Cycling Adventure from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai 3 days
From Chiang Mai, join us for a great mountain biking adventure, discovering small hill tribes villages and witnessing authentic rural life of North Thailand. Enjoy a rich cultural experience through this rewarding 2 days trip. The valley around Doi Chiangdao mountain unfold scenic views of Thailand’s third highest peak and interesting tourist attractions as elephant camps, the Chiangdao caves, and various hill-tribe villages.
- Transfers as mentioned above by private air conditioned car
- English speaking tour guide
- Accommodation one night in Chiang-dao at Padeng Lodge in private fan cooled room
- Accommodation one night in Chiang Rai, tourist class hotel, with air-cond and en suite bathrooms
- Meals as mentioned in program
- Elephant show, elephant riding, caves entrance fees
- Beverages, guide tips and personal expenses
- “Hall of Opium” museum entrance fees (optional visit, to be paid locally)
- Compulsory Gala Dinner at hotels (only during festive periods)
Day 1 – MONDAY – Cycle 30 to 40 km (25 miles)
08.30 Pick-up participants from Chiang Mai hotels and drive north by covered pick-up truck (songtaew in Thai) to Chiangdao. Our first stop is at the Chiangdao Elephant Camp, where we will have an insight of elephant’s lifestyle and behavior. Watch elephants bathing and demonstrating their skills, pulling and hauling logs.
After the show, we transfer further north to avoid the main road, to eventually reach our cycling starting place. Quick bike fitting and we start pedaling through great countryside, with a climb, to warm up participants! Next is flat and a ride in the forest, on tarmac road, to reach the Chiangdao caves. Take some time to explore the main chamber of the caves, and have lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, we ride again through rural back roads first, followed by off-road trails, across a pristine landscape leading to small hill-tribe villages. On the way, we visit Lahu, Lisu and Akha villages, and discover the Palong people from Myanmar, with only a few settlements in northern Thailand. We cycle a few more kilometers to find our accommodation for tonight. Overnight and dinner at the Padeng lodge.[Meals: lunch, dinner]
Day 2 – TUESDAY – cycle 60 km (38 miles)
Today is a day of intense riding through stunning nature! We have a long day on the road today, but for exhausted participants, our escort vehicle is always near by.
After breakfast at the lodge, we ride exciting dirt trails (15km) through plantations and forest. We continue onto a paved road. Lunch stop and visit a Buddhist forest temple and caves. Afternoon cycling is rolling hills on tarmac, until car transfer to Ban Thaton for overnight. Overnight at a simple hotel located on the bank of the Maekok river. Dinner at hotel.[Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner]
Day 3 – WEDNESDAY – cycle 45 to 60 km (38 miles+)
Early morning, after breakfast, we cycle through the Maekok river valley, past rice fields and plantations. Then we follow exciting trails along the river. We will also take a local long-tail boat downriver, to enjoy a rest and the scenic landscapes. Disembark and continue cycling to a Karen village. Depending of participant’s abilities, we can cycle all the way to Chiang Rai city, or transfer by vehicle. Drop off at your hotel, or if pre-arranged, at Chiang Rai Airport.[Meals: breakfast, lunch] End of the tour-
Note: Flights from Chiangrai airport (airport code CEI) to Bangkok Suvanhabhum airport are available everyday on Thai Airways and to Don Muang airport on Thai Air Asia. We recommend you to book a flight departing around 7pm, in order to enjoy this trip at it’s fullest