|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||37 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Oct 6, 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1, 15, 2014. Jan 5, Feb 9, Mar 2, May 25, Jun 15, Jul 13, Sep 21, Oct 5, Nov 9, Dec 14, 2015 (additional dates available for private groups)|
|Start city:||Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|End city:||Chiang Mai, Thailand|
Explore Chiang Mai and its surroundings in depth on this Northern Highlights bike tour. Discover ethnic hill tribes still living in thatched villages on the hill tops dressed in their colorful garments, explore ancient temple ruins and city fortifications, taste the delicious cuisine that Thailand is renowned for worldwide and meet the friendly Thai people.
Your week long bicycle tour begins in Chiang Mai, where 600-year-old stupas co-exist side by side with modern offices, where vegetable and fish markets open every morning at 5 a.m. and teeming night markets spring up on the sidewalks. You'll explore the city before heading north through vast farmlands and spectacular landscapes. Ride an elephant through the jungle, soak in a natural hot spring and discover the daily lives of the Paduang and Karen tribes.
Your cycling holiday winds down in the northern reaches of the kingdom, pedaling along the Mae Kok River through lush forests and green rice paddies. Enjoy a variety of excellent accommodations, ranging from delightful city lodges to remote mountain resorts, and fine dinners at our favorite local restaurants featuring the best of the region's cuisine. Enjoy an awesome bike tour through the best of northern Thailand!
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Day 1: Arrive at Chiang Mai
Your bike tour group will gather today in the vibrant northern city of Chiang Mai. After checking into your lodge, bikes will be distributed before heading out for a traditional northern Khan Toke dinner with classical and hill tribe dancing.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 2: Wiang Kum Kam (22 miles/35 km)
This morning you head south of town to explore the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, site of the first city built by King Mengrai some 700-years-ago. Unfortunately his choice of land was subject to frequent floods, so after a short while he moved the city to it's current locale. In the afternoon you wend your way back into the town, exploring the old town area with its historic Wats (temples) and ancient fortifications. Tonight you enjoy dinner at our favorite restaurant perched on the banks of the Mae Ping (Ping River), which flows through the heart of the city.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 3: Mae Rim (31 miles/50 km)
The route heads north this morning, following small roads along the Mae Ping through villages and past flower farms. Lunch time is in the town of Mae Rim, where you will break from cycling to visit an orchid grower, butterfly farm and the Mae Rim Elephant camp, where you enjoy a demonstration of the elephant's former work. In late afternoon, you remount our bikes for a beautiful ride through emerald rice paddies and past colorful temples enroute to the village of Baan Rai.
Overnight in Baan Rai.
Day 4: Wat Baan Den (57 miles/92 km)
The morning ride takes you first to Mae Malai, where you visit a traditional market featuring a broad selection of local vegetables, fruits and fish, along with a tasty array of prepared foods from pad se yu (noodles) to fried insects. You will also visit the magnificent Wat Baan Den, before heading north into the rolling, forested countryside. The bike tour winds down the day at a delightful resort with a dramatic sunset view of Doi Chiang Dao, Thailand's second tallest mountain. You'll enjoy a post-ride soak in a private hot spring pool at the base of Doi Chiang Dao.
Overnight near Doi Chiang Dao.
Day 5: Wat Tham Tub Tao (39 miles/63 km)
After breakfast, you will pedal north, visiting a local hill tribe market offering fresh produce from various Royal Projects, along with delicious teas and dried fruit. Then up to a beautiful giant Buddha, perched beneath the golden cliffs, before enjoying a thrilling descent onto the agricultural realm around Fang. Our last stop is Wat Tham Tub Tao, an ancient temple complex with hundreds of Buddha images inside a giant cavern. Each year a gathering of 2,500 monks takes place at this temple and has been happening for hundreds of years. You will walk into the giant caverns to visit a stupha deep in the heart of the mountain that allegedly dates back more than 1,000 years. Our stop is a few miles further up the road in Chai Prakan.
Overnight in Chai Prakan.
Day 6: Mai Ai, Tha Ton, Baan Yapa (40 miles/64 km)
The last day of this Thailand bike tour pedals across the flat plains of the far north. The first stop is in Mae Ai, where we will spend some time exploring Wat Mae Ai Luang, with its historic wooden temple featuring Burmese architecture. Then you roll further north to Tha Ton, the overnight stopping point. After lunch beside the river, you will set out on a beautiful ride along the Mae Kok through farmlands and forests, culminating in a climb to Baan Yapa, a Padaung Village. The Padaung are also known as Long Neck Women and you have the opportunity to watch them create their traditional woven scarves. The last night's celebratory dinner will be at a great restaurant overlooking the Mae Kok River.
