Chiang Mai to Bangkok - Siamese Cycling Adventure
Thailand, Bike - Semi Slick, 14 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,375 (land only) - from $2,645 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Chiang Mai overlooking the Ping River. A single airport transfer is provided from Chiang Mai Airport. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and a briefing at the group hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast, we set out on a city tour that explores the ancient and modern parts of Chiang Mai, including the city walls, gates, moats and the main street of Tapae. We also drive up to Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple in northern Thailand. The guide will recommend a restaurant for dinner (not included).
Day 3: Time to start cycling, as we leave the city walls and follow a scenic route southwards beside the Ping River. We take lunch at the ancient town of Lamphun and visit the 1000 year-old Lanna temple. We continue our ride to Lampang and our hotel. Ride distance 50 km (31 miles) with approx 200 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 4: A short transfer takes us into the hills of Maerang, where we ride on small country roads over quaint bridges to colourful village markets. We also pass the intriguing town of Ban Nasan, noted for its bamboo products, before a downhill ride all the way to Phrae. We transfer to our accommodation in Uttaradit. Ride distance 47 km (30 miles) with approx 750 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 5: Riding on secluded and palm-fringed roads, we pass lush green paddy fields and many villages to arrive at Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand. We visit the Sri Satchanali Historical Park and take a short transfer to our hotel. Ride distance 82 km (51 miles) with 260 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 6: A easy day on the bikes, as we enjoy a leisurely ride around Sukothai. The Sri Satchanali Historical Park is UNESCO listed, with 193 ruins surrounded by moats and gateways. There is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the town of Sukhothai. Ride distance 25 km (16 miles).
Day 7: Our longest day in the saddle, as we head to the 'Diamond Wall City' of Khampeng Phet, a military fortress built to defend Sukhothai from invading armies. We ride on pleasant country roads with plenty of local activity to keep our attention. Overnight Khampeng Phet. Ride distance 89 km (56 miles) with approx 370 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 8: After a short transfer, we have a quite leisurely ride amongst the rice paddies to Uthai Thani on the Sakaekrange River. Arriving in time for lunch, we board a charming rice barge for a cruise along the river and a glimpse of a traditional Thai way of living. Overnight in Uthai Thani. Ride distance 49 km (31 miles) with 250 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 9: An interesting ride today, onto Thepo Island, at the point where the mighty Chao Phraya and Sakaekrung rivers meet. We cross the river several times today by ferry and ride through orchards and rice fields and along shaded river banks. Afternoon visit to a reclining Buddha statue. Overnight in Ayutthaya. Ride distance 59 km (37 miles).
Day 10: Today, we ride south to Bang Pa, with a visit to the Summer Palace of King Rama V. After a local lunch, we then transfer to Kanchanaburi Province, stopping off en route to see the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. Overnight at a jungle resort. Ride distance 27 km (17 miles) with 280 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 11: Our route takes us beside the River Kwai, through jungle, between farmers fields and along a mixture of jeep trails and quiet back roads. We overnight in Kanchanaburi. Ride distance 50 km (31 miles) with approx 350 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 12: We take a transfer to Damnoen Saduak, where we visit the famous floating market. Then, it's back on our bikes, as we follow canal paths and small back roads, through orchards of fruits such as lychee and pomelo, guava and coconuts, ripe for picking. Overnight in Chokita. Ride distance 32 km (20 miles) with approx 65 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 13: We transfer to Bangkok and pedal our final kilometres in the surreal oasis know as the city's 'green part' or Ban Kra Jao. Here, we will feel far removed from the bustling city which is only on the other side of the river. Dinner on a river cruise on the Chao Praya River and overnight in Bangkok. Ride distance 20 km (13 miles).
Day 14: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single airport transfer is provided.