Chiang Mai - the Rose of the North - is located about 700 km (450 miles) Northwest of Bangkok and is surrounded by jungle-covered mountains that rise up to 1,500 m (5,000 feet). In Northern Thailand, a Mediterranean climate prevails, providing an astounding richness of vegetation. Unique species of orchids and roses may be found as well as strawberries and numerous tropical fruits.
Chiang Mai hides treasures from almost seven centuries. Thailand's second city features more than a hundred temples and pagodas within a delightful old walled town. Among its countless backstreets travelers will discover restaurants featuring a distinctive local cuisine. This ancient trading stronghold is considered the centre of many sophisticated arts & crafts such as wood carving, silk weaving, embroidery, silver jewellery, furniture, pottery and many more. In its world famous nightmarket these objets d'art are displayed on the streets after sunset. Chiang Mai is an ideal starting point for our biking tour across fascinating Northern Thailand.
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Day 1, Chiang Mai
Individual arrival and transfer to the hotel, where we will meet and spend the next two nights. In the evening we will gather for a welcome and orientation in the hotel lobby. You will receive all information regarding the tour and learn interesting trivia about our host country.
Subsequently you will be given a SIAM BIKE TOURS jersey. During a traditional Thai Kantoke Dinner together, we will have the opportunity to get to know each other.
Day 2, Chiang Mai
In the morning we take a trip in our minibus to the justly famous temple Doi Suthep, which perches 1,050 m (3,500 ft.) above sea level. 290 steps up the dragon staircase take you to the main entrance and to its centre, the holy pagoda containing Buddhist relics.
In the afternoon we may visit various arts & craft workshops that will give you an insight into the manufacture of silk, paper umbrellas and varnish.
Later in the evening the bikes will be set up and adjusted. You may use the rest of the evening to pay a visit to the nightmarket or simply enjoy the idyllic old town’s charm and exotic ambience.