North Thailand Explorer 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

    Chiang Mai / 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

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Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1 – 2Chiang MaiShewe Wana Boutique Resort and Spa, BanThai Village230km / 18mi
3Chiang DaoHuan Chiang Dao Resort150km / 30mi
4FangPhumanee Lahu Home140km / 24mi
5 – 6ThatonMaekok Village Resort250km / 30mi*
50km / 30mi
7Mae SalongPhu Chaisai Resort150km / 30mi
8Doi ThungDoitung View Resort160km / 36mi
9 – 10Chiang SaenThe Imperial Golden Triangle260km / 36mi*
11Chiang KhongFortune River View160km / 36mi
12 – 13Chiang RaiLaluna Hotel and Resort270km / 42mi

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai – arrival

Arrive in Chiang Mai and settle into your hotel. 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. We convene tonight to celebrate the start of our awesome journey on a bike.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Chiang Mai – countryside loop

Today take a classic countryside loop around Chiang Mai.

At night, 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

Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 25mi

Day 3: Chiang Dao – forest trail

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: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 4: Fang – paddy 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.

We try and catch lunch at a local restaurant, to get acquainted to the authentic Thai fare.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi

Day 5: 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. 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 6: Thaton – tropical trail

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 ride today 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, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 7: 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: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 8: Doi Thung – hinterland trail

An undulating ride past hinterlands and farmlands takes us to Doi Thung. Witness typical rural landscape consisting of paddy fields, fruit and tea plantations.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 9: 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 10: Chiang Saen – day at leisure

Today plan your own day. 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Chiang Khong – mekong trail

With the rich silted land by the Mekong River, a bike ride means that you tend to be surrounded by shades of green and undulating. There is agricultural land as far as your eyes can see, consisting of tobacco, corn, cabbage, garlic etc. farms.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 12: Chiang Rai – agriculture trail

A short transfer today brings us to our starting point for cycling. Ride past fruit orchards, paddy fields, banana plantations and arrive at Chiang Rai. 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: ~ 70km / 42mi

Day 13: Chiang Rai – day at leisure

The region is home to distinct array of food, music, art and lush landscapes. A true hinterland area for a day at leisure.

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

Day 14: 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