Historic Ayutthaya

DestinationsThailand
Tour Meets06:45 to 07:30 at your hotel in Bangkok
Tour EndsAround 17:00 at your hotel in Bangkok
Fly in toSuvarnnabhumi Airport (BKK) or Don Muang International Airport (DMK)
Fly out ofSuvarnnabhumi Airport (BKK) or Don Muang International Airport (DMK)
Group Size2-16 riders
Minimum Age0 (on scheduled departures)
Cycling Distance30 km

Trip Profile

Towering chedis amidst crumbling ruins create the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Situated just north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya once claimed Thailand's capital, but that governance ended abruptly in 1767 when the city was sacked by Burmese invaders. Despite the destruction, these ruins emanate the city's prior dominance, beauty, and rich history.

An easy day ride, this tour reveals the historic treasures of Thailand. From the impressive ruins of Ayutthaya to a European-style Buddhist temple, this bike trip takes you off the beaten path and onto the local trails through authentic Thailand. After a short transfer from your Bangkok hotel, we'll take our bikes to explore the ruins of the impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991. Its distinct reputation is well earned–weathered layers of burnt bricks compose the stately stupas and chedis that guard these grounds. First, we'll see Wat Yai Chaimongkol and its towering chedi, one so large that it presently is sinking. Then, biking through the ancient city's walls, we'll visit Wat Phra Mahatat, the symbolic heart of the old city now famed for the picturesque tree roots that ensnarl its imbedded Buddha relic. Fruitful jujube trees still surround the Old Royal Palace, our next stop. From there we'll have time to continue exploring these precarious, precious structures, including the prominent Wat Chaiwattanaram.

The final ride to Wat Niwet Thamprawatang is a real pleasure as we must cross the river via cable cars. The ride up till here will give you an escape into the Thai countryside, riding on quiet roads passing by the local communities that line this part of the Chao Phraya River.

Visitors must dress appropriately at some of these temples and if you are wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts you will be asked to cover up with a sarong. You can bring your own or rent one at the entrance. Also, please note that sandals must have an ankle or heel strap.

What's Included

  • Water bottle
  • Guide(s)
  • Hotel pick up
  • Hotel drop off
  • Bike and helmet
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Ferry/boat fares
  • Accident insurance

What's Excluded

  • Alcohol
  • Tips

General booking info

Booking

If this is the tour for you here's what you need to do to confirm your place: Read our Booking Conditions

From the tour page click the 'Book Now' link. All departures for this tour will appear, just select the date you'd like to travel. There is a minimum number of participants (usually 2) required to enable the trip to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to Depart'. Once a trip is guaranteed to depart you are free to book your flights and make other travel arrangements. If you are unsure about the trip status, please email us or call our office. For the next steps you'll need to know the names of the people traveling and have either a Visa or a MasterCard. If you wish you can also provide extra details such as passport numbers, height, or you can add that later by logging into Manage My Trip (we'll set up an account for you automatically if you don't already have one). However, if you wish to get a children's discount, please do fill out the date of birth of the riders. If you are having any problems, please send us an email, or give us a call (+66 2 381 7490) and one of our travel specialists will assist you with your booking.

Deposit

For Long Tours (7 days or more) to guarantee your place we require a 30% or 500 USD deposit, whichever is the greater. For Short Tours (6 days or less) we require full payment to guarantee your place. We also require that you take out travel insurance when you book your holiday. Besides covering you during your holiday it will also enable you to claim for any money that you have paid to us, including your deposit, should you have to cancel your trip.

Balance

Full payment must be paid 45 days before the departure date with fees for any bicycle rental(s), single supplement(s) and extra hotel nights. Our confirmation will include personal details you provided us (including your flight information), visa application advice, a packing suggestion list and a detailed tour itinerary. It will also include a checklist to ensure you get everything ready for your holiday.

Cancellation Policy

On the rare occasions when we, SpiceRoads, must cancel a trip, all payments received to date will be 100% refunded, which constitutes full settlement. There will be absolutely no deductions. If you, the client, must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined according to when you cancel. For full details, please read our cancellation policy.

Loyalty Riders Club

For those who have been on several long tours with us we reward customer loyalty by offering repeat customers a special discount off the tour price (excludes single supplement and bike rental). If this is your fourth scheduled tour or more you will receive a 5% discount. If this is your eighth scheduled tour or more we will extend a 10% discount. The discount will be reflected in your online booking, but please contact us if any questions. Loyalty discounts can not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Note: Only tours of 7 days or more will be applicable for loyalty discount.

International Flights

International flights, to and from the start and finish points are not included in the tour price. Once your tour is Guaranteed to Depart you can book your flight. Please contact us for advice before arranging flights for the best arrival and departure times. We would only cancel a trip for an extreme circumstance, but in that case, where we cancel your trip, we cannot be liable for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made. Please claim any losses from your travel insurance that you acquired when you booked your holiday.

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