|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||51 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Apr 13; May 4; Jun 1; Jul 6; Aug 3, 31; Oct 5; Nov 2; Dec 21, 2014 (minimum 2 participants)|
|Start city:||Bangkok, Thailand|
|End city:||Bangkok, Thailand|
This road bike tour of central Thailand takes in the historical and natural sights of Kanchanaburi before taking you to a little visited national park with a jungle and caves right out of “Lost World” followed by the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand's former capital.
The riding starts after a visit to the famous sites in Kanchanaburi, and then it's time to truly see this sparsely populated province, much of which has been exquisitely preserved in national parks.
We ride to our first temples at Muang Sing Historical Park and overnight on the banks of the Kwai Noi River. Crossing to the next valley we follow the Kwai Yai River to the stunning Erawan Waterfalls. Here's where the hills start in earnest! As we skirt around the Sri Nakarin reservoir, we'll enjoy great views from our climbs! The landscape is rural, and we'll pass rice fields and orchards as we push our pedals.
At Charlerm Rattanakosin National Park we'll be wowed by the caves and the waterfalls! Continuing on to Ayutthaya, we'll stop and visit the site of a battlefield where victory was won on the backs of elephants. Next stop will be Ayutthaya, which reigned as Thailand's capital city from 1350 until being sacked by Burma in 1767. The ruins are worth visiting before we head towards the more modern period of the Rattanakosin Kingdom and the summer palace at Bang Pa In.
For cyclists that don't mind pushing their pedals, this tour is a perfect combination of sightseeing and experiencing authentic Thai culture.
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Day 1: Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
Starting in Bangkok we drive 1.5 hours to Kanchanaburi. We visit the local sites – the war museum and cemetery and the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai before checking into our hotel located on the banks of the River Kwai Yai. After a bike fitting we meet up for dinner where we'll go over the itinerary for the upcoming days of riding. Meals: L, D
Overnight in Kanchanaburi.
Day 2: Kanchanaburi-Sai Yok (53 miles/85 km)
Today we’ll spend most of the day on the bike as we cycle at a leisurely pace along quiet roads with stunning views of the valleys that surround this area. We stop en route to visit Muang Sing Historical Park, this historical site covering some 74 hectares is believed to have been used by the Khmer empire as a trading point along the Kwai Noi River. We ride around the park and visit the museum.
The cycling in the afternoon is a little challenging with some undulating terrain. This ride gives us a great chance to see the karsts that separate Burma from Thailand. We arrive at our riverside hotel by late afternoon and can choose to relax by the pool, have a massage or go for a scramble up their climbing wall. Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in Sai Yok.
Day 3: Sai Yok – Si Sawat (53 miles/85 km)
This morning we ride from the hotel and after 7.5 miles/12 km we'll be following the River Kwai Yai. A very gradual incline takes us to the stunning Erawan Waterfalls. We stop for a walk up a few of the seven levels and have time for a dip before lunch. Once we have cooled off it's time for a 2 mile/3 km uphill as we crest over the top of the Sri Nakarin Dam. An all too quick downhill will have us skirting the reservoir as we ride to our lakeside resort. There's time for a swim in the lake before dinner. Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in Si Sawat.
Day 4: Si Sawat - Charlerm Rattanakosin (44 miles/70 km)
Our toughest day of the tour as we'll be riding up and down all day and end with a long climb. We'll be riding on a quiet tarmac road that skirts Salakpra Wildlife Reserve, a corridor wild elephants use to go north to Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve. We aren't likely to see any elephants, but there are more then 300 in the area. The landscape is rural, and we'll pass rice fields and orchards as we push our pedals. We overnight at a national park that is famous for its caves. After dinner we'll walk to the cave to listen for the Barking Frog, named after its unusual mating cry. Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in Charlerm Rattanakosin National Park.
Day 5: Charlerm Rattanakosin – Dan Chang (50 miles/80 km)
In the morning we'll rise early and hike for about two hours. Our trek starts with a walk through the same cave we visited the night before and then the trail heads up through lush jungle and towering trees, passing a few waterfalls. The highlight of the park is a cave that resembles a natural rock bridge and is 60 metres wide. We then hike back down to the bikes and start our ride. Today will be much easier terrain as we ride through farmland and small villages. Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in Dan Chang.
Day 6: Dan Chang- Suphanburi (56 miles/90 km)
Today is a semi rest day as we ride in the morning to Suphan Buri, passing a famous battle site on the way. In 1592 King Naresuan the Great defeated the Burmese Crown Prince in a royal duel on elephant back; as a result, the Siamese kingdom regained its sovereignty from the occupation of Burma. The Don Chedi commemorating the battle looms up at 66 m high. We overnight at a Thai-style resort that is part of a Buffalo Village where you can see all types of water buffaloes, including pygmy and albino. Meals: B, L, D
OVernight in Suphanburi.
Day 7: Suphanburi – Ayutthaya (56 miles/90 km)
The terrain is flat today as we ride through the fertile river basin of the Chao Phraya River. We follow the River of Kings, the Chao Phraya River, to Ayutthaya, the former capital city of Siam. Relax at the peaceful resort set amidst rice fields. Meals: B, L, D
Overnight in Ayutthaya.
