THAILAND - CHIANG MAI TO VIENTIANE (LAOS)
Northern Thailand's beautiful, rugged geography is the region's great temptation. Hidden among the forested mountains are Thailand's most iconic waterfalls and caves, as well as whitewater rapids and jungle trails.
The area is a playground for outdoor pursuits. As much of a draw are the diverse minorities who populate the villages tucked away in the hills. The proximity to Laos and Myanmar gives the region a multicultural feel, too. The Burmese, Chinese and Shan influences in towns such as Doi Mae Salong and Mae Hong Son might make you wonder where you are (by Lonely Planet).
This route connects Chiang Mai and the capital of Laos, Vientiane, using paved roads only. Most of them are highways with a wide shoulder for slow traffic though, which makes riding quite convenient and safe.
Head over to Andreas' Strava account to find countless routes we've done by roadbike during the last years, as the area around Chiang Mai is a roadbike paradise and we've visited multiple times.