Experience varied scenery but always on smooth tarmac roads ensuring you can concentrate on the picturesque surrounds
Enjoy support from your fellow comrades and the tour staff, who will help you achieve your riding goals
Follow your knowledgeable guide and be privy to the best spots for scenic splendor, such as Pu Chi Fa
As you journey through north Thailand you'll encounter the friendly locals going about their daily business as you ride by
Lucky for you, you get to discover both beauties! The tour runs from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
Find commonality wherever you go and experience the warm hospitality of the Thai people
Get the competitive juices flowing as you flourish in a group ride and push yourself to achieve new riding goals
Smile as you pose for group shots and love sharing the adventure with new mates
Rise to the challenge and feel accomplished as you clock up the kms and have the most amazing fun at the same time
Even in the rural mountains, you'll be treated to coffee stops at majestic spots, giving you a chance to refuel
There will be plenty of natural wonders on the tour as well as manmade ones, the white temple near Chiang Rai being one such example

North Thailand by Road Bike

10 days
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$1,843 USD

From Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai, travel through the rural north of Thailand on smooth tarmac roads, winding through hills, valleys and mountains, taking in lush and fertile lands and stretching your legs to the max. During this challenging and rewarding tour of a stunning and peaceful region, you will encounter the friendly hill tribes that populate and work these lands and experience the tantalizing cuisine produced locally. An incredibly fulfilling and joyful adventure awaits!

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    489.6 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    54.7 miles
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  • How long is the tour? How many days riding?

    This tour is 10 days long, with 9 riding days.

  • How many riders will be in the group?

    Groups can be from 2 to 16. For groups of 9 or more a second guide joins the tour.

  • Is there a minimum age for this tour?

    Yes. Riders must be 18 years old by the time the tour starts.

  • Can I rent a bike for the tour?

    Yes.  The bikes are Trek 2.1 C, Domane 2.0 and carbon Émonda S5 road bikes, with Shimano components and seat posts. If you have your own saddle that you are comfortable with, you are welcome to bring it and the tour operator will fit it. They can also provide strap-styled toe cages if requested, but you might like to consider bringing SPD clip pedals if you use them, and please make sure to bring your shoes and cleats. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a road bike in good mechanical order.

  • What's the tour like?

    This tour is 100% on road, and designed with road bikers in mind. It starts in Chiang Rai with a warm-up ride to get used to your bikes, then the riding begins in earnest. You will be alternating between hilly and flat days, but always start off with a gentle ride before you start climbing.

    The total distance is 788 km (489 mi)  in nine riding days on smooth tarmac roads. Some of the distances are quite long, and there are significant ascents and a few steep sections on some days, but there are also a few flat days to let your legs recover. The trip is fully supported, and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty. This makes a tremendous difference, as does the constant supply of cold drinks, ice, and fresh fruit.

    Suitability: This is a tour for cyclists possessing a moderate to high level of physical fitness. Fitness will be a huge asset on those long days and on the undulating hills. The tour is fully supported, and the bus is always close at hand for those who find the riding too difficult.

    Biking Conditions: You will ride between 30 and 125 km a day. There are some easy half-day rides, but the daily ascents range from 129 to 2,000 m. The roads are 100% tarmac and in good condition.

  • Are helmets required?

    A helmet is required to be worn on all biking activities and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you won't be allowed to cycle.

  • Am I safe?

    The tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue. But to a large degree, riders must be responsible for their own safety during the tour. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover  you for a cycling tour.

  • If I'm traveling on my own, do I have to pay more?

    You are not required to pay a surcharge for traveling alone. The tour operator will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, they will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share, a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.

  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts in Chiang Rai, fly into Mae Fah Luang International Airport (CEI).
    The tour ends in Chiang Mai, fly out of Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX).

  • Are helmets included when hiring a bike?

    Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.

Overall Rating:
Thomas Edward Buckley
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Tremendous guide in Prasert (Sert). He had a unique blend of enthusiasm, humor, support, and overwhelming motivation to be sure we were satisfied with all aspects of the trip.

Heather Giannandrea
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

This trip pushed me to the limits of my fitness in the best way. The guide and drivers were kind, friendly and supportive. I saw parts of the country I never could have experienced from a car.

I had a wonderful time, and cannot say enough about the support and guidance received from Sert, Pong and Rong.

Ville Grandin
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Some very tough hills! I expected the climbing to be more like in Europe, where we use switchbacks, but in Thailand, it’s just straight on! 15-20% sections aplenty. Great value for money as the guides, accommodation and food were amazing. I will definitely choose SpiceRoads again.