Type of tour:Guided
Level:2
Duration:6 Nights
Distance:27 Miles/day average
Dates: Oct 20, Nov 17*, Dec 22, 2014. Jan 19, Feb 9, Mar 16, Apr 13, May 18, Jun 15, Jul 20, Aug 17, Sep 14, Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21, 2015. (minimum 2 participants) *guaranteed to depart
Tour price:US$1450
Start city:Bangkok, Thailand
End city:Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Thailand Heritage by Bicycle

Tour Description: Guided

Our Thailand Heritage ride takes you back in time on a route paved by kingdom builders. Thailand's history is comprised of the rise and fall of kingdoms, and on our journey we'll cycle through more than 700 years of history visiting three UNESCO World Heritage sites that define the country and culture of Thailand.

The Chakri dynasty established the current capital of Bangkok or, as known by locals, Krung Thep, our starting point of the tour. From here we head north to the former Kingdom of Ayutthaya, once one of the wealthiest cities in the East during its heyday. The 33 kings of Ayutthaya ruled more than four centuries before the city was conquered and destroyed by the Burmese.

Cycling amongst the ruins we'll learn how the authoritarian god-kings of Ayutthaya ruled with an iron fist. Riding north through the rice basket of Thailand we arrive at what is considered to be the first true Thai kingdom, Sukhothai. Under the Phra Ruang dynasty the Thai alphabet was created and Theravada Buddhism was established as the religion in the short 130 years of power.

Riding farther north, the terrain becomes more rugged as mountains flank our path on both sides as enter what was once known as the Lanna Kingdoms. Here we'll cycle through the land once ruled by the Tai people and see their influence in the recently excavated ruins of the Haripunchai Kingdom before arriving at the northern capital of Chiang Mai founded in 1298.

Interwoven with our exploration of Thai history will be a thorough tasting of the many local specialties, including a visit to a night market. We will be staying at resorts that reflect typical Thai architectural styles, giving you yet another insight into Thai life.

This cycling journey on smooth tarmac roads through the rural scenic landscape will give you ample time to take photos, chat with locals and absorb Thailand's unique and fascinating heritage.

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 80 and 100F (27 and 40C), with night temperatures in the 70s F (20s C). 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 and 85F (20 and 30C).

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