Bangkok and the River Kwai Short Break

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Visiting: Thailand

Hotel & Bike

3 nights from £609 to £722pp
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Guiding Guided i
Level Easy i
Standard Superior i
Code TH010
Good For Foodies, Short Breaks, Solo
Distance 75mi/120km
Runs All Year
Departs Tuesday
Fly to Bangkok
Return from Bangkok

Overview

What to expect

From Bangkok, spend four action packed days exploring the surrounding countryside and historic towns on this short break in central Thailand. Start with a visit to the bustling floating market in the Mae Klong river delta followed by a ride on a long-tail boat through a maze of canals. Cycle through fruit plantations and coconut palms then visit Kanchanaburi, site of the bridge over the River Kwai and war cemeteries. Explore temples, caves and local villages on the way to Ayutthaya, a former capital of Siam, also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Tour an archaeological site strewn with the remains of the ancient civilization with its temples, monasteries and Buddhist statues, before returning to the modern capital city.

A well-balanced mix of sightseeing and leisurely cycling, averaging 30km each day on flat roads, canal paths and hard packed trails. An air-conditioned support van follows at all times with water and snacks, allowing you to take a break whenever necessary. Your local guides will bring each location to life with their passion and enthusiasm, telling stories and explaining the cultures and traditions of their country. This is a perfect short tour for anyone in Thailand as part of a longer holiday, or as an ‘add-on’ to any of our cycling trips starting or finishing in Bangkok.

  • 4 days of cycling and sightseeing from Bangkok
  • Bridge over the River Kwai, floating markets, Bang-Pa In Palace, and Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Stay in plush 4* and 3* resorts and boutique hotels
  • Low daily distances on flat roads, canal paths and hard packed trails

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Tue): Bangkok via Mae Klong Delta to Kanchanaburi 20 miles (32km)

    There is an early pickup from your hotel in Bankgok for a road transfer to avoid the city traffic to the Mae Klong Delta for a short ride. Visit the Damnoen Saduak floating market to shop for souvenirs, barter with the traders or just take in the sights, sounds and smells. Board a long-tail boat for a cruise through the riverside villages and plantations to a temple, where you’ll take to your bikes again. Stop for lunch at a restaurant with a river view then continue cycling on beautiful trails through the lush fruit trees. Then it’s back on board the comfortable van for the drive to Kanchanaburi and your resort hotel. (Includes lunch and dinner)

  • Day 2 (Wed): Kanchanaburi and River Kwai 19 miles (30km)

    Enjoy a relaxed start to the day with breakfast, then a morning visit to the Bridge over the River Kwai and War Cemetery Museum. Board a train for the journey along the Death Railway, a stunning journey with a harrowing wartime history. Disembark at the Tham Krasae where you have lunch and visit the caves, then start cycling on gentle trails to Prasat Mueang Sing. Ride around the 74 hectare site, believed to have once been a trading point during the Khmer Empire. Visit a museum then drive to your boutique resort hotel. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Day 3 (Thu): Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya 19 miles (30km)

    Another ride in the Kanchanaburi area, close to the river through small rural settlements takes you to an impressive wooden suspension bridge. Board your support van for the drive to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam. It sits on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, and is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ because of the many waterways that criss-cross the area. Dinner is not included tonight, but you’ll have plenty of local restaurants to choose from and your guide is always happy to make a recommendation depending on your taste. (Includes breakfast and lunch)

  • Day 4 (Fri): Ayutthaya and Bang Pa In then return to Bangkok 17 miles (28km)

    Early-birds can take an optional morning tour at 6 o’clock to a local temple where you’ll see Buddhist monks collecting their morning alms. You can take part in the ceremony and donate some food yourselves, if you wish. Return to the hotel for breakfast before a tour of the historical park for a glimpse of the Ayutthaya Empire’s former glory.  Explore the remains of temples and stone stupas then cycle out into the countryside on a cycle path next to the river. The cycling finishes at Bang Pa In, a grand palace, previously the summer residence of the King. After lunch, board the van for a road transfer back in to Bangkok. (Includes breakfast and lunch)

Accommodation

4* & 3* Resorts and Boutique Hotels

We use 3* and 4* resorts and boutique hotels giving you a comfortable and luxurious place to relax after each day cycling. Some properties are modern while others have a more traditional Thai charm. All accommodation is well run, clean and comfortable.

Example hotels:

Royal River Kwai Resort

Raft Boutique Resort

 

  • Luxurious 3* & 4* resorts and boutique hotels
  • Full board, except for one dinner
  • Air conditioned support vehicle
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

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Price includes

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Bike and helmet hire
  • Meals as shown on the itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking, local guide
  • Support vehicle available for assistance
  • Transfers during the tour
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Luggage transportation
  • Snacks and water while cycling

Price excludes

  • Flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Drinks during meals
  • Tips

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Bike hire is included. 24-27 gear hybrid bike from a well-known manufacturer with a lightweight alloy frame, front suspension, v-brakes and Shimano components. A water bottle is provided.

How to Get There

Getting there

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Getting back

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News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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What will the group size be?

This tour will run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 16 guests. If the group is 9 people or more you will have two guides. 

Will I have a local guide?

Yes, your guide will be English speaking and local. The local guide will be a highlight of your tour as they are experienced and will pass on their knowledge and passion for their country. They will show you the best places to eat, help you meet local people along the way and give you a real feel for the local culture. 

Is there a single supplement?

No, there is no extra charge for single travellers if you share a room with another same sex single guest. If you want your own room you can pay a supplement. 

What will the food be like?

You will experience the best of world famous Thai food during your trip and it will be a highlight of your holiday. Drinking water is always included with meals, any other drinks will be extra. 

Can I take a break from the cycling?

Yes, if you want to take a break, jump into the the air conditioned support vehicle that is always available.    

Can you arrange my flights?

Flights are not included with our tours. However, we are more than happy to offer advice on long haul and regional flights, based on our extensive experience of travel in Asia.

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