Thailand Bike Tour » Northern Highlights

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What: 7 days / 5 days cycling When: Year Round Cost: from $1750
Launching fire balloons to bless our Thailand bicycle tour
DAY
01
Meet in Chiang Mai, enjoy northern style Khantoke Dinner, launch fire balloons.
Cycling past Wat Chedi Liam
DAY
02
Cycle through the ruins of ancient Wiang Khum Kam, explore the wood working shops of Baan Tawai, dinner at our favorite riverside restaurant.
Elephant ride through the forest
DAY
03
Visit an elephant camp for demonstrations and a ride through the jungle, pedal the rural countryside to a remote lodge.
Golden Buddhas at Wat Baan Den
DAY
04
Discover the ornate colorful temple of Wat Baan Den, cycle through the lush Mae Ping Gorge, enjoy dinner while relaxing in a hot spring.
View cycling across Chiang Dao Hills
DAY
05
Cycle the Chiang Dao Hills, passing golden Buddhas, then wander into the 1000 year old Temple Cave at Tab Tao.
Learning hilltribe weaving
DAY
06
Visit the Burmese style temple in Mae Ai, learn about the Kayan Hill tribes and their handicrafts, enjoy dinner on the banks of the Mae Kok River.
Morning mist over Mae Kok River
DAY
07
Return to Chiang Mai to prepare for your next adventure. Sawasdee

Reviews, Stories & Photos

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The Northern Highlights tour is a must for anyone wanting to really see Thailand. Having visited the country many times before I was astounded at how much I didn't know and how much I hadn't seen. The pace of a bicycle is certainly the best way to see, hear, smell and taste this wonderful country. Tom and Yai are exceptional guides with limitless local knowledge and stories. Yai is a passionate cook and her encouragement of us to taste everything we laid eyes on made me very glad we were cycling an average of 60km a day. The accommodation all along the route, which begins in Chiang Mai and ends up just by the border of Myanmar, is of an exceptionally high standard as is the support and care you receive in the sag wagon every step of the way. ... , Feb 2011
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What a great time I had on this tour -- it's one week I will always remember. We stayed in very nice hotels (swimming pools in all of them), ate wonderful meals, saw both the requisite Thai cultural sites and some off-the-beaten path things -- like a Buddha cave at a temple out in the middle of nowhere! Our guide, Yai, was just wonderful -- she provided lots of background on Thai culture. In fact, that may have been the best part of the tour, apart from the riding. I feel like I came back with a solid understanding of the country and its people, something I definitely would have missed if I hadn't had Yai as a guide. Would I take this tour again? In a heartbeat! ... , Feb 2008
The lush green farm fields of northern Thailand are beautifully framed by the jagged Chang Dao mountains as we spin through northern Thailand on a seven-day cycling trek. People call out 'Sa wa dee kha!' (Hello!) as we pedal by. The many glittering Buddhist temples (wats) are awe-inspiring, but even more important: The food is mind-blowing.

Yai Tanheng, our guide on this village-to-village promenade through Chiang Mai province, is an impish, spandex-wearing, long-haired imp, with an appetite much larger than her small stature. ... read more about journalist Hanna Sung's experiences in Thailand.

Bike Tour Details

7 days (5 days cycling)
Inn to Inn
Level: A

Accommodations

Boutique inns and resorts
3 and 4 star     See some of our hotels

Flying There

Tour meets and ends in Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX)

Adventure Character

Paved roads, moderate traffic, mixed terrain

Mileage

Total: 189 mi / 304 km
Daily Avg: 37 mi / 61 km

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Costs

Scheduled Departures:
Tour Cost: $1750
Single Supplement: $550
Bike Rental: $175
Deposit: $200

Private Trips:
6 or more people: $1825
2 to 5 people: $2095
1 person: $2550
(Deposit, Single Sup, Bike Rental
same as Scheduled Departures)

(All costs per person in US $)

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Comfortable Boutique Accommodations


The Rim Resort
A delightful lanna styled boutique property overlooking the historic moat.

