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Chiang Mai Fields of Gold Cycling Tour

1. 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. 

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Hike & Bike Tour

2. 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.

Doi Suthep National Park: Beginner Downhill Bike Ride

3. 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.

Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

4. 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.

Chiang Mai: Half-Day Old Town Cycling Tour

5. 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.

From Chiang Mai: Bike and Kayak Tour

6. 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: 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.

Cycle Tour of Mae Ngat Valley from Chiang Mai

8. 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: Cycle and Kayak Guided Tour

9. Chiang Mai: Cycle and Kayak Guided Tour

You will be transferred to the cycling starting point where your guide will provide you with a quick briefing and fit you with a 24-gear TREK 4300 model mountain bike and helmet. Cycle a 20-kilometer loop along rural roads through this scenic valley, where you will encounter mostly flat terrain and a few off-road sections along irrigation canals and rice paddies – authentic northern Thailand countryside. Then, you will enjoy a home-cooked Thai meal in a tropical garden, before swapping your bike for a kayak. You'll be transferred to the nearby Mae Ngat Dam in Sri Lanna National Park to begin paddling, where you'll eventually reach tranquil floating raft houses. Here you can choose to either have a drink (not included), relax on the deck, or swim around the raft house. Next you'll take a 15-minute motorboat journey back to the shore, followed by a short transfer to the adventure base, Le Cocotier Resort. Here you can relax and have a drink or take a shower if needed before being transferred back to your accommodation in Chiang Mai city.

From Chiang Mai: Private Mae Sa Valley Hike & Bike Day Tour

10. From Chiang Mai: Private Mae Sa Valley Hike & Bike Day Tour

Depart Chiang Mai and journey to the Mae Sa Valley region in approximately 1 hour. Arrive at the start point of your adventure on the outskirts of a hill tribe village, where you will commence a 2.5-hour hike. Start with a gradual climb as you trek past some village houses, surrounded by unspoiled jungle. Follow your experienced guide - and perhaps a few friendly dogs - on the 5-kilometer walk. As this is a local trail, there’s a chance you will encounter locals going about their everyday tasks. Discover a variety of flora and fauna, as well as a cabbage farm and another hill tribe village. Listen as your local guide shares their knowledge of the area and explains the customs of village life in northern Thailand. Stop at a picturesque waterfall for a picnic lunch of homemade Thai cuisine. Then, begin your 20-kilometer cycling trip from the waterfall, starting with mostly downhill rides along a sealed road. Turn off the main road to find yourself riding through village alleyways, rice fields and the rural roads of the Mae Sa Valley. Bike a few of the off-road trails to really get off the beaten track. End at the Orchid Farm, where you can freshen up and have a quick browse before the drive back to Chiang Mai for an approximate arrival time of 5:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 170 reviews

Amazing experience biking through the jungle to Sticky Waterfalls!! Be prepared for a workout with plenty of rest stops along the way. Our guides Lek and James were fantastic!! Lek knew how to keep it light and fun when biking up some of the steeper hills and you could really tell how much he enjoys biking. James was an excellent driver who was available to drive anyone who needed a break from biking up some of the steeper inclines. Sticky Waterfalls was a great way to end the tour. I've never been anywhere like it. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for a bit more of a physical challenge than your average tour.

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.

Excellent guided tour, caters for all cycling abilities , just get in the van when it gets too difficult. About 30km in total including boat over the reservoir, with regular stops for drinks, snacks etc. refreshing finish at sticky waterfall for lunch. Well recommended.

Interesting tour with many highlights and two engaged and charming guides. Only downpoint is that downhill biking is on the street only. Otherwise nothing else is promised in the tour description. But without careful reading my explanations were different.