Cycling

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai by Bike4 Days, 3 Nights

A breathtaking nature experience through mountain valleys




Scenic Vistas and Remote Trails for Nature Lovers

Make the most out of your experience and slow the trip down with a 4 Day / 3 Night bicyle tour. You will enoy following remote trails and quiet untraveled back roads with fantastic scenery. Of course, we make sure that you enjoy your stay each night in a charming, Thai-style lodge. Take a swim at the end of the day freshen up after your ride!

Thailand is known for an abundance of waterfalls, caves, rivers and temples and you will not miss these highlights on your tour. After you depart from Chiang Mai, you will start riding at Bua Thong waterfall. Its not long before we have found the country back roads which take us to trails cut by elephants through the forest. Day two begins with a tour of the Chiang Dao caves afterwhich we head out into the light again and ride on a mix of dirt parths cut by hill tribes enjoyng scenery like soaring limestone cliffs. A little more more local culture on day three as  you start your ride at a temple retreat at the Tub Tao caves. Following the Mae Kok river to the town of Mae Salak is always a highlight because its one of of the most scenic rides of the trip. To mix things up a bit, on day four, you can ride off-road trail and then board a long-tail boat with your bike. You can also spend some time on an elephant before we get back on the bikes and head to Chiang Rai. Check out the itinerary and what is included! All in all, this is a memorable trip and a great highlight!

Cycling Highlights

  • Tour starts in Chiang Mai and ends in Chiang Rai.
  • Cycling Distance - 130 kilometres
  • Cycling Days -  4 days
  • Difficulty -  2 out of 5
  • Perfect for anyone with reasonable level of fitness and cycling experience

Tour Guides

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. 

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

Delicous and nutricious food is included. We assure it. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know when you book with us. 

You will want for nothing, we provide you with plenty of cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks, all included of course. You may want a cold beer at the end of the day but not included. 

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Tour Itinerary & Map (below)


Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
8:00 am. Pick up from hotel in the morning and transfer to start of the ride at Bua Thong waterfall. From here we ride along country back roads before cutting off road and riding an elephant trail through the forest to our resort near Chiang Dao. The hotel has a great pool and a swim at the Royal Ping Resort, your lodging for your first night is a fine way to finish off a great riding day. Ride 30 Km today. 

Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
We take a transfer from our resort to the Chiang Dao caves and the start of our ride. After a visit to the cave we'll ride through rice fields set among soaring limestone cliffs. Our ride will be a mixture of dirt paths cut by local hill tribes and we may meet some local tribes people - Akha, Lisu,and Palaung – from the area. The colourful Palaung are recent migrants and you will see their women adorned with heavy brass waist-bands working the fields. Tonight we stay at the Saimoonburi Resort.Ride 35 km.

Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast we transfer to Tub Tao Caves and a temple retreat and then on to Fang and the start of our ride. From here we ride the back roads through many small villages. The ride to Mae Salak follows the Mae Kok river and is one of the most scenic on the trip. We end the day's pleasurable ride at the small town of Mae Salak and give you time to enjoy the well-situated resort. After enjoying the view over the river from your room, or having a dip in the pool, you'll be entertained by local Lahu children who will come to the resort and perform traditional music and dance. Tonight's lodgings, the Huai Khum Resort. Ride 35 km today. 

Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
We start from the resort and ride 8 km (optional) off road to a Lakhu village where we then hitch a ride on a long-tail boat (with our bikes) to Ban Ruamitr. There’s an option to have a ride on an elephant around this area before we finally mount the bikes and head to Chiang Rai where this tour concludes. Enjoy your evening in Chiang Rai. From here there are many other good tour options. Check out a river cruise on the Mekong River in Laos. Ride 30 km today. 

Good to Know

Accommodations and Trip Route

Please check the itinerary for the names of places where we will stay. We find the best available lodgings for the location to offer a good mix from home stays to luxurious lodges.  The routes are chosen to give you the best scenery.

Road Conditions

Good quality tarmac roads or dirt tracks over primarily flat terrain with a few small hills, mixing hard-packed jeep trails and smooth tarmac.

Bike Repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. 

Safety

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.

Support

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. 

Health

We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. 

Weather

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. 

Extra Expenses

We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars and/or Thai Baht for incidentals. 

Terms & Conditions

Booking the Tour

  • All prices in US dollars and per person
  • Minimum 2 persons per booking required or add single supplement fee for solo traveler. 
  • Same day booking confirmations or allow up to 24 hours for booking confirmation
  • Suggest booking a minimum of 2 months in advance for high season (November 1 to April 30)

Payment Terms

  • 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 
  • Nationality
  • 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)

Departures

  • This tour is on a join in basis. Departs every Monday's 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 time at your hotel is between 7:00 to 7:30 am
  • The tour desk will call you the night before. 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

  • Child rate from $454 to $509, season depending
  • Single supplement fee, $89

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 will enjoy your adventure

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