Product code: NT102
Enjoy a rich cultural experience through this rewarding two day biking discovery of the Mae Taeng valley. Discover local agriculture, rice plantations, sparkling temples and jungle trails!
A boat trip into the Sri Lanna National Park, and a lunch at the floating raft house are also part of the highlight of this trip. Whether you are riding with your children, teenagers, or you are looking for a challenging riding trip in beautiful countryside, this trip will satisfy outdoor people.
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Departure: Daily departure all year long from Chiang Mai City
Activities: Leisurely cycling or mountain-biking, boat ride
Fitness Level: Easy cycling on off-road trails and rural roads. Previous cycling experience is recommended to fully enjoy this tour. Tour suitable for participants in reasonable physical condition. More challenging trails and longer ride can be proposed for people booking the trip as a “private trip”. (Please ask us).
- Variety of cycling roads and trails with great views of surrounding mountains and rice paddies
- Lunch at exotic floating raft-houses, amidst Sri Lanna National Park
- Family friendly eco-tourism activities
- Learn about the traditional way of life with farming and Buddhist culture
DAY ONE – Cycling Discovery in the Mae Taeng Valley
Pickup (8:30am) from your accommodation in Chiang Mai before driving north by air-conditioned vehicle along highway 107 to the beautiful Mae Taeng valley and its surroundings.
Arrive at the basecamp to get fitted on bikes and set off for your ride. Everything is prepared and ready for you. A short briefing by your guide, and on the saddles. We will begin by a morning loop, during which we discover the authentic Northern Thailand countryside, farming and way of life of locals. Back to the starting point for a succulent local lunch.
In the afternoon, you can relax at the resort, before setting off on a late afternoon discovery ride during which we will visit a local market and the impressive Wat Ban Den temple. Ride through fruit orchards and farm land, with many picturesque sights as locals are working in their fields. Discover and learn about rice farming with your experienced cycling guide, explaining the insights on agriculture in the valley. Depending on the season and participants’ abilities, the cycling loop is approximately 20 km, but can be extended as per participant’s cycling abilities.
Overnight and dinner at the hotel. Your dinner tonight is a delicious Thai set dinner served in a tropical garden at Le Cocotier restaurant.
DAY TWO – Cycling & Lake Trip in the Sri Lanna National Park
After a filling breakfast, we will jump straight on the bikes to enjoy the wake up of the valley. The length of this morning ride is flexible and will be set according to the participants’ request.
We will end our ride at the lake shore of the nearby Mae Ngat Dam. The dam is located within the pristine Sri Lanna National Park, surrounded by mountain and forest.
Then we’ll take a short motorboat trip to the exotic floating raft houses, located inside the reservoir for a delicious Thai lunch. Enjoy swimming and relaxing in this stunning lake. It is possible, for the fittest to take a short sit-on-top kayak trip in the area. After lunch and relaxation take the motorboat back to the shore, and cycle the short way back the hotel to dry and change over a tea and fruit platter. At approximately 5pm, we depart the hotel for a vehicle transfer to your city hotel or Chiang Mai airport (driving time 1 hour).
We carry an extensive fleet of bikes, including TREK and GIANT mountain-bikes with all frame sizes, and 24 or 27 gear, and front suspension .
We carry 13 inches frame (rider 145 cm / 4’7 feet) and for smaller children, we also carry a few 20 inches wheels rugged GIANT mountain-bikes.
We also have some hybrids bikes that can fit smaller children, as well as a tag-along trailer bike! For your children, we can provide also cycling gloves, small sizes helmets (EEC approved), and elbow/knees pads when needed. A perfect opportunity for a great CYCLING TRIP for outdoor oriented families.
The Mae Taeng valley
The picturesque Mae Taeng valley is home to many natural features as lakes, jungle and waterfalls, and surrounded by mountains.
On the East, the Cholae valley, part of the Mae Ping river basin is also a fertile plain irrigated by the water of the nearby Mae Ngat Dam. This gigantic man made dam is set within the seldom visited Sri Lanna National Park, and located just one hour’s drive from the city of Chiang Mai. On the North and North-West, the Mae Taeng valley extend to the Chiang Dao mountain range, where the mighty Mae Taeng river is flowing through, and home of various hill tribe villages, and numerous “elephant camps” including the famous Elephant Conservation Center, the Elephant Nature Park (or often referred as ENP).
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with seat belts
- Experienced English speaking cycling guide and driver/mechanic
- National Park entrance fee and motor boat
- Quality TREK or GIANT brands Mountain-Bikes, and cycling helmets
- Water and snacks during the activities
- Accommodation in double or triple room at a Mae Taeng hotel (Le Cocotier Resort, or similar)
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary [1 breakfast, 1 dinner and 2 lunches]
- Partial vehicle support. As part of our efforts to support eco-tourism, we do not provide a support vehicle following the cyclists on this trip. (Our vehicle is on stand-by at the Hotel and can be called anytime).
- Beverages (apart from drinking water which is provided)
- Tips or gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Meals not mentioned in itinerary
- Participants should bring their own personal cycling attire (see below)
Note: This program is a sample itinerary only and can vary slightly depending on seasonality and other circumstances.
Cycling helmets and safety gear for kids are provided when needed. We recommend participants to bring their own bicycle water bottle or hydration pack.
What to bring
Bring adequate cycling gear, such as padded shorts, t-shirts (quick drying synthetic fabric is better), cycling shoes or runners, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a pair of cycling gloves. We recommend also to bring a small backpack which you will carry throughout the day as your personal gear.
Participants will receive an information kit and packing list after tour registration.
Participants should be reasonably fit and able to cycle 20+ km per day on mostly flat landscape. The usual route is relatively easy for people with cycling experience but we can offer a more challenging option for as the the route is flexible according to the weather and clients abilities.