Bikes, Boats and Elephants Adventures in Chiang Mai, Thailand

It’s our last day with Smiling Albino and we are no longer solo. It’s time to join another group and get down and dirty. Down and dirty mountain biking that is.

It’s been two weeks of non-stop adventures in Thailand thanks to The Tourism Authority of Thailand and we are ending with a fabulous day of bikes, boats and elephants.

Adventures North of Chiang Mai


Starting in Chiang Rai city, we cycled out to the countryside to explore the rice paddy fields in rural Thailand.  Our trip took us through the busy streets of Chiang Rai, back roads and small villages.

The most fun was when we turned onto a dirt road to climb and barrel down some wicked fun hills.



Elephant Sanctuary

what to do in chiang mai elephant sanctuary

When visiting Thailand, many tours offer rides on elephants. Don't do this. Instead, visit an elephant sanctuary to help abused and abandoned elephants.

There is a real problem with elephants in Asia.

They are losing their habitat, they are being exploited for tourism and they are being killed by the thousands. Giving your money to these sanctuaries helps conserve the population and give a reprieve to elephants that have suffered their entire lives.


After our thrilling elephant ride, we and our bikes caught a longtail boat back to our resort, is a beautiful boutique hotel with swimming pool, sun deck, spa and elegant restaurant.

We wished we wished we could have spent more time there but were happy to have the evening to enjoy our room and peaceful veranda.

chiang mai adventures long tail boat

These two weeks were some of the best times we have had in all our trips to Thailand.

Smiling Albino took all our interests into consideration to put together a tailor-made itinerary.

As adventurers that wanted to try something new and get off the beaten path, they fulfilled our every desire.

From sea kayaking and camping on a secluded island to rock climbing, learning how to ride a motor scooter and exploring some out of the way places on country roads, we had the trip of a lifetime in a country that we thought we had already been there and done it all.

As the slogan goes, “Thailand the place you Remember”

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