Boats on a beach await in Phuket, Thailand. Photo via Flickr:Jeff Gunn

Monks at the annual Almsgiving Ceremony, Bangkok, Thailand. Photo via Flickr:Mark Fischer

Bangkok to Phuket E-Bike Tour

Thailand Bike Tours

Beach views along coast of Thailand

  • This is a scenic and awe-inspiring bike tour in Thailand that can be enjoyed on either an electric bike or road bike with seemingly endless beach views. Riding down the narrowest part of the country, this tour snakes along the east and west coast of Thailand, showcasing the beauty of the beaches on the Gulf of Thailand and those on the Andaman Sea.

    The cycling begins just outside Bangkok and ends on the beach in Phuket. The itinerary includes rides along the coastline with spectacular limestone cliffs, through quaint little villages and pass Buddhist temples. The accommodations include beautiful resorts where you can take a refreshing dip in the pool before indulging in some fresh-off-the-boat seafood. Just what you need to recover from your exhilarating rides!

    Highlights:

    • Spectacular coastline scenery and statuesque peaks
    • Warm and hospitable Thai culture and cuisine
    • Beautiful resorts

    If you are looking for a more leisurely ride on the coast, please take a look at our Coastal Thailand Tour or other bike tours in Thailand!

  • 2020

    Electric bike exclusive:
    Twin/double: Pending

    Road bike tour
    Twin/double: €2580
    Single supplement: €500*

    *Can be avoided if you are willing to share.

    extra options

    Electric bike: €220

    Upgrade to carbon road bike: €120

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok’s main international airport, located 30 km (19 mi) to the east of Bangkok is now Bangkok’s. There is only one large terminal building, which covers both domestic and international flights,

    Local Travel

    We recommend getting a taxi to your first hotel. Ordinary metered taxis are available on the first floor (one floor below arrivals). Follow the "public taxi" signs that lead to the outside of the airport premises, queue up and state your destination at the desk (English is understood). Please ask us for more detailed information.

    Climate

    Southern Thailand has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 27C (80 F) and 35 C (95 F) , with night temperatures in the 20s (68 F). The rainy season is from July to October, but temperatures are slightly lower, because of the effect of the rain. During this time it will not rain continuously, but in sharp bursts, and the sun can come out quickly. The cooler season is from October to February, with average temperatures between 20 (68 F) and 30 (86 F).

    Recommended

    Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.

    Remarks

    If you opt for an electric bike you will be riding Giant Explore E+ 3 2019 e bikes or similar. These hybrid e-bikes combine the durability and comfort of a Giant hybrid bike, with the latest technology in electric, "pedal-assisted" cycling. With 5 modes, you can go from minimal assistance to full speed, though a comfortable pace is easily achieved with moderate pedaling.

    Documents

    All nationalities require a passport for entry into Thail­and. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry. If staying less than 30 days then a visa in advance is not required by European, North American, Australian, and many other nationalities. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of Thailand to be eligible for the visa on arrival. This is strictly enforced.

    More information on arrival travel

    We recommend getting a taxi to your first hotel. Ordinary metered taxis are available on the first floor (one floor below arrivals). Follow the 'public taxi' signs that lead to the outside of the airport premises, queue up, and state your destination at the desk. Queue tickets are dispensed by machine. There is a 50 baht total surcharge on top of the meter rate.  The fare to the city will cost 250-400 baht plus possible expressway tolls of 50 and 25 baht, depending on time.  Make sure you have change ready to pass to the toll operators to avoid being overcharged for the tolls. Travel time is approx. 45-60 minutes depending on the time.  During rush hour it can take much longer. No other surcharges apply. If there is a long taxi line, consider taking a limousine taxi, or take the free shuttle bus to the Public Transport Center (where you will find more taxis). You can wait at the "official public taxi stand" and wait there. It is rare, but there have been reports of rigged meters that make the ride cost more than 400 baht. These taxis usually appear highly modified and it is a good idea to avoid them, or record the license plate number of the taxi.


