Three-day cycling tour east of Chiang Mai
Departure at 08:30 am
This renewed 3-day leisure cycling tour around Chiang Mai will give you a good idea about the farmer's daily life activities and a further insight into the Thai way of life. There will be plenty of occasions to be in touch with the local people. The cycling is on well planned routes down quiet roads and lanes. Because of the renewed route with beter accommodation and revised daily distances, this tour is suitable for people with an average condition and children who have a good cycling level and are older than 10.
Day before the trip: Meeting around 6 pm at your hotel.
Day 1:About 45 km flat (L, D).
After a short safety briefing, we cycle down narrow lanes through some of Chiang Mai’s interesting neighborhoods, past beautiful houses and through areas rarely seen by tourists. Once we leave Chiang Mai behind us we will cycle on country roads through beautiful ever changing scenery. You will see orchards, rice fields, irrigation canals, pass through small villages and witness the farmer’s daily life activities. We ride towards the reservoir and pass a Chinese cemetery. We glimpse tantalizing views of a temple on top of a hill. We will visit this beautiful temple, which is also an important social centre and school for the area. After a visit to the local market we continue through small villages and paddy fields. Your first accommodation is a small boutique resort with a nice swimming pool. Great food (Malaysian, Thai, Singaporean and Western) is being served by the very friendly hosts while you enjoy the lush, natural surroundings.
Day 2: About 42 km, 10 km gently rolling (B, L, D).
Today’s cycling will give us further insight into the Thai way of life. We will continue to cycle through rice fields, orchards, and small villages. Along the way will visit some local hot springs, caves and an interesting, quite unique temple. Part of the route has some rolling hills but that won't bother us too much because we have great bikes with 24 gears. Today’s accommodation is a small lodge in a local village. It has only a couple nicely decorated rooms available. The lodge has a nice swimming pool with bar where excellent cocktails are served. The restaurant has a very good choice of delicious Thai food. Thai massage is available.
Day 3:About 52 km, mainly flat (B-L).
Today will be the longest ride of the tour. Once more we ride the alternative roads and pass by paddy fields and local villages. The scenery of today is again completely different. We pass a large standing Buddha protruding from the flat countryside. We are approaching Chiang Mai but before, we will visit a former leper colony, located in a remarkable leafy area. This over 100 year old institute is now being used as a rehabilitation center and residential are for the elderly. A visit to the ancient ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, the former site of Chiang Mai, rounds off the day. You will be looking back with pleasure at the highlights of this adventurous cycling tour.
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights.
Distance: Total biking distance is about 140 km, mainly flat with 16 km gently rolling.
Group size: 2 - 8 people.
Category: Leisure biking, everyone in average condition.
Key features: Thai rural life and varied scenery: reservoir, orchards, paddy fields, former leper colony and the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam.
Included:English speaking biking guide,modified mountain bike with 24 gears and front suspension, helmet (mandatory), insurance, snacks and bottled water, meals as specified in the itinerary: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner.
Not included: drinks with dinner, personal expenses, tips.
Accommodation: The first night is at a small resort in a very peaceful setting. Good food and Thai massage are available. The second night is spent at a small lodge in a local village. It has a nice swimming pool and a very good choice of delicious Thai food is available.
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, rack and waterproof "Ortlieb" panniers. Frames for both men and women are available.
Personal gear:People with particular requirements are advised to bring their own pedals, shoes, saddle, helmet, gloves or other cycling clothes.
Meeting: Our guide will meet you at your hotel around 6 pm the day before the start of your trip and bring your cyclingbags. He will be happy to answer any remaining questions.
Clothes: Suitable clothes are shorts and firm footwear. Please no loose fitting dresses that can get caught up in wheels, and no flip-flops. Your safety is a major concern to us. We provide a light poncho during the rainy season.
Packing list: Sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent, pocket money and a small camera. You will receive a complete packing list after your booking of this cycling tour is confirmed.
Support: This environmentally friendly cycling 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.
Prices and weekly schedule:
|Price in Baht pp||Adults||Children 0-2 yr||Children 3-5 yr||Children 6-11 yr|
Tour prices are per person and the tour is operated with a minimum of 2 adults.
* To enjoy the child-discount, a child should share a room with 2 adults.
Tour prices are based on 2 or 3 persons sharing a room. A single room supplement (1100 Thai Baht) will be added if necessary.
Note: During the peak season period of 20/12 until 15/1, these prices are susceptible to change as a result of seasonal prices of the accommodation and/or compulsory Christmas and New Year dinners.
Option: This tour can also be booked as a self-guided tour.