2019 Cycle Thailand

Home / 2019 Cycle Thailand

2019 Cycle Thailand

Chiang Mai to Bangkok to Phuket

Sunday 20 October, 2019 to Saturday 09 November, 2019

Join us in 2019 for our road bike tour of Thailand – a rare opportunity to cycle Asia with an Australian bike tour company

Why Choose AllTrails for Your Asian Cycling Trip?
Support: Australian-based office – easy to contact for any questions
Group: Mostly Australian cyclists and often a few internationals who add to the flavour
Camaraderie: AllTrails cyclists are fun, positive and supportive – and waiting for you to join the community
Service: Owners on tour with you, along with outstanding local guides
Experts: No short-cuts! Famous for extensive experience, preparation and organisation
Quality: From great accom & meals to our local guides’ knowledge and advice
The tour at a glance
Dates: 20 Oct – 30 Oct, Chiang Mai to Bangkok (10nts)
30 Oct – 9 Nov, Bangkok to Phuket (10 nts)
Duration: 20 nights (full tour)
18 cycling days
Distance: 1760 km approx
Ave. Daily: 98 km approx
Bike Type: Road bike (preferred) or hybrid (BYO or hire)
Terrain: Bitumen/tarmac roads
Group Size: Approx 10-20
Difficulty Rating: 7/10 (a few hills and some days 100km+)
Accom.: 3 to 4 star hotels (where avail)
Meals: 20 bfasts, 17 lunches, 13 dinners
Price: See ‘Pricing’ tab
Deposit: $800

Highlights

Temples, Jungles and Beaches

  • Great ‘road bike’ cycling route
  • Start and finish in world-renowned Thai locations:
  • The unexpected traditional feel of thriving Chiang Mai
  • The famous hustle, bustle and beauty of Bangkok
  • The classic relaxed beach vibe of Phuket and surrounds
  • Ride through ‘off the beaten path’ Thailand:
  • Villages where foreigners are still a novelty
  • Small town gems, restaurants and resorts that only the locals know
  • Immerse yourself in the ‘real’ Thailand
  • Rest days in Bangkok, Sukhothai (UNESCO), and Baan Grood Arcadia Resort
  • Visit Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Temple (included)
  • Visit Sukhothai Historical Park (included)
  • Visit Wat Tang Sai Temple (free)
  • Visit the hot springs in Ranong (included)
  • Visit Pun Ya Ban waterfall (included)
  • …and lots more inclusions
The reason we think this tour is the best of Thailand is because of the mix – it’s all there:

It’s a great value overseas tour rich in culture and inclusions. From the jungles of the north, to the rural rice paddy fields, to the bustling and busy capital city, to the beaches of the south – this ride gives our cyclists an insight into the varied aspects of the Thai landscapes, culture, people and way of life. It’s also all on smooth bitumen roads perfect for road bikes – no off-roading through the mud required.

You’ll enjoy the famous names that you have heard about and seen in the travel brochures like Chiang Mai, Bankgok and Phuket, but also experience the gems in between those locations that provide a real sense of the ‘undiscovered’ Thailand.

The trip has full vehicle support and cycling guides with local knowledge so that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance, safety, stories, history and must-see locations, as well as a supply of cold drinks, fresh fruit and snacks.

Add to that the confidence and ease that comes with dealing with an Australian-based office and having the AllTrails owners on tour with you, and you have got a recipe for an unforgettable cycling adventure with a company that you can rely on.

The tour includes all accommodation and breakfasts, snacks & drinks on the road, as well as the vast majority of lunches and dinners plus a handful of really good tours and local visits. You will be given a complimentary cycling jersey and be provided with excellent local bilingual guides (cycling with you and in support vehicles), maps and route assistance, daily luggage transfers, bike mechanic assistance and plenty of fun!

Call us today to book or ask any questions. 03 9802 4465 – we look forward to having a chat.

This AllTrails ride in Asia is different to our Australian rides in a number of ways. Our company owners will be on the tour with you and will be a point of contact for cyclists, however AllTrails staff will not be running the logistics of the tour – our very experienced local guides will be in charge of the day-to-day activites as they drive the support vehicles and cycle with the group. There are many other cultural differences that cyclists will discover on this tour, in general just be flexible, understanding and smile (a lot). Here is a good link with some clear information on travelling in Thailand.

