Heritage of Thailand Guided Cycling Holiday
Guided | Individual | 7 days | 6 nights | £849 per person
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About the tour…
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 defined 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 further northward, 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.
This tour is for those who wish to see Thailand’s rural countryside and explore the rich history of Siam, all while enjoying an active holiday. The scenery is ever changing as we start our ride though the emerald paddy fields of central Thailand where the roads are mainly flat, then continue with some undulating terrain and a few gentle climbs in the northern hills, before arriving in the cultural city of Chiang Mai.
The trip is fully supported and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain 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.
We drive a short distance from Bangkok and start our journey at a royal summer residence of Bang Pa-In Palace. Then we cycle on flat backroads to Ayutthaya Historical Park, exploring the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our riding day starts with a leisurely cycle past more of Ayutthaya’s old temples and continues on to Wat Chaiyo Worawihan and the impressively large seated Buddha image.
We ride north to Kok Mai Duen Ancient City, to see evidence of civilization from 2000 years ago. Later we see more of Thailand’s cultural treasures as we cycle inside the city walls of the old fortification of Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park.
Cycle through the remains of the first kingdom of the Thai people, Sukhothai, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The kingdom reigned from 1238 and until 1438. Then we transfer to a different period of Thai history, the Kingdom of Lanna. We’ll visit Khum Chao Luang, the residence of the last ruler.
Today we explore the Lanna Kingdom starting at Lamphang, the fortress city of the most prosperous kingdom in northern Thailand during the 13th-18th century.
After a visit to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, we cycle around Wat Phra That Hariphunchai and ride through the historic ruins of Wiang Khum Kham, a Mon settlement dating back to the 11th century, before reaching our final destination, Chiang Mai.
Drive up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple in northern Thailand. Then we ride to Wat Suan Dok, where the ashes of Chiang Mai’s royal family are interred. Later stop for a farewell lunch at a spot above Chiang Mai.
This tour starts in Bangkok. This tour is for those who wish to see Thailand’s rural countryside and explore the rich history of Siam, all while enjoying an active holiday. The scenery is ever changing as we start our ride though the emerald paddy fields of central Thailand where the roads are mainly flat, then continue with some undulating terrain and a few gentle climbs in the northern hills, before arriving in the cultural city of Chiang Mai.
The trip is fully supported and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and
terrain 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.
You can expect a fairly gentle ride each day with none of the distances being overly long. There are a few small hills and some dirt trails, but these can be tackled by anyone with even a moderate amount of fitness. The emphasis on this tour is Thailand’s history, culture, scenery and all off the beaten track.
Biking Conditions: This trip is mainly on tarmac roads with a few days where we
will have hard packed dirt trails – no off road experience is required. An airconditioned support bus travels behind the group to supports us and participants can cycle as much or as little as they like and still enjoy the same views as the rest of the group.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
Bikes: Bike hire is included in the price of the tour shown.
The bikes are well-known makes of Hybrid or Mountain bikes (depending on the tour) with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, and that it is in good mechanical order.
Bike Repairs: 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.
Safety: 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 guide is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.
Support: This tour is supported by an air-conditioned minivan, specially modified for cycle tours. The vehicle follows us the whole time and is always available for tired cyclists. It is very easy to get bikes on and off the vans, so you can rest when you are tired, and cycle whenever you feel like it. You will always be well looked after.
Guides: You will be led by a local English-speaking guide and if the group is 8 people or more we will add another guide to the tour. All our guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
Arriving and Departing: This tour starts in Bangkok and ends in Khao Lak, Thailand. International and domestic flights to and from these places are not included in the tour price. Please contact us for advice before arranging flights for the best arrival and departure times.
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. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of Thailand to be eligible for the visa on arrival. This is strictly enforced.
Health: We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days.
Weather: Southern 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 27C (80 F) and 35 C (95 F) , with night temperatures in the 20s (68 F).
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 20 (68 F) and 30 (86 F).
Food: Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Most meals are local and feature noodles, rice, curries and soups. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Drink: Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer is freely available everywhere, but is NOT included in the price.
Extra Expenses: We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20, for incidentals.
Money: 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 moneychangers 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 restaurants.
Heritage of Thailand, 7 days, 6 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
Carefully chosen accommodation along the route.
£849 per person
£179 per person
Availability: 18th November 2013-22nd December 2014
Departure Days: Sundays
Duration: 7 days
Bike Hire: Included
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Holiday Price: From £849
Single Supplement: From £179