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From the comfort of a boutique river lodge, explore the historic town of Kanchanburi and the River Kwai by bike on this short tour of Western Thailand.
Beginning in Bangkok, transfer to Kanchanaburi, gateway to Thailand’s lush national parks and famous ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’. Explore the town’s cafes, market stalls and of course, the bridge, before hopping into the saddle for a riverside ride to your boutique lodge, on the fringes of Sai Yok National Park.
Over the next two days, cycle through forests and villages where you will visit the World War II memorial sight of Hell Fire Pass and take a train journey on Death Railway, a section of the former Thai-Burmese Railway.
Returning to Bangkok by way of private transfer, you can continue you discovery of classic Thai noodles and coconut curry dishes with a chilled Tiger Beer!
Probably South East Asia’s most energetic city, the streets of Bangkok are a world where the modern and ancient collide. Grand gold spired temples are nestled between towering sky scrappers and bustling markets. The River Chao Phraya and it’s extensive network of canals are a superb way to explore the city where you can view the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). In the evening, dine on fresh bowls of Thai noodles or on a spicy coconut curry.Overnight: Bangkok
From your hotel in Bangkok, meet your guide and join your fellow cyclists as a private transfer (2-3 hours), takes you north east to the Bridge Over the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi.
Here, you’ll have a short time to explore Kanchanaburi and cross the famous ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’. On the quieter side of the river, hop onto your bike and enjoy your first afternoon of guided riding through patchworks of corn, rice and sugar cane fields. At the end of the ride, a short transfer (30mins) will take us onwards to our overnight lodge accommodation where we spend the next 2 nights.
Cycle: 37 km
Overnight: River Lodge
Meals Included: Lunch & Dinner
Begin with an easy spin along the River Kwai before the route climbs up into forested roads. Cycling along straightforward dirt tracks, the forest was replanted in 1953 after it was felled and used as sleepers for the Thai-Burma Railway. Leaving the trails, we re-join the support bus for a short transfer to visit Hellfire Pass and the Memorial Museum before taking a journey on the ‘Death Railway’. Despite it’s dark history, the journey is said to be one of Thailand’s most scenic train trips. Alighting at Tham Krasae Caves, it’s a short bus journey back to your lodge and a riverside dinner.
Cycle: 29 km
Overnight: River Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
From the lodge, cycle through forested villages and farmland as the route undulates to the Angkor-era ruins of Muang Sing. This temple marks the furthest westerly point the great Cambodian Empire. Dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries the two Khmer temples are built in the traditional Bayon style, as found in the last Khmer capital of Angkor Thom. From Muang Sing, continue riding to your late lunch stop, from where you will have a private group transfer back to Bangkok where the tour ends. Should you require extra an hotel night(s) in Bangkok, this can easily be added at the time of booking.
Cycle: 55 km
Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch
Stay 1 nights in a riverside 3* hotel, and 2 nights in a 4* river lodge. Below are examples of the accommodations we use on this trip. These accommodations are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard will be offered should the following be unavailable.
If you are travelling with friends or family but prefer single rooms this is possible subject to availability and a supplementary payment.
As this is a group tour, if you are travelling as a single cyclist
and do not wish to a pay a single room supplement you will paired with
another solo traveller of the same gender.
All meals from breakfast on day 2 through to lunch on day 4 are included. Thai cuisine is famous the world over and has something to suit almost every palette. Typically, breakfast comprises of fruits, juices, breads, eggs and noodles along with teas and coffee. Lunches and dinners are fresh and tasty. Hot bowls of noodles, coconut based curries with rice, grilled fish and chicken skewers are all popular dishes in Thailand. Coconut is an important part of the Thai diet and is used in a lot of dishes!
With a rooftop pool and riverside restaurant, this 3* hotel offers a peaceful stay when in the buzz of Bangkok. From the hotel you can easily explore the city by foot, taxi or even hop onto many of the boat services to visit Bangkok's temples, markets and attractions.
A 4* lodge on the edge of Sai Yok National Park, the Rafts Resort sits on the banks of the River Kwai, 60km north east of Kanchanburi. Spacious rooms overlook the surrounding forests and river. There is plenty of space to relax in the extensive gardens. This family run lodge is a peaceful haven after a day in the saddle. The lodge restaurant serves authentic Thai dishes on the waterfront terrace.
There are no set departure dates for this group tour. This guided cycling adventure can depart on any day from January through to December. Group size ranges from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 10 persons. As this is a popular tour, simply let us know the date you intend to travel. Please see the website for details. If you would prefer, you can also book your own private departure for yourself and fellow cyclists. Private departures can be easily arranged and are subject to availability and a supplementary fee.
The tour is fully guided, with a minimum group size of 2 and a maximum of 10 (please see availability for full details). After being collected from your hotel in Bangkok, you can kick back and relax and enjoy the experience of travelling and cycling through Western Thailand under expert guidance.
Each day the guide will navigate you through the lush countryside to all the historic points of interest. You will also have the comfort of being provided with a support vehicle, should you no longer want to cycle or need assistance with your bike.
This cycling route follows quiet country roads, straightforward forest trails and busier routes when passing through villages and towns. Please always be mindful of other roads users at all times, especially when cycling on routes shared with traffic.
21 Meridia speed hybrid bikes (or similar) will be provided for the duration of the tour. Each bike comes with a handlebar bag for your personal possessions and a water bottle.
Your guide is on hand to help with any issues with the bike. Helmets are included, although your own is likely to be a better fit.
If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike.
If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time of booking as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care. Prior to departure you must provide us with your travel insurance details.
The distances and ascents/descents are
approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing
all necessary items, for example, sunscreen, water and personal snacks. Your information pack has a detailed
equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as padded shorts/tights.
For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport has extensive domestic, regional and long haul connections. We would suggest checking flight www.skyscanner.net as a starting point for flight schedules and prices to Bangkok.
We can easily book extra nights in Bangkok should you need them.
This trip is graded easy to moderate with rides between 30-50km. There are some stretches of rolling roads on shallow hills but rides are always well paced by the guide and the support vehicle is never far, should you need a rest. The guide will also provide snacks and drinks during each ride. It’s a good idea to get out on your bike in the lead up to this tour so you are used to cycling back to back days.
The air conditioned support vehicle is always nearby should you want to take a break from cycling. Depending on the route for the day, you may be able to relax at your accommodation.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially between December and March.
Depending on your wider plans for Thailand, there are usually 3 seasons across the year. November through to February offers long, dry, hot sunny days. March to May is better for cycling in the early morning or late afternoon. May through to October is rainy season, however, it’s unlikely to rain all day. Usually the rain falls in the afternoon or overnight for a few hours clears through relatively quickly.
Regardless of the season you travel, your guide will plan the cycling each around daily conditions for you to get the most out of your tour.
If you only want to take a smaller piece of luggage with you, it is usually possible to store baggage in at your hotel in Bangkok. Please let us know is you intend to do this, so we can let your hotel know.
If you have made you own arrangements for accommodation in Bangkok, we can easily remove the first hotel night in Bangkok from this tour. Please let us know which hotel you will be staying at for the start of your tour.