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11 Days | 10 Nights
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The term 'Southern Thailand' evokes different images and ideas for different people, but for cyclists, it means enjoyable riding on well-made traffic-free roads along beautiful coastline and through scenic national parks. All fuelled by some delicious Thai food. Enjoy all this and more on this self-guided cycling tour of Thailand.
Merida Matts 40D or E-bieks
Seaside and National Park Resorts and Hotels
This is what cycling holidays were meant to be! This ride will take you along both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea on quiet back roads through the photogenic countryside and along sleepy shorelines. Along the way, you'll cross the peninsula through the wondrous Khao Sok National Park before continuing all the way to Phuket. Using the audio guides and recommendations on our self-guided app as well as the language basics in order to connect with locals, you’ll have an immersive, independent experience. Sun, sand, sea and cycling - what better way to enjoy 10 days of bike touring?
585 Km riding. This bike tour is predominately on rural back roads with the occasional dirt road and a brief unavoidable stretch on the highway. The route varies from flat terrain to gently undulating hills and is suitable for all cyclists who can cover the distances involved.
Pedal along the coast and then back roads through the countryside to the charming beach town of Pranburi.
Visit the “monkey temple” of Prachuap Khiri Khan full of Langurs and stunning views of the bay and countryside.
Learn about local aquamarine life with a stop at the Waghor Aquarium.
After a stay in a comfortable tree house in the jungle, cycle through the dense nature of Khao Sok National Park.
Once you arrive in bustling Bangkok, a Grasshopper Self-Guided representative will meet with you before you commence your tour. The rep will deliver your equipment, conduct a briefing on the road and travel conditions in Thailand and explain how to use the technology provided. You will then travel by train to Hua Hin, a charming seaside resort town about 3.5 hours away. From there you can take a warm-up ride inland along secondary roads to get comfortable with your bike.
This morning after check-out, it's time to saddle up for the first leg and set off from Hua Hin on a short, coastal ride to Pranburi. There is a small section to ride along the main road, before you turn off to pedal pleasant backroads with small and picturesque hills through the countryside and along the waterfront. Pranburi is a small beach town with some holiday homes and coconut farms. A lovely place to spend the night.
After being woken up by the cool sea breeze, you’ll begin your second day of cycling in paradise. The riding today is on flat terrain, and by mid-morning you will pass through a particularly beautiful stretch where you will have towering limestone karsts off to your right and the sea to your left. The riding concludes in Prachuap Khiri Khan, home to a Royal Thai Air Force base that was invaded by the Japanese in WWII. Your Self-guided App will hold all the recommendations of this days picturesque ride. It’s up to you to choose which tickles your fancy.
From Prachuap Khiri Khan, it is just a short ride to another point of interest, the Waghor Aquarium, which showcases the local aquatic life of this area. The cycling today features many turns and a variety of roads, making for an interesting day on the bike. There’s plenty of riding along the coastline, with just a short section on the highway to help you really appreciate those back-roads! Ban Krut is a serene little beachside town with just a handful of guesthouses and hotels.
From Ban Krut, you will ride along more beautiful coastline and along some low hills through fruit and rubber plantations. You’ll park your bikes for the day in Chumphon, a transit town where the south of Thailand begins. You will check in at a delightfully secluded resort for the evening - the perfect place for a rest with an ocean view.
All good rides need a rest day and Sara Boutique Resort is the perfect place to recharge and relax before the remainder of the ride. This beachfront Resort is blessed with golden sands and crystal blue waters. There are lots of light activities to keep you occupied on the beach and the staff could not be friendlier or more helpful, making your stay an especially relaxing one.
Today you’ll pedal through rubber plantations and forests past limestone karsts which border the Khao Sok National Park. The ride is a little more challenging as you begin to cross the low range to the other side of the peninsula. Tonight you will stay in the jungles of Khao Sok, in a comfortable tree house or lovely riverside bungalow.
Today's ride goes from the sluice gates of the Ratchaprapa Dam at the fringe of the national park deep into the karst littered jungle, concluding at the Anurak Community Lodge nestled deep in Khao Sok National Park. There is time this afternoon to enjoy much more than just the 360' nature views, you can also head out on a small jungle trek or enjoy more riding. Your time in this strikingly beautiful park will be a highlight of the trip.
Your cycle today continues through the Khao Sok area, through rolling hills along a winding road. Once you are halfway, you’ll see the coastline again which means you’ll have successfully crossed from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea. From here on, the only option to cycle is on main roads, so while the surface condition is good, you can expect to have to share it. To conclude your penultimate ride day, you will stay at a chic beach-front resort overlooking the aquamarine waters of the Andaman Sea.
While the road to Phuket today is busy, there’s a certain sense of accomplishment in riding all the way from Hua Hin to Phuket! There are some rolling hills along the waterside at the start before it flattens out and the route takes you over a bridge onto Phuket Island. There, a Grasshopper Adventures representative will meet you to collect the equipment and aid you if needed with your onward travel.
This morning you enjoy breakfast with sea views at our destination hotel. We can recommend an elegant resort away from the busy tourist areas, or assist with further transport bookings if required.