Overnight in Tha Ton.
Day 7: Departure
Our cycling holiday must come to an end today. You will shuttled back to the Chiang Mai Airport in vans, one last chance to enjoy the scenery through which you pedaled for the last few days.
Oct 6, 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1, 15, 2014. Jan 5, Feb 9, Mar 2, May 25, Jun 15, Jul 13, Sep 21, Oct 5, Nov 9, Dec 14, 2015 (additional dates available for private groups)
|Tour package: private departures|
|For groups of 2-5 people|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
The Rim Resort, Chiang Mai
Baan Rai Lanna Resort, Mae Malai
Aurora Resort, Chiang Dao
Saimoonbury Resort, Chaiprakan
Mae Kok River Village, Tha Ton
Due to the late night arrival from and early morning departure of flights to North America, most guests will plan to overnight in Bangkok going both directions. Accordingly, we will furnish you with the name of the recommended hotel or motel that we pick people up from on the first day of the trip, and where we can drop you off at trip's end.
Bikes available to rent (must be reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Bikes come equipped with:
Pedals and Seats:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. You can also bring your own saddle, and the guides will help you swap them out.
Helmets are NOT available for rent on this tour; we recommend that you bring your own for safety and hygiene purposes.
Water bottles are not included on this tour. For hygiene and ecological reasons we recommend that you bring your own water bottle.
This tour follows paved roads that are in good condition with shoulders along much of the route. Traffic is moderate to light and very bike friendly. Terrain is a mix of flat and small rolling hills midway through the route and at the finish point.
Approximately 70% of the tour is on quiet roads and 30% on roads shared with traffic. The maximum daily elevatin gain for this tour is 600 feet (182 m), with a 5% maximum percentage grade for any climb. This tour is appropiate for hybrid and road bikes.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport and train station: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Transfer to and from the Chiang Mai Airport is included in price of tour.
The tour meets in the afternoon of Day 1 at Chiang Mai Airport. Guides will meet any flight arriving between 12 noon and 5 p.m. It is best to fly out of Chiang Mai after 2 p.m. on Day 7.
We suggest booking your flight between Bangkok & Chiang Mai separately from your international flight, as it will usually work out much more economical. For ease of connecting with international flights at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, we suggest using either Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways or Air Asia.
Please note: passports are required for all guests. Your passport should have at least 6 months validity past your intended travel dates. Visas are not required for citizens of the USA, Canada, UK, EU, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, a 30 day Entry Permit is issued upon arrival in Bangkok.
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"Thailand" means "land of the free." It boasts an 800-year history free of colonization, leaving a rich culture unmarred by early Western impact so prevalent in Southeast Asia. Formerly known as "Siam," the land evokes images of the exquisite and exotic. Its fusion of influences from India, Burma, Cambodia, and China has created a distinctive and colorful culture that reveres its traditions while transforming itself into a thriving, modern destination.
Ancient ruins and Buddhist temples are spectacular sites for visitors to experience the rich history of Thailand. Performances of the highly stylized khon dance style are a treat to watch, and the unique tastes of Thai cuisine have made it popular throughout the world. Making significant use of its staple of rice, it incorporates flavors of curry, coconut, fish sauce, lime, and basil – and can often be extremely spicy!
Pedalers Pub and Grille provide imaginative bike tours for cycling enthusiasts in Asia, Alaska and the Pacific. Enjoy fully supported rides through dramatic landscapes, boutique lodging and hearty meals featuring regional cuisine. Discover the country through the knowledge and stories of local cycling guides, enabling you to return home with an understanding of the local culture.
Strengths of Pedalers Pub and Grille include longer rides for cycling enthusiasts, local staff in each destination, imaginative routes and great value with first class accommodations at moderate tour prices. Among their numerous awards and distinctions is being placed in the top ten bike companies of the world-wide National Geographic Traveler Magazine, along with the National Geographic Adventure Magazine and Best Tour Operators on Earth. They have also been featured in 50 Tours of a Lifetime in 2010 for their Northern Highlights trip in Thailand.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Notice of cancellation must be made in writing and mailed to Pedalers Pub & Grille. The Date of Cancellation will be the day we receive your written notice of cancellation. Cancellations by phone or email will not be considered as valid notice.
