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Cycle Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Leave Southern Thailand’s beaches to the tourists and instead discover the enchanting, nature filled regions of the north on this spectacular cycling adventure. Creating the perfect cocktail of nature, history, culture and cuisine takes some doing but this trip does it to perfection as you leave behind Bangkok and cycle alongside majestic mountains, flowing rivers and through never-ending fields towards the captivating city of Chiang Mai.
- CategoryCulture & History
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance216.9 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance43.5 miles
Picture Thailand and your first thoughts may be pristine beaches, but the diversity of landscapes is vast and this cycling adventure through the lower northern regions of this Southeast Asian country exemplifies this. Ditching the touristy attractions of the south you'll delve into authentic Thai culture and history and explore the region’s rugged geography on your way to the northern capital of Chiang Mai.
Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, board an overnight train on the first day – an incredible experience of its own accord – to head for the quiet city of Uttaradit. After touching down and freshening up, it’s time to saddle up as you jump on the bikes with your local and charming guides to begin this epic journey.
As you cruise through the countryside, the abundance of nature will truly leave you astounded. Cycling with some of Thailand’s tallest mountains as support, you will pass delightful sugar fields and orchards.
While nature is a constant companion, it would be good to understand and appreciate Thai culture too. Riding alongside the Yom River and observing the artistry of locals who weave and make pottery is a special moment that allows you a true insight into real life for villagers here.
Thailand packs in quite a vast history and you can explore that further at the Sukhothai Historical Park. Home to 190 ruins of the ancient city, the park is an impressive World Heritage Site that also boasts a beautiful array of lawns, lakes and trees. As you continue to glide further north on two wheels the moments of elation continue to flow as fast as the breath-taking views. Enthusiastic villagers cheer you on the way, while you lap up some comfort with a dip into some hot springs and gorge with delicious Thai cuisine in Lamphun.
This scintillating ride through the north of Thailand is one you will relish with most of the trip essentials already included.
- Local English speaking cycling leader/guide.
- Water, snacks and fresh fruit while cycling.
- Mountain bikes and Helmets.
- Vehicle support while cycling.
- All land transfers, by auto, van, or train
- Majority of meals are included
- Clean and comfortable accommodations
Despite not wishing to exclude anything there are a few items you will need to organize prior to arrival for yourself.
- Country entry visa (if required)
- International air tickets
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks at meals other than water.
- Tips for local tour crews.