Bike Adventure from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

This is the best way to tour Thailand’s north, cycling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Start off in Thailand’s busy capital, Bangkok, before riding through the ancient kingdoms of Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Explore the highlights of the rural north on two-wheels and immerse yourself in the country’s early history along the way. Among many other cultural and historic sites of note, this back-country cycle route takes you past Thailand’s tallest mountain, Doi Inthanon, through small Thai villages and the imposing walled city of Lamphun.

With smiling locals cheering you on, you will discover a great deal about the northern reaches of this exciting country on two wheels, topping off a memorable bike adventure with your arrival in the city of Chiang Mai.

This is a fulfilling bike tour that will leave you with new cherished memories of your journey from one great Thai city to another, through back roads and byways, with plenty of sights, smells, delicious food and highlights discovered best on two wheels.

326 Km riding. This ride is a mixture of flat terrain with a few days of rolling hills. Most of the trip is on rural back roads and occasionally on dirt roads and highways. This ride is achievable by anyone who can ride a bike for the distances involved (and if not just jump in the air conditioned support vehicle for a rest).

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok & Overnight Train

We will meet in the late afternoon at a hotel near Bangkok’s main railway station. If you are flying in, we will gladly pick you up from the airport (Please note that your flight needs to arrive before 3 pm) before we board a train. The sleeper train is a nice alternative to flying for long-distance travel in Thailand. The train is well run, relatively punctual and a pleasant way to travel through the country. We have dinner before boarding the train, and as we leave the metropolis of Bangkok the rocking motion will send you into an early sleep.

Riding: 66km cycling – The train arrives early in Uttaradit, so we make use of some rooms at a guesthouse to shower and change into cycling gear. Enjoy a great local breakfast before setting off on the bikes. As we leave town, we find Wat Phrathat Thung Yang, an ancient temple that features an unusual image of the Buddha and is still in use today. From there, we cycle to the countryside, pedaling through sugar fields and orchards over fairly flat terrain. We reach the small town of Si Satchanalai in the early afternoon and have plenty of time to explore this small town at a relaxed pace.

Riding: 88km cycling – This morning we will ride along country roads next to the Yom River and visit artisans who are weaving gold into cloth and crafting pieces of pottery. From there we cycle through the Si Satchanalai Historical Park past ancient ruins. This evening we settle in our hotel outside the city gate of Thailand’s first capital: Sukhothai.

Riding: 12km cycling – Today is our first opportunity to stretch out and enjoy the landscape of the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai. We start off with a gentle pedal through the Sukhothai Historical Park, visiting the scattered ruins of the ancient city. We then cycle south along the base of a mountain to a temple in the Ramkhamhaeng National Park.

Following lunch, we have a fun outing to explore the local community. You’ll have the chance to see and experience local life as we join Thai in the rice fields and their places of work, checking out rural handicrafts such as weaving, woodwork or making coal. This will be a fascinating cultural immersion.

Riding: 80km cycling – Following a 1.5 hour transfer, you’re in store for one of our most scenic and enjoyable days of cycling! Today’s ride brings us into hill country with lots of easy ups and downs and interesting twists and turns. The cycling journey is peppered with villages and charming hilltop temples and stupas – the most impressive of these being Wat Prathat Huai Thom. At the end of a great day’s cycling, we transfer 1 hour to Chom Thong.

Riding: 80km cycling – Starting off in the shadow of Thailand’s tallest mountain Doi Inthanon, we pedal our way across rice paddies and through small villages and towns to the site of the ancient Kingdom of Hariphunchai- now called Lamphun. From Lamphun, we ride out of town down tree-lined roads, through fruit orchards, along irrigation canals, and across fields. Eventually, we arrive in the artisan village of Ban Tawai. From Ban Tawai we will transfer the last bit by van into the city of Chiang Mai. This evening we’ll enjoy a special dinner to commemorate the final evening of your tour.

