Cycling Coastal Thailand


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    Travel Thailand’s coastline and countryside from Bangkok to Khao Lak

    For a cultural immersion into the friendly rural landscapes of Thailand, cycling is the way to travel. Taking the quiet roads on scenic routes, past pineapple plantations, through national parks with limestone hills and alongside sublime coastal beaches, the relaxed itinerary offers plenty of opportunity to stop and chat with friendly locals. We end our cycling on the coast of the Andaman Sea in Khao Lak, where the beaches are seemingly endless. During the trip stay in a carefully selected combination of hotels, a guesthouse and resorts, and sample a wide variety of sumptuous Thai dishes.

    Day 1 Bangkok to Mae Klong Delta area 
    Starting in Bangkok we drive south to the Mae Klong Delta area to start our ride at Damnoen Nam Saduak Floating Market, the biggest and most colourful in Thailand and a must for any visitor. There we embark on a long tail boat and cruise through a maze of canals cutting through local villages and various plantations. This eye-opening boat ride offers a glimpse of Thailand of old where local people are going about their daily life with the canal as the focal point. Then we start riding into coconut plantations and fruit orchards along quiet back roads. We stop to visit interesting temples such as the quirky Wat Bang Kung, held up by a huge banyan tree and the exceptional carved panels of Wat Bang Kae Noi. At night we relax in a comfortable wooden Thai house by the river. (L, D)

    Day 2 Cycling from Ampawa to Kaeng Krachan
    Wake up early to participate in the Thai tradition of making an offering to Buddhist monks. As we are on the river, here they’ll be coming by in their boats. After a leisurely breakfast we transfer to Kaeng Krachan National Park. Thailand’s largest national park, Kaeng Krachan is an excellent place for an adventurous day. We will stop often in this tranquil area to take in the wonderful views and give you time to take photos. The ride will end at our very comfortable, secluded and beautiful resort beside the river set in wonderfully landscaped grounds. Here we have time for a swim or massage before we enjoy a great dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 Visit cave and a vineyard enroute to Hua Hin
    We ride directly from our resort on country roads through mango orchards, sugar cane fields and palm plantations. We cross the Petchaburi River and ride to a reservoir. Here we’ll have our first break and hop in the van to visit a temple with a small cave. We’ll take the stairs for a short walk up to the Dao (star) Cave, named for some unique formations inside. From here we ride on to our lunch stop at the Hua Hin Vineyard. From our table we’ll have a perfect view over the vineyard where the the New Latitude grapes are grown – Colombard, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Shiraz, Sangiovese and Tempranillo. After lunch we get back on the bikes and take a back road to Wat Huay Mongkol where a famous monk is revered. Here we’ll pack up the bikes to avoid traffic and drive to our centrally located hotel in the resort town of Hua Hin. Enjoy a stroll through the night market after dinner. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 Cycle to Sam Roi Yot National Park
    We start the day with a short transfer to our start point just outside Hua Hin. Today’s ride will be along the coast with picturesque fishing boats making excellent photo opportunities. We start our ride at a temple where we ready our bikes for a very flat ride past fishing villages, schools, temples and many coconut plantations. Following a windy road that offers some shade we soon find ourselves in the midst of shrimp farms and we’ll weave through the town of Praknam Pran and see the squid drying racks and fish market. We ride past Khao Kalok, a large rock that separates one bay from another, numerous resorts and if the wind is right we’ll see a kite surfer or two. After entering Sam Roi Yot (300 hundred peaks) National Park, known for numerous caves, beaches and limestone cliffs, we ride to the base of Phraya Nakhon Cave, where we’ll have lunch. For those enthusiastic, there’s a climb up to the two caverns which are unique in that they are naturally illuminated due to a collapsed roof. In 1890 King Rama V visited the cave and built a royal pavilion which became the symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. We then hop in the van to miss a busy section of highway to our next seaside resort. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 Cycle through fishing villages, by boat to Ko Talu
    This morning we take a short ride along the coast and then a brief drive to the pier where 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. Dinner tonight is at our resort on the island. (b, L, D)

    Day 6 Continue along the coast to Chumphon
    There is time to go for one more snorkel before we take leave of our island oasis and boat back to the mainland. Our bikes will be waiting and ready for us to ride. Our palm tree lined route will take us past white sand beaches on one side with a backdrop of green lush hills on the other.  Once the sun goes down we’ll board a local fishing boat (if the weather cooperates) to see how squid are caught by extending beams of light 15 metres over the water to attract the catch. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 Cycle to the port city of Ranong
    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. Once we have completed our distance, we’ll take a lift in our support vehicle up to see a coffee plantation where the region’s best Arabica coffee is grown, as well as orchards that produce long-gong, a small, sweet and sour fruit grown widely in the south of Thailand. We then have a stop at Poonyaban Waterfall, where we’ll have a time for a dip before we continue on to our overnight at the port city of Ranong, a Thai province that shares the border with Burma. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 Cycle to hot spring, visit village to learn their traditions
    Enjoy the view of the sea from your hotel during breakfast. We then hop on the bikes and head inland for a short ride to a local hot spring. There are three natural spring pools and the temperature of the water in the pools remains constant at about 65 C. Once we have relaxed our muscles we transfer to our next Thai experience at a village where Muslim, Buddhist and Moken live side by side. We’ll immerse ourselves in learning local customs and traditions. We then meet our host family with whom we’ll learn how to cook an authentic Thai meal and of course enjoy the results. After lunch we bid our hosts goodbye and transfer to our resort. (B, L, D)

    Day 9 Morning hike to view mangroves and orchids, transfer to the old city of Takuapa
    Wake up to the sounds of birds chirping at the resort surrounded by jungle. We transfer to the old city of Takuapa, which once was a flourishing trade port known by Indians and Arabs back in 17th century. We’ll have a leisurely cycle through the town and then ride on to visit the beachside Tsunami Memorial at Ban Nam Khem and the big fishing boat that was carried an amazing 2 kilometres inland by the surging waters. We have an early arrival so you can enjoy the beach as well as the pool and the spa at our resort built in typical Thai architecture style. We’ll have dinner on the beach tonight. (B, L, D)

    Day 10 Visit a waterfall enroute to Khao Lak
    Today we cycle from the resort, head inland and take a quiet back road through small villages and shady rubber plantations and cross rivers as we cycle to the small waterfall of Sai Rung. There’s a dipping pool at the base, perfect for cooling off before lunch. Then it’s a short cycle to our beachfront bungalows. We meet up for our farewell dinner and reminisce about all the Thai experiences we have had along the way. (B, L, D)

    Day 11 Trip concludes in Khao Lak
    The tour ends in Khao Lak after breakfast. (B)

    Inclusions

    • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
    • 2 nights in comfortable hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
    • 1 night in a quality guesthouse on a twin share basis
    • 7 nights in resorts on a twin share basis
    • expert bilingual cycling guide
    • medical kit
    • cycling support vehicle
    • basic cycling tools and spares
    • An option to rent bikes if not bringing your own. Choose a multi speed or hybrid mountain bike
    • snacks and water whilst cycling
    • sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary

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