Chiang Mai Mountain Biking & Kayaks

Chiang Mai Mountain Biking & Kayaks

Chiang Mai Mountain Biking & Kayaks
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Mountain Biking in Chiang Mai is the perfect way to experience beautiful nature trails winding through the closely lying National Parks such as Suthep National Park a 1650 meter high Mountain west of the City. The valleys of Northern Thailand offer beautiful rivers and kayaking is the best way to explore this scenic and untouched landscape. Chiang Mai Mountain Biking & Kayaks will get you there, professional english speaking guides are at hand to make it happen. So if it is a gnarly downhill ride, a cross country bike tour or a day kayaking through Thailand's beautiful scenery this is the place to start.
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Walking Tours
1 day
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Bike Tours
4 hours
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James C
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
Amazing guides. Very rude management. We signed up for the one day hike and bike - the advert said it was a 3 hour hike followed by a 2 hour bike ride. We were then told by management that things had changed and the itinerary sent to us said it was “a hike to a cave and then go in to have a look” - what we were actually doing was full on caving and none of us were prepared for tightly spaced, advanced caving challenges - to a point where we turned back due to being too uncomfortable with a small hole that none of us except the guide could fit through. The management was aggressive and actually blamed us for “not clicking the link of the itinerary change” even though we did and it did not mention advanced caving. Very disappointing to be treated like that. BUT the guides were incredible and the biking was loads of fun. So I would say just make sure you know exactly what you’re signing up for.
Written November 25, 2021
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Ottawa, Canada170 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Like you I performed my due diligence and assessed the various reviews of this business. Let me be categorical, the post claiming inferior bikes and poor staff is pure, adulterated rubbish. Our bikes were new and certainly not purchase at Walmart. I walked through the storage area on my way to the bathroom and saw no bikes that were of the quality claimed by some moron. Likewise, the safety equipment provided was in good condition. As far as the staff, we found everyone from the owner to our guide to be professional and attentive. The transportation was punctual and without incedent.The tour itself was a blast.The hike up the mountain was an enjoyable ealk and hardly challenging. It was our first time mountain biking and while I found it thrilling my wife found the bike down the mountain challenging. We are 64 and 63 respectively and above average physical condition so the physical exsurtion of the trekking up and the biking down the mountain were not a problem. As pure novices to mountain biking the challenge was navigating the rough terrain while going downhill. We both made it without incident. We highly recommend taking in this activity, it is well worth your time.
Written February 25, 2023
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We aim to please. Thank you for this thorough review. It is true we have been getting a bunch new bikes and looking forward to an order of new boats as well thats on the way. Happy 20 years to us and those who patronized us since 2003. Enjoy your life .
Written February 27, 2023
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London, UK30 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We really enjoyed our day kayaking in the Ping river and then exploring the temple in the cave. The instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly.
The lunch was nice and they cater for vegetarians.

I would recommend bring clothes that cover your shoulders and knees for the cave activity as there is a temple in there. For the kayaking a hat and suncream is a must as it gets very hot on the water.
Written July 17, 2022
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Northampton, UK15 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
The day was split. Hill walk in Doi Suthep National Park in the morning and a biking trip back down to the village at the bottom pm. The hiking was excellent and lunch was good. Our guide “J” was a top bloke who knew his stuff. Some parts were quite steep but a novice with a hiking stick would cope no problem.
The biking is a different matter. In fairness to the company I booked based upon more than a few misleading reviews on this website. It is not for beginners or even like me, experienced road cyclists with no real off road experience. It was frankly very hard and I didn’t enjoy it. Finishing it was however very satisfying and the first beer that night tasted very good.
Written January 16, 2020
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11 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
My family and I went kyaking and then visited the caves. We were picked up from the hotel and then taken for a short briefing at the company’s office. We then set off for about a 45 minute drive to a quiet spot on the Ping River. My tip is to wear a hat, long shorts and a t-shirt or long sleeved top as it’s pretty punishing in the mid-day sun. The tour provide water, and also kindly lent my daughter a spare hat.

The kayaking is great fun. Not too tricky but challenging enough for a novice. Our guides were super as we followed the current down. There is a bit of wildlife to see and you feel a long way from the stresses of life with just the babbling of the river.

