This tour is both a cultural exploration into the heart of North Thailand as well as a great cycling trip taking in some spectacular scenery and a variety of trails from off road single track to tarmac country roads. However, bicycles aren’t our only mode of transport as we trade our bikes for boats and even elephants as we make our way from Chiang Mai to the Golden Triangle. Along the way we walk through caves, visit temples and eat like kings every night.
We begin our journey in the northern Thai City of Chiang Mai and ride through the mountains to the Golden Triangle, where the Mekong River marks the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos. On the way we pass 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 jungle lodges. Before arriving at the Golden Triangle we visit Doi Mae Salong, where the descendents of the Kuomintang still live in a unique Chinese village. We'll also tackle a thrilling descent through spectacular mountains where our trail's end will take us to rest at the beautiful Puchaisai Spa and Resort. Along the way, we ride up Doi Tung to visit one of the region's oldest temples and check out the Burmese markets in Mae Sai.
Finally we arrive at the Golden Triangle. After a day's ride along the Mekong River, we transfer you back to Chiang Mai. The accommodation on this tour is varied and interesting. As well as staying at the charming Huai Khum resort, the beautiful Puchaisai Resort, and the comfortable Imperial Golden Triangle Resort, we use lodges that are in tune with north Thailand and its traditions. On five days we have swimming pools to enjoy at the end of our rides.
Bike Hire - US$130
Number of Cycling Days - 7 full days, 1 half day
Total Cycling Distance - 500 kilometres
Tour Meets - Chiang Mai
Group Size - Minimum 2. Maximum 16.
Suitability: You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills. Some climbs are challenging and some rides are off road, but overall the trail isn't too technical. It can be managed by most riders but it is advisable to have at least some off road and preferably downhill experience. Fitness, of course, will be a huge asset but it is not crucial. It is possible to dodge the big climbs. If you are in doubt, please contact us for advice or a list of references.
Biking Conditions: We have a mixture of tarmac, vehicle width dirt roads and single track. Some off riding experience is an advantage.