From sunrise to sunset, Northern Thailand exudes both rustic beauty and serene elegance in every respect. The people possess such vibrant character and it is reflected in the landscape, culture and their carefree attitude, a refreshing comparison to the frenetic pace at which we live in the West. You can feel a special connection to the land thanks to the gracious and easy going hospitality of the local people. By day, you’ll bike through rice paddies, jungle, farmland and forest to explore magnificent ancient temples. By night, you’ll marvel at exclusive traditional performances and memorable meals. By journey’s end, you’ll experience a deep connection to this remote corner of the globe.
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Arrive in Bangkok! Head out on a night tour of the city, through the backstreets and lively markets, to discover for yourself all the glitz and bling culture of Bangkok after nightfall.
Begin exploring with a stroll from the Portuguese settlements across the river. Visit must-see temples Wat Arun and Wat Pho and enjoy dinner tonight with Joe Cummings, writer for Lonely Planet and expert on all things Thai.
Fly to Chiang Rai this morning (not to be confused with Chiang Mai!). Take a walk through the surrounding tea plantations and around the scenic mountain lake bordered by emerald fields and forest growth.
Ride through beautiful valleys, mountain temples and visit a monk's cave! Enjoy lunch riverside then journey back to Chiang Rai by traditional long tail boat down the tree-lined river. After dinner tonight explore the night bazaar, an authentic night market full of priceless finds!
This morning head to Chiang Seng in Thailand's famous Golden Triangle. Begin with a riverside ride then enjoy a local style lunch before riding over into Laos where we'll visit the Hall of Opium, a museum which looks at the 5000 year trade of one of the world's most illicit crops.
Visit one of Thailand's most beautiful destinations, Doi Mae Salong. Embark on a nature hike through terraced tea and rice plantations and up through the rolling mountains around the area.
Transfer to Chiang Rai airport for your international flight home through Bangkok.Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.