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.
Family — Teens & Kids
8 days 7 nights
Activity Levels 1-3
From: $6,699 - $6,999 pp dbl occ
Plus $120 internal air
($2,250 for sgl occ)
There’s a reason Thailand is called the “land of smiles.” Ornate temples that point to sky. Statues of Buddha sitting tall. Forests and jungles blanketing mountains. Limestone rock towers rising from the sea. Colorful markets packed with friendly faces. And delicious flavors at every turn. Exploring Thailand gives you and your family plenty to smile about.
Start Chiang Rai / End Phuket
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Cycle to the Golden Triangle, the intersection of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar | Meet the gentle giants of Anantara’s Elephant Camp, a sanctuary for once-working elephants | Quiet rolling roads guide you and your family through villages and along the Mekong River as you bike to a temple in Chiang Saen, the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom | Opt to splash around in our resort's incredible pool or spend more time with your new friends at Anantara’s Elephant Camp.
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)
Immerse yourself in natural beauty with a national park hike, admiring stunning river views and stopping at a cultural park along the way | Hop in a traditional longtail boat and travel the steady Maekok River, passing through a scenic canyon thick with green forest and pineapple plantations | Delight in the comfort of a homecooked meal prepared by a local friend | Retreat to your bungalow for the evening and listen to the tranquil river as your head hits the pillow.
Basic bungalows and a fantastic riverside location await at this authentic Thai-style inn. (pool)
If you’d like starting your day with something extraordinary, wake up early to offer alms to novice monks | Cycle past rice fields and through serene countryside into the 1,000-year-old trading center of Fang | Expand your culinary horizons with a chef-led Thai cooking experience | A bike ride to the Lanna Kingdom’s spectacular temples is completed with lunch among rice paddies at a noodle soup eatery | Spend the afternoon exploring fascinating Chiang Mai | In the evening, tasty street food and vibrant night markets offer the perfect places for you to relish the flavors of Thailand.
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)
Enter the gates of Chiang Mai Old City and explore the temples, shops and markets along its historic streets | Fly south to the dreamy island of Phuket, home to forested mountains and enticing white sandy beaches | Enjoy a day at sea, boating and kayaking among the famed limestone karsts that dot the turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay | Venture into the jungle-covered hills for a nature park hike before saying goodbye.
Contemporary elegance awaits at this hillside resort set among lush palms and greenery with delightful ocean views and Thai cuisine. (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.
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 bike options specific to this trip (click the arrow to see more). Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.
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 one night. 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.