Create lasting memories with the family on this action packed trip in beautiful Chiang Mai. With imperious mountains in the distance and and vibrant scenery, it's easy to see why Chiang Mai is so popular. This trip will give the family a taste of Asia, from stunning the temples to tropical forests and small villages. Fun for all the family and a true adventure as you kayak, get up close and personal with elephants as well as make home made crafts you can show off at home.
Departure dates: Every Monday
Start with a steady ride on country lanes to get your first impression of Thailand. Cycle along authentic rice paddies, small villages and fruit orchards to Mae Ngad Reservoir. Here you can swap your bikes for a kayak down Ping River keepign an eye out for grazing buffaloe and other rich wildlife. Lunch will be in a floating restaurant.
Today's cycling is approximately 20km.
DAY 2Chiang Dao Tribal Trails
Start the day crystal spotting at Chiang Dao cave then take an enjoyable cycle through rural land, encountering plenty of friendly locals. Your end destination is an organic farm named Mae Jo Baan Din, where you can dine on local cuisine, which you can have a go at making.
Today's cycling is approximately 18km.
DAY 3Buffalo and Shamans
The bright orange robes of the monks will be a constant feature of today as they go about their daily lives. You'll visit Buffalo Village, where you can learn more about this precious animal and how the locals depend upon it. If you're up to it, give harvesting rice ago, not for those wary of getting a little dirty!
Today's ride is approximately 40km.
DAY 4Mae Taeng - Doi Saket
Today is a day away from cycling and instead you'll visit an elephant sanctuary where you can get up close with them. Prepare food for the elephants, feed them and even have a go at washing them if you're up for a challenge.
It time to get crafty today as you make your own bamboo paper umbrella, a signature San Kampaeng village art. Your last cycle of the trip will be along flatland, passing schools, farms and temples, with stunning mountains in the backdrop. After relaxing in hot springs it will be time to say goodbye after a magical adventure.
Our ride from the north to the centre of Thailand snakes its way through areas undiscovered by virtually any tourist. Cycling on some of the most secluded and local roads in Thailand, we will pass through village after village unaccustomed to tourism. Witness first hand the simple life of Thailand’s countryside with the tranquility of rural Thailand that can only be experienced on 2 wheels.
The ride is challenging with climbs out of the countryside and long distances but you will be rewarded with some of the most picturesque and remarkable scenery anywhere in Asia.
The dry season runs from November to June, with little if any rain expected throughout the region for much of this time. This makes cycling a real pleasure during these months, especially early in the year when the weather becomes very warm. Cycling can still be enjoyed from May to June during the early parts of the rainy season as the rains tend to be short downpours. August and September are usually too wet to cycle.
Your trip will include all meals which consist of fresh, local cuisine but arrangements can be made if you have any particular dietary requirements. Bottled water as well as local fruits and refreshments are provided on all cycling days.
The holiday is guided by English speaking, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Your ride will be followed by a support van equipped with plenty of refreshments as well as a comprehensive first-aid kit. Alternatively, if you would like to do this tour privately, this can be arranged, just ask our cycling experts.
You will have a well trained and knowledgeable guide who will carry a comprehensive first-aid kit. In the unlikely case of any medical emergency that requires a hospital, there is ground transportation on hand to provide assistance and a local speaking support team.
The bike you will hire will give you a comfortable ride as you cruise through south east Asia and it is equipped with water bottle holders and an area to keep a small day bag. If you would like to bring your own bike instead, please let our cycling experience team know.
The air conditioned support van will be equipped with essentials such as bottled mineral water and local fruit and snacks during each day's ride. The guide will have a travel set of bike tools for emergency repairs and the support van will be equipped with spare parts and other tools.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.