Cycling in Thailand with IJM

 
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Navigate over 470 snaking miles of tropical shoreline along paved roads following the best parts of Thailand’s coastal range and help support the efforts of the International Justice Mission’s work in Thailand to combat human trafficking. 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.

Dates: October 26 - November 6, 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 October 31, 2019
*Does not include additional fundraising amount for International Justice Mission - see below for details

Steep Grade: 4/5 (Demanding) - Average of 60 miles/day

Schedule:

Day 1
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to JW Marriott Hotel in Bangkok (individual transfers are on your own to arrange).

Day 2
Visit the IJM field office in Bangkok and learn about the work they are doing to combat human trafficking in Thailand.
Overnight: JW Marriott Hilton
Meal: B

Day 3
After an amazing buffet breakfast, we will head to the Sky Lane for 2 loops around the track to warm up our legs and test our bikes to make any adjustments before we hit the road. Following our loops everyone will board the bus for a 3 hr. drive to Hua Hin. Mileage: 29 miles
Overnight: Hua Hin Hilton Resort
Meal: B,L

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 43 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

 
 

Each participant is asked to raise $3,000 towards the work to rescue and restore victims of forced labor in Thailand. Each participant will receive a fundraising page to collect donations, as well as ideas for how to reach your goal.

Rescue Victims

We rescue victims who have been trafficked and are being exploited on fishing vessels and within the seafood industry. IJM collaborates with Thai law enforcement and other governments in the region to investigate labor trafficking crimes and assist with operations to set these men free.

Restore Survivors

We restore survivors to a place of physical and emotional safety. IJM social workers provide support during the rescue operation and create individualized care plans for each survivor so they receive medical attention, psychological counseling and long-term support in their home community—often in a neighboring country like Cambodia or Myanmar.

Strengthen Justice Systems

We strengthen justice systems by advocating for systemic changes that will end the impunity traffickers currently enjoy in Thailand and neighboring countries. IJM also partners with global seafood retailers to use data in assisting the government with their efforts to end slavery in the seafood industry.

Click here for more information on the work IJM is doing in Thailand.

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Includes:
11 nights hotel lodging (double occupancy) - 3 nights in 5-star lodging
Meals indicated in itinerary (All but 1 dinner is on your own to allow you freedom to chose - prices range from ($5 - 15) for most dinners)
Snacks and plenty of water
Steep Adventures trip host
Cycling jersey
Support vehicle with driver and assistant
Guide
National Park fees
Repair service
Ground transport while cycling


Does not include:
International airfare (Fly into Bangkok on October 26, 2020, depart from Phuket on November 6, 2020)
- Group airfare available if 10 or more are traveling on the same itinerary
Emergency medical evacuation insurance (required)
Meals where indicated
Tips for guides and porters (optional)
Visa (if necessary)
Bike (rental option available)
Individual airport taxi transfers
Massages (range in price from $9 - 22)

 

Send questions to info@steepadventures.com