Thailand Coast to Coast: Bangkok to Phuket12 Days & 11 Nights
- 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
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.
Inn to Inn Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Foodie Adventures
- Elegance & Unique Stays
- Coastal & Island
- Most Popular
Activity Level & TerrainThe 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.
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.
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.
- Baggage Transfer
- All transfers listed in the itinerary
- Bike hire (includes GPS device, navigation app and handlebar bag)
- Thailand cycling jersey
- Information pack
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office and local partner
- 11 nights in 3*-4* hotels and lodges
- 11 Breakfasts
- Travel to Bangkok / from Phuket
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Entrance fees for attractions
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (we need your travel insurance details to confirm this holiday)
- Additional nights accommodation
When To Go
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.
Getting to the Start
For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com
By Air: Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport has extensive domestic, regional and long haul connections. We suggest checking flight www.skyscanner.net as a starting point for flight schedules and prices to Bangkok.
Getting from the End
By Air: Phuket Island International Airport has regular connections to Bangkok. You can also fly onto Northern hemisphere and Australasian destinations from Phuket Airport.
Luggage TransferWhen you cycle your luggage will be transferred onwards to your next overnight stop. We ask you to keep your main baggage to a maximum of 1 piece (20kg).
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.
On this tour Trek FX or Cannondale hybrid bikes are included. You can also 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 bike, please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate road bike, additionally please do let us know at the time of booking as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.
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.
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.
If you dont wish to cycle a stage, please let and our local partner know as soon as possible, well be happy to help you make alternative travel arrangements.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially between December and March.
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.
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).
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.
ItineraryDay 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.
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.
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.
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. Finishing at Khiri Khan, you can visit ‘Wat Thammikaram’ (the monkey temple), where you can watch playful Langur Monkeys and enjoy far reaching views across the bay and countryside.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, youll 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.
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.
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