Tour Dates

2020

Exclusive electric bike 

Dates and pricing pending

Mixed tour: road bike or electric bike

January 19, February 23, March 8, July 19, August 9, September 13, October 18, November 15, and December 6, 2020

 

Skill Level

This fully guided and supported tour is 100% on tarmac roads and can be fully enjoyed on an electric bike or a road bike,/b> that can support long distances and provides assistance with hills. If you opt for an electric bike, the more you pedal, the more the "pedal-assist" technology is activated and the faster you go, so physically fit riders will still have an advantage. The tour begins with a transfer out of Bangkok to avoid the dangers of riding through a very busy metropolis. The first half of the ride is on flat roads mainly following the beach. Total distance is 789 kilometers in eight riding days. Your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you will always be fully informed regarding the difficulty of the day’s ride. The support bus is always close at hand for those that find the riding too difficult.
This tour is also available as a road bike tour which changes the difficulty rating to Difficult. This tour is best suited for cyclists able to handle over 120 kilometers on smooth terrain, or a shorter distance with average daily climbing under 1,000 meters.

Where You’ll Stay

We have carefully chosen accommodation that is the best available for the location and offer a good mix, from home stays to luxurious lodges.

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations for the duration of the tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as per itinerary
  • Snacks, local fruits, and water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Standard Road bike rental (Trek 2.1 C, Domane 2.0)
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • First aid kit
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • SpiceRoads jersey

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Always recommended. Just ask!

TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length10 days
From$2580 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Petchaburi - Hua Hin, 42 mi. (68 km), Elevation gain +194 m/-194 m
Day 2: Hua Hin - Prachuap Khiri Khan, 71 mi. (113 km), Elevation gain +584 m/-579 m
Day 3: Prachuap Khiri Khan – Ban Krut, 44 mi. (71 km), Elevation gain +344 m/-344 m
Day 4: Ban Krut – Rest Day
Day 5: Ban Krut - Chumpon, 70 mi. (112 km), Elevation gain +693 m/-693 m
Day 6: Chumpon - Ranong, 87 mi. (140 km), Elevation gain +1142 m/-1134 m
Day 7: Ranong – Khuraburi, 80 mi. (128 km), Elevation gain +1052 m/-981 m
Day 8: Khuraburi - Khao Lak, 45 mi. (72 km), Elevation gain +518 m/-587 m
Day 9: Khao Lak - Phuket, 88 mi. (106km), Elevation gain +741 m/-743 m
Day 10: Departure

*In remote destinations, unexpected conditions can arisel at any time! Though every effort will be made to  adhere to the original itinerary, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes. This also applies to the hotels mentioned.  In order to enjoy your cycling holiday, you should be prepared to be flexible when necessary.

Day 1: Petchaburi - Hua Hin, 42 mi. (68 km)
After meeting at a  Bangkok hotel, there will be a 2 hour transfer to Petchaburi for the start of the cycling. This ride is a gentle start, heading out of Petchaburi and into rural Thailand, along roads flanked by paddy fields and palm trees. The cycling continues along the beach into Cha-am and to the beach resort town of Hua Hin, closely tied to Thai royalty. The king currently resides at the summer palace located just outside town. The last 20 km is on a main road but there is a wide shoulder to ride on and if the traffic proves to be too heavy this section can be transferred. You will top off the day with a  seafood dinner on a pier in the center of town. (L, D)

