Arrive in Chiang Rai. We'll then meet up for trip briefing and a welcome dinner.
We start our tour with a gentle warm-up ride through the countryside of Chiang Rai. On our way back to our hotel, we visit at the unique, modern White Temple which is a work in progress by a local artist.
We leave Chaing Rai and head south to our tranquil resort nestled in a valley. The terrain starts out flat but then begins to undulate as we skirt Doi Luang National Park.
We cycle to the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai. We start out nice and easy but then we have a short climb before flying back down to the flats on the way to our riverside hotel.
Today is a semi rest day. Head out early for the unrelenting 13-km climb to Doi Suthep to visit the famous temple and enjoy panoramic views of Chiang Mai. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own.
We circumvent imposing Doi Suthep to the peaceful district of Samoeng. Our ride out of Chiang Mai is flat, but soon we start climbing.
We ascend over 2,000 m and descend about the same amount. Our ride starts nice and flat through rice fields before we climb up a scenic winding road. Then it’s a thrilling 20-km overall downhill to Pai Valley.
We leave the tranquil Pai behind as we climb up to Mae Hong Son. When we reach 1,443-m, it's time to take a break and enjoy the view before we descend through mountain villages.
It's an easier day in terms of kilometres ridden but there are still some hills to tackle. Now in hilltribe country so close to the Burma you will notice a Burmese influence.
We descend more than we ascend, but with enough climbing to test our legs.
Our toughest day challenges us with a 20-km climb of 860 m to the pass at 1,210 m (4,030 ft.). The climbing continues before enjoying a 10 km descent.
Climb to the top of Thailand! It's a tough start and the final 10 kms to the "Summit of Thailand", 2,565 m, will push you to the limits. Then head downhill to Chom Thong, where we transfer to Chiang Mai.
Today enjoy a free morning.