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Day 01: Chiang Rai – Hall of Opium (L, D)
From 6:30 to 7:00am, we pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Rai and transfer to the Golden Triangle area. Upon arrival to our hotel, you’ll check in and change into our bike gear for a scenic loop through the countryside, with a visit to local rice mills and makers of the local liquor “Lao Cao”. We also stop to visit the historic town of Chiang Saen, which is the former city of King Mengrai of the Lanna Kingdom.
Ride length: 28km
Day 02: Opium Museum – Chiang Khong (B, L, D)
After the breakfast, we start off the day with a visit to the Opium Museum, which depicts the story of opium cultivation and its effect on society. A short shuttle takes us to the Golden Buddha near the village of Ban Saeo, the starting point of today’s ride. We follow the Mekong River, ride east from Chiang Saen towards Chiang Khong through plantations of lychee, banana, chilly, eggplant, corn and most of the vegetables for our meal. After a few more kilometers we have a choice to either get in the van or try the challenging 2-kilometer-climb to Huai Sai Man viewpoint. We overnight at a lodge right in the middle of a Hmong village. After you have settled in, we’ll have tea with the shaman and learn some Hmong customs. There’ll also be an option to help villagers plan trees at the Herbal Plant Nursery Project with a small fee.
Ride length: 45km
Day 03: Chiang Rai (B, L)
Today we complete our loop and ride toward Chiang Rai. We start cycling west and ride on small country roads, between fields and between karsts jutting out of the landscape. On the outskirts of the city we’ll stop to visit the White Temple – a unique modern temple that was designed and built by a local artist. After our visit, we can drop you off at the airport or a hotel as your wish. End trip around 6:00pm.
Ride length: 45km
504.00 (per person)