Based on an average speed of 20-25kph on flat terrain, we expect a normal day’s cycling to finish between 1-4pm where you will then have the afternoon and evenings to explore the village or relax at the hotel. Take some time to yourself or go exploring with your fellow cyclists in the group, which is generally made up of around 80-90% Australians and the remainder other nationalities. The evening meal is usually included, leaving a few evenings free for your choice of meal and restaurants. The memories and friendships forged on a trip like this will last forever.

A unique opportunity to tour Thailand with like-minded Australian and international cyclists.

Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)

CHIANG MAI meeting day -- 50km -- Sun 20 Oct 2019 -- - - D A

Day 1. Welcome to Thailand. Chiang Mai is a land of ancient misty mountains and colourful hill tribes, but also a bustling and thriving city. There are delights for shoppers, both in the high street fashion shops and the craft markets and antique stores. Travellers with be intrigued with the way that the city has kept its relaxed vibe despite the constant activity from famous Thai massages to cooking courses to amazing arcitecture walks, nightlife, markets and festivals. Despite its relatively small size, Chiang Mai has it all and is a wonderful place to begin your journey. Our hotel is an oasis from the action where you can settle in and relax in preparation for the adventure ahead or to use as a base to explore everything that sits just outside the front door. This afternoon we will gather at the hotel at 1:00pm where the guide will brief everyone thoroughly and make sure the bikes fit. Take this last opportunity to enjoy Chiang Mai or join the group for a 50km warm-up ride around the area. Tonight we will share a group dinner – a great opportunity to meet your fellow cyclists and tour leaders, pick up a few tips and advice on the local culture, and get prepared for your day on the bike tomorrow.

CHIANG MAI to LAMPANG -- 120/64km -- Mon 21 Oct 2019 -- B L D A

Day 2. After we leave Chiang Mai’s traffic, we head towards Lampang on the old highway, a tree-lined boulevard that is a real pleasure to ride along. The terrain is rolling on this section of the ride, and at just past the halfway point, there is a longish climb that gets quite steep at the end. Lampang is called the cowboy town – you can still see horsedrawn carriages as a means of transport. On the way, we stop and visit one of the oldest and most religious chedis in Thailand, built around 1044, and the well-preserved fortified Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Today is a long day so we have a couple of shorter ride options if you’d prefer to ease into the tour.

LAMPANG to UTTARADIT -- 145/84km -- Tue 22 Oct 2019 -- B L - A

Day 3. Today’s full distance route is tough, as we have a long distance to cover and some hills to go over. We have three sets of hills and lots of undulating countryside. Some of the hills get steep towards the end, so take it easy, but the support vehicle is not far away and ready to give you a lift if needed and we have two short ride options of 102km and 84km. We pass through teak forests, past reclining Buddhas and some beautiful temples. We are now truly into provincial Thailand, and we won’t see many other tourists here – giving you a real Thailand experience!

UTTARADIT to SUKHOTHAI -- 90km -- Wed 23 Oct 2019 -- B L D A

Day 4. We really head off the beaten track today as we ride on some of the most secluded and beautiful roads in Thailand, as a canopy of palm trees provides some natural protection from the regular sunny days. We pass lush green paddy fields and many villages as we wind towards the first capital of Thailand, Sukhothai. The 13th-century reign is generally viewed as the “Golden Age” of Siam due to the fact that its influence spread as far west as Burma and east as far as Cambodia and south down into Malaysia.

SUKHOTHAI rest day -- 35km -- Thu 24 Oct 2019 -- B L D A

Day 5. A day to enjoy the original capital of Thailand by taking a ride round the historic park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are more than 193 ruins surrounded by three moats and bridged by four gateways. Bikes are the best way to enjoy this ancient city, and you won’t want to forget your camera to capture some of the stunning Buddha statues. Or simply have a day off the bike and enjoy the town of Sukhothai.

SUKHOTHAI to KAMPAENG PHET -- 85km -- Fri 25 Oct 2019 -- B L - A

Day 6. The ride to Khampeng Phet is on pleasant country roads with plenty of activity going on all around to keep your attention. Khampeng Phet, also known as the “Diamond Walled City”, was a military fortress used to help defend Sukhothai from invading armies. The moss and flower covered ruins give it a quality not seen in its more popular and restored neighbour of Sukhothai. We have plenty of time to visit the sites by foot or bicycle.

