Two-day leisure cycling tour south of Chiang Mai
Departure at 08:30 am
This 2-day bicycle tour south of Chiang Mai is ideal for people who want to enjoy and see as much as possible of Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand in a very short period. The cycling is on carefully planned routes down quiet roads and lanes, chosen for the interest and contact with the Thai countryside and Thai way of life. This bicycle tour is made for adventurous people who have an average level of fitness, an interest in cycling,history, culture, local handicrafts, rural life and scenery.This tour is also suitable for families with children, older than 10.
Day before the trip: Meeting around 6 pm at your hotel.
Day 1: About 55 km flat (L, D).
After a short safety briefing and bike fitting, we start cycling down narrow lanes and alleyways, leaving Chiang Mai behind us. We follow the Ping River south and visit a Chinese temple on the outskirts of the city. This Chinese temple is well worth a visit for its somewhat quirky architecture. Our next stop is a former leper colony, founded originally by missionaries, now a nursing home, hospital and rehabilitation center. Cyclists will find here a heaven of peace and tranquility in woodland surroundings. We soon rejoin the river and follow it south to the village of Ban Tawai, famous for its woodcarving artisans. There is plenty of time to wander and take a closer look at the craftsmanship exhibited in the workshops. After lunch at a local restaurant, we cycle through paddy fields, ride past various fruit orchards and encounter the Thai way of life as we weave our way through villages and farmland. Your overnight accommodation is a resort converted from old tobacco barns, with elegantly and luxuriously decorated rooms. It is situated in quiet and peaceful surroundings and has a large swimming pool.
Day 2: About 55 km flat (B, L).
At the first village, we discover several chedis and ruins, some of which are over seven centuries old. After a short stop, our bicycle journey continues on back roads through ever changing scenery till we reach Lamphun. Here we visit the Wat Phrathat Haripunchai, one of the most revered temples in Northern Thailand. Once leaving Lamphun, we follow small canals, pass various fruit orchards and cycle through small villages till we meet the Ping River again and follow it upstream. We explore the ancient ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, the former site of Chiang Mai, before we cycle back to town. You will soon be looking back with pleasure at the highlights of this adventurous leisure cycling tour south of Chiang Mai.
Duration:2 days, 01 night, about 5-6 hours cycling each day.
Distance: Total cycling distance is around 100-110 km, mainly flat.
Group size: 2-12 people.
Category: leisure cycling, families with children older than 10 are welcome.
Key features: Chinese temple, former leper colony, rural life and scenery, orchards, Baan Tawai, paddy fields, Wat Haripunchai and the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam.
Included:English speaking local bike guide,comfortable bike with 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: Elegantly and luxuriously decorated rooms in old converted tobacco barns, nice restaurant with good Thai food, large swimming pool, several massages are available such as traditional Thai, aroma, foot, oil and face massages.
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 (950 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.