Make New Friends on this Family Adventure!
If you are planning on a family holiday in Thailand, you'll be looking for something that your kids can enjoy. What could be a better family experience than a terrific 5 day / 4 night Thailand cycyling tour! Operating on a Join-In basis, you may also meet other like minded families because Kanchanaburi is the perfect playground for active families. This cycling tour offers a range of outdoor sites and activities as well as historical attractions. Besides its famous WWII memorials, Kanchanaburi is known for interesting terrain, limestone mountains and fresh rivers, providing a opportunity for adventure seekers, nature lovers and those seeking peace and serenity.
From Bangkok our specialized support van will take you west driving for about 2 hours getting well outside of Bangkok before start riding slowly on small country roads with very little traffic. We will easy paths and dirt roads following along side of irrigation canals and through vibrant green rice paddies and through fields of sugar cane and maize. Your destination is Nong Khao village where we'll take a break from riding and learn more about rice cultivation. You can try your hand at pounding some rice before heading to our riverside hotel. Check out the itineray, everyday is something new!
- Tour starts and ends in Bangkok
- Cycling Distance - 114 kilometres
- Cycling Days - 4 days of cycling with 1 rest day
- Difficulty - 2 out of 5
- Great for families
- 20% discount for children under age 12
You are led by a local English-speaking tour guides who are well informed in the history and culture of the area where you are biking. Our guides enjoy passing that knowledge on to you. Your tour leader is also medically trained and is most definitely an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
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
Meals are included. Just read our itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. 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 love to keep completely hydrated. It's very important. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are all included in your tour price. You will want for nothing! Beer is available everywhere and you may want one at the end of the day, but is not included in the price.
Tour Itinerary & Map (below)
7:00 am.We will pick you up early from your Bangkok hotel and head west out of the city for about two hours by car. Our cycle starts on quiet roads and on irrigation paths through friendly villages. We ride on to Nong Khao and make Thai deserts before arriving and relaxing at our hotel for the evening. Time to stretch those legs with a bike ride! We take small quiet local roads with little traffic that wind through small villages where the locals will greet you with friendly smiles and cheerful waves. Riding along irrigation canals will lead us to the heart of rice fields and you will quickly understand why Thailand is one of the world's leading rice exporters. We take a break at a small charming temple where our guide will tell you about the importance of Buddhism in Thai life. After lunch at a local restaurant we continue our exploration of rural life as we ride to Nong Khao village. Here we'll take a break to watch and learn how to make Kanom Tarn, a Thai dessert made from palm sugar. We then transfer to our riverside hotel in Kanchanaburi city where you can relax by the pool. Tonight's accommodations are the Royal River Kwai. Today's ride 25 km.
After breakfast, it's a short transfer to visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai. We'll walk around the war cemetery and learn about the tragic history of WWII at the War Museum and then board a local train for a stunning ride on the Death Railway. After lunch and a visit to 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 for a short drive to our hotel in Kwai Noi. Tonight you stay at the Boutique Raft Resort. Today's ride 30 km.
Start an early morning ride through the surrounding countryside. The first part of the ride will be on dirt tracks through some great trails in a farmland. Eggplants and many kinds of thai herbs are widely grown here. You will see many small hills full of vegetables. After a fun ride on dirt roads, we continue on country lanes to the pier of Resotel. Have lunch by the river, then board a long-tailed boat to our raft bungalows on river Kwai Noi. Visit a Mon village, an ethnic group originally from Burma, see their way of life and learn about their strong belief in Buddhism. Then spend an active afternoon exploring the Kwai Noi river by swimming, canoeing, kayaking, bamboo rafting or just absorbing the beauty of nature from your terrace above the water. In the evening, enjoy a cultural Mon dance, an entertaining performance. Tonight we'll stay at the legendary River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort. The family will have a tremendous amount of fun here. Today's ride is 33 km.
If you are in the mood we will start the day with a fun float down the river. Just don a life jacket and let the current take you downstream. We then will board a long-tailed boat for a ride back to our waiting bikes. Today's ride is a mixture of dirt single tracks and smooth tarmac roads. You will see a diversity of plants that grow in this area, from rice fields to rubber trees. We end our ride at a meditation centre, Dan Maha Mongkol, where we'll pack our bike and transfer to Hellfire Pass. We take a walk through the 1000m pass cut through rock by prisoners of war with only the most rudimentary implements. Feel the history in the pass. Overnight at a safari style resort nestled next to the river. Tonight's Accommodations, the one and only Hintok River Camp. Air conditioned tents with private bathrooms. A memorable family evening!Today's ride 16 km.
For early birds, there is the option to get up at 6:00 am and give alms to monks at dawn. 7:00 am. After breakfast, we will transfer you to where we'll start our leisurely and short ride on a backroad through the quiet countryside with karst mountains as a backdrop to Elephant World, a sanctuary for sick, old and abused elephants. We will spend the whole day taking care of these gentle giants. Here, we will work for the elephants as they are now retired, by planting their food for them – banana trees and sugar cane, and preparing, cooking and feeding sticky rice balls to them. After lunch it's bath time and once you feel comfortable with your buddy, it's time to get wet. Clean, rub, scrub and bathe your giant friend. After spending a day with them, you will learn firsthand that elephants are one of the most gentle animals in the world. Say good-bye to your new friends and we then head back to Bangkok. Return to Bangkok – Arrive at your hotel at about 7:30. Today's ride 10 km.
Good to Know
Accommodations and Trip Route
The routes have been chosen to assure you of seeing the best scenery and having a ride on the best terrain, be it on road or dirt. We have carefully chosen accommodations finding the best available for the location to offer a good mix from home stays to luxurious lodges on all tours. Please read the itinerary for the places and names of resorts and hotels where we stay.
Good quality tarmac roads or dirt tracks over primarily flat terrain with a few small hills, mixing hard-packed jeep trails and smooth tarmac.
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
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. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding.
We will be supported by an air-conditioned vehicle that has been specially modified for cycle tours. The vehicle follow us the whole time and it is very easy to get bikes on and off, so you can rest when you are tired and cycle whenever you feel like it.
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.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20, for incidentals.
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 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
- All prices in US dollars
- Minimum 2 persons per booking required or add single supplement fee for solo traveler.
- Same day confirmations or up to 24 hours for booking confirmations
- Please note that pricing is per person.
- Suggest booking a minimum of 2 months in advance for high season (November 1 to March 31).
- 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.
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When Booking, Please Provide:
- First name & Family name and email address
- Heights of all guests; to select correct bike size (comments field on booking page)
- Pick up & Drop off hotel if known (comments field on booking page) if not known, we will remind you
- Dietary or special meal requirement(s) (comments field on booking page)
- This tour is on a join in basis. Departs every Monday 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 at your hotel are between 6:30 to 7:30 am in order to exit Bangkok before traffic.
- Please be sure to email us your hotel contact information well before your tour departure date. The tour desk will call you at your hotel the night before. It is important that the guest check in name at the hotel is the same as 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, rates from $688 to $783 (season depending)
- Single supplement rate is $148
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 understand, remain flexible will enjoy your adventure.
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