Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang Bike Tour

  • Your tryst with rural Thailand & Laos. 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.
  • 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.
  • The Mekong and Nam Pak rivers become the focus of the trip as we skirt the edges of the two watery snakes for a long time. Once you are done with the trip, you will miss them.

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!

Later cycle through Northern Laos, home to mountains covered with lush tropical forests. The rolling terrain combined with gradual climbs from low-lying riverside valleys are just perfect – a cyclist’s delight. Here you will get to ride along the three beautiful rivers viz. Mekong, Nam Ou and Nam Pak.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start / End

    Chiang Mai / Luang Prabang

  • Price

    From $2,995 pp dbl. occ.
    The price is indicative and may vary due to size of group, accommodation, time of year you travel

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1Chiang MaiShewe Wana Boutique Resort130km / 18mi
2Chiang DaoMarisa resort & spa160km / 36mi
3ThatonMaekok Village Resort160km / 36mi
4Mae SalongPhu Chaisai Resort160km / 36mi
5 – 6Chiang SaenThe Imperial Golden Triangle260km / 36mi
7Chiang KhongNak Nakara165km / 39mi
8PakbengMekong Riverside Lodge1boat journey
9OudomxaiLao Charming Hotel180km / 48mi
10Muang KhuaSernaly Hotel180km / 48mi
11Nong KhiawNongkhiau Riverside1boat journey
12 – 13Luang PrabangSanctuary Hotel270km / 42mi
30km / 18mi
14Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Arrive in Chiang Mai and settle into your hotel. Today visit some of the classic highlights of Chiang Mai by walk: Wats (temples) like Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep; Patara Elephant farm where you can bathe, feed and ride bareback elephants and gentle giants. We convene tonight to celebrate the start of our awesome journey on a bike.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Chiang Dao – forest trail

Our guide meets you at your hotel in Chiang Mai. After the orientation, head out for a ride to the Chiang Dao, lies on the northern part of the Chiang Mai district. Amidst lush jungles and limestone mountains, Chiang Dao is a heavenly escape from the heat of plains and a popular stop for birders and trekkers. The base of the mountain is a highly venerated wát marking the entrance to one of Thailand’s deepest limestone caverns.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 3: Thaton – tropical trail

We start early on this day for a ride to Fang, crossing many local villages in the hinterland. Expect to see the valley whitewashed with bright green hues of paddy, jungles and fruit plantations.

Ride further 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. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 42mi*

Day 4: Mae Salong – river trail

Ride along the river and make way to Mae Salong. 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 attempt the gradual climb in last leg and arrive at Mae Salong.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 5 & 6: Chiang Saen – hinterland trail

We’re 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 hotel. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 7: Chiang Khong – agriculture trail

Ride past fruit orchards, paddy fields, banana plantations and arrive at Chiang Khong.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 65km / 39mi

Day 8: Pakbeng – agriculture trail

Today we take a boat journey and enter into Laos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Oudomxay

It’s a long ride today to Oudomxay. Pass lush countryside and traditional villages.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 50mi*

Day 10: Muang Khua

Another long and undulating ride today to Muang Khua. This is one of the most beautiful trail of Laos and the experience is truly unique. Along the way, you’ll see the villages and notice how the homes are made of wood and bamboo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 100km / 60mi

Day 11: Nong Khiaw

Today we take a boat ride to Nong Khiaw. This is one the most spectacular stretches on a boat, passing through small and rolling green hills and set on a traditional river cruise on Nam Ou River to Nong Khiaw, idyllic setting on the Nam Ou River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Luang Prabang

Hop on a bike and ride the last leg of the tour along the undulating countryside skirting the Nam Pak River to Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 37mi*

Day 13: Luang Prabang

Our main destination for the day is the hidden waterfall, Kung Si. Tucked away between thick foliage, the famous waterfall feels like a secret. The aqua marine waters are tempting, so do carry your swimwear along. We also hike to the top of the falls. We spend until afternoon here and return to the town in boat skirting the spectacular Mekong river only in the evening to visit the famous night handicraft market. Shopping for local delights can be great fun, so enjoy your shopping time for the day.

Today’s dinner is on your own. We suggest eating dinner at a street stall so you can dig into the local delicacies. street stall so you can dig into the local delicacies. Lao food can be very meat oriented. Chopped meat, chicken or duck are common, but there are plenty of options for vegetarians as well. Our personal recommendation is the light and tasty Tam Mak houng or papaya salad, which is made from sliced raw papaya, garlic, chilly, peanuts, sugar, fermented fish sauce and lime juice.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 14: Departure – Luang Prabang Airport

Please make arrangements as per your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast