A CROSS COUNTRY CYCLING TOUR INTO CHIANG MAI’S RURAL HEART
You don’t have to be a regular rider to enjoy one of our cross country cycling tours in Chiang Mai. Join us for a technically easy mountain bike ride through the stunning Chiang Mai countryside in Mae Rim district.
During the Rural Explorer tour you will start with a short hike to the majestic Mork Fa waterfall before riding along quiet back roads through the mountain landscape visiting fruit orchards, rice paddies, and small villages.
The terrain is very gentle with the majority of the ride taking place on quiet rural roads as well as some sections of dual dirt track. As for all of our cross country cycling tours in Chiang Mai we make a number of stops to learn about daily village life as well as the culture and to enjoy delicious local snacks cycling at a comfortable pace. Whilst this tour is technically easy it does require a degree of fitness to cope with the undulating terrain and warm weather. A support vehicle will be available should you need to take a rest.
After the countryside cycling tour, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch and refreshing coconut before heading back to the city for the tour conclusion.
• 3-4 hours cycling tour through beautiful teak forest and countryside
• Premium quality bike KONA Blast Trail 27.5″ HT or Trek Marlin hardtails
• Helmet (knee / elbow pads, gloves are available upon request)
• Pick and drop off service
• Short hike to Mork Fa waterfall at the start of the tour
• Delicious Thai lunch, trailside snacks and refreshments
• Refreshing coconut at the end of the day
Pick up from hotel at 8.30am-9am, departure from shop at 9.30am
Meeting/Pick-up points: Guests to be picked up at hotel, guesthouse, home etc., please advise when booking. Pickup locations must be within Chiang Mai city limits. What to wear and bring: Loose fitting clothes, shorts and outdoor shoes, sunscreen and camera.
Restrictions: We have no minimum age, but we require the person to be at least 110 centimeters tall. We have size S, M, L, XL bikes available as well as 20″ and 24″ wheel bikes for kids. Please note that we require a minimum of 2 people for a confirmed departure, if this requirement is not met you may be offered an alternative trip.
What to Expect: Approx 20-25km of cycling over undulating terrain with some steep climbs. The tour is vehicle supported in places so it’s possible to skip certain areas, we can also add more / reduce off road depending on ability. The terrain is technically not difficult but a good level of fitness is recommended. We may recommend shortening the ride in the summer months.
Sample Itinerary: *subject to change, depending on weather and availability, times are approximations.
08:30am Pick up from hotel and transfer to Trailhead office
09:00am Welcome & introduction, complimentary coffee, meet the team and briefing on cycling tour
09:30am Shop departure
11.15am Arrive at the start point and enjoy hike to Mork Fa waterfall
12.00am Begin the mountain biking ride through the countryside
13:30pm Stop for some refreshments and snacks next to rice paddies
14:30pm Finish the ride and drive to restaurant
15:00pm Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch and energizing coconut
16:00pm Program wrap-up and transfer back to Trailhead office or hotel
17:00pm Arrive at Trailhead office or hotel
- Premium quality bike KONA Blast Trail 27.5″ HT or Trek Marlin More details here. (Subtract 500 Baht if bring your own bike)
- Protective gear – helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves upon request, hydration packs
- Drinks, lunch and snacks
- National park entrance fee
- Friendly and professional guide
- Hotel pick up 8.30-09.00 am
- Shop departure 9.30 am
- Start riding 12.00 pm
- Trail side snacks 13.30 am
- Lunch 15.00 pm
- Finish/Hotel drop off 17.00 pm
Tour At A Glance
Trail Type (for whole Ride)
Total Cycling Distance
we decided to do the Rural Explorer.
We were astonished of the great tour, the knowledge of the guides, the organisation of the tour, the punctuality and lastly the great value for money.
In my opinion I can recommend Trail Head without issues.
Country Roads and Thai Rural Culture
The Rural Explorer Mountain Biking Tour with Trailhead was an exceptional experience in every way. Thanks to the friendly staff, quality bikes, and professional organization, this day provided a great memory of the culture and countryside in an area about 35 kms northeast of Chiang Mai. This was more than a bike ride for our small group of five riders. While traveling from Chiang Mai, we visited a scenic waterfall before beginning the bike ride, and following the ride we ended the day with an excellent meal near a small lake. With two Trailhead guides on bikes, plus a sag vehicle, we traveled on country roads and experienced the rural culture in a way that will leave a lasting and positive impression of this amazing country. -- Van
Relaxing ride through Thai countryside
We are four experienced riders looking for a cultural experience and a break from Chaing Mai traffic. Shop staff and Trailhead guides are enthusiastic cyclists and fun cycling companions. Our ride had a nice variety of short climbs and descents allowing us to enjoy the scenery. Great Kona bikes comfortable transport and lunch were included. If we had more time we would have done another ride with them. Good ride for all levels.
Great Cycling Day!
We stumbled on a cozy looking cafe on our way to find Grasshopper and book a cycling tour. Well, it turned out to be very lucky since Trailhead offered just the kind of ride we were looking for. We immediately booked and we were the only ones on our day-trip, a virtually private tour with a guide and driver trailing us with cold water. After a little over an hour drive into the jungle-y countryside, we were off on our hybrid bicycles passing through spectacular scenery, farms, rice paddies, coffee plantations and lush gorgeous hills. We started with a waterfall visit then rode about 35 km total, not a huge effort but you felt the exercise. Our guide Lek (I think) was wonderful and informative and had fresh coconuts and fried bananas ready for us at the temple where the ride ended. If you are at all hesitant about your ability you should know that while we are fit and bike regularly, my husband and I became the record holders of their oldest riders, he in his 70's and me at 62! Great fun and very personal attention.
Fun Ride for All Level of Fitness
One of the highlight of our trip to Chiang Mai. Their service and attitude are top class. We took 'Rural Explorer' trip and it suit all kind of fitness level. So no worry even if you are new to cycling. Our tour guide 'KOM' and 'ViVi' are so wonderful and friendly. Will definitely join the trip again whenever we visiting there in the future.
We did the rural explorer tour and had an awesome day. Bikes look brand new and the guys take good care of you. Great route, beautiful nature and Lek (tour guide) has lots of information about your surroundings. It was a little challenging going up hill sometimes, but so much fun. You finish the day with a big meal. We would 100% recommend doing this while in Chiang Mai.
Review of: Rural Explorer Mountain Biking Tour Chiang Mai