6 days - 5 nights
Cycling in Northern Thailand
Discover the Thai culture on a bicycle!
This cycling tour in the North of Chiang Mai will give you a very different impression of Thailand’s landscape – far away from touristic paths. You can see a farmer’s daily life, watch working elephants and enjoy the comfort of good accommodations and delicious Thai food. The route for the cycling tour was chosen to show you as much as possible of the Thai culture and the local life. The tour is convenient for people with certain sportiness and of course an interest in cycling.
Day 1: Chiang Mai – Temple and City
You will be picked up at the airport and brought to your hotel in centre of Chiang Mai. You will visit Chiang Mai’s landmark in the afternoon: the Golden Doi Suthep temple on the mountain. After 120 steps you will reach the impressive temple where you will have a breath taking view over Chiang Mai. You can watch the monk’s Chanting at 6 pm. Thereafter, you will return to the city where you will have dinner with your guide.
Hotel: De Lanna Hotel (D)
Day 2: Market and Cooking Class
The morning is for your free disposal. At 1 pm you will be brought to a local market. Here you can get everything you need for cooking Thai food. You can also try typical food. You will get lunch in a small Thai restaurant.
You will go to a small cooking school at a Thai/German family’s house around 3:40 pm. The cooking class will take place in a wooden house – the atmosphere is really great. You will get a lot of information about Thai herbs and you will learn how to prepare five different Thai dishes.
The cooking class is individual and not a tourist attraction. You will get the recipes as a copy so that you can pamper your friends and family back home with Thai food. You will get back to your hotel around 8 pm.
Hotel: De Lanna Hotel (B; L; D)
Day 3: Three days cycling tour around Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai – Doi Saket ±45km
The excursion starts at 09:00am from our office Baan Nai Fan 1, Chiang Mai.
The first surprise awaits us only 30 minutes away. Together with our bicycles we board a boat at the Ping River that brings us to the northern part of Chiang Mai. Here we get back on dry land at a farmhouse, where we have fruit juice, before continuing our cycling trip. The first day brings us to the country side of Chiang Mai province and we see different kinds of agricultural activities.
The route goes along the rice fields, passing by beautiful temples. Throughout the whole day we enjoy the ever changing scenery. Before we arrive at our resort, we pass the Mae Kuang Dam, take a short break, and enjoy the beautiful view.: (B; L; D)
Day 4: Doi Saket – San Kamphaeng ±45km
On the second day we cycle from Doi Saket to San Kamphaeng . Along the way we visit a Chinese cemetery and Doi Saket temple, located at the top of the hill. This temple is the social centre of the village and has activities almost all the time. The trip continues over country roads and we make a stop at the San Kamphaeng hotsprings where we also have lunch. After lunch, we continue our journey through the rice fields and small villages, where most of the people work with wood and metal handicrafts. Of course we stop to take some pictures, and provide you with more information.
At night we stay in a Lanna style resort, where you can get a real Thai massage at a reasonable price. (B; L)
Day 5: San Kamphaeng – Chiang Mai ±35km
Day 3 and the last day of Chiang Mai Treasures, we cycle from San Kamphaeng through Bo Sang back to Chiang Mai. Along the way we stop at a small candle factory where you can try your artistic skills by making your own personally designed candle. We have lunch in Bo Sang where you can also walk around and take a look at a rice paper factory. The last stop is at a local market where we you can taste different kinds of fruit and snacks.
The excursion ends at around 16:00 hrs at our office.
You can take a walk in the city in the evening – on Saturdays and Sundays are markets in the old town.
Hotel: De Lanna Hotel (B; L)
Day 6: Departure
Transfer to the airport. Flight to the South where you can relax at the seaside after this sportive tour. (B)
Possible holiday extensions:
Relax Bay Koh Lanta, Paradise Koh Yao Noi, Haadson Khao Lak or Kamalaya Koh Samui.
5 nights (breakfast included), tours and meals as stated above.
Price per person (double room): 30500 Baht = ca. 810 Euro
Facts for the cycling tour:
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Distance: 155 km in total, rather flat landscape
Category: Relaxed cycling
Main attractions: Thai daily life, rice fields, orchids, elephant camp and elephant ride
Guide, mountain bikes (24 gears), helmet, insurance, entrance fee for the elephant camp, elephant ride, snacks, water, meals (B; L; D)
Bicycles: Mountain bikes, 24 gears, front suspension, drinking water provided, bikes for men and women.
Cloths: short, comfortable trousers, sturdy shoes, NO dresses or skirts that can get caught in the bikes, NO flip-flops. We will provide rain capes.
What to bring: sun glasses, sun cream, mosquito spray, some money for private expenses, small camera. You will get a detailed packing list with your booking confirmation.