The Perfect Thailand Holiday for Active Travelers
Buddhist temples and waving children are common sites as you absorb the slower pace of life of the relaxed and friendly locals. Your cycling starts just outside Bangkok and ends on the beach in Phuket. In between we ride along some spectacular coastline scenery and are awed by the spectacular limestone cliffs jutting vertically out of the landscape. Crossing the Isthmus of Kra will prove to be hilly but offer up great scenery as a reward. We overnight at a hot spring resort and continue down Thailand’s west coast to the rugged beauty of Khao Lak before crossing the bridge to the island of Phuket.
We overnight at beautiful resorts where you can take a refreshing dip in the pool before indulging in some fresh off-the-boat seafood. Varied riding, spectacular coastline scenery, statuesque peaks and the warm and hospitable Thai culture will be among the many highlights of this adventure.
This tour is 100% on road and we have designed the route with road bikers 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.
- Cycling Distance - 850 kilometers
- Cycling Days - 8 cycling days, 1 rest day, arrive in Phuket on 9th day
- Difficulty level is 3 out of 5
- Experience in cycling is preferred with a good level of fitness.
You are led by a local English-speaking tour guides who are well informed in the history and culture of the area where you are biking. Our guides enjoy passing that knowledge on to you. Your tour leader is also medically trained and is most definitely an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
Bikes Included in the Tour
You may bring your own bike if you prefer, or you may rent bikes. Please see "Good to Know" for more information about makes, models and accessories. All bikes are very well maintained and we use well-known bikes with lightweight frames and Shimano components.
Food and Drink
Meals are included. Just read our itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Meals are delicous and nutricious. We assure it. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know when you book with us.
We love to keep you completely hydrated. It's very important. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are all included in your tour price. You will want for nothing! Beer is available everywhere and you may want one at the end of the day, but is not included in the price.
Tour Itinerary & Map (below)
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 and the king currently resides at the summer palace located just outside town. The last 20 km is on a main road but there is a wide shoulder to ride on and if the traffic proves to be too heavy this section can be transferred. We’ll top off our day with a seafood dinner on a pier in the center of town.
Ride 67 km. Ascend 184 m/Descend 184 m. L D
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 back roads alongside beaches with many the 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 on the way. 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.
Ride 116 km. Ascend 486 m/Descend 481 m.
We leave the hotel and ride along the beach front road for about 12 km before hitting the main road. This section is 45 km with the option to transfer if preferred. 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.
Ride 78 km. Ascend 300 m/Descend 301 m.
This is a rest day – you’ve earned it. Spend it relaxing at the beach, wandering around the fishing village of Ban Krut or take a dip in one of the two salt water pools at the resort. Baan Grood Arcadia. Make arrangements for your own lunch and dinner at the resort or around the village.
With rested legs it’s time to do some serious kilometres. Today we ride 118 kilometres on quiet side roads with very little traffic. Our route sticks to the coast today 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.
Ride 118 km. Ascend 693 m/Descend 693 m.
Today we cross the Isthmus of Kra, which separates the Gulf of Thailand from the Adaman Sea and is just 44 km wide at it 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.
Ride 139 km. Ascend 1407 m/Descend 1397 m.
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’ll 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 rainforest.
Ride 125 km. Ascend 1052 m/Descend 981 m.
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, which is 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 worst areas devastated by the 2004 Tsunami. You’ll be amazed to see how quickly this area has bounced back and rebuilt. There is a small climb to our hotel which is right on the beach and set next to a small national park.
Ride 79 km. Ascend 509 m/Descend 580 m.
The last leg of the tour is to the tropical paradise of Phuket, the largest island and also 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 Surin Beach. Phuket is connected by a bridge to the mainland and we’ll stop for a celebratory picture before riding on to our hotel. If we are feeling energetic we can take a very scenic coastal road where there are a few small but steep hills on the way. The views are well worth the extra effort though.
Ride 128 km. Ascend 654 m/Descend 655 m.
