Thailand Family Biking
- Bike gorgeous backcountry lanes through remote villages, where schoolchildren rush out to say hello
- Jungle trek aboard an elephant - hold on!
- Intriguing interactions with Buddhist monks at ornate temples
- A scavenger hunt that turn the outdoors into a classroom
- A fascinating convergence of Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Chinese cultures
A Cultural Odyssey in the Golden Triangle
Thais by their very nature are welcoming. With your kids even more so. They smile and invite you in. To their mountain villages, ornate temples, noodle shops and long-tail boats. Even the elephants are friendly, taking you for a ride, and letting your kids bathe and feed them. As you bike past, schoolchildren run out to greet you, their waves and big grins saying it all. Warm. Inviting. Exotic. Approachable. It's the Asia you dream of.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
AccommodationsOur hotels in Thailand are selected for their amenities, cultural charm and ideal location that allow for a flexible itinerary full of genuine travel experiences. While there may be other hotel options that look better on paper, they would involve long shuttles and superficial sightseeing. We believe this trip offers the best itinerary possible and provides the chance to customize the days as the mood strikes, whether you want to maximize your time on the bike (and never hop in the shuttle) or take the time to leisurely explore the local markets and temples. Either way, we make it happen!
The Maekok River Village Resort, a Casual Inn, is our home for two nights. Although it offers simpler guest rooms than the other hotels on this trip, it is by far the nicest lodging in the area - and has been selected because of its access to the best riding in the region.
Suanthip Vana Resort, a Premiere Inn, is a lovely and comfortable hotel, but can lack the sophistication one might expect. We've chosen this hotel for its friendly staff, remote location and its proximity to our biking routes.
Days 1-2 Receive a blessing from the village elders and meet the resident monk Villagers greet you with smiles as you ride into the countryside on hard-packed paths, cutting through rice and garlic fields, and papaya and teak forests The younger set crafts traditional fire balloons made out of natural paper.
Days 3-4 Bike backcountry lanes through remote villages and rural scenery, with grazing water buffalo as your audience After visiting an Akha hill tribe village, a picturesque downhill and flat route leads to the trading center of Fang Welcome the sunrise by offering alms to monks on a hilltop beneath the White Buddha While adults participate in a Thai cooking class, kids learn about teamwork on a scavenger hunt.
Day 5 Float in long-tail boats down the Maekok River Pedal along narrow lanes past small villages into vibrant Chiang Rai Embark on a culinary adventure, wandering the streets of Chiang Rai sampling some of Thailand's unique delicacies and delicious street food.
Days 6-8 A fascinating convergence of Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Chinese cultures Kids attend a mahout (elephant driver) camp and have fun helping feed and bathe a friendly pachyderm Bike alongside the Mekong River on the Laos border, past tobacco fields and rice paddies into the ancient kingdom of Chiang Saen Sop Ruak's market stalls provide a chance to sample Thai iced tea and shop for local handicrafts.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Just returned home from the Backroads Thailand bicycle adventure. I am exhilarated, enthused and disappointed that it had to end. This was my first experience with Backroads, and all aspects of the trip were exceptional. Your organization sets a very high standard of customer service, and it is very much appreciated. The leaders were exceptional. Their enthusiasm for their jobs and their lives is contagious, and their dedication to service is obvious. What a pleasure to spend a week in such an exotic location and have these great people take care of everything. The complete success of each day was never doubted. You can be assured that I will travel with Backroads in the future, and will probably become a Backroads junkie! Thanks for a great trip.- Seattle, WA
My wife and I had a wonderful trip, and the entire experience was so much better than we could have ever hoped for. The trip was well balanced with great food, activity and cultural experiences. It far exceeded our desires. We look forward to our next Backroads adventure.- Lafayette, CA
Premiere & Casual Inns*
Suanthip Vana Resort
Mae Suai (2 nights) A countryside retreat blending Thai and Western comforts, with an open-air restaurant in forested surroundings. (pool)
Maekok River Village Resort
Ban Thaton (2 nights) Basic teak-framed rooms and a fantastic riverside setting at this authentic Thai-style inn. (pool)
Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort
Chiang Rai (1 night) An inviting resort with modern furnishings and an idyllic setting along the banks of the Kok River. (pool, spa)
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa
Chiang Saen (2 nights) Described by the Hideaway Report as a "stylish hill country retreat amid 160 acres of tranquil gardens in the Golden Triangle overlooking Burma." Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips
|8 - 9 guests $4,898 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $3,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
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|Kids` route (4 miles; minimal elevation gain)|
|Adults: Walk to temple (2 hours)|
|Kids` route (8 miles; minimal elevation gain)|
|Kids: Fire-balloon making|
|Kids` route (21 miles; minimal elevation gain)|
|Kids: Fang Market scavenger hunt|
|Sunrise walk (1.2 miles)|
|Kids: Ropes course & jungle cookout|
|Boat trip down the Maekok River (2 hours)|
|Morning elephant camp (3 hours)|
|8||Conclusion of the trip|
On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 20% dirt and 80% paved).
On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
* Includes a shuttle