This 793km is not for the faint hearted. With challenging climbs and spiraling roads it makes for some unforgettable cycling. Scenery varies from rice paddies and villages to beautiful temples and waterfalls making the climbs well and truly worth it. As Asia's most popular tourist destination, Thailand has a lot to offer but this trip takes you off the beaten track, so don't be expecting alcohol served in buckets and neon paint parties! There will instead, be plenty of natural wonders including ancient caves, limestone mountains and friendly locals cheering you on.
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Meet in the afternoon and get to know your fellow cyclists over a warm up ride out of the city, where you'll catch your first glimpse of rice paddies and visit the stunning White Temple.
T...Show Moreoday's cycling is approximately 30km.
DAY 2Chiang Rai - Thaton
After 40km of flatland it's time for some climbs today, which will come in the form of Wawee hills. Take in the panoramic views of sugar fields and farms, along with imposing mountains. There wil...Show Morel be a 10km descent as you ride to Thaton, situated on the banks of the Maekok River where you will stay the night.
Today's cycling is approximately 100km.
DAY 3Thaton - Chiang Saen
It's a gentle start this morning until 25km into your ride when you'll hit your first climb. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors and feel a sense of Thailand's laid back culture as you pass wa...Show Moreter buffalo, local tribesmen and children. You'll visit Chaing Saen, a village created in the 7th century then cycle to the hotel where you'll be able to see neighbouring Laos.
Today's cycling is approximately 98km.
DAY 4Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong
Today is a partial rest day as you'll have the afternoon off to discover the local market or relax in the hotel. In the morning however, it's time to cycle along the Mekong River to Chiang Khong,...Show More where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch.
Today's cycling is approximately 76km.
DAY 5Chiang Khong - Phu Chi Fa
Leaving Chiang Khong you'll reach Pu Chi Fa and be rewarded with a stunning view. After 40km of flatland warm up, the 2,000m ascent begins. As you climb, you will be rewarded with endless views o...Show Moref corn and strawberry crops before finishing the day in Phu Chi Fa
Today's cycling is approximately 76km.
DAY 6Chumpon - Ranong
You've been up and now it's time to come down! The descent down the mountain will be exhilarating and soon mountains make way for the fertile valley. You'll stop at the hot spring mineral Ph...Show Moreu Sang waterfall where you can cool off and have a swim. Today will end at Phayao Lake and dinner will be served overlooking the lake. It's a long day in the saddle today so you'll enjoy your well earned rest.
Today's cycling is approximately 125km.
DAY 7Phayao - Viang Papao
This morning is free for you to do as you please. The afternoon cycle will begin gently around the lake, before conquering an 11km descent. There will be spectacular views across the valley and a...Show Mores the sun sets we will cycle along quiet lanes through majestic forests.
Today's cycling is approximately 85km.
DAY 8Viang Papao - Chiang Mai
Prepare yourself for a challenge today. Cycle through windy roads up 1,400m with the sounds of nature in your ears. Take a break and swim in the Bua Thong Waterfall, but keep your eyes peeled for...Show More nipping crabs! You'll take a transfer to tonight hotel in Chiang Mai.
Today's cycling is approximately 105km.
DAY 9Khao Lak - Phuket
Today is a loop route, with more than a few coffee stops. This route overlooks the ancient city of Doi Suthep and is low on descents but high on abrupt corners. There will be a harsh ascent to co...Show Moremplete before the final dinner in Chiang Mai.
Today's cycling is approximately 75km.
Today its time for some rest and relaxation after a hard week's cycling. It will be time to day goodbye to your fellow cyclists after an incredible trip.
Thailand’s northern mountains provide a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of its cities. Deep in the Thai highlands lie wondrous cultural treasures and stunning scenery framed by unexplored forests. We head deep into the wilderness to experience empire ruins and the tranquil silence only broken by the occasional snapping twig beneath your wheels.
We will head towards the Laos border and the province of Phayao, into areas mostly unexplored by tourists and experience probably the most picturesque sunsets that Asia can offer.
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-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.
You will be met and collected at Chiang Rai International Airport before being whisked away to the hotel in the city. On the final day of the holiday, you can join the transfer from the hotel to Chiang Mai International Airport, or make separate arrangements to stay in Asia.
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. You can upgrade toa full carbon raod bike if you lieke too. 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.