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Bangkok / Chiang Mai / Sukhothai / Phitsanulok / Lopburi / Ayutthaya

Soak up Thailand’s many wonders at a slower pace with a unique overland adventure. Travel by train from bustling Bangkok to charming Chiang Mai, traversing miles of stunning landscapes. Stop to explore historic sites by bike, gaining a deep appreciation for Thailand’s rich heritage from a different perspective.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for Rail & Ride Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Bike around Ayutthaya

Bike around Ayutthaya

Explore the UNESCO-Heritage temples of Ayutthaya by bike, allowing plenty of time to stop and admire the remarkable architecture.

See historic Sukhothai

See historic Sukhothai

Spend a full day exploring the ancient ruins of Sukhothai, learning about their fascinating history and admiring their complex architecture.

Travel by Thai trains

Travel by Thai trains

Take advantage of the extensive Thai rail network and travel comfortably from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train. 

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ITINERARY

Rail & Ride Bangkok to Chiang Mai - 4 Days / 3 Nights

DAY 1 - Bangkok - AyutthayaMealsMEALS [L]

Exo TravelTrain transfer, Train #75, Dep. 08:20 Bangkok Hua Lampong – Arr. 09:39 Ayutthaya Difficulty: Easiest

Guests are picked up from their hotel in Bangkok for transfer to Hua Lampong train station. Board the train and enjoy a leisurely ride first through the suburbs of the Thai capital before passing farmlands and local communities as the train journeys to Ayutthaya.

Upon arrival at the train station in Ayutthaya, transfer to the starting point of the cycling trip. Then start the ride through the Ayutthaya Historical Park and see the more classical side of Ayutthaya – the ancient temples and the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mostly urban cycling with some time spent in and around parks.

Lunch at Malakor, a local Thai restaurant.

After lunch, embark on a private transfer to Bang Pa-in Summer Palace, south of Ayutthaya. Visit the beautiful palace, followed by Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, the Gothic style temple. Today’s tour ends here and transfer to your hotel in the city.

Overnight in Ayutthaya.

DAY 2 - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - PhitsanulokMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTrain transfer, train #111, Dep. 08:37 Ayutthaya – Arr. 09:42 Lopburi Train transfer, train #109, Dep. 13:00 Lopburi – Arr. 15:00 Phitsanulok

After breakfast at the hotel, be picked up and transferred to the train station. Board the train and head north to small town of Lopburi.

Upon arrival in Lopburi, take a short walking tour in Lopburi Town to Prang Som Yod, situated just opposite the railway station, which is famous for the huge number of monkeys that inhabit its grounds. Afterwards, proceed by van transfer to King Narai’s Palace where, 350 years ago, high-level trade and foreign diplomacy debates took place. French missions proposing Catholicism and a Greek adventurer as de facto ruler are a few of the interestin and rarely heard stories from the Sukhothai era. Then, continue further along the Lopburi River to a local restaurant for lunch. Afterwards, head back to the train station and board the train to Phitsanulok.

Upon arrival at the train station in Phitsanulok, transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Overnight in Phitsanulok

DAY 3 - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Phitsanulok - Chiang Mai MealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelTrain transfer, train #109, Dep. 20.37 Phitsanulok - Arr. Chiang Mai 04:05Difficulty: Easy - Medium

Early breakfast at the hotel, depart the hotel around 07:00 for transfer to Sukhothai and start a full day ‘join’ cycling in Sukhothai. The cycling tour starts from a small village on Sukhothai’s outskirts known as Ban Kheay. Take a dirt road passing through endless rice paddies with beautiful views of the Kao Laung mountain range in Ramkhamhang National Park. Arriving at the Southern Gate, explore some of Sukhothai’s famous ancient ruins. Marvel at beautiful Buddhist and Hindu architecture and be exposed. The tour offers the visitor a guided cultural experience, learning about Sukhothai’s history and complex architecture as well as the story of Buddhism in Thailand. After a delicious local lunch, continue riding along small irrigation canals (Klong Mae Lampan) passing through rural villages before arriving back to town.

Transfer back to Phitsanulok to board the overnight train to Chiang Mai. 

DAY 4 - Chiang Mai

Arrive at Chiang Mai early morning for the completion of the journey.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Our Services include:

  • English Speaking Guide throughout the whole 4-day trip.
  • Drinking water during the trip
  • Snacks during the trip
  • Bike and helmet
  • Train tickets from Bangkok to Ayutthaya (2nd class fan), Ayutthaya to Lopburi (2nd class fan), Lopburi to Phitsanulok (2nd class fan), and Phitsanulok to Chiang Mai (2nd class fan overnight train)
  • Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers all the way from Bangkok to Phitsanulok
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Tips for hotel porters and driver 

Our Services do not include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (laundry, telephone etc.)
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion
  • Tips for guide 
  • Min. 2 persons and max. 6 persons
  • Biking trip in Ayutthaya on Day 1 on a private basis.
  • Biking trip in Sukhothai on Day 3 on a join-in basis.
  • Delayed train departures are common in Thailand, allow for flexibility in schedule and time.
  • King Narai Museum in Lopburi is closed on Tuesdays.
  • A 7-day advance booking is needed for this tour in order to reserve the bikes.
  • Black out period during public holidays and long weekends: New year 31 Dec 16 - 1 Jan 17, Songkran Holidays 13 – 16 Apr 17, Mother’s Day 12 Aug 17, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day 23 Oct 16.
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