Bangkok Cycling To Phuket Island - 492 Km riding. The riding on this tour is nicely varied. On the gulf side, we ride on mostly flat terrain and quiet backroads, except for two short highway sections. Once we get into the hinterland, there are some more sustained hills, but these are rarely longer than 2km and are nothing that could be described as steep. Once we reach the Andaman Coast, there are minimal hills. We do share the road with some traffic through Khao Sok National Park due to the absence of backroads.
Day 1: Bangkok to Pranburi - Transfer & Cycle - Biking 45 km ( L, D)
We leave Bangkok early to beat much of the traffic. Hua Hin is where we will start cycling today, but not until late morning. An hour into the ride, we'll be clear of the busier areas of Hua Hin and down on the coast where we will stop to refuel and then push on, arriving in the sleepy beach town of Pranburi as the light gets soft and the craving for a nice beverage starts to emerge.
Day 2: Cycle to Prachuap/Khlong Wan - Biking - 85 km ( B, L, D )
We’re in for a lovely ride today as we pedal through limestone hills and skirt the Sam Roi Yot National Park. A short way in, we will make a detour by road then a short trip by boat followed by a 30-minute walk up through the light forest to reach a Phraya Nakhon Cave. This cave is enormous with a skylight hole at the top that allows sunlight to shine onto a throne that was built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn. A mystical exploration. We hop back on the bikes and we are in for a very pleasant day of riding through a variety of landscapes, always punctuated by a glimpse of the coast. The hotel this evening is a pleasant, boutique-style property.
Day 3: Cycle to Ban Krut - Biking 65 km ( B, L, D )
After waking to the soft sound of the Gulf of Thailand again, we set out on a satisfying ride that includes a short stretch of highway, but for the most part is on deserted backroads through groves, plantations, and farms. We dismount our bikes for lunch in a tiny fishing community, then halfway through our ride, we start to cycle over some minor hills which make it all the more interesting. The destination for tonight is a really lovely beach of minor note with espresso readily available.
Day 4: Cycle to Chumphon - Biking 100 km ( B, L, D )
Today test those new leg muscles! There is a rest day coming up, so why not push yourself just a bit today and break through the 100km barrier just so you know you’ve still got it? The first part of this morning's ride is one of the most stunning sections that we'll see on the whole trip, and we have it all to ourselves without a vehicle in sight. Next, there is a short section where we share the road with some always-courteous drivers. After lunch in a picturesque cove, we pedal over some rolling hills to take us to the northern end of Chumphon where a family-owned lodge on the beach awaits.
Day 5: Chumphon - Rest Day ( B )
There is nothing quite like enforced relaxation! Revel in your cycling accomplishments as you rest your legs and have a look around. Outside of our lodge, there isn’t much more than a small general store and miles and miles of beach- perfect for catching that tan! Enjoy a nice pool, great food, and lots of icy cold beverages before we hop on the bikes again tomorrow.
Day 6: Ratchaprapa Dam - Transfer & Cycle - Biking 55 km ( B, L, D )
We begin the journey in the car today (for around 2.5 hours) to cover an extended section of the highway and to set us up for another pleasant ride. We’ll mount our bikes around 10 am and then find ourselves riding through rubber plantations and slow-paced village life where dogs are so relaxed they won't even bat an eyelid as we pass. There is a bit of an incline near the end of the day and we roll into a simple, but enjoyable guesthouse by the river. A visit to the Ratchaprapa Viewpoint at sundown is a great way to finish up the day.
Day 7: Cycle to Khao Sok - Biking 65 km ( B , L , D )
We start today by riding through more green plantations, then over a section of the main road as we pedal through the most dramatic sections of the Khao Sok Landscape with limestone cliffs in every direction. We dismount at our very special forest accommodation in the early afternoon, leaving plenty of time to take in the smells and sounds of the surrounding woods. If you have the energy, have a walk around or pursue a rafting adventure.
Day 8: Transfer to Khao Lak ( B, L )
It's a day off the bikes today as we enjoy our time in the National Park. We'll head out on a hike through the jungle where we're bound to see some birds and if in luck maybe some larger animals like monkeys and a monitor lizard or two. There are nice views over the forest in the second part of the hike and as we near the completion of the loop, we take to canoes to paddle down the river and back to your accommodation.
After lunch on the balcony, we will transfer over to Khao Lak by van. Coming into this town may be a shock to the senses, as you are among tourists for the first time since the riding began. The benefit of this is a wide variety of food on offer in town and a supremely comfortable hotel.
Day 9: Cycle & Boat to Phuket - Biking 85 km ( B, L, D )
We start on the main road today as it is the only one out of Khao Lak. It's a nice ride as you gain some elevation near the headland to get one last glimpse of the beach. After that, we move onto secondary roads with far less traffic and we stay on these for the rest of the day, spending most of our time inland and some of it along the coast just north of Phuket Island. We spend the last 20km of the ride, going through the Phang-nga National Park on a quiet road to reach an even quieter headland. Here a long tail boat will be waiting to take us over to Phuket. We conclude our ride at the pier and enjoy a relaxed evening on the relatively quiet Naiyang Beach, where our hotel is located only 10 minute drive from the airport.
Day 10: Tour Concludes ( B )
The tour concludes today after breakfast. The checkout time at the hotel is noon. We are just a short transfer from the airport and will have a car ready to take you there or anywhere else on the island that suits you. Nai Yang is a nice place to spend a couple of nights, although it is somewhat removed from the more famous areas of Phuket.
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