Chiang Mai Exploring Tour – Biken in Thailand
Mountain Biking Highlight
komoot planned a mountain bike ride.
January 5, 2018
For mountain biking, Chiang Mai is a real highlight. There are specially designed trails, which are located on the slope of Doi Pui. If you come by shuttle - that fights snorting towards the summit, while you can enjoy the great view of the city on the back of a pick-up. After only about 20 minutes you are already sitting on the bike.There are several trails that offer something for everyone. From simple and flowing to steep and fast everything is there. This trail has got it right. It's fast, technical and an interplay of flowing single trail, gruff rock passageways and steep high-speed tracks. And not just for five minutes, you'll need 45 minutes to go down and easily destroy 1,000 meters of altitude. The trail spits you close to a really nice village with a really nice café that invites you to take a break. There, the shuttle is waiting on request. Or you cycle back to Chiang Mai.Although Chiang Mai is not a small city, overall it is much more manageable and, above all, much more relaxed than many other large cities in Thailand. Here you can venture safely by bike on a small tour of the city, this is really cool and really fun.If you arrive in the center, you will immediately see the historic city walls, the many cafes and restaurants, shops and even some bike shops, all very well maintained and almost with a slight European tidiness. But as soon as you turn off the main roads, you're back in real Thailand. Everywhere small stalls on the roadside, where fruit or meat is sold or where women with the simplest means magic delicious Thai dishes. It's best to stop here and there, try a snack here and there and then roll on. I'll most likely meet Chiang Mai for some recreational cyclists, which is unlikely in the rest of Thailand.