let the fun begin!
arrive, welcome seafood dinner
Your guides will await you at Krabi Airport in southern Thailand and then drive to the beach town of Ao Nang. Get fitted with your bike, then relax for the afternoon. After a brief orientation head out to Nopparat Thara National Park to a tiny seafood restaurant with an incredible selection of fresh fish, crabs and shellfish for a welcome dinner.
cycle through Karst landscapes to Au Leuk
The region through which we ride for these first few days is filled with karst limestone outcroppings and dramatic cliff faces, surrounded by dark green palm oil and rubber tree plantations. There is a new photo op at literally every turn. This part of Thailand is predominantly Muslim, so calls to prayer are heard over loudspeakers and grilled chicken is king of roadside cafÃ©s. The tiny town of Au Leuk is our overnight stop where we relax at a small family run inn.
boat to Phang Nga Bay, historic hotel, night market grazing for dinner
We leave the bikes on shore and travel by long tail boat out in Phang Nga Bay, renowned for its karst islands towering above the blue waters. Well explore a bit by boat visiting Koh Phing Kan and Koh Tapu, the later gaining fame as Scaramangas missile launching platform in the 007 Man With The Golden Gun. Explore the sea gypsy floating town of Koh Panyee before returning to shore. Cycle into Phang Nga town, where we bed down in a 100 year old Hotel, the first hotel in town, built by a Chinese businessman and lovingly restored by his grandson. Dine Thai style tonight, by grazing in the market where vendors offer a wide variety of finger foods and small dishes.
cycle to Khao Sok National Park
The route turns away from the coast, as you start across the Isthmus. Rolling hills covered with rubber tree farms and oil palm plantations, provide a lush green environment for cycling, as we work our way towards Khao Sok National Park. As we cross the coastal ranges, as vast area of karst outcroppings spreads out as far as the eye can see, our cycling turf for the next few days. At the bottom of the descent is Khao Sok National Parks headquarter area where we bed down tonight.
cycle to Ratchaprapha dam / Chiew Larn Lake, boat to floating hotel
Pedaling deeper into the park region today, we are enroute to Chiew Larn Lake, create by the massive Ratchaprapha Dam. The forested mountains surrounding the lake hold a variety of wildlife, hornbills, deer, gaur and more. When we reach the dam, we board a boat to travel to our hotel, floating on the lake underneath the towering limestone cliffs.
free day on lake, boat to crystal cave, kayaking around shore
Well arise early to go look for wildlife coming down to the shore to drink, then after breakfast travel to visit the crystal cave and Little Guilin. The afternoon is free to paddle around the lakeshore near our hotel.
boat to dam, cycle to Surat Thani
Our boat driver will return you to shore after breakfast, where the bikes await. The ride to day is fairly flat, following the Phum Duang River to the coast. Along the way, your guides will introduce you to the rubber making process, as well as exploring the historic temple cave - Wat Tham Singkhon, dating back many hundreds of years. Well shuttle into Surat Thani to avoid rush hour traffic, then finish the day out with a great Thai dinner at one of the towns renowned seafood restaurants.
ferry to Koh Samui, cycle to hotel
After breakfast we drive to Donsak Pier to catch the ferry to Koh Samui. When we reach the island, we load up on the bikes and cycle to our ocean view resort in the Mae Nam area. Before checking in to our hotel, well continue by bike to Bophut Beach area to visit Wat Phra Yai sitting just offshore on Koh Pan (better known as Big Buddha). The balance of the day is yours to relax.
cycle loop of Koh Samui
One last ride is in store, looping the entirety of the island. Well head out in a clockwise loop, so as to pedal through the tourist areas before most folks are up. Along the way well stop in Ban Thale to explore 150 year old Ancient House, a teak hosue made without nails, Wat khunaram, the resting place of Luang Pordaeng and the Laem Sor Pagoda, overlooking the blue sea. End a great ride with another great seafood dinner featuring fresh caught local fish.
depart (option to extend for beach time at end)
transfer to Samui Airport for your flights home or stay of for some beach time.