Get a close-up experience of a tropical paradise on our road bike trip from Thailand’s pulsating capital Bangkok to the holiday island of Phuket.
A beautiful and varied tour leads you along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. It takes you past plantations and rice fields, to seemingly archaic limestone mountains and into the jungle. Experience pristine villages off the beaten track. You may visit richly ornated Buddhist temples or lively night markets. Spend your afternoons at your hotel or resort or at beautiful beaches.
In nine stages you will cover daily distances between 70 and 150 kilometers. As the whole ride has very few and short climbs only, the tour is ideally suited to the basics-building for the new season. We spend the first four stages each on the Gulf of Thailand, in part due to the beautiful, secluded beaches. On the fifth day we crossed then to the west where we come in Ranong on the Andaman Sea. After a night at the Spa Hotel are the next two milestones on the edge or in the largest rainforest region of southern Thailand, Khao Sok National Park. The last night of the tour, we spend then the popular seaside resort Khao Lak before we “roll out” the conclusion to Phuket.
Day 1: Bangkok
Arrival at the 4-star hotel on Chao Praya River in Bangkok. In the afternoon time for sightseeing and shopping. Early evening tour briefing, followed by dinner.
Stage 1: Samut Songkhram – Hua Hin
(115 km – 50 ascent)
In the morning transfer by minivan from Bangkok to the stage start in Samut Songkhram, about 80 km or 1 hour.
A completely flat ride along small coastal roads, often overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and many desalination plants. At Cha-Am, about 25 km before arriving at our destination, we may enjoy Thai-style suckling pig and BBQ chicken.
Our stage destination Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular beach resorts. Besides its many kilometers of white sandy beach, the city has to offer a nice restaurant and bar district. We will stay in a centrally located middle class hotel featuring a huge swimming pool.
Stage 2: Hua Hin – Prachuap Khiri Khan
(110 km – 280 ascent)
This morning a very nice ride waits for us: we will pass several nice beaches and and see the high limestone rocks of “Sam Roi Yod National Park”. In Prachuap Khiri Khan, the local provincial capital, we will stay in an oceanfront middle-class hotel. Just next door we may dine at a truly authentic Thai Seafood Restaurant.
Stage 3: Prachuap Khiri Khan – Had Ban Krud
(73 km – about 200 ascent)
After riding near the beach for the first few kilometers, we hit the main road for about 1 hour today. But no problem: there are lanes for 2-wheelers, so it will still be a relaxed ride under the trees on a slightly rolling hills. After that we will once again have the small and winding sideroads literally for ourselves for the last hour before reaching Had Ban Krud, a dreamy tropical beach.
Our resort’s restaurant is open all day and in the evenings they usually play pleasant chill-out music. Food is fresh, tasty and inexpensive. The staff is very friendly and usually speaks decent English. In the restaurant area there is free Wi-Fi. You may get excellent massages either in the resort or in the nearby village.
A popular sight to see is “Phra Phut Kitti Sirichai”, a very beautiful modern temple with opulent gilded roofs, that Queen Sirikit gave to their people.
Rest day in Had Ban Krud
Having arrived in paradise you don’t want to leave quite yet, would you? After the first 3 days of bike rides we couldn’t think of a better place to really relax body and mind.
Stage 4: Had Ban Krud – Chumphon
(125 km – approx. 600 m ascent)
Most beautiful varied partly ondulating stage along the coastline further South. As highlights we will visit another beautiful beach along the way, ride up a “KOM” to a huge, walk-in Buddha Statue and pass the highest sand dunes in Thailand.
We will reach our goal, Thung Wua Laen Beach, at the gates of Chumphon, after 125 km. There we are again housed in beautiful beach resort and can take another beach afternoon.
Stage 5: “The Two Oceans Ride”
(140 km, 900 m ascent)
Today we cross from the Gulf of Thailand in the east to the Andaman Sea in the west. On a winding, low-traffic main road it is slightly wavy to Ranong. We pass the isthmus of Khra, the narrowest point of the Malay peninsula with approx. 40 km, and can refresh ourselves on the way at a waterfall.
