－ Highlights －
・The best way to see the beautiful sites of Chiang Mai
・Explore the ancient city of Wiang Khum Kham
・See the different views of Chiang Mai during daytime or night
・Brand new Trek bike and professional English-speaking guide
－ Highlights －
・Starting Time：8:00am or 6:00pm
・Departure Point：Spice Roads office
No. 1 Moon Muang Road Lane 7 Sriphoom, Chiang Mai 50200
・Time Duration：Day Ride：5 hr
Night Ride：3 hr
・Bike Brand: Trek
－ What You Can Expect －
We’ll have a leisurely start along the banks of the Ping River, this tour will be an introduction to Thai culture and that can best be done by doing as the locals do and go to temples and markets, as your guide will explain the importance of Buddhism in Thai culture.Set in manicured, quiet grounds next to the river you can admire the colonial style white buildings that include a church and hospital.
We pass beautiful traditional teak houses and can say hello to the Thai men fishing in the Ping River. We enter some spacious grassy park land and stop for some fruit and a cool drink. And later explore the ancient city of Wiang Khum Kham which dates back to the 13th Century. Just excavated in the 1980s after being buried under mud from the river, we can visit an ancient temple which has a spirit house where a former king’s spirit is said to reside.
We re-enter Chiang Mai's old city through Tha Pae Gate and stop at Somphet market have a look at the local fresh herbs that make northern Thai food so special, and this will be a great photo opportunity as well.
We will be using city bikes for this tour and the cycling distance is approximately 25 km on good quality flat tarmac roads. We stop often to refuel with water and fresh fruit.
Meet at Spice Roads office at 6 pm where we are fitted for bikes, check our lights and then we start our discovery of Chiang Mai city after the peak rush hour traffic has died down.
Chiang Mai is bright enough at night that we can photograph the beautifully lit temples and statues as we learn about the history and geography of this ancient city. We ride down to the river and take a walk through the evening fresh market,stocked with the most amazing array of fruits and vegetable – delicious, healthy snacks are everywhere!
We drop into a night school and can learn a bit of Thai with the recent immigrants from Burma and Laos. We then follow the river to the famous flower market and we cross the river and head through some beautiful manicured gardens on route to the train station. From here we head to Tha Pae gate to check out what the locals do for various forms of exercise in the evening. Have a game of badminton, practice your Tai Chi or just people watch for a while.