Families Making Memories for Life
Operating on a Join-In basis, this Thailand tour combines a range of activities to keep your family engaged. Chiang Mai is surrounded by green mountains. The Lanna way of life has a relaxing and charming infuence on this famous city making it an ideal holiday destination for families who seek an outdoor, back to nature holiday.
Cycling at a leisurely pace through this beautiful region, we slow down so you can experience some northern Thai charms like riding on an ox cart, formerly, the primary mode of transportation in this fertile farming region. We will visit an organic farm, you can cook your dinner, kayak on a lake and even boil an egg in a natural hot spring. Last but not least, bathing with elephants is a memory that you will never forget! A wide range of activities, many are educational, some are physical and the rest are just plain fun. We guarantee all members of your family an unforgettable experience in Thailand. Check out the itineray and what's included!
- Tour starts and ends in Chiang Mai
- Cycling Distance - 98 kilometres
- Cycling Days - 4 days with 1 rest day
- Difficulty - Super easy, good for everyone
- Children under 12 receive a 20% discount
You are led by a local English-speaking tour guides who are well informed in the history and culture of the area where you are biking. Our guides enjoy passing that knowledge on to you. Your tour leader is also medically trained and is most definitely an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
Bikes Included in the Tour
All bikes are very well maintained and we use well-known makes of hybrid or mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension.
Food and Drink
Meals are included. Just read our itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Meals are delicous and nutricious. We assure it. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know when you book with us.
We love to keep completely hydrated. It's very important. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are all included in your tour price. You will want for nothing! Beer is available everywhere and you may want one at the end of the day, but is not included in the price.
Tour Itinerary & Map (below)
7:00 am. After an early pick up, it's just a short transfer to start our ride outside Chiang Mai city. We start with a gentle ride on quiet backroads, cycling through small villages, numerous paddy fields, fruit orchards, all with a stunning backdrop of the mountains. We will ride across the dam of the sixth largest park in Thailand, Sri Lanna, and finish at Mae Ngud reservoir. Here we take off our bike helmets and put on our life vests and launch our kayaks for the next phase of our adventure. We will paddle along the jungle edge of the lake, looking for monkeys and perhaps sighting a colorful kingfisher bird. Have lunch at a floating restaurant, then free time for you to explore this 430 m deep lake, or to swim in the streamfed waters. We overnight at a resort on the banks of the Mae Ping River. We stay at the Royal Ping Garden and Resort tonight. Ride 20 km today.
8:00 am. Breakfast. Today we'll start by riding on an ox cart from our resort to a village settled by Lisu, an ethnic minority who inhabit the mountainous regions of Thailand. As you travel on this traditional mode of transport you will learn about the traditions of the Lisu. Once we have explored the village we get on our bicycles for a leisurely ride in the countryside. We take a dirt track along an irrigation canal where we cycle from village to village, meeting plenty of friendly locals along the way. Our destination is Mae Jo Baan Din, also known as Earth Home, a small organic farm promoting sustainable living. Here we'll immerse ourselves in the famous Thai cuisine as we learn about the ingredients, how to prepare them and cook them. Our host will bring us to the organic garden to learn about the vegetables and herbs used in Thai dishes, and after picking our ingredients we will prepare dinner. If cooking isn't your thing, there are options to learn Thai boxing, or Muay Thai or have a Thai massage. We overnight in an adobe hut built with all natural materials. We stay at Mae Jo Baan Din tonight.Ride 25 km today.
8:00 am. Breakfast. After breakfast, we again mount our bikes and will likely see Buddhist monks on their morning ritual, walking in their peaceful manner for their daily alms from villagers. Thai Buddhists give alms with their highest respect. Small hard-packed dirt trails lead you to the heart of bright green paddy fields where farmers will be starting their daily work. After your two-wheeled exploration we will transfer you to the Buffalo village where you will have the opportunity to learn all about the rice you saw growing with a hands on demonstration of planting and harvesting rice. Tonight we'll spend more time with ethnic Lisus. We'll have a villager escort us through the village and he'll take us to a local house to have a cup of tea and teach is about traditional medicine at a shaman's house. We stay at the Lisu Lodge tonight. Ride 30 km today.
A day off the bikes today as we will be spending the day with Thailand's national animal – the elephant. It's a short transfer to the Thai Elephant Home where you'll be spending a whole day in the forest with your new buddy. You will be taught how to ride your new friend as a mahout and to give commands. Once you get to know your charge you will quickly learn their special characteristics and will feel like a professional mahout in no time. Besides riding through the forest you'll also get to feed and bathe your elephant. After lunch, take your elephant to a natural black mud spa -- good for the elephant as well as your skin. Enjoy the mud and get dirty as the next stop is the river for a proper bath! To be sustainable, Thai Elephant Home has a reforestation project and we'll end our day by planting a tree as our contribution. Say good-bye to your buddy, before transferring to the Jasmine Hills Lodge.