Relax and enjoy beautiful Surin Beach for a few days. We can help with arrangements if you’d like to extend your stay at Phuket. Take a day for personal health and well being! Get a health care check up at Bangkok Hospital in Phuket. TourChoice is helping our cycling guests be proactive on your holiday! Choose one of 4 professional and convenient full health care check up options at a fully accredited Bangkok Hospital in Phuket! Book your appointment through TourChoice and your request is directed to the Wellness Centre. Bangkok Hospital Phuket will reply directly to you. By booking through TourChoice, we send you a refund of $50 (per person) If 2 people book, then you get a $100 refund which covers your taxi to and from the hospital and it also buys you dinner, on us! You also get a 5% discount on any future tours booked through TourChoice.com.
It's our way of thanking you for being a TourChoice customer!
Good to Know
2016 & 2017 Departure Schedule
2016: Oct 23; Nov 6; Nov 20, Dec 4; Dec 11
2017: Jan 1; Jan 22; Jan 29; Feb 26; March 12; July 23; Aug 13; Sept 17; Oct 22; Nov 19; Dec 10; Dec 31
Bikes Available for Rent
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 and that it is in good mechanical order.
Accommodations and Trip Route
The routes have been chosen to assure you of seeing the best scenery and having a ride on the best roads. We have carefully chosen accommodations finding the best available for the location to offer a good mix from luxurious lodges to lovely relaxing resort. Please check the itinerary each day for the names of places where we will stay.
We ride on small back roads with little traffic as often as possible. The terrain varies with flat stetches for the first 5 days and then some undulating with a few short, steep climbs thrown in to the mix as we cycle on Phuket. An air-conditioned bus travels behind the group for support and participants can cycle as much or as little as they like.
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.
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 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.
We will be supported by an air-conditioned vehicle that has been specially modified for cycle tours. The vehicle follow us the whole time and it is very easy to get bikes on and off, so you can rest when you are tired and cycle whenever you feel like it. 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. As the heat and humidity of Thailand can impact your performance we provide a constant supply of cold drinks and fresh fruit.
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.
We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A.
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 and 40C, 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. Mostly in the morning or evening.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20, for incidentals and have some Thai Baht handy.
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 money changers 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 small restaurants.
Terms & Conditions
Booking the Tour
- Minimum 2 persons per booking required or add single supplement fee for solo traveler.
- Booking confirmations are same day or under 24 hours
- Pricing in USD, per person and include all VAT taxes
- We accept secure payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal
- TourChoice does not receive any customer sensitive data from credit card processing companies
- Prepayment in full once your reservation has been confirmed by TourChoice.com
- A booking voucher & invoice will be emailed to you immediately upon confirmation of your reservation
- Suggest booking a minimum of 1 month in advance for high season (November 1 to April 30)
- Please read about TourChoice.com's unique consumer protection
When Booking, Please Provide:
- First name & Family name and email address
- Heights of all guests; to select correct bike size (comments field on booking page)
- Pick up & Drop off hotel if known (comments field on booking page) if not, we will remind you
- Dietary or special meal requirement(s) (comments field on booking page)
- Indicate if you require bike rental or if you are bringing your own bike
This tour is on a join in basis. Please see the departure schedule under "Good to Know". A minimum of 2 participants are required for the tour to operate. Groups are usually about 6 to 8 people. Pick up times at your Bangkok hotel are between 6:30 to 7:30 am to exit before traffic. The tour desk will call you at your hotel the night before. Please ensure the guest check in name at the hotel is the same as the guest name that we have on file.
About the Single Supplement Fee
If traveling solo and if you are willing to share accommodations, we can try match you up with another single person of the same gender for the purposes of sharing a room. This saves the $498 single supplement fee. However, if you prefer your own room, then we need to book the additional accommodations for you and the fee would apply.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If the guest cancels the trip, number of days prior to trip start:
- 5 days - full refund less 10% of tour price
- 3 days - refund less 25% of tour price
- 24 hours before - refund less 50% of tour price
- No show - 100% of tour price
Not suitable for children under 12
Changes to Itinerary
In remote destinations, road, weather or other conditions can occasionally change which means the itinerary can be subject to change. The guides will do their best to adhere to the original itinerary but if a change is necessary, guides cannot be held responsible. Its best for guests to understand, remain flexible will enjoy your adventure.
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