South Thailand Guided Cycling Holiday
Guided | Individual | 11 days | 10 nights | £1549 per person
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About the tour…
The pristine beaches and stunning limestone scenery of southern Thailand have made it a favorite backdrop for Hollywood movies, such as “The Beach” and of course James Bond’s “Man with the Golden Gun” and you’ll feel like you are on a movie set riding through this gorgeous landscape.
Southern Thailand has more to offer than turquoise waters, white sand and lush jungles – it’s also home to a fascinating mixture of cultures. Thai Buddhists mingle with Muslim seafarers to produce a colorful people steeped in history and tradition. Priding themselves on their openness and hospitality, the people of the south, or Khon Dai, are always ready to show farang (foreigners) their country.
Our tour starts on the Gulf of Thailand, at a pristine beach that is off the tourist track. We then head inland and spend time on a stunning lake and ride on the edge of Khao Sok National Park – home to the last of Thailand’s great rainforests – before we head to the beaches on the Andaman Sea. From Khao Lak we’ll head to the paradise island of Koh Yao Noi where you’ll spend time with a local fishing family. As we boat through Phang Nga Bay towards Krabi be awed by the spectacular limestone cliffs rising vertically from the sea.
Though we ride through the world class tourist destinations of Khao Lak and Krabi, we also leave behind the tourist enclaves and see a Southern Thailand that is a rarely visited gem to be discovered.
We cycle 390 kilometres exploring beaches, waterfalls, jungle, fishing villages and islands. We enjoy some time off the bike so we can take in boat rides, wildlife and the culture of this fascinating region. The cycling is on a mixture of tarmac and dirt roads.
An air-conditioned minivan that travels behind the group provides excellent support. Participants can cycle as much or as little as they like and still enjoy the same views as the rest of the group. Our route is designed to take us off the main roads as much as possible so we can explore scenic areas around Khanom, Khao Lak, Phang Nga and Krabi.
On this tour there is one dedicated full day off and a couple of morning rides so you have the afternoons free to enjoy the beach.
Day 1 – Surat Thani
We are met at Surat Thani airport by our team and transfer for less than an hour before we have lunch at a restaurant and then it’s time to start riding. We take a quiet, shady country road through a rubber tree plantation as we head to our beachside resort on Khanom beach.
Racha Khiri. Ride 30 km. L D
Day 2 – Khanom Beach Loop
Today we do a loop ride along the coast, past some stunning beaches, through a fishing village to a cave. We’ll then head back to the beach for lunch before we head to a refreshing waterfall on our way back to the hotel.
We’ll be riding through an area that is missed by most tourists, so don’t be surprised at the reactions you’ll get from the locals at seeing a foreigner on a bicycle.
Racha Khiri. Ride 75 km. B L D
Day 3 – Khanom – Cheow Laan Lake
We leave the waves and sand behind and transfer for two hours before starting to cycle towards the pier where we’ll meet our boat for a ride beneath towering karst cliffs to our floating accommodation on Cheow Laan Lake.
Our bamboo bungalows are simple, but clean, and have the unique feature of being able to dive directly into the lake for a swim. If there’s time before dinner go for a sunset kayak to try and spot monkeys.
500 Rai. Ride 60 km. B L D
Day 4 – Cheow Laan Lake – Khao Sok National Park
After waking up to the sounds of the jungle we’ll take the boat back to the pier and our waiting bikes. We’ll start our day with a downhill and then take a road that undulates and winds through a series of magnificent limestone cliffs and green jungle along the edge of Khao Sok National Park to our riverside lodge.
Khao Sok National Park is one of the true hidden gems of Thailand. The park consists of evergreen rainforests, huge limestone mountains shooting straight up
in the air, immense as well as isolated lakes, caves and plethora of wild animals.
The Cliff & River Jungle Resort. Ride 40 km. B L D
Day 5 – Khao Sok National Park – Takua Pa – Koh Kho Khao Island
Our ride today will take us to the outskirts of Takua Pa. Here we’ll ride through
the old town and see traditional wooden buildings intermixed with Portuguese colonial buildings as we ride towards our ferry to Koh Kho Khao Island.
We’ll stop en route to visit the Tsunami Victim Cemetery which memorialises the victims from 39 countries. The short ferry brings us to an island oasis and we’ll ride the short 6 km to our beachfront bungalows.
C&N Resort. Ride 50 km. B L D
Day 6 – Rest Day
A free day to relax and enjoy the endless beach. Feel free to take the bikes and explore the island. In the late afternoon we’ll go on an exploration of the mangroves by boat.
C&N Resort. B
Day 7 – Koh Kho Khao Island – Khao Lak
We cycle from the hotel to the ferry pier and then it’s a short ride to visit the beachside Tsunami Memorial at Ban Nam Khem and the big fishing boat that was carried an amazing 2 kilometres inland by the surging waters. Smaller boats were also deposited nearby, particularly in a pond we’ll pass.
We then head inland and take a quiet backroad through small villages, shady rubber plantations and cross rivers as we cycle to the small waterfall of Sam Rung. There’s a dipping pool at the base perfect for cooling off before we have lunch. Then it’s a short cycle to our hotel in Khao Lak.
Aspara Resort. Ride 37 km. B L D
Day 8 – Khao Lak – Kok Kloy
We ride back roads, along canals, past palm and rubber plantations, shrimp farms and along the beach to our next seaside resort. It’s an easy riding day so you have time to enjoy the pool at your deluxe hotel.
Ranyatavi. Ride 30 km. B L D
Day 9 – Phang Nga – Koh Yao Noi
This morning we transfer to Phuket and start our ride once we turn off the busy highway. We ride on a quiet road past mangroves to the pier where we catch our boat to Koh Yao Noi island.
Once on land we’ll explore this paradise island as we take a dirt road to a view point and then ride through fishing villages and past rice fields and mangroves. We overnight at a homestay with a local fishing family in their traditional home. In the evening we’ll head to the night market and try some local favourites, including roti.
Homestay. Ride 30 km. B L D
Day 10 – Koh Yao Noi – Krabi
This morning we ride to the pier where we catch our boat for the 45 minute ride through karsts back to the mainland. Once on land we’ll ride off road through palm plantations, pineapple fields, forests and we’ll be towered over by stunning limestone cliffs as we cycle to Krabi.
Aonang Paradise. Ride 25 km. B L D
Day 11 – Depart
Morning free. In the afternoon we will arrange airport transfers for anyone who needs them. Anyone who would like to stay longer should contact us for hotel rates.
The riding is primarily on tarmac roads, with a few undulations, but Biking Difficulty (out of five) Mixture of tarmac roads, wide dirt roads, though no technical experience is required. Cycling Distance 390 kilometres Cycling Days 4 full, 5 half there are no major hill climbs. The distances are well within the capability of most riders with a reasonable fitness level.
This trip is a mixture of good conditioned tarmac roads and vehicle wide dirt roads. A small amount of riding is off road but nothing too technical. A support truck is always available to help when required.
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.
Authentic South Thailand, 11 days, 10 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
Carefully chosen accommodation along the route.
£1549 per person
£409 per person
Availability: 27th October 2013-16th November 2014
Departure Days: Sundays
Duration: 11 days
Bike Hire: Included
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Holiday Price: From £1549
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