Road to Ayutthaya

    Discover Ayutthaya as the pioneers did

         To get a true feel for the history of Thailand, a trip to the UNESCO World heritage ancient city of Ayutthaya is a must. Once an important center of global diplomacy and commerce, Ayutthaya is now an archaeological ruin, characterized by the remains of tall Prangs and Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions, which gives an idea of the city’s past size and the splendor of its architecture.
         This tour has been carefully planned to avoid the big busy roads and instead follows the path of the mighty Chao Phraya river along quiet backstreets and alleyways through the hidden away communities and criss-crossing little streams and canals over locally made wooden bridges. Along this tour we’ll pass  through some ancient historical sites, peculiar temples featuring Disney characters, African savanna animals and enormous Buddha images.
         Apart from these oddities, you will also be captivated by the serene views of endless expanses of rice fields as well as the beautiful Bang Pa In palace which dates back to the seventeenth century with its ornate buildings and perfectly manicured lakes and lawns. This tour has a cycling distance of 48 km – but no worries, if you’re feeling tired or just need some time-out from the saddle, you can hop into our support vehicle which follows us all the way.This tour can be done from Bangkok to Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya to Bangkok.

    Itinerary

             The day starts with an early morning pick up at your hotel – around 7 a.m. and then head out by van to a neighbouring province where we start the tour.  This first stretch is mostly through riverside communities following the alleyways and walkways. We’ll pass by an interesting historical site which is over 400 years old. And if you’ve seen the barges that are towed up and down the Chao Phraya river, along this stretch we’ll pass by the place where these barges are actually made.
               We continue, following the path of the river to see how the local people go about their daily lives, many of whom make a living from the Chao Phraya. Throughout the ride we have regular water breaks with the first snack break at Wat Bot – a local temple which has become quite an attraction among Thai people because of its huge Buddha and Monk images… not to mention its vibrant market and fish sanctuary.
              After the snack break, we continue our adventure to Bang Pa In – the famous summer palace of King Rama V. For this stretch you have the option of either cycling or being transferred by van. Lunch is at Bang Pa In, followed by a walk through the famous palace compound as well as visit to a temple built in Gothic European architectural style.
              After lunch we continue heading north following the contour of the river. This will take us through some more interesting little communities as well as past vast endless panoramas of luscious green or golden yellow rice fields, depending on the time of the season. Our entrance into the ancient city of Ayutthaya is by local ferry as we make our final crossing of the Chao Phraya and then straight on to your hotel.

    Tour availability

    This tour runs every day.
    Bookings can be made via this site or by calling Nok

    0843086098

    Starting time

    Pick up time at your hotel is

    at about 7.00 am.

    Price

    4,800 Baht per person.

    A deposit of 1,500 Baht is required and the remainder can be paid in cash at the start of the tour.

    Facts and Information

    Style : Full day – cycling and adventure with van support.
    Inclusions : Local English speaking guide, bicycle and helmet, water and snacks, local lunch, ferry fares, pickup and drop off at your hotel and accident insurance.
    Group size : Minimum 2 – maximum 6
    Difficulty : Easy riding.
    Distance : About 48 km cycling distance, although it can be shortened or extended.
    Pace : Steady or as the group desires
    Terrain : Entirely flat on quiet, even backstreets.
    Clothing : Comfortable clothes and shoes for cycling, sun protection, camera.
    Bikes : We use comfortable and well maintained mountain bikes, including ladies and kids bikes.

    Starting point of the tour

    You’ll be picked up at your hotel at about 7 a.m.

    although this time might vary according to the number of clients we have on the day and your hotel location.

    Before booking the tour, please read our > BOOKING CONDITIONS <.