A Motorcycle Day Trip From Chiang Mai
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
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.
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.
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:
- Milk tea
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.
Location: Baan Pok village, Huaykaew, Mae On, Chiang Mai Province
Facebook: The Giant CM
Telephone: 053-317677/ 086-7762946
Our second stop on the motorbike trip was Muang-on Cave, a destination that Chiang Mai tourists don’t often visit.
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.
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.
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!)
Location: Ban Sa Ha Khon, Mae On District, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand
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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