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Thailand Bike Tour

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai: The Thai Countryside + Golden Triangle

7 days / 6 nights Level: 2Price From: $6,795Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle the Thai countryside, a unique landscape of rice paddies and lush jungles
  • Learn to prepare your favorite Thai dishes during a cooking class and sample some essential street food at Chiang Rai’s night market
  • Discover the delicate business of tea harvesting at the Araska plantation and taste a truly perfect cup
  • Stay at Thailand’s top properties, including the luxurious Anantara Golden Triangle

Eat

Curry noodle soup called khao soi, pickled vegetables, aromatic beef and chicken, sticky rice, nám prík (a chili dip), and essential herbs like turmeric, galangal, and fragrant Thai basil

Drink

Thailand’s top beers include Singha, Leo, and Chang; Thai iced tea with condensed milk called cha yen, and cha manao (a refreshing lime tea)

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  • Day 1

    The Forests of Chiang Mai

    Welcome to Thailand! Meet your guides at your hotel in Chiang Mai, then a transfer to a coffee shop on the outskirts of town for a safety briefing and bike fitting. We’ll set off on our first ride, encountering a serene stand of tropical forest almost right away—although Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s essential cities, its outskirts are surprisingly verdant and peaceful. Pedal on quiet roads flanked by national parklands and take a peek into a temple, or wat, for a brief introduction to Buddhism. At lunchtime, a picnic table set right in a river lets us cool our feet while tasting typical Thai dishes. Our afternoon ride closes the loop back to Chiang Mai, ending with a transfer to tonight’s hotel. This evening, our group will dine together and toast to the exciting week ahead!

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Chiang Mai
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 488 meters
    Accommodations: 137 Pillars House

  • Day 2

    Entering Tea Country

    This morning we leave the bustle of Chiang Mai behind and transfer further into the Thai countryside. Once outside the city, begin riding north along the Ping River as the landscape shifts from lush jungle to rice paddies beneath big blue skies. We’ve entered the Mae Tang region, where a steady climb to the Araksa tea plantation awaits us. Upon reaching these terraced tea fields, we’ll wander the gardens, discover how the leaves are hand-harvested, and sample the plantation’s own aromatic Assam. After a Thai-style tea lunch, transfer to our hotel for the next two nights. The property pays tribute to the Thai Lanna style of architecture, and you’ll truly feel like this is your kingdom as you relax by the pool or indulge in a Thai massage. Tonight’s dinner takes place right on the premises at Pusanfah’s restaurant overlooking the tea fields.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Mae Tang, Araksa
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 396 meters
    Accommodations: Pusanfah Resort

  • Day 3

    Whimsical Waterfalls and Si Lanna’s Lake

    Today’s route begins right from our hotel, and we’ll set out on farm roads alongside market-bound locals on their own morning bike commute. Markets are at the heart of every small town we ride through, offering piquant Thai chilies, juicy mangoes, or savory stalks of lemongrass. At the end of a rice paddy-filled valley, begin a climb to the Bua Thong Waterfalls—a pair of falls cascading down a bulbous limestone face, then dispersing in streams back into the jungle. Descend all the way to Si Lanna National Park and take a lunch break overlooking the lake, busy with boats. After lunch is another breezy downhill ride back to Pusanfah. We’ll spend the afternoon at a modernized take on the traditional Thai temple, expanding our understanding of Buddhist culture and the different styles of wats. Tonight, learn what makes Thai dishes so delicious during a cooking class, and dine on our classic creations.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Si Lanna National Park
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km, elevation gain: 407 meters
    Accommodations: Pusanfah Resort

  • Day 4

    Riverside Riding

    Start the day with a transfer north to the village of Tha Thon where our ride begins. Pedal on palm tree-lined roads, through remote villages and sprawling farmlands, and past coffee and tea plantations en route to our lunch destination. Afterward, push through the day’s most challenging section of steep climbs before we roll down to meet the Kok River. We’ll retire our bikes and board a traditional long-tail boat that delivers us to our hotel, Le Meridien, in Chiang Rai. Spend the afternoon settling in, then head into Chiang Rai for its famous night market—an evening filled with sampling street food and sensory delights.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Chiang Rai
    Accomplished: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 427 meters
    Accommodations: Le Meridien Chiang Rai

  • Day 5

    The Golden Triangle

    Our destination today is the Golden Triangle, the place where the borders of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand converge. During our ride, we’ll observe the unique agriculture of northern Thailand, including a stop to see how rubber is harvested. Have lunch in the district of Chiang Saen, an ancient Thai trading port on the Mekong with a long and fascinating history dating as far back as the 7th century. After lunch, we’ll ride to our final hotel of the trip, the glamorous Anantara Golden Triangle. The afternoon is yours to visit the spa, float in the infinity pool, take a yoga class, or roam the rice paddies. Tonight we’re treated to dinner at the hotel restaurant, overlooking the river as it meanders through the jungle.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Chiang Saen
    Accomplished: 33 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 152 meters
    Accommodations: Anantara Golden Triangle

  • Day 6

    Choose Your Adventure

    There are endless possibilities for how to spend your last full day of the tour, so take this opportunity to tackle your Thailand bucket list! If you want to keep racking up the miles, your guides are happy to take you riding through the Golden Triangle. If you prefer, take advantage of the activities offered by the Anantara Golden Triangle including a cooking class, spa treatment, or Golden Triangle day tour. We recommend a visit to the hotel’s own elephant sanctuary, where you’ll join the gentle giants on their daily walk through the forest, watching them play in the mud and munch on low-hanging branches. We’ll come back together in the evening for a final Thai feast and reflect on our amazing week together!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Chiang Rai
    Accommodations: Anantara Golden Triangle

  • Day 7

    Farewell to Thailand

    On your final morning, have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Your guides will transfer you to the Chiang Rai airport and bid you bon voyage to wherever your travels take you next.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Chiang Mai, Thailand Pick-Up Location: Hotel 137 Pillars House Pick-Up Time: 8:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Chiang Rai, Thailand Drop-Off Location: Chiang Rai Airport Drop-Off Time: 10:00 am
Travelers Take Note

To show you all our favorite parts of Thailand, this tour includes multiple transfers. We like to think of it as an opportunity to experience a greater breadth of scenery and cover as much ground as possible.

Please note that electric assist bicycles are not available in Thailand.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates. Go Private

2020Single Supplement From: $2,600
2021Single Supplement From: $2,600

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 6 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Hybrid

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Manufacturer: Cannondale

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