6. Chiang Mai: Full-Day Guided Bike & Regional Culture Tour
Duration: 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM 09:00 AM - Warm Welcome and Introduction: Begin your day with a warm welcome as you're met by an English-speaking guide at your hotel. From there, you'll be transferred to the Trekker camp, a hub for cycling tours and equipment. Here, you'll receive comprehensive information about your cycling route and expert guidance on using your mountain bike. 09:15 AM - Riverside Exploration: Set off on your cycling adventure along the enchanting Padad-Singhakam route, following the serene banks of the Ping River. As you ride, you'll pass through the charming Padad Tai village and continue your journey by crossing the Koh Klang Bridge (Kourmung). 09:30 AM - Cultural Stop at Wat Koh Klang: Take a break at Wat Koh Klang, a culturally significant temple within the local community. This stop allows you to soak in the spiritual atmosphere of the area. 10:30 AM - Sustainable Agricultural Encounter: Continue your cycling expedition to the nearby vegetable plantations, cultivated by local villagers with sustainable farming practices. Witness the land's reclamation without chemical fertilizers and discover diverse crops. 11:30 AM - Authentic Mini Thai Cooking Experience and Lunch: Engage in a unique cooking experience, preparing local Thai dishes with your host, who also owns the vegetable plantation. Enjoy a delicious lunch amidst the idyllic countryside ambiance at Pa Kaew's house. Savor a variety of seasonal fruits, including coconut, rose apple, mango, longan, banana, and papaya. Immerse yourself in the simple and cozy lifestyle of the local people during this 2-hour stay. 02:30 PM - The ancient Lanna dynasty of Wiang Kum Kam Information Center: Depart for the Informational Center of Wiang Kum Kam to gain valuable insights into the history of this ancient underground empire of the Lanna kingdom, founded by King Mang Rai. Learn about the archaeological excavations and the historical significance of the temples, Buddha images, and ancient pottery discovered here. 03:00 PM - Village Exploration and Blessing Ceremony: Resume your biking adventure through the village, taking in the general view of Wiang Kum Kam. Make your first stop at Wat Chang Kum (Wat Khan Tom), the initial archaeological site found in 1984. Here, seizes the opportunity to participate in a blessing ceremony conducted by a Buddhist monk. 03:45 PM - Temple Tour and Pagoda Appreciation: Continue your journey to Wat E-Kang, Wat Nhan Chang, Wat Pu Beai, Wat Pra Thart Khaow, and the final temple, Wat Chedi Liem (Wat Ku Kam Luang). Marvel at the colossal facet pagoda, meticulously restored multiple times by both Thai and Burmese influences. Explore the diverse architectural styles displayed in the Chedi itself. 04:30 PM - Return and Hotel Transfer: As your cycling expedition draws to a close, make your way back to a hub for cycling center and gear. From there, transfer back to your hotel, carrying with you the enriching memories of this cultural journey.