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Northern Thailand Golden Triangle Cycling Tour 11D10N Trip

Chaing Mai - Chiang Rai - Phayao, Thailand
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Duration

11 Days10 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

Multilingual

Overview

The golden triangle denotes the border region between Burma, Laos and Thailand, once notorious for the cultivation of opium.

Our journey takes us there from the cultural oasis Chiang Mai in an exciting loop, then on via Chiang Rai and Phayao through the “land of a hundred thousand rice fields” back to the Capital of the North.

The tour profile is mostly flat with some moderate climbs through the breathtaking, rugged landscape. Due to the cooler and drier climate, this region is not only suitable for fruit growing, but also ideal for cyclists. The wild and romantic, hilly surroundings and the excellent, low-traffic roads make this trip an unforgettable experience.

11 Days | 10 Nights | 8 Stages from 70 to 105 km | Total 595 km | Rest Day in Chiang Rai

Minimum Number of Participants : All offered trips will take place at a minimum number of 4 participants. If this number is not reached, SBT may cancel the trip until 14 days before its starting date.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • + The cultural capital of northern Thailand
  • + Cave exploration – Chiang Dao
  • + Boat trip Thaton Maekok River
  • + Boat trip Mekong River – Golden Triangle
  • + 3 nights in 5-star hotels
  • + Full service

Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrival in Chiang Mai “The Rose of the North”

Individual arrival and transfer to the hotel, where we will meet and spend the next two nights. In the evening we will gather for a welcome and orientation in the hotel. You will receive all information regarding the tour and learn some interesting trivia about our host country. We will also hand out the Siam Bike Tours jerseys to all participants. We follow on with a dinner together, during which we will have the opportunity to get to know one another.

Day 2 | 1st Stage: Doi Suthep Mountain & Warm Up Ride

40 km | flat | B included
The day starts with a visit to the temple on Doi Suthep Mountain. Here, you can then enjoy the various art workshops that include local silk fabrics and handmade paper umbrellas.

Day 3 | 2nd Stage: Chiang Mai – Chiang Dao

93 km | 500 m ascent | B/L included
On our journey towards Chiang Dao, we make a stop to visit the Tiger Kingdom. Here, bold cyclists have the opportunity to experience the beauty of these majestic cats up close. We finish our adventurous day with a cave exploration.

Day 4 | 3rd Stage: Chiang Dao – Thaton

102 km | 610 m ascent | B/L included
Today’s stage is dominated by a mountainous jungle landscape. Thaton is on the border with Myanmar. On arrival, we enjoy a river cruise on the Mae Kok River.

Day 5 | 4th Stage: Thaton – Mae Chan

72 km | 785 m ascent | B included
This scenic coastal road looks like it is straight out of a picture book. The green of palm groves, gum trees and oil palms alternate with sandy beaches.

Day 6 | 5th Stage: Mae Chan – Golden Triangle

70 km | 140 m ascent | B included
The bustling border town of Mae Sai is the northernmost town in Thailand. From here we drive to the “Golden Triangle”, which is located at the border of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.

Day 7 | 6th Stage: Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai

70 km | flat | B included
We begin by riding along the mighty Mekong River. Countless rice fields line our way with the stunning mountainous landscape of Chiang Rai as the backdrop.

Day 8 | Rest Day in Chiang Rai

B included
Our luxury resort, Le Meridien Chiang Rai, is located on the bank of the Mae Kok River and leaves nothing to be desired. We have a rest day here to make the most of the tranquillity of this magnificent resort.

Day 9 | 7th Stage: Chiang Rai – Phayao

105 km | 315 m ascent | B/L included
Rice fields and farming villages continue to shape this rural region. The trendy town of Phayao is located on a lake. The promenade is lined with restaurants and coffee houses and invites you to relax and absorb the atmosphere.

Day 10 | 8th Stage: Phayao – Chiang Mai

83 km | 1.100 m ascent | B/L included
Today’s stage brings a lot of variety. A beautiful road up to the pass is then rewarded with a rushing downhill section. Riding through jungle-covered hills, we arrive in Chiang Mai.

Day 11 | Chiang Mai

B included
Individual onward journey

Included/Excluded

  • + All overnight accommodation with breakfast
  • + All meals mentioned: 10 x B = Breakfast | 6 x L = Lunch
  • + All coffee breaks including ice coffee, or hot coffee, or tea
  • + Isotonic drinks, coke, water and fruits provided on all stages
  • + English speaking tour guides
  • + Team jersey | Team backpack | Team wallet
  • + 0.75 l drinking bottle
  • + Escort bus with luggage trailer, passengers possible
  • + National Park fees
  • + Trip to Doi Suthep
  • + Handicraft tour
  • + Cave exploration – Chiang Dao
  • + Boat trip Thaton – Maekok River
  • + Boat trip Golden Triangle – Mekong River
  • + Repair service
  • + Tour pictures for download
  • + Insurance cover over duration of tour
  • + Full Service Package (bottle refills, refreshing towels, storage of helmets and shoes and much more…)
  • - International flights
  • - Domestic flights
  • - Airport pick up
  • - Airport drop off
  • - Visa fees
  • - Taxi transfer into Chiang Mai ~ THB 200
  • - Bike rentals (we offer a large selection of Canyon rental bikes
  • - All meals unless otherwise mentioned
  • - Alcohol
  • - Tips

Tour's Location

Chaing Mai - Chiang Rai - Phayao, Thailand

FAQs

WHAT SIZE ARE THE GROUPS?
All of our tours will be arranged into small groups and guided by an experienced tour guide. Tours are suitable for any enthusiastic cyclist in reasonable shape.
WHAT SPEED DO WE RIDE AT?
The group will determine the riding speed on any stage; faster riders may go ahead together, regrouping at selected refreshment stops with the others. During our tours it is mandatory to wear a helmet.
IS THERE A MINIBUS?
The Siam Bike Tours minibus will transport all luggage, spare parts, wheels, tools, etc. During all of the rides we will offer water, soft drinks and fresh fruit. If desired, any rider may complete the day’s stage by bus.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
All nationalities require a passport for entry into Thailand. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your stay in the country. If staying less than 30 days then a visa in advance is not required by European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of Thailand to be eligible for the visa on arrival. This is strictly enforced.
HEALTH
We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days.
MONEY
The Thai currency is the baht. ATM’s, which are abundant, are the easiest ways to get Thai baht. Have a supply of US dollars in cash on hand, just in case your card doesn’t work. Banks or the rarer private money changers offer the best foreign-exchange rates. Credit cards are accepted in big cities and resort hotels but you’ll need baht for family-run guesthouses or restaurants.
WEATHER
Thailand generally has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. The North and Central region have a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. Northeast Thailand has a humid hot and dry weather alternatively with medium rain while the coastal areas of the east are humid and hot with intermittent rain. The South of Thailand has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity.

There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 27˚C/80 F and 40˚C/104 F, with night temperatures in the 20s. The rainy season is from July to October, but temperatures are slightly lower, because of the effect of the rain. During this time it will not rain continuously, but in sharp bursts, and the sun can come out quickly. The cooler season is from October to February, with average temperatures between 20˚C/68 F and 30˚C/86 F
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Extras
  • Single Supplement ($ 459)
  • Alu Bike Rental($ 158)
  • Carbon Bike Rental ($ 281)
  • Additional Night ($ 107)

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Siam Bike Tours

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