Thai Heritage on Cycle 
7D/6N | Ayutthaya, Uthai Thani, Sukhothai, Phrae, Lamphang, Chiang Mai

Price Starts 74,550* Per Person

Overview:

Thailand, a treasure trove of varied experiences, can surprise even the most avid adventurers. Pedal down amazing lanes and quaint villages, uncovering Thailand’s heritage and cultural gems on the way. This 7-day journey takes you across rural countryside and emerald paddy fields, with stops at UNESCO World Heritage Sites, showcasing the country’s past 700 years. Fill up on adventure, relish spicy local delicacies, visit bustling night markets, and marvel at the intricate architecture. Join us as we explore Thailand on a cycle, for an experience that is as thrilling as the destination itself.

  • Travel Style: Active
  • Service Level: Standard
  • Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding
  • Trip Type: Small Group
  • Age Requirement : 18+
  • Inclusions: Accommodation, Meals, Transport & Sightseeing As Per Itinerary; Expert Guide, Mechanic, Support Vehicle; Cycle Hire, Travel Insurance
  • Highlights: Ride To Ayutthaya Historical Park, Kamphaeng Phet, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, Explore Chiang Mai, Siam & More

Thai Heritage on Cycle 
7D/6N | Ayutthaya, Uthai Thani, Sukhothai, Phrae, Lamphang, Chiang Mai

Price Starts 74,550* Per Person

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Bangkok - Ayutthaya

    We pick you up from your desired point in Bangkok in the morning for a short transfer to the former royal summer residence of Bang Pa-In Palace. Originally built during the reign of King Prasat Thong of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya in 1632, the palace is now used by the royal family for banquets and ceremonies. Before you ask, no, we cannot help you become friends with them. After a walk through the gardens and the diversely styled buildings we cross the River of Kings, the Chao Phraya, for lunch at a riverside restaurant.

    In the afternoon, we ride on back roads to Ayutthaya Historical Park and explore the ruins of the historical wealthy kingdom that thrived for four centuries, and is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once a major trading post for merchants and sailors between the Far East and India, Ayutthaya was home to traders from Japan, China, Portugal, Holland, France and Spain. We will stop often to visit temples and absorb their significance. We finish the day at a Thai-style boutique resort set amidst rice paddies. Are you dreaming about it already?

    Meals - Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 2: Ayutthaya - Uthai Thani

    Our riding day starts with a leisurely ride to Wat Chaiyo Worawihan. Originally built as a small temple, this was expanded during the reign of King Rama V to accommodate a large seated Buddha image (16 metres wide and 22 metres high). For a delicious lunch, we will stop at a local restaurant, before a short transfer to our country resort.

    Here, you can choose between a ride through tranquil rice fields, a sunset kayak, a relaxing Thai massage, or throwing a fishing line to spend your evening. Choices, choices, choices.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3: Uthai Thani - Kamphaeng Phet - Sukhothai

    We follow the river north and ride through local villages to Kok Mai Duen Ancient City. A short walk through the digs will reveal evidence of structures from 2000 years ago. Observe the unearthed tools and stoneware, including fascinating Roman-style lanterns, evidence of the flourishing trade between the East and the West centuries ago. We then drive to see more of Thailand's cultural treasures at Kamphaeng Phet - the Diamond-Walled city - which served as a military fortress defending the former capital of Sukhothai during the 14th century. By this point, you will be imagining yourself as a war general all set to go into battle. Don't get too carried away, we have more cycling to do. While casually cruising on our bikes inside the city walls and the old fortification of Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, we take in the history of this UNESCO Wolrd Heritage site.

    In the afternoon, our pleasant ride on country roads will take us to the locals' favourite hangout, the Phra Ruang hot springs. Relax in the natural hot springs where the average temperatures range from 50-65°C. We then transfer to our charming Thai-style hotel in Sukhothai. Tonight, we have dinner at the mesmerising Dream Cafe surrounded by artifacts and antiques.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4: Sukhothai - Phrae

    This morning, we cycle through the remains of the first kingdom of the Thai people. Pre-dating Ayutthaya, though there is some overlap between the kingdoms, Sukhothai was established in 1238. The story of Sukhothai was found in a stone inscription. It describes the benevolent relationship between the king and his people as that of a father and son, the strong belief in Buddhism prevalent at the time, and the land as rich with natural resources. It really is something to travel back in time via simple writings. The Thai alphabet in its current form was derived from this inscription too, interestingly. Our leisurely ride through the site will let us explore the many temples and ruins and learn about life in Siam during the Sukhothai era and its influence on current Thai culture.

