Coastal Thailand Guided Cycling Holiday
Guided | Individual | 11 days | 10 nights | £1429 per person
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About the tour…
This exploration south by bicycle will provide a unique insight into the life and traditions of Thais and the beautiful southern coast. We cycle off the main roads as much as possible so we can explore long stretches of beaches, the beautiful island of Ko Talu and scenic areas around Koh Kho Khao and Khao Lak. We have a true Thai experience when we overnight at a traditional fishing community with a family.
We meet in Bangkok and transfer to quiet roads to begin our tour with a glimpse at a traditional way of life along canals. From the floating market we take our first boat trip and see wooden houses from water level.
From here we head south to explore the beautiful coastal provinces on the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, visiting friendly fishing villages on our leisurely cycle. We ride through the stunning mountain scenery of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, take a speed boat to the tranquil island of Ko Talu where snorkeling in the crystal clear water is possible right from the beach, spend the evening with a fisherman to catch squid, boat through a mangrove.
We end our cycling on the coast of the Andaman Sea in Khao Lak, where the beaches are seemingly endless. The emphasis on this tour is Thailand’s history, culture, scenery and of course the beautiful coastline!
Day 1: Bangkok to the Mae Kong Delta
Starting from Bangkok we drive south to the Mae Klong Delta area to start our ride at Damnoen Nam Saduak floating market. There we embark on a long tail boat and cruise through a maze of canals cutting through local villages and various plantations. We stop to visit interesting temples such as the quirky Wat Bang Kung.
Day 2: Visit a Buddhist temple
Wake up early to participate in the Thai tradition of making an offering to Buddhist monks. After breakfast we’ll have a short drive to the start of our ride on the edge of a large reservoir and enjoy the views and cool breezes.
Day 3: Cycle through pineapple fields
This morning we cycle on local roads through seemingly endless fields of pineapple. We take a break to visit a small cave then have a special lunch at the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard. We overnight in the resort town of Hua Hin and have time to take in the night market.
Day 4: Sam Roi Yot National Park
We have a very flat ride to Sam Roi Yot (300 hundred peaks) National Park. This park boasts a stunning mountainous backdrop, as well as numerous caves, beaches and limestone cliffs. After a seaside lunch we can climb up to Phraya Nakhon cave to visit the two caverns.
Day 5: Bang Saphan Noi
We ride south along the coast through fishing villages to Bang Saphan Noi pier. Here we’ll board a speed boat that will whisk us away to own private island, Koh Talu. The afternoon is free to snorkel and see the colorful coral and fish, to kayak around the island or to clamber up to the view point.
Day 6: Koh Talu
There is time to relax, go for one more snorkel before we take leave of our island oasis and boat back to the mainland. We ride under the shade of palm trees and transfer for an hour to our next beach resort. Once the sun goes down we’ll board a local fishing boat to see how squid are caught.
Day 7: Port city of Ranong
We start today on the bikes with another coastal ride, however, the terrain will start to undulate, making it a bit different from our earlier rides. We overnight at the port city of Ranong which is also on the border with Burma.
Day 8: Outskirts of Ranong and the Burmese border
This morning we take a short ride to local hot spring before drive to our next Thai experience at a village accessible only by boat. We learn local customs and traditions by spending afternoon with a family and join memorable dinner before head back to mainland in late evening.
Day 9: Takuapa
This morning we will go for a morning hike with a guide to learn about the village’s conservation activities to protect the mangroves and to restore endangered orchids. We transfer about one hour to the old city of Takuapa and have a late afternoon cycle through the town.
Day 10: Ban Nam Khem
It’s a short ride to visit the beachside Tsunami Memorial at Ban Nam Khem. We then head inland to the small waterfall of Sai Rung, a perfect spot for cooling off before we have lunch. Then it’s a short cycle to our beachfront bungalows. We meet up for our farewell dinner.
Day 11: Khao Lak
The tour ends in Khao Lak, however we can assist you in extending your holiday at this beach resort or with transport to Phuket to catch a flight.
This tour starts in Bangkok. This tour is suitable for reasonably fit people who are confident riding distances. Longer cycling days mainly on tarmac, with potentially jeep trails, broken tarmac but no real off road. There may be some hills and descents but not too many. Distances of between 50-80 kms/ 30-50 miles per day.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
Bikes: Bike hire is included in the price of the tour shown.
The bikes are well-known makes of Hybrid or Mountain bikes (depending on the tour) with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, and that it is 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 strongly recommended on all our biking adventures and if you choose not to wear one you will be asked to sign a liability waiver. Your guide 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.
Support: This tour is supported by an air-conditioned minivan, specially modified for cycle tours. The vehicle follows us the whole time and is always available for tired cyclists. It is very easy to get bikes on and off the vans, so you can rest when you are tired, and cycle whenever you feel like it. You will always be well looked after.
Guides: You will be led by a local English-speaking guide and if the group is 8 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.
Arriving and Departing: This tour starts in Bangkok and ends in Khao Lak, Thailand. International and domestic flights to and from these places are not included in the tour price. Please contact us for advice before arranging flights for the best arrival and departure times.
Passports and Visas: All nationalities require a passport for entry into Thailand. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. If staying less than 30 days then a visa in advance is not required by European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of Thailand to be eligible for the visa on arrival. This is strictly enforced.
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: Southern 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 27C (80 F) and 35 C (95 F) , with night temperatures in the 20s (68 F).
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 (68 F) and 30 (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.
Extra Expenses: We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20, 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 more rare 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.
Coastal Thailand, 11 days, 10 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
Carefully chosen accommodation along the route.
£1429 per person
£289 per person
Availability: 24th November 2013-14th December 2014
Departure Days: Sundays
Duration: 11 days
Bike Hire: Included
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Holiday Price: From £1429
Single Supplement: From £289