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Thailand Family Bike Tour – Teens & Kids

Thailand's Golden Triangle

From $4,598 - $5,148 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,250 for sgl. occ.)

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 longtail boats. Even the water buffalo are friendly, letting your kids plant rice alongside them out in the rice paddies. Warm. Inviting. Exotic. Approachable. It's the Asia you dream of.

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Highlights

  • Journey 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
  • Follow the gently flowing Maekok River aboard Thai longtail boats and pedal the short stretch into colorful Chiang Rai
  • Bike from temple to temple along gorgeous backcountry lanes, where schoolchildren rush out to say hello 
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Itinerary

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.

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.

Day 5 Float in longtail 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 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 kingdom of Chiang Saen | Browse in Sop Ruak's market stalls for local handicrafts.

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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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 from the selection of dates below for your group of 16 or more. If your party has fewer than 16 guests, or your preferred date is not available, call or email us and we'll work together to find a trip just for you.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ

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From $4,598 - $5,148 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,250 for sgl. occ.)

Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels*

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Mae Rim (2 nights)

Maekok River Village Resort
Maekok River Village Resort

Ban Thaton (2 nights)

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort

Chiang Rai (1 night)

Anantara Golden Triange Resort & Spa
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort

Chiang Saen (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Thailand

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Mae Rim (2 nights)

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)

Maekok River Village Resort

Maekok River Village Resort

Ban Thaton (2 nights)
* Casual Hotel

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

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort

Chiang Rai (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 Triange Resort & Spa

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort

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." (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 7* 200 24 700
12* 300
2 10* 600 17* 1200 22 1500 44 2300
Rice Planting Activity (1 Hour)
3 17* 600 30* 1000 51* 1400
Kids: Archery Activity & Challenge Course (2 Hours)
4 18* 900 26 1700
Sunrise Walk (1.2 Miles)
Kids: Climbing Activity (2 Hours)
5 7* 900 12* 1200 38 2800
17 1400
Maekok River Longtail Boat Ride (2 Hours)
Kids: Muay Thai Boxing
6 16* 600 20* 600 28 1000 48 1800
7 11* 800 20 1000
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Note: There is less than 20% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility. 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.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

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 or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Mountain Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Custom Kids Bikes (Included in your trip price)

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 all Backroads Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bicycles for the younger set. They say good things come in small packages; when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert.

Custom Kids Bikes

Custom Kids Bikes (Included)

Burley Kazoo trailer bike (Included in your trip price)

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 may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike

Burley Cub trailer (Included)

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about 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.

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 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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Thailand

The Monks Know Us by Name

For nearly 25 years we've created biking routes that take you deeper into Thailand, winding through forests, farmland and small hamlets that are well off the beaten tourist path. A great day of riding in gorgeous surroundings becomes all the more special when you're greeted by farmers, shopkeepers and monks who know Backroads well and invite you to stop in for a visit. We're confident you won't find that kind of welcome with any other company.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Thailand are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Thailand, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

The Best Leaders in Thailand

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Thailand, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Custom-Designed Bikes for Kids

Only Backroads provides bikes specifically designed for younger riders. Find out more information on all of our kids' bikes and optional accessories. And check out Tom Hale's blog post about biking with your kids.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Thailand you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

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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 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.
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