Are you visiting Chiang Mai for a few days? We can show you the best cycling roads, coffee shops and scenic climbs in just 3 riding days of pure cycling fun.
This trip features the 3 most iconic rides in the area: Doi Suthep - the mountain overlooking the city, the classic loop around Samoeng village, and Doi Inthanon - the highest point in Thailand!
There is no better way to explore cycling in Chiang Mai for the first time than under the guidance and support of our local expert team. Our deep knowledge of Northern Thailand and professional expertise organizing cycling tours will ensure your every need will be taken care of so you can just focus on cycling and enjoying the views.
*A relatively good level of fitness it’s recommended for this trip. We also vouch for the use of big cassettes, 32T or 34T.
What's included on this trip:
4 days/3 nights
3 ride days
68 Km/day avg
1,600 m/day avg
From THB 24,900
+THB 3,900 indv. room
+THB 3,900 bike hire
Departures on demand
We'll pick you up from the airport and transfer to the hotel in Chiang Mai. After setting up your bikes it's time for a warm up ride - We’ll start our cycling holiday in Chiang Mai with a ride up the mythical Doi Suthep climb.
As we gain altitude, we’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views of the city and surrounding valley. Upon reaching Doi Suthep it is time for a snack break. If we still have energy and time we can add 500 meters of climbing to the famous Bhubing Palace, at 1,400 meters above sea level.
In the evening it’s time to relax around the old town and go for a welcome dinner, the local ride leader will give you advice on the type of terrain you will encounter on this trip, safety tips to ride in the North of Thailand and interesting stories of what’s lying ahead.
The Samoeng loop (85 km/1,500 m) is an all-time favorite among Chiang Mai’s local cycling community and a must-ride for travelers in Chiang Mai.
We’ll take off from the city center towards the north, tackling the loop counter-clockwise, the variant that offers the most challenging climbs and scenic views.
After a couple of steady climbs we’ll reach the highest point in this route, at 1,100 meters of altitude and we’ll enjoy a snack at the privileged viewpoint at the top.
The third climb is short but it will be the toughest, 2.3 km at 12% with ramps up to 17% that will test your climbing legs ahead of tomorrow.
Back in the city, we’ll enjoy a well-deserved lunch and we’ll have the afternoon free to explore Chiang Mai’s old town temples.
The third day of the trip is the “queen stage” and we’ll tackle the fearsome doi Inthanon, a 38 km climb leading to the highest point in Thailand at 2565 meters above sea level.
* (Recommended gear ratio at least 34tx32t)
We’ll pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and transfer to the start of the climb, the duration of the drive is one hour and 15 minutes.
While the average gradient of the whole climb is “just” 6%, but be prepared for much, much steeper sections. The toughest comes on the last 9 kilometers at 9% average gradient, with prolonged sections well over 20%.
As we grind our way to the top, the air gets thinner and the views are more and more impressive at over 2,000 meters of altitude.
Upon conquering this beast of a climb, we’ll celebrate our achievement and optionally ride the fun downhill or jump on the van to get some rest. We’ll have a 50 km transfer from the base of the climb to Chiang Mai, where we’ll have our celebratory lunch.
We'll pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to Chiang Mai international airport. We’ll also support you if you need help cleaning and packing bikes and equipment... Or maybe you choose to stay in this cycling paradise for a few more days!