After the kyaking we had a 45 min drive to Chiang Dao caves. The journey passes quickly as the route is scenic. A lovely Thai lunch was included at an eatery by the caves. The cave is also a shrine and so females in the party will need to cover their shouders and knees. The caves are stunning. I didn’t expect to see any (so many) bats. A Thai cave guide leads the way with a lantern. The company’s guide was superb throughout the day and, here, translated the Thai commentary from the cave guide.

Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
Written July 22, 2022
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1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
We had two great days with Art and his team of great guides! Day 1 we did the full day Kayaking trip, and day 2 we did went mountain biking down the jeep trail. Very satisfying experiences: awesome nature, great activities, and a lot of laughs with Art, Tony and all the other guides. Would definitely book again!
Written December 23, 2021
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marklaurenpdx9 contributions
We called Chiang Mai Mountain Biking when we arrived at our hotel and said we were looking to do a half day road bike the following morning. Immediately, the owner of the company with great confidence said that the Mountain Bike Tour is what we should do and we have folks at all levels complete every day. We were told we'd be picked up at 8:30 at our hotel and be on our bikes by 9:30.

We were picked up promptly at 8:30, but then we didn't leave the bike shop until 10am. Lots of waiting around. After driving 5 minutes, the drivers decided to take a detour at a gas station for 10 minutes. An hour later we made it to the top of the mountain. So it's after well after 11am. It still took another hour+ to get organized. Again, if I'm told I'd start my riding at noon, I'd be fine... but not after being told with great confidence, "you'll be on your bikes by 9:30". Then they gave me a bike where you couldn't see the gear numbers. The guide told me "it's fine", which is complete laziness on their part. After arguing they gave us a new bike. So now it's past noon and we're just getting started. We were told the night before we'd be back at our hotel by 3pm as we wanted to enjoy our afternoon. Once we got going, the guide said it would well after 5pm at the earliest before we got back.It seemed like this was the standard... not exactly what was shared the night before.

We started down course one and it was quite challenging to say the least. The guides shared that it would only get tougher. Can it be done, absolutely. But at this point, it was not enjoyable and we didn't want to spend another 5+ hours doing something not enjoyable, so we cut our losses and was asked to be taken back. I was impressed that within 20 minutes, the driver picked us up to take us back. Frankly, that was our highlight.

The owner apologized for getting so long to get going. He said, he didn't quite know why it took so long. For starters, not leaving 90 minutes until after picking you up would be one reason. There's paperwork and insurance to fill out, so I understand why it would take time, but then why would we be told "we'd be on the bikes by 9:30. Also, it wasn't until 9:30 that they even started loading the bikes onto their trucks. Again, if you have patience great.... but "being on the bikes by 9:30" was a complete fabrication. Further, the drive up the mountain is almost an hour. So you can see our frustration as there was no way the owner was being candid with us, but rather tried to sell a couple rides.

The owner refunded half our money, which we thought was BS since he's the one that "sold us on the trip". Moral of the story, if you have LOTS of patience, I'm sure it's a great trip. But don't think this is a trip where you will be back at your hotel at 3pm or go on a semi-challenging ride. Also, the owner was conveniently not at the office when we returned.

While there are positive reviews on TA for this, I notice most reviewers have only one contribution, which I find strange after the fact.
Written December 1, 2010
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Dear person reviewing, thank you for your interest in mountain biking. We are very sorry we couldn't make it work for the folks above. We usually are not in the business of promising things we cant keep. The issue is not 9:30 am or 8:30 am (we pick up at 9:30 am for those who are interested .) but that they just did'nt get to ride. The day was to short , we took a risk trying to get them back at 3:00 pm and it didn't work. (trying to please everyone sometimes gets you. ) It didn't help that Mark couldn't ride a bike down the hill very well but that we didn't figure that out until it was to late ( 3pm schedule), so we transferred these nice folks onward to their Luxury hotel by car so they wouldn't be late , refunded money , paid the commission to the agent (who booked them) and all should have been well, but not so... the scorned ego returns and puts everybody and everything in a shady light . So please take the above review with a "grain of salt" and for what its worth you now have to prove beyond any question that you are a competent rider before we agree to this tight schedule. We recommend that you keep the afternoon open so you can enjoy the beautiful nature on the Suthep National Park routes and don't have to worry about the gas station stop on the the way to the mountain . Happy trails Aidan MTb Coordinator .
Written December 7, 2010
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Chicago, IL13 contributions
Dec 2011 • Couples
I have mixed feelings about this trip and struggled between giving it a poor or average review. I do think there are some facts that potential customers should be aware of before they join a tour, so here are the pros and cons from my trip:

Pros: Pickup at my guesthouse was right on time. Incredibly scenic ride on a little-trafficked road in a national park. Friendly and helpful guides with lots of patience and good humor. All equipment provided and in good shape; they have a mix of bikes in terms of quality, so try to grab a good one early. All bikes are well-serviced, and its obvious they care about providing good equipment. Excellent meal provided at the end of the ride.

Cons: The description of the trip said it would last from 9:30-3:30, but we didn't return to Chiang Mai until after 6:00. Worse, we actually didn't get on our bikes until 1:00 in the afternoon! We left Chiang Mai after a lot of disorganized waiting at the shop around 11:00. After traffic and an unnecessary "coffee break" at a tourist-oriented coffee shop outside the park, we finally got out of the trucks and picked out our bikes, then stood around with them for 30 more minutes while everyone got situated and those who didn't know learned how to shift gears. After a 3 hour ride, we got to eat our "lunch" at 4pm. Nearly everyone in my group was famished and weak because, by the time we finished, we had ridden 25 kilometers without eating anything since breakfast. This is unacceptable for a tour operator that claims that water and food is provided. Either provide packed lunches that can be eaten earlier, or have snacks to hand out to customers throughout the ride. (Also, I asked my guide if finishing so late was customary or if it was a one-time thing, and he said our trip never finishes by 3:30. Why couldn't we have been told this when we booked so we could have avoided making plans for the evening?).

Additionally, the owner assured everyone before we left Chiang Mai that the trip was for all ability levels, had a few "ups and downs" but was acceptable for beginning riders. This was a blatant untruth. Within 10 minutes of riding, there were three people sitting in the back of a pick-up truck where they had to spend the rest of the very long day. The trail we were on may have been technically easy, a sometimes paved and mainly dirt road with bumps and some fast, curved downhills, but it was far too strenuous a workout to be considered anything close to "beginner." I completed the ride, but I felt very bad for those who couldn't and felt deceived by the owner's assurances. And they were indeed deceived--this man has been operating the company and working with tourists for many years; I can't imagine he honestly believed everyone would be able to do this ride and that it should truly be classed "beginner."

Finally, the group doing my ride was far too large (I didn't count, but there were definitely over 20 people). They divided us into groups based on ability, which is a good idea, but they made the faster group stop at designated points along the route to wait for the other groups to catch up before continuing. This made for a much slower ride than necessary, very stop-and-go. I don't know why they ran the trip this way, since the guides are more than capable of keeping track of smaller groups on their own. Had our group been allowed to ride at a speed comfortable to us without all the stops, we could have been back to Chiang Mai much earlier and gotten to eat much earlier as well.
Written January 4, 2012
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Hello Reviewer and review readers, Happy New Year ! I just wanted to say there was no need to feel bad for the three people in the truck , 1 of them was a parent, her kids 2 (teenagers) had a great time and finished the ride like all the other beginners (the once that learned how to shift in the beginning) and the other mother wanted to sit with her young daughter . All three had a free day (No charge) and both mothers thanked me personally for taking so well care of their kids who had a great ride. So no harm done. Having said that just for the record we did have special circumstances this day , New Years Eve. the road had been closed to our regular trail heads due to extremly heavy traffic up to Doi Suthep so we opted to take care of aprox 100 riders over 2 days at the Shangrila Ride 1 1/2 hrs out of town where we could expect to escape 1/2 of Thailand on holidays. And we were right, I counted in total 3 farm trucks on the whole trip 25km. This ride is not published but from time to time we ride through this beautiful Valley as the opportunity arises, It is one of my favorite rides but the long drive out makes other rides more attractive. If one had to rate the traffic on those days it would be less than poor. But untill we controll the traffic lights I guess on New Years eve we are going out of town. All riders had been alerted of this fact in advance and at the briefing in the morning with help of Google earth the trip was outlined. We still consider this ride for beginner mountain bikers with reasonable fittness, and have so for many years but we do realize that there are people that might not make it , such the support vehicles allways with xtra water etc... The impression that your group had 20 riders is amusing since you actually got handed back from group to group as you got more tired, also those stops are exactly there for this situation where we feel one should join a slower group to stay safe. And that for an activity operator is the most important thing, your safety and enjoyment. In summary I am happy that everyone that rode completed the ride and the numerous compliments about the trip at our late lunch confirms that making this ride available was the right thing to do. o ja, that bathroom break at the coffee shop, there is at least a dozent people that would have had my head if we hadn't stopped. Happy trails Aidan ( your instructor)
Written January 7, 2012
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chris lane
24 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
First of all: This will be grueling for novice hikers and inexperienced bike riders. (Let me explain)

Bring a backpack, although they have loaners. No need to bring bottled water, they provide plenty. A bandana or scarf for under your bike helmet is a good idea. We were given a chance to stop at 7-Eleven and stock up on trail snacks (not sure if that's routine).

The hike immediately puts you into some dense jungle terrain, ducking and climbing over felled trees that block the path. It's a lot of uphill/downhill where footing is to be taken cautiously. Bring bug spray, ideally the sweatproof kind. I'm still a fairly novice hiker of North America parks; the trails here are comparatively intense. I found myself scrambling on all fours at times. Our guide at the front and his aide at the rear ensured we didn't wander or fall behind.

Our group actually went on to complete the trail in record time... a sweaty endeavor that yielded no real reward besides bragging rights here on tripadvisor.

The views were decent, with cloud cover occluding the furthest details in the distance. At the top of the mountain, the hill tribe village was remarkable. We were served a delicious meal but didn't have the chance to explore the village. It wasn't exactly a tourist attraction. Farmers really live up there.

The guide was prepared with pads and gloves for the biking portion of the tour. The bikes were in good condition and they had tools on hand to make quick repairs as needed.

I grew up riding mountain bikes around a city, and as an adult ride a single speed a few times a month. I'm otherwise inexperienced with downhill mountain biking. I went cautiously at my own pace and was nervous for a lot of it. Some amazing views on the the southern face of the mountain, all though most of my time was spent staring intently at the bike path.

Gravel, jagged rocks, ruts in the road, dust and sand, and stretches of inexplicable cement tiles made the bike path a non-stop challenge. Our group endured several falls during the trip. Padding and tenacity were the best defense. We frequently stopped to regroup and assess the road ahead. Our guide knew it well and was able to keep us vigilant and safe. Note: road was also open to cars. We encountered maybe four.

After a punishing six-hours of exertion and apprehension, the sense of achievement is real. You're greeted with a meal at the edge of a lake, and genuinely feel like you've conquered a mountain. Take pictures when you get the chance, or wear a GoPro. You'll leave with a story to tell, guaranteed. Get a massage the next day.
Written February 16, 2019
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WOW, Awesome description of this adventure , thank you for sharing, you sure know how to bring things alive with words Happy trails Aidan
Written February 16, 2019
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Colombia, S.A.272 contributions
Jun 2011 • Solo
First a few things: I don't work for the competition (didn't know there even was) and even though I am giving it 2 stars, I still recommend it, but I DON'T recommend Luis, the guide. If you are unlucky enough to get him, switch, please.

I was picked up at my hotel at 9:15 and got to the office at around 9:35, left the office around 10:15 and got to the step off sight around 10:20. I had chosen the hike and bike, as I am not a super-strong mountain biker, and description in the brouchure states clearly "The easy feeling of riding down a hill in contrast to the strenuous hike up adds reward to the experience." I'll come back to this later.

When we got to the step-off sight, the guide wasn't there, apparently there had been a mix-up and the guide would be delayed. No problem, I got to meet the couple I would be going with, there was a total of 3, plus Luis, the guide, and Sam, a guide trainee. We were given a bottle of water and we stepped off.

I was US Marine Corps infantry for 6 years, so I think I can tell the difference between a forced march and a nature hike. This was a forced march up a slippery, rooted, rocky mountain - almost running. At the first break, I hinted to Luis that this was just too fast, the others I know agreed. He didn't get it, so at the second break after 30 minutes of more running, and after a minute to catch my breath, I told Luis flat out I wasn't going to run up the mountain any more, but I didn't want to hold him up, and I would meet him at the top. I explained I wanted to enjoy the nature of the walk, look at other things without having my head down, just trying to avoid tripping - he replied "you can look when we get to the top" The couple with me, after catching their breaths, agreed that it was just too fast, unnecessarily (the 3 of us weren't in a rush) and simply unsustainable.

When we stepped off again, Luis had gotten it. He slowed the pace, and actually began stopping at points of interest and explained different things about the flora and fauna of Thailand, very interesting. I can tell he was annoyed with me for questioning his job, as when I asked questions I got a short "yes" or "no", or sometimes ignored, but when the couple asked, the answer was much more in detail. No problem; I learned alot of interesting things anyway.

I ran out of water about an hour from the top (you will need more than one or 2 bottles, it is a strenuous but worthwhile hike, so don't believe them when they say one bottle is enough). We finally made it up and switched to the bikes. This is where things turned ugly.
After a safety brief, we began riding. The bike is supposed to be 27 speeds, but mine shifted after every TWO clicks, so it was more of a 13.5 speed. That wasn't the main problem, the rear brake was. There were 2 positions for it: open and locked. That, the bike being so high and me being tall, as well as my relative lack of experience in mountain biking - the high center of gravity as well as it not being an "easy feeling trail" (see pic, I wish I had taken more, as this was the least difficult, but I was trying to focus on the trail) made for a miserable ride. I felt sorry for the 2 others with me, as they had to stop all the time to wait for me. I told Luis to carry on and have Sam make sure I make the right turns, Luis got very upset, sarcasticly saying things like "sorry if I can't make you happy" and other nonsense. It was very uncomfortable, as now I had to go faster than I felt safe going so as not to hold up the others, and flipping over the handlebars for relying so much on the front brake. I hated the ride - the trail was full of rocks, roots, gullies, and very slippery mud. It was almost funny watching the rear tire coming up the side, perpendicular to the front wheel because it was locked, full of mud, and slidding without control. Funny until I crashed multiple times. The protective gear I can vouch for, it works well!

The bizarre ending was when we finally got to the lake. I laid my bike down, took off my gear, placed it on the ground next to the bike, walked over to apologize to the couple for ruining their ride, and began walking back to Chiang Mai. I just didn't want any more problems and was embarrased for having held them up. As I was walking away, Luis got VERY agressive, walking after and following me, shouting things like "Hey, you have a problem with me? If you do, let's fix it right now." Not in a "hey let's talk about this calmly" manner, but in a "let's throw down" manner. I hadn't said anything at all to or even about him. Having been in Thailand long enough, I understand "saving face", and just wanted to let it go. I walked the 16 or so kilometers back to my hotel. It was very embarrasing and a huge surprise to see a Thai respond like that out of no where. It was a first for me, and I have been to Thailand many times.

Like I said, I think Mountain Biking Chiang Mai has a good business, but if I had to ask them one question, it would be why would they have a guide who clearly doesn't want to be there? I like talking to guides, learning about them and the culture, but he gave us little opportunity to ask him anything and asked almost no questions of us and, like "so how long have you been here?" nothing at all, very impersonal and unfriendly, and clearly unstable.

I am sure the company will respond to this saying I am a difficult person or I work for the competition, none of that's true, I just want to make sure that if you do go here, and you should, make sure you don't get Luis.
Written June 17, 2011
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Dear Reviewer, Our goal is to provide an interesting and challenging day for our guests. We do offer a veriety of mountain biking and hiking combinations of different grades. When our reviewing guest switched from an intermediate level ride (cross country biking) that he was schedulled for to Hike & Bike in the last minute, the schedulling person made the wrong assumption that he was actually an intermediate rider ( familiar with mountain biking) and ended up on a much tougher trail than the Marine had bargend for. Again my apologies, we do have a informal 100% satisfaction guarrantee, unfortunately we obviously all had comunication difficulties with this particular person and we weren' t able to set things right. We have since had a long talk with Luis (a licensed mountain guide) and avid mountain biker with a spotless record (until this review). I also like to point out breaking technics in slippery conditions, the front break actually does provide 60% of your breaking power when going downhill since a lot of the weight is on the front wheel, the lock "feeling" on the rear break that our Marine experienced was rather a over breaking and initiated the sliding of the rear wheel. We uses special 2.5 tires (xtra wide and knoby tires) that handle off road conditons well. Finally to adress all valid points in the review we proud ourselves in providing avid and qualified manpower so you can ride at your own pace and make this challenging sport a safe and rewarding experience. Thank you for your candid interest in mountain biking and we hope to see you soon. Happy trails Aidan MTB Coordinator
Written June 23, 2011
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