KAMPAENG PHET to NAKORN SAWAN -- 130/93km -- Sat 26 Oct 2019 -- B L - A

Day 7. We head into the heartland of Thailand today with our journey to Nakorn Sawan. You’ll quickly understand why Thailand is the top exporter of rice when you see the many paddies on your route today. Look out for water buffaloes wallowing in a puddle and for ducks taking a dip in a rice field. This is an area of Thailand not visited by many tourists, so you will pique the interest of locals (especially if you tell then you have ridden from Chiang Mai!), and it is a good opportunity to stop and say Sawadee!

NAKORN SAWAN to SING BURI -- 145/83km -- Sun 27 Oct 2019 -- B L D A

Day 8. We really start to feel the approach of Bangkok as signs of industrialisation begin to increase, but there is still plenty of open spaces and fields along the way. The ride is again on backroads that pass through many small towns and villages that move with interesting activity and the life of the people.

SING BURI to AYUTTHAYA -- 90km -- Mon 28 Oct 2019 -- B L D A

Day 9. As we leave Sing Buri, don’t forget to look up and wonder at the magnificent reclining Buddha in Ang Thong before continuing the ride to the old Siamese capital of Ayutthaya – the centre of old Siam for over 400 years until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. Also, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic park boasts some spectacular temples that are best visited by bicycle. The town lies along the Chao Phraya River, and our hotel for the night is located on its banks.

AYUTTHAYA to BANG PA IN to BANGKOK -- 60km -- Tue 29 Oct 2019 -- B L D A

Day 10. We have the last leg of the first stage on our sojourn through Thailand. We ride down to Bangkok along country roads that will take us past Bang Pa-In Palace, the former summer palace of King Chulalongkorn. We end our journey in north Bangkok, and we transfer the last few kilometres to our hotel in the city centre. We then meet in the evening for a celebratory dinner and bask in the glory of a job well done!

BANGKOK rest day -- NA -- Wed 30 Oct 2019 -- B - - A

Day 11. Today is the end of Stage One and the start of Stage Two so we may have a few people coming and going as they end or begin their tour with us. For those leaving, we can help with arrangements if you’d like to extend your stay in Bangkok. For those arriving to begin their tour, your accommodation is included tonight and we will meet you this afternoon for a bike fitting and welcome registration. For those cycling both stages, today you can explore the thriving city of Bangkok or take it easy and do some washing, catch up on emails and things from home, rest, recuperate and recharge. With so much of its daily life conducted on the street, Bangkok rewards the curious traveller in spades. Take a boat trip on the river, visit a market, stroll off Banglamphu’s beaten track for a chance to meet a buddhist monk or find a Chinese opera performance in the small lanes of Chinatown. Revel in the colour and contradictions of an ultra-modern city steeped in ancient traditions and historic architecture.

BANGKOK to PETCHABURI to HUA HIN -- 68km -- Thu 31 Oct 2019 -- B L D A

Day 12. We transfer to the start of our ride in Petchaburi (approximately 2 hours). This ride is a gentle start to the trip as we head out of Petchaburi and into rural Thailand, along roads flanked by paddy fields and palm trees. We then ride along the beach into Cha-am and on to the beach resort town of Hua Hin. The town is closely tied to Thai royalty. We top off our day with a seafood dinner on a pier in the centre of town.

HUA HIN to PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN -- 113/86km -- Fri 1 Nov 2019 -- B L D A

Day 13. We head out of Hua Hin, part of the way taking advantage of a new cycle lane, towards Sam Roi Yot (300 hundred peaks) National Park. This park has spectacular limestone formations and freshwater marshes in between the peaks. We ride on quiet backroads along beaches with striking limestone peaks as our background. After the park, we have a short ride on the main road, about 20 km, before heading back to the coast, passing 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 which we’ll feast on at dinner.

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN to BAN KRUT -- 71km -- Sat 2 Nov 2019 -- B L D A

Day 14. We leave the hotel and ride along the beachfront road for about 12 km before hitting the main road. This section is 9km. We are now well away from the main tourist areas, and the roads are quiet and in good condition. We head towards a serene beach and our nature-friendly boutique resort. Time to relax in a hammock and listen to the surf.

