Day 1 | Arrival in Chiang Mai “The Rose of the North”
Individual arrival and transfer to the hotel, where we will meet and spend the next two nights. In the evening we will gather for a welcome and orientation in the hotel. You will receive all information regarding the tour and learn some interesting trivia about our host country. We will also hand out the Siam Bike Tours jerseys to all participants. We follow on with a dinner together, during which we will have the opportunity to get to know one another.
Day 2 | Chiang Mai
In the morning, we drive in our minibus to the famous temple Doi Suthep, which perches 1050 m above sea level. 290 steps take you up the dragon staircase to the main entrance and to the temple’s centre; the holy pagoda containing Buddhist relics. In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to visit various arts & craft workshops that will give you an insight into the manufacturing processes of silk, paper umbrellas and varnish. You may use the rest of the evening to visit the night market or simply to enjoy the idyllic old town’s charm and exotic ambience.
Day 3 | 1st Stage: Chiang Mai – Lampang
124 km | B / L included
After a short ride through the town, we bid farewell to Chiang Mai (300 m above sea level). We ride along the enchanting Mae Ping River before passing the city of Lamphun. After
several easy ascents, we reach Lampang, our day’s goal. On the way, we will visit an elephant training camp and watch the friendly animals at work. Lampang is well known for its colourfully decorated horse-drawn carriages, and for its white clay pottery. Our hotel is conveniently located in the city centre.
Day 4 | 2nd Stage: Lampang – Phrae
103 km | B / L included
This stage takes us through a jungle-clad mountain landscape. This stretch features plenty of minor climbs and rewards us with magnificent vistas of temples and stunning views of smaller
villages. Phrae is one of the oldest cities in Thailand. It was founded in the 11th century as part of the Hariphunchai Kingdom of the Mon. In our hotel, we will spoil you with Thai massages and swimming pool.
Day 5 | 3rd Stage: Phrae – Uttaradit
75 km | B / L included
We leave the provincial capital Phrae with its numerous old buildings, which were built in the typical teak construction Burmese. The temples recall the once mighty Lan Na Kingdom.
Nearby is Sirikit dam, rising to a height of 169 m and spanning a width of 800 m. The Sirikit dams the River Nan, creating a beautiful reservoir and picturesque scenery just upstream. Once we’ve arrived at our hotel, we may treat ourselves to another Thai massage and a dip in the pool.
Day 6 | 4th Stage: Uttaradit – Sukkhothai
115 km | B/L included
The remainder of our stages through to Ayutthaya will be pretty much completely flat. We’ll ride on peaceful low-traffic back roads, passing vast rice paddies, temples and quant villages to arrive at Sukhothai, a former capital of Ancient Thailand. Here, we can look forward to a well-deserved massage and the amenities of our modern hotel.
Day 7 | Rest day in Sukhothai
On our rest day, we have a visit to the Historical Park Sukhothai on the agenda. In 1987, it was reopened after ten years of restoration work and is considered one of the most important Buddhist landmarks in Asia, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a sprawling complex with 16 Buddhist temples, 4 Hindu shrines, ornamental ponds, ramparts and trenches over a 70 square kilometer area. We spend the rest of the day relaxing by the refreshing hotel pool.
Day 8 | 5th Stage: Sukhothai – Kamphaeng Phet
86 km | B / L included
Today, we pedal our bikes on historical soil across Kamphaeng Phet province. Its glory period was from the late Sukhothai to early Ayutthaya era. The archaeological sites in the city’s historical park, both inside and outside the city’s walls, are definitely worth a visit. Before setting out on the sightseeing expedition, riders may spend a moment relaxing in our hotel’s spa facilities. After sunset, a lively night market will draw our attention.
Day 9 | 6th Stage: Kamphaeng Phet – Nakhon Sawan
129 km | B / L included
Today’s ride takes us through a very picturesque landscape. Plantations producing a variety of regional fruits border our route to Nakhon Sawan, considered as the gateway to Northern Thailand. Four major rivers flow through this province: Rivers Ping, Yom, Nan and the famous Chao Phraya, the latter of which flows through Bangkok and into the Gulf of Siam, marking
Thailand’s traditional center. The award-winning Utthayan Sawayan Park rests in the city’s core and is surrounded by a large lake, making it a popular meeting place.
Day 10 | 7th Stage: Nakhon Sawan – Singburi
130 km | B / L included
From our bikes we can observe farmers dressed in their typical round hats at work in the fields, cultivating rice. We roll past traditional villages and countless rice fields. We stay in a clean modest hotel on the outskirts of Sing Buri, a typical Thai town. Wat Phikun Tong is Sing Buri’s most famous temple with the biggest sitting Buddha in Thailand. It is surrounded by a peaceful garden inviting visitors to meditate.
Day 11 | 8th Stage: Sing Buri – Ayutthaya
80 km | B included
Rice paddies, shrimp farms and fruit orchards line our way to Thailand’s former capital Ayutthaya, which ruled historical Siam for four hundred years. UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Site. Magnificent historical temples and ruins invite us for a visit. From our hotel, we have a wonderful view over the River Pasak. We can look forward to spending another night in a delightful hotel and enjoying a group dinner where we can toast to a great tour and reflect over and savour our experiences and accomplishments.
Day 12 | Individual onward journey to Bangkok
If required, we can arrange a transfer to Bangkok City or to Bangkok Airport. The journey to both destination takes about 1.5 hours.