The bike tour concludes after breakfast today. Our team, including your leader, will be more than happy to assist you in confirming any onward travel plans from Chiang Mai. Should you need to reach the airport, our van will be waiting for you.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
November: 06USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
December: 15USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
December: 07USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 05USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
February: 23USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
June: 28USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
August: 02USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
October: 16USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
November: 01USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
December: 28USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 03USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
February: 28USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
June: 27USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
August: 15USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
October: 31USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
December: 28USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Merida mountain bikes
Rail: Train Ticket: Bangkok / Uttaradit
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation:6 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Thailand Experience

Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai. This tour through Thailand includes visits to some of the cities that have served as the country’s capital: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Hotel: Narai Hotel, 4 nights

Day 2: Bangkok

Bangkok is an exhilarating blend of historic and religious monuments, chic modernity, exciting shopping, and friendly culture. An exciting day of sightseeing is ahead. Take in the city’s principal landmarks such as the splendid Temple Of The Golden Buddha and the spectacular Temple Of The Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. You will also visit the gleaming Grand Palace, Thailand’s most sacred monument, and the spectacular Temple Of The Emerald Buddha.

Day 3: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Bangkok

Today’s full-day excursion takes you to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the Kwai River, famed for the River Kwai Bridge, built during WWII. Visit the Allied Forces Cemetery and spend time in the fascinating Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. Today’s highlight is a Train Ride across the famous bridge to Wang Po Station. This afternoon, visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, part of the Death Railway that cuts through the mountains. Today, it houses a museum detailing life of the Allied prisoners and Asian labourers who helped build the railway, and subsequently suffered or died at Hellfire Pass

Day 4: Bangkok

Today is yours to explore Bangkok at leisure, perhaps enjoying the greatvalue shopping, lively market, and delicious Thai cuisine. You may opt to join an optional excursion to the legendary Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where traders sell all manner of items from their boats, including exotic fruits, vegetables, silks, and toys.

Day 5: Bangkok – Ayutthaya –  Phitsanulok

Today, head to Ayutthaya, ancient capital of Siam. Here, you will visit Bang Pa-In Palace, which was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. Later, drive to Phitsanulok, one of Thailand’s oldest cities, founded over 600 years ago. This evening, consider an optional rickshaw ride to experience Phitsanulok’s colourful night market.

Hotel: Grand Riverside Hotel

Day 6: Phitsanulok – Sukhothai

Journey to Sukhothai, Thailand’s 13th-century former capital, and admire the atmospheric, moated Old Town. Here, you will visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore ruined temples and monasteries, including Wat Si Chum with its stunning seated Buddha.

Hotel: Legendha Sukhothai Thai Village Resort

Day 7: Sukhothai – Lampang – Chiang Rai

This morning, travel to Lampang. Here, visit Phayao Lake and Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Built in 1476, this ancient Buddhist temple is often thought to be the oldeststanding wooden structure in the country. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue through rural countryside to Chiang Rai.

Hotel: Wiang Inn Hotel, 2 nights

Day 8: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai

Enjoy breathtaking vistas as you journey to Doi Mae Salong and visit a Tea Plantation. Continue to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost town, and on to the renowned Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet. You may consider an optional boat tour on the Mekong River.

Day 9: Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

This morning visit Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Then, continue through lush jungle to Chiang Mai, a fragrant mountain retreat known as the “Rose of the North” for its refreshing climate. Upon arrival, visit San Kampaeng to see local craftsmen make Thailand’s traditional lacquerware and teakwood furniture.

Hotel: Empress Hotel, 3 nights

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Spend the morning at an Elephant Sanctuary, where over 30 elephants roam freely in a safe and sustainable environment and are not subjected to mistreatment (including rides). Here, you have the chance to touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviours. This afternoon, visit Wat Phra SINGH with its famous Buddha image, and Wat Doi Suthep, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple, you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with more than 300 steps.

Day 11: Chiang Mai

Today is free for you to enjoy this dynamic city. You may opt to join our optional Thai cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional dishes.

Day 12: Depart Chiang Mai

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 12, 19$2,089.00$2,621.00
February: 02, 09, 23$2,089.00$2,621.00
March: 01, 15, 22$2,089.00$2,621.00
April: 12$2,089.00$2,621.00
May: 03, 17, 31$2,089.00$2,621.00
September: 13, 27$2,089.00$2,621.00
October: 25$2,089.00$2,621.00
November: 01, 08, 22$2,089.00$2,621.00
December: 06$2,089.00$2,621.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 10, 17, 31$2,229.00$2,796.00
February: 07, 21, 28$2,229.00$2,796.00
March: 14, 21$2,229.00$2,796.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches
Transport: Touring by private, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation:11 nights accommodation
Guide: Services of a professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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