Start your trip with a Chiang Mai airport pick-up on Day 1. Enjoy a free morning on Day 2 to explore the town. In the afternoon ride a bicycle through the enchanting streets of this picturesque city. Visit a former leper colony and ride along rural Thai roads to see the Wiang Kum Kam ruins. Day 3 begins with a mountain bike ride and a trek to the Huay Sathan Waterfall. Next, go white water rafting on the Mae Taeng River. Enjoy your last night in Chiang Mai on your own. On Day 4, check out of your accommodation at noon and your trip ends with a Chiang Mai airport drop-off.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival Chiang Mai, Airport Pickup & Free Day
Upon arrival to Chiang Mai, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your accommodation where you will have time to get settled in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure chilling in the hotel or begin your adventure by heading out on your own to explore the city. Chiang Mai has an intriguing mixture of ancient and modern sites, friendly people, vibrant night markets and charming architecture. The city is bounded by a moat and walls that hold all of it’s secrets and ancient temples shrouded in mystery inside.
Day 2: Free Morning & Countryside Bicycle Ride
Spend a free morning on your own and enjoy northern Thailand's delicious food in one of the many restaurants around the city. In the afternoon your cycling adventure begins with a safety and equipment briefing before hitting the streets of Chiang Mai on your bicycle tour. Follow your guide through the streets of this enchanting city along the Ping River travelling south through green landscapes. Visit a former leper colony which is now used as a rehabilitation centre, for a peek into the history of Thailand’s missionary period. Then, go off the beaten track and cycle along small country roads where you will be able to immerse yourself in the true rural Thai countryside. Weave around fruit orchards and see the local way of life in villages on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Cycle to the ruins of the former capital of Lanna, Wiang Kum Kam and then make the scenic return trip to Chiang Mai enjoying the scenery as you go. You’ll be provided with a 24-gear, front-suspension adapted mountain bike and a helmet.
Note*: the riding is fairly easy today. You will bike along flat road for about 20 kms, without any truck support. (Approx. 4.5 hours with plenty of time to rest).
Day 3: Hiking, Biking & White Water Rafting (L)
Today is another action-packed adventure so make sure you rise early and charge your batteries with a healthy breakfast. You will be picked-up from the hotel between 8:00 - 8:30am and drive north towards the Mae Taeng area to begin your adventure. After a safety and equipment briefing, you will hop on your mountain bike and begin riding 8 kilometres on local roads through scenic landscapes. You will reach the starting point of your trek and begin hiking in nature towards the beautiful Huay Sathan Waterfall. Take pictures and enjoy breathing the fresh mountain air dense with humidity. The trek will loop back around and then you will be transferred to the river camp where you will begin your rafting descent.
You will prepare for your thrilling white water rafting trip on the Mae Taeng River with our professional guides and equipment. Get set up with your helmets, life jackets, paddles and rafts plus a safety briefing to make sure you are familiar with the equipment and techniques for paddling, sitting on the raft and river safety. The Mae Taeng River stretches a lengthy 10 kilometres and passes through 14 gorges with Grade 3-5 rapids. It is known by many as Asia’s best place to go white water rafting. Enjoy your 2-hour trip down the river tacking the challenging and fun rapids. Finally we will pull into the camp downstream where the rafting trip comes to an end. Rest up and change into dry clothes here. Have some refreshments, hot or cold drinks and fresh fruit. Then, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Chiang Mai where you will enjoy your last free night in the city on your own.
Note*: The biking today will consist of 8-10 kms of cycling along paved roads, both up and down hill. There will be a supporting truck which can be used if necessary.
Note**: The trek to the waterfall is an easy level and is along a jungle trail, lasting about 1 - 1.5 hours.
Whitewater Rafting Level Information:
There are several levels, depending on the season and river level
• July-October: Water Class is 3+ to 4
• Other Months: Water Class is 3 to 3+
• Not Recommended: March - May
Note***: This activity is suitable for beginners, even those who cannot swim.
Day 4: Airport Drop-off
This morning check out before 12:00 noon when your trip will come to an end. You are free to store your luggage at the hotel reception and take some free time to continue enjoying the city before taking your return airport transfer back in time to check in to your flight. We wish you the best for your onward travels!