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North Thailand by Road Bike

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US$ 2,350
10 Days / 9 Nights
788 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days9
Average Distance Per Day: 88
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 1149
2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance788 kilometres
Bike HireStandard Road Bike: US$ 280, Carbon Road Bike: US$ 400
Single SupplementUS$ 425
Client Rating (based on 29 reviews)

About this Cycle Tour

On this 788-kilometre ride you’ll cycle on paved roads in good condition through farming villages, up and over lush green mountains and on winding roads along the Mekong River.

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Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

We won't be pedalling very hard until KM 25. Then it's a climb, but we only gain about 350 m over 10 km. We ride past farmers working their fields and be greeted by children and possibly a water buffalo or two.

Day 4

It's a semi rest day with a quiet morning flat ride along the Mekong River. We arrive Chiang Khong in time for you to relax on your balcony, visit the local market, or wander through the town.

Day 5

Riding out of Chiang Khong we head south to Pu Chi Fah for a stunning viewpoint. After a 40-km warm-up, we ascend over 2,000 m, finishing atop an amazing cliff formation like no other in the region.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

We ride around the lake and ascend 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 and into the paddy fields.

Day 8

Today's ride ends with 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.

Day 9

Loop around Doi Suthep, the mountain overlooking this ancient city, and head for lunch at Samoeng. Riding around the mountain, we have one tough rise before enjoying a swift downhill.

Day 10

Relax and rest after nine days of great riding.

Elevation Profiles

Day 1 - Chiang Rai Ride 30km. +129m / -129m.
Day 1 - Chiang Rai Ride 30km. +129m / -129m.


Wonderful trip, great scenery, excellent food and accommodation, outstanding guide (who rode with us) and wonderful support driver. But not for the faint-hearted …. Some of the hills were very difficult (often well over 15% and on more than one occasion well over 20%!). I must confess to getting in the van a few times, though overall I feel very happy with my efforts! I appreciated very much that I felt very well supported on the road and was never left feeling bad when a hill became too much for me. I think that Spiceroad's description of the difficulty level is pretty accurate, but recommend that people take the level seriously and do some good training in preparation!

Louise RyanNovember 2023

No better way to see the Thai countryside. Beautiful, traffic-free back roads curling up the sides of mountains; plates of cool mangoes and pineapples and coconut rice waiting to quench your midday hunger; mouthwatering plates of local food waiting for you at every meal, and tireless, friendly guides who will both race you up the mountain when you're feeling strong and help you finish the last leg when you're flagging.

Patrick HealyJanuary 2020

A great mix of fun and challenging cycling, local food, beautiful countryside and sites, and knowledgeable guides. We enjoyed our trip from start to finish!

Sarah MorrisJanuary 2020

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