Exquisite Thailand 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.
  • 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.

An undulating route 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

    8 days / 7 nights

  • Start / End

    Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai

  • Hotels

    Premiere Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlacePremiere InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1Chiang MaiAnantara1
2 – 3Mae TaengSibSan Resort250km / 30mi
25km / 15mi
4ThatonMaekok Village Resort150km / 30mi*
5Mae SalongPhu Chaisai Resort150km / 30mi*
6 – 7Chiang SaenAnantara260km / 36mi*
8Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Arrive in Chiang Mai and settle into your hotel. Our guide meets at your hotel, post-lunch at 13:00.

Today we take a bike loop along the Ping River. Our ride takes us outside of town, visiting the 725 year old ruins at Wiang Khum Kam and the craftshop village of Baan Tawai. We convene tonight to celebrate the start of our awesome journey on a bike.

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

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: Breakfast, 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.

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*

Day 5: Mae Salong

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!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 6: Chiang Saen 

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 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

Day 8: Chiang Rai

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.

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

Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi

REVIEWS

from our friends

The trip was wonderful. Everything worked out very well. The bikes were great, the hotels were fine, the pools were appreciated, and the food was tremendous. The roads, to my welcome surprise, were smooth and well maintained.

My strongest words go to the guide, Noom, and the driver. Nit. They gave us warm attention and shared their knowledge and love of Thailand with great spirit and warmth. Noom’s hand signals made sure that we made every turn safely and avoided any road debris. Given that we were not used to riding on the left, his constant attention was well needed.

We particularly enjoyed the last week of the trip as we left the flat roads of the center plains and moved into the hills of the North. Noom seemed to know many secret quiet country roads that allowed us to see the lush country side without fear of other vehicles.

Robert