Cycling Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Day 1 Meet in Chiang Mai

We meet at 13:00 at the hotel where the guide will brief everyone thoroughly and make sure the bikes fit. Then enjoy Chiang Mai or go for a warm-up ride in the area.

The Rim Resort
Ride 50km

Day 2 Chiang Mai - Lampang

After we leave Chiang Mai's traffic, we head towards Lampang on the old highway, a tree-lined boulevard that is a real pleasure to ride along. The terrain is rolling on this section of the ride, and at just past the halfway point, there is a longish climb that gets quite steep at the end. Lampang is called the cowboy town – you can still see horse-drawn carriages as a means of transport. On the way, we stop and visit one of the oldest and most religious chedis in Thailand, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, built around 1044, and the well-preserved fortified Wat Phra That Lampang Luang.

Wianglakor Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 120km

Day 3 Lampang - Uttaradit

Today is tough, as we have a long distance to cover and some hills to go over. We have three sets of hills and lots of undulating countryside. Some of the hills get steep towards the end, so take it easy, but the support vehicle is not far away and ready to give you a lift if needed. We pass through teak forests, past reclining Buddhas and some beautiful temples. We are now truly into provincial Thailand, and we won’t see many other tourists here – giving you a real Thailand experience!

Seeharaj Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 145km

Day 4 Uttaradit - Sukhothai

We really head off the beaten track today as we ride on some of the most secluded and beautiful roads in Thailand, as a canopy of palm trees provides some natural protection from the hot Thai sun. We pass lush green paddy fields and many villages as we wind towards the first capital of Thailand, Sukhothai. The 13th-century reign is generally viewed as the “Golden Age” of Siam due to the fact that its influence spread as far west as Burma and east as far as Cambodia and south down into Malaysia.

Ruanthai Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 90km

Day 5 Sukhothai

A day to enjoy the original capital of Thailand by taking a ride round the historic park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are more than 193 ruins surrounded by three moats and bridged by four gateways. Bikes are the best way to enjoy this ancient city, and you won’t want to forget your camera to capture some of the stunning Buddha statues. Or simply have a day off the bike and enjoy the town of Sukhothai.

Ruanthai Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 30km

Day 6 Sukhothai - Khampeng Phet

Khampeng Phet, also known as the “Diamond Walled City”, was a military fortress used to help defend Sukhothai from invading armies. The moss and flower covered ruins give it a quality not seen in its more popular and restored neighbour of Sukhothai. We have plenty of time to visit the sites by foot or bicycle. The ride to Khampeng Phet is on pleasant country roads with plenty of activity going on all around to keep your attention.

Chakungrao Riverview Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 85km

Day 7 Khampeng Phet - Nakorn Sawan

We head into the heartland of Thailand today with our journey to Nakorn Sawan. You’ll quickly understand why Thailand is the top exporter of rice when you see the many paddies on your route today. Look out for water buffaloes wallowing in a puddle and for ducks taking a dip in a rice field. This is an area of Thailand not visited by many tourists, so you will pique the interest of locals (especially if you tell then you have ridden from Chiang Mai!), and it is a good opportunity to stop and say Sawadee!

Bonito Chinos Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 130km

Day 8 Nakorn Sawan - Singburi

We really start to feel we are approaching Bangkok as we see signs of industrialisation, but there are still plenty of open spaces with fields, as well as small towns and villages along the way. The ride is again on backroads that pass through many small towns.

Chaisaeng Palace
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 145km

Day 9 Singburi - Ayutthaya

As we leave Singburi, don’t forget to look up and wonder at the magnificent reclining Buddha in Ang Thong before continuing the ride to the old Siamese capital of Ayutthaya – the centre of old Siam for over 400 years until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. Also, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic park boasts some spectacular temples that are best visited by bicycle. The town lies along the Chao Phraya River, and our hotel for the night is located on its banks.

Krungsri River Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 90km

Day 10 Ayutthaya - Bang Pa-In - Bangkok

We have the last leg of our sojourn through Thailand. We ride down to Bangkok along country roads that will take us past Bang Pa-In Palace, the former summer palace of King Chulalongkorn. We end our journey in north Bangkok, and we transfer the last few kilometres to our hotel in the city centre. We then meet in the evening for a celebratory dinner and bask in the glory of a job well done!

Majestic Grande Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 60km

Day 11 Bangkok and Onward Travels

Free day to enjoy Bangkok and pack your bikes.