Colourful Chiang Mai seen from a bike

Colourful Chiang Mai
seen from a bike

An adventurous yet recreational way to see more of Chiang Mai is joining us on this
half day bicycle tour. A discovery of hidden treasures, both educational and
cultural but with always the focus on showing you well-kept traditions.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Undoubtedly, Chiang Mai’s rural surroundings form the perfect means for a leisurely trip by bike. Paddling along rivers, temples and small communities, one enters a world that simply cannot be reached when being driven around on 4 or more wheels.

This half day cycling trip is not only an eco-friendly solution but ventures deep in what has been Chiang Mai’s strongest feat; a local atmosphere in the northern part of Thailand.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Colourful Chiang Mai seen from a bike

08:00 - 12:30
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13:00 - 17:30

Guided by the principle that there more than meets the eye when taking a bike commences with a pick-up service from your booked accommodation in downtown Chiang Mai. The short drive by vehicle to the starting point comes without guide services. Before following the bike trails along the little-trodden, bicycles will be fitted accordingly for a comfortable ride. We head quick out of the city centre for our two-wheeled adventure: expect idyllic country views and get a glimpse of the rich, cultural side of Chiang Mai.

The route takes us through quiet, green areas passing temples and ruins dating back hundreds of years. We pass first the city ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, one of the latest discoveries around Chiang Mai. Wiang Kum Kam was a settlement long before King Mengrai’s capital around 1287- 1290. The area was restored as a historical park during the 1980s. Surrounded by paddy and village houses, the extensive site has a pleasant rural feel, yet it is very close to Chiang Mai.

Passing temples, a local school and as always, cycling through the real part of Chiang Mai, we enter the compounds of the McKean Institute. This rehabilitation centre was once purposely built as a leper colony, away from the general population. Nowadays, the centre is a green haven in the heart outside Chiang Mai near the Ping River. Before we reach the river banks leading back to the city, we may be in time to stop at a special school for local hill-tribe children and see a community that has kept the art of pottery making alive for centuries. Still, ceramics and pottery of this region are widely recognized for their beauty and durability.

We now head back in northern direction along the Ping River, one of the water gateways that lead into Chiang Mai; the fresh air and again, the always present rural scenery wants you to stay there forever. A quick local snack at a small bakery with some water is included before reuniting with the bicycle team at the starting point. The tour ends with a drive back to your booked accommodation in Chiang Mai centre.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver from and to the starting point
  • Use of a well-maintained bicycle during the tour, complete with helmet
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Snacks, drinks and /or refreshments during the tour

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis. Joint tours are operated with an English-speaking guide only.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Chiang Mai area.
  • Customers booking this this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some light hills, unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way. A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest. It is highly recommendable to provide your height for proper bike size at time of the booking.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.

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