Day 8: Ayutthaya – Bangkok (43 miles/70 km)
Our tour today gives us a glimpse into the glory of the Ayutthaya Empire (1350-1767A.D.) by visiting the many remains of temples. The first visit of the day is Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. This well-tended temple was founded by King U-Thong in 1357 as a center for monks returning from study in Sri Lanka, then we ride to Wat Phra Mahathat to photograph the famous Buddha head entwined in tree roots before we ride our bikes to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the old palace, and Wat Chai Wattanaram. We leave the temples behind and head into the countryside on small back roads to Bang-Pa In, the former summer palace of King Chulalongkorn. From here we'll transfer you to your hotel in Bangkok. Meals: B, L.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20 a day for incidentals.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Royal River Kwai Resort, Kanchanaburi
Day 2: Pung Waan Resort, Sai Yok
Day 3: Rayaburi Resort, Si Sawat
Day 4: Charlerm Rattanakosin National Park
Day 5: Sri Supan Hotel, Dan Chang
Day 6: Baan Thai Resort, Suphanburi
Day 7: Pludhaya Resort, Ayutthaya
Bikes available to rent on this tour (must be reserved in advance at the time of booking):
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. We can provide strap-style toe cages if requested. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and cleats.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
We ride 375 miles/575 kilometres in seven cycling days. There are long 62-mile/100-km days and some hills to tackle in the middle of this tour. Our days will be quite full and action packed.
The trip is fully supported, and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what to expect in terms of distance and difficulty. This makes a tremendous difference, as does the constant supply of cold drinks and fresh fruit.
This ride is for those who have some biking experience and have a reasonable level of fitness. The first two days are relatively easy, but there will be hills and there are some long distances to cover. Never underestimate the heat and humidity of Thailand, as it will likely ensure that the air feels hot.
The road surfaces are good quality asphalt roads. There is nothing technical involved on this tour and a support truck is always available to help.
The tour is for cyclists in above average physical condition.
All nationalities require a passport for entry into Thailand. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. If staying less than 30 days then a visa in advance is not required by European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of Thailand to be eligible for the visa on arrival. This is strictly enforced.
We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Bangkok, Thailand
International and domestic flights to and from there are not included in the tour price. Please contact us for advice before arranging flights for the best arrival and departure times.
Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Most meals are local and feature noodles, rice, curries and soups. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring drinks while you are riding are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer is freely available everywhere, but is NOT included in the price.
Thailand has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 80-100F (27-40C), with night temperatures in the 70s.
The rainy season is from July to October, but temperatures are slightly lower, because of the effect of the rain. During this time it will not rain continuously, but in sharp bursts, and the sun can come out quickly. The cooler season is from October to February, with average temperatures between 70-85F (20-30C).
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The Thai currency is the baht. ATMs, which are abundant, are the easiest ways to get Thai baht. Have a supply of US dollars in cash on hand, just in case your card doesn’t work. Banks or the more rare private moneychangers offer the best foreign-exchange rates. Credit cards are accepted in big cities and resort hotels but you’ll need baht for family-run guesthouses or restaurants.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20, for incidentals.
SpiceRoads endeavors to offer high-quality, educational, and adventure-filled itineraries that highlight and focus on the diversity of landscapes found in Asia and its people. As a specialized "niche" bicycle tour operator since 2000, we provide the most authentic, unique and exciting adventures in Asia.
The SpiceRoads family began back in the mid 1990s, when Hamish Keith was creating, operating and leading ground breaking cycle tours throughout Thailand and in emerging destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar for well known companies such as Exodus Travels and World Expeditions and his own company the Wild Planet.
In 2000 Hamish decided to concentrate on what he loved doing the most and he established SpiceRoads as a specialist cycle tour operator in the region he knew best - Southeast Asia. The “niche” was to promote bicycle group tours directly to clients all around the world via the internet. Hamish set the standard for all subsequent SpiceRoads tours by offering a high quality tour - from customer service, to bicycles, to well researched routes to the guides we use – at a good value.
In 2002, when Hamish left to pursue other opportunities in the travel industry, Struan Robertson came on board, and with his skills in management, IT and of course cycling, the company has grown to encompass other Asian countries. During the years of growth what hasn't changed is the spirit of SpiceRoads, which is to offer professional, international standard cycle tours and services to independent travellers and cycle enthusiast looking to discover Asia by bicycle.
Our well-planned eye-opening cycling tours provide an active immersion into local cultures, languages, scenery and, of course, the most delicious of foods. By combining legendary service and rare opportunities for cultural experiences, our travel philosophy continues to excite, enthuse, and positively impact every guest. Take a look at our guestbook if you don't believe us!
SpiceRoads' staff and all of our professionally licensed multi-lingual tour guides are passionate about creating the best possible experiences, with fun, creativity, and total dedication to satisfaction.
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Number of days prior to trip start
Cancellation fee per person
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