Chiang Mai Citylife magazine suggests seven beautiful bicycle trails in Chiang Mai for short and long rides.
1. Rubber Trees Road–Saraphi trail
The lovely old Chiang Mai to Lamphun Road is flanked, for the most part, by towering rubber trees and offers a pleasant ride. Start at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club, stop by the Foreign Cemetery on the way and continue on through Pakkong Village in Lamphun.
Distance: 30 kilometres
2. Mae Rim–Samoeng trail
Chiang Mai’s playground, this valley boasts waterfalls, elephant farms, hill tribe villages, Royal Projects, national parks, botanical gardens and more. Stunning views and a pleasant cycle.
Distance: 60 kilometres
3. Inthanon trail
It’s a tough slog to the peak of Thailand’s highest mountain, but well worth the ride, with stunning views, waterfalls, temples and villages along the way. The year-round cool mountain air at the mountain’s peak and, of course, the views, are all the reward needed after a tough ride.
Distance: 50 kilometres
4. The old city trail
Go on a dawn ride around the moat, stopping off for a rest at each of the city’s five gates. Best to go before the morning rush hour and end the ride with a hearty breakfast at any of the markets found along the way.
Distance: 13 kilometres
5.Chiang Mai Convention Centre–Huay Tung Tao trail
The city’s only dedicated, and safe, bicycle trail goes along the foothills of the mountain towards this man-made lake. Plop down on a pontoon by the lake with a cold drink after your hot ride.
Distance: 5 kilometres
6. Royal Flora-Night Safari–Wat Phra That Doi Kham trail
This area offers numerous trails linking the famous attractions of Royal Flora, the Night Safari and the Doi Kham temple, a great ending point to your ride, offering sweeping views of the Chiang Mai valley below.
Distance: 18 kilometres
7. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep trail
Waterfalls, jungle temples, Doi Suthep temple and Phuping Palace, are just a few places to stop on this steep ride. Dawn and dusk are the best times to take it all in.