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North Thailand Road Biking Holiday

9 nights from £1445.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Natural wonders including ancient caves and limestone mountains
  • Diverse scenery from rice paddies and villages to temples and waterfalls
  • Challenging climbs and spiralling roads with friendly locals cheering you on
  • Discovering rural Thailand off the beaten track
North Thailand Road Biking Holiday
9 nights from £1445.00
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WE LOVEIncredible Scenery
Thailand's vibrant, natural landscape is undoubtedly a highlight of this trip. The limestone cliffs, scenic rural countryside and quiet roads all combine to provide you with perfect riding conditions.
WE LOVEPerfect Riding Conditions
This Thailand trip is unlike any other. The route takes you through the country's rural landscape, away from the busy cities and along quiet, traffic free roads. Cycling through this environment provides you with a unique travelling opportunity as you discover the country in a completely unique way.

What's Included

Day By Day North Thailand Road Biking Holiday

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Day 1Arrival

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.

Total distance30kmTotal climb130m
Day 2Chiang Rai to Thaton

After 40km of flatland it’s time for some climbs today, which will come in the form of the Wawee hills. Take in the panoramic views of sugar fields and farms, along with imposing mountains. There will be a 10km descent as you ride to Thaton, situated on the banks of the Maekok River where you will stay the night.

Total distance123kmTotal climb1940m
Day 3Thaton to 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 water 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.

Total distance98kmTotal climb715m
Day 4Chiang Saen to 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 you will cycle along the Mekong River to Chiang Khong, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch.

Total distance68kmTotal climb605m
Day 5Chiang Khong to Phu Chi Fa

Leaving Chiang Khong you will reach Pu Chi Fa and be rewarded with a stunning view across the rugged north. You will then enjoy 40km of flatlands before an ascent to 2,000m begins. As you climb, you will be rewarded with endless views of corn and strawberry crops before finishing the day in Phu Chi Fa.

Total distance79kmTotal climb1525m
Day 6Chumpon to Ranong

You’ve been up so 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 Phu 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.

Total distance125kmTotal climb650m
Day 7Phayao to 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 as the sun sets we will cycle along quiet lanes through majestic forests.

Total distance85kmTotal climb1160m
Day 8Viang Papao to 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 nipping crabs! You’ll take a transfer to tonights hotel in Chiang Mai.

Total distance105kmTotal climb1950m
Day 9Loop Ride

Today is a loop route, with more than a few coffee stops. This route overlooks the ancient city of Doi Suthep and you will finish back in Chiang Mai.

Total distance75kmTotal climb1670m
Day 10Departure

Today its time for some rest and relaxation after a hard week’s cycling. It will be time to say goodbye to your fellow cyclists after an incredible trip.

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What to Expect

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. You will head deep into the wilderness to experience empire ruins and the tranquil silence only broken by the occasional snapping twig beneath your wheels.

You 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.

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88km avg
Expect to ride an average of 88km per day
1150m avg
Expect to climb an average of 1150m per day

How's the Weather? in Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Dry seasonNovember to May
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. November and December tend to be cooler whilst it is warmer in April and May.
Wet seasonJune to October
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. 

The southwest monsoon blows in around June and rainfall is at its heaviest between July and September.

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