Region Overviews: Asia Travel Guide: Overview
Comprised of 48 countries and nearly 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia boasts a dizzying assortment of natural wonders, rich history and cultural feats.
Thailand welcomes you in. Your kids, even more so. To mountain villages, ornate temples, noodle shops and longtail boats. Even the water buffalo are friendly, quietly gazing from their rice paddies as you and your family cycle by. Warm. Inviting. Approachable. You're in Thailand, so mai pen rai—no worries!
THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*
Special Kids Prices
Start Chiang Mai / End Chiang Rai
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Receive a blessing from the village elders and meet the resident monk | Villagers greet you as you ride into the countryside, passing rice and garlic fields, and papaya and teak forests | Families learn from a local gardener how to plant and harvest rice | Discover how traditional Thai dishes are prepared at Rim Tai Cooking School.
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)
Cycle Thailand's back roads through remote villages and rural scenes with grazing water buffalo | Visit Tap Tao Caves, a tranquil oasis where monks come to pray and leave offerings at Buddha shrines | A picturesque route leads to the bustling trading center of Fang | Adults relish some free time while the youngsters explore the resort’s ropes course | Welcome the sunrise by offering alms to monks on a hilltop beneath the white Buddha.
Basic bungalows and a fantastic riverside location await at this authentic Thai-style inn. (pool)
Float in longtail boats down the Maekok River | Bike along narrow lanes past small villages into vibrant Chiang Rai | Kids learn the history—and some moves!—behind Muay Thai Boxing, the country's national sport | Embark on a culinary adventure, wandering the streets of Chiang Rai sampling some of Thailand’s unique delicacies and delicious street food.
A large yet inviting resort with modern furnishings and an idyllic setting along the banks of the Kok River. (pool, spa)
Experience local culture and cuisine as you try local snacks and sample durian fruit—if you dare! | Bike alongside the Mekong River on the Laos border into the ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Saen | Browse in Sop Ruak’s market stalls for local handicrafts.
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)
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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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary and mileage is moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
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.
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.
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.