North Thailand by Bike

Day 1 Chiang Mai

We meet in the afternoon to brief everyone thoroughly and make sure the bikes fit. Then, we take a short transfer out of town and start a nice, easy ride along the Ping River to get accustomed to riding in Thailand. Our stopping point of Ban Tawai is an arts and crafts area, and we have time to browse the stalls for souvenirs before heading back to Chiang Mai.

Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel
Dinner
Ride 40km
+155m
-155m

Day 2 Teak Forest Ride

After breakfast, we transfer to a nearby reservoir where we take a boat to our trail head. We ride an outstanding trail through a scenic teak forest, enjoying some great single track. We eventually spill out of the forest at a waterfall where our support truck is waiting to replenish water supplies and provide a snack. We then ride on a road to our lunch stop, a great little restaurant overlooking a reservoir. After lunch, we ride along country backroads before cutting off road and riding an elephant trail through the forest to our resort near Chiang Dao. Time to enjoy the swimming pool before dinner.

Royal Ping Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 60km
+731m
-755m

Day 3 Chiang Dao Tribal Trails

We make a short transfer from the resort to Chiang Dao Caves and the start of our ride. Today’s ride is a real treat for mountain bikers. We ride through rice fields and among soaring limestone cliffs before hitting the dirt. We ride dirt roads cut by local hilltribes, and we will meet Akha, Lisu, Lau, and Palaung peoples. The colourful Palaung are recent migrants, and you will see their women adorned with heavy brass waist-bands working the fields. We stop for lunch at a Forestry Camp before a memorable afternoon riding some quite outstanding mountain trails. Our support vehicle will be waiting at the trail end to transport us to our comfortable Thai-style inn.

Saimoonburi Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 75km
+855m
-819m

Day 4 Backroads - Thaton

After an early breakfast, we ride to the Tub Tao Caves and temple retreat. We ride backroads through many small villages before arriving in Fang and our stop for lunch. In contrast to the previous day, much of the ride is flat, and we will make the distance quite quickly. The ride is scenic as we pass farmlands and orchards. We end at Thaton along the banks of the Mae Kok River where your resort with a swimming pool awaits.

Maekok River Village Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 82km
+374m
-522m

Day 5 Bike and Boat - Chiang Rai

After a short transfer, we arrive at a Lahu village, where we hitch a ride on a long-tail boat (with our bikes) to a scenic riverside area. We have a brief stop at a forestry reserve before heading off for another 20-km off-road ride and take a break at a local coffee shop. It's just about 20 km more to the provincial capital of Chiang Rai. Here we can relax at the hotel, or go out in the city to see the famous night market or to just chill in the lively downtown area.

La Luna Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 48km
+609m
-645m

Day 6 Doi Mae Salong Ascent

After breakfast, we cycle 14 km along dirt roads flanked by rice paddies to Chiang Rai's spectacular white temple, Wat Rong Khun. Make sure you have your sunglasses on as we take in the splendour of one of Thailand's most famous edifices. After lunch, we transfer to the foot of Doi Mae Salong where we make our first big mountain climb in the late afternoon. It is 18 km up and down through magnificent scenery to Mae Salong. Almost entirely populated by descendants of Chiang Kai Chek’s Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Army, the village has the look and feel of China’s Yunnan province rather than Thailand. We stay the night at a simple resort with a swimming pool that has out-standing views across the tea plantations and enjoy a wonderful dinner.

Mae Salong Flower Hills
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 32km
+915m
-703m

Day 7 Doi Mae Salong Descent

After breakfast, we visit the temple at the very top of the hill and then hit the trail. A 30-km (14 km off road) descent through the forest along some glorious trails. Eventually, we spill out onto the road and make the short ride to our resort. We stay at one of north Thailand’s best kept secrets. Built by a well-known architect, this charming resort fuses western comforts with Lanna design to provide a delightful refuge for weary cyclists. The afternoon is free to enjoy the resort’s facilities, laze by the pool, or explore the surrounding countryside.

Phu Chaisai Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 48km
+1240m
-1903m

Day 8 Mae Salong - Golden Triangle

The longest ride of the tour is also one of the most spectacular. We start the day with an off-road ride through lychee orchards and have a chance to visit the only horse temple in Thailand. We then tackle Doi Tung, where the Thai royal family has a palace. Again, the climb is on good tarmac, and the rewards are some amazing views. We take lunch on top of the mountain and visit a temple that is said to contain the Buddha’s clavicle. In the afternoon, we ride along an amazing ridgeback road. There is a fast, downhill ride into Mae Sai and then a nice flat ride alongside the Sai River to our hotel in Sop Ruak, the site of the Golden Triangle.

Imperial Golden Triangle
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 98km
+1914m
-1969m

Day 9 Mekong River Ride

After breakfast, we take you on a very scenic loop deep into the heart of the countryside surrounding the Golden Triangle. We then return to the hotel, where you can shower before we head to Chiang Saen and have lunch. We have a chance to do some sightseeing in this ancient town, one of the first Thai kingdoms. After sightseeing, we begin the transfer back to Chiang Mai (approx. 3 hours). Once checked into the hotel, we then enjoy a farewell dinner at a great riverside restaurant.

The Rim Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 28km
+228m
-230m

Day 10 Doi Suthep Downhill

Saving the best for last, we have an outstanding off-road treat scheduled. We start with a climb (or transfer) to Chiang Mai’s most impressive temple, Wat Doi Suthep, which is perched on a hilltop overlooking the city. We then embark on Thailand’s most exciting mountain bike trail. Winding for 30 km through spectacular mountain scenery, this ride is a fitting finale to an amazing cycling adventure. Our support vehicle picks us up at picturesque reservoir to transfer us back to the hotel or to the airport for your onward travels.

Breakfast, Lunch
Ride 42km
+1699m
-1652m