BAN KRUT rest day -- NA -- Sun 3 Nov 2019 -- B - - A

Day 15. This is a rest day – you’ve earned it. Spend it relaxing at the beach, wandering around the fishing village of Ban Krut, or taking a dip in one of the two salt water pools at the resort.

BAN KRUT to CHUMPHON -- 112/90km -- Mon 4 Nov 2019 -- B L D A

Day 16. With legs rested, it’s time to do some serious kilometres. We ride 112 km on quiet side roads with very little traffic. Our route sticks to the coast, giving us views of the sea to the left and rugged mountains on our right. We are passing through Thailand’s narrowest part as the border with Burma is less than 20 km away at some points. the short ride option ends at Ruan Chamoa Restaurant, while the full distance continues just north of Chumpon, at another secluded and quiet beach.

CHUMPHON to RANONG -- 140/80km -- Tue 5 Nov 2019 -- B L - A

Day 17. We cross the Isthmus of Kra, which separates the Gulf of Thailand from the Adaman Sea, and is just 44 km wide at its narrowest point. We head west for about 60 km on an undulating road that cuts through the lush jungle-clad mountains that surround this area. The hills and the twists and turns in the road make for some varied riding. As there are few roads through the mountains we spend most of the day on the main road, however there is a wide shoulder. 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 the town of Ranong. This is a spa, fishing and border town, which makes for an interesting vibe.

RANONG to KHURA BURI -- 128/90km -- Wed 6 Nov 2019 -- B L - A

Day 18. We ride through valleys today, so the road will be rolling, but there are no extreme climbs, just enough ascents and descents to make the ride interesting. We pass many villages and children waving and yelling 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 rain forest.

KHURA BURI to KHOA LAK -- 72km -- Thu 7 Nov 2019 -- B L D A

Day 19. We continue our journey south, riding from valley to valley towards picturesque Khao Lak. We have little choice but to take the main road for half of today’s cycle. The road flattens out a bit as we reach Takua Pa, a former Portuguese settlement. The region was an important tin-dredging centre in the first half of the 20th century, but there remains little evidence of the mining as rubber plantations have covered the dredged land. We next ride through one of the areas devastated by the 2004 Tsunami. You’ll be amazed to see how quickly this area has bounced back and been rebuilt. We arrive early to the hotel, so you can spend time in the amazing pool this afternoon.

KHAO LAK to PHUKET -- 106/87km -- Fri 8 Nov 2019 -- B L D A

Day 20. The last leg of the tour is to the tropical paradise of Phuket, the largest island, as well as a province of Thailand. There are a couple of small hills to conquer before we leave 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 our resort on Nai Yang Beach. Phuket is connected by a bridge to the mainland, and we’ll stop for a celebratory picture before riding on to our hotel.

PHUKET -- NA -- Sat 9 Nov 2019 -- B - - -

Day 21. Today the tour officially disbands after breakfast. Needless to say, we encourage you to stick around for a day or two to explore Phuket – a great place to relax and rest after eight days of superb cycling. We can help with arrangements if you’d like to extend your stay in Phuket. Congratulations!

Pricing

Included:

  • Great accommodation including:
    • 1 night pre tour (Chiang Mai)
    • 2 nights mid tour (Bangkok)
    • 1 night post tour (Phuket)
  • 20 breakfasts (full tour)
  • 17 lunches (full tour)
  • 13 evening meals (full tour)
  • Drinks & snacks while cycling
  • AllTrails cycling jersey
  • Tips & gratuities for guides, drivers & porters
  • Experienced, professional, bilingual local guides
  • Support vehicles and on-road cycling guides
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Bike mechanical assistance
  • Lots of sightseeing inclusions:
    • Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Temple
    • Sukhothai Historical Park
    • Wat Tang Sai Temple
    • Hot springs in Ranong
    • Pun Ya Ban waterfall
    • plus many more…

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit on booking ($800)
  • Progress Payment 30 days after deposit (40% of package cost less deposit paid)
  • Balance 20 July (three months before the tours begin)
Chiang Mai to Phuket (full tour 20 nts) AUD
Until
30 Apr
Until
30 Jul
After
30 Jul
Twin share pp AUD $6350 $6450 $6550
Single room AUD $7990 $8090 $8190
Chiang Mai to Bangkok (first half 10 nts) AUD
Twin share pp AUD $3390 $3490 $3590
Single room AUD $4210 $4310 $4410
Bangkok to Phuket (second half 10 nts) AUD
Twin share pp AUD $3390 $3490 $3590
Single room AUD $4210 $4310 $4410

Single stage places may be limited based on availability and the balancing of stage participant numbers. Book early to confirm your single stage place.

