Arrive in Chiang Mai, pick up from airport and transfer to hotel. Assemble bikes and enjoy Chiang Mai, or go for a warm-up ride in the area.
Today we will circumvent imposing Doi Suthep through peaceful and gentle climb to Samoeng district. The climbs continue in the afternoon as we ride up to 1,140 m before roll downhill to Mae Rim.
Today we will be facing tough and long ascents as we leave Mae Rim for the Pai; a quaint town located near the Myanmar border and a popular oasis for both locals and tourists. Our resort is located only 1 km from the Night Market – ideal for an evening stroll-around and a fantastic opportunity to sample exotic fruits and local foods
We leave Pai and after 10 kms our first climb begins. We enjoy a scenic break at a 1,443 m elevation before descending through mountain villages on our way to Mae Hong Son, a town nestled in between mountains populated by Shan hilltribes whose ancestors came from Shan region in Burma.
Today is an easier day in terms of kilometres ridden but there are still some hills
to get over. We are now in hill tribe country, and being so close to the border with Burma you will no doubt notice a Burmese influence on the architecture. The day will end with an uphill ride to the small traditional village of Khun Yuam.
Today we descend more than we ascend, but there is still enough climbing to test those legs. We ride past farms, orchards, forests and will always have mountains as our backdrop. This scenic road will take us directly to quaint Mae Sariang and our riverside hotel.
Our toughest day awaits; A brutal start with a 20 km climb of 860 m up to the top of the pass at 1,210 m (4,030 ft.), crossing through beautiful mountains and the jungle landscapes before finally having a 10 km descent to enjoy. We'll pass the refugee camps where members of ethnic minorities of Burmese origin have come to escape the atrocities in their homeland, and continue on to the town of Mae Chaem where we overnight.
Today we climb to the very top of Thailand! From Mae Cham, the ascent starts immediately and for the first 15 kms we climb 870 m. The final 10 kms will be the true test though, taking us to the "Summit of Thailand" or Doi Inthanon at 2,565 m. Then it's downhill, with a few more ups, all the way to Chom Thon. Here we'll have a choice of getting in the van and transferring to Chiang Mai or riding for 65 km more to up today's total to 141 km. Tonight it's time to celebrate your accomplishment!
Today enjoy a free morning taking in Chiang Mai or attempt the nearby Doi Suthep before we transfer you from the hotel to the airport for your onward flight.