We meet in the afternoon in Chiang Rai for a warm-up ride through rice paddy fields along the Mae Lao River to the distinctive White Temple created by a local artist. Then head back to the hotel to refresh for an outing to the night bazaar and dinner.
Climbing the hills of Wawee, we have a nice 40 km flat stretch to warm up before the serious stuff. Enjoying panoramic views, we take a fast 10-km descent and ride on quiet roads to Thaton and your resort on the banks of the Mae Kok River.
Today we won't be pedaling very hard until KM 25. Then it's time to climb, but we only gain about 350 m over 10 km. On the way we'll ride past hill tribe farmers working their fields and be greeted by children and possibly a water buffalo or two.
It's a semi rest day with a quiet morning flat ride along the Mekong River. We arrive Chiang Khong in the afternoon, just in time for you to relax on your balcony overlooking the river, visit the local market or wander through the bicycle museum.
Riding out of Chiang Khong we head south to Pu Chi Fah for a stunning viewpoint. After 40 km of a flat warm-up, it's time go up, up, up, with the total ascent over 2,000 m, but we'll finish atop an amazing cliff formation like no other in the region.
We start with an exhilarating descent down the mountain and then the ride flattens out as we cycle through a wide and fertile valley. We end our ride in Phayao Lake with time to chill in this laid-back town.
This morning is free and after lunch we'll get on our bikes and ride up and over into the next valley by crossing a mountain range. As the light turns golden we'll ride through the foothills of the forested mountains to our bungalows.
Today's ride has a refreshing end in a waterfall, but we have our work cut out for us! We'll be cycling up to 1,400 m. The climbs will be tough, but they won't be unrelenting. After a dip in the waterfall we transfer to Chiang Mai and our hotel.
Loop around Doi Suthep, the mountain overlooking this ancient city, and head for lunch at the village of Samoeng. Riding around the mountain we have one tough rise before enjoying a swift downhill to the fertile foothills south of Chiang Mai.
Today is yours to relax and rest after nine days of great riding. We can help with arrangements if you'd like to extend your stay in Thailand or organize transfers to the airport for onward flights.