Cancellations received before 45 days prior to the scheduled start of the ride will forfeit the deposits paid. Any monies paid in excess of the deposit will be refunded.
Cancellations received less than 45 days prior to the scheduled start of the ride will forfeit all payments made. No refunds will be made.
Our cancellation policy is strictly enforced with no exceptions including medical and family emergencies, deaths in the family, weather or civil unrest. Please note:
• There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early.
• Single supplements are considered part of the trip price and are subject to cancellation fees.
• Pedalers Pub & Grille reserves the right to make route and accommodation modifications as needed.
• On the rare occasion when Pedalers Pub & Grille must cancel a trip, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes full settlement.
• Pedalers Pub & Grille is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled trips, such as airline tickets, or for costs incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellation or illness.
• Guests who fail to complete the Rider Questionnaire prior to trip departure will not be allowed to join the trip and will be subject to Pedalers Pub & Grille standard cancellation policy as described above.
• We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to cover non-refundable items in the event situations force you to cancel your travel plans.
After you sign up
Once we have processed and accepted your application, you will receive a notice of confirmation. In this confirmation will be additional details, such as access codes to your online rider information, meeting times and suggested flight times. You will find all of the information necessary to plan for your ride in the Pedaler's Biergarten area of our website. Here in addition to ride information, forum and a variety of tips & suggestion, you will find a Guest Questionnaire that MUST be completed in order to participate on the trip. Please note that in respect for our environment, we do not print a ride handbook and prefer to present this information online. If you do not have access to the internet please let us know.
Transferring to a different date
If you find you need to change your departure, you can request your booking be transferred to a different departure date without penalty up to 45 days prior to the originally booked tour's departure date. Requests for transfers to a new date made less than 45 days prior may be considered based on circumstances and if approved will be subject to a $100 rebooking fee per person, otherwise our normal cancellation policy applies. Requests for transferring your booking must be made in writing.
If you find you need change plans again and transfer your booking a 2nd time, there will be a $100 handling fee per person applied for the 2nd and all subsequent transfers. If after you have transferred a booking, you find you have to cancel completely, the cancellation penalty will be the higher of the tours on which you held reservations.
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Youth on Tours
Family Multisport Tours - Children from age 8 on up are welcome on our Family Multisport tours. We feel that this is the minimum safe age for the activities during the trips.
Bike Tours - Youths from age 16 on up are welcome on our standard Bike Tours. Children under the age of 16 will be considered on a case by case basis. If a family with younger children wishes to join a date, we will contact guests already registered on that date and with their OK, will accept the family's booking. Youths must share a room with a family member or have a private room (single supplement applies).
Guests are responsible for: choosing a trip that suits their abilities, level of fitness and state of health; arriving at the trip start with the clothing and gear recommended in the Ride Handbook, and with a bicycle suitable / suitably maintained for the ride; respecting the laws and customs of regions visited; following environmental guidelines and regulations while on the trip in accordance with leader directions; and respecting the rights and privacy of other trip members. Pedalers Pub & Grille reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at any time prior to or during the trip if, in Pedalers Pub & Grille's opinion, an individual's behavior or physical condition is not compatible with the general enjoyment and well-being of other trip members.
Pedalers Pub & Grille Limitations of Liability
Pedalers Pub & Grille is not liable for bodily injury or property damage as a result of (but not limited to): physical exertion for which a guest is not prepared; forces of nature; travel by plane, train, auto, boat or other conveyance, or by bicycle, kayak, horseback, foot or other form of active or adventure travel; consumption of alcoholic beverages; civil unrest; terrorism; breakdown of equipment; high altitude; lack of or limited access to medical attention in remote locations; and the adequacy of medical attention once provided. Pedalers Pub & Grille is also not liable for expenses (e.g., meals, transportation or hotel costs) not specified as included in the trip cost but which may be required to get to or from a trip start or end. Pedalers Pub & Grille reserves the right to make route and accommodation modifications as necessary to improve the trip's quality or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of guests. Guests grant Pedalers Pub & Grille express permission to take photographs or make film records of its trips for promotional and commercial use, as well as approving such use by third parties with whom Pedalers Pub & Grille may engage in joint marketing, without financial remuneration.
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This right to privacy extends to our trip rosters. It is entirely voluntary to have your personal information listed on the trip roster. You will have the opportunity to select this option while completing our Rider Questionnaire after you are registered. The trip roster will display name, city, state, email, phone and the answer to the About Me question. If you elect not to appear on the trip roster, you will not receive a copy of the trip roster.