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– Kay & Jim D,
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8 days/ 7 nights
Chiang Mai/ Chiang Rai
Rai Saeng Arun, Chiang Khong
Luang Say Lodge
Luang Say Residence, Luang Probang
20-40+ miles daily
Van supported, local guide
Flat to rolling with some hills
Land Cost (current year):
Includes all meals
Includes all meals
Total days: 5 days/4 nights including two-day cruise
Offering perhaps the best cycling in southeast Asia, northern Thailand features magnificent natural scenery and a fusion of cultures where tribal groups still live traditionally. Monasteries, temples and monuments from kingdoms past are numerous and a multitude of rivers, including the mighty Mae Nam Khong (Mekong) make for perfect companions and lodging settings. For the epicurean, the food is, well, sensational and if you haven’t yet enjoyed Thai massage, here is your chance to be pampered. Enjoy.
Note that the riding is a combination of off-road (20%) and on-road paved (80%). For this reason, we use mountain bikes on this trip. Although the distances and elevation gains are modest, there is additional riding for those that wish. The best months for cycling in this region are December, January, February. We operate trips in March, but the daily highs can be in the 30’s so we start early and spend afternoons around the pools, all of which the hotels have.
Chiang Mai: International flights arrive into Chiang Mai direct.
Chiang Mai - Your hotel on arrival in Chiang Mai is included - we meet at 7 pm for a welcome reception and dinner (if you have a late arriving flight you can meet the next morning at breakfast). We stay at the charming Tamarind Village, a boutique luxurious hotel in the historic center. Next day, we’ll escape the bustle of town along biking roads on a route that winds around Doi Suthep to the lush Mae Sa valley, boasting cascading waterfalls, elephant parks and strawberry farms. Distance: D2: 55 km; 110 m gain
Chiang Dao - Cycling north, we’ll follow a tranquil route along the Ping River, stopping for a refreshing swim after lunch and then finishing the day with a visit to extensive cave temple in Chiang Dao National Park. We stay at a rustic eco-lodge set in a scenic and unspoiled valley surrounded by mountains. At day’s end you’ll be treated to gourmet cuisine, prepared by a European-trained Thai chef. Distance: D3: 70 km; 290 m gain
Tha Ton - Continuing north along scenic roads, we’ll cycle past orange groves and lush countryside before arriving at Tha Ton’s splendid Maekok River Village Resort, where swimming pool and Thai massage await (included!). We will join a local family for dinner and this promises to be one of the best meals of the trip with a surprise finish. Next day options include cycling to minority villages where you will have the opportunity to see traditional crafts. Ta Thon sits on the border with Myanmar and hill-tribe people reside in villages nearby. Early evening, we will enjoy a cooking course with an excellent Thai chef – yes, you get to dine on what you create. Distances: D4: 35 km; 420 m gain. Add-on option- 25 km; D5: 40 km; 350 m gain
DAY 6 + 7:
Chiang Rai - Boarding a traditional long-tail river boat, we’ll travel down the enchanting Maekok river, and then biking on a newly paved road to Chiang Rai. Next day, we ride a loop passing through rice paddies and pleasant countryside. We’ll stay at the luxurious Legends Chiang Rai, one of the finest hotels in Thailand. Distance: D6: 43 km; 270 m; D7: 67 km; 180 m
Depart at your leisure for on-going travel.
Continue north to Chiang Saen and the Golden Triangle with two more days of cycling and a two-day cruise down the Mekong with an overnight stay at Luang Say Lodge and finishing in Luang Prabang, Laos. 5 days/4 nights including all meals, transfers, and hotels etc. USD$1250 pp
Map of the Area
Chiang Mai Weather
What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
- Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
- 9 nights lodging
- All meals
- Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
- Detailed map and route instructions
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 604.730.1247
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