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Cycle the cities of Chiang Mai and Lamphun, and explore the surrounding countryside. This trip runs Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai.  

This is an easy, fun filled bike ride around the city of Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas, including the historical town of Lamphun and the local countryside. 

Start with an introductory cycle tour of Chiang Mai, the capital of the former Lanna Kingdom, then over the next few days explore the surrounding countryside by bike. The trip ends with an exhilarating zip line ride through the forest canopy with 'Flight of the Gibbon'. 

Cycling on small lanes and backroads gives a great opportunity to explore some of the rural communities of Thailand while also visiting some fun sights along the way. A great trip for adventure seekers!


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Tour Itinerary

Self Guided Tour around Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand

 

Arrive in Chiang Mai

You can arrive any time today. A driver will meet you at the airport to deliver you to your comfortable, family friendly hotel in the old city.

 
 

Explore Chiang Mai City by Bike

15km cycling

Your guide will meet you this morning at your hotel. After an introductory chat over a traditional Chiang Mai breakfast of Kao Soi, visit the Chiang Mai Cultural Center for an introduction to the history and design of the city. From here we meander and wind our way around the city on back streets and along the moat visiting its many beautiful temples, bustling markets and historic sites. The tour finishes with a visit to the fascinating Temple of the Silversmiths. Meals: BLD

 
 

Cycle to Lamphun

53km cycling

Our exploration of the Chiang Mai countryside starts at Wat U Mong, an ancient forest meditation temple on the outskirts of the city. From here we skirt along the foot of the hills to the Botanical Gardens. Continuing towards Lamphun we'll learn about bees and beekeeping at the Bee Keeper Training center and stop for a bit of shopping at Ban Tawai, a local handicraft village. Entering Lamphun we'll ride along the canals to our hotel. In the evening enjoy a walk around the old town and a mouth watering Thai meal. Meals: BLD 

 
 
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Cycle to Mae On

47km cycling

Passing by the old train depot we strike out across the countryside heading for the mountains. Today will be a day of riding through rice paddies and farms, past small villages with quiet Buddhist Temples. We'll stop along the way to have a chat and some refreshments with the villagers, then hot springs await at the end of the day to celebrate the completion of our cycling. From here transfer by van to a lodge in the mountains for a evening along a gurgling stream. Meals: BLD

 
 

Flight of the Gibbon & Return to Chiang Mai

After breakfast a short drive up the mountain brings us to the village of Mae Kampong and the 'Flight of the Gibbon' zipline, where we spend the morning flying amongst the treetops as a Gibbon would. After lunch we'll come down out of the trees to transfer 1.5 hours back to Chiang Mai. The journey ends upon our return to Chiang Mai. Meals: BL

 
 

What's the riding like?

Mostly flat riding

3 days riding

115km distance

This tour is on sealed roads. We ride rural lanes and backroads. Once or twice we ride for a short distance on a secondary highway. For the most part the ride is flat and easy, although there are some small short hills to get up and and roll down. The distances are all quite short so there is never any rush if you are worried about being slow. We always have a support vehicle on hand in case you need to take a break from the cycling or want to cut the distance short. 


Weather

Coolest time: Nov-Feb

Wettest time: Jun-Oct

Our favourites: 
Dec-Jan & Jul-Aug

Central, North & Northeast Thailand
This region of Thailand has three seasons: 'the cool', 'the hot' and 'the wet'. November to February is cool and dry (sometimes even chilly in the far north), with temperatures starting to rise in March to reach a peak in late April and May. The onset of the rains, in late May, helps to bring temperatures down, with showers being generally heavy but short.  

Our recommendation
While without doubt the best riding conditions are during the coolest part of the year (December & January), Thailand is at its most beautiful at the height of the rains (July & August) when the fields are a vibrant emerald green and the rice paddies full of water.


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What our guests tell us...

Just a selection of the great reviews for our Thailand tours!

"Woody was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The boys organised the best food wherever we had meals. It was
fantastic and a great variety of different dishes were tried and enjoyed."

Anon - Cruising the Coast to Samui June 2015

"Fantastic - safe fun discovery and riding"

David April 2015

"We chose the right experience with the right company. The food, the views, the hotels, and oh yeah the bike bit was good too."

Anon - Cruising the Coast to Samui June 2015

"It seemed expensive when we initially looked at it, but once we experienced it, we felt the money well worth it"

Jennifer June 2015