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Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

1. Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

At 9:00 AM, begin the day with a hotel pick-up and ride to the base. Once arrived, you'll have your safety briefing and be kitted out in safety gear. Then you can begin the hike up to the old Hmong Hill Tribe Village at the summit of Doi Pui National Park. The trek takes you through a stunning highland jungle, filled with huge indigenous Mai Yai trees. After about 3 hours of steady walking, you'll reach your destination: the summit of the National Park, reaching an elevation of 1400m. At the peak, your bikes and gear will be waiting for you in the nearby village. After a well-earned lunch break, begin your descent through the National Park on your mountain bike toward Lake Huay Tung Tao, an approximately 2-hour ride away. In contrast to the hike up, gravity rewards you now with a cool ride downhill with views of the beautiful Mae Ping Valley.  Awaiting you lakeside is a proper late lunch with cool drinks. Take a dip before it’s time to jump back in the truck and head out of the National Park. After a fun day out, you will be delivered back to your hotel around 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

Cycle Tour of Mae Ngat Valley from Chiang Mai

2. Cycle Tour of Mae Ngat Valley from Chiang Mai

In the morning, pick-up from your Chiang Mai hotel and drive to the base, a local farm house located in the heart of Mae Ngat valley (50 km/ approximately 1 hour vehicle transfer). Briefing and bike fitting. The adventure begins with a ride through picturesque countryside where farmers go about their morning routine. Your guide will make stops at various points of interest and give you further insight into local life, and learning about rice agriculture. Return to the farm house for a delicious Thai lunch. After lunch enjoy more riding, tackling an easy single trail through the forest followed by flat, paved country roads zig-zagging through the valley. You will make a few stops again, including a busy local market. You end your ride at the famous Wat Ban Den temple where you can admire the intricate details of this stunning place of worship. After a day of exploring this stunning Mae Ngat valley on two wheels, transfer you back to your Chiang Mai accommodation (arrival time approximately 17:30).

Chiang Mai: Half-Day Old Town Cycling Tour

3. Chiang Mai: Half-Day Old Town Cycling Tour

Spend a fun morning or afternoon biking around Chiang Mai to see the city in a unique way. After pickup from your accommodation, you’ll head to Trailhead shop in the old town for a delicious cup of complimentary coffee and to prepare your bike and cycling gear.   Once the tour starts, you’ll head off around the old town and beyond with a professional and knowledgeable guide. Riding at a comfortable pace, this tour is perfect for groups with multiple fitness levels. Stop off at multiple attractions including Warorot market, beautiful off-the-beaten-track temples, and a blacksmith community. You’ll be given plenty of time for photos and to chat to the friendly locals. Once at the market, you’ll get a chance to wander the myriad of alleys and small shops, and to purchase any souvenirs if desired.   Along the way, you can try some delicious snacks and beverages for refreshment. A light lunch is also provided towards the end of the tour. Finish the tour with transportation back to your accommodation.

Colors of Chiang Mai Guided Bicycle Tour

4. Colors of Chiang Mai Guided Bicycle Tour

Discover the hidden gems of Chiang Mai through a recreational, cultural and educational bicycle tour. Join this adventure through the southern part of the city. Explore sites where old traditions continue to live on. The northern city Chiang Mai, known as the ‘Rose of the North’, maintains the allure it has held for travelers for centuries. Learn and see parts of the rich cultural background of Chiang Mai on the trip. Be led through quiet and green land roads, passing the historic settlement Wiang Kum Kam, founded in 1286 by King Mengrai. It was the capital of the Lanna empire for a period of only 10 years. See temples and ruins dating back hundreds of years. Make a stop at a local temple on the way. Learn about the importance of this temple and Buddhism from your guide. Next, visit the McKean rehabilitation center, a former leper colony, once cut off from the outside world. Nowadays it is a rehabilitation center for people with many kinds of physical disabilities. Continue the bicycle tour with a stop at an elementary school, mostly attended by hill-tribe children. Move onward to a small pottery center to watch the craftsmen make different shapes of pottery by hand. The ancient Lanna empire produced some of the finest ceramics ever. These days the northern region is the major center of Thailand’s pottery industry. Riding along the Ping River, breathe in the local atmosphere that makes Chiang Mai so special. Stop at a local bakery for a delicious sweet bun while watching the bakers produce many other products. Bike through the market to see the same products back in small traditional shops. Get an opportunity to sample some of the most delicious and exotic fruits and snacks. During the bicycle tour, expect to stop every hour for a short rest. Refresh yourself with drinking water or soft drink provided during the tour. Halfway through the trip, savor a light Thai meal (Khao Soy Kai) in a local restaurant.

