Temples in Chiang Mai in Thailand
Asian elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand
Family biking in Thailand
Local chef cooking in Thailand
Statue of Buddha at the Golden Triangle
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort, Thailand
Bikers in Thailand riding in front of a temple
Local Thai people smiling
Rice fields in Thailand
Guests kayaking in Phang Nga Bay
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Thailand Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Teens & Kids

Journey from Chiang Rai to Phuket

Best for ages 9+ (Ages 4+ ok) | Min. age to ride own bike: 9+ | Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Family — Teens & Kids

Trip length varies per departure date.

Activity Level: 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $6,999 - $8,099 pp dbl occ

($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.

Thailand Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Thailand Family Multi-Adventure Tour


Start Chiang Rai / End Phuket

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


  • Explore Thailand’s diverse landscapes and cultures, from thick forests and white-sand beaches to village communities and lively markets
  • Bike with your family along flowing rivers, richly verdant hillsides and expansive rice fields to historic cities, ancient temples and international borders
  • Cruise the picturesque clear waters of Phang Nga Bay in the south and the gently winding Maekok River in the north
  • Indulge in Thai cuisine with a homecooked meal made by a local friend, delicious street food and a chef-guided cooking experience


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Bike 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 pedal 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.

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)

Day 3

Immerse yourself in natural beauty during 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 forests 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.

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)

Days 4-5

If you’d like to start 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 followed by 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.

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 6-8

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.

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
| Premiere Hotel

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.

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy in USD.

December 2023
Dec 26 - Jan 2
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Activity Level: 1-3

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.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 3 | 28 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 3 | 28 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Optional Afternoon Activities (2 hours)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Maekok River Longtail Boat Ride (2 hours)
Day 4
Level 3 | 37 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Thai Cooking Experience (2 hours)
Day 5
Level 2 | 25 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Rice Planting Activity (1 hour)
Day 6
Chiang Mai Guided Walking Tour & Temple Visit (half day)
Day 7
& Boat Tour in Phang Nga Bay National Park (full day)
Day 8
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 700 ft. gain

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! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this 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.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Child's Bike
Child's Bike
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 our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
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 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 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.

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