Ideal for couples, families, and anyone who enjoys good food, good wine, and stunning nature. Cycling Khao Yai Wine Trails takes you on a wine tasting journey where we ride a total of 23.5mi (38km) on quiet country roads through rolling hills with mountainous backdrops, passing quaint dairy farms and remote temples along the way, and visit Khao Yai's fruitful vineyards where we break for a taste of local wine and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Thai countryside.
From Bangkok we drive north and east and start our trip by visiting the impressive 147ft (45m) tall white Buddha statue at Wat Theppitak Punnaram. We ride through patchwork countryside that could almost be France, if it wasn't for the banana trees and occasional coconut palm. We visit the birthplace of the acclaimed Khao Yai wine, which is locally grown and processed in a stunning valley plain sitting at an elevation of 1150ft (350m) above sea level, and just a short bicycle ride away from the serene Khao Yai National Park. After a well-deserved lunch paired with a glass of wine, we take a tour of the wine making facilities and vineyard before riding to our resort.
We spend the night at the charming Cabbages & Condoms resort, surrounded by majestic limestone mountains and nature at its very best. Owned by the Population, Community and Development Association, a Thai government organization set up by Khun Meechai Viravaidya, the PDA operates a wide variety of programs designed to serve and assist the rural poor of Thailand. These programs cover such diverse activities as free vasectomies, income generation programs at village level, forest replanting schemes, vegetable banks, industry relocation into rural areas, mobile health clinics, environmental education programs, and a democracy project.
On our second day we will be climbing a bit on the bike as well as off the bike as we make our way to the very top of two stunning temples and later, cycle uphill as we pass tapioca and sugar cane fields and a rock quarry. We break and enjoy refreshments at the Prapatsorn grape farm before a hearty lunch is in order. Afterwards we ride through Asoke Valley before heading back to Bangkok (two hour air-conditioned van transfer).
An air-conditioned minivan travels behind the group to support us and participants can cycle as much or as little as they like and still enjoy the same views as the rest of the group. This is a 2-Day/1-Night tour with breakfast-1, lunch-2 and dinner-1 included.