All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) quad-bike tours through the hills and forests surrounding Chiang Mai are an exhilarating experience. Chiang Mai’s ATV tour operators offer programmes suited to riders of all abilities. A short jaunt around Huay Tung Tao Lake is a great option for beginners while those with previous experience, or who enjoy a challenge, will find the more demanding four-hour trips organised by 8 Adventures are perfect.
ATV trips generally go to out of the way locations and offer unparalleled views of the largely unspoilt countryside of Northern Thailand. ATVs range in engine size from around 150cc to 450cc, although the X-Centre has smaller machines for larger children. ATV trips from Chiang Mai generally come with round-trip transport, safety helmets, personal accident insurance, drinking water and lunch if needed. The What’s Up recommendations for top ATV tours in Chiang Mai follows.
Recommended ATV Tour Operators in Chiang Mai:
8 Adventures | Blue Elephant | Chiang Mai X-Centre | Chiangmai Adventure | My Chiang Mai | The Peak | Touch Chiang Mai | Further Reading
*Note: Prices do change, we recommend you to check with the tour operators before making reservations.
8 Adventures’ ATV packages are either three or four hours of riding or a combination of riding and white water rafting. The tours are a mix of off and on road. The longer one covers an extra 10km of jungle trails. All the tours are accompanied by first-aid certified guides with intimate knowledge of the areas the tours pass through. The company utilises high quality quad-bikes and crash helmets. Tours include transport from central Chiang Mai hotels, ATV riding tuition and lunch.
8 Adventures: #21/22, M. 2, Soi 2, Thorakamanakom, T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 08:00-20:00 (Daily) | ATV Tours: 3 Hours = 2,800 B; 4 Hours = 3,600 B; ATV+Rafting = 4,600 B | Tel: +6689 000 7728 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE PEAK ADVENTURE
The Peak Adventure provides a range of activity tours. Peak offers ATV quad-bike tours to Huay Tung Tao Lake and the foothills of Doi Suthep. Riders can choose from three ATV packages. The Triple X is the longest and most challenging and incorporates three-hours of tough off-road trails. Transportation from Chiang Mai, personal injury insurance, full-face helmets, riding gloves and safety pads are included with Peak’s adventures. Longer trips come with lunch too.
The Peak Adventure: #302/4, Chiang Mai-Lamphun Rd., T. Wat Gate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 09:00-17:00 (Mon-Sat) | ATV Tours: 1 Hour = 1,200 B; 2 Hours = 2,200 B; 3 Hours = 3,200 B | Tel: +66 53 800 567-8 | Fax: +66 53 800 314 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
CHIANG MAI X-CENTRE
Those with a fondness for extreme activities will find the Chiang Mai X-Centre in the Mae Sa Valley is the ideal antidote for any feelings of boredom. Along with the likes of Xorb ball rides and bungy-jumping, the X-Centre provides jungle and mountain off-road tours adventures with ATVs as well as two-seater buggies. The fleet of ATVs ranges from mini-ones for youngsters up to 450cc muscle machines. Tours booked via the X-Centre website provide free transport from Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai X-Centre: #816, M. 1, Mae Rim-Samoeng Rd., T. Rim Tai, A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180 | Open: 09:00-18:00 (Daily) | ATV Tours: ½ Hour = 1,600 B; 1 Hour = 2,000 B | Tel: +66 53 297 700, +66 87 833 6655 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
Chiangmai Adventure is a top choice for outdoor activities and features a combined ATV-white water rafting trip to Chiang Dao. The 40km trip takes riders through mountainscapes and jungles on dirt trails and culminates with a 10km raft journey through white-knuckle rapids and soaring gorges. The ATV section passes Lisu and Akha hilltribe villages. Lunch is served at a riverside camp prior to boarding the rafts. Chiangmai Adventure uses 200cc ATVs and supplies safety wear and helmets. Air-conditioned transfers, insurance and lunch are included in tour prices.
Chiangmai Adventure: #21, Sripingmuang Rd., Soi 3, T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 09:00-18:00 (Daily) | Package Tour: Whitewater Rafting+ATV = 2,500 B | Tel: +66 283 695, +66 89 952 1000 | Fax: +66 53 283 695 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
MY CHIANG MAI TOUR
My Chiang Mai Tour has a choice of ATV adventure tours tailored for both novices and experts. Riders have a choice of 150cc and 450cc ATVs on tours to Mt Khom Long and Doi Pui. Trails traverse landscapes with fields of rice paddies before climbing through forests to scenic viewpoints at elevations of 1,500 metres. Depending on the particular tour, stops also include hilltribe villages and the famous hilltop Doi Suthep Temple. Tours come with free transportation.
My Chiang Mai Tour: #67, T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Daily) | ATV Tours: Mountain Trip = 1,200-1,850 B; Off-Road Trip = 2,400-3,800 B; Buggy + ATV (1 Hour) = 3,800 B | Tel: +66 53 271 631 | Fax: +66 53 261 363 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
TOUCH CHIANG MAI
Touch Chiang Mai offers one, two and three hour off-road ATV trips for riders of all levels. They traverse jungles and streams and climb mountain passes. Professional and experienced guides lead these quad-bike tours which come with transportation from downtown Chiang Mai included.
Touch Chiang Mai Tour: #73/68, Chang Phuak Rd., T. Sri Phum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Daily) | ATV Tours: 1 Hour = 1,200 B; 2 Hours = 2,200 B; 3 Hours = 3,200 B | Tel: +66 86 917 9727 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
BLUE ELEPHANT THAILAND TOUR
Blue Elephant offers a range of exciting tours from its Suriyawong Road office near the Chiang Mai Gate Hotel. One of the most popular of these is a combined elephant riding, ATV ride and waterfall swim. After an early start, the tour goes to Makha Elephant Village and provides two hours of elephant interactions which includes bareback riding. After a morning break, participants take a two-hour ATV adventure along trails through the northern mountains. A swim in the pool at Mok Fa Waterfall follows lunch. This one-day private tour comes with transportation, insurance, snacks, lunch, soft drinks and even elephant snacks.
Blue Elephant Thailand Tours: #66/11, Suriyawong 5 Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Daily) | Tour: ATV+Elephant Rides+Waterfall = 5,900 B | Tel: +66 53 449 214 | Website | E-mail | Map