Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Cycling palm fringed roads, Bangkok to Phuket
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Highlights

  • Self-guided cycling from the Gulf of Thailand to the tropical Island of Phuket
  • Discover friendly Thai villages and coastal towns
  • Sample sticky rice and Thai coconut curries
  • Spend a night in the jungle of Khao Sok National Park
  • Pedal along the exotic Andaman Sea coastline

Cycle the tropical coastlines of Thailand, riding from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea island of Phuket on this independent cycling tour.

After exploring the bustling streets of Bangkok, travel by train to the sandy beaches and warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Here, ease into your cycling adventure, riding along rural backroads, coconut groves and between white beaches, perfect for a fresh Thai seafood lunch. Cycle through the coastal towns of Pranburi and Khiri Khan where friendly Thai smiles and encounters await. Ride onto the southern town of Chumpon, where you can enjoy a day out of the saddle to relax on palm-fringed beaches.

Discover Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park, where limestone crags are cloaked in thick forest and your lodge hosts help you discover the sounds of the jungle. Roll onto to beaches of Khao Lak, where from the comfort of your stylish beach front hotel, cool off the legs in the Andaman Sea. Leaving the mainland, cycle onto the popular island of Phuket, where you can easily spend an extra few nights, doing nothing more than chilling out and dining on delicious Thai food!

Day 1 Arrive Bangkok


Probably South East Asia’s most energetic city, the lively streets of Bangkok is a world where the modern and ancient collide. Grand gold spired temples are nestled between towering sky scrapers and bustling markets. The River Chao Phraya and it’s expansive network of canals is a superb and relaxing way to explore the city. You can easily hop onto one of the many tourist long tail river boats to visit the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). In the evening, discover authentic Thai food and dine on fresh bowls of Thai noodles or a spicy coconut curry.


Overnight: Bangkok


Day 2 Transfer to Hua Hin


Today, depart the bustle of Bangkok and travel by train the charming seaside town of Hua Hin (approx 3.5hrs journey). Here you will collect you bike and take a warm-up ride along the lanes and coastal roads of the Gulf of Thailand.


Overnight: Hua Hin


Day 3 Cycle to Pranburi

After a beachside breakfast, saddle up for an easy, introductory ride along the coast to Pranburi. Following a series of backroads into the countryside and along the waterfront you’ll soon arrive at the small town of Pranburi, where you spend the afternoon on a palm-fringed beach.


Cycle: 44km


Overnight: Pranburi


Day 4 Cycle to Prachuap Khiri Khan


An easy stretch of flat coastal cycling eases you gently into today’s ride. Cycle with sandy beaches on your left and impressive limestone karst formations to your right. Your cycling finishes at Prachuap Khiri Khan, home to a Royal Thai Air Force base that was invaded by the Japanese in WWII.


Cycle: 77 km


Overnight: Khiri Khan


Day 5 Cycle to Ban Krut

After a relaxing breakfast, you can take a short ride to the Waghor Aquarium which showcases the vast array of marine life found in this region. Riding onto Ban Krut you will weave through farmland, coastlines to reach the serene beaches of Ban Krut.


Cycle: 63 km


Overnight: Ban Krut


Day 6 Cycle to Chumpon


You route today heads through coconut groves, forests of rubber plantations and palm fringed beaches. With the coast on your left, you will now be cycling in the narrowest part of Thailand (neighbouring Myanmar is less than 20km away). Your destination today is the sensational coastal town of Chumpon, gateway to the south of Thailand, where you will spend the next 2 nights.


Cycle: 97 km


Overnight: Chumpon


Day 7 Rest day, Chumpon Beach

A perfectly timed rest day! Only a few steps from the pool of your hotel, spend the day relaxing on golden sands and cool off in the crystal blue waters in the Gulf of Thailand.


