Cycling

Golden Triangle Cycling3 Days, 2 Nights

An Adventure Exploring Thailand's gorgeous and historic Golden Triangle




Historic Golden Triangle, Center of the Opium Trade

This tour sets out to explore an area known as Sop Ruak, the heart of the Golden Triangle – here is is where the Nam Ruak and Mekong rivers meet. The historic Golden Triangle did not become part of Thailand until the 1880s. These country roads, quiet  trails and Hmong Villages are usually missed by most visitors and this tour allows you to really feel what living in this part of Thailand is all about. 

Opium may not be your thing but you will visit the Opium Museum where you can learn about the fascinating history of opium trade and how one of the most abundant crops in the area has now been replaced by legal produce thanks to various royal projects. On day two we have a great ride following the Mekong River towards Chiang Khong, which gives you expansive views over the Mekong, the natural border that separates Thailand from Laos. We then ride west towards Chiang Rai stopping off at the unique White Temple on the way.

There are a few small hills, but these can be tackled by anyone with even a moderate amount of fitness. The emphasis on this tour is Thailand’s history, culture, scenery and all off the beaten track. Check out the itinerary and what is included!

Cycling Highlights

  • Tour starts and ends in Chiang Rai.
  • Cycling Distance - 119 kilometres
  • Cycling Days - 3 days
  • Difficulty -  2 out of 5
  • Suitable for anyone. Long riding biking experience is not needed. 

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

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. Bikes are well maintained. 

Food and Drink

Meals are delicous and nutricious. We guarantee 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! 

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Tour Itinerary & Map (below)


Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Pick up in Chiang Rai and then transfer to the Golden Triangle area. Upon arrival to our hotel we'll check in and change into our bike gear for a scenic loop through the countryside visiting local rice mills and makers of the local liquor "Lao Cao". Imperial Golden Triangle.
Ride 28 km today

Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
We start off the day with a visit to the Opium Museum which depicts the story of opium cultivation and its effect of society. A short shuttle takes us to the Golden Buddha near the village of Ban Saeo, the starting point of today's more challenging ride. We follow the Mekong, riding eat from Chiang Saen towards Chiang Khlong through plantations of lychee, banana, chilli, eggplant, corn and more. We have a riverside lunch stop today at a restaurant where our hosts grow most of the vegetables for our meal. After a few more kilometres we have a choice to either get in the van or try the challenging 2km climb to Huai Sai Man viewpoint. We overnight at a lodge right in the middle of a Hmong village. After you have settled in we'll have tea with the shaman and learn some Hmong customs. There'll also be an option to help villagers plant trees at the Herbal Plant Nursery Project for a small fee. Stay at Lanjia Lodge.
Ride 45 km today.

Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Today we complete our loop and ride towards Chiang Rai. We start cycling west and ride on small country roads, between fields and between karsts jutting out of the landscape. On the outskirts of the city we'll stop to visit the White Temple, a unique modern temple that was designed and built by a local artist. After our visit we can drop you off at the airport or a hotel. Ride 45 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 check the itinerary for the names of place where we will stay. 

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.

Bikes Included in the Tour

The bikes are well-known makes of hybrid or mountain bikes (depending on the tour) with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension.

Guides

You will be led by a local English-speaking tour guide. All our tour leaders are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. 

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

An air-conditioned support vehicle is always close by, 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 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. 

Money

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.

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 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. 
  • Please read about TourChoice.com's unique consumer protection under About Us

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 Tuesday from Chiang Rai 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 7:30 to 8:00 am. The tour desk will call you the night before. Please ensure your guest check in name 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 $342 to $387, season depending
  • Single supplement fee, $75. 

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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