Bangkok to Phuket

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Visiting: Thailand

Hotel & Bike

9 nights from £1847 to £2348pp
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Guiding Guided i
Level Moderate to Challenging i
Standard Superior i
Code TH002
Good For Coasts and Islands
Distance 357mi/574km !
Runs Jan, Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec
Departs Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
Fly to Bangkok
Return from Phuket

Overview

What to expect

Trace the Gulf of Thailand, cycling through two national parks and ride across the country to the Andaman coast. Along the way, you’ll stop at deserted beaches and tiny villages that few tourists get to see. On day five, you’ll have the satisfaction of cycling more than 100km, followed by a full day of rest in a poolside beach lodge.

Much of the route is on quiet backroads, and you be riding in a small group on top quality bikes. There are a few gentle inclines and occasional sections on busier roads, but drivers are very considerate and the support vehicle is on hand if you need it. A boat trip to Prahya Nakhon Cave adds to the variety and, on day seven, you'll sleep beneath the soaring peaks of Khao Sok National Park – the largest virgin forest in Southern Thailand. Your adventure finishes at Nai Yang beach on the beautiful island of Phuket.

  • Glittering beaches, hidden caves and authentic villages
  • Limestone peaks and rare wildlife in Khao Sok National Park
  • Sleep in beachfront rooms, boutique hotels and jungle lodgings
  • Diverse cycling on mixed terrain with sustained but gentle ascents

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Bangkok – Pranburi 21 miles (34 km)

    Set off with an early transfer from Bangkok to the coastal resort of Hua Hin. Cycle south from Hua Hin along quiet backroads, stopping for a Thai lunch by the beach. Continue to the sleepy beach town of Pranburi, where you’ll spend the night.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 2: Pranburi – Prachuap / Khlong Wan 52 miles (84 km)

    Pedal out of Pranburi and past the limestone peaks of Sam Roi Yod National Park. Take the ferry and footpath to Phraya Nakhon Cave where an ancient royal pavilion sits in a sunlit chamber. Continue by bike to your boutique accommodation near the provincial town of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3: Prachuap / Khlong Wan – Ban Krut 39 miles (63km)

    Ride on empty back roads and a short stretch of highway past coconut groves, farms and lush plantations. Enjoy a Thai lunch in a tiny fishing village, then tackle a few minor hills to arrive at the seaside town of Ban Krut, with its old village atmosphere.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4: Ban Krut – Chumphon 65 miles (104km)

    The longest cycle of the trip is one of the most stunning. Enjoy lush scenery and coastal views as you ride along a traffic-free route, followed by a short section of busier road. Stop for lunch in a picture-perfect cove, then ride over rolling hills to a family-owned beach lodge in Chumphon.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5: Chumphon (rest day)

    Enjoy a full day of relaxation at your Chumphon beach lodge. There are miles of beach to explore and a pool to plunge into, plus tasty food and cold drinks.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 6: Chumphon – Ratchaprapa Dam 39 miles (62km)

    Make an easy start with a 2.5-hour transfer along the highway, heading west toward Khao Sok National Park. Start cycling at around 10am, passing villages and rubber plantations. After a moderate incline, arrive at your riverside guesthouse and stroll to Ratchaprapa Dam Viewpoint, on the edge of Khao Sok.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7: Ratchaprapa Dam – Khao Sok 42 miles (67km)

    Pedal past plantations and Khao Sok’s dramatic limestone peaks. Arrive at your forest accommodation with enough time to go on a jungle trek, join a river rafting trip, or sit back and listen to the sounds of the jungle.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8: Khao Sok – Khao Lak 48 miles (78km)

    Cycle out of Khao Sok, past rolling rural terrain. Stop to soak your muscles in a natural hot spring, then continue to the sandy shores of Khao Lak. Here, you can relax in your comfortable hotel, take your pick of restaurants, and make the most of the bars and shops in this laidback resort.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 9: Khao Lak – Phuket 51 miles (82km)

    Pedal south past farms, small towns and stunning beaches. Cross the bridge to Phuket Island and arrive at laidback Nai Yang beach, where you can celebrate with a swim in the sea.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10: Depart from Phuket

    Enjoy a relaxing breakfast, then check out of your hotel by noon. Transport is provided for the short transfer to Phuket airport, or you could extend you stay in Phuket.

    Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

4* Hotels to a jungle tree house

As you are off the beaten path for much of this tour, you will spend a couple of nights in more rustic accommodation than normal, but these are still great places to stay.  All the accommodation is well run, clean and comfortable. The tour starts in a four star hotel, then you stay at a golf resort below a dam, the third night you will sleep in a jungle tree house before two nights in a lovely resort by the beach in Khao Lak.

Example hotel:
Centara Seaview Resort

  • Varied accomodation from 4* Hotels to a jungle tree house
  • Full board (apart from 3 meals)
  • Support vehicle is always available
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - other dates may be available on request

Price includes

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Board basis: Full board (apart from 3 meals)
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide 
  • Air-conditioned support vehicle available for assistance at all times
  • Transfers during the tour
  • Final day transfer
  • Luggage transportation
  • Water and snacks while riding
  • All entry costs & attractions listed on the itinerary
  • For groups of at least 6 people an additional bike mechanic
  • Cycling jersey & a water bottle

Price excludes

  • Flights and arrival transfer
  • Visas
  • Alcohol & soft drinks
  • Tips

Please contact us to discuss alternative departure dates

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Top quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes are included in your tour price, fitted with hybrid tyres for touring and handlebar bags. 

Extras

We can arrange airport transfers. Please enquire for details.

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Bangkok

Getting back

Fly from Phuket

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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What if I can't find the departure date I need?

Please give us a call. If you are a group of four or more, we can usually add a departure date within the season to suit you.

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

Will I have a local guide?

Yes, your guide will be English speaking and local. The local guide will be a highlight of your tour as they are experienced and will pass on their knowledge and passion for their country. They will show you the best places to eat, help you meet local people along the way and give you a real feel for the local culture. 

Can I take a break from the cycling?

Yes, if you want to take a break, jump into the the air conditioned support vehicle that is always available.    

What will the group size be?

This tour will run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 14 guests. 

What will the food be like?

You will experience the best of world famous Thai food during your trip and it will be a highlight of your holiday. Drinking water is always included with meals, any other drinks will be extra. 

What snacks will I get during the cycling?

You will be supplied with local snacks & energy bars. Clean water and electrolyte drinks are provided to keep you hydrated. 

Is there a single supplement?

No, there is no extra charge for single travellers if you share a room with another same sex single guest. If you want your own room you can pay a supplement. 

What will the weather be like?

There are two seasons (dry & wet) in the South of Thailand and they alternate from coast to coast. When it is the wet season on the East side it is the dry season on the West side. The East side is rainy from September to December and on the West side it rains from April until October. 

The best riding conditions are during December and January when it is coolest, however at the height of the rains (July & August) , Thailand is at its most green and beautiful. 

Can you arrange my flights?

Flights are not included with our tours. However, we are more than happy to offer advice on long haul and regional flights, based on our extensive experience of travel in Asia.

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