Cycle Thailand Coast to Coast - Classic Itinerary
Enjoyable riding on well made and traffic-free roads, along rippling coastlines and through scenic national parks. Fueled by some mouthwatering, world-famous Thai food.
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 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. Sun, sand, sea and cycling - what better way to enjoy 10 days on a bike?
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For Grasshopper Self-guided bike tour Cycle Thailand Coast to Coast, from Bangkok to Phuket
Travel Bangkok to Hua Hin
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 ride away. From there you can take a warm-up ride inland - along secondary roads and get comfortable with your provided bike.
Cycle Hua Hin to Pranburi
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 enjoy the backroads 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.
Cycle Pranburi to Prachuap Khiri Khan
Woken by the cool sea breezes, your second day of riding in paradise begins. 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. The town is now better known for the playful Langur Monkeys that live in the "monkey temple", proper name - Wat Thammikaram. The temple provides excellent views of the surrounding bay and countryside, with many locals going there to feed the monkeys.
Cycle Prachuap Khiri Khan to Ban Krut
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.
Cycle Ban Krut to Chumphon
From Ban Krut you will ride along more beautiful coastline and along some low hills, through fruit and rubber plantations. Your ride will conclude 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 beach-front 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.
Transfer to Surat Thani, then Cycle to Ratchaprapha Dam
Riding through rubber plantations, forests and limestone karsts, which border the Khao Sok National park, today will be 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 a lovely riverside bungalow.
Cycling through Khao Sok National Park
Today's ride goes from the sluice gates of the Ratchapropa 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.
Cycle Khao Sok National Park to Khao Lak
Your ride 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 is the main road, so whilst its 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.
Cycle Khao Lak to Phuket
Whilst the road to Phuket today is busy, there’s a certain sense of accomplishment in riding all the way from Hue 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.
Conclusion of Tour
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.
What's the Riding Like?
Some rolling hills
9 days 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.