Wherever we travel, I am always trying to talk my family into renting bikes. It’s a fun way to see the country we visit. Our tour guide in Chiang Mai, Thailand had bikes he used in his eco tours and we got to venture out for a few hours.
Biking was a great way to see the rice fields and watch the locals working. I was amazed at the number of elderly Thai women still working well past what we would consider retirement age in the United States. The Thai people are beautiful and friendly. We had workers wave at us as we drove by. They were probably laughing but we were having so much fun we didn’t care.
We also got to see how the people lived and it looked like a great place to live and work. The homes are well kept and the countryside is clean. The only thing we didn’t like is that the farmers were preparing for planting season in the hills by burning their fields. This caused a smoky overcast that made it harder to breath. Our tour guide told us they weren’t supposed to do this but nobody enforces the ban.
Thailand is hot and muggy so I would suggest bringing water. We only had one water bottle each and it was barely enough.
The whole family loved the bike ride. Our tour guide met us in town with his van right next to a convenience store. This was one time on my trip that a cold Coke was a welcome sight. I would definitely recommend seeing the Thailand country side on a bike. It is also nice finding a private tour guide so you don’t have to spend the time with a large group. It cuts down on wait time and allows you to see more.
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