Biking in Thailand can be full of surprise and enjoyment. The bike paths and trails vary from marvelous national parks to beautiful sideways just outside of the country’s small cities. Great Mountain biking is also possible in the mountainous areas of the country.
Chiang Mai is a charming and peaceful Thai city in the northern part of the country. The city boasts some wonderful national parks that offer many appealing bike trails. Just outside town, the Doi Suthep national park has a famous Buddhist temple that can be seen from all over the city. For the adventure loving biker, riding to the temple at the top of the mountain can be an exhilarating and rewarding task.
Near to Chiang Mai is also the magnificent Doi Inthanon national park and a bike ride to the top of the mountain in the park is a tough endeavor. If you want some refreshment, just swim and relax in the alluring Mae Klang waterfalls. Spectacular rides can also be undertaken from the Doi Inthanon national park to Mae Cham, the hidden valley of the seven temples. A winding river flows across the valley from the slopes of the national park and a ride through this village can offer majestic views of rice fields, some stunning waterfalls, or even a warm dip in a hot spring.
Pai is an engaging hill village in the Mae Hong Son province of Thailand. The place is a popular tourist attraction in northern Thailand and offers some spectacular trails for biking. Biking tours can lead to villages of hill tribe people, relaxing hot springs, and refreshing waterfalls. Hikes can also be organized to the beautiful Chiang Dao caves and the Mae Savalley.
Close to Bangkok is the fascinating Khao Yai national park that offers a host of marked biking trails that pass through green forests and grasslands. A trek through the jungles can lead to the Heo Naraok waterfalls or a patchwork of banana trees and coconut palms. Vineyards can be seen alongside pristine limestone mountains. A route that climbs to the Khao Khiao viewpoint offers some spectacular views of the area including forests and grassy rangeland. Most biking trails have a gentle gradient and are thus suitable for beginners.
Thung Salaeng Luang national park offers a splendid biking experience with its variety of trails, some long and difficult and others more suited to novice riders. The park is rugged with limestone, slate and hardpan hills while the southern part is full of meadows and forest patches. The natural appeal of the surroundings can be best enjoyed on a route that runs from Nong Mae to the Thung Nang Phaya plateau as it passes through breathtaking hillsides, forests and wild flowers.
Thailand is famous for its beaches and islands and the Koh Tarutao Island in the southern part of the country boasts some exciting trails. There is a wonderful route from Malacca Bay across the island to Talo Wao traversing hills, some steep and sharp, and offering spectacular views of the landscape.
Bicycling in Thailand can be a refreshing experience given the vast amount of natural scenery and clean, uncluttered sideways and lanes. From cool hilly areas to renowned parks and beaches, Thailand provides some great riding opportunities for the bicycle enthusiast.
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