Chiang Mai City Culture Bicycle Tour is a half-day cycling tour that takes you through the rich cultural center of Chiang Mai. On this 25km journey, you'll cycle mostly on quiet roads and small alleyways. Visit ancient temples, markets, and more!
• As this tour will include visits to ancient temples, please be dressed respectfully, in clothes that cover your knees and shoulders • This tour requires at least 2 participants • Please arrive early at the meeting point to ensure a smooth start to the tour
Chiang Mai City Culture Bicycle Tour is a half-day cycling tour that takes you through and around the rich cultural center of Chiang Mai. During this 25 km ride, you'll bike as much as possible over quiet roads and small lanes, passing by beautiful temples and colorful markets while observing local people going about their daily activities. We ride through small back roads and alleyways around and through the centre of Chiang Mai. You'll make a (non-shopping) stop at a silversmith who fabricates beautiful jewelry in different shapes and sizes. Then, you'll visit the adjacent Silver Temple to watch monks make decorations made of alloy for the temple. Your tour continues through narrow alleys and small lanes to the center of the city where you'll visit Wat Chedi Luang, a temple built in the 14th century. Thailand’s most revered Buddha statue, the Emerald Buddha, used to reside in this temple until the Laotians took it to Luang Prabang (Laos) in 1545. These days, this Buddha statue can be found in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew. After taking photos of this remarkable Chedi we will stop for a refreshment at the Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution. The institution aims to reform and rehabilitate inmates whose prison sentences are almost complete. The residents are serving light sentences for minor crimes and come from poor backgrounds, with many being hill-tribe women. Afterward, you'll make a stop at the most visited and most beautiful temple of Chiang Mai, Wat Phra Singh. The temple houses a very important Buddha statue, the Phra Buddha Sihing, which gives the temple its name. Your Chiang Mai City Culture trip then continues to the outer circle of the center, passing through a fresh flower market where you can see the most beautiful flowers of the North. This area is called “Chinatown of Chiang Mai”. You'll cycle further and cross the river, then stop for another refreshment at a local market. Here, you'll get to sample some exotic fruits and/or local snacks. After this stop you'll take an unexpected route to our office, where the tour ends, leaving you with new memories and impressions of Chiang Mai.