Cycling Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

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US$ 2,900
11 Days / 10 Nights
713 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days9
Average Distance Per Day: 86
150 Km
Total Cycling Distance713 kilometres
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 200
Single SupplementUS$ 370

All About this Tour

Travel by tributary and trail on this exploration through the remote jungles and mountains of tribal Thailand and Laos. Explore the fascinating network of trails and villages inside the famous Golden Triangle, before pushing deeper into tribal territory in Laos. Local encounters, raw countryside and wilderness, and great trails abound on this two-wheeled trek through regions seldom seen by outsiders.

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Day 1

Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai is the starting point of this adventurous tour. The tour starts leisurely with a ride along the Ping River and heads to the handicraft centre at Ban Tawai for some shopping.

Day 2

Today is a treat for mountain bikers as the trail winds from rice fields among soaring limestone cliffs through local hilltribe villages. After lunch at a forestry camp, the riding continues along serene mountain trails.

Day 3

On backroads, we ride through many small villages and see how the locals live and work. We top off with a stay at a beautiful resort along the banks of the Mae Kok River.

Day 4

From a Lahu village we hop onto a boat for a leisurely cruise down the Mae Kok River. The morning riding is off-road, with beautiful river views, before the surface switches to tarmac for our final push into Chiang Rai.

Day 5

Another picturesque ride is on good roads with rice fields and along the Mekong River and to the infamous Golden Triangle. Today's highlight is the lovely lodge set right in the middle of a Hmong village, allowing you to learn and mingle with villagers and have tea with the shaman.

Day 6

We leave Thailand behind, cross to Laos, and spend our day relaxing on the Mekong River. We have a private boat, so we can stop if we want to visit some riverside villages along the way.

Day 7

Embark on an epic day with a challenging ride on a broken track along the Beng River, through peaceful Lao villages and lush mountain scenery. Exploring rural Laos, you'll have to make way for all types of colourful vehicles and livestock.

Day 8

We are now in the central highlands, and there are some spectacular views across the rugged mountain landscape. We cycle through Hmong villages few people will ever visit and through some of the region's last remaining rainforest.

Day 9

After two challenging cycling days, we boat down the Nam Ou River to Nong Khiau. Watch life on the river, from the fishermen to the children playing in the waters.

Day 10

The last long ride of the tour! We cycle on an undulating road along the Nam Ou River and stop at Pak Ou to visit the famous caves filled with Buddha images. Then, we ride on to Luang Prabang to the hotel to freshen up for our farewell dinner.

Day 11

Rise early to watch the monks in their saffron robes collecting alms before we say goodbye at breakfast.

Elevation Profiles

Day 1 - Meet in Chiang Mai Ride 40km. +354m / -346m.
Day 1 - Meet in Chiang Mai Ride 40km. +354m / -346m.


What an amazing way to see Northern Thailand and Laos – bicycle is definitely the way to do it to get the full experience! Thank you SpiceRoads for making my first trip to Asia so memorable and fun.

Stephanie DolmatNovember 2018

Thailand and Laos local guides were both excellent, personable, happy to share their knowledge about local culture, and very "can do". We had loads of fun, despite some challenging days. The challenges were not a problem, as the van was always handy if we needed a lift.

Rebekah RossNovember 2016

This is hard to rate because Natt was excellent with everything... knowledge, fun, courteous, etc. His English was very good.

The drivers for the Thai portion were excellent in every way. I cannot say enough how wonderful the Thai guide and drivers were. You should have them train your other guides and drivers.

Natt always found a great spot with access to toilets, places to sit to eat. The terrain was mixed.

accommodations were very good.

Alessandra IncarboneNovember 2013

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