail them, there is always a back up! You can enjoy the ride from the comfort of the back up vehicle or the cycle. We also come across several villages on the way – perfect to get great photographs of the interiors of Thailand. The locals are quite friendly and don’t be surprised if you are invited in a home for a cup of tea (or red Fanta).

We pace out our journey to Thaton and arrive at this beautiful town at the edge of a River. Thaton is one of the last towns bordering Myanmar in this area. The great part of this is that one gets to see the blend of Burmese, Thai and Chinese influences in language and culture. We check into the Maekok Village Resort for the night and get ready to explore Thaton over the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*

Day 5: Thaton

This is an exciting day for the culturally inclined traveller. It’s the day when we loop around the small town and bump into the local hill tribes in the villages. These are famous for the long necks and big ears. This is a rarely visited destination, so you are likely not to encounter many tourists – this is pleasantly aloof from Thailand’s massive influx of tourists and lacks the cosmopolitan influence. Our 35 km ride is through areas replete with vegetation – rice fields, papaya and garlic being the most prominent. In the evening, we climb the Wat Thaton to get a glimpse of the orange hues sky of the evening and watch the Thaton lights coming on. The Wat has totally is a jumble of Pagodas and murals based on Buddha’s life. These are present, both in Thai and Chinese style. From this vantage spot, one can see the village and the Maekok River. Once you are on top of the hill, you can also see the Myanmar-Thailand border.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 6 – 7: Mae Salong

We ditch the bikes this morning and make our way to Mae Salong in the local form of transportation, the native long tailed boat. The river meanders through a rich green valley, unfolding one dramatic scenery after another. Hilltop farming to tea plantations, bamboo huts by the river and elephants lazily relaxing in the river- this is Thailand at its most authentic best! After being submerged in nature, we take the cycles and ride along the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi

Day 8: Chiang Saen

After a short break of city life, it’s back to the countryside this morning, with paddy fields for company. The ride is extremely refreshing as the crisp morning air and clear skies welcome you on the road. We reach Chiang Saen by afternoon and settle into The Imperial. Relax for some time before setting out to see the confluence of Thailand, Thailand and Myanmar, and the site for the famous Golden Triangle. A great way to see this is from the Wat Phrathat Phu Kao Hill. Chiang Saen is one of the most historic city. What makes it more intriguing is the access from here to Thailand and Burma. We explore some key sights of the city and settle in at the hotel for our last day of exploration.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 9: Chiang Saen

This is the last day for soaking in Thailand’s local life. We start early to utilize the full day. With the rich silted land by the Mekong River, a bike ride means that you tend to be surrounded by shades of green. There is agricultural land as far as your eyes can see. We head out after breakfast and see the spectacular Wats and later visit the hall of opium. This usually piques everyone’s interest. This area was infamous as one of the largest producers of opium, naturally transmitting the habit to locals, making it a huge social menace for the local community.

The Royal Project and Doi Tung Development Project have spent years battling the trade of opium and its social repercussions. The Hall of Opium was built to educate people about the dangers of the drug abuse and also traces the history from its first use 5,000 years. This is one the most educative experiences of Thailand, in the context of the influence of drugs in the region. This one should not be missed. We have our last meal at one of the local joints in the city, to try another new delicious recipe or dig into a favourite for the last time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 10: Departure to Chiang Rai Airport

We organize departures from the hotel for your flights from Chiang Rai. If you are planning on extending your trip or making a detour to other parts of the country, do get in touch with us for suggestions.

Meals: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS & MORE

we go the extra mile

Beautiful Hotels

On this Premiere Inn tour, experience the best of luxury and small boutique hotels at each destination. They are chosen carefully so that you are well rested, get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah! Under circumstances of non-availability of hotel, we will put in equivalent or a better hotel. Any extras at hotel are at your expense.

Quality Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Most of our tours in Thailand run on some of the best mountain/hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry. Upright position, good traction and optimal balance between performance and comfort are some of the characteristics.

Outstanding Food

Local food plays an integral part in experiencing the culture of region and we make sure that you get plenty of this. The inclusion of daily meals is highlighted in detailed itinerary. Drinking water and soft drinks such as juice, tea/coffee is included while riding. Plenty of fresh fruits, cookies and water is provided while cycling.

Charming Guides

Our most visible and perhaps most important role is played by a Trip Leader, the folks who make a trip exciting, comfortable, knowledgeable and who are able to steer you towards the real experience! In most of the trips, we have two guides riding with you. One is leading the group of riders and other is closing at the back.

Comfortable Support Van

A Van follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries all belongings. If at any point riding seems a little hard, the van takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to. It also provides you refreshments along the way and sometimes a chilled beer.

Guaranteed to Depart Tours

We run most of our tours with minimum 2 people traveling and sometimes even with 1 person, without any extra fee. Rest assured, your trip is always guaranteed to depart. If for some reasons you don’t wish to join a tour then you can always transfer to another trip or we’ll give you a credit which you can settle against any future trip.

Entrance Fees & Transportation

Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples & other exclusive events and transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off is always included in your tour price. Our tour designers give as much focus on non-cycling activity as on cycling.

Deep Local Knowledge & Presence

Presence of operations in Cambodia, local associations at Thailand and ad-hoc field network allows us to leverage local know-how and deliver on what is promised to you without any culture and communications barrier.

Singles Friendly

It is applicable in cases where you want to opt for a room alone or we don’t find a room partner. In other cases, we will try to club you with another person, preferably of same sex.