Chiangdao X-country biking
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Departure: Daily departure all year long (except raining season)*
Starting/ending: Departure from and return to Chiang Mai city
Activity: Mountain-Biking, rural paved roads and single trails
Join us for this great guided adventure in the beautiful Chiangdao valley and surroundings! Ride single trails leading to various hill-tribe villages and their culture. Cycle rural roads in pristine Thai traditional countryside. Stop at Buddhist Temples and Chiangdao caves, and spend the night in a simple Lodge in the valley.
- Ride single trails, jeep tracks and country roads
- Visit various hill-tribe villages, Karen, Akkha, Lahu, Lisu and Palong along the way
- Great views of Doi Chiangdao mountain as you ride through valley and hills
- Visit the Chiangdao caves and Buddhist sanctuary
DAY 1 – Ride the CHIANGDAO VALLEY to Chiangdao caves
08h00-08h30 Meeting at your Chiang Mai hotel with your guide. We set off on the highway 107 direction North, to reach the Chiangdao valley. The distance is 85 km and transfer time is approximately 1 1/2 hour.
09h45-10h00 Arrive at the Padeng Lodge, our activity base for the day.
Upon arrival tea or coffee is served while we fit the bikes with assistance of our staff. Start cycling on a paved road, with a small hill, leading to a Karen hill tribe village. After a break, we ride back a short distance before cutting through a scenic dirt trail back to Lodge for lunch. (Approx. 12 km loop).
In the afternoon, we will cycle to the Chiangdao caves. Starting on single trails in the forest (8 km+) with a great downhill section, we arrive at a village. Continue cycling on little used rural roads through scenic countryside, stopping at a local market and a Temple. We finally reach our destination, the Chiangdao Caves, which we can explore and take a short break and explore (as per timing).
For the return journey, experienced riders will cycle a different route back to the Lodge. We also offer the option to transfer by vehicle back to the Padeng Lodge for others. Total distance can vary from 25 km to 50km. Arrive back to the Lodge for a good shower and some relaxing time. Overnight and dinner at the Lodge.
Note: support vehicle is following on most of the route, except on single trails sections.
DAY 2 – Cycling the hills of Chiangdao, and back to Chiang Mai
After a filling continental breakfast at the Lodge, we will cycle a variety of single trails and jeep tracks leading to various villages. Great trails through bamboo forest and jungle with partial views of the imposing Doi Luang Chiangdao in the background. Some steep up hills sections! Eventually reach a small stream where we can relax and refresh. Then we will have our pack lunch at a local Temple. Afternoon, we follow a paved road returning to the Lodge. Total distance today is approximately 40 km riding. Change and shower or relax at the Lodge, before a vehicle transfer back to Chiang Mai (1 1/2 hour). Drop off at your hotel in Chiang Mai around 17h30 – 18h00.
- End of the tour -
*note: itinerary might vary during raining season, as some of the trails on the second day are too muddy. We propose some alternative routes riding on paved country roads in the valley.
Rates per person in Thai Baht. Valid from Now until end of October 2015
|Code NT-01||Rate / person||Departure|
|Private Tour||2 – 3 persons||7,600||Every day in season|
|4 – 6 persons||5,600|
|Special Group||Season special 30 % discount when booking a private group of 8 persons +up||-|
- Tour program and excursion as per itinerary.
- Transportation by private vehicle from Chiangmai to Chiangdao and return (covered pick-up truck “songtaew”).
- Partial vehicle support when cycling (no support in single trails or wet/muddy trails)
- Experienced English speaking cycling tour guide
- Use of sturdy mountain-bike model TREK 4300, with 24 speed
- Meals: 2 lunch, 1 dinner (Thai food), 1 continental breakfast
- Overnight at Padeng Lodge in twin share room with fan and hot shower
- Chiangdao Caves entrance fees.
- Beverages, tips or gratuities, and optional tours/visits
- Personal expenses, meals other than those mentioned
This tour is for experienced riders, as we are riding single trails with steep short hills and descents. The cycling distance can vary but we can ride up to 50 km per day.
Participants must have a good physical condition!
This trip is not suitable for novice riders.
As an alternative, you can book our Chiangdao family biking
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