Our dedicated Grasshopper Self-guided Adventures app combines navigating technology with visual and audio descriptions of points of interest along your routes and can be hosted on all Android and iOS devices. The app contains your detailed tour route, podcasts with background information on the regions you will pass through, plus an audio commentary describing points of interest along the way. It also provides dining suggestions along your routes as well in destination locations, with translated menu recommendations. Furthermore, it will provide a and voiced glossaries of common phrases and words, which you can use to find rapport with locals.
On request, we can provide iPads if you don’t wish to use your own mobile device.
Grasshopper Self-guided tours are run with our reliable fleet of all-purpose hybrids and mountain bikes, but depending on availability, and for an additional fee, our Premium Self-guided offering in Thailand includes handmade Lynskey Cooper titanium bikes.
Recognized worldwide for their quality, Lynskey's have been chosen for Grasshopper's Self-guided tours for their all-around reliability and lightweight but 'bomb-proof' titanium frames. They are built to go anywhere and on any terrain with confidence. For those who are accustomed to riding on drop bars, these bikes will be a lasting memory of the experience.
Upgrade availability is limited, after making your online booking our support team will follow-up requesting your bicycle preference (Lynskey Titanium or regular).
We choose hotels not just based on star ratings, but for their character, comfort, charm and their ability to work with us to make your journey as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Self Guided gives us booking flexibility that we don’t usually have with large group tours, so this offer is expanded with some really unique venues. In prominent locations or cities, we generally use hotels in the 3-4 star range. In the minor towns, we use the best available accommodation. At the bare minimum, you can expect air conditioning, a private bathroom and a comfortable bed.
Exclusive to self-guided tours, our bikes come fitted with top of the range GPS navigation units. These biking computers have remarkable customization capabilities and can easily be ported with all major biking software, such as Strava, RidewithGPS or Kamoot, for all fans of cycling data. Never fear if you are not technically minded, as we've made them accessible to all riders. The device will be customized for you and we will upload the most accurate maps and routes. Furthermore, you will be well briefed on putting it to good use. You can download a free companion app and play around with its setup, download results of a day’s ride, or set yourself daily workout goals.
Before you ride out on your Self-guided adventure, you will be given a set of essential tools to handle all possible minor repairs, or you can turn to local mechanics for help. However, in the unlikely event of a breakdown, you just need to reach out to our representative who will either talk you through basic repairs or organize support in your location or will help you handle a transfer to your destination.
On request, and for an additional fee, we provide a premium transfer service, to pick you up anywhere on the road, if you feel you can’t make it to your ride’s destination.
We provide the technology, travel planning and attention to detail so that you can just focus on enjoying the ride. You'll have your pick of great places to eat plus endless opportunities for local interaction as you cycle through regional communities. This is true independent touring without the hassle. It will take you to places you'd never reach any other way and allow you to explore new locations at your own pace.
We provide secure luggage transfers between each of your hotels. This way you can enjoy the ride knowing that when you arrive, your bags will already be waiting in your room. We will also call ahead to ensure that everything is ready for your arrival.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
On this tour we provide Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers for navigational support. These are the latest in user-friendly navigation tech from Wahoo Fitness. With Wahoo devices you will be able to track your progress and monitor your route. Beyond their basic setup, the geek-cyclists will find Wahoo ELEMNTs to be excellent data mining devices allowing to measure almost any aspect of the ride.
Our itineraries are carefully crafted to make the best of your time while touring and to balance out cycling and off-the-saddle activities. However, on this tour, there are locations which are ideal to spend an additional day to go on a trek, kayak one of national park's reservoirs, enjoy the hotel facilities or just to slack around while taking in gorgeous sights of rural Thailand.
Reach out to our expert team to learn more about extending your adventure in Thailand.
The routes of this tour have been selected from among the safest in Thailand and were designed to be achievable by riders of some experience.
For additional fee, and on demand you can opt for additional van support. This service will allow you to hop on the van each time you feel a bit too tired to continue, or if you just want to cut your cycling short on a given day.
Reach out to our expert team to learn more about additional support.
We are proud of the skills of our mechanics and put our full trust in the quality of our bikes, but we are always ready to act if something goes wrong. Self-guided touring requires that you can perform minor repairs yourself, but for any tough repairs you can count on our staff to provide assistance.
Your safety on a self-guided tour is our top concern as you ride without a local guide to offer immediate help. For this reason we provide means of contacting our Representative anytime, so if an urgent situation arises they can assist with translation, arranging transportation to medical facilities, or obtaining documentation required by your insurer.
Quality, well maintained Cannondale Quick 1 Disc bikes in a full range of sizes are included in the price of your tour.
The Cannondale Quick 1 Disc bikes 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, with a lightweight frame and a reliable and performance geared Shimano 105 drivetrain.
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.
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If you want to cycle tour in Asia but don't have the money, time, and energy to organize all your gear, research your routes, book your hotels, and transport your bike across the world, a Grasshopper Self-Guided tour is ideal.They planned everything for us so all we had to do was hop on the bikes and ride – yet, since we were on our own for the whole tour, it was still a great adventure.
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The beauty of a self-guided tour is that, though the exploration is on your own, we’ve taken care of all the details for you. This means that the route is planned out and programmed into a GPS system and app and your luggage will be waiting for you at one of our chosen accommodations. This bike exploration of Thailand combines all the fun of an independent adventure with our expertise and knowledge of the area, the must-see sights and best places to eat in order to make your experience more directed and enjoyable.
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