One of the many highlights of this captivating tour is visiting a temple inside of a spectacular cave
Of course, this coastal tour will take in countless unspoilt beaches, warm waters and relaxing good vibes
Rocky mountains, caves, vineyards, coastal views and coffee plantations are just some of the changing landscapes you'll experience on this pleasurable ride
Pass the crystal clear waters and lush greenery of the Thai coast
Breeze past fantastic and luscious vistas
Tour past picturesque scenes of vividly colored working fishing boats as you peddle down the coast
You'll have a small diversion to an orchard and get to try the 'Dragons Eye' fruit grown widely in the south of Thailand
Get to taste the culinary delights of south Thailand

Cycling Coastal Thailand

Duration
11 days
Site savings
$84
From
$2,716 USD

Experience authentic, off the tourist-trail Thailand but without compromising on the stunning scenery and enticing beaches that this beautiful land is famed for. Beginning in vibrant Bangkok, the tour will wind south on quiet roads heading ultimately to the pristine beaches of Khao Lak. Pass 11 eventful days biking through outstanding landscapes, engaging with the locals, discovering endless beaches, seeing sites of historical and cultural interest, basking in the most picturesque of settings and savouring every moment of cycling on this quintessential southern coastal route.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    11 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    1 - Beginner
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
    Coastal
  • Distance
    208.2 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21.1 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    11 days
  • Main Destination
    Bangkok and Around
  • Distance
    208.2 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21.1 miles
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
    Coastal

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Bangkok to Ampawa

    Starting from Bangkok, you will be driven south to the Mae Klong Delta area to start the ride at Damnoen Nam Saduak Floating Market, the biggest and most colourful in Thailand and a must-see for any visitor. From there, you will embark on a long-tail boat cruise through a maze of canals cutting through local villages and various plantations. This eye-opening boat ride offers a glimpse into Thailand of old, where local people are going about their daily life with the canal as the focal point.

    Then, you will start riding into coconut plantations and fruit orchards along quiet backroads. Today you will visit interesting temples, such as the quirky Wat Bang Kung, held up by a huge banyan tree, and the exceptional carved panels of Wat Bang Kae Noi. At night, you can relax in a comfortable wooden Thai house by the river.

    • 21.7 miles
    • 3.3 ft
      459.3 ft
      462.6 ft
    • Ruen Mai Chai Klong
    • Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  2. Day 2Ampawa to Kaeng Krachan

    Wake up early to participate in the Thai tradition of making an offering to Buddhist monks. As you will be on the river, the monks will come by in their boats.

    After a leisurely breakfast, you will transfer for approx 1.5 hours to Kaeng Krachan National Park. Thailand’s largest national park, Kaeng Krachan is an excellent place for an adventurous day. You will visit the park’s headquarters on the edge of a large reservoir and enjoy the views and cool breezes. You will then ride along the lake’s shoreline and across an impressive dam before heading inland along trails and quiet country roads. You will then stop often in this tranquil area to take in the wonderful views and take photos. There are some small hills but nothing too strenuous or taxing.

    The ride will end at your very comfortable, secluded, and beautiful resort beside the river, set in wonderfully landscaped grounds. You will have time for a swim or massage before enjoying a great dinner at the hotel.

    • 15.5 miles
    • 121.4 ft
      1,423.9 ft
      1,302.5 ft
    • Petchvarin Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  3. Day 3Kaeng Krachan to Hua Hin

    Today, you will ride directly from the resort on country roads through mango orchards, sugar cane fields, and palm plantations. You will cross the Petchaburi River and ride 23 km (14.3 mi) to a reservoir. You will then take your first break and hop in the van to visit a temple with a small cave. You'll take the stairs for a short walk up to the Dao (star) Cave, named for some unique formations inside. You will ride only 10 km (6.2 mi) more to your lunch stop at the Hua Hin Vineyard. From our table, there will be a perfect view over the vineyard where the New Latitude grapes are grown - Colombard, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Shiraz, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo. Wine is not included in the lunch, but there are tasting sets for those who want to try Thai wine.

    After lunch, you will get back on your bike and take a back road that alternates between dirt, gravel, and tarmac to Wat Huay Mongkol, where a famous monk is revered. Then you'll pack up the bikes to avoid traffic and drive 30 minutes to your centrally located hotel in the resort town of Hua Hin. Enjoy a stroll through the night market after dinner.

    • 31.1 miles
    • 42.7 ft
      1,295.9 ft
      1,253.3 ft
    • Putharacsa Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  4. Day 4Hua Hin to Sam Roi Yot to Ban Krut

    You will start the day with a short transfer to the start point just outside Hua Hin. Today's ride will be along the coast with picturesque fishing boats making excellent photo opportunities. You will start the ride at a temple where you'll ready the bikes for a very flat ride past fishing villages, schools, temples, and many coconut plantations. Following a windy road that offers some shade, you'll soon find yourself among shrimp farms.

