Family Chiang Mai

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Visiting: Thailand

Hotel & Bike

4 nights from £877 to £1136pp
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Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Comfort i
Code TH009
Good For Families, Foodies
Distance 58mi/93km !
Runs All Year
Departs Monday
Fly to Chiang Mai
Return from Chiang Mai

Overview

What to expect

This five day family adventure explores the countryside surrounding Chiang Mai, Thailand’s laid back former capital. Cycle through paddy fields and fruit orchards on quiet backroads with little traffic, or hard packed trails, staying in resort hotels, local guest houses and an adobe hut. The low daily cycling distances leave plenty of time for other activities and opportunities to get off the beaten track and experience local life.

Visit limestone caves, ancient ruins and an ethnic village where you’ll be taught about traditional medicines by a local shaman. Kayak to a floating restaurant, take a Thai cooking course at an organic farm and lend a hand at an ethical elephant sanctuary. The cycling in between is on flat or gently undulating roads with the stunning backdrop of Thailand’s northern mountains. Children’s bikes and tagalongs are available for younger riders, and you’ll be led by a local guide with a support vehicle at all times, making this an ideal tour for active families.

  • Cycle and kayak in Sri Lanna National Park
  • Visit San Kamphaeng Hot Springs and Chiang Dao Cave
  • Thai cooking course, Elephant sanctuary visit, organic farm stay
  • Leisurely cycling on quiet backroads, starting and finishing in Chiang Mai

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Mon): Chiang Mai to Mae Ngad 12 miles (20 km)

    Pickup in Chiang Mai, road transfer out of the town centre to start cycling through the countryside into Sri Lanna National Park. Lunch at a floating restaurant on Mae Ngad Reservoir, then an afternoon kayaking around Buffalo Island. Stay overnight in an organic farm resort.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 2 (Tue): Mae Ngad to Mae Jo 11 miles (18 km)

    Start the day with a visit to Chaing Doe limestone cave and the Wat Ban Den temple. Today’s cycling follows a canal-side cycle track taking you to a sustainable ‘eco-home’ and farm for a Thai cooking course. You’ll prepare your own dinner, learning about the ingredients as you pick them from the farm, then cooking them under the instruction of your host. Spend the night in a clay adobe hut. (The hut is made from all natural materials. There’s running water, but it isn’t heated, all part of the authentic experience!)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3 (Wed): Elephant Sanctuary and local Lisu village Rest day

    A day off the bikes to visit an ethical sanctuary for rescued elephants. You’ll get up close to these magnificent animals, walking them, preparing their food and washing them. (Please note, in the interests of animal welfare no elephant riding is allowed at this sanctuary) In the afternoon, travel to a village inhabited by the Lisu people, one of Thailand’s six main tribes. A villager will show you around the village and you will meet the shaman for a cup of tea and to learn about traditional medicine. Spend the night in a lodge in the village.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4 (Thu): Mae Taeng - Doi Saket 16 miles (25 km)

    Watch the Buddhist monks collecting the morning alms from the villagers then take a transfer to Ginger Farm. Watch water buffalo working the land, and learn how to plant and harvest rice from the paddy fields. After an organic lunch on the farm, the afternoon bike ride takes you to the ruins of Wiang Khum Kham, an ancient 11th Century settlement.  Spend the night in a resort hotel with a swimming pool.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 (Fri): Doi Saket – Bor Sang – Chiang Mai 19 miles (30 km)

    Visit Bor Sang village in the morning, famous for its handmade umbrellas, made from bamboo and rice paper. Make your own to keep as a souvenir then its back on the bikes for the last ride of the tour. You’ll follow a flat sealed road, shaded by trees, passing villages, temples and fruit orchards. San Kamphaeng Hot Springs is our destination for a well-earned soak in the natural hot pools. The tour ends in the afternoon with a transfer to the airport, or to a hotel of your choosing if you plan to extend your stay in Chiang Mai.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

4* resort, guest houses & an eco hut

We use a range of properties on this tour, from a 4* resort to an adobe hut on an organic farm. The accomodation will mostly be the best of what is available while maintaining a lovely local charm. In rural areas, this may be more authentic (for example the adobe hut has electricity and running water, but the water isn't heated) but it will always be clean and comfortable.

  • 4* resort, local guest houses and an eco clay hut
  • Full board
  • Support vehicle
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

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Price includes

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Board basis: Full board
  • Bike and helmet hire
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide
  • An air-conditioned support vehicle available for assistance
  • Hotel pick up and drop off at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Transfers during the tour
  • Luggage transportation
  • Water, fruit and soft drinks while cycling

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Visas
  • Drinks during meals
  • Tips

Discounts available for children aged 5-11, see calendar for details.
Children under 5 travel free.

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire included

Bike hire is included. 24-27 gear mountain bike with a lightweight alloy frame, front suspension, v-brakes and Shimano components. Helmet hire is also included

Child bikes and tag-along bikes (for ages 5-11, max weight 38kg) are available.

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle. A water bottle is provided.

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Chiang Mai

via Bangkok or another Asian hub airport

Getting back

Fly from Chiang Mai

via Bangkok or another Asian hub airport

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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What will the group size be?

This tour will run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 16 guests. If the group is 9 people or more you will have two guides. 

Will I have a local guide?

Yes, your guide will be English speaking and local. The local guide will be a highlight of your tour as they are experienced and will pass on their knowledge and passion for their country. They will show you the best places to eat, help you meet local people along the way and give you a real feel for the local culture. 

What will the weather be like?

From November to February it is cool & dry. Temperatures start to rise in March and are at their highest in late April and May. When the rains start in late May, the temperatures come down. The rain tends to be heavy but does not last long.  

The best riding conditions are during December and January when it is coolest, however at the height of the rains (July & August) , Thailand is at its most green and beautiful. 

Can I take a break from the cycling?

Yes, if you want to take a break, jump into the the air conditioned support vehicle that is always available.    

What will the food be like?

You will experience the best of world famous Thai food during your trip and it will be a highlight of your holiday. Drinking water is always included with meals, any other drinks will be extra. 

Can you arrange my flights?

Flights are not included with our tours. However, we are more than happy to offer advice on long haul and regional flights, based on our extensive experience of travel in Asia.

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