|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||58 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Jun 9, Oct 13, Dec 15, 2014|
|Start city:||Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|End city:||Bangkok, Thailand|
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.
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Day 1: Chiang Mai (18-31 miles/30-50 km)
We meet at 2 pm at the hotel where the guide will brief everyone thoroughly and make sure the bikes fit. Spend the evening enjoying Chiang Mai or go for a warm up ride in the area. Meals: D.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 2: Chiang Mai - Lampang (75 miles/120 km)
After we leave the Chiang Mai traffic we head towards Lampang on the old highway - a tree lined boulevard that is a real pleasure to ride along. The terrain is rolling on this section of the ride and at just past the halfway point there is a longish climb that gets quite steep at the end. Lampang is called the cowboy town – you can still see horse-drawn carriages as a means of transport. On the way, we’ll stop and visit the Elephant camp and one of the oldest and most religious Chedis in Thailand, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, built around 1044. Meals: BLD
Overnight in Lampang.
Day 3: Lampang - Uttaradit (90 miles/145 km)
Today is a tough day as we have a long distance to cover and some hills to go over. We have three sets of hills and lots of undulating countryside. Some of the hills get steep towards the end so take it easy – but the support vehicle is not far away and ready to give you a lift if needed. We pass through teak forests, past reclining Buddhas and some beautiful temples. We are now truly into provincial Thailand and we won’t see many other tourists here – giving you a real Thailand experience! Meals: BLD
Overnight in Uttaradit.
Day 4: Uttaradit - Sukhothai (56 miles/90 km)
We really head off the beaten track today as we ride on some of the most secluded and beautiful roads in Thailand while a canopy of palm trees provides some natural protection from the hot Thai sun. We pass lush green paddy fields and many villages as we wind head towards the first capital of Thailand, Sukhothai. The 13th Century reign is generally viewed as the “golden age” of Siam due to the fact that its influence spread as far west as Burma, east as far as Cambodia and south down into Malaysia. Meals: BLD
Overnight at Sukhothai.
Day 5: Sukhothai (19 miles/30km)
A day to enjoy the original capital of Thailand by taking a ride round the historic park. A UNESCO World Heritage site, there are more than 193 ruins surrounded by three moats and bridged by four gateways. Bikes are the best way to enjoy this ancient city and you won’t want to forget your camera to capture some of the stunning Buddha statues. Or simply have a day off the bike and enjoy the town of Sukhothai. Meals: BLD.
Overnight in Sukhothai.
Day 6: Sukhothai - Khampeng Phet (53 miles/85 km)
Khampeng Phet, also known as the “Diamond Wall City,” was a military fortress used to help defend Sukhothai from invading armies. The moss and flower covered ruins give it a quality that is not seen in its more popular and restored neighbor of Sukhothai. We have plenty of time to visit the sites by foot or by bicycle. The ride to Khampeng Phet is on pleasant country roads with plenty of activity going on to keep your attention. Meals: BLD
Overnight in Khampeng Phet.
Day 7: Khampeng Phet – Nakorn Sawan (103 miles/165 km)
We head into the heartland of Thailand today with our journey to Nakorn Sawan. You’ll quickly understand why Thailand is the top exporter of rice when you see the many paddies on your route today. Look out for water buffaloes wallowing in a puddle and for ducks taking a dip in a rice field. This is an area of Thailand which is not visited by many tourists, so you will pique the interest of locals (especially if you tell then you have ridden from Chiang Mai!) and it is a good opportunity to stop and say Sawadee! Our overnight is at a charming resort surrounded by lily pads. Meals: BLD.
Overnight in Nakorn Sawan.
Day 8: Nakorn Sawan – Singburi (68 miles/110 km)
Today we really start to feel we are approaching Bangkok as we see signs of industrialization, but there are still plenty of open spaces with fields as well as small towns and villages along the way. The ride is again on back roads that pass through many small towns. Don’t forget to look up and wonder at the 60-foot long reclining Buddha in Ang Thong. Meals: BLD.
Overnight in Singburi.
Day 9: Singburi - Ayutthaya (56 miles/90 km)
Today we reach the old Siamese capitol of Ayutthaya – the centre of old Siam for over 400 years until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. Also a UNESCO world heritage site, this historical park boasts some spectacular temples that are best visited by bicycle. The town lies along the Chao Phraya River and our hotel for the night is located on its banks. Meals: BLD
Overnight in Ayutthaya.
Day 10: Ayutthaya – Bang Pa-In – Bangkok (37 miles/60km)
Today we have the last leg of our sojourn through Thailand. We will ride down to Bangkok – along country roads that will take us past Bang Pa-In, the former summer palace of King Chulakorn. We end our journey in North Bangkok and we transfer the last few kilometers to our hotel in the city center. We then meet in the evening for a celebratory dinner and bask in the glory of a job well done! Meals: BLD
Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 11: Departure
Bangkok and onward travel. Free day to enjoy Bangkok and pack your bikes. Meals: B
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: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, Chiang Mai
Day 2: Auangkham Resort, Lampang
Day 3: Seeharaj Hotel, Uttaradit
Day 4-5: Ruan Thai Hotel, Sukhothai
Day 6: Chakungrao, Khampeng Phet
Day 7: Country Lake Nature Lodge, Nakorn Sawan
Day 8: Grand Leo Hotel, Singburi
Day 9: Krungsri River Hotel, Ayutthaya
Day 10: Majestic Grande Hotel, Bangkok
Bikes available for rent on this tour (must be reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Road bikes: Trek 2.1 C with Shimano components, and carbon forks and seat posts
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. We can provide strap-style toe cages if requested, but you might like to consider bringing SPD clip pedals if you use them, and please make sure to bring your 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. Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended on all our biking adventures and if you choose not to wear one you will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
The total distance is just less than 1,000 kilometers in 10 riding days. This tour is 100 per cent on road and we have designed the route for cyclists to see the best of Thailand. We start in the north so there are a few climbs on the first two days as we go over the foothills surrounding Chiang Mai. The central part of Thailand is flat and after the third day we do not see any other hills.
We travel south and east as we ride from Chiang Mai down to the Sukhothai, Nakorn Sawan and Ayutthaya before ending in Bangkok. All our rides are point to point and there is only one transfer – to avoid the worst of Bangkok traffic. The riding days are not overly long and we don’t drag you out of bed at dawn. But we do ride every day and some of the rides are definitely tough.
The trip is fully supported and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty. This makes a tremendous difference, as does the constant supply of cold drinks and fresh fruit.
Fitness, of course, will be a huge asset, but as the tour is fully supported the bus is always close at hand. You can expect a few tough rides due to the daily distances - but they will all be on tarmac. There are some climbs in the first few days, after that the route is predominantly flat all the way to Bangkok.
This tour is fairly challenging and is recommended for cyclists in above average physical condition.
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.
Tour start: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Nearest airport: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tour end: Bangkok, Thailand
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.
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.
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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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.
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