Cycle Thailand Coast to Coast - Epic Itinerary
There is no better way of exploring Thailand than on two wheels. Pedal past turquoise water on well-surfaced roads, through scenic national parks and dramatic countryside, fuelled by some world-famous Thai food.
Starting in the Gulf of Thailand and concluding at the Andaman Sea, this epic coast-to-coast cycling route traverses the peninsula through the gorgeous Khao Sok National Park before continuing on to Phuket. After a long day in the saddle, your hard work is rewarded with magnificent views and pristine beaches, quality accommodation and charming Thai hospitality.
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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 away. From there you can take a warm up ride inland along secondary roads and get comfortable with your Lynskey Cooper titanium bike.
Cycle Hua Hin to Prachuap Khiri Khan
Departing from Hua Hin in the morning, you will ride along predominately flat terrain through beautiful stretches of road with limestone karsts off to your right and the sea to your left, concluding in in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Home to a Royal Thai Air Force base that was invaded by the Japanese in WWII, Prachuap Khiri Khan is now better known for the "monkey temple", Wat Thammikaram, which houses hundreds of playful Langur Monkeys. Many locals visit the temple to feed the monkeys and it provides excellent views of the surrounding bay and countryside.
Cycle Prachuap Khiri Khan to Chumphon
The riding today features lots of turns and a variety of roads, making for an interesting day on the bike. Along the way you will have an opportunity to see the Thai fishing operation in full swing, as the colourful wooden boats are unloaded and the catch is sorted and transferred. There’s plenty of riding along the coastline and along back-roads, with just a short section on the highway. Ban Krut is a lovely little beachside town with just a handful of hotels and guesthouses where you can stop for lunch. You will then ride some low hills through rubber plantations to Chumphon, checking in at a charmingly secluded resort for the evening.
All good rides need a rest day and your resort will offer a chance for rest and rejuvenation with an ocean view. Should you wish to stay busy, there’s also plenty of activities for your enjoyment such as golfing, snorkelling and diving.
Transfer to Surat Thani, then Cycle to Khao Sok National Park
Today is a longer day of travel and you'll start your ride after a transfer of about 2.5 hours to the port town of Surat Thani. The riding will be quite different to what you have experienced thus far. You’ll start out through a busy stretch before you return to quiet roads, heading up some moderately hilly terrain into plantation territory before you reach the edge of Khao Sok National Park. You’ll pass the sluice gates of the Ratchapropa Dam and then continue towards the Anurak Community Lodge, on the outskirts of the Khao Sok National Park.
Cycle Khao Sok National Park to Khao Lak
The first part of the ride today continues through the Khao Sok National Park, through rolling hills and on a winding road. About halfway, you’ll reach the coast again meaning you’ll have successfully ridden from the Gulf Of Thailand to the Andaman Sea. From here onwards the main road is the only option, so whilst the quality of the tarmac is very good you will have some competition for it. Nonetheless you can expect to conclude your second last ride day on the beaches of a lovely resort.
Cycle Khao Lak to Phuket
The road to Phuket is a main one so it is relatively busy, but there is a certain sense of achievement in riding all the way from Hue Hin to Phuket, so it is still a ride worth doing! You’ll start with some rolling hills along the waterside, before the road flattens out and the route takes you over a bridge onto Phuket Island, where a Grasshopper representative will meet you to collect the equipment.
Conclusion of Tour
This morning you enjoy breakfast with sea views at our destination hotel. After breakfast you will meet with a Grasshopper representative to collect the equipment, and aid you if needed with your onward travel. 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
5 days riding
This bike tour is a mixture of flat terrain with moderate rolling hills. The majority of the trip is on rural back roads, with the occasional dirt road and stretch on the highway. This trip covers quite some distance - so it is best suited to fit cyclists who are looking for a bit of a challenge.