Day 1 - Chiang Mai (D) 30-50kms
Arrive in Chiang Mai, pick up from airport and transfer to hotel. Assemble bikes and enjoy Chiang Mai or go for a warm up ride in the area. Overnight at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel
Day 2 - Chiang Mai - Lampang (BLD) 120kms
After we leave the Chiang Mai traffic we head towards Lampang on the old highway - a tree lined boulevard that is a real pleasure to ride along. The terrain is rolling on this section of the ride and at just past the halfway point there is a longish climb that gets quite steep at the end. Lampang is called the cowboy town – you can still see horse-drawn carriages as a means of transport. On the way, we’ll stop and visit the Elephant camp and one of the oldest and most religious Chedis in Thailand, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, built around 1044. Overnight at the Wiengthong Hotel
Day 3 - Lampang - Uttaradit (BLD) 145Kms
Today is a tough day as we have a long distance to cover and some hills to go over. We have three sets of hills and lots of undulating countryside. Some of the hills get steep towards the end so take it easy – but the support vehicle is not far away and ready to give you a lift if needed. We pass through teak forests, past reclining Buddhas and some beautiful temples. We are now truly into provincial Thailand and we won’t see many other tourists here – giving you a real Thailand experience! Overnight at the Seeharaj Hotel
Day 4 - Uttaradit - Sukhothai (BLD) 90Kms
We really head off the beaten track today as we ride on some of the most secluded and beautiful roads in Thailand as a canopy of palm trees provides some natural protection from the hot Thai sun. We pass lush green paddy fields and many villages as we wind head towards the first capital of Thailand, Sukhothai. The 13th Century reign is generally viewed as the “golden age” of Siam due to the fact that its influence spread as far west as Burma, east as far as Cambodia and south down into Malaysia. Overnight at the Ruanthai Hotel
Day 5 - Sukhothai (BLD) 30Kms
A day to enjoy the original capital of Thailand by taking a ride round the historic park. A UNESCO World Heritage site, there are more than 193 ruins surrounded by three moats and bridged by four gateways. Bikes are the best way to enjoy this ancient city and you won’t want to forget your camera to capture some of the stunning Buddha statues. Or simply have a day off the bike and enjoy the town of Sukhothai. Overnight at the Ruanthai Hotel
Day 6 - Sukhothai - Khampeng Phet (BLD) 85Kms
Khampeng Phet, also known as the “Diamond Wall City,” was a military fortress used to help defend Sukhothai from invading armies. The moss and flower covered ruins give it a quality that is not seen in its more popular and restored neighbor of Sukhothai. We have plenty of time to visit the sites by foot or by bicycle. The ride to Khampeng Phet is on pleasant country roads with plenty of activity going on to keep your attention. Overnight at the Phet Hotel.
Day 7 - Khampeng Phet – Nakorn Sawan (BLD) 120Kms
We head into the heartland of Thailand today with our journey to Nakorn Sawan. You’ll quickly understand why Thailand is the top exporter of rice when you see the many paddies on your route today. Look out for water buffaloes wallowing in a puddle and for ducks taking a dip in a rice field. This is an area of Thailand which is not visited by many tourists, so you will pique the interest of locals (especially if you tell then you have ridden from Chiang Mai!) and it is a good opportunity to stop and say Sawadee! Our overnight is at a charming resort surrounded by lily pads. Overnight at the Country Lake Nature Lodge
Day 8 - Nakorn Sawan – Singburi (BLD) 110Kms
Today we really start to feel we are approaching Bangkok as we see signs of industrialisation, but there are still plenty of open spaces with fields as well as small towns and villages along the way. The ride is again on back roads that pass through many small towns. Don’t forget to look up and wonder at the 60-foot long reclining Buddha in Ang Thong. Overnight at the Grand Leo Hotel.
Day 9 - Singburi - Ayutthaya (BLD) 90Kms
Today we reach the old Siamese capital of Ayutthaya – the centre of old Siam for over 400 years until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. Also a UNESCO world heritage site, this historical park boasts some spectacular temples that are best visited by bicycle. The town lies along the Chao Phraya River and our hotel for the night is located on its banks. Overnight at the Krungsri River Hotel
Day 10 – Ayutthaya – Bang Pa-In – Bangkok (BLD) 60Kms
Today we have the last leg of our sojourn through Thailand. We will ride down to Bangkok – along country roads that will take us past Bang Pa-In, the former summer palace of King Chulakorn. We end our journey in North Bangkok and we transfer the last few kilometers to our hotel in the city center. We then meet in the evening for a celebratory dinner and bask in the glory of a job well done! Overnight at the Majestic Grand Hotel.
Day 11 – Bangkok and onward travel (B)
Free day to enjoy Bangkok and pack your bikes for your onward flights