    In the afternoon, we beat the heat with a transfer to the quaint town of Phrae, where we enter a different period of Thai history, the Kingdom of Lanna. We'll visit Khum Chao Luang, the residence of the last ruler of Phrae. It's built in a mixed Thai-European style of architecture known as "Gingerbread", popular during the reign of King Rama V.

    In the evening, we dive into an essential part of being Thai - food! Wander through the famous Phratu Chai Market and sample famous local delicacies such as the Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiew (a northern style noodle soup) and Kanom Tom (a dessert made from coconut and palm sugar), while you discuss your day's exciting discoveries with your co-travellers and guide.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 5: Phrae - Lamphang

    After breakfast we have a 2-hour ride to Lamphang, the fortress city of the Kingdom of Lanna, the most prosperous kingdom in northern Thailand during the 13th-18th century. Though of the same Tai family as the Siamese in the central plain, the Tai Yuan people (who established the Lanna Kingdom) developed their own language and alphabet - which can still be seen and heard today.

    After this cycling trip, you're going to be a bona fide expert in Thai history, we're telling you. Here, we explore Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, which still has the fortress walls that protected the people as well as the temple, home to a Buddha relic that is worshiped by Thais all over the country. We ride our bikes to our riverside hotel, through the undulating countryside and refreshing green fields

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6: Lamphang - Lamphun - Chiang Mai

    We start the day with a 90-minute transfer and then begin cycling to admire Lanna architecture. After about 20 kms, we'll take a break with a visit to the Lamphun Museum and learn about the ancient kingdoms of Haripunchal and Lanna. We then cycle around Wat Phra That Haripunchai, built around 1044 AD. From here we ride north along the Ping River on quiet country roads - through farmlands and orchards with an abundance of seasonal fruit including longans, lychee, mangos, jackfruit, durian, and dragon fruit, among others. The smell of fresh fruits...yum! We'll also ride through the historic ruins of Wiang Khum Kham, a Mon settlement dating back to the 11th century. Constructed as part of the Haripunchai kingdom, this satellite town was ruined by floods and abandoned, but the ruins have recently been excavated. Our ride continues along the Ping River as we get to our final destination, the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai.

    After we check into our hotel and rest, we'll get back on our bikes for a night tour of this walled city. Relish some snacks at the market and then dig into a late dinner featuring the signature dish of Chiang Mai, Khao Soi - flat, yellow egg noodles and chicken, beef or pork in a coconut milk-based red curry soup. Yup, we're already hungry, too. Slurp.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7: Chiang Mai

    This morning we'll leave our bikes behind and drive up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (1384 A.D.), the most sacred temple in northern Thailand, whose temple grounds have been expanded to add numerous holy shrines over the years. Once there, a panoramic view of the city of Chiang Mai (15km away) can be seen on a clear day. Then, we visit Wat Suan Dok (1370 A.D.), where the ashes of Chiang Mai's royal family are interred. The temple is also the site of Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya Buddhist University, where monks from across the nation come to pursue their Buddhist studies. And then we come to it, the end of the most fun history lesson you'll have taken in a while. We'll stop for a poignant farewell lunch at a spot above Chiang Mai, so you can take in the landscape of the Lanna Kingdom and reflect a bit on how far civilisation has come since the ancient times, before we return you to the comforts of your hotel. Please do give us your valuable feedback on adventure@coxandkings.com

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

Thai Heritage on Cycle 
7D/6N | Ayutthaya, Uthai Thani, Sukhothai, Phrae, Lamphang, Chiang Mai

Price Starts 74,550* Per Person

Inclusions:

  • 06 nights' accommodation (Hotel (6nights)).
  • 06 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners.
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Support vehicle as per group size.
  • Services of expert guide and mechanic for cycle repair.
  • Cycle Hire.
  • Travel Insurance

Exclusions:

  • Return Airfare.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visas.
  • Optional activities.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control..
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Evacuation charges, damage of any nature, entrance fees at monasteries
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions..
  • Government Service Tax of 5.0%
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