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Cycle Bangkok to Phuket, 10 Days, Cycle Tour Thailand

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Cycle 850 winding kilometers of majestic tropical coastline on good quality roads following Thailand’s greatest coastal range. From the Gulf of Thailand with it’s sweeping sands to the crystal clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Get out of the saddle and on to the sand to relax and enjoy the warm sunsets at day’s end. Then refuel with delicious local seafood from the local area.

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Cycle Bangkok to Phuket

Cycle 850 winding kilometers of majestic tropical coastline on good quality roads following Thailand’s greatest coastal range. From the Gulf of Thailand with it’s sweeping sands to the crystal clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Get out of the saddle and on to the sand to relax and enjoy the warm sunsets at day’s end. Then refuel with delicious local seafood from the local area.

The ride begins on the quiet countryside of the East Coast and then cycles on to the beach town of Hua Hin and beyond. Highlights include stunning beach views and limestone peaks as we carve down and through Sam Roi Yot, Thailand’s first coastal National Park. Negotiate the rolling hills and steady climbs. Wrestle the twists and turns that mix up our cycling inland over the Isthmus of Kra to Thailand’s Western coastline and finally ride onto the resort island of Phuket.

Hit the road each morning to race through Thailand’s lush greenery and past idyllic beaches. This well-paved ride is flat, fast, and exhilarating, punctuated by lush scenery and local flavour. A firm cyclist’s favourite; cyclists come for the challenge, and fall in love with the culture. As warm hospitality, like sunshine, is practically guaranteed in this “Land of Smiles.” Scenic and challenging, this Thailand cycle tour encompasses it all.

This tour is 100% on road, and we designed the route with road cyclists in mind.

We start with a transfer out of Bangkok to avoid the dangers of riding through a very busy metropolis. The first half of the ride is on flat roads, mainly following the beach.

The total distance is 850 km in eight riding days. Some of the distances are quite long, but the roads are smooth, making it an achievable distance on a road bike. The trip is fully supported, and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty. This makes a tremendous difference, as does the constant supply of cold drinks, ice, and fresh fruit.

Is This Trip Suitable For Me?

Fitness, of course, will be a huge asset on those long days and on the undulating hills. The tour is fully supported, and the bus is always close at hand for those that find the riding too difficult.

Biking Conditions

The roads are 100% tarmac and in good condition. There are some hills, mostly rolling with the exception of the steep but short hills in Phuket.

Bikes

Because some people can’t imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, we do not provide them as part of this tour. However, you can hire bikes locally for the price listed in the FAQ section. The bikes are Trek 2.1 C, Domane 2.0 and carbon Émonda S5 road bikes, with Shimano components and seat posts. If you have your own saddle that you are comfortable with, you are welcome to bring it, and we’ll fit it. We can provide strap-style toe cages if requested, but you might like to consider bringing SPD clip pedals if you use them, and please make sure to bring your shoes and cleats. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a road bike in good mechanical order.

Bike Repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

Safety

Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.

Guides

You will be led by a local English-speaking guide and if the group is 9 people or more we will add another guide to the tour. All our guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.

Health

We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days.

Weather

Thailand generally has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. The North and Central region have a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. Northeast Thailand has a humid hot and dry weather alternatively with medium rain while the coastal areas of the east is humid and hot with intermittent rain. The South of Thailand has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity.

There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 27˚C/80 F and 40˚C/104 F, with night temperatures in the 20s. The rainy season is from July to October, but temperatures are slightly lower, because of the effect of the rain. During this time it will not rain continuously, but in sharp bursts, and the sun can come out quickly. The cooler season is from October to February, with average temperatures between 20˚C/68 F and 30˚C/86 F.

Food

Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Most meals are local and feature noodles, rice, curries, and soups. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.

Drink

Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit, and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer is freely available everywhere but is NOT included in the price.

Solo Travelers

We do not require you to pay a surcharge for traveling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.

Extra Expenses

We recommend that you tuck away a few extra pounds, perhaps £20 per day, for incidentals.

Money

The Thai currency is the baht. ATMs, which are abundant, are the easiest ways to get Thai baht. Have a supply of US dollars in cash on hand, just in case your card doesn’t work. Banks or the rarer private moneychangers offer the best foreign-exchange rates. Credit cards are accepted in big cities and resort hotels but you’ll need baht for family-run guesthouses or restaurants.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Cycle tour jersey
  • Water bottle
  • Support vehicle
  • Guide(s)
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Accommodation
  • Snacks and drinks
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport pick up
  • Airport drop off
  • Visa fees
  • Alcohol
  • Tips
  1. Overview Overview

    DAY 1
    Petchaburi – Hua Hin

    DAY 2
    Hua Hin – Prachuap Khiri Khan

    DAY 3
    Prachuap Khiri Khan – Ban Krut

    DAY 4
    Ban Krut Rest Day

    DAY 5
    Ban Krut – Chumpon

    DAY 6
    Chumpon – Ranong

    DAY 7
    Ranong – Khuraburi

    DAY 8
    Khuraburi – Khao Lak

    DAY 9
    Khao Lak – Phuket

    DAY 10
    Departure

  2. Day 1 Petchaburi - Hua Hin

    We meet at a Bangkok hotel before we transfer to the start of our ride in Petchaburi (approximately 2 hours). This ride is a gentle start to the trip as we head out of Petchaburi and into rural Thailand, along roads flanked by paddy fields and palm trees. We then ride along the beach into Cha-am and on to the beach resort town of Hua Hin. The town is closely tied to Thai royalty. The last 20 km is on a main road, but there is a wide shoulder to ride. If the traffic proves to be too heavy, this section can be transferred. We top off our day with a seafood dinner on a pier in the centre of town.

