Ancient Lamphun Cycling Adventure (from/to Chiang Mai City)

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: All day

tour highlights

  • Cycle beside the scenic Ping River
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Wiang Khum Kham and Thailand's oldest stupa in Lamphun
  • Enjoy the flat cycling through orchards and rural villages watching local life
  • Observe the Buddhist culture at Wat Phra That Haripunchai

tour details

This gentle 35km ride on peaceful country back roads will allow you to see some of Northern Thailand’s tallest stupas & experience the beauty of Buddhist culture at Wat Phra That Haripunchai. You’ll begin cycling leisurely along the banks of the Ping River. Just 5km from Chiang Mai are the historic ruins of Wiang Khum Kham, the first Mon settlement dating back to the 11th century. You’ll ride along quiet country roads to experience the Lanna way of life. The route takes you into abundant orchards with a plethora of seasonal flowers. You’ll be able to stop often to sample the local delights on offer. At historical Lamphun, you’ll cycle around the ancient city walls & stop to see the holiest stupa in Thailand. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, you can explore Lamphun’s lively markets. Pick up & Drop off at Chiang mai city

tour description

Driving just 5 kms outside of Chiang Mai, the starting point is by the Ping River at the historic ruins of Wiang Khum Kham, the first Mon settlement dating back to the 11th century. Constructed as part of the Haripunchai kingdom this satellite town was ruined by floods and abandoned, but the ruins have recently been excavated and this historical marker is the perfect place for the start of our ride through the Lanna countryside.
On route to our destination of Lamphun, or Haripunchai as it once was called , we ride through quiet country roads and farmland and experience the Lanna way of life. Our ride takes us further into abundant orchards with a plethora of seasonal fruit including longans, lychee, mangos, bananas, guavas, coconuts, jackfruit, durian, dragon fruit, among many others. As we pass through small rural villages and crisscross the tranquil Ping river. We'll take the time to stop often to sample the local delights on offer at road-side stalls and markets.

Once we reach historical Lamphun, once an important stop on the trade routes from China and Laos in the north to the Chao Praya River in the south, we'll cycle around the ancient city walls and stop to see the oldest and holiest stupa in Thailand built in 1044, Wat Phra That Haripunchai. This region was originally ruled by legendary Mon Queen Chama Thewi and precedes Chiang Mai by 700 years. Eventually overcome by King Meng Rai in the 13th century, Lamphun remained a stronghold with independence of culture and influence. For lunch we'll stop at a riverside restaurant and enjoy local Lanna cuisine. We'll also take time out to explore Lamphun's lively markets; this idyllic town is the origin of the kingdom of a million rice fields and of great heritage significance.

This a very gentle 35 km ride on peaceful country back roads, passing through fruit and vegetable plantations and along riverside trails. We stop often at points of interest and scenic spots. This ride is suitable for almost anyone as we travel at a leisurely and relaxed pace. Due to the number of road crossings, it is less suitable for very small children.

A tasty, helathy lunch of delicious Lanna cuisine in a riverside restaurant and an oppotunity to explore more of Lamphun's lively markets.

A mountain bike and helmet, water, soft drinks and snacks are all included. The trip is fully supported by our air conditioned minibus, equipped with a two-way radio.

includes

Meals included: Lunch, snacks, drinking water

    notes

    Note:
    • Children are allowed to join and it is ideal for a day out with the family. Suitable for any fitness level. Those feeling tired can ride in the support vehicle.
    • Bike helmets are compulsory and provided during the cycling trip.
    • Basic accident insurance coverage as per Thai law is provided by cycling supplier. We do however strongly advise that clients arrange their own policy to suit their own requirements. Participants must fill in and sign a public liability form prior to the trip.
    • From the moment the client joins a cycling tour, they agree to the supplier's terms mentioned in the public liability form.
    Tour code: CNXSRTAL1

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