This tour is similar to our very popular half day tour south of Chiang Mai (CNX-CLHS) but the starting point being outside the city, makes it very comfortable for families with young children or for less experienced cyclists. This tour will give you a very good impression of the northern Thai culture, history, rural life and scenery. You'll be cycling on carefully selected, quiet roads and lanes and be able to experience the countryside and the Thai way of life.
A covered pick up truck will transfer you to a beautiful and unique Chinese temple located in a quiet area south of Chiang Mai. After a short safety briefing and bike fitting, we begin our bike journey south, following the Ping River downstream. It's pleasant to ride along its green banks. Our first visit is a local temple still under construction, where we gain an insight into the intricacies of temple decorations. We continue our bike trip on back roads, leading us to a former leper colony set in tranquil woodland surroundings. We stop to take a closer look at this centre, founded by the missionaries over a hundred years ago and now a rehabilitation centre. Biking over small country roads you will discover the real rural Thailand. We cycle past various fruit orchards and encounter the Thai way of life as we meander around the villages on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. We explore the temple ruins of Wiang Kum Kam before we transfer you back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.
Approximate duration: About 4 ½ hrs with frequent stops and transfers.
Distance: About 20-25 km flat with 1.5 km unsealed road.
Group size: 2 - 12 people.
Category: Easy biking, everyone in average condition, families with young children.
Key features: Chinese Temple,rural life and scenery, former leper colony, orchards and the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam.
Included: English speaking guide,comfortable bike with front suspension, helmet (mandatory), local insurance, snacks and bottled water.
Bicycles: Adapted mountain bikes, also known as comfort bikes, with 24 gears and front suspension are used for their multifunctionality and comfort. The bikes are equipped with water bottle carriers but without racks. Bicycles for both men and women, in different seizes, are available. We also have equipment suited for young children such as children's bike seats, a bicycle trailer, trailer bikes with 6 gears and children's mountain bikes with front suspension and 21 gears.
Clothes: Suitable clothes are shorts and firm footwear, no flip-flops. No loose fitting dresses that can get entangled in wheels. Your safety is our major concern. We provide a light poncho during the rainy season.
Packing list: Sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent, pocket money, a small camera and if necessary a small rucksack.
Support: This environmentally friendly leisure bike tour does not need a support vehicle; however, back up is provided when necessary.
GPS: The use of GPS or other tracking devices is not allowed during our tours.
* We do not recommend afternoon tours during the hot or rainy season.
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