This tour is a combination of sightseeing and cycling. You ride a manageable 30 km a day, but because you cover quite a lot of ground and take in all the major sites, the days are quite full and action packed. The riding is fairly easy and follows a wide range of trails ranging from canal paths, minor roads to dirt paths. 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.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Bangkok And Transfer To Kanchanaburi (Cycling For About 32 Km)
Starting from Bangkok, depart by van to Samut Songkram, where you start your bicycle exploration of the Mae Klong Delta area at Damnoen Saduak floating market, the biggest and most colorful in Thailand. After discovering the sights and sounds of the floating market, embark on a long tail boat and cruise through a maze of canals cutting through local villages and various plantations. This eye-opening boat ride offers a glimpse of Thailand of old where local people are going about their daily life with the canal as the focal point. Arriving at a riverside temple, you can enjoy the surroundings of the temple while the bikes are fitted and a general briefing is given. The ride takes you through coconut, aloe vera plantations and fruit orchards. Riding quiet back roads and jeep trails stop to visit interesting temples and appreciate the countryside. Depending on the season, you will see grapes, lychee, pomelo, guava and coconuts ripe for picking. One of the temples you visit is Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram, the birth place of Rama II. Next on the tour is Wat Bang Kung: this quirky temple is held up by a huge banyan tree but you can still step inside and see the Buddha image. This temple is housed in the old Bang Kung army camp, which was used to garrison soldiers when regaining Thailand’s independence from Burma. Also visit the exceptional carved temple of Wat Bang Kae Noi where the inside of the Wat has carved panels depicting the story of the enlightenment of Buddha (cycling distance about 19 km). Having enjoyed a delicious Thai lunch at a riverside restaurant, continue cycling on picturesque trails through lush vegetation towards the starting point of the floating market (cycling distance about 13 km). After loading the bikes, van transfer 1.5 hours to Kanchanaburi for your first overnight stop. Rest of the afternoon at leisure until dinner and overnight at Royal River Kwai Resort.
Day 2: Kanchanaburi
After a leisurely breakfast, van transfer to Kanchanaburi to visit the local sites, war museum and the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. Then board the local train for a stunning ride on the Death Railway. After lunch at Krasae caves, start biking along some great trails passing by some teak plantations, small Thai villages on the way to Prasat Muang Singh. This historical site covers some 74 hectares and is believed to have been used by the Khmer empire as a trading point along the Kwai Noi River. Ride around the park and visit the museum before packing up the bikes and van transfer to the riverside hotel. Dinner and overnight at Phung Wan Resort.
Day 3: Kanchanaburi To Ayutthaya
After breakfast at the hotel, you have a chance to further explore this very scenic province. Start riding from the hotel and head off on quite country trails. Pass small communities and finish with a crossing over a wooden suspension bridge, on your way to Sai Yok Waterfall. After lunch at a local restaurant, van transfer via Suphanburi to the former capital city of Siam, Ayutthaya, which is located approximately 80 kilometers to the north of Bangkok. The ancient city of Ayutthaya is known as the "Venice of the East", and it lies along the Chao Phraya River, the tributary of which surrounds Ayutthaya province. Dinner is on your own account the guide will be happy to provide recommendations. Overnight at Krungsri River Hotel.
Travel from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya
Day 4: Departure
Today we offer an optional early-hours tour (06:00 AM) to visit the morning market to buy fresh food, which you will then donate to the monks who are making their rounds to receive alms from the local people. It is the traditional practice for Thai Buddhists which is a meaningful experience for foreigners. Then return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we a have a chance to see the glory of the Ayutthaya Empire (1350-1767A.D.) which is evident in the remains of temples. Cycle around the ancient city to see Wat Mahathat, with the Buddha head entwined in the tree routes, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the old palace and Wat Chai Mongkol. Then head into the countryside and ride the small back roads that follow the Chao Praya river to Bang Pa In for lunch and a visit to the former summer palace. Van transfer back to Bangkok, where you will arrive mid-afternoon (around 14:30 hrs.).