Type of tour:Guided
Duration:10 Nights
Distance:58 Miles/day average
Dates: Oct 13*, Dec 15, 2014. Jan 11*, Feb 8, Jun 7, Oct 11, Dec 13, 2015. (minimum 2 participants) *guaranteed to depart
Tour price:US$1950
Start city:Chiang Mai, Thailand
End city:Bangkok, Thailand
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Thai Cuisine, Northern Mountains, and Rice Paddies
Road Biking Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Tour Description: Guided

Discover Thailand’s ancient cities as we cycle from the mountains of the north to the temple-filled plains of central Thailand. Cycling through these regions offers unforgettable scenery and cultural experiences - the famous Thai smile, quiet back roads and some of the world's best cuisine are just a few of the many attractions featured on this exciting road cycling tour from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.

Starting in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, we ride south along shady roads that lead to the historic city of Lampang. Here, our path becomes more secluded thanks to flanking paddy fields and ripe fruit orchids. These back roads through provincial Thailand eventually give way to the ruins of the former capital of Siam, Sukhothai.

Sukhothai was once a thriving religious and commercial center during the 13th and 14th centuries. Its majestic architecture and exquisite ceramics are renowned by UNESCO, which put this "First Thai Kingdom" on its World Heritage Site in 1978. Cycling these ruins offers breathtaking views and impressive insights into Thai culture.

Charming rural roads lead us to another impressive UNESCO site: Khampeng Phet. Unknown to most tourists, this important archaeological site attests to the splendor of Thailand's "Golden Age" offering a relaxing, yet visually stimulating cycling experience.

The last leg of our bike trip is comprised of back roads through local communities to the historic Ayutthaya. After visiting its famous temples, we ride past Bang Pa-In, the former royal summer palace, before ending our journey in the north part of Bangkok.

This adventure is a historical ride through stunning ruins and scenery.

The minimum age for this tour is 18.

A note about weather: Northern and Central 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 27 and 40C, with night temperatures in the 20s. 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 20 and 30C.

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