Northern Thailand – Bangkok to Chiang Rai 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

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start / End

    Bangkok / Chiang Rai

  • Price

    From $3,295 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

Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

Request a quote or further customize:

GROUP TRAVEL

Open your date as a Join-In tour:

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1BangkokX2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel1
2AyutthayaKrungsri River Hotel130km / 18mi
3Nakhon SawanBonito Chinos Resort 170km / 42mi
4Kamphang PhetChakungrao Riverview Hotel180km / 48mi
5SukothaiRueanthai Hotel170km / 42mi
6UttaraditSeeharaj Hotel160km / 36mi
7LampangWianglakor Hotel170km / 42mi
8 – 9Chiang MaiRainforest Boutique Hotel270km / 42mi
10Chiang DaoChiang Dao Hill Resort160km / 36mi
11ThatonHuai Khum Resort180km / 48mi
12 – 13Chiang RaiLaluna Hotel and Resort250km / 30mi
14Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok – Arrival

Arrive in Bangkok and settle into your hotel. Today you can plan your own day visiting some of the classic highlights of Bangkok. We convene tonight to celebrate the start of our awesome journey on a bike.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Ayutthaya

Start with a short shuttle transfer from Bangkok to Bang Pa-In. Visit the former summer palace of King Chulalongkornand here and then ride along the Chao Phraya River. The landscape offers amazing insights into hinterlands. Continue riding and arrive at Ayutthaya.

At night, we can choose to eat at the in-house restaurant, 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: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 3: Nakhon Sawan

It’s long transfer in the morning and then we’re completely off-tourist trail and go more into the hinterlands of Northern Thailand. As we ride through the bucolic villages, enjoy the sights of chickens pecking at the road sides, geese used as guard for animals, and monitor lizards swimming through the small waterways with paddy fields and plantations in the backdrop.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 70km / 42mi

Day 4: Kamphang Phet

Today expect to see the hinterland whitewashed with bright green hues of paddy and fruit plantations.

It is not uncommon to see water buffaloes ambling in a row making their way to the rice fields.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 48mi

Day 5: Sukhothai

The paddy 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. 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).

If time permits, post-lunch, enjoy some classic highlights of the original capital of Thailand.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 70km / 42mi*

Day 6: Uttaradit

Our ride is through areas replete with vegetation – rice fields, papaya and garlic being the most prominent.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 7: Lampang

Brace for an undulating ride today through a rich green valley, unfolding one dramatic scenery after another. Hilltop farming to teak 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: ~ 70km / 42mi

Day 8: Chiang Mai

The ride is extremely refreshing as the crisp morning air and clear skies welcome you on the road. We reach Chiang Mai by afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 70km / 42mi

Day 9: Chiang Mai

Today you can plan your own day visiting 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.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 10: Chiang Dao – forest trail

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 11: Thaton – tropical trail

The day begins with a ride from Fang. 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. 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 12: Chiang Rai – agriculture trail

We trade our bike with long-tail boat today to arrive at a scenic riverside area. This brings us to our starting point for cycling. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 13: Chiang Rai – day at leisure

The day 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

Day 14: Departure

Travel as per your onward travel plans.

Meals: Breakfast