Rural Cycling to Floating Markets, River Kwai and Ayutthaya
The cycling is steady and easy with a gentle pace very much in keeping with splendid culture of Thailand. This Thailand tour is for anyone who wants to get out into the countryside and truly experience Thailand's culture and history. Learn about the real Siam and its people as we ride alongside various canals, the wo of Thailand's main rivers, the Chao Phraya and Mae Klong,
Life in Thailand's central plains has a uniqe spirit. Slow down to the pace of life in the villages and rice fields and experience the real Thailand; perfect for people who want an authentic site seeing experience. Riding a manageable 30 km a day allows us to cover quite a lot of ground and take in many interesting sites. Our days are full of fun, action and variety. We pedal on a wide range of trails, beside canal paths, on minor roads to dirt paths. Your Thai tour guide has expert knowledge of the area and terrain which 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 because we love to take great care of our guests on this fully supported Central Thailand Tour!
- Your tour starts and ends in Bangkok
- Cycling Distance is 120 kilometres
- Cycling Days - 4 days
- Difficulty - we give this a 2 out of 5
- Also easy for families
You are led by a Thai guides who speak good English and a driver who are well informed in the history and culture of the area where you are biking. You'll find great value in how the guides share local knowledge with you.
Bikes Included in the Tour
All bikes are very well maintained and we use well-known makes of hybrid or mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension.
Food and Drink
Check the itinerary. Meals are delicous and nutricious. We assure it. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know when you book with us.
We defintely keep completely hydrated. There is no shortage of.cold water, energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks all of which are included in your tour price. We promise that you will be well fed and nourished! Beer is available everywhere and you may want one at the end of the day, but is not included in the price.
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Tour Itinerary & Map (below)
7:00 am. Starting in Bangkok we drive south to start our bicycle exploration of the Mae Klong Delta area at Damnoen Saduak floating market, the biggest and most colourful in Thailand and a must for any visitor. Purchase just about anything from the vast array of “shops” on the river. We then embark on a long-tail boat and cruise through a maze of canals cutting through local villages and various plantations. Arriving at a riverside temple, you can visit the temple before we start riding through coconut and aloe vera plantations as well as fruit orchards. Riding quiet back roads we stop to visit temples, including a few quirky ones, and appreciate the countryside. Depending on the season, you will see lychee, pomelo, guava and coconuts ripe for picking. We lunch at a riverside restaurant and continue cycling for 13 km on picturesque trails through lush vegetation. We then transfer 1.5 hours to Kanchanaburi for our first overnight stop at the Royal River Kwai Resort. Ride 32 km today.
After a leisurely breakfast we visit the local sites –the war museum and cemetery and the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai. We then board the local train for a stunning ride on the Death Railway. After lunch at Kraset caves we start biking along some great trails, passing by some teak plantations and small Thai villages, on our way to Wat Prasat Muang Sing. 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 before packing up the bikes and driving the short way to our riverside hotel the lovely Pung Waan Resort. Ride 30 km today
After breakfast at the hotel we have a chance to further explore this very scenic province. We will ride from the hotel and head off on quiet country trails. We pass small communities and finish our ride by crossing over a wooden suspension bridge, on our way to Sai Yok Noi Waterfall. We have time for a swim in the waterfall before having lunch. In the afternoon we drive via Suphanburi to the former capital city of Siam, Ayuthaya, which is located approximately 80 kilometers to the north of Bangkok. The ancient city of Ayuthaya is known as the "Venice of the East" and is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Dinner is on your own tonight but the guide will be happy to give you some recommendations. Tonight you stay at the Krungsri River Hotel. Ride 30 km today.
6:00 am. Today we offer an optional early-morning tour to visit the local temple and make merit by donating food to the monks, a traditional practice for Thai Buddhists which can also be a meaningful experience for non Buddhists. We then return to the hotel for breakfast. If you chose to sleep in, that's okay. 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 by van to 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. We then transfer a short way 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 Watanaram. We leave the temples behind and head into the countryside on small back roads that follow the Chao Phraya river to Bang-Pa In, the former summer palace of King Chulalongkorn. Here we have lunch and visit the palace before heading back to Bangkok. Ride 28 km today.
Good to Know
Accommodations and Trip Route
We are proud of the cycling and touring routes which been chosen carefully for you. The terrain is smoot, on roads or on dirt. The accommodation are the best available for in each location. Read the itinerary for the names of hotels and resorts on route. Good home stays ard luxurious lodges are included.
Good quality tarmac roads or dirt tracks over primarily flat terrain with a few small hills, mixing hard-packed jeep trails and smooth tarmac.
Though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem, basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle.
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.
Each trip has a tour guide and a driver! An air-conditioned support van that has been specially modified for cycling tours follows you the whole time, so if you want a rest, you are welcome to ride in the van.
Passports and Visas
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.
We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A.
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. Mostly in the morning or evening.
The Thai currency is the Thai Baht. ATMs, which are all over Thailand. A small supply of cash on hand is recommended. Banks or the more rare private money changers 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 small restaurants.
Terms & Conditions
Booking the Tour
- Prices $US dollars, per person with a min of 2 persons per booking or add single supplement fee for solo traveler.
- Same day confirmations
When Booking, Please Provide:
- First name & Family name
- email address
- Heights of all guests; to select correct bike size (comments field on booking page)
- Pick up & Drop off location if your hotel is known (comments field on booking page) if not known, we will remind you later
- Dietary or special meal requirement(s) (comments field on booking page)
- We accept secure payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal
- TourChoice does not receive any customer sensitive data from credit card processing companies
- Prepayment in full once your reservation has been confirmed by TourChoice.com
- A booking voucher & invoice will be emailed to you immediately upon confirmation of your reservation.
- Suggest booking a minimum of 2 months in advance for high season tour bookings (November 1 to March 31)
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- This tour is on a join in basis.
- Departs every Tuesday from Bangkok based on a minimum of 2 participants. Groups are never more than 16 people and a minimum of 2 people are required to run the tour.
- Pick up times are between between 6:30 am to 7:30 am at your hotel. You will receive a reminder phone call at your hotel the night before.
- If you do not know your hotel at time of booking this tour with us, please be sure to email us the name and the contact information for your hotel well before your tour departure date.
- Please be sure that the guest check in name at your hotel matches the guest name that we have on file.
Refund / Cancellation Policy:
If the guest cancels the trip, the following applies: Number of days prior to trip start:
- 7 days or more - full refund less 5% of tour price
- 6 to 3 days - full refund less 25% of tour price
- 1 or 2 days before - refund less 50% of tour price
- No show - forfiet 100% of tour price
Child Policy & Single Supplement Policy
- Children under 12, the correct rate will auto fill on the booking form (between $454 to $489 season depending)
- Single supplement fee is $102.
Changes to Itinerary
In remote destinations, road, weather or other conditions can occasionally change which means the itinerary can be subject to change. The guides will do their best to adhere to the original itinerary but if a change is necessary, guides cannot be held responsible. Its best for guests to remain flexible and have a great adventure holiday.
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