Peddle back in time with a cycling trip that spans 750 km of historical Thailand. Beginning at Chiang Mai, escape the city’s traffic to Cowboy Town of Lampang where horses and carriages are still used as a means of transport. Cycle through some of the most secluded and beautiful roads in Thailand and observe how the locals live. Finally, stop by the historical Siamese capital of Ayutthaya before arriving at busy Bangkok.
Leave the “Rose of the North” on two wheels and pass through beautiful towns before reaching Bangkok city.
Stop by famous sites along the way and catch a glimpse of Thailand’s rich cultural history
Observe the daily activities of locals while cycling off the main road.
Cycling - Chiang Mai to Bangkok - 9 Days / 8 Nights
We meet at 13:00 at meeting point (TBA) or hotel in Chiang Mai area where the guide will brief everyone thoroughly and make sure the bikes fit and enjoy Chiang Mai or go for a warm up ride in the area.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
After we leave the Chiang Mai traffic, we head towards Lampang on the old highway – a tree lined boulevard that is a real pleasure to ride along.
The terrain is rolling on this section of the ride, and just passing the halfway point, there is a longish climb that gets quite steep at the end.
Lampang is called the cowboy town – you can still see horse-drawn carriages as a mean of transport.
On the way, we will stop and visit the Elephant Camp and one of the oldest and most religious Chedis in Thailand, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, built around 1044.
Overnight in Lampang.
Today is a tough day as we have some hills to go over. We have three sets of hills and lots of undulating countryside. Some of the hills get steep towards the end so take it easy, but the support vehicle is not far away and ready to give you a lift if needed. We pass through teak forests, reclining Buddha and some beautiful temples. We are now truly into provincial Thailand, and we won’t see many other tourists here – giving you a real Thailand experience!
Overnight in Uttaradit.
We really head off the beaten track today as we ride on some of the most secluded and beautiful roads in Thailand as a canopy of palm trees provides some natural protection from the tropical sun.
We pass lush green paddy fields and many villages as we head towards the first capital of Thailand, Sukhothai. The 13th century reign is generally viewed as the “golden age” of Siam due to the fact that its influence spread west as far as Myanmar, east as far as Cambodia and south down into Malaysia.
Overnight in Sukhothai.
Kamphaeng Phet, also known as the “Diamond Wall City,” was a military fortress used to help defend Sukhothai from invading armies. The moss and flower covered ruins give it a quality that is not seen in the more popular and restored neighbor of Sukhothai. We have plenty of time to visit the sites by foot or by bicycle.
The ride to Kamphaeng Phet is on pleasant country roads with plenty of activity going on to keep your attention.
We head into the heartland of Thailand today with our journey to Nakhon Sawan. You will quickly understand why Thailand is the top exporter of rice when you see the many paddies on your route today. Look out for water buffaloes wallowing in a puddle and for ducks taking a dip in a rice field.
This is an area of Thailand which is not visited by many tourists, so you will pique the interest of locals (especially if you tell them you have ridden from Chiang Mai!), and it is a good opportunity to stop and say Sawadee!
Our overnight is at a charming resort surrounded by lily pads in Nakhon Sawan.
Today, we really start to feel we are approaching Bangkok as we see signs of industrialization, but there are still plenty of open spaces with fields as well as small towns and villages along the way.
The ride is again on back roads that pass through many small towns. Don’t forget to look up and wonder at the 60-foot long reclining Buddha in Ang Thong. Today, we reach the old Siamese capitol of Ayutthaya – the centre of old Siam for over 400 years until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. Also as a UNESCO world heritage site, this historical park boasts some spectacular temples that are best visited by bicycle in which is our next day program.
Overnight in Ayutthaya.
Our tour today gives us a glimpse into the glory of the Ayutthaya Empire (1350-1767A.D.) by visiting the many remains of temples. The first visit of the day is by van to Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. This well-tended temple was founded by King U-Thong in 1357 as a center for monks returning from study in Sri Lanka.
We then transfer a short way to Wat Phra Mahathat to photograph the famous Buddha head entwined in tree roots before we ride our bikes to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the old palace, and Wat Chai Watanaram.
We leave the temples behind and head into the countryside on small back roads that follow the Chao Phraya River to Bang Pa-In, the former summer palace of King Chulalongkorn. Here, we have lunch and visit the palace before we transfer to drop you off at your hotel in Bangkok. After check in quick freshen up before going out for Farwell Thai dinner at supatra River house with you guide.
Overnight in Bangkok
Time to say good bye Thailand. Transfer with A/C van to Bangkok Airport with Transfer guide.
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