Cycle: Rest Day


Overnight: Chumpon


Day 8 Transfer Surat Thani, Cycle Ratchaprapha Dam

Leaving behind the Gulf of Thailand your journey begins with a transfer south to Surat Thani where it’s back on the bikes and the route heads inland and south west through limestone karsts and palm plantations towards the jungle and forests of Khao Sak National Park 


Cycle: 72 km


Overnight: Ratchaprapha Dam


Day 9 Cycle Khao Sok National Park

Cycle into the lush Khao Sok National Park where Limestone crags dominate the skyline. The park is home to over 155 bird species, Gaurs, Leopard Cats and the sounds of hooting Gibbons! Here you’ll spend the night in a community lodge on the fringes of the park, where your hosts will be happy to tell you more about park life.


Cycle: 45 km


Overnight: Khao Sok National Park


Day 10 Cycle to Khao Lak

Continuing south, cycle a rolling route through dense forest clad valleys towards the beaches of Khao Lak and clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Having successfully cycled across southern Thailand, end the day at a beachfront hotel with a local Tiger beer.


Cycle: 105 km


Overnight: Khao Lak


Day 11 Cycle to Phuket

An exciting last day of cycling takes you onto the rich and diverse island of Phuket. Beginning with a series of short hills, ride along the Andaman coastline. As the route begins to flatten, you'll soon reach the bridge which links Phuket Island with the mainland. Crossing the bridge you’re not far from your hotel and the welcoming warm waters of Phuket Island. 


Cycle: 82 km


Overnight: Phuket


Day 12 Onward Travel

You may like to stay for a few extra days in Phuket. From the cultural capital, Phuket, to upmarket resorts and an extensive variety of beaches, it’s worth taking an extra day or two to unwind. Extra nights in a variety of locations can be easily added to your journey.


Alternatively, Phuket’s nearby airport provides regular services to Bangkok and other regional airports in South East Asia. From Bangkok Airport, you can easily connect with most international destinations.

Accommodation

Stay 11 nights in 3* and 4* hotels and lodges. Below are examples of the accommodations we use on this trip. These accommodations are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard will be offered should the following be unavailable.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you are travelling with friends or family but prefer single rooms this is possible subject to availability and a supplementary payment. Unfortunately, this tour is not available to solo cyclists.


Meals

All breakfasts are included. Typically, breakfast comprises of fresh fruits, juices, breads, eggs and traditional Thai noodles. There is always a plentiful supply of tea and coffee. Lunches and dinners are not included. To help you choose, there are plenty of suggestions of where to dine in your navigation app. Thai cuisine is famous the world over and has something to suit almost every palette. Dishes are fresh and tasty. Hot bowls of noodles, coconut based curries with rice, grilled fish and satay chicken skewers are all popular dishes in Thailand. Coconut is an important part of the Thai diet and is used in a lot of dishes! Should you have any special dietary requirements please let us know. We try to accommodate all requirements where possible.



 

 

 



Hotel Navalai

With a rooftop pool and riverside restaurant, this 3* hotel offers a peaceful stay when in the buzz of Bangkok. From the hotel you can easily explore the city by foot, taxi or even hop onto many of the boat services to visit Bangkok's temples, markets and attractions.



 

 

 



Baan Lakkasubha

Hop off the bike and onto your private beach! At this 4* beachfront hotel, you can choose between the infinity pool or warm sea waters to cool off before relaxing with a cool drink as the sunsets.



 

 

 



Achana Resort & Spa

A 4* hotel located in the tropical Dolphin Bay, rooms are traditional Thai. A large pool, terrace and bar is perfect for cooling off. You can also book massages on arrival at the hotel spa.



 

 

 



Sara Beachfront Boutique Resort



Sara Beachfront Boutique Resort

All in the name, Sara’s is a relaxing stay where you can take a dip in the infinity pool or head to the beach and chill out under the shade of a palm tree and cool off in sea. To revive the legs, the hotel spa offers traditional Thai massages.



 

 

 



Anurak Community Lodge



Anurak Community Lodge

An eco-friendly retreat, located amongst rainforest wilderness. Spend the night in stilted bungalow where you can listen to the sounds of the jungle and the staff are always on hand to help you discover the surrounding nature



 

 

 



Centara Seaview Resort



Centara Seaview Resort

Khao Lak Located on waterfront, just north of the Khao Lam-Lam Ru National Park, this 4* resort has a traditional Thai décor, with contemporary features. You can head out onto the beach and into the Andaman Sea to cool off or find a shady spot in the gardens and slip off into a few hours of R&R.