Baan Rai Lanna
Delightful, intimate resort with bungalows set on tiered rice paddies.

Aurora Resort
Unique collection of Thai Houses and deluxe rooms in lovely landscaped gardens.

Saimoonbury Resort
A charming resort hidden away in tiny Chaiprakan town.

Maekok River Village
Beautiful resort set on the banks of the Mae Kok River offering endless panoramic views.

The hotels listed here are our preferred properties, but may not be available for all dates. When alternates are used, they will be of the same quality and style.

Day 1:
Your bike tour group will gather today in the vibrant northern city of Chiang Mai. After checking into our lodge, we will get everyone set up with their bikes, then head out for a traditional northern Khan Toke dinner with classical and hill tribe dancing.
Day 2:
This morning we head south of town to explore the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, site of the first city built by King Mengrai some 700 years ago. Unfortunately his choice of land was subject to frequent floods, so after a short while he moved the city to it's current locale. After lunch we will explore the wood working village of Baan Tawai and then return to Chiang Mai. Tonight we enjoy dinner at our favorite restaurant perched on the banks of the Mae Ping (Ping River) which flows through the heart of the city. 22 mi / 35 km
Day 3:
We head north this morning, following small roads along the Mae Ping through villages and past flower farms. Lunch time will find us in the town of Mae Rim, where we will break from cycling to visit an orchid grower, butterfly farm and the Mae Rim Elephant camp, where we enjoy a demonstration of the elephant's former work. In late afternoon, we remount our bikes for a beautiful ride through emerald rice paddies and past colorful temples en route to our overnight stop in the village of Baan Rai. 31 mi / 50 km
Day 4:
Our morning ride takes us first to Mae Malai, where we visit a traditional market featuring a broad selection of local vegetables, fruits and fish, along with a tasty array of prepared foods from pad se yu (noodles) to fried insects. We will also visit the magnificent Wat Baan Den, before heading north into the rolling, forested countryside. Our bike tour winds down the day at a delightful resort with a dramatic sunset view of Doi Chiang Dao, Thailand's second tallest mountain. We'll enjoy a post ride soak in a private hot spring pool at the base of Doi Chiang Dao. 57 mi / 92 km
Day 5:
After breakfast this morning, we will pedal north, visiting a local hill tribe market offering fresh produce from various Royal Projects, along with delicious teas and dried fruit. Then up to a beautiful giant Buddha, perched beneath the golden cliffs, before enjoy a thrilling descent onto the agricultural realm around Fang. Our last stop is Wat Tham Tub Tao, an ancient temple complex with 100s of Buddha images inside a giant cavern. Each year a gathering of 2500 monks takes place at this temple and has been happening for hundreds of years. We will walk into the giant caverns to visit a stupha deep in the heart of the mountain that allegedly dates back more than 1000 years. Our stop is a few miles further up the road in Chai Prakan. 39 mi / 63 km
Day 6:
The last day of this Thailand bike tour pedals across the flat plains of the far north. Our first stop is in Mae Ai, where we will spend some time exploring Wat Mae Ai Luang, with its historic wooden temple featuring Burmese architecture. Then we roll further north to Tha Ton, our overnight stopping point. After lunch beside the river, we will set out on a beautiful ride along the Mae Kok through farmlands and forests, culminating in a climb to Baan Yapa, a Padaung Village. The Padaung are also known as Long Neck Women and you have the opportunity to watch them create their traditional woven scarves. Our last night's celebratory dinner will be at a great restaurant overlooking the Mae Kok River. 40 mi / 64 km
Day 7:
Our cycling holiday must come to an end today. We will shuttle back to the Chiang Mai Airport in our vans, one last chance to enjoy the scenery through which you pedaled for the last few days. Khap khun khap, sawasdee khap
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