Tour Thailand by bike from Bangkok to Phuket
Cycle the Gulf of Thailand, Khao Sok National Park and the Andaman Coast. Enjoy the satisfaction of riding the majority of the distance from Hua Hin down to Phuket, whilst taking in places that most visitors to Thailand don't get to see.
This is a cycling holiday in the true sense of the term. Five days riding along the Gulf of Thailand on deserted, blacktop and concrete roads through sleepy villages and coconut groves, then three days riding through Khao Sok National Park area to reach the Andaman Coast. Time for a dip in the stunning beach at Khao Lak, then one last push down to Phuket. This is a satisfying and enjoyable ride, and one that will leave you with very fond memories of Southern Thailand.
Peak Season Surcharge
For tours commencing from Dec 18th to Jan 5th there is a peak season surcharge of 10% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
10 days duration
574 km distance
Difficulty: Somewhat challenging
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Quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with hydraulic disc brakes, hybrid tyres for touring. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions and a reusable sports bottle are also provided.
As we are well off the beaten path for much of this tour, we spend a couple of nights in more rustic accommodation than we would normally use, but these are still great places to stay and are sure to be a lasting memory of the tour. All the accommodation is well run, clean and comfortable. We start the tour in a 4 star hotel, then stay at a golf resort below a dam. The third night we sleep in a jungle tree house before two nights in a lovely resort by the beach in Khao Lak.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
Door to Door
This ride has been especially designed, so that once you get on the bike in Hua Hin, you need only endure one section of vehicle transferring through the whole trip, making this a satisfying ride for those who simply love the peace and quiet of their time in the saddle.
For groups of 6+ people a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.
Thai food is internationally famous, and for good reason. This trip is as much about food as riding with all the best of Thai food provided throughout the trip. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
2 to 10
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
This tour is 100% operated by Grasshopper Adventures. The guides are our full time employees, the hotels booked by our local office staff, and the bikes are part of our fleet of over 300 bikes. We are not outsourcing any element of this tour so you can be assured of 100% Grasshopper quality.
for Cycle Bangkok to Phuket
Bangkok to Pranburi - Transfer & Cycle
Leaving Bangkok nice and early, we beat much of the traffic. Hua Hin is where we will start the ride today and that will happen 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 one's appetite for a beverage starts to emerge.
Cycle to Prachuap/Khlong Wan
A lovely ride today as we pedal through limestone hills and skirt the Sam Roi Yod National Park. A short way in, we will make a detour by road then a short trip by boat and a 30 minute walk up through light forest to reach a Phraya Nakhon Cave, a large cave with a skylight hole at the top, shining the sunlight onto a throne that was built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn.
Back on the bike and we are in for a very pleasant day of riding through a variety of landscapes, but always punctuated by a coastal glimpse. The hotel this evening is a pleasant, boutique style property.
Cycle to Ban Krut
Waking to the lap 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. Lunch is had in a tiny fishing community and halfway through we start to experience some minor hills which make it all the more interesting. The destination for tonight is a really lovely beach of minor note and Espresso is readily available.
Cycle to Chumphon
The big one! 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 still have 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 you pretty much have it all to yourself without a vehicle in site. Then there is a short section where you have to balance that out by sharing the road with some always courteous drivers. Lunch in a picturesque cove and then some rolling hills to take us through to the northern end of Chumphon where a family owned lodge on the beach awaits.
Chumphon - Rest Day
Ratchaprapa Dam - Transfer & Cycle
We start out in the car today (for around 2.5hours) to cover an extended section of highway and to set us up for another pleasant ride. We start out on the bikes around 10am and then find ourselves riding through rubber plantations and villages where dogs are so relaxed they won't even bat an eyelid. 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 see out the day.
Cycle to Khao Sok
More plantation riding to start today, then a section of main road as we pass through the most dramatic sections of the Khao Sok Landscape with limestone cliffs in every direction. We roll into our very special, forest accommodation in the early afternoon, so plenty of time to take in the smells and sounds of the forest and if you have the energy, perhaps to partake in some walking or rafting.
Cycle Khao Sok to Khao Lak
Today is quite a hilly day, but there is no sustained climbing. We leave the park after just a few kilometers and then ride through farming areas. We make a stop at a hot spring to soak the muscles and then push on. Arriving into Khao Lak may be a shock to the senses as you are in tourist central for the first time on this whole ride. The benefits are in the variety of food though and a supremely comfortable hotel.
Cycle to Phuket
There is no glorifying this ride. There are some monotonous sections, but we did say you would ride into Phuket. Luckily, the middle third of the ride is so beautiful, that it makes the other two thirds worth it. We conclude our ride by pedaling over the bridge to Phuket Island, then rolling into Nai Yang Beach and our comfortable final night hotel.
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 also, although it is somewhat removed from the more famous areas of Phuket.
What's the Riding Like?
8 days riding
The riding on this tour is nicely varied. On the gulf side, we ride on mostly flat terrain and really quiet backroads, with the exception of 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 and from Khao Lak to Phuket we spend 2/3 of our time on the main road. We can say confidently however, that Thai drivers are generally highly courteous and considerate.
Coolest time: Nov-Feb
Wettest time: Jun-Oct
Dec-Jan & Jul-Aug
The South of Thailand
The south has two seasons - dry and wet. The rainy and dry seasons in the south alternate from coast to coast; when it is dry season on the Gulf of Thailand Coast (east side) it's rainy season on the Andaman Coast (west side) and vice versa. The Andaman Coast is rainy from April until October while on the Gulf of Thailand Coast most the rain falls from September to December.
While without doubt the best riding conditions are during the coolest part of the year (December & January), Thailand is at its most beautiful at the height of the rains (July & August) when the fields are a vibrant emerald green and the rice paddies full of water.
Create Your Own Date
Don't see the date for this tour to suite your schedule? No problem - create your own date. Chose the dates that you would like to travel and as long as you are happy to open the tour to other people joining we will charge the standard tour price - no markups!
1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 3 months in the future. This just gives us time to promote the trip and find other people to join you.
2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of two or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can do our best to get a group for the dates you choose but we cannot guarantee standard pricing until we achieve a minimum of 2 people.
3. This offer is subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule.
What our guests say about us...
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A challenging and rewarding adventure through Thailand.
An incredibly fabulous and authentic tour of Thailand. I loved it
Fantastic memorable trip - excellent experience, great guides, amazing cycling. The best and [most] memorable cycling holiday I've been on so far (if not the best holiday!) It went beyond expectations.
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