Thailand Bike
Thailand 8 days ex Bangkok

Spend a fascinating 8 days exploring Bangkok and Northern Thailand from handlebar level, get below the surface of the hectic capital as
you cycle backstreets and get to know some of the local characters. Learn more about the hill tribes of Northern Thailand before spending 2
days cycling through villages and meeting them face to face. Practice your bargaining skills and pick up some souvenirs at the Chiang Mai
Trip Details
Day 1 Bangkok
You are met on arrival at Bangkok airport and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting, the day is free to familiarise
yourself with Thailand's capital, Bangkok, the very epitome of a modern, steamy Asian metropolis. There is a wealth of
attractions to explore!

Day 2 Bangkok ride
When people think of Bangkok often it conjures up images of traffic jams that last from sunrise to sunset and the
thought on riding a bike is the last thing people would contemplate.  This half day adventure provides us with an
interesting insight into an area of Bangkok that few people know about, away from the traffic we cycle through this
fascinating part of the city.  The morning trip explores the heart and soul of Bangkok: Bangkok Noi. Just across Chao
Praya River to the Thonburi side of Bangkok, this area has its own unique style of waterways and small roads. The
historical records point to the old Bangkok Noi community being established since King Chai Raja of Ayutthaya Period
(A.D. 1532 – 1546).  Bangkok Noi Canal which was once a part of the majestic Chao Phraya River flows in a horseshoe
shape through the old Bangkok Noi community.  

We start our ride near Khao San Road in Banglamphu. After a quick bike fitting and briefing we head out. Staying off the
roads we wind our way through small lane ways along the riverside. We cross on a local ferry to Thonburi Train Station
built in a colonial-style. Then ride down pass the bustling local fresh market, Thai houses along Klong Bangkok Noi
and see local communities that live and work in the area. We stop at Wat Sri Sudaram on the canal side, the temple
house Thailand’s largest image of the venerable Somdet Phra Phutthachan (Toe Phromrangsi).  The contrast
continues as we bike into idyllic rural pockets where villagers still grow fruits, vegetables and orchids. We ride across
the southern railroad track to a dirt road and cycle through a small community along the railway. We stop again for
refreshment at Wat Paknam Pasicharoen, another Ayutthaya era built temple. Next to the temple is Pasicharoen Canal
where schools of shark-catfish reside. It is fun to feed them with loaves of bread. We turn northward into a small “Soi”
(meaning "lane" in Thai) of Charan Sanitwong Road and then back onto the main Issarparb Road. Cycling back to
Thonburi Train Station, we cross on the ferry back to Prachan Pier and ride through Thammasat University to Pra Arthit
Road.   Our trip finishes back where we started in Sam Sen Soi 2.  

The ride is a very gentle 20-km ride along country back roads and suitable for anyone who can ride a bike. Our English
speaking guides will provide an insight into the local areas customs, history, culture and local way-of-life each time we
stop. High quality mountain bikes are used on this trip and helmets are included. In the evening we board an overnight
sleeper train that will take us north to Chiang Mai.

Day 3 Chiang Mai
Arrive Chiang Mai Railway Station in the morning and transfer to hotel located downtown with in a short distance to the
famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. In the afternoon we head off to Tribal Museum Chiang Mai which is a good
introduction to the cultures and practices of the current hill tribes of northern Thailand. Late afternoon sees us off to
explore the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep. A short drive from our hotel (approximately 45 minutes) along a
scenic, winding mountain road ends at the impressive 300-step Naga stairway. The rewards justify the ascension to
the top, with one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand on display, not to mention the fantastic panoramic views of
the city and the opportunity to listen to some evening chanting provided by the resident Buddhist monks. The evening is
free to visit Chiang Mai's famous Night Bazaar and practice your bargaining skills.

Days 4-6 Northern Villages bike ride
After breakfast on day 4 we leave our guesthouse by bike and cycle down narrow lanes through some of Chiang Mai's
more interesting neighbourhoods, past beautiful houses and through areas rarely seen by tourists. The route
continues on country roads through beautiful changing scenery. (Total distance covered: approx. 40 km on flat terrain)

On day 5, we cycle through more beautiful rural settings, where the terrain is slightly hilly. We stop at a local market for
lunch before continuing on through picturesque rice fields, orchards and small villages. Our day ends at a guesthouse
with hot springs. There are facilities for traditional massage, mud baths, sauna, and jacuzzi, all at reasonable prices -
so reward yourself! (Total distance covered is approx. 30 km)

Day 6 is the longest day of the three, and we start off travelling 10 km over gentle hills. The beautiful scenery changes
as we move along, and soon the country flattens out and we are back into an area covered by paddy fields. We pass a
large standing Buddha protruding from the flat countryside - perfect for photos - before making a visit to a former leper
colony. Now a rehabilitation centre, a visit to this community gives some insight into the activities of missionaries in
days gone by (Total distance covered: 70 km). We arrive back in Chiang Mai late in the afternoon of day 6.

Day 7 Chiang Mai
Today is a free day for your own personal exploration of Chiang Mai, go shopping, do some more sightseeing or get a
massage.  A highly recommended activity is a half day cooking school which your Tour Leader can help make the
arrangements for you. In the afternoon we transfer to the Chiang Mai Train Station and board our overnight sleeper train
bound for Bangkok.

Day 8 Bangkok
Arrive early into Bangkok and transfer to our accommodation for day rooms.  Please note that the day rooms are
booked until 4pm, to extend your stay you will need to book extra accommodation.
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