After breakfast, a short transfer to Bor Sang Umbrella Village. Bor Sang is famed for handmade parasols made from bamboo and rice paper. The village has made umbrellas for generations and the art has been handed down through a small number of families that live here. You can create your unique painted umbrella as a souvenir. Then get back on your bike and start cycling on a smooth tarmac road. Today is an easy flat ride, shaded small tarmac roads lead you through villages, pass by schools, temples and many fruit orchards. When the mountains start to appear in the background we are close to our destination – a hot spring, San Kamphaeng hot springs offers many different pools, including one you can boil an egg in! Let the minerals and the heat do their magic on your biking muscles. After lunch our tour is over and return you to your hotel in Chiang Mai or the airport. Either way, you have time for a nice evening dinner at your destination. Ride 23 km today.
Good to Know
Accommodations and Trip Route
The routes have been chosen to assure you of seeing the best scenery and having a ride on the best terrain, be it on road or dirt. We have carefully chosen accommodations finding the best available for the location to offer a good mix from home stays to luxurious lodges on all tours. Please read the itinerary for the names of places where we will stay.
Good quality tarmac roads or dirt tracks over primarily flat terrain with a few small hills, mixing hard-packed jeep trails and smooth tarmac.
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended on all our biking adventures and if you choose not to wear one you will be asked to sign a liability waiver. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding.
We will be supported by an air-conditioned vehicle that has been specially modified for cycle tours. The vehicle follow us the whole time and it is very easy to get bikes on and off, so you can rest when you are tired and cycle whenever you feel like it.
Passports and Visas
All nationalities require a passport for entry into Thailand. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. If staying less than 30 days then a visa in advance is not required by European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities.
We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A.
Thailand has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 27 and 40C, with night temperatures in the 20s. The rainy season is from July to October, but temperatures are slightly lower, because of the effect of the rain. During this time it will not rain continuously. Mostly in the morning or evening.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20, for incidentals.
The Thai currency is the baht. ATMs, which are abundant, are the easiest ways to get Thai baht. Have a supply of US dollars in cash on hand, just in case your card doesn’t work. Banks or the more rare private money changers offer the best foreign-exchange rates. Credit cards are accepted in big cities and resort hotels but you’ll need baht for family-run guesthouses or small restaurants.
Terms & Conditions
Booking the Tour
- All prices in US dollars
- Minimum 2 persons per booking required or add single supplement fee for solo traveler
- Same day confirmations or allow up to 24 hours for booking confirmation
- Please note that pricing is per person
- Suggest booking a minimum of 2 months in advance during high season (November 1 to April 30)
- We accept secure payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal
- TourChoice does not receive any customer sensitive data from credit card processing companies
- Prepayment in full once your reservation has been confirmed by TourChoice.com
- A booking voucher & invoice will be emailed to you immediately upon confirmation of your reservation.
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When Booking, Please Provide:
- First name & Family name and email address
- Heights of all guests; to select correct bike size (comments field on booking page)
- Pick up & Drop off hotel if known (comments field on booking page) or we will remind you
- Dietary or special meal requirement(s) (comments field on booking page)
- This tour is on a join in basis. Departs every Tuesday from Chiang Mai based on a minimum of 2 participants
- Groups are never more than 16 people and a minimum of 2 people are required to run the tour
- Pick up times at your hotel are between 7:00 to 7:30 am. The tour desk will call you at your hotel the night beforeP
- Please ensure your guest check in name at the hotel is the same as the guest name that we have on file.
Refund / Cancellation Policy:
If the guest cancels the trip, the following applies: Number of days prior to trip start:
- 7 days or more - full refund less 5% of tour price
- 6 to 3 days - full refund less 25% of tour price
- 1 or 2 days before - refund less 50% of tour price
- No show - forfiet 100% of tour price
Child Policy & Single Supplement
- Single supplement fee, $128
- Child rate from $743 to $804, season depending
Changes to Itinerary
In remote destinations, road, weather or other conditions can occasionally change which means the itinerary can be subject to change. The guides will do their best to adhere to the original itinerary but if a change is necessary, guides cannot be held responsible. Its best for guests to understand, remain flexible and you will enjoy your adventure
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