From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, join us and experience our most popular mountain bike route over four days of great cycling from the hills of Chiangdao down to the Maekok river. Discover small villages and the ethnic hill tribes of Northern Thailand. Ride your sturdy mountain-bike through scenic areas with plenty of exciting trails and sights. Ride at your own pace on a well organized program, with full support of our dedicated local staff.
DAY 1 / MONDAY: CHIANGMAI TO CHIANGDAO (Cycle 18 to 28 miles)
8:00 to 8:30, we pick up participants from various Chiang Mai hotels and drive north by covered pick-up truck to the Chiangdao area, located some 50 miles North of the city. Stop at an elephant camp surrounded by lush jungle. We can watch elephants bathing and demonstrating their skills. Explore the Chiangdao caves before lunch at a local restaurant.
Then we start our bike ride through rural back roads first, continuing on off-road trails, across a pristine landscape leading to small hill tribe villages. Visit Lahu, Lisu and Akha villages, and discover the Palaung people from Myanmar (only a few settlements in northern Thailand). Finish cycling at the Padeng Lodge, to spend the night. Wooden house with fan cooled rooms with share bathrooms. Excellent Thai set dinner will be served at the Lodge.
Meals included: Lunch + Dinner.
DAY 2 / TUESDAY: CYCLE CHIANG-DAO TO BAN THATON (Cycle 18 to 38 miles).
This morning we ride mostly off road through great trails and scenic landscape! The route is not too difficult and the escort vehicle is always near by. Morning distance is nearly 20 miles. Lunch stop and visit Buddhist forest temple and caves. Afternoon cycling around 15 miles, paved road, then car transfer to the small village of Ban Thaton, on the bank of Maekok river.
Overnight at simple tourist category hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner.
DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY: BAN THATON TO CHIANG-RAI, CYCLE AND BOAT (Cycle 28 to 38 miles).
Early morning, after breakfast, we cycle through the Maekok river valley, past rice fields and plantations. Then we follow an exciting riverside trail. Next we ride a local long-tail boat downriver. We continue cycling to reach a Karen village on the riverbanks. We proceed by bike or transfer by car to our Chiang Rai hotel. Evening and dinner is free at leisure.
Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch.
DAY 4 / THURSDAY: CHIANGRAI CYCLING AND RETURN TO CHIANG-MAI (Cycle 12 to 24 miles).
The route and cycling itinerary is flexible today, and to some extent depends on the season. We will ride out of town and follow the river to discover exciting new trails. We also will cycle up the mountain to a waterfall and down another route. Lunch, relax and shower at the waterfall before a car transfer back to Chiang Mai (3 hours). Arrive around 19:00 and drop off at your hotel. (Or end the trip in Chiang Rai).
Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch.
-All inclusive package tour, meals and lodging
-Friendly and experienced English-speaking local staff
-Well maintained equipment provided.
End of tour suggestions/alternative options:
-Stay extra night(s) individually in Chiang Rai hotel, then depart by flight to Bangkok (direct flights on Thai airways are available from Chiangrai to Bangkok).
-Additional days of cycling to the Golden Triangle can be organized (available on request for a minimum 4 persons).
-Departures is guaranteed every Monday from Chiangmai, in join tour group.
Private departure with minimum 2 persons can be arranged anytime, except in the high season (November through end February).
-Cost is in local currency
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