    Putahracsa
    Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 67km
    +194m
    -194m
  3. Day 2 Hua Hin - Prachuap Khiri Khan

    We head out of Hua Hin, towards Sam Roi Yot (300 hundred peaks) National Park. This park has spectacular limestone formations and freshwater marshes in between the peaks. We ride on quiet backroads along beaches with striking limestone peaks as our background. After the park, we have a short ride on the main road, about 20 km, before heading back to the coast, passing many small villages. The final section is along the beach to Prachuap Khiri Khan. The selected hotel has some great views and, as the town is well known for having some the finest seafood in Thailand, we’ll feast on the local specialties at dinner.

    Hadthong Hotel
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 116km
    +486m
    -481m
  4. Day 3 Prachuap Khiri Khan - Ban Krut

    We leave the hotel and ride along the beachfront road for about 12 km before hitting the main road. This section is 45 km with the option to transfer. We are now well away from the main tourist areas, and the roads are quiet and in good condition. We head towards a serene beach and our nature-friendly boutique resort. Time to relax in a hammock and listen to the surf.

    Baan Grood Arcadia
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 78km
    +300m
    -301m
  5. Day 4 Ban Krut Rest Day

    This is a rest day – you’ve earned it. Spend it relaxing at the beach, wandering around the fishing village of Ban Krut, or taking a dip in one of the two salt water pools at the resort.

    Baan Grood Arcadia
    Breakfast
  6. Day 5 Ban Krut - Chumpon

    With legs rested, it’s time to do some serious kilometres. We ride 118 km on quiet side roads with very little traffic. Our route sticks to the coast, giving us views of the sea to the left and rugged mountains on our right. We are passing through Thailand’s narrowest part as the border with Burma is less than 20 km away at some points. We end the ride just north of Chumpon, at another secluded and quiet beach.

    Nana Beach Resort
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 118km
    +693m
    -693m
  7. Day 6 Chumpon - Ranong

    We cross the Isthmus of Kra, which separates the Gulf of Thailand from the Adaman Sea, and is just 44 km wide at its narrowest point. We head west for about 60 km on an undulating road that cuts through the lush jungle-clad mountains that surround this area. The hills and the twists and turns in the road make for some varied riding. There is a climb of about 3 km starting at the Pun Ya Ban Waterfall, and then it is downhill and flat all the way to Ranong. This is a spa town, and the hotel has a hot mineral spring pool to soothe those aching muscles.

    Tinidee Hotel
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 139km
    +1407m
    -1397m
  8. Day 7 Ranong - Khuraburi

    We ride through valleys today, so the road will be rolling, but there are no extreme climbs, just enough ascents and descents to make the ride interesting. We pass many villages and children waving and yelling out farang, farang (foreigner). After some great views, the ride ends in a lovely little resort nestled in a valley and surrounded by lush tropical rain forest.

    Kuraburi Greenview Resort
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 125km
    +1052m
    -981m
  9. Day 8 Khuraburi - Khao Lak

    We continue our journey south, riding from valley to valley towards picturesque Khao Lak. The road flattens out a bit as we reach Takua Pa, a former Portuguese settlement. The region was an important tin-dredging centre in the first half of the 20th century, but there remains little evidence of the mining as rubber plantations have covered the dredged land. We next ride through one of the areas worst devastated by the 2004 Tsunami. You’ll be amazed to see how quickly this area has bounced back and been rebuilt. We arrive early to the hotel, so you can spend time in the amazing pool this afternoon.

    The Haven Khao Lak
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 79km
    +509m
    -580m
  10. Day 9 Khao Lak - Phuket

    The last leg of the tour is to the tropical paradise of Phuket, the largest island, as well as a province of Thailand. There are a couple of small hills to conquer before we leave Khao Lak, but then it’s flat all the way down to Phang Nga and Phuket. This road is in excellent condition, and you’ll make good time towards our resort on Nai Yang Beach. Phuket is connected by a bridge to the mainland, and we’ll stop for a celebratory picture before riding on to our hotel.

    Nai Yang Beach Resort
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ride 118km
    +654m
    -655m
  11. Day 10 Departure

    Today is yours to relax and rest after eight days of great riding. We can help with arrangements if you’d like to extend your stay at Phuket or organise transfers to the airport for onward flights.

    Breakfast

Activity Level: Moderate

Average fitness required, but OK for most people.

Fitness, of course, will be a huge asset on those long days and on the undulating hills. The tour is fully supported, and the bus is always close at hand for those that find the riding too difficult.

The roads are 100% tarmac and in good condition. There are some hills, mostly rolling with the exception of the steep but short hills in Phuket.

850km Total cycling distance

106km Average distance / day

660m Average climbing / day

Standard Road Bike: £182 to £189

Carbon Road Bike: £273 to £303

Overall Rating
5/5
Matthew Pilla
Reviewed On 12/02/2018
5/5

Great riding, great food, great people - a wonderful trip that I cannot wait to repeat!

Bruce Nelson
Reviewed On 10/01/2018
5/5

The attention to detail was amazing. The team anticipated every need.

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