Type of tour:Guided
Level:4
Duration:9 Nights
Distance:57 Miles/day average
Dates: Nov 1*, Dec 20*, 2014. Feb 15*; Apr 12; Jul 19; Nov 1; Dec 6, 20, 2015 (minimum 2 participants) *guaranteed to depart
Tour price:US$1750
Start city:Chiang Rai, Thailand
End city:Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
North Thailand by Road Bike

Tour Description: Guided

This is a scenic and awe-inspiring ride that throws in some challenging climbs that are guaranteed to get you out of your saddle! Thailand's spectacular, winding roads that provide tough-but-rewarding climbs and thrilling descents are a road-rider's dream.

Thailand's north offers cyclists variety from forested mountains that provide shade on twisting roads to smooth flat tarmac along the Mekong River. Along with the sun shining, the Thai smiles greeting you and the delicious food, does road riding get much better than this?

On this 516-mile/830-kilometer ride you’ll cycle on paved roads in good condition through farming villages, pass Buddhist temples and waving children as you absorb the slower pace of life of the relaxed and friendly locals.

Our cycling starts in the former Lanna Kingdom of Chiang Rai and after a loop through some of the best scenery of northern Thailand finishes in the adventure capital of Chiang Mai.

In between we ride up and over mountain ranges, on the banks of the Mekong River where it forms the border with Laos, taking in an ever-changing landscape that varies from fertile fields to spectacular limestone karsts jutting up vertically. Our overnights are varied from resorts with pools to rustic bungalows, but all will be more than comfortable as we know you'll need a good rest after a long day in the saddle.

Varied riding, spectacular mountain scenery, statuesque peaks and the warm and hospitable Thai culture will be among the many highlights of this road bicycle tour.

The minimum age for this tour is 18.

A note about weather: Northern Thailand has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 27C (80 F) and 35 C (95 F) , with night temperatures in the 20s (68 F). The rainy season is from July to October, but temperatures are slightly lower, because of the effect of the rain. During this time it will not rain continuously, but in sharp bursts, and the sun can come out quickly. The cooler season is from October to February, with average temperatures between 20 (68 F) and 30 (86 F).

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