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Biking Mae Hong Son & the Mountain Jungles of Northern Thailand

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $5,600 PER PERSON
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DURATION

9 days | 8 nights

DESTINATIONS

Thailand

INTERESTS

Bicycling,
Tribal

TYPE

Intrepid

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chat with the local hill tribes living outside of Pai Soak in natural, healthy hot springs after a full-day spent riding
  • Bike to the top of Thailand’s highest Peak - Doi Inthanon
  • Enjoy delicious, fresh, local dishes unique to the north of Thailand

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

While Thailand is most famous for its white sand beaches and turquoise water, the north is equally beautiful, with lush rolling valleys and jungle-covered mountains. This nine-day itinerary will take you through Chiang Mai, Mae Chaem, Mae Sariang, Khun Yuam, Mae Hong Son and Pai for a full tour of Thailand’s northern beauty. Get ready for long beautiful days spent biking through picturesque lush nature, followed by evenings relaxing in friendly, laidback mountain towns. 

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Chiang Mai

Arrive in Chiang Mai and check into the Four Seasons or 137 Pillars House. Touring the largest city in Northern Thailand by bike is ideal as the city is easily navigable and biking is very popular. Hit up the funky coffee shops and boutiques in town, as well as the local wet market. See pieces of the old city gate - the main gate separates the old town from the modern section. We recommend biking 18 - 31 miles on this day as an easy warm-up for the full biking trip ahead.

DAY 2: Mae Chaem

The day begins with a challenge - you’ll bike to the top of Doi Inthanon. This is Thailand’s highest peak, towering at 8,565 feet. The last five miles are the toughest as you near the top. Be careful as you bike back towards the base of the mountain - it’s just as steep going downhill. You will bike 75 miles in total for the day. Spend the night at a cozy guesthouse in Mae Chaem.

DAY 3: Mae Sariang

It’s a beautiful bike ride today as you pass lush orchards, dense forests, and blossoming flowers all set against a picturesque mountain backdrop. Look for local tribes living in the hills. The Karen tribe lives near the small town of Mae Sariang - your final destination. This tribe is known for their unique neck stretching practices. You will bike 78 miles today.

DAY 4: Khun Yuam

It’s an easier day of riding today with not as many steep rides and just a 56 mile distance to cover. There will still be a fair amount of hills to climb as you are now in the heart of hill tribe country. You’re now near the border of Myanmar and will notice the shift in culture and influence. Your final destination is the small village of Khun Yuam, where you’ll spend the night.

DAY 5: Mae Hong Son

This is the easiest day of cycling throughout the whole trip! It’s a beautiful, mainly downhill ride to Mae Hong Son. The total distance for the day is 40 miles. You’ll finish early that afternoon. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy the refreshing pool at Golden Pai & Suite Resort. Going for a swim is the perfect way to stretch out sore legs.

DAY 6: Mae Hong Son

Enjoy a day of peace and quiet in Mae Hong Son. This little town is tucked into the mountains. The area is populated by the Shans originating from Myanmar. The hilltribes are friendly and welcoming to foreigners. Many sell unique handicrafts within the villages. The surrounding tribes include the Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Lisu and Lua. Take a day to yourself and explore the surrounding rich culture. Rest up for a tough day of biking ahead.

DAY 7: Pai

After a day of relaxing it’s time to get back to biking with a challenging ride. The day is full of tough, long ascents. Don’t let the beginning fool you, as the journey starts with 10 miles of a gradual climb before the true steep ascent begins. You will cover 75 miles of ground today. Reach picturesque Pai - a charming, bohemian town nestled in the mountains. Check in to a charming hotel and relax for the evening.

DAY 8: Chiang Mai

It’s your final day of biking as you begin with a 12-mile climb out of the vibrant green Pai Valley. Gaze over the stunning view of the valley from an altitude of near 5,000 feet. It’s the perfect combination of uphills, downhills and flat terrain on your last ride. Finish in Chiang Mai where we will celebrate completing a tough, fun riding trip. Spend your last night at a luxury Chiang Mai hotel.

DAY 9: Departure

After an exciting, active biking holiday, it’s time to return home. Now that you’ve biked through much of the Northern Thai mountains, you can truly appreciate Thailand’s natural beauty as well as feel accomplished from completing such an athletic feat. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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