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Thailand Family Bike Tour – Older Teens & 20s

The Golden Triangle from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Bike an oxcart path among lush rice paddies. Admire an ornate Buddhist temple in a jungle-filled valley. Relish a homemade curry and marvel at jagged limestone hills. Welcome to Thailand, where the only thing more impressive than the trumpeting elephants, towering cliffs and timeless villages is how perfectly at home you feel, immersed in the beauty of it all.
 

THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $5,699 pp dbl occ
($1,200 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
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Start Chiang Mai / End Chiang Rai

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Experience a traditional blessing from a local elder, a ritual for travelers who have arrived from faraway locales 
  • Float along the gently flowing Maekok River aboard longtail boats, then bike the short stretch into colorful Chiang Rai
  • Connect with our local friends-they're happy to share stories with you—and delve into Thailand`s intriguing cultural roots
  • Bike from temple to temple along stunning backcountry lanes, where schoolchildren rush out to greet you and your family
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
8 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-3

Experience a fascinating convergence of Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Chinese cultures | Receive a blessing from the village elders and visit with the resident monk | Cycle into the countryside past thriving rice and garlic fields and stands of papaya and teak | Learn from a local gardener how to plant and harvest rice | Get a behind-the-scenes look at how traditional Thai dishes are prepared | Curious locals welcome you and your family as you bike picturesque rural roads through remote villages | Beneath the white Buddha, offer alms to monks at sunrise

 

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Mae Rim
| Premiere Hotel

This impeccable hotel amid rice paddies, mountains and lush gardens, sets the industry standard for luxury. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

Days 4-5

A scenic descent leads to the trading center of Fang and temple-rich Thaton | Put your culinary skills to the test during a cooking class, then taste the fruits of your own labor | Listen to a remarkable performance of a hill tribe choir | Take in exciting scenery on a longtail boat ride down the Maekok River | Ride through a peaceful village-dotted landscape into vibrant Chiang Rai | Embark on a culinary adventure as you wander the streets of Chiang Rai and sample some of Thailand's unique delicacies and delicious street food.
 

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort
Chiang Rai
| Premiere Hotel

A large yet inviting resort with modern furnishings and an idyllic setting along the banks of the Kok River. (pool, spa)

Days 6-8

Cycle to the spectacular Chom Kitti temple | Over morning coffee, take in views of the green hills of three different countries—Thailand, Myanmar and Laos | Learn about the areas’s history of the lucrative opium trade, a commodity worth its weight in gold | Browse Sop Ruak’s market for a refreshing Thai iced tea and one-of-a-kind handicrafts.

Anantara Golden Triange Resort & Spa
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort
Chiang Saen
| Premiere Hotel

Described by the Hideaway Report as a "stylish hill country retreat amid 160 acres of tranquil gardens in the Golden Triangle overlooking Burma." (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 1-4

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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 12 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 24 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 1 | 10 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 18 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 25 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 12 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 30 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 5 | 51 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 18 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 26 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 2 | 12 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 17 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 30 miles* | 1900 ft. gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 2 | 20 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 28 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 5 | 48 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Day 7
Biking
Level 1 | 11 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 20 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 28 miles | 1400 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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

Throughout the trip we've selected hotels that, in addition to being both comfortable and authentic, allow us to provide you with an itinerary that flows naturally and with purpose, becoming a genuine travel experience and not simply a collection of sightseeing events.The Maekok River Village Resort, a Casual Hotel, 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.

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