Chiang Mai XC Challenge

Tour Meets8 am at your hotel
Tour EndsAround 5 pm at your hotel
Fly in toChiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Fly out ofChiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Group Size2-16 riders
Minimum Age18 (on scheduled departures)
Cycling Distance40 km

Trip Profile

Escape Chiang Mai and rush for the hills as will cycle for 40 km along a mixed paved and dirt trails through thick forest with a pristine settings for the ride making it a delightful journey.

We begin our day with an relaxing warm up for our legs at the Buatong waterfall, a great place to drop by before the ride for a breathtaking view of the cascade as we walk up the limestone steppings and listen to the surrounding sound from the nature in this truly calm environment.

We start off cycling on a flat hill for 7 km before a smooth 3 km descend through teak forest on logging trails. Cycling through the rice fields along the tranquil canals, we can see such beautiful scenery as we passes by. We will ride by a fertile plantation near small village on our way to Mae Ngad reservoir. Next we cycle across a dam of fresh water as we head for our lunch to taste some of the specialties dishes from northern Thailand at the river lake restaurant.

In the afternoon we head back to get our bike and cycle on a flat but twisty dirt path through rice fields before a short climb up the hill as we approach the next reservoir, where we will take a break to catch our breath. Continuing on a undulating track area into the wilderness of the countryside as we cycle on the edge of Sri Lanna National Park. We have our last break to be hydrated with fresh supply of water and have a chance to greet and meet the locals at the villages before a final push to the end and finally a transfer back to Chiang Mai.

This ride is suggested for those who like to ride off road and have at least a little experience doing so. We'd recommend a reasonable level of fitness to be able to enjoy this 40 km ride. There is vehicle support to supply fresh water and snacks at points during the ride.

What's Included

  • Water bottle
  • Guide(s)
  • Hotel pick up
  • Hotel drop off
  • Bike and helmet
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Accident insurance

What's Excluded

  • Alcohol
  • Tips

General booking info


If this is the tour for you here's what you need to do to confirm your place: Read our Booking Conditions

From the tour page click the 'Book Now' link. All departures for this tour will appear, just select the date you'd like to travel. There is a minimum number of participants (usually 2) required to enable the trip to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to Depart'. Once a trip is guaranteed to depart you are free to book your flights and make other travel arrangements. If you are unsure about the trip status, please email us or call our office. For the next steps you'll need to know the names of the people traveling and have either a Visa or a MasterCard. If you wish you can also provide extra details such as passport numbers, height, or you can add that later by logging into Manage My Trip (we'll set up an account for you automatically if you don't already have one). However, if you wish to get a children's discount, please do fill out the date of birth of the riders. If you are having any problems, please send us an email, or give us a call (+66 2 381 7490) and one of our travel specialists will assist you with your booking.


For Long Tours (7 days or more) to guarantee your place we require a 30% or 500 USD deposit, whichever is the greater. For Short Tours (6 days or less) we require full payment to guarantee your place. We also require that you take out travel insurance when you book your holiday. Besides covering you during your holiday it will also enable you to claim for any money that you have paid to us, including your deposit, should you have to cancel your trip.


Full payment must be paid 45 days before the departure date with fees for any bicycle rental(s), single supplement(s) and extra hotel nights. Our confirmation will include personal details you provided us (including your flight information), visa application advice, a packing suggestion list and a detailed tour itinerary. It will also include a checklist to ensure you get everything ready for your holiday.

Cancellation Policy

On the rare occasions when we, SpiceRoads, must cancel a trip, all payments received to date will be 100% refunded, which constitutes full settlement. There will be absolutely no deductions. If you, the client, must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined according to when you cancel. For full details, please read our cancellation policy.

Loyalty Riders Club

For those who have been on several long tours with us we reward customer loyalty by offering repeat customers a special discount off the tour price (excludes single supplement and bike rental). If this is your fourth scheduled tour or more you will receive a 5% discount. If this is your eighth scheduled tour or more we will extend a 10% discount. The discount will be reflected in your online booking, but please contact us if any questions. Loyalty discounts can not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Note: Only tours of 7 days or more will be applicable for loyalty discount.

International Flights

International flights, to and from the start and finish points are not included in the tour price. Once your tour is Guaranteed to Depart you can book your flight. Please contact us for advice before arranging flights for the best arrival and departure times. We would only cancel a trip for an extreme circumstance, but in that case, where we cancel your trip, we cannot be liable for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made. Please claim any losses from your travel insurance that you acquired when you booked your holiday.


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