Touring Chiang Mai
The Chiang Mai city and province is often considered the holy grail of biking and touring in Thailand. The inner-city olde world charm and the one-way traffic of the moat road surrounding it makes for a quirky riding experience.
The traffic jams, while nowhere near as bad as Bangkok, give it an edge that allows bikes to cross-filter through traffic.
The main roads are in excellent condition and offer a comfortable ride. In the rainy season the narrow, village trails and tracks can be hazardous to travel on so be aware and ride safely. Using Chiang Mai as a base there are many places to travel to for the day. Remote temples, valleys, waterfalls, reservoirs, towns and villages all make for a great bike ride adventure. Getting around the province can be done in a number of ways. The typical tourist one is where a tour operator may provide transport to visit a tourist attraction you book into. Hiring an independant thai driver and getting him to take you is another option.
Offroad Chiang Mai area - Mae Sa Valley
Out for a spin in the Patricians 4x4 off-roader over the Mae Sa Valley, Chiang Mai Province.
Chiang Mai Tours
Below is a map of the area with some of the places to visit, click on one for a information about it and how to get there.
The routes to the destinations have already been photographed by Watch-Rider. They serve as a handy guide and future reference.
Photo-Route Guide: The photos doubled into 'roll-over' pictures; when you move the mouse over it the picture 'rolls-over.'
Listed on the map and below is a list of the destinations and highways around Chiang Mai. Clicking on one of them will bring up information about it and how to get there.
Where to Tour in Chiang Mai Province
Road Lore: If the destination above is bold it means it's a major tourist hotspot and will likely be crowded with tourists in the high-season! Either set-off very early in the morning or visit them in low-season for a better touring experience.