    Then, you'll weave through the town of Praknam Pran and see squid drying on racks at the fish market. You'll ride past Khao Kalok, a large rock that separates one bay from another, numerous resorts, and, if the wind is right, a kite surfer or two.

    After entering Sam Roi Yot (300 peaks) National Park, known for numerous caves, beaches, and limestone cliffs, you'll ride to the base of Phraya Nakhon Cave, where you will have lunch. For those enthusiastic enough, there's a climb up to the two caverns which are unique in that they are naturally illuminated due to a collapsed roof. In 1890, King Rama V visited the cave and built a royal pavilion that became the symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. You'll then hop into the van to miss a busy section of highway to your seaside resort.

    • 31.1 miles
    • 23 ft
      731.6 ft
      708.7 ft
    • Baan Krut Arcadia
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  5. Day 5Ban Krut to Ko Talu

    This morning, you will have the option for a short 20 km (12.4 mi) ride along the coast before a brief drive to the pier where you will board a speedboat that will whisk you away to your own private island, Koh Talu. The afternoon is free to snorkel with the colorful coral and fish, to kayak around the island, or to clamber up to the viewpoint. Dinner tonight is at your resort on the island.

    • 12.4 miles
    • 9.8 ft
      301.8 ft
      311.7 ft
    • Koh Talu Island Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  6. Day 6Ko Talu to Chumphon

    There is time to go for one more snorkel before you leave the island oasis and boat back to the mainland. Your bike will be waiting and ready for you to ride. The palm tree-lined route you start off on today will take you past white sand beaches on one side and a backdrop of green lush hills on the other. Depending on the boat's arrival time, you'll ride for 30 km (18.6 mi) on a scenic road and then transfer to the next beach resort.

    Once the sun goes down, you'll board a local fishing boat (if the weather cooperates) to see how squid are caught by lights on 15 m (14.9 ft) beams extended over the water which attract the catch.

    • 18.6 miles
    • 13.1 ft
      469.2 ft
      456 ft
    • Nana Beach Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  7. Day 7Chumpon to Ranong

    You will start today on the bikes with another coastal ride. However, the terrain will start to undulate, making it a bit different from your earlier rides. Once you have completed the distance, you'll take a lift in the support vehicle up to see a coffee plantation where the region's best Arabica coffee is grown, as well as orchards that produce longan, a small, sweet, and sour fruit grown widely in the south of Thailand. You will then stop at Poonyaban Waterfall, where there’s time for a dip before you continue on to the overnight stop at the port city of Ranong, a Thai province that shares the border with Burma.

    • 24.9 miles
    • 150.9 ft
      734.9 ft
      584 ft
    • Numsai Khaosuay Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  8. Day 8Ranong to Kuraburi

    Enjoy the view of the sea from your hotel during breakfast. You will then hop on the bikes and head inland. A short ride takes you to a local hot spring. There are three natural spring pools, and the water temperature remains constant at about 65 C. Once you have relaxed your muscles, you will transfer about 2 hours to your next Thai experience at a village where Muslim, Buddhist, and Moken live side by side. You'll immerse yourself in learning local customs and traditions. You will then meet the host family with whom you'll learn how to cook an authentic Thai meal and, of course, enjoy the results.

    After lunch, you'll bid the hosts goodbye and transfer to your resort.

    • 12.4 miles
    • 164 ft
      1,040 ft
      876 ft
    • Kuraburi Greenview Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  9. Day 9Kuraburi to Takuapa

    Wake up to the sounds of birds chirping at the resort surrounded by jungle. You will transfer about one hour to the old city of Takuapa, which once was a flourishing trade port known by Indians and Arabs back in the 17th century. Tin used to be the major export that brought wealth to the city, and what remains are the merchant houses built in Chino-Portuguese style. You will have a leisurely cycle through the town and then ride on to visit the beachside Tsunami Memorial at Ban Nam Khem and the big fishing boat that was carried an amazing 2 km (1.2 mi) inland by the surging waters. Smaller boats were also deposited nearby, particularly in a pond you’ll pass.

    You will have an early arrival, so you can enjoy the beach as well as the pool and spa at our resort, built in typical Thai architecture style. You'll have dinner on the beach tonight.

    • 15.5 miles

    • 436.4 ft
      436.4 ft
    • Thai Life Resort
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  10. Day 10Takuapa to Khao Lak

    Today you will cycle from the resort and head inland to take a quiet backroad through small villages and shady rubber plantations and cross rivers as you cycle to the small waterfall of Sai Rung. There’s a dipping pool at the base, perfect for cooling off before you have lunch. Then it’s a short cycle to your beachfront bungalows. You will meet up for a farewell dinner and reminisce about all the Thai experiences you have had along the way.

    • 31.1 miles
    • 13.1 ft
      1,026.9 ft
      1,013.8 ft
    • The Haven Khao Lak
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
  11. Day 11Departure

    The tour ends in Khao Lak. However, the tour operator can assist you in extending your holiday at this beach resort or with transport to Phuket to catch a flight.

    • Breakfast