Chiang Mai
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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.

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Chiang Mai: Historic Old City 4-Hour Bike Tour

2. Chiang Mai: Historic Old City 4-Hour Bike Tour

Discover the back streets inside the Old City walls of Chiang Mai on a slow and easy 12-kilometer bike ride suitable for families with young children. Meander through the small lanes to sights such as the Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai’s oldest temple where ancient marble and crystal Buddha images are enshrined. Discover the rarely visited Wat Sadue Muang, known as the "“Temple of the City Navel” in reference to the location where the temple was built over 700 years ago. See its glorious white Buddha statue and the Three Kings Monument. Learn more about the Wat Chedi Luang, built to house the ashes of a Lanna king and formerly the home of the Emerald Buddha now at the Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Admire the gate of Tha Phae, where traders used to bring their wares into the city, and learn about Chiang Mai's history as a trading hub. Then, wander through Somphet Market and taste a few of the local fruits and sweets.

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Cycle Tour of Mae Ngat Valley from Chiang Mai

3. 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). You will do the bike fitting. The adventure for the day 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, we then transfer you back to your Chiang Mai accommodation (arrival time approximately 17:30).

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Chiang Mai: Boat Ride and Cycling Tour to Sticky Waterfall

4. 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.

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

5. 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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Doi Suthep National Park: Beginner Downhill Bike Ride

6. 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.

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Chiang Mai: Downhill Mountain Biking Experience

7. Chiang Mai: Downhill Mountain Biking Experience

After being transferred from your local accommodation, your day will start with a 100% downhill fast flowing trail with an abundance of features. You will encounter jumps, drops and fantastic flow on this single track. Following this, lunch and refreshments await you after the first run before the fun continues as you are driven to the next trailhead for the final downhill trail of the day. Expect plenty of roots, ruts, some steep sections and natural berms as your professional guides show you some of the best downhill in Chiang Mai before returning you to the city. Your experienced English-speaking guides will show you the best Chiang Mai has to offer during this tour, just expect to be a little "numb" by the end!

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Chiang Mai Paradise Full Day Bicycle Tour

8. Chiang Mai Paradise Full Day Bicycle Tour

Explore Chiang Mai by bike, cycling through the South-Eastern part of Chiang Mai. The route takes you over quiet country roads, and through small villages, where farmers work the rice fields, while their wives fill their days making terracotta. Stop at an old temple, where the oldest people from the village make flowers and garlands of paper and textiles, which are used during Thai weddings and Buddhist ceremonies. Continue through the rice fields, and make a short stop at a farm where mushrooms are cultivated. See women from a local village making rice crackers, banana chips, soya bean paste, and many more Thai traditional products. Make sure you have the opportunity to sample some of these local delicacies. Enjoy lunch at a typical local restaurant. While the chef is preparing the food, there’s time to stroll over the market next to the restaurant and look at all sorts of different goods. Follow the Ping River and travel over country roads. Did you ever wonder what is in the pieces of bamboo they sell alongside the roads? Here you’ll learn the answer as well as how many different variations there are. Arrive at a small restaurant beside the water, where you'll have a local cup of coffee or some herb juice. Visit a 700-year-old Chedi, and see how the 2 styles, Lopburi and Burmese, are combined. After a stop at the local market, where you can sample some local fruits or snacks, arrive back at the starting point.

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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.

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Chiang Mai: Full-Day Nature & Countryside by Bicycle

10. Chiang Mai: Full-Day Nature & Countryside by Bicycle

8:30 AM: Pick up from your Chiang Mai accommodation and transfer to our cycling starting point, South of Chiang Mai. 9:15 AM: Get ready to start pedaling the rural countryside roads. After a brief review from your leader, set off and enjoy panoramic views of rice fields and encounters with local village life. You will be cycling about 12 or more miles, with plenty of stops to enjoy your surroundings. 12 PM: Finish the ride and relax with a delicious homemade lunch. 1 PM: Short cycling, or vehicle transfer to the river bank where we can start our paddling adventure. After a short briefing, we board the two-person sit-on-top kayaks and paddle our way down the river. Along the river, we might encounter fishermen and see birds sometimes dropping from the sky to catch fish. Approximate paddling is 3.5 miles and should take approximately an hour and a half. 3:30 PM: End the paddling and meet the vehicle. Make a brief stop at the house for a change and enjoy a tea, before transferring to your accommodation in Chiang Mai.

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 133 reviews

Absolutely an amazing experience and recommend for someone who loves an adventure. Our tour guides JLo, Tony and Apple were outstanding. Their English was impeccable and they were so fun to spend the day with. Tony was incredibly patient and helpful. I had never mountain bikes before and ended up breaking my bike chain. Tony was able to fix it and help explain everything to me. On the tour we saw elephants, buffaloes and even a few bats in the cave we visited in the beginning of our trip. The food was also outstanding. So flavorful and accommodating for our different dietary restrictions.

Amazing, challenging, breath taking and memorable. The Trailhead team are top notch. Great bikes, great guides, great route. They documented our entire journey and sent us photos and videos. It was a challenging ride and is more aptly described as cycling trip with visit to waterfalls and boat transfers than my previously imagined 30/30/30 split. It was about 10/80/10 boat/bike/waterfalls. I liked the team so much I inquired about doing other things with them: trekking, hiking, etc. highly recommend!!!

Such a fun day! Our guide Lek was excellent and the driver James was very helpful with all of our gear and having snacks and water ready for us. We got in a ton of biking, some on the road but a lot on single and double track through the Jungle which was amazing. The Sticky Waterfalls are fun to walk on and a great way to cool off after a day of biking. And at the end we were treated to a local Thai lunch. All in all I highly recommend this tour! Trailhead is an excellent company!

Due to COVID restrictions we ended up on the alternative route. I believe it was more challenging than the original. Gorgeous scenery, plenty of variety. The road was a times not well maintained, multiple crossing of a stream. Plenty of up and down. Best for more experienced and fit bike riders. The guides were very supportive and fun. The support truck was with us all the way.

Very organized and professional tour provider. My guide Joe was very patient and kind. In my opinion, this might be considered more of an intermediate level ride as opposed to beginner. Regardless, I had a great time and recommend this tour to others.