The What’s Up Guide to the Best Mountain Biking Experience in Chiang Mai

Billed as Thailand’s mountain biking capital, Chiang Mai Province boasts a diverse collection of routes and tour options for everybody from beginner to professional cyclist. National Parks, adventure trails and mountains are all within convenient driving distance of Chiang Mai. Mountain biking tour operators in Chiang Mai provide transport to and from the chosen destination in addition to bikes suitable for the rider’s weight and safety helmets.

Riders are able to choose the mountain biking tour which best suits their fancy. The range includes cross-country, downhill, jungle, mountain, the famous Samoeng Loop, and Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai city-to-city. Although one-day tours are the most popular booking, Northern Thai adventures are an option for those wishing to spend longer in the saddle. Our recommendations for the best mountain biking tours are shown below.

Last Updated: June 2019

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One of the best known and reputable operators in the North, Chiang Mai Mountain Biking is near Wat Phra Singh and boasts a huge portfolio of tours to the mountains and national parks around Chiang Mai. Enticingly named rides include the Tropical Jungle, The Rice Paddy, The Eliminator, the Wiang Kum Kam Road Trip and the Samoeng Loop Extreme. There are also two and three day combo tours include hiking, kayaking and rock-climbing.
Chiang Mai Mountain Biking: #92/1-2, Sri Don Chai Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 07:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tours: ½ Day 1,550 B; 1 Day 1,750-2,700 B | Tel: +66 81 024 7046 | Fax: +66 53 814 207 | Website | Facebook | E-mail


The Chiang Mai branch of Southeast Asia’s premier cycle tour specialist, Spice Roads, is located on Moon Muang Road, Soi 7. Tours from Chiang Mai range from San Kamphaeng and its hot springs to an 800km marathon bike and boat odyssey to Luang Prabang in Laos. Spice Roads itineraries are designed to merge pleasant biking with the best sights and attractions. They are led by guides who know every step of the way and offer insights and ensure tour participants are afforded the optimum experience.
SpiceRoads Chiang Mai: #1, Moon Muang Rd., Soi 7, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:00-18:00 (Monday-Friday), 10:00-15:00 (Saturday) | Tours: ½ Day 1,250 B; 1-3 Days 17,900-5,100 B | Tel: +66 53 215 837, +66 81 952 7699 | Fax: +66 53 215 838 | Website | Facebook | E-mail

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With a stated goal of providing mountain bike adventures to thrill, Trailhead is a first-rate option for this activity. One-day tours take riders along deserted trails in Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park. Multi-day ones take in the likes of Chiang Dao Mountain and Hmong hilltribe villages and all on unpaved roads through forests and hilly districts. Trailhead uses 4×4 vehicles to transfer bikers and their bikes to and from the activity site. The company’s service office is about 50 metres from Chiang Mai Gate.
Trailhead: #48-50, Soi 1, Prapokklao Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 07:30-20:00 (Daily) | Tours: ½ Day 1,200 B; 1 Day 2,000-3,500 B | Tel: +66 52 089 693, +66 95 538 0202 | Website | Facebook | E-mail


Active Thailand offers bespoke cycling and mountain bike tours from its office in the Tha Sala region of eastern Chiang Mai.  This operator’s main mountain biking tours are one-day ones to the Mae Taeng Valley and multi-day tours to Chiang Dao, Thaton, the Maekok River Valley and Chiang Rai. Tours are led by professional English-speaking guides and have support mechanics in case of breakdowns. Active Thailand uses well-maintained trek bikes and includes safety helmets, drinking water and food on its tours. Accommodation is included too for overnight tours.
Active Thailand: #54/5, M. 2, Soi 14, T. Thasala, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Monday-Saturday) | Tours: 1 Day 1,800-3,800 B; 2 Days 5,500-7,900 B | Tel: +66 53 850 160, +66 89 759 1010 | Fax: +66 53 850 166 | Website | Facebook | E-mail

X-BIKING CHIANG MAI                         

X-Biking is a professionally operated Chiang Mai biking tours operator with both cross-country and downhill biking on its itineraries. Bikers can choose a single downhill run, a one-day downhill or a gentler lake run suitable for novices and youngsters. X-Biking uses trails in the region of Huay Tung Tao Lake and Doi Pui. Package prices include transport to and from Chiang Mai hotels, drinks, lunch, a full set of safety gear and insurance. X-Biking works out of an office on Soi 3 off Chang Moi Road.
X-Biking Chiang Mai: #23/1, Chang Moi Rd., Soi 3, T. Chang Moi, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Tours: Scenic Ride 1,500 B; Gravity Driven 1,900-2,900 B | Tel: +66 89 951 0015 | Website | Facebook | E-mail