Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai with Golden Triangle Bike Tour

  • Set out to see the confluence of Thailand, Thailand and Myanmar, and the site for the infamous Golden Triangle.
  • The region is home to distinct array of food, music, art and lush landscapes.

An undulating trail that combines the Golden Triangle with Chiang Mai. Amidst lush jungles and limestone mountains pedal your way through bright green hues of paddy, fruit plantations, and along the meandering Kok river, unfolding one dramatic scenery after another.

Hilltop farming to tea plantations, ancient wats, hill-tribe culture, bamboo huts by the river and elephants lazily relaxing in the river – this is Thailand at its most authentic best!

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    7 days / 6 nights

  • Start / End

    Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1Chiang MaiRainforest Boutique Hotel130km / 18mi
2Chiang DaoChiang Dao Hill Resort160km / 36mi
3ThatonMaekok Village Resort180km / 48mi
4Mae SalongPhu Chaisai Resort160km / 36mi
5Chiang SaenThe Imperial Golden Triangle160km / 36mi
6Chiang RaiLaluna Hotel and Resort140km / 24mi
7Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Arrive in Chiang Mai and settle into your hotel. Our guide meets at your hotel post-lunch about 1pm. Today we take a bike loop around and visit some of the classic highlights of Chiang Mai. We convene tonight to celebrate the start of our awesome journey on a bike.

Meals: Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

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: ~ 80km / 48mi*

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: 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 infamous 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 6: Chiang Rai – agriculture trail

Ride past fruit orchards, paddy fields, banana plantations and arrive at Chiang Rai. The region is home to distinct array of food, music, art and lush landscapes. The rest of the evening is on your own to roam the night markets, full of local bric a bracs and street food stalls. Chiang Rai comes alive in the evenings with the streets packed with locals and tourists alike.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi

Day 7: Departure

Extend your stay here or travel further as per your onwards plans.

Meals: Breakfast

REVIEWS

from our friends

Our guide did an excellent job of making sure we got to experience the local foods. Sert picked wonderful places for us to stop and eat and have coffee. Much appreciated!!! Our time spent on and off the bike was perfect. Our guide was very knowledgeable and wanted us to be educated on the culture. It was all very interesting! The tour we went on was just right! Enjoyed it all and ended just at the right time. It was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you, Jane

Jane W.