There is a lot of activity in Ranong, a port and border town where you can translate from and to Myanmar (Burma). Our hotel has hot thermal pools, which will surely do us good after the 5 hours in the saddle. And if you still don’t have enough after 140 km, you can still lift weights in the hotel’s gym.
In the evening you can eat in the nearby restaurant district. Maybe we can have a cocktail in the cheapest and best cocktail bar far and wide.
Stage 6: Ranong – Kuraburi
(130 km, 800 ascent)
Another “green” stage on the way south. Along the Andaman Sea, which flashes occasionally today, we ride on a varied country road in tropical vegetation, which seems to become more and more opulent the further we get.
Our destination, the Kuraburi Greenview Resort, is located on the edge of the jungle, picturesquely on a small lake. In the evening we can listen to the sounds of the jungle sitting on the terrace or enjoy a Thai massage in the very nice hotel room. The enterprising can take our van back to the small town Kuraburi and taste the local specialties in simple street restaurants.
Stage 7: Kuraburi Greenview Resort – Khao Sok National Park
(75 km, 700 ascent)
Our “recovery stage”. We follow the same country road we had been riding on for the past two days in a southern direction before turning east at km 50. After a small pass, where we have to overcome 300 meters in altitude at 5 km, we rush at the end of the descent directly to our daily destination, the Khao Sok National Park.
Right in front of the entrance to the largest contiguous national park and jungle area in southern Thailand, a small, dreamy village has developed with original bungalow resorts, nice restaurants and a massage parlor with exceptionally well-trained therapists.
Since we arrive there in the course of the morning, we have the opportunity to either take a half-day trip into the jungle or to admire the fauna and flora and of course the impressive limestone cliffs on a canoe trip.
8. Etappe: Khao Sok Nationalpark – Tha Put – Khao Lak
(150 km, 1.400 ascent)
The Queen’s stage of our tour – in every respect: The big loop around the Khlong Phanom National Park is a very special scenic experience. First we continue our way to the east and let the huge limestone mountains pass us again. After 40 kilometers we drive ride on almost completely traffic free side road to Tha Phut. From there we turn West over an enchanting little jungle pass and further on small roads with several short climbs to Khao Lak.
Khao Lak is one of the most popular vacation spots in southern Thailand. Its white sandy beach doesn’t seem to end here. We stay in a nice new hotel near the beach. In the evening we have the choice between Thai food or different Western restaurants.
9. Etappe: Khao Lak – Phuket
(130 km, 600 m ascent)
On the last day there are still a few delicacies: after an hour on the mainland, we take a small, completely unoccupied side street directly near the beach that takes us to the Sarasin Bridge. The bridge connects Phuket to the mainland. Once on the island, we mostly stay on the main road and only take a small variant through the forest. To reach our destination Rawai, we ride to the southernmost end of the island.
After nine beautiful and eventful stages with a total of 1,050 km, we have reached our destination and toast accordingly with a Bavarian Weissbier.
It’s a cycling tour – not a race: The group will ride at an adequate speed fitting for all. If some want to ride faster, there will be meeting points arranged on the way.
There will be a a licensed and experienced tour guide
Our van will carry your bags, spare wheels, tools and spare parts. Water, minerals and refreshments may be obtained any time. Any rider may finish the day’s ride in the bus upon request.
All overnights will be in First Class hotels and include breakfast. In more remote places without a developed tourist infrastructure we take the best possible accommodation.
Breakfast in Thailand is usually a bit limited. If you have special requests, please let us know beforehand.
Transfer from the hotel in Bangkok to the start of stage 1 will be provided
Arriving in Bangkok, you may go to the ground floor and catch a bigger size yellow cab to the hotel. 50 THB will be added to the amount shown on the taxi meter.
If you choose your accommodation after completing the tour in Rawai, our van will take you and your bags to the respective hotel or resort