Chiang Mai Countryside Bike Tour
Spend a full day out cycling with this Chiang Mai Countryside Bike Tour. It starts with a train ride from Chiang Mai to Lamphun, which was once the capital of the ancient Mon Kingdom. From the historic Lamphun train station, you will be biking the quiet back streets of this small city, and all the way to the famous Wat Phra That Hariphunchai.
From here you will be cycling across the countryside, biking through villages, along canals and tree-lined lanes. You will stop for a simple Thai lunch in a village, then bike through paddy fields until you come upon the famous wood carving village of Ban Tawai. Then, you will continue your ride through country lanes, from the foothills of Doi Suthep to a Beekeeping Center. After biking up and down a few hills on forested lanes, the bike tour reaches the forest temple of Wat Umong before returning back to the city of Chiang Mai.
🚴 57km riding: mostly flat + small hills through country lanes & roads.
📅 Departure days: alternate days (please contact us for more information)
⏳ Duration: full day
🕗 Departing time: 8.30h (check-in time 30 minutes before)
🕔 Return time: 16.30h (variable by group)
🔺 Meeting time: 8.15h near Chiang Mai Gate, to depart at 8.30h sharp.
🔺 Bikes on the train. A 30-min train ride will take you from Chiang Mai to Lamphun.
🔺 Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. Bike from the Lamphun railway station through quiet streets and lanes. Pass the ancient city wall to the sacred temple of Phra That Hariphunchai, with its imposing golden chedi.
🔺 Cycle across the Countryside. Pedaling out of the city, the bike tour will cut across the countryside towards Chiang Mai, wandering through fruit orchards and along canals.
🔺 Lunch in a village. The tour takes a break in a small village on the banks of the Ping River for some deliciously Thai food.
🔺 Wat Ban Tawai. Bike to the famous wood carving village of Ban Tawai and take a few moments to walk around and admire the craftsmanship of the wood carvers.
🔺 Hang Dong District Market. Hop off the bikes for a tour around the local market and take the opportunity to have some cold drinks and local Thai snacks.
🔺 Beekeeping center. Cycle the backroads and country lanes, making our way through small villages to forested lanes in the foothills of Doi Suthep. Along the way, we will stop at an ancient forest shrine of one of the founding kings of Chiang Mai and visit a beekeeping center.
🔺 Wat Umong. After a few rolling hills we come to the renowned forest temple and meditation center of Wat Umong. Leaving the bikes once again, take a stroll through the temple’s caves.
🔺 Bike back to the city. Back on the bike for the last stretch into the city, passing the University of Chiang Mai campus along the way and concluding the bike tour.
⚡ Historic Lamphun train station
⚡ Wat Phra That Hariphunchai
⚡ Wood carving village of Ban Tawai
⚡ Hang Dong District Market
⚡ Beekeeping Center
⚡ Forest temple of Wat Umong
✔ Top quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes
✔ Experienced English speaking local tour guide
✔ A delicious local lunch
✔ All entrances fees
✔ Snacks, fruit and a water bottle
👚 Sun sleeves for your arms and buff headwear for your neck
👖 Men and women need to cover their shoulders to enter temples and mosques. Women also need to cover their knees, so if you like to wear shorts when riding, we recommend bringing a sarong to wear when entering a temple or mosque.
✘ Cancellations made 48 hours before departure will incur no cancellation fee (PayPal or bank transfer fees might be deducted).
✘ Cancellations made less than 48 hours before departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee. In this case, the customer will have the option to apply the credit for this tour to another one in Thailand with the same company.
✘ Cancellations made less than 3 hours before departure or no-shows cannot apply the credit to another tour.
🌧 You still need to turn up for the tour if it’s raining. It is quite common that it can be raining in one part of the city but not in another, so if there is rain at your hotel don’t assume it is raining where you will be cycling. Also, it is common that the rain falls heavily and for short durations so if it does rain we just wait and continue the tour once the rain stops. We also have plastic rain ponchos for everyone in the case that you do need to ride in the rain.