Thailand’s Heartland by Bicycle

A unique opportunity to get close to ordinary Thai people in their homes and communities and learn about their culture and way of life, spending one night at a homestay at a typical central-Thailand farming community. This 5-day tour takes you from the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, through Supanburi to historic Kanchanaburi.

 

 

Physical Grading: (out of 5)
Culture Shock: (out of 5)
Accommodation: Homestay / Hotel and Guestouse
Transport: Minibus / pickup
Activities: Biking, Community activities 
Meals included: 4 x B, 4 x L, 4 x D

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Day 1:  Ayutthaya’s Highlights – Suphanburi Homestay   (-/L/D)

               

Meet at our office in the morning and after choosing your bicycles, set off for the Ayutthaya Tourist Center to learn  something of the long history of the city, once the capital of old Siam. After that, visit Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Lokayasutharam, three of the most famous temples in Ayutthaya. Continue cycling to Jedi Si Suriyothai (Si Suriyothai Pagoda) and then Wat Chaiwatthanaram, and Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church. Afterwards visit Wat Khunprom. You will take a break for lunch during the tour. After the sightseeing, set off by car to Bang Mae Mai in Suphanburi province, a drive of about 1 ½ hours. Arrive Bang Mae Mai Homestay, check in and meet your host family. After relaxing for a bit, take an “E-Tan” (kind of local mini-tractor) to tour the village and see the sunset over the paddy fields and sugar palms. Have dinner and overnight at the homestay.

Day 2:  Bang Mae Mai – U-thong   (B/L/D)

 

In the early morning, offer food to local monks on their morning alms round. Afterwards have breakfast and then back to the bicycles and set off past the paddy fields, sugar palms and fields of morning glory, water mimosa and taro.  After about 10 kms on the back road stop to visit local families who make herbal drinks, palm sugar and traditional desserts. Return to the homestay for lunch and then say goodbye to the host family and head off towards U-Thong by road. Check-in to Piccolo Hotel and  take a rest for an hour. Continue to Baan Lor Pra and then cycle to visit the local National Museum and then continue cycling to the village where a huge statue of the Buddha is being carved into the mountainside. Afterwards have dinner at a local  CBT restaurant. Return to the Piccolo for overnight.

Day 3: Huay Sapan, Kanchanaburi   (B/L/D)

 

After breakfast, set off by road for Huay Saphan in Kanchanaburi. Explore the countryside around the Huay Sapan and have lunch at the village. Continue cycling along a very scenic route to Ban Huai Makham Community Forest and then on to Nong Khao. Check into a family guesthouse for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Kanchanaburi City   (B/L/D)

 

Have breakfast and say goodbye to the host family. Transfer to Good Times Resort in Kanchanaburi town.

After lunch at the resort take a cycle tour of the Kanchanaburi’s 2nd World War historical highlights. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the resort.

Day 5 : Kanchanaburi City   (B/-/-)

 

 Services finish after breakfast.


Prices

Group Size

Price Per Person in Thai Baht

Persons

31,600

4 Persons

18,800

Persons up

14,500

Single room supplement

On request


Services and Additional Notes

 Services included:

•             Private air-conditioned transport and transfers

•             Homestay as mentioned in the programme

•             Biking

•             Local English-speaking guide

•             Meals as mentioned in the programme

•             All entrance fees for visits included in the programme

 

Services not included:

•             Additional soft drinks/alcohol

•             Personal expenses

•             Tips for guide and driver

•             Domestic and international flights

•             Travel insurance

 

 

Please be advised:

In some villages you may not be allowed take pictures of people and some places may be out of bounds to visitors. If you wish to take photographs or are unsure whether an action is appropriate, please ask your local guide for advice.

 

Responsible mind:

The villagers’ income from tourists is to help support the community and preserve its way of life. We have designed our tours to provide them with job opportunities and a sustainable way of maintaining their cultural heritage and to offer an alternative to illegal activities like mineral exploration, deforestation and hunting wildlife.