End the trip up at this viewpoint, where you can survey your completed cycling journey
Explore the beautiful buildings of Sino-Portuguese origin in the town that are both colorful in their past lives and in appearance
Phuket is famous for its idyllic beaches
You'll visit the largest community of Chao-Le and realise how their lives depend wholly on the ocean
The rock is a replica from a much-loved shrine in Myanmar
Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Thai people
You'll finish the ride with a coastal view here at Saphan Hin, a park used by the locals

Phuket Highlights

Duration
1 day
Site savings
$3
From
$65 USD

Take a break from the beach for a culturally rich experience cycling through old Phuket town. Located on trading routes between India and China, Phuket became a melting pot of people, cultures and religions. The 19th-century tin boom attracted an influx of Chinese laborers and their influences are still evident in the architecture, food, and places of worship seen today. On bikes, you will travel back in time to unlock the secrets of Phuket Old Town and also explore the town's peripheral.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    1 day
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    1 - Beginner
  • Activity Level
    1 - Easy
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Coastal
  • Distance
    16.8 miles
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You will start the ride from Laem Thap and cycle on a very quiet coastal road to the first stop, a visit to Koh Sirey, home to the largest community of Chao-Le or sea gypsies. Watching them fix their nets or cracking open clams, you will see how their lives are still dependent on the sea. Look up and notice the mini Golden Rock, a replica from the much-revered shrine in Myanmar. It's monkey time next; you'll see them cavort in the mangroves. See (and smell!) the fresh catch of the day with busy merchants crowding in to bid for the best deals at the fishing port.

As you approach downtown, admire the beautiful Sino-Portuguese mansions and shophouses painted in brilliant hues. Now restored as inns and quaint tea-houses, some once had sordid pasts as brothels, gambling houses and opium dens. In the heart of the historical district, Thai Hua Museum once housed a Chinese-language school and now cleverly tells the tale of Chinese migration to Phuket. You can pay respects at the Jui Tui Shrine, an important temple for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, before pedalling on to Saphan Hin, a popular park where locals exercise, finally finishing your ride with a scenic sea view. To get a bird's eye view of where you have ridden you'll be driven up to the top of Khao Khad before you are dropped off at your hotel.

You will ride a total of 27 km (16.7 mi) on good roads. There will be short hills to tackle to reach scenic viewpoints. You will ride at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for photos and refreshments to keep you well energized.

Please note that a free transfer from hotels located at Chalong, Rawai, Nai Harn, Kata, Karon, Patong, Phuket Town, Kamala, Surin, Bang Tao, Layan & Laguna is included. All other areas additional transport charges apply.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

This tour is a near-complete package, including gear, support, a knowledgeable guide, and thoughtful extra touches.

  • Water, snacks and fresh fruit while cycling.
  • Local English speaking cycling leader/guide.
  • Vehicle support while cycling.
  • Water bottle
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Entrance fees
  • Accident insurance
  • Free bike rental is included in the price of this tour (upgrade options are available - please see below).
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

There are a few things left to you, from flights to visas, although the tour operator will be happy to offer advice for the latter.

  • Visas
  • International air tickets
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available