Krabi to Koh Samui Bike Tour
One of the most popular cycling routes in Thailand is interspersed with coastal and mountain trails. Here lush countrysides, forests, and pristine beaches go hand in hand with bustling fishing villages, charming old towns, and trendy young cities.
Explore rainforests, enjoy bucolic island life, snorkel, or seek out some of the world’s best warm-water beaches. Welcome to Coastal Thailand!
easy to moderate
serene landscapesEnergize you mind, body and soul in the serene hills, springs, beaches and islands of South Thailand
|DAY 1||Ao Nang||D|
|DAY 2||Laem Sak||B,L,D||65km/40mi||cycling|
|DAY 3||Boat to Phang Nga Bay||B,L,D||25km/15mi||cycling|
|DAY 4||Khao Sok National Park||Khao Sok River Lodge||B,L,D||80km/50mi||cycling|
|DAY 5||Chiew Larn Lake||Phupha Waree||B,L,D||65km/40mi||cycling|
|DAY 6||Surat Thani||B,L||55km/34mi||cycling|
|DAY 7||Koh Samui||B,L,D||40km/25mi||cycling|
Accommodation - Casual Inns
Small luxury and boutique hotels that are true to their heritage and character and reflect local ethos are listed here as Casual Inns. They hold within them an unassuming charm and regional character that is an extension of the destination itself. Most of them fall under the 3-star or 4-star category with a possible mix of homestays.
We have chosen them carefully so that you are well-rested; get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah. The above brief itinerary gives you a clickable list of hotels for your perusal.
Day 1: Ao Nang
Our guide meets you at your hotel beach town of Ao Nangat at 17:00hrs. After a bike fit and 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.
Day 2: Laem Sak
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 the king of roadside cafés. The tiny town of Laem Sak is our overnight stop where we relax at a small family-run inn.
Day 3: Boat to Phang Nga Bay
We leave the bikes on shore and travel by long-tail boat out to Phang Nga Bay, renowned for its karst islands towering above the blue waters. We'll explore a bit by boat visiting Koh Phing Kan and Koh Tapu, the latter gaining fame as Scaramanga's 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.
Day 4: 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 toward Khao Sok National Park. As we cross the coastal ranges, a 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 Park's headquarters area where we bed down tonight.
Day 5: Chiew Larn Lake
Pedaling deeper into the park region today, we are en route to Chiew Larn Lake, created 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.
Day 6: Surat Thani
Our boat driver will return you to shore after breakfast, where the bikes await. The ride today 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 explore the historic temple cave - Wat Tham Singkhon, dating back many hundreds of years. We'll shuttle into Surat Thani to avoid rush hour traffic, then finish the day out with a great Thai dinner at one of the town's renowned seafood restaurants.
Day 7: Koh Samui
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 Bophut Area area. Before checking in to our hotel, we'll continue by bike 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 before our final dinner.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Samui Airport for your flights home or stay off for some beach time.
Dates and Prices
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We offer private departures on almost all our itineraries, and for groups of four or more, they cost the same as our standard trips!
All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).
Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.
Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.
A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.
Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.
Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.
Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.
Southern Thailand is coastal and mostly flat. The cycle tour season here runs from November to March when the weather is sunny and pleasant. April to June are the hot summer months and July to October is the rainy season when southern Thailand receives considerable rainfall.
- The best time of year is winter (November through February). It is the dry season and temperatures are cooler. The south gets a scattered shower every few days. Temperatures in the South are in the low 30s.
- March through May in the South is warmer, but only fluctuates a couple of degrees during the year.
- June through October is the rainy season (or green season as the hotels like to call it). September and early October peak in the south. Rain tends to be short but heavy tropical downpours, then clearing out, usually happening in the afternoon or evening, so cycling tours are still possible.
In a nutshell, winter is great (Nov - Mar), and the rest of the year is ok in the South.
As a tourist-friendly country, Thailand has a visa exemption rule under which tourists from over 64 listed countries are allowed to enter Thailand without a visa, provided they fulfill the following conditions:
- They must enter Thailand through an international airport.
- They must have arrived in Thailand strictly for the purposes of tourism.
- They must possess, at the time of arrival, a return ticket for no later than 30 days from the date of entry.
- They must have funds equal to a minimum of 10,000 THB per person at the time of entry.
Tourist visas may be valid for 15 to 30 days and need to be renewed if you wish to extend your stay. Longer visas of up to 90 days are issued to foreigners who wish to enter Thailand for business, study, or other special purposes.
Here is an excellent resource on Thailand visas that may be worthy to look at.
Airport pickup and drop
We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.
Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.
Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.
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