What To Expect
This taster of northern Thailand will take you through the spectacular limestone mountains of Chiang Dao and the scenic village of Mae Salak, straddling the Mae Kok River. We follow wonderful trails and back roads that have little traffic and fantastic scenery and each night stay in charming, Thai-style lodges with swimming pools to enjoy at the end of our rides.
We start the ride at Bua Thong waterfall and then follow country back roads before using a trail cut by elephants through the forest. Our second day begins with a tour of the Chiang Dao caves before heading out into the light and riding among soaring limestone cliffs on a mixture of dirt paths cut by local hill tribes. The third morning we'll start at a temple retreat the Tub Tao caves and later in the day follow the Mae Kok river to the town of Mae Salak to end one of the most scenic rides of the trip. Our last day, we ride an off-road trail and then change vehicles to a boat as we hitch a ride on a long-tail boat. You can also spend some time on an elephant before we get back on the bikes and head to Chiang Rai.
We ride on small back roads with little traffic and some short off-road sections. The terrain is undulating with no major climbs, but just in case, our support vehicle is always close by. This tour is suitable for anyone and no real biking experience is required. It is also a great tour for families.
We ride as a group, with experienced SpiceRoads cycle guides setting an even pace and stop often to visit points of interest and sample some of the local food. Our support vehicle follows close behind with plenty of water. Our guides are knowledgeable on the local area and customs and explain the history, culture and local way-of-life each time we stop.
Pick up from hotel in the morning and transfer to start of the ride at Bua Thong waterfall. From here we ride along country back roads before cutting off-road and riding an elephant trail through the forest to our resort near Chiang Dao. The hotel has a great pool and a swim is a fine way to finish off a great riding day.
Hotel: Royal Ping Resort
Meals: Lunch, and Dinner
Ride: 35 km
We take a transfer from our resort to the Chiang Dao caves and the start of our ride. After a visit to the cave we'll ride through rice fields set among soaring limestone cliffs. Our ride will be a mixture of dirt paths cut by local hill tribes and we may meet some local tribes people - Akha, Lisu,and Palaung - from the area. The colourful Palaung are recent migrants and you will see their women adorned with heavy brass waist-bands working the fields.
Hotel: Saimoonburi Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Ride: 45 km
After breakfast we transfer to Tub Tao Caves and temple retreat and then on to Fang and the start of our ride. From here we ride the back roads through many small villages. The ride to Mae Salak follows the Mae Kok river and is one of the most scenic on the trip. We end the day's pleasurable ride at the small town of Mae Salak and give you time to enjoy the well-situated resort. After enjoying the view over the river from your room, or having a dip in the pool, you'll be entertained by local Lahu children who will come to the resort and perform traditional music and dance.
Hotel: Huai Khum Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Ride: 45 km
We start from the resort and ride 8 km (optional) off-road to a Jakhu village where we then hitch a ride on a long-tail boat (with our bikes) to Ban Ruamitr. There's an option to have a ride on an elephant around this area before we finally mount the bikes and head to Chiang Rai.
Meals: Breakfast , and Lunch
Ride: 40 km
Pick up from city hotels in Chiang Mai on Day 1
Drop off at city hotels in Chiang Rai on Day 4
All hotels mentioned (twin share basis)
All entrances to museums and site mentioned
All meals mentioned
All water and snacks whilst riding
Cycle support by a/c vehicles
Bike hires, helmet, and spares for 4 days
Personal travel insurances
Alcoholic and other beverages in the evenings
Tips for guides
Children joining the tours should be competent cyclist as there might be some narrow pathways.
Children under the age 5 of are free of charge.
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.
Private tour for larger groups is available upon request. Please inquire.
This tour consists of three full days and one good half days of riding
This tour follows a mix of asphalt roads, vehicle-width dirt roads, and off-road trails.
Water is available at water stops.
Soft drinks, water and fruit are available all day while cycling.
The following information per participant will be required upon booking:
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