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Thailand Family Breakaway Bike Tour
Thailand Family Breakaway Bike Tour

Language barrier, embrace it. Travel guide book, dump it. Fear of street food, chuck it. Liberate your family from all that. Wake up expecting anything. Mai pen rai (no worries). Because "hey, you're in Thailand." Bike an uncharted oxcart path among lush rice paddies and garlic fields. Be startled by an ornate Buddhist temple quietly sitting in the middle of a jungle-filled valley. Relish a truly homemade curry and stare at the jagged limestone hills that have not changed for thousands of years. Say to yourself, "Is it Tuesday?" Even that doesn't matter because you're in Thailand. So mai pen rai.


Straight Talk
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.

Accommodations

Our 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 visit with the resident monk  Meet Ghing, our Thai guide who knows the back roads of northern Thailand better than anyone Ride into the countryside on hard-packed paths, cutting through thriving rice and garlic fields, and stands of papaya and teak.

Days 3-4 Bike gorgeous backcountry lanes through remote villages, where schoolchildren rush out to greet you  Beneath the White Buddha, offer alms to monks at sunrise Fall for the handmade jewelry at an Akha hilltribe village A scenic descent leads to the trading center of Fang and temple-rich Thaton Savor Thai cuisine at an atmospheric café - and find inspiration for your upcoming cooking class.

Day 5 Float in long-tail boats down the Maekok River  Pedal on narrow lanes past small villages into vibrant Chiang Rai  Embark on a culinary adventure, wandering the streets of Chiang Rai and sampling some of Thailand's unique delicacies and delicious street food.

Days 6-8 A fascinating convergence of Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Chinese cultures  An elephant ride through the jungle - hold on tight!  Bike alongside the Mekong River on the Laos and Myanmar border, passing tobacco fields and rice paddies on the way to the ancient Burmese kingdom of Chiang Saen Relax poolside, indulge in a massage or spin to the spectacular Chom Kitti temple  Browse Sop Ruak's market for delectable Thai iced tea and one-of-a-kind handicrafts.


Trip Highlights
  • Bike gorgeous backcountry lanes through remote villages, where schoolchildren rush out to greet you
  • Jungle trek aboard an elephant - hold on!
  • Intriguing interactions with Buddhist monks at ornate temples
  • Float down the Maekok River in traditional long-tail boats
  • A fascinating convergence of Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Chinese cultures
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Premiere Inns

Suanthip Vana Resort (2 nights): A countryside retreat blending Thai and Western comforts, with an open-air restaurant in forested surroundings. (pool)

Maekok River Village Resort (2 nights): Basic teak-framed rooms and a fantastic riverside setting at this authentic Thai-style inn. (pool)

Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort (1 night): A large yet inviting resort with modern furnishings and an idyllic setting along the banks of the Kok River. (pool, spa)

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa (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)


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
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 5 200
2 22 400 25 500
Walk to temple (2 hours)
3 25* 200 45* 300
4 17* 1200 24 1200
Sunrise walk (1.2 miles)
5 8* 400 43 1000
12 400
Maekok River crusie (2 hrs)
6 28* 400 41* 800
60 1600
7 24 300
Elephant camp visit (3 hours)
8 Conclusion of the trip
 
note:

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).

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

8 - 9 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

With its misty valleys, meandering rivers, ancient temples, colorful markets and truly outstanding cuisine, the Golden Triangle is a sensory feast. Cycle an uncharted oxcart path through rice paddies and garlic fields, ride an elephant through the jungle, float in long-tail boats down the Maekok River and savor the best curry you've ever tasted. I'm happy to invite you and your family on this cultural exploration of the traditions and lifestyles of northern Thailand.
Christian Chumbley - Regional Manager, Asia