7-Day Thailand By Bicycle

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Overview

This 7 day Thailand itinerary takes you back in time on a route paved by kingdom builders to learn about the heritage.

Thailand's history is comprised of the rise and fall of kingdoms and on our journey, we'll cycle through more than 700 years of history, visiting three UNESCO World Heritage sites that defined the country and culture of Thailand.

The Chakri dynasty established the current capital of Bangkok or, as known by locals, Krung Thep, our starting point. From here we head north to the former Kingdom of Ayutthaya, once one of the wealthiest cities in the East.

Riding north through the rice basket of Thailand, we arrive at what is considered to be the first true Thai kingdom, Sukhothai. Under the Phra Ruang dynasty, the Thai alphabet was created and Theravada Buddhism was established as the religion in the short 130 years of power.

Riding further northward, the terrain becomes more rugged as mountains flank our path on both sides as we enter what was once known as the Lanna Kingdom. Here we'll cycle through the land once ruled by the Tai people and see their influence in the recently excavated ruins of the Haripunchai Kingdom before arriving at the northern capital of Chiang Mai founded in 1298.

Cycling distance: 263 km
Bike: hybrid bike
Difficulty: active

This cycling adventure is for those who wish to see Thailand's rural countryside and explore the rich history of Siam, all while enjoying an active holiday. The scenery is ever-changing as we start our ride through the emerald paddy fields of central Thailand where the roads are mainly flat, then continue with some undulating terrain and a few gentle climbs in the northern hills, before arriving in the cultural city of Chiang Mai.

The trip is fully supported and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty. This makes a tremendous difference, as does the constant supply of cold drinks and fresh fruit.
Cycling
Sightseeing
Culture & Arts
Wellness

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Destination:

Thailand

Start:

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand

Finish:

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive & Transfer to Bang Pa-In Palace

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Arrive & Transfer to Bang Pa-In Palace

We pick you up in the morning for a short transfer to Bang Pa-In Palace. We cross the River of Kings, the Chao Phraya, and have lunch at a riverside restaurant. In the afternoon, we have a flat cycle on backroads to Ayutthaya Historical Park. We will stop often to visit temples and learn about their significance back then and now. We finish the day at a Thai-style boutique resort set amidst rice paddies.

Day 2

Ayutthaya to Uthai Thani Ride (60 km)

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Ayutthaya to Uthai Thani Ride (60 km)

Our riding day starts with a leisurely cycle to Wat Chaiyo Worawihan. For lunch we stop by a local restaurant before taking a short transfer to our country resort where we have the option of a ride through tranquil rice fields, kayak during sunset, throwing a fishing line or enjoy a relaxing Thai massage in the resort spa.

Day 3

Uthai Thani and Kampaeng Phet, Then Sukhothai (30 km)

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Uthai Thani and Kampaeng Phet, Then Sukhothai (30 km)

We ride up north out of Koh The Po along the Sakae Krang River and visit Hat Thanong village. We then drive to explore more of Thailand's cultural treasures in Kamphaeng Phet – the Diamond-Walled city. In the afternoon our pleasant ride on country roads will take us to Phra Ruang Hot Springs. We then transfer to our charming Thai-style hotel in Sukhothai.

Day 4

Sukhothai to Phrae Ride (30 km)

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Sukhothai to Phrae Ride (30 km)

In the morning we cycle through the remains of the first kingdom of the Thai people, Sukhothai. We explore many temples and ruins and learn how the Sukhothai era influenced current Thai culture. In the afternoon, we transfer to the quaint town of Phrae, where we enter a different period of Thai history in the Lanna Kingdom. We'll visit Khum Chao Luang, then delve into Thai Food at the famous Phratu Chai Market known for local delicacies such as the Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiew.

Day 5

Phrae to Lampang Ride (63 km)

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Phrae to Lampang Ride (63 km)

We have a two-hour transfer to Lampang, the fortress city of the Kingdom of Lanna. Here, we explore Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, which still has the fortress walls that protected the people as well as the temple that contains a Buddha relic, worshipped by Thais all over the country. We ride our bikes through the undulating countryside, seeing farmers in the fields, to our riverside hotel.

Day 6

Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang Mai Ride (50 km)

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Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang Mai Ride (50 km)

Begin our day of cycling admiring Lanna architecture, then cycle around Wat Phra That Haripunchai. We then ride north along the Ping River on quiet country roads and through the historic ruins of Wiang Khum Kham. Our ride continues along the Ping River as we get to our final destination, the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai. After we check into our hotel and have a rest we'll get back on our bikes for a night tour of this walled city.

Day 7

We Say Farewell

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We Say Farewell

We'll leave our bikes behind as we drive up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple in northern Thailand. Then, we visit Wat Suan Dok (1370 AD), where the ashes of Chiang Mai's royal family are interred. We'll stop for a farewell lunch at a spot above Chiang Mai so you can take in the landscape of the Lanna Kingdom before we return you to your hotel, signaling the end of this 7 day Thailand itinerary.

Included in Price

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 22 activities
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

Not Included in Price

  • Airport transfer
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits

Notes

You'll also receive a jersey, a water bottle and some snacks and drinks.
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