Cycling - Bangkok to Phuket, Thailand

 
phuket-thailand
 

Join us for this exploratory trip as we navigate 490 snaking miles of tropical shoreline along paved roads following the best parts of Thailand’s coastal range. Swap the Gulf of Thailand’s sweeping sands for the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Hang up your helmet after each day to relax in warm sand and admire the sunset. Refuel on some of the freshest seafood in the region.

Dates: February 18 - 29, 2020 (not including travel to/from Bangkok & Phuket Airports)

Lodging: Hotels (double occupancy)

Cost: $2595* (Land only, Limited space, $500 non-refundable deposit)
                      $100 discount if booked before June 1, 2019
*Does not include additional fundraising amount for International Justice Mission - see below for details

Steep Grade: 4/5 (Demanding) - Approximately 62 miles/day, total 490 miles

Schedule (hotels will be confirmed after registration closes):

Day 1
Arrive in Bangkok and take airport shuttle or taxi to JW Marriott Hotel in Bangkok. Meal: D

Day 2
Visit the IJM field office in Bangkok and learn about the work they are doing to combat human trafficking in Thailand. Team dinner and meeting to discuss the biking route. Overnight: JW Marriott Hilton Meal: B,D

Day 3
We transfer to the start of our ride in Petchaburi (approximately 2 hours). This ride is a gentle start to the trip as we head out of Petchaburi and into rural Thailand, along roads flanked by paddy fields and palm trees. We then ride along the beach into Cha-am and on to the beach resort town of Hua Hin. The town is closely tied to Thai royalty. The last 20 km is on a main road, but there is a wide shoulder to ride. If the traffic proves to be too heavy, this section can be transferred. Mileage: 44 miles Overnight: Hua Hin Hilton Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 4
We head out of Hua Hin, towards Sam Roi Yot (300 hundred peaks) National Park. This park has spectacular limestone formations and freshwater marshes in between the peaks. We ride on quiet backroads along beaches with striking limestone peaks as our background. After the park, we have a short ride on the main road, about 20 km, before heading back to the coast, passing many small villages. The final section is along the beach to Prachuap Khiri Khan. Mileage: 74 miles Overnight: @T-Boutique Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 5
We leave the hotel and ride along the beachfront road for about 7 miles before hitting the main road. We are now well away from the main tourist areas, and the roads are quiet and in good condition. Time to relax in a hammock and listen to the surf. Mileage: 38 miles Overnight: Baan Klang Aow Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 6
With legs rested, it’s time to do some serious miles. We ride 75 miles on quiet side roads with very little traffic. Our route sticks to the coast, giving us views of the sea to the left and rugged mountains on our right. We are passing through Thailand’s narrowest part as the border with Burma is less than 12 miles away at some points. Mileage: 76 miles Overnight: Nana Beach Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 7
Rest day at the Nana Beach Resort  Mileage: Optional short ride Meal: B,L,D

Day 8
We cross the Isthmus of Kra, which separates the Gulf of Thailand from the Adaman Sea, and is just 27 miles wide at its narrowest point. We head west for about 37 miles on an undulating road that cuts through the lush jungle-clad mountains that surround this area. The hills and the twists and turns in the road make for some varied riding. There is a climb of about 2 miles starting at the Pun Ya Ban Waterfall, and then it is downhill and flat all the way to Ranong. This is a spa town, and the hotel has a hot mineral spring pool to soothe those aching muscles. Mileage: 87 miles (partial route in van possible) Overnight: Tinidee Ranong Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 9
We ride through valleys today, so the road will be rolling, but there are no extreme climbs, just enough ascents and descents to make the ride interesting. We pass many villages and children waving and yelling out farang, farang (foreigner). After some great views, the ride ends in a lovely little resort nestled in a valley and surrounded by lush tropical rain forest. Mileage: 79 miles (partial route in van possible) Overnight: Khuraburi Greenview Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 10
We continue our journey south, riding from valley to valley towards picturesque Khao Lak. The road flattens out a bit as we reach Takua Pa, a former Portuguese settlement. The region was an important tin-dredging centre in the first half of the 20th century, but there remains little evidence of the mining as rubber plantations have covered the dredged land. We next ride through one of the areas worst devastated by the 2004 Tsunami. You’ll be amazed to see how quickly this area has bounced back and been rebuilt. Mileage: 48 miles Overnight: Nangthong Bay Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 11
The last leg of the tour is to the tropical paradise of Phuket, the largest island and also a province of Thailand. There are a couple of small hills to conquer before we leave Khao Lak, but then it’s flat all the way down to Phang Nga and Phuket. Mileage: 44 miles Overnight: Coriacea Boutique Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 12
Today is yours to relax and rest after eight great riding days! Fly home or extend your stay (request quote to stay at Coriacea Boutique Resort) Meal: B

Includes:
11 nights hotel lodging (double occupancy) - 3 nights in 5-star lodging
Meals indicated in itinerary
Snacks and plenty of water
Cycling jersey
Support vehicle
Guide
National Park fees
Repair service
Ground transport while cycling


Does not include:
International airfare (Fly into Bangkok on Feb. 18, 2020, depart from Phuket on Feb. 29, 2020)
Emergency medical evacuation insurance (required)
Beverages during meals (water is free)
Meals where indicated
Tips for guides and porters (optional)
Visas
Bike (rental option available)
Airport taxi transfer

 

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