Highlights of Northern Thailand

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Visiting: Thailand

Hotel & Bike

6 nights from £1430 to £1649pp
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Guiding Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code TH004
Good For Solo
Distance 203mi/326km !
Runs Feb, Aug, Nov
Departs Wed, Sun
Fly to Bangkok
Return from Chiang Mai

Overview

What to expect

Discover Siam’s earliest kingdoms and oldest cities by bike. Cycle between them, passing lush rice paddies, tiny villages and Thailand’s tallest mountains. After an overnight train to the peaceful northern hills, you’ll cycle to the 13th century ruins of Si Satchanalai city, and experience Siam’s first capital, Sukhothai. Along the way, you’ll stay in stylish and comfortable hotels, eat traditional Thai food and meet potters, weavers and beekeepers. 

Riding top quality bikes on rural backroads, the terrain is mixed with flat roads a few rolling hills and short sections on dirt roads and highways. 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 through fragrant gardens to Thailand’s cultural capital of Chiang Mai.

  • Thailand’s earliest kingdoms and oldest cities
  • Stunning mountain scenery of mountains, hills and rivers
  • Meet potters, gold weavers and beekeepers
  • A mixture of flat terrain and rolling hills

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Bangkok – Uttaradit (overnight train)

    Meet your guide at Bangkok’s main railway station in the late afternoon (airport transfer available if needed). Enjoy a group meal before boarding the sleeper train, settling into your bunk and travelling overnight to the northern city of Uttaradit.
    Meals: Dinner 

  • Day 2: Uttaradit – Si Satchanalai 41 miles (66 km)

    Wake up in Uttaradit and take a shower at a local guesthouse. Fuel-up with a traditional Thai breakfast, then cycle to the ancient temple of Wat Phra That Thung. Continue along flat backroads, past orchards and sugar cane fields. Arrive in the small town of Si Satchanalai for a relaxing afternoon.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3: Si Satchanalai – Sukhothai 55 miles (88 km)

    Cycle out of Si Satchanalai along rural roads beside the Yom River. Meet local potters and watch artisans weaving gold into cloth. Continue to Si Satchanalai Historical Park to cycle around the temples and palace ruins. Sleep in a hotel near the city gate of Sukhothai – Thailand's first capital.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4: Sukhothai Historical Park 7 miles (12 km)

    Tour the incredible ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park visiting the ruins of the ancient city, then ride south along the base of a mountain to Ramkhamhaeng National Park. After lunch, visit a local community to learn about daily life and local handicrafts such as weaving or woodworking.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5: Sukhothai – Tha Duea – Chomthong 50 miles (80km)

    After a 1.5-hour transfer to the hill country, hop on your bike and pedal on undulating roads that twist through the hills. Pass hilltop temples that include the impressive Wat Prathat Huai Tom. Ride through the small district of Tha Duea before a one-hour transfer to Chomthong district.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6: Chomthong – Chiang Mai 50 miles (80 km)

    Enjoy an easy ride beside the Ping River, passing forests and orchards, and waving at local villagers en route. Pass through the ancient walled city of Lamphun and continue through paddy fields to Ban Tawai. Board the support van for the transfer into central Chiang Mai where there's a special dinner waiting to mark the final night of the tour.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7: Depart from Chiang Mai

    The tour concludes after breakfast. You can then take the support van to the airport or continue with your own travel plans.
    Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

3-5 * Hotels or best available accommodation

The accommodation is a fantastic part of this tour. In larger cities and established tourist centres you will have stylish and very comfortable hotels and resorts, while in the smaller and more out of the way areas you stay in the best available accommodation, which is often simple yet always well run, clean and comes with air-conditioning and a private bathroom.

Example hotels:
Chanalai Resort & Hotel
Baan Klang Wiang

  • Stylish & supremely comfortable hotels or the best available accommodation with AC & private bathroom
  • Full board
  • Support vehicle is always available
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - other dates may be available on request

Price includes

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Board basis: Full board 
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide 
  • Air-conditioned support vehicle available for assistance at all times
  • Transfers during the tour including a sleeper train
  • Final day transfer
  • Luggage transportation
  • Water and snacks while riding
  • All entry costs & attractions listed on the itinerary
  • For groups of at least 6 people an additional bike mechanic
  • Cycling jersey & a water bottle

Price excludes

  • Flights and arrival transfer
  • Visas
  • Alcohol & soft drinks
  • Tips

Please contact us to discuss alternative departure dates 

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Top quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes are included in your tour price, fitted with hybrid tyres for touring and handlebar bags.

Extras

We can arrange airport transfers. Please enquire for details.

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Bangkok

Getting back

Fly from Chiang Mai

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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What if I can't find the departure date I need?

Please give us a call. If you are a group of four or more, we can usually add a departure date within the season to suit you.

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

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. 

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 group size be?

This tour will run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 14 guests. 

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. 

What snacks will I get during the cycling?

You will be supplied with local snacks & energy bars. Clean water and electrolyte drinks are provided to keep you hydrated. 

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 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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