Bangkok to Chiang Mai

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Visiting: Thailand

Hotel & Bike

6 nights from £1240 to £1476pp
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Guiding Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code TH008
Good For Foodies, Luxury, Solo
Distance 163mi/263km !
Runs Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Departs Monday
Fly to Bangkok
Return from Chiang Mai

Overview

What to expect

Discover Thailand's earliest kingdoms and oldest cities by bike. Cycle between them, passing lush rice paddies, tiny villages and the country's tallest mountains. First, cycle through the flat countryside north of Bangkok to the historical city and temple ruins of Ayutthaya then visit a golden seated Buddha on the way to Uthai Thani. Ride around Sukhothai, a diamond walled city guarding Siam’s first capital. Along the way, you’ll eat traditional Thai food, bathe in hot springs, and meet local craftsmen and farmers.

Riding top quality hybrid bikes on sealed, rural backroads, and a few packed dirt trails, the terrain is mostly flat at first, with some rolling hills closer to Chiang Mai. The pace is relaxed and there’s a support vehicle on hand if you need a break. Towards the end of the tour, you’ll ride through the ancient walled town of Lamphung before pedalling past fragrant orchards to Thailand’s cultural capital of Chiang Mai, nestled in the northern mountains.

  • Thailand’s earliest kingdoms and oldest cities
  • Stunning scenery with mountains, hills and rivers
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites, hot springs, temples and food markets
  • Leisurely cycling over a mixture of flat terrain and rolling hills

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Mon): Bangkok to Ayutthaya 19 miles (30km)

    Pickup in Bangkok for a road transfer out of the city to Bang Pa-In Palace, a former summer residence of the King. Lunch at a riverside restaurant then the cycling begins with a flat backroad to Ayutthaya’s historical park, containing the ruins of a once wealthy kingdom. Explore the stone temples before dinner and a night in a Thai style boutique resort hotel surrounded by rice paddies.

    Meals: Lunch, dinner

  • Day 2 (Tue): Ayutthaya to Uthai Thani 37 miles (60 km)

    Cycle north from Ayutthaya through villages and countryside, to Wat Chaiyo Worawihan, a temple with a 22 metre high golden Buddha. An afternoon transfer takes you to a lakeside resort, your home for the night. For the rest of the day, either cycle a loop through the neighbouring farmland, enjoy a sunset paddle in a kayak or relax with a traditional Thai massage.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 3 (Wed): Uthai Thani via Kamphaeng Phet to Sukhothai 19 miles (30km)

    The morning’s ride follows the Sakae Krang River, via Hat Thanong village whose craftsmen are known for their custom knives. Then cycle around the old centre of Kamphaeng Phet, the diamond walled city. In the afternoon, after a short ride, soak in the hot pools of Phra Ruang hot springs followed by a road transfer to a charming Thai style hotel in Sukhothai.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 4 (Thu): Sukhothai to Phrae 19 miles (30 km)

    Explore Sukhothai on two wheels, seeing the remains of Siam’s first kingdom, dating back to the 13th Century and learn about the era’s influence on modern Thailand. Travel by road to Phrae after lunch, moving into a different period of history – the Kinddom of Lanna, famous for its architecture. In the evening, your guide will show you around the town’s night market giving you the opportunity to sample Thai street food at its best.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch

  • Day 5 (Fri): Phrae to Lamphang 39 miles (63km)

    A two hour transfer takes you to Lamphang, a Lanna fortress city, home to its own unique alphabet and language, still in use today. Explore city walls built to protect the townspeople and the Buddhist relics housed in Lamphang’s temples. Cycle out of town through undulating countryside and farmland to reach your riverside hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 6 (Sat): Lamphang via Lamphun to Chiang Mai 31 miles (50 km)

    After a 90 minute transfer, start cycling towards Lamphun. Marvel at the Lanna architecture and enjoy the views to the mountains in the distance. The cycling is broken up with a visit to the Lamphun Museum to learn more about the ancient kingdom. Pass the ruins of Wiang Khum Kham, an 11th century settlement. The final stretch of cycling takes you through fruit orchards alongside the Ping River into Chiang Mai. Stay in a boutique hotel, after exploring the night markets.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 7 (Sun): Chiang Mai

    Leave the bikes at your hotel for a drive to visit two Buddhist temples in the hills with spectacular views over Chiang Mai. The tour ends after a farewell lunch for a transfer to the airport or you can extend your stay in the laid-back and cultural city.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation

3* & 4* hotels and local guesthouses

We use a mix of 3* and 4* hotels and some local guesthouses. This will mostly be the best accommodation available in the areas you cycle through, while maintaining a lovely local charm. Sometimes in isolated areas the accommodation may be more ‘authentic’, but it will always be clean and comfortable

  • 3* & 4* hotels and local guest houses
  • Full board (apart from one dinner)
  • Support vehicle
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

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Price includes

  • 6 nights accomodation
  • Full board apart from one dinner
  • Bike hire
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide
  • Support vehicle available for assistance
  • Hotel pick up and drop off at beginning and end of the tour
  • Transfers during the tour
  • Luggage transportation
  • Water, fruit and soft drinks while riding

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Visas
  • Helmets
  • 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

E-bike hire
£302

2019 Model Giant Explore E+ 3 E-bike

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Bangkok

Getting back

Fly from Chiang Mai

via Bangkok or another Asian hub airport

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 weather be like?

From November to February it is cool & dry. Temperatures start to rise in March and are at their highest in late April and May. When the rains start in late May, the temperatures come down. The rain tends to be heavy but does not last long.  

The best riding conditions are during December and January when it is coolest, however at the height of the rains (July & August) , Thailand is at its most green and beautiful. 

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.    

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 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 esperience of travel in Asia.

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