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10 Days | 9 Nights
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Enjoy an adventurous vacation in Southern Thailand on a cycle tour from Bangkok to Phuket. Bike the coast of the Gulf of Thailand through Khao Sok National Park before cycling the Andaman Coast. Enjoy the satisfaction of riding the majority of the distance from Hua Hin down to Phuket, while experiencing out of the way places most visitors to Thailand don't get to see.
This tour comes with an optional 2-night pre-tour extension in Bangkok.
Cannondale Quick 1 or E-Bike
Friendly Thai leader
4 to 14
4-star hotel, golf resort, treehouse, beach resort
This is a cycling holiday in the true sense of the term. Start your journey with five days riding along the Gulf of Thailand on deserted blacktop and concrete roads through sleepy villages and coconut groves, then change gears to three days riding through scenic Khao Sok National Park area to reach the Andaman Coast. Here enjoy a dip in the stunning waters at Khao Lak before one last cycle down to Phuket. This is a satisfying and enjoyable ride and one that will leave you with very fond memories of a unique exploration of Southern Thailand.
492 Km 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.
Pedal-assist E-bike is an available option for this tour for $245 surcharge.
Ride around the Sam Roi Yot National Park, then take a walk into the forest to the mystical Phraya Nakhon Cave.
Pedal quiet back roads through plantations and farms, then devour lunch in a small fishing village.
Cycle through green plantations of Khao Sok with limestone karsts all around, then stay the night in a tree house.
Enjoy the complex flavors of Thai food as you eat fresh fish by the coast.
Take a jungle hike and an easy paddle down the river in Khao Sok National Park" and "Arrive in Phuket by boat, crossing the stunning, Phanga Bay
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.
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 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.
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.
Today tests 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.
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.
We begin the journey in the car today (for around 2.5 hours) to cover an extended section of highway and to set us up for another pleasant ride. We’ll mount our bikes around 10am 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.
We start today by riding through more green plantations, then over a section of 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.
We start out on the main road today as it is the only one out of Khao Lak. It's actually 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 minutes drive from the airport.
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.
Quality, well maintained Cannondale Quick 1 Disc bikes are provided on this tour. They are fixed fork (no suspension), flat handlebar hybrid bikes with mid-width fast-rolling tires and hydraulic discs for braking confidence. The Quick provides a smooth ride in a lightweight frame and is equipped with reliable gearing. 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 knowledgeable, and charming. For tours of 7+ people, an assistant guide will accompany the group to allow for flexibility and ensure attention to service & detail.
Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local guides 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. They will also keep your safety and comfort top priorities at all times.
For tours of 7+ people, an assistant guide will accompany the group also to allow for flexibility and ensure attention to service & detail
An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
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.
4 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of 4 travelers, and we limit the group size to only 10 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travelers - we will match you with another same-sex single . If you want a single room there is an optional upgrade that you can book.
You’ll relax straight away at this luxury resort on Nang Thong Beach, with gorgeous green mountain views all around. Take a swim in one of the resort’s many pools, or a ride on their waterslide, before retiring to your elegant room.
This luxury resort provides the ideal Thailand beach getaway, nestled in the greenery a few steps from Nai Yang beach within Sirinath National Park. Treat yourself to a spa treatment or swim in one of the resort’s pools with idyllic surroundings.
Sara resort is the only one on this picturesque beach in Chumphon. The whole family will love swimming in the pool with views out on the Gulf of Thailand only a few steps away… With friendly service and comfortable rooms, you are sure to enjoy your stay.
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.
An incredibly fabulous and authentic tour of Thailand. I loved it
Great cycling with excellent back up and a a Tour Leader that really new his stuff !
Wut is the best guide I have had ever. A perfect way to immerse yourself in Thailand. I feel I know Thailand so well now.
This tour was so amazing from the guide, to the scenery, food, riding partners, support team. Every detail was taken into consideration and I had a wonderful experience.
Fantastic experience. Tick was an all exceptionally good tour leader and we had a supper support team. Great food, accommodation and service. Small but perfectly formed group. Challenging but fun for experienced social riders.
Second trip with Grasshopper and find the quality of the food and accommodation as well as the organization and crew to be first class. Great way to holiday and feel so proud of your effort.
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Many visitors to Thailand make their way to Phuket by bus or plane after a few days in Bangkok. Instead, why not explore the fascinating land that lies in between by cycling from Bangkok to the coast. We’ve crafted this itinerary to include some gorgeous natural stops, visits to local communities for authentic connections with locals, and some great cycling. You’ll get to experience a side of Thailand hidden to most visitors while enjoying our carefully planned out itinerary that takes care of all of the little details for you.
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