8 Days 8 Nights
Chiang Mai is located 700km north west of the Capitol Bangkok and is cooler then central and southern Thailand. The city has great views of the nearby mountains.
This Northern Thailand road bike tour is 8 days 8 nights with 6 cycling stages and 1 rest day. We use resorts of excellent standard; most have swimming pools and massage facilities on site. More than just cycling, we consider our tours to be a culinary exploration, prepare to be amazed at the rich diversity of Thai food.
We suggest you allow some time before or after our road bike tour to explore Chiang Mai and everything the city has to offer. The Northern Thai cuisine is markedly different from Southern Thailand, so take time to visit many of the authentic restaurants and cafes. Not forgetting the temples, markets and other attractions in or near Chiang Mai.
The six cycling stages will cover 625 kilometres and includes 11,350 meters of climbing. The shortest stage is 68 Kilometres and the longest stage is 145 Kilometres. But the point to emphasize is every stage has a significant amount of climbing. You should prepare for this tour by building your fitness, endurance and climbing abilities.
If you are in good shape you will fall in love with the endless climbs, the beautiful mountains and views of northern Thailand that you will experience on this Thailand cycling vacation.
If the climbing is too much our support vehicle is always close by for any cyclists that chose the skip part of the ride.
After arriving at Chiang Mai it is easy to take an airport taxi to our hotel. In the evening we will meet the group at the hotel, enjoy a welcome drink and have a tour briefing, we will also give the Amazing Bike Tours cycling jersey to all participants. Then we will enjoy a dinner and get to all know all members of the group ahead of our Thailand road bike vacation.
After departing Chiang Mai the first 40 Kilometers are gentle, great to warm up the legs. Then as we leave the city behind the climbing begins as we pass many hills and mountains with hairpin bends. Enjoy the views before a long descent in to the Valley of Pai. Previously known for it involvement in the opium trade, rice, strawberries and coffee are now the crops of choice.
Mountains, Valleys, Rice Paddies and Strawberry farms will greet our eyes as we pedal up the inclines and coast down the descents. Today is the biggest day with regards to meters climbing on the bike. This area is famous for the hill tribes and we may meet some of the local Long Neck Karen Hill Tribe.
Free and Easy day to do as you wish, relax by the pool, get a massage, read a book and rest the legs for the following days of this Thailand road cycling vacation.
Today is both the shortest day in distance and least amount of climbing but don’t let that fool you in to thinking today will be easy. Some challenging climbs will test the riders, but as with every climb, we will be rewarded with breath taking views from the summits. Some of the valleys we cycle through are both idyllic and a photographers dream with vibrant rice crops growing
As we Cycle south we are very close to the Thailand and Myanmar border, in many areas it is only the river that separates the two countries. The architecture of the Buddhist temples has a more Burmese style than other parts of Thailand. The theme of mountains and valleys continues on today’s ride.
Today we head east and enjoy views of green lush mountains, Rice, Sweet Corn and Berries are the many crops of this agricultural region. Some big climbs and long descents will feature in today’s ride.
The final stage and today we will ride to the roof of Thailand, Doi Inthanon, the summit at 2565 Meters/ 8565 Feet above sea level. Shortly after leaving our accommodation the climb begins and will continue in an upward fashion for 38km until we reach the top. Be prepared for cooler temperatures in the upper regions of this mountain. After some drinks, snacks and photos we will begin the 38km descent back to Chom Thong.
After lunch we load the bikes and drive the final 60km back in to Chiang Mai. We chose to drive back as the final 60km is a main highway with lots of traffic.
In the evening we enjoy a final meal and some celebratory drinks together after completing this challenging cycle ride in Northern Thailand. Look back over the past week and appreciate the accomplishment and start planning your next Amazing Bike Tour in Thailand.
The final nights accommodation in Chiang Mai is included. Feel free to extend your stay in the charming city of Chiang Mai or continue your Thailand travels the following day.