Doi Suthep National Park: Beginner Downhill Bike Ride

5. Doi Suthep National Park: Beginner Downhill Bike Ride

This tour offers the most scenic and popular downhill mountain bike ride in Chiang Mai. Your day kicks off with transfer from your hotel at 9:30 AM and a comprehensive safety and bike fit-out briefing. After a 45-minute drive to the top of Doi Pui Mountain, you’ll take a short test ride to get comfortable with the equipment.   Finally ready, you’ll head off towards Hill Top Coffee Plantation along a small jeep track. If you’re a beginner, your guide will help you with your downhill riding techniques. Follow the track covered by spectacularly large tree canopies to enjoy the cooler temperatures before arriving at the first resting point. Take a break and maybe try a cup of local coffee as you soak in the mountain air and views! Home to the friendly Hmong Hill Tribe People, you will witness the rural living and farming in Northern Thailand’s mountains.   The second route you will take requires your full attention, as the wild growth of the forest hugs the track. For advanced riders, there are single tracks paralleling the moderately challenging jeep route to get their technical single-track fix (advanced riders know what I'm talking about!). There will be plenty of fantastic viewpoints for rest stops and lightly mixed terrain to challenge you as your ride continues down towards Lake Huay Tueng Tao at the base of the mountain. Arriving at the lake, you’ll enjoy a dip if you like, a well-deserved meal and amazing views of the mountain that just gave you an awesome 3+ hour mountain bike descent adventure. Then it’s time to head back to Chiang Mai, the lazy way: by truck, which will have you back around 3:30 PM.

Sukhothai: Historical Park & Countryside Cycling Tour

6. Sukhothai: Historical Park & Countryside Cycling Tour

Witness many aspects of rural life in Thailand and explore the famous ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this full-day guided bike tour. Benefit from included pickup and drop-off within 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) of Sukhothai, and savor an included lunch at a local restaurant. Your experienced English-speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel at around 8:15 AM. The cycling tour itself starts from a small village on Sukhothai's outskirts known as Ban Khuai. From there, pedal through a quiet village to enjoy the scenery of the beautiful area, then take a dirt road passing through endless rice paddies with beautiful views of the Kao Laung Mountain. As you go, interact with local people, where possible. You may even have the chance to participate in planting next season's crops. Make a stop at the wood furniture factory to see how the local carpenter produces great works before continuing your journey along small irrigation canals (Klong Mae Lampan) that pass through rural villages. Arriving at Sukhothai's Eastern Gate, marvel at the beautiful Buddhist and Hindu architecture, and be exposed to some of the country's most stunning craftsmanship from a period known as Thailand's Golden Era. With your guide, learn about Sukhothai's history and complex architecture, as well as the story of Buddhism in Thailand. Stop for lunch at a local Thai restaurant, then continue your cycling tour to visit the south area before heading back to your hotel.

Chiang Mai: Boat Ride and Cycling Tour to Sticky Waterfall

7. Chiang Mai: Boat Ride and Cycling Tour to Sticky Waterfall

After pickup, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee at Trailhead Café before preparing for the day ahead. After a comfortable 45-minute journey in a Toyota Fortune, begin the adventure with a boat ride across the Mae Kuang reservoir on a longtail boat, so you can admire the wonderful mountainous scenery on all sides.   After the boat trip, the riding begins. Cycle along a combination of quiet country roads, dirt dual track and single tracks. Pass through a quiet country village and lookout point where you can take a break and enjoy a drink. The cycling tour continues through verdant teak forests and a cave full of bats and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a snake.   From this point, the trail is mainly dirt dual track with some small uphill sections, as well as downhill sections eventually coming out onto the road in front of the famous “Sticky Waterfall” (Bua Tong). Here, swim in the many waterfall tiers and relax in the cooling waters.   After a delicious lunch, you will be escorted back to the Trailhead office or their accommodation. The tour is suitable for people of all ages and abilities with only a good level of fitness required. You will have the option to skip certain sections upon request and use the support vehicle depending on the level of fitness. The maximum tour length is 25km with 500m of climbing. Our friendly and professional guides will take photos and videos along the journey which are included in the package for your treasured memories of the cycling tour.

