Day 1: Arrival

Arriving at Chiang Rai international airport you will be met by a driver and transferred to our centrally located poolside hotel.

0kms. 

Unsealed road time - NA

Meals:

Day 2: Leave Chiang Rai

We will leave Chiang Rai via a circuitous route of mixed surfaces with more than half of the time spent on the wonderful unsealed trails of the area. Tonight we stay in a roadside motel very typical of the places used by cyclists on long journeys here

75kms. 

Unsealed road time - more than 50%

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: To Phayao.

Again a day where more than half of our time will be spent exploring the network of unsealed roads, track and trails en-route to the pleasant town of Phayao which sits on the shore of a large lake, an ideal spot to relax with a post ride beer and watch the sunset.

105kms. 

Unsealed road time - more than 50%

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Phayao to Chiang Muan. 

Twenty minutes of main road lead us from Phayao lake to a splendid mixture of byways and gravel roads winding and undulating gently through ever hillier scenery. At around the halfway point we join a well surfaces main road, light of traffic, that leads us through a winding section of gentle hills to the fitting crescendo of a lovely twisty winding seven kilometre descent to lunch. The final ten kilometres of the day is a back country gravel road, winding through open hills and woodland to the sleepy, friendly little town of Chiang Muan. 

85kms. 

Unsealed road time - 50%

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Chiang Muan to Phrae. 

One of the largest towns of the tour, our destination for today is the provincial capital of Phrae. A well sealed but quiet main road begins our day via two notable climbs (and of course descents) through beautiful mountain scenery. Before we reach our lunch stop though we will once more be navigating a cross country route on dusty trails and deserted bitumen as we wend our way towards the city. 

120kms. 

Unsealed road time - less than 50%

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Phrae to Na Ton Chan. 

Another long day is ahead of us as we leave our hotel this morning, with a coupe of climbs likely to leave even the strongest climbers with wobbly legs and heaving lungs.

The majority of today’s ride is on sealed roads, although we begin the day with some fun fast dusty gravel, and a tad of single track thrown into the mix. 

After 40 such kilometres we come to an unavoidable section of busy highway where we gain 150 metres in altitude over a gentle ten kilometres of climbing. Fortunately the road here has a wide shoulder which makes the riding a lot more pleasant than may otherwise have been the case. 

Leaving the biggest road of the tour behind us the rest of the day’s ride is though beautiful scenery and agricultural land. We have several stretches of unsealed trails, the longest of which is around 10 kilometres, however most of the ride is on quiet bitumen and concrete rural lanes, and it is here that we experience the most extreme Thai style gradients of the entire tour, one of which gains 250 metres in just two kilometres. But what goes up must come down, and we finish with a beautiful 26 kilometres of predominantly down hill rural riding that leads us to the level pool side guest house of Heinz, where we can relax with a well deserved chilled beer.

120kms. 

Unsealed road time - less than 50% 

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Na Ton Chan to Sukhothai. 

In contrast to yesterday’s hills today’s ride is predominantly flat with half of our time being spend on unsealed tracks and trails, joined together by rural roads light of traffic.

Our destination is Sukhothai, a town popular with tourists visiting the historical ruins of the Sukhothai Kingdom of the 13th and 14th centuries. Sukhothai literally translates to Dawn of Happiness.

90kms. 

Unsealed road time - 50%

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Sukhothai: Rest Day.

Twelve kilometres from Sukhothai is the remains of an ancient city that for 120 years was the first capital of Siam. Nearly 800 years later the Sukhothai Historical Park is now a UNESCO site and is the main reason for the new town’s popularity with tourists. Those interested in architectural remains may like to take their bikes and visit the park, though after seven days of riding you may prefer to spend your rest day simply relaxing in the grounds of our hotel, or visiting one or two of the nearby restaurants and cafés that cater for the Western palette, including an open air restaurant serving a rather fine pizza.

0kms. 

Unsealed road time - NA

Meals: B

Day 9: Sukhothai to Khlong Khulung.

Hopefully well rested and raring to go following a day off rest and relaxation we leave early, with 125 kilometres of predominantly unsealed tracks and trails ahead of us. The day's ride is flat, and the surfaces range from red gravel lanes, to hard packed single track, to concrete lanes, and of course stretches of well sealed byways all leading us to the little riverside town of Khlong Khlung.

125kms. 

Unsealed road time - more than 50% 

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Khlong Khulung to Nong Ben. 

Another great day with as much as 70% of our time spent on gravel and unsealed roads . Following rivers and streams, passing rice fields where birds wade and buffalo wallow, we will be in our out of town resort this afternoon with plenty of time before dinner to relax on our bungalow’s veranda and reflect on a great day of adventure cycling.

85kms. 

Unsealed road time - more than 50%

Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Nong Ben to Sankaburi. 

Our final day of predominantly gravel biking consists of around 70% of our time on white dust, hard packed mud, red gravel, and some concrete roads, as pass though a pastoral scene of rice fields, tapioca and sweet potato. 

130kms. 

Unsealed road time - more than 50%

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Sankaburi to Ayuthaya. 

Our final day on the bikes is mostly on small sealed roads as we follow the banks of little River Noi south.  Observing country life and riverside communities as we ride we eventually meet the mighty Chao Phraya river which leads us to our final destination, the town of Ayuthaya, the second capital of Siam following Sukhothai. Like Sukhothai there is much ancient architecture to visit, although here it is all within the island that forms the main part of town and easily visited by bicycle.

115kms. 

Unsealed road time - less than 50%

Meals: B, L, D

Day 13: Tour Ends.

The tour ends today after breakfast. 

Ayuthaya is a pleasant little town with many ancient ruins spread amongst the trees and grass areas all within easy reach of our resort and for some may be worth a day or two of exploration.

For those wishing to spend a day or two here we can arrange extra nights at our resort. 

For those wishing to head to Bangkok we will provide a group transfer taking you to either of the city’s airports, or to a hotel in town. We can also assist with where to stay in Bangkok. 

For those staying on in Ayuthaya and making their own way to Bangkok later there is a very convenient train station in Ayuthaya with regular trains that stop at Don Muang Airport en route to the central located Hua Lamphong, Bangkok’s main train station.

Don Muang airport home to such convenient and well priced airlines such as Air Asia and Nok Air. These airlines offer quick, regular and well priced flights to many great Asian destinations, including Thailand’s famed beach. 

 


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