Cycling Tours in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Cycling

With ancient temples, misty mountains, verdant jungles, and winding rivers, Chiang Mai and its surrounds offer some of Thailand’s best cycle routes. As the most historically and culturally significant destination in the region, there’s much to explore both in and out of the city—and for adventure seekers, one of the best ways to see the area is by bike. With a local guide leading the way, you can pedal among the historic sites of the Old City, travel off the beaten path to the outskirts of town, or cruise through the lush landscapes and hill tribe villages of the national parks. With any of the tours given by bike, you’ll be immersed in the surroundings of Chiang Mai in a way not offered by other modes of transportation.

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City Cycling

Get a sense for Chiang Mai on a bike ride that takes you to the top highlights of the city. On a half-day tour designed for bike riders of all ages, visit elaborate temples, wander the colourful markets, and gain insight into the fascinating principles of Buddhism. If you’d prefer to learn specifically about the Old City, opt for a tour that keeps you within Chiang Mai’s ancient walls and surrounding moat. Pedal through the long-standing Phae Gate, see the city’s oldest place of worship, and get an overview of 700 years of the city’s history. For those interested in nightlife, there are even cycling tours that happen after the sun sets on this ancient city that never sleeps. Cruise through back roads and narrow alleyways to see spectacular architecture illuminated in the dark.

For the food-focused, cycling tours are some of the best ways to experience Chiang Mai’s legendary cuisine. In the late afternoon or evening, you can bike your way to hidden corners of the city where locals go to find fresh meat, produce, and street food. Along the way, sample mouthwatering creations such as savory curry soup, succulent stewed pork, fresh-squeezed fruit juice, and some of the tastiest chicken you may find just about anywhere in the world. As you pedal between stops, learn about the Thai practices that make for excellent eating etiquette, chat about the flavors and cooking methods that make this cuisine so unique, and gain insider knowledge into locally loved restaurants you can visit on your own.

Mountain & Countryside Cycling

While the city center of Chiang Mai has much to offer the savvy traveler, there’s just as much to explore outside of town. On a countryside bike tour, leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind in favor of the pastoral scenery in the foothills of Doi Suthep National Park. Cycle past the beautiful fruit orchards that line the canals, peruse the handicrafts of tiny artist villages, and even go spelunking in the incredible caves near Wat Umong. A cycling tour east of the city can bring into the impeccably green Sankampaeng countryside, where you can seize the opportunity to go for a rejuvenating dip in its healing hot springs. Or instead, head north into postcard-worthy Chiang Dao District. Explore the rural roads and rolling hills on a 1-day tour, or take things up a notch with a multi-day mountain biking adventure through idyllic farms and picturesque plantations.

For the experienced cyclist, hop on a bike for a journey through Doi Inthanon National Park. On this thrilling tour, tackle the steepest part of the Thailand’s highest peak, pedaling your way up 30 kilometers (19 m) to the cascading Wachirathan Waterfall. There are even bike tours that combine some of the region’s other heart-pumping activities. After a relaxing ride through untouched landscape, take on the thrilling rapids of the Mae Taeng River on a whitewater rafting adventure. Or, on a 2-day tour, you can explore the stunning landscapes of Doi Suthep National Park and the Mae Sa Valley by bike before embarking on an afternoon of high-flying zipline fun. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you soar between the treetops at wild, fast-faced speeds.

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