From Chiang Mai: Bike and Kayak Tour

8. From Chiang Mai: Bike and Kayak Tour

After your 8:30 AM pick-up directly from your hotel in Chiang Mai, relax as you travel in comfort up to the beautiful Mae Ngat Valley. As you arrive at the start point for your day of adventure, the amazing Ban Den Temple, located at the entrance of the valley, will come into view. The richness and variety of the shrines and Bhuddas here is truly inspiring.  Heading further into the valley by bike, pass through open rice fields with local farmers tending to their crops using traditional farming techniques. The ride is leisurely and the pace is just right, so when it is time to cool off, make a stop at a local produce market and see what's on the menu. Ready for a change of pace the kayaking leg of your adventure can begin, heading by water into the Mae Taeng Jungle Reserve. With the favorable currants of the river, paddle gently down the river listening to the pleasant birdlife around you. Only accessible by boat, you will find peace in this serene, quiet setting. Look out for a variety of bird and wildlife as you head to the south end of the Mae Ngat Valley. From the river bank, in a beautiful plantation setting,  find a cozy restaurant with a well-deserved meal and a cold drink waiting for you. 

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Hike & Bike Tour

9. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Hike & Bike Tour

Embark on a one-hour drive to the top of Doi Suthep National Park. Our first stop at Monthatan waterfalls gives us a glimpse into the diversity of flora in this National Park. Hike through the beautiful Northern Thai highlands to a forgotten Hill Tribe village. Take in the viewpoints to the east and to the north of the Mae Ping valley, where lunch will be had. After a good rest, start the ride down Suthep National Park on a smooth road. After a stop at the Queen Summer Palace and amazing views, continue to the famous Wat Suthep. The magnificent temple grounds reach 3600 feet in altitude. Continue cruising downhill on comfortable mountain bikes to the ancient Wat Pha Lat.

Chiang Mai Fields of Gold Cycling Tour

10. Chiang Mai Fields of Gold Cycling Tour

Cycle in beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Chiang Mai to experience Lanna culture and rural scenery around Chiang Mai. Between October and December, the fields of rice turn to an iridescent gold color. You will have a personalized and memorable cycling tour of Chiang Mai as the group number is limited.  Be picked up and dropped off at your accommodation for the 8-hour ride, which has a maximum distance of 36 kilometers with 289 meters of elevation gain. The terrain is a combination of paved road and dirt double track. You will use premium quality bikes and equipment including a helmet (full face helmets are available upon request), knee pads, elbow pads, gloves, and a hydration pack. 

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What people are saying about Northern Thailand

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 170 reviews

Active Thailand were excellent at tailoring our cycling day to our abilities and wishes. We had a great time with Khun Tri who took us out on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year (late April). I could say "no sweat" but that's not remotely true! They also laid on a first class Thai lunch together with green coconuts, amazing papaya in their immaculately organised garden. A very efficiently run organisation. Highly recommended!

Being over 60 and not super fit I was worried that it would be too much for me. But I had a great ride down the mountain. However, one person did not have the fitness level or the required skills and balance to ride the bike down the sometimes steep and slippery section. They had to be picked up by 4WD. I would suggest, consider you limits, but be willing to push them. Do this trip and be rewarded with a great ride down the mountain.

Everything awesome! Our guide A (the youngest guy in the tour center) is very funny and nice it was great to met him. It was the first time mountain biking for me and he carried well about me. Lunch was really tasty Before hiking you should eat breakfast well! Don’t forget about it. If you don’t eat like me your blood sugar get down and handling bike is getting very hard.. Except my fault everything was good.

Such a wonderful day! I got to see a lot of the country side. Paul my guide was incredibly friendly and helpful. He was very careful and really paid attention to safety. The bikes were of excellent condition, and as it was an e-bike I could easily adapt the pace as well as the level of difficulty. Nice refreshments at the end of the tour. Also the pick-up and drop-off were great.

Staff and equipment were great! The ride was about 13 miles (mostly on roads, but a good bit on jungle trails) and the journey ended at sticky falls with a late lunch. Make sure you are pretty experienced when riding. This tour could be very testing if you do not do mountain biking once or twice a month regularly.