Thailand River of Kings Ride 14 days
The River of Kings Ride through Thailand exposes you to the kingdom’s ancient history and colorful culture. From Chiang Mai, the capital of north Thailand, we cycle through the Chao Phraya river valley where Thai civilization began and visit the ancient cities of Lampang, Sukhothai, Khampeng Phetand Ayutthaya. The route follows quiet back roads where you will be amazed at how little traffic is encountered. Cycling takes you off the beaten track to the lesser known towns of Pa Mok and Uthai Thani, where you will definitely find the “land of smiles.” The scenery is ever changing as it starts in the mountainous north, then continues through the emerald paddy fields of the central rice belt and then to the rugged jungles of Kanchanaburi before arriving in the vibrant metropolis of Bangkok.
- Transfers as mentioned above by private air conditioned car
- English speaking tour guide
- Accommodation one night in Chiang-dao at Padeng Lodge in private fan cooled room
- Accommodation one night in Chiang Rai, tourist class hotel, with air-cond and en suite bathrooms
- Meals as mentioned in program
- Elephant show, elephant riding, caves entrance fees
- Beverages, guide tips and personal expenses
- “Hall of Opium” museum entrance fees (optional visit, to be paid locally)
- Compulsory Gala Dinner at hotels (only during festive periods)
Arrive in Chiang Mai and meet for welcome dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Ping River.
Explore the ancient and modern city of Chiang Mai, drive up Doi Suthep to Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep (AD 1384), the most sacred temple in North Thailand, and take in a panoramic view of the city.
We leave Chiang Mai on the old highway and stop to visit an elephant camp and one of the oldest and most religious Chedis in Thailand, before a transfer to Lampang — the cowboy town.
Ride on country roads through local villages, with time to stroll through markets or stop at one of the many temples we pass. We climb a few hills before we reach the Mysterious Rock Garden and our overnight at Uttaradit.
We head off the beaten track as we wind towards Sri Satchanali Historical Park and then transfer to our hotel at the first capital of Thailand, Sukhothai.
A day to ride around the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sukhothai to see some of the 193 ruins. Cycle at a leisurely pace so you can capture some of the stunning Buddha statues.
Cycle on pleasant country roads to Khampeng Phet, a military fortress used to help defend Sukhothai from invading armies.
During our ride you’ll quickly understand why Thailand is the top exporter of rice when you see the many paddies on your route to Uthai Thani. Lunch on board a charming restored rice barge while you cruise on the Sakaekrang River.
Ride on the forested island of Thepho, where the Chao Phraya River and Sakaekrung rivers meet, cycle to Chai Nat in time for lunch and then visit the Wat Pa Mok’s reclining Buddha before arriving in Ayutthaya.
Cycle south to Bang Pa In to visit the summer palace of King Rama V and then transfer to Kanchanaburi, stopping to visit the bridge over the River Kwai before heading to our jungle resort on the river.
Follow the River Kwai as we ride through the jungle, between farmer’s fields, along a mixture of jeep trails, tarmac and quiet back roads to the town of Kanchanaburi.
In the morning we visit the famous floating market and then start our bicycle ride following canal paths and small back roads
We transfer to Bangkok and take a ride in the green part of Bangkok called Ban Kra Jao. Our farewell dinner will be a river cruise on a converted rice barge on the Chao Praya River.
Free day to enjoy Bangkok until your onward flight