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The Golden Triangle from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

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*

FROM: $5,999 pp dbl occ
($1,300 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.

  • Journey with your family through a legendary region of misty valleys, meandering rivers and dramatic limestone hills
  • Discover Thailand's intriguing cultural roots and connect with our local friends—they're happy to share stories with you
  • Float along the gently flowing Maekok River aboard Thai longtail boats and cycle the short stretch into colorful Chiang Rai
  • Bike from temple to temple along gorgeous backcountry lanes, where village children rush out to say hello 
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Family Adventures
The Backroads Experience
The Backroads Experience
Backroads Biking Trips
Backroads Biking Trips
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
8 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

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.

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 3-4

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.

Maekok River Village Resort
Maekok River Village Resort
Ban Thaton
| *Casual Hotel

Basic bungalows and a fantastic riverside location await at this authentic Thai-style inn. (pool)

Day 5

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.

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

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.

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. 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.

Route notes

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.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Level 1 | 7 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 1 | 13 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 25 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 10 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 18 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 25 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Rice Planting Activity (1 hour) | min. age: 8+
Day 3
Level 1 | 12 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 18 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 51 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Adventure Course (2 hours) | min. age: 8+
Cooking Class (2 hours)
Day 4
Level 1 | 14 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 18 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 26 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Sunrise Walk (1.2 miles)
Just For Kids
Afternoon Adventure (2 hours)
Day 5
Level 1 | 8 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 12 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 18 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 30 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Maekok River Longtail Boat Ride (2 hours)
Just For Kids
Muay Thai Boxing (2 hours) | min. age: 8+
Day 6
Level 1 | 9 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 49 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 7
Level 1 | 11 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 19 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 28 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 8
Conclusion of the Trip
* 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.

Child's Bike
Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Trailer Bike

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

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.


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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