Golden Triangle Cycling Tour - 3 Days

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What To Expect

Visit the Golden Triangle, which has served as the border between Thailand, Burma and Laos. Cycle through the countryside, down the Mekong River and toward the district of Chiang Khong. We will also visit the Opium Museum and the White Temple outside Chiang Rai.

Specifications

Type:
Multiday Bike Tours around Thailand
Departs From:
ChiangRai
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
3 days / 2 nights
Availability:
Friday at 6:30 AM
Product Code:
6259
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Description

This tour is a wonderful way to explore the area known as Sop Ruak, the official centre of the Golden Triangle - which is where the Nam Ruak and Mekong rivers meet. This area has for centuries been the crossroads for border trade between Thailand, Burma and Laos. Located in Chiang Rai province, the most northerly of all the 76 in Thailand, the Golden Triangle itself is steeped in history and did not become part of Thailand until the 1880s.

Taking you into the heart of the countryside to areas usually missed by most visitors, this tour allows you to really see and feel what living in this part of Thailand is all about. We start the trip by visiting the Opium Museum which documents the history of opium trade and how one of the most abundant crops in the area has now been replaced by legal produce thanks to various royal projects. On day two we have a great ride following the Mekong River towards Chiang Khong, which gives you expansive views over the Mekong, the natural border that separates Thailand from Laos. Our final day we head as far north as we can go by riding to the border town of Mae Sai and a chance to cross the border into Burma and visit the market there. After we head back to Chiang Rai and the conclusion of the tour.

This tour is a mixture of wide, hard-packed dirt trails and smooth tarmac. The riding on day two is a little more challenging as we have some small climbs after lunch and a longer climb to get to the viewpoint - but the bus is always available if you would like to rest.

Day 1 - Hall of Opium / Golden Triangle

Pick up in Chiang Rai and then transfer to the Golden Triangle area. Upon arrival visit the Opium Museum which depicts the story of opium cultivation and its affect on the society from its use and for the people who grow the poppies. We then check into the hotel, have a trip briefing and bike fitting before lunch. After lunch, ride a scenic loop through the countryside surrounding Chiang Saen. The ride passes fruit plantations, temples and farming villages. We'll have a chance to stop at family operated rice mills or distilleries that are common to this area. Visit the hilltop temple, Wat Phra Tat Chom Kitti which offers a unique and spectacular view of the Mekong River, Laos, and Chiang Saen. You'll have a choice of taking the stairs to the top or to ride up the hill on the nice smooth tarmac road. We then return to our hotel before heading to dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Lunch, and Dinner

Ride: 28 km

Day 2 - Mekong River / Chiang Khong

After breakfast, a short shuttle takes us to the Golden Buddha near the village of Ban Saeo, the starting point for today's more challenging ride. We follow the Mekong, riding east from Chiang Saen towards Chiang Khong. Our destination is Huai Sai Man Viewpoint, offering a spectacular vista across the Mekong into Laos. Ride through plantations of lychee, banana, chilli, eggplant, corn and more. We have a riverside lunch stop today at a restaurant where our hosts grow most of the vegetables for our meal. After a few more kilometres we have a choice to either get in the van or try the challenging 2 km climb to Huai Sai Man viewpoint and our end point for today. After spending some time taking in the wonderful views we head back to our hotel and the rest of the day is yours to relax.

Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch

Ride: 45 km

Day 3 - Mae Sai

We complete our loop and cycle west towards Chiang Rai on small country roads, through rice fields and orchards and sleepy villages and stop to visit the White Temple outside Chiang Rai.

Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch

Ride: 45 km

Includes

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Chiang Rai hotels

  • Support by air conditioned vehicle

  • Accident insurance

  • Entrances to parks mentioned

  • Water and snacks whilst riding

  • Bike rental, helmet and spares for 3 days

  • Local English speaking cycle guide

  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary

Excludes

  • Optional activity costs

  • International/domestic flights

  • Departure tax

  • Visa fees

  • Personal travel insurances

  • Alcoholic and other beverages in the evenings

  • Tips for guides

  • Any services not mentioned in itinerary

Please Note

  • This trip is suitable for most levels of riders and is an excellent trip for families. Children joining the tours should be competent cyclist as there might be some narrow pathways.

  • Children under the age of 5 are free of charge.

  • This tour consists of two full days and one half day of riding.

  • This tour is a mixture of wide, hard-packed dirt trails and smooth tarmac. The riding on day two is a little more challenging as we have some small climbs after lunch and a longer climb to get to the viewpoint - but the bus is always available if you would like to rest.

  • Soft drinks, water and fruit are available all day while cycling.

  • Private tour for larger groups is available upon request. Please inquire for the rates.

  • Regular tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.

  • The following information per participant will be required upon booking:

  • Full name

  • Height (in cm) to select correct bike size

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 6 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): between 4 to 5 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 2 to 3 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 1 day or less prior to date of activity.

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