Pedal the historic streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City with a 4-hour bike tour that takes in ancient temples, local markets and landmarks. Follow your guide along back lanes as you learn about the city’s culture and history. Explore Wat Chiang Mun and discover Chiang Mai’s ‘navel’ before meeting the city’s three royal founders. Pause at a roadside market for fresh juice and Thai sweets, take in the ancient stones of Wat Chedi Luang, then pass through Tha Phae Gate on your way to a Somphet Market for local snacks.
4-hour bike tour of Chiang Mai
Explore the city with a local guide
Visit Chiang Mai’s most important sites
Learn about Thai history, food and culture
Overview of the city, perfect for first time visitors
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 we visit some temples, your guide will explain the importance of Buddhism in Thai culture. As we continue our ride we’ll pass through a former leprosarium that is now a home for the elderly and a rehabilitation center for the disabled. Set in manicured, quiet grounds next to the river you can admire the colonial style white and cream buildings that include a church and hospital.
Heading through shady quiet country lanes we pass beautiful traditional teak houses and can say hello to the Thai men fishing in the Ping River. We enter some spacious grassy parkland and stop for a rest, some fruit and a cool drink under the shade of 100-year-old trees.
From there we will 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, most of the sites are ruined chedis, however, there are two working temples we can visit – one of 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 have a look at the local fresh herbs that make northern Thai food so special. As you mingle with locals buying their dinner ingredients, your guide will tell you the names of the fruits, herbs and vegetables, and of course let you taste some of them. This will be a great photo opportunity as well.