Day 2: Hua Hin - Prachuap Khiri Khan, 71 mi. (113 km), Elevation gain +584 m/-579 m
Pedalling out of Hua Hin, on quiet contry roads along the beaches, the first destination is  Sam Roi Yot (300 hundred peaks) National Park. The peaks of the spectacular limestone formations will be your backdrop. As the riding ocntinues back toward the coast, you will pass through  many small villages. The final section is along the beach to Prachuap Khiri Khan. The selected hotel has some great views and as the town is well known for having some the finest seafood in Thailand,  you will feast on the local specialties at dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Prachuap Khiri Khan – Ban Krut, 44 mi. (71 km), Elevation gain +344 m/-344 m
The morning will find you cycling along the beaches once again for approximately 12 km before hitting the main road. This section is 45 km with the option to transfer if­ preferred. You are now well away from the main tourist areas and the roads are quiet and in good condition. The route leads toward a serene beach and thenature- friendly boutique resort, Baan Grood Arcadiafor a refreshing overnight. Take time  to relax in a hammock and listen to the surf. Ascend 300 m/Descend 301 m. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Ban Krut – Rest Day
Today, rest is on the schedule! You have earned it!  Spend it relaxing at the beach, wandering around the fishing village of Ban Krut or take a dip in one of the two salt water pools at the resort. B

Day 5: Ban Krut - Chumpon, 70 mi. (112 km), Elevation gain +693 m/-693 m
Now that you are well rested,  it’s time to do some serious riding!  118 km is on the schedule on quiet side roads with very little traffic. The route stays along the coast today providing  views of the sea to the left and rugged mountains on the right. You pass through Thailand’s narrowest part, and  the border with Burma is less than 20 km away at some points. The day ends just north of Chumpon, at another secluded and quiet beach. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Chumpon - Ranong, 87 mi. (140 km), Elevation gain +1142 m/-1134 m
Today you will cross the Isthmus of Kra, which separates the Gulf of Thailand from the Adaman Sea and is just 44 km wide at it narrowest point. The route leads west for about 60 km on an undulating road that cuts through the lush jungle covered mountains that surround this area. The hills and the twists and turns in the road make for some varied riding. There is a climb of about 3 km starting at the Pun Ya Ban Waterfall and then it is downhill and flat all the way to Ranong. This is a spa town and the hotel has a hot mineral spring pool to soothe those aching muscles. (B, L, D )

Day 7: Ranong – Khuraburi, 80 mi. (128 km), Elevation gain +1052 m/-981 m
Rolling hils, but no extreme climbs, is the route today as you ride through valleys We ride through valleys withjust enough ascents and descents to make the ride interesting. You will pass many villages and the local  children wills surely wave and shout out Farang, Farang! (Foreigner). After some great views the ride ends in a lovely little resort nestled in a valley and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Khuraburi - Khao Lak, 45 mi. (72 km), Elevation gain +518 m/-587 m
The journey continues south, riding from valley to valley towards picturesque Khao Lak. The road flattens out a bit the closer to Takua Pa, a former Portuguese settlement. The region was an important tin-dredging center in the first half of the 20th century, but there remains little evidence of the mining as now rubber plantations have covered the dredged land. Next, the ride is a bit sobering as you pedal through one of the most devastated areas of the 2004 Tsunami. You’ll be amazed to see how quickly this area has bounced back and rebuilt. There is a small climb to the hotel which is right on the beach and set next to a small na­tional park. (B, L, D) 

Day 9: Khao Lak - Phuket, 88 mi. (106km), Elevation gain +741 m/-743 m
The last leg of the tour leads to the tropical paradise of Phuket, the largest island and also a province of Thailand. There are a couple of small hills to conquer before leaving  Khao Lak, but then it’s flat all the way down to Phang Nga and Phuket. This road is in excellent condition and you’ll make good time to­wards the resort on Surin Beach. Phuket is connected by a bridge to the main­ land and you will  stop for a celebratory picture before riding on to our hotel. If you are feeling energetic, you can take a very scenic coastal road where there are a few small but steep hills on the way. The views are well worth the extra effort though. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Departure
Today is yours to relax and rest after eight days of great riding. We can help with arrangements if you’d like to extend your stay at Phuket or organize transfers to the airport for onward flights. (B)

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