11-Day Authentic South Thailand

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Overview

The pristine beaches and stunning limestone scenery of southern Thailand have made it a favourite backdrop for Hollywood movies, such as “The Beach” and of course James Bond's “Man with the Golden Gun” - you’ll feel like you are on a movie set riding through this gorgeous landscape. Staying at some of the most beautiful resorts Southern Thailand has to offer, including the Haven Khao Lak for some rest and relaxation during your 11-day bike tour!

Southern Thailand has more to offer than turquoise waters, white sand and lush jungles - it’s also home to a fascinating mixture of cultures. Thai Buddhists mingle with Muslim seafarers to produce colourful people steeped in history and tradition. Priding themselves on their openness and hospitality, the people of the south, or Khon Dai, are always ready to show “farang” (foreigners) their country.

Our tour starts on the Gulf of Thailand, at a pristine beach that is off the tourist track. We then head inland and spend time on a stunning lake and ride on the edge of Khao Sok National Park - home to the last of Thailand's great rainforests - before we head to the beaches on the Andaman Sea.

From Khao Lak, we'll head to the paradise island of Koh Yao Noi where you'll spend time with a local fishing family. As we boat through Phang Nga Bay towards Krabi be awed by the spectacular limestone cliffs rising vertically from the sea.

Though we ride through the world-class tourist destinations of Khao Lak and Krabi, we also leave behind the tourist enclaves and see a southern Thailand that is a rarely visited gem to be discovered.

Cycling distance: 384 km (4 full/4 half)
Elevation profile: +3,454m/-3,434m
Minimum age: 18 years

We cycle 384 kilometres exploring beaches, waterfalls, jungle, fishing villages and islands. We enjoy some time off the bike so we can take in boat rides, wildlife and the culture of this fascinating region. Cycling is on a mixture of tarmac and dirt roads. An air-conditioned minivan that travels behind the group provides excellent support. You can cycle as much or as little as you like and still enjoy the same views as the rest.

- Suitability: The riding is primarily on tarmac roads, with a few undulations, but there are no major hill climbs. The distances are well within the capability of most riders with a reasonable fitness level.
Cycling
Beach & Sea
Outdoors & Nature
Culture & Arts

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Destination:

Thailand

Start:

Surat Thani, Thailand

Finish:

Ao Nang, Thailand

Itinerary

Day 1

Begin Your Southern Thailand Tour (40 km)

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Begin Your Southern Thailand Tour (40 km)

You'll be greeted at Surat Thani airport by our team and transferred for less than an hour to have lunch at a restaurant, then it’s time to start riding. We take a quiet, shady country road through a rubber tree plantation as we head to our beachside resort on Khanom Beach.

Day 2

Khanom Beach Loop (72 km)

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Khanom Beach Loop (72 km)

We do a loop ride along the coast, past some stunning beaches, through a fishing village to a cave. We’ll then head to a refreshing waterfall on our way back to the hotel. We’ll be riding through an area that is missed by most tourists, so don’t be surprised at the reactions you’ll get from the locals at seeing a foreigner on a bicycle.

Day 3

Khanom to Cheow Laan Lake Ride (60 km)

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Khanom to Cheow Laan Lake Ride (60 km)

Transfer for two hours then, we ride 20 km before we stop for lunch at Singkom Cave Temple. Back on the bikes, we cycle towards the pier where we’ll meet our boat for a ride beneath towering karst cliffs to our floating accommodation on Cheow Laan Lake. Our bamboo bungalows are simple, but clean, and have the unique opportunity to dive directly into the lake for a swim. If there's time before dinner, go for a sunset kayak to try and spot monkeys.

Day 4

Cheow Laan Lake to Khao Sok National Park Ride (40 km)

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Cheow Laan Lake to Khao Sok National Park Ride (40 km)

After waking up to the sounds of the jungle we'll take the boat back to the pier to collect our bikes. We’ll start our day with a downhill ride and then take a road that undulates and winds through a series of magnificent limestone cliffs and green jungle along the edge of Khao Sok National Park to the riverside lodge.

Day 5

Takua Pa and Koh Kho Khao Ride (52 km)

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Takua Pa and Koh Kho Khao Ride (52 km)

Our ride will take us to the outskirts of Takua Pa. We then ride towards our ferry to Koh Kho Khao Island. We’ll stop en route to visit the Tsunami Victim Cemetery which memorialises the victims from the UK after the tsunami in 2004. The short ferry brings us to an island oasis and we’ll ride the short 6 km to our beachfront resort.

Day 6

Rest Day

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Rest Day

A free day to relax and enjoy the endless beach. Feel free to take the bikes and explore the island. In the late afternoon, we’ll can on an exploration of the mangroves by boat. Koh Kho Khao is one of Thailand's best-kept secrets, the quiet beauty of this island will take your breath away.

Day 7

Koh Kho Khao to Khao Lak (46 km)

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Koh Kho Khao to Khao Lak (46 km)

We cycle to the ferry pier and then it's a short ride to visit the beachside Tsunami Memorial at Ban Nam Khem and the big fishing boat that was carried an amazing two kilometres inland by the surging waters. We then head inland and take a quiet backroad through small villages, shady rubber plantations and cross rivers as we cycle to the small waterfall of Sai Rung. There’s a dipping pool at the base perfect for cooling off before we have lunch. Then we cycle to our hotel, The Haven Khao Lak.

Day 8

Khao Lake to Kok Kloy 35 km

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Khao Lake to Kok Kloy 35 km

This morning we will check out of The Haven Khao Lak. We ride back roads, along canals, past palm and rubber plantations, shrimp farms and along the beach to our next seaside resort. It's an easy-riding day so you have time to enjoy the pool at your hotel. Kok Kloy is another quiet location that takes you to the heart of Thai culture in the south. You can use your free time to explore.

Day 9

Kok Kloy and Koh Yao Noi

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Kok Kloy and Koh Yao Noi

We transfer to Phuket to catch our boat to Koh Yao Noi island. Once on land, we’ll explore this paradise island before reaching our overnight at a homestay with a local fishing family in their traditional home. In the evening, we'll head to the night market and try some local favourites, including roti. Koh Yao Noi is one of the more popular Yao islands, however, you'll still find yourself being the only person on the road!

Day 10

Koh Yao Noi to Krabi Ride (34 km)

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Koh Yao Noi to Krabi Ride (34 km)

We ride to the pier where we catch our boat for the 45-minute ride through karsts back to the mainland. Once on land, we’ll ride through palm plantations, pineapple fields, forests and we’ll be towered over by stunning limestone cliffs as we cycle to Krabi. One of the most popular destinations in southern Thailand, the once small town of Ao Nang offers a stark contrast to Koh Yao Noi.

Day 11

Departure

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Departure

Today your 11-day southern Thailand tour comes to an end. We will arrange airport transfers depending on your departing flight. Krabi airport is around 45 minutes from Ao Nang.

Included in Price

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 22 activities
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Airport transfer
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

Not Included in Price

  • Alcohol beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits

Notes

Snacks, drinks, a water bottle, a jersey and a support vehicle are available throughout your trip.
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