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6-Hour Hike and Bike in Doi Suthep Pui National Park Combo from Chiang Mai
Experience stunning landscapes at high speeds
Ideal for travelers with above-average fitness
Enjoy the personalized attention of a small group and expert guid
Round-trip hotel transport, Thais lunch and water included
Intense hike and bike. Recommend it to those who are physically able to hike up hill long term.
Exciting experience overall. Consider taking a motion-sickness pill before the truck ride up the mountain winding roads, goes well past the Doi Suthep temple - otherwise you may feel queasy at the start. The hike is along the ridge at the top of the mountain - not much climbing some descending. The bike ride was bumpy, as one might expect, so you'll need the protective gear they provide I slid out and got minor scratches. Brief stop for noodles at a Hmong village. Lunch is nice: a thai dish at a lake/reservoir that Thai families use for swimming and recreation.
My girlfriend and I went on this hike/bike and chose the beginner trail. I'm 5'9" and athletic, though not an avid hiker and have never mountain biked. She's 5'6" and athletic, though not an avid hiker and never mountain biked has road biked.
The hike was great - some challenging stretches, but easier than expected based on the prior reviews. Beginning-to-intermediate seems appropriate.
The bike was definitely a challenge. We were assured beforehand that beginners can do it, and I personally made it down the hill with some focus and cautious driving. My girlfriend made it 2/3 of the way before having an accident and ended up with a broken wrist. The guide was excellent and helpful and arranged a truck to take her to the bottom of the mountain, and eventually to a local hospital note that the insurance coverage only applies for a bill more than 200 USD but we were surprised to have our bill at only 80.
All things considered, it was a great trip physical, great scenery, good guides. A beginner CAN do the bike - drive cautiously and don't have to much pride to stumble off and walk a bit at the slipperier spots that they do stop and caution you against. But be prepared for a challenge. I can't speak for an intermediate or expert, but it probably is easy for them.
Despite our accident, I would recommend. It's Mountain Biking, so it comes with some inherent risk. Be safe and enjoy.
The tour was very good but this is for experienced or intermediate hikers! I am only a beginner hiker and found it challenging. The bike ride down is proper mountain biking I enjoyed this part a lot more than the hike itself. In saying this it was the highlight of my trip.
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