 

 

 



Cachet Resort

A tasteful resort on the north eastern beaches of Phuket. Spacious modern rooms, open out to the swimming pool and leafy gardens. Close to an expansive stretch of beach, there’s plenty of room to find a quiet spot to give the legs a well earned rest.

Availability

You can start your cycling adventure  on any day from January through to December. Private guided departures are also easily arranged, if you would prefer this option please please contact the office.


Grade, Navigation & Terrain


The tour is self-guided. For the duration
of the tour you will receive a navigation unit and access to a comprehensive navigation
app and information pack. The unit is a simple device which clearly shows the
route to follow and is best used in conjunction with the navigation app.  The app includes route
information, directions, local tips on where to eat and
where your accommodation is located. You must download the app onto your phone
before arriving. If you do not wish to use your own device for navigation,
you can also rent an ipad, pre-loaded with the navigation app.


The route follows quiet country roads, coastal roads and some short stretches of busier highways. Your rides will also head through a number of villages and towns and regardless of the route, you should always be mindful and aware of other route users at all times.


Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.


Bike Rental—Included

On this tour Trek FX or Cannondale hybrid bikes are included. You can choose to upgrade to a Lynskey Cooper Titanium cross road bike. Each bike comes with a handlebar bag for your personal possessions and a water bottle.  Helmets are included, although your own is likely to be a better fit.


If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate road bike.


If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time of booking as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.


Titanium Lynskey Cross Bike




Trek FX Hybrid Bikes




If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is
thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.


Travel Insurance


It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care. Prior to departure you must provide us with your travel insurance details.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are
approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing
all necessary items, for example, sunscreen, water and personal snacks. Your information pack has a detailed
equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as padded shorts/long tights.

Getting to Bangkok / From Phuket

To Bangkok


For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com


Bangkok’s  Suvarnabhumi Airport has extensive domestic, regional and long haul connections. We would suggest checking flight www.skyscanner.net as a starting point for flight schedules and prices to Bangkok.


We can easily book extra nights in Bangkok should you need them.



From Phuket


Phuket Island International Airport has regular connections to Bangkok. You can also fly onto Northern hemisphere and Australasian destinations from Phuket Airport. 


 


 

Included

  • 11 nights in 3*, 4* hotels & lodges
  • All breakfasts
  • Baggage Transfer
  • All transfers as described
  • Bike Rental
  • Cycling Jersey
  • GPS Unit
  • Navigation App
  • Handlebar bag
  • Information Pack
  • 24/7 telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel to Bangkok / from Phuket
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation
  • Single room supplement (if applicable)

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded moderate with rides between 40-100km. There are some stretches of sustained hills in the latter days of the tour, but several of the rides are on predominately easy going roads. Being a regular cyclist, you’ll be happy to be in the saddle covering distances of up to 100km (though there are more than enough beaches to have a dip or enjoy a Thai seafood lunch). It’s a good idea to get out on your bike in the lead up to this tour so you are used to cycling back to back days. 

What happens if I can't cycle? 

If you don't wish to cycle a stage, please let and our local partner know as soon as possible, we'll be happy to help you make alternative travel arrangements.  

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially between December and March.

When is the best time of year?

Depending on your wider plans for Thailand,  there are usually 3 seasons across the year. November through to February offers long, dry, hot sunny days. March to May is better for cycling in the early morning or late afternoon. May through to October is rainy season, however, it’s unlikely to rain all day. Usually the rain falls in the afternoon or overnight for a few hours clears through relatively quickly.

Regardless of the season you travel, your guide will plan the cycling each around daily conditions for you to get the most out of your tour.

Luggage and Baggage

When you cycle your luggage will be transferred onwards to your next overnight stop. We ask you to you main baggage to maximum of 1 piece (20kg).

I have booked my own hotel in Bangkok.

If you have made you own arrangements for accommodation in Bangkok, we can easily remove the first hotel night in Bangkok from this tour. Please let us know which hotel you will be staying at for the start of your tour as you will receving a briefing on the morning of day 2. 

 

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