Travelling on your own? If you wish to share, you can go on our Twin Share Request List. There is a good chance that we will be able to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender. If not, the single supp price will apply which will give you your own room – contact us to have a chat and check twin share availability.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Standard road bike hire: Stage One $410; Stage Two: $370; Both Stages $780. More hire bike info here

Carbon road bike hire: Stage One $665; Stage Two: $605; Both Stages $1270. More hire bike info here.

Hybrid bike hire: $315 per stage. More hire bike info here.

e-bike hire: $855 per stage. More hire bike info here.

All bike hire subject to availability at time of booking – book early to secure correct bike and size.

Pre and post tour accom: On the booking form you can reserve extra days before/after your tour in Chiang Mai ($250/rm), Bangkok ($155/rm), Phuket ($225/rm). 

Airport Transfers: Easiest and most economical option is a taxi from the airport, especially if you are not travelling with a bike. For groups or those with lots of luggage / bikes, pre-arranged transfers can be arranged. Contact us if you would like to arrange a transfer. Approx cost: Chiang Mai ($30/pp), Bangkok ($80/pp) or Phuket ($25/pp).

Bike bag freight and storage: For those bringing their own bike in a bike case or bag, there will likely be some costs for freighting and storage. Final price will be assessed closer to tour date (to be paid direct on tour). No charge for carboard boxes. Approx cost AUD100-350.

AllTrails cycling jersey. An AllTrails cycling jersey is included in the tour price. Purchase extras for $65

AllTrails cycling cap. Light blue “Stripes” design. $20

AllTrails water bottle. Classic AllTrails orange colour, BPA free, made in Australia. $10

AllTrails draw-string day-bag. Ideal for keeping your things together in the tour vehicle. $5

AllTrails t-shirts – good quality tees:

  • Older stock, limited sizes. $20
  • New style tee. $30
  • Raglan style (3/4 sleeve). $35

Link to AllTrails Merchandise PDF

 Click any image to enlarge

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have

Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.

Training for a long distance tour

You really need to be a reasonably keen cyclist, however not necessarily fast, but consistent. If you can sit on an average speed of 20-25 km/hr on the flat, and build your kilometre total distance in training to gradually attain about 100km + a day for 2 days straight, that will usually put you in a good position to be ready for most of our long distance tours. We have a training schedule specific to each ride which we send to you after you place your deposit, however we are more than happy to send this to you earlier when you are considering the tour – just ask us for a copy and we will get it out to you straight away.

Sharing a room as a solo traveller

We often have cyclists come on our rides who are travelling alone. If so, you may pay the Single Supplement price to have your own room, or you can put your name on our ‘Twin Share Request List’ and we will pair you with another solo traveller of the same gender in twin share accommodation if we have another similar request. There is a good chance that we will be able to partner you up with somebody else. If not, the single supp price will apply which will give you your own room for the entire tour. Contact us anytime to have a chat and check twin share availability – we may already have a match for you.

Travelling alone?

Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we can pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accom (early bookers only) or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.

Snorers can enjoy their own room

If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.

Carrying personal items on the bike

We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and rain gear, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, drawstring day bags, food & extra water. A more detailed list of things to bring and not bring is on our ‘Tour Preparation Guide’ which is sent out to you before the ride.

Non-riding partners and part-time cyclists

We realise that often our riders want to spend their holidays with loved ones who may not be a keen cyclist as they are – we are happy to accommodate non-riding partners and part-timers who only want to ride part of each day, or only certain days. We will generally try to allocate pickup points along the route every day. The entry price will be the same for part-time riders and usually non-riders as well depending on their tour plan.

Speak to a past client

We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.

Group info session

Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.

Changing or cancelling a tour

Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.

If you need to cancel your tour, a travel insurance policy will cover cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events. This is why we provide links to travel insