Sten Thunberg, Gothenburg, Sweden
This was our first trip, both with Redspokes and to Thailand, so we didn´t know what to expect when we arrived to Chiang Rai where we were met by our guide at the airport.
We were a small group of only three persons starting cycling from Mae Sai. It was a pleasure to cycle as the roads turned out to be in excellent condition and with surprisingly little traffic. Also, the drivers were very considerate of us cyclists. The cycling route was beautiful and challenging, with several mountain passes to cross. There were several days with long climbs of more than 2000 m, partly on steeper roads than we were used to, but the reward came when reaching the top, with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, and of course in the long downhill stretches.
The temperature during our tour in January was agreeable, with a maximum of 26-28 degrees at mid-day and cooler at night, especially when we stayed over-night in high located villages, where a sweater was needed in evenings and mornings. Throughout the tour we got to try a lot of different delicious Thai food, introduced by our guide.
We had chosen to rent the cycles instead of bringing our own. We were given very nice Giant hybrid bikes equipped with road tires which worked very well, although we felt that they lacked the gear ratio for cycling up the steepest parts ( 17% according to our Garmin watches) of the road to Phu Chi Fa, so we had to walk, but this was less than a kilometer.
All in all, we had a fantastic cycle tour and we will definitely consider travelling with Redspokes again on a challenging tour.