by Luca Valsecci
Luca talks about his experience riding on SpiceRoads Historic Ayutthaya cycle tour.
Ayutthaya, UNESCO World Heritage site, magnificent, cosmopolitan, one of the world’s largest cities by 1700 and capital of the ancient Ayutthaya kingdom, ruled by 35 kings from 1351 to 1767.
This must be worth a visit, I told myself whilst planning my trip to Thailand, and indeed it was. I chose SpiceRoads organized tour because of the one-stop concept. Everything is carefully planned, and what you just need to do is wake up early enough, bring some sun protection and wear comfortable sporting clothes. That’s it!
On the big day I waited at the hotel for SpiceRoads crew to pick me up with their minivan, and in few minutes, we were on our way. It took a little more than 1 hour to reach Ayutthaya, but once there, away from the busy Bangkok, you will find a sleepy and pleasant archaeological site. Remains of prang (reliquary towers) and Buddhist monasteries surround you from every side of the horizon.
Once upon a time, this was a center of diplomacy and commerce, and you can still dream about this ancient glory while biking around the ruins. SpiceRoads takes care of all you need. Bikes are provided and with fresh drinks and fruits, regular stops, the cycling is a breeze. The lunch at the riverside restaurant is “la cerise sur le gateau”, a moment of relaxation and an opportunity to get to know the rest of the riding group.
Finally after experiencing a tour in the countryside, crossing small villages, biking through the life of rural communities and visiting the king’s summer palace, it was time to go home. Goodbye Ayutthaya, you will be always remembered.
Find out more about the tour here.
The summer palace