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3 Days | 2 Nights
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Explore the Thai-Burma Railway and the Bridge Over the River Kwai while cycling to ancient temples through the friendly countryside surrounding Kanchanaburi. This three-day tour takes you to historical sites for cultural exploration while offering a fun and adventurous cycling trip.This tour comes with an optional 2-night pre-tour extension in Bangkok.
Merida Matts 6.2 V or E-bikes
Friendly Thailand team
2 to 14
Boutique Raft Resort
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, check out the infamous Hellfire Pass and enjoy three days in the beautiful countryside of West Thailand. Cycle small back roads as well as many unsealed tracks that provide a great opportunity to explore the rural communities of Thailand while also visiting the famous WWII sites. Stay the night in a raft resort where your accommodation floats on the river’s surface and savor the delicious flavors of Thai cuisine along the way on this interesting cycling journey.
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109 Km riding. This tour is on a mix of sealed and unsealed roads so we ride mountain bikes with knobby tires. You need to be able to handle some bumpy surfaces, but anyone who is comfortable riding a bike should be ok. There are some small hills to get up and roll down. The distances are all quite short so there is never any rush if you worry about being slow and we always have a support vehicle on hand in case you need to take a break from the cycling.
Pedal-assist E-bikes is an available option for this tour for $105 surcharge.
Take a walk over the famous Bridge on the River Kwai and explore other significant WWII sites.
Learn about the “Death Railway” as you visit a museum and walk along the Hellfire Pass.
Stay at a luxurious raft resort where your floating accommodation features beautiful rooms and ample modern facilities.
Discover the Angkor-era ruins of Muang Sing after some fun cycling.
After picking you up from your hotel in Bangkok, we will transfer 2-3 hours 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 spent cycling through farmland with everything from common crops like corn, rice and sugar cane to small patches of asparagus and chilies. Late in the ride, we find ourselves pedaling 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 for an interesting floating accommodation.
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 of 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 walking 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, traveling along a piece of WWII history we have just learned about. 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 of cycling 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 of cycling terrain made famous for its bridge and railway line but with a whole lot more to see than just war history.
Quality, well maintained Cannondale Quick 1 Disc bikes are provided on this tour. They are fixed fork (no suspension), flat handlebar, hybrid bikes with mid-width fast-rolling tires and hydraulic discs for braking confidence. The Quick provides a smooth ride in a lightweight frame and is equipped with reliable gearing. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a reusable sports bottle are also provided.
The Cannondale Trail Neo is a durable, high quality and supremely comfortable e-bike. It features a power pack and drive unit from Bosch and is equipped with 10 speed Shimano gearing with plenty of range for all conditions. The hydraulic disc brakes prevent any braking fatigue in your hands and front suspension prevents any wrist pain that can occur with e-bikes due to their slightly different weight distribution. It's a great looking bike too, with a battery that is integrated into the frame and a nice, subtle color scheme. The bikes come in S, M & L, so will suit riders from 165cm to 186cm in height.
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 knowledgeable and well-spoken. For tours of 7+ people, an assistant guide will accompany the group to allow for flexibility and ensure attention to service & detail.
Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local guides 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 as well as keep an eye out for your comfort and safety at all times.
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage. Rest assured knowing there is a backup option in the event you cannot complete the day’s ride.
Thai food is internationally famous, and for good reason. This trip is as much about food as riding, with all the best of Thai cuisine 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 14
This tour is available for private departures at any time for 2+ riders for no extra charge. This tour can also be scheduled as a group tour where we limit the group size to 14.
This resort is unlike any place you may have stayed before, with comfortable, fully-furnished rooms floating on the River Kwai. Soak up tranquil river life, all the while near-natural and historical points of interest.
We did the “Bridge over River Kwai” bike tour with our 13-year-old son. We had a blast!!! Our guide Kan was the best. He was very friendly & accommodating. He made our bike tour fun and memorable. We will surely cycle again with you :)
Went on the River Kwai three day adventure in a small group and had great fun. Highly recommended - Tick is an excellent tour leader and his support team with two vans were excellent. The hotel on the river was an experience in itself.
What a fantastic way to spend 3 days racing around the Thai countryside seeing places we wouldn't normally see if we were on the normal tourist trail. A wonderful insight into the rural way of life and a very moving tour given the amount of lives that were lost building the railway. We will certainly be booking with Grasshopper again - great organisation, outstanding guide and comfy bikes!
We have now done 4 cycling tours with Grasshopper and would not hesitate to book more. I absolutely trust them to have put together an itinerary that will combine fascinating sights, great safe routes and amazing hotels, as well as knowledgeable guides and a full support team. I know that from the moment the tour stars, I have nothing to worry about. Everything is taken care of.
Historically known as the Burma Railway, on Day 2 you will ride a short section still in operation along the banks of the River Kwai.
Yes, you will visit the Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail operated by the Australian Goverment. Visit the Interpretive Centre first to learn about this history and conditions of the POWs and Asian workers before walking the trail to the memorial on the old railway bed.
If you have an evening flight out of Bangkok, you will have enough time. Travel time from Kanchanburi to either of the Bangkok airports is around 3 hours. The tour will finish in the early afternoon on Day 3.
Take a moment to read our blog on the highlights of Kanchanaburi.
Click here to see our Thailand Travel Guide.Here is some general travel information for Thailand.
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We use our expertise and experience in Thailand to carefully craft itineraries that pack in lots of satisfying cycling, beautiful scenery, and cultural immersion while taking you to both the must-sees and hidden gems of each destination. Cycle back roads past scenic farmland to interesting historical locations on this three-day tour of Western Thailand. Visit ancient temples and WWII sites as well as cycling through small villages for a better understanding of authentic Thai life a few hours from Bangkok.
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