Cycling Coastal Thailand 11 Days
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
- Transfers as mentioned above by private air conditioned car
- English speaking tour guide
- Accommodation one night in Chiang-dao at Padeng Lodge in private fan cooled room
- Accommodation one night in Chiang Rai, tourist class hotel, with air-cond and en suite bathrooms
- Meals as mentioned in program
- Elephant show, elephant riding, caves entrance fees
- Beverages, guide tips and personal expenses
- “Hall of Opium” museum entrance fees (optional visit, to be paid locally)
- Compulsory Gala Dinner at hotels (only during festive periods)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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