Motorcycle Day Trip From Chiang Mai: A Cafe in a Tree and a Cave Full of Buddhas

August 4, 2015

A Motorcycle Day Trip From Chiang Mai

Updated 2017

I lived in Chiang Mai for seven months, and while I was there, I did a lot of exploring. 

My husband and I took a ton of weekend and day trips, always by motorbike. 

If you’re living in Chiang Mai, and want to get out of the city for a day, this motorbike trip is a unique way to do it. 

A Unique Motorbike Day Trip From Chiang Mai

The Giant: A Cafe in a Tree

scooter day trip Chiang Mai

Photo Source: Chiang Mai Locator

Located about an hour and a half from Chiang Mai, The Giant offers one of the most unique coffee experiences in the country. 

The route to The Giant is scenic, full of small villages, rice fields, and mountains. And, heading into the jungle off the side of the road, you’ll find this massive tree house.

Scooter day trip from Chiang Mai

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Since the route is so mountainous, make sure that your scooter or motorbike is at least 125 cc. We took the day trip with friends and their motorbike wasn’t able to make it all the way up to the cafe. 

It’s both a cafe and a home stay that is more popular with locals than tourists. 

Motorbike day trip from Chiang Mai

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Once you park your motorbike, you’ll need to cross a rope bridge to reach the cafe. It’s small, and you may need to duck under a branch to get to your table.

 

Once you’re there, you may find that the views of the valley below make the coffee taste even better.

The menu included items like:

  • Juice
  • Soda
  • Milk tea
  • Espresso
  • Lattes
  • Cake
  • Pizza
  • Spaghetti
  • Sausages

The drinks ranged from 75 to 120 Baht and the food ranged from 150 to 300 Baht per plate.

The cafe also offers zip line rides for 300 Baht, if you’re feeling adventurous. 

Chiang Mai motorcycle day trip

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The Giant:
Open: 9:00-5:00
Location: Baan Pok village, Huaykaew, Mae On, Chiang Mai Province
Facebook: The Giant CM
Telephone: 053-317677/ 086-7762946
Line: kaewjomkan

Muang-on Cave

Our second stop on the motorbike trip was Muang-on Cave, a destination that Chiang Mai tourists don’t often visit. 

Chiang Mai motorcycle trip

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 Legend has it that the caves were once used as refuge for Thais hiding from the invading Burmese army.

Foreigners must pay a 30 Baht fee to enter the caves which can be reached by first climbing a serpent-lined stairway.

Scooter day trip from Chiang Mai

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Although the ticket taker at the top has flashlights for rent, they are unnecessary as the caves are quite well lit.

The entrance initially looks horrifying for anyone who is claustrophobic. But, be assured that the system opens up into huge caverns sporting shrines and Buddha statues.

Motorbike day trip chiang mai

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This motorbike stop won’t take you very long to explore.

But if you spend a little time looking carefully, you may spot a few wild monkeys hanging out in the road (we did!)

Muang-on Cave:

Open: 8:00-5:00

Location: Ban Sa Ha Khon, Mae On District, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand

 

Conclusion:

If you are living in Chiang Mai and scouting out motorcycle day trips, this loop is one you should add to the list. The route has countryside scenery, natural wonders and quirky attractions that will give you a break from the city. I have included a map of the loop we did so that you can follow along too!

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Noha August 16, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Thanks for sharing the journey and info Shannon! Just what I was looking for 😉

    I’ll share this post with https://www.facebook.com/groups/699980903415967/ as I was suggesting a casual meetup outside of the city in nature.

    • Reply Livesabroad August 16, 2015 at 2:36 am

      Hey Noha! Thank you for checking out my blog and adding me on your social media sites! I really suggest a day trip to this coffee shop, just for the scenic drive alone! Have you been in Chiang Mai long? Have any specific plans?

      -Shannon

      • Reply Noha August 16, 2015 at 3:36 am

        I just got here a week ago, we went to the Lake yesterday and it was my first taste of nature since being here so feeling a bit hemmed in tbh.. I may be heading to the Tree house tmw with a friend 😉 Yay!

        If I can find more natural sights and delights out of Chiang Mai and meet some nice people I think I’ll hang around, so I appreciate your posts V Much. ATM I’m here for a month, will decide if I stay longer soon if it grows on me.. 🙂

  • Reply Sri & Kian September 25, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Hi Shannon thank you for sharing, great tips 🙂 would love to try the coffee at Giant
    Hi Noha, have you made it to “The Giant” ? If we may join you for the trip, as more people will be more fun though 🙂

    • Reply Livesabroad September 25, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Hey guys! I hope you go! It was really a beautiful drive. One of my friends went to this cafe about two months ago and said that it was a little crowded because although mostly un-visited by expats and tourists, it gets a lot of local Thai visitors. I would suggest getting there early if possible! Have so much fun!

      -Shannon

  • Reply tinyurl.com December 8, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Hi there, I read your blogs on a regular basis.

    Your writing style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

    • Reply Livesabroad December 9, 2015 at 1:22 am

      Thank you for the uplifting comment! This will be my motivation for the day!

      -Shannon

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