Cycle western Thailand’s River Kwai region
Explore the Thai-Burma Railway and the Bridge Over the River Kwai while cycling to ancient temples through the friendly countryside surrounding Kanchanaburi. This trip runs Bangkok to Bangkok.
Closer to Bangkok than you think is the famous ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai,’ part of World War II’s Death Railway that linked Thailand and Burma. On this active three day tour you’ll board the train for a ride on the famous railway line, visit an ancient Khmer temple, visit the infamous Hellfire Pass and enjoy three days in the beautiful countryside of West Thailand.
Cycling on small back roads as well as many unsealed tracks gives a great opportunity to explore the rural communities of Thailand while also visiting the famous WWII sites.
Bangkok : Thailand
Quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with hydraulic disc brakes, hybrid tyres for touring. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a reusable sports bottle are also provided.
The accommodation on this tour is at the unique Boutique Rafts Resort, sleeping in comfort on raft houses that float on the river. All rooms are beautifully fitted and come with full modern bathroom facilities and air conditioning. In the event that Boutique Rafts are not available similar alternative accommodation will be supplied.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip. Our charming guides are well informed and well spoken. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are well versed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with locals you may meet along the way.
For groups of 6+ people a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
Thai food is internationally famous, and for good reason. This trip is as much about food as riding with all the best of Thai food provided throughout the trip. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
2 to 10
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers – we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
After picking you up from your hotel in Bangkok it is a 2-3 hour transfer to Kanchanaburi and the famous ‘Bridge Over The River Kwai.’ After walking across the bridge to the quieter side of the river, we set up the bikes and begin riding. Today takes us on a very pleasant ride that first follows the course of the river, with a stop at a war cemetery. After a short uphill we leave the bikes to squeeze through a cave that sits in the grounds of a local temple. The remainder of the day is through farmland with everything from common crops like corn, rice and sugar cane to small patches of asparagus and chillies. Late in the ride we find ourselves riding alongside the very train tracks that were laid decades before by prisoners of war. At the end of the ride we transfer to our beautiful accommodation at the Boutique Raft Resort.
Starting the morning on bikes, we cycle small roads that slowly get narrower and eventually turn to dirt as we head into a beautiful forested landscape. The finale to the ride is a suspension bridge back to the land of sealed roads. The support van will then drive us up the hill to Hellfire Pass, where we spend some time visiting the excellent museum and walk along the infamous Hellfire Pass. From here a short drive brings us to Nam Tok train station, the modern day end of the train line that used to go all the way to Myanmar. Here we’ll take a ride on the Death Railway, travelling along a piece of WWII history. After crossing the trestle bridge at Krasae Cave, we transfer back to our hotel.
From the resort this morning, we ride a series of small sealed and unsealed roads that wind their way around villages and farmland. After a short section on the main road and a bit of an uphill climb, we descend back towards the river and make a visit to the Angkor era ruins at Muang Sing. This region marks the furthest point west that the great Cambodian Empire once spread. After visiting the ruins it is a further 15km to the end of our ride, a late lunch, and the start of the 3 hour drive back to your hotel in Bangkok. During the transfer you can reflect on three adventurous days, cycling terrain made famous for its bridge and railway line but with a whole lot more to see than just war history.
Highly Recommended Tour Package @ Bangkok, Thailand