Experience Northern Thai culture - Golden Triangle - Chiang Khong (Border town to Laos)
Tour code : CRBT – 5DUNT
Day 1 Chiang Rai – White temple - Hot Spring (50-60 km) (L)
After a short safety briefing and personalized bicycle fitting, we begin our cycling from the hotel through small villages and rice fields and then follow the Lao River downstream. The bicycle ride is pleasant with much greenery due to the proximity of the river. While you are cycling you will discover the real rural Thailand and see the local lifestyle on the outskirts of Chiang Rai. We will cycle past various fruit orchards, rice fields, rubber plantations, and see many teak trees. We will stop and visit the amazing white temple (Wat Rong Khun) and then have lunch in a local restaurant near the temple.
In the afternoon we will visit the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park*. It is the region's largest center and displays a huge collection of art items of Lanna culture or Tai culture. Then we will continue cycling through the gently rolling hills with scenic views along the Mae Kok River. The overnight stop is at a beautiful guesthouse nestled on the banks of Mae Kok River (fan room).
Remark: Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park close every Monday
Day 2 Elephant Camp and Hill tribe village (43-47 km) (B,L)
After breakfast we cycle upstream past the hot spring and National park office. After the office we start to cycle on a dirt track going over hills for 5 km (Includes some short steep hills) past tribal villages and then cross the hanging bridge to the other side of Mae Kok River. We will stop at the Elephant Camp for one hour elephant ride, look around the Karen Hill Tribe Village and enjoy lunch. Next we will cycle downstream and then take another dirt track going over hills for 6 km (Includes the highest hill of the trip, 700 m. long, 10% up). After that we will stop and visit Huay Mae Sai waterfall, Lahu Hill Tribal Village. After enjoy playing water at the waterfall we will cycling to the hotel at Pong Phra Bat village. The second night is spend at a beautiful resort with a nice swimming pool (Monfahsai resort).
Day 3 Chiang Saen and Golden Triangle (65 km)(B,L)
After breakfast we will start cycling pass Chiang Rai Ratjabhat University and then cycling through many rice fields. The bicycle ride is pleasant with much greenery due to the proximity of Maekok river. While you are cycling through this beautiful countryside you will discover the real rural Thailand and see the local lifestyle on the outskirts of Chiang Rai. Along the way we will visit the Chinese Buddhist Temple, where you can see many young Chinese monks in their unique dress and the largest “Happy Buddha” in Thailand. After visit the temple we will cycle past various fruit orchards, rice fields and rubber plantations. We will have lunch at a local restaurant on the way to Chiang Saen the ancient city. The third night is spend at a resort with a swimming pool that is located inside the ancient city (Chiang Saen Golden Land Resort).
In the afternoon we will go by car to the Golden Triangle area and spend time visiting the many sights. It is the location where the three countries of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar come together along the Mekong River. We will visit House of Opium (Opium museum) and learn about the history of opium trade that led to the area being called the Golden Triangle. We will take speed boat around the Mekong River to see beautiful view around Golden Triangle area. We can stop for dinner on the way back to the hotel.
Day 4 Chiang Saen – Chiang Khong (Laos border) (70 km) (B,L)
After breakfast we will cycle along the Mekong River and experience how farmers growing tobacco, corn, cabbage, garlic and so on. The countryside will consist of rolling hills, some steep hills which will bring us to Chiang Khong, “the gate to Indochina ”. Upon arriving at Chiang Khong we will have a nice lunch. The fourth night is spend at a hotel that is located on the Mekong River bank. The afternoon will provide time to wander around this lovely little town.
Day 5 Chiang Khong (Laos border) – Chiang Rai (70-87 km) (B,L)
After breakfast we will be transferred by car to the starting point about 20 km far from Chiang Khong. After that we will start cycling through beautiful countryside. We will cycle pass various fruit orchards and rice fields. We will be arriving Chiang Rai in the late afternoon.
Duration : 5 days, 4 nights
Distance : Total cycling distance is about 305 - 329 km
Group size : 2-12 people
- 24 gears mountain bike with front suspension
- Accommodation for 4 nights (Twin share)
- 9 Meals; 4 breakfasts and 5 lunches (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
- All activities and admission fee for entrance as mentioned in this program
- Snacks and drinking water during riding
- Local accident insurance
- English speaking cycling guide
- Support car
- Personal drink and alcohol
Things to be prepare
Small backpack , Sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent, flip-flops,
a small camera, Shoes and Shorts for cycling and personal medicines.
Departure date : Upon request
Price : THB 15,200/person (Minimum 2 people)
Single Room Supplement: THB2,000
The price will be 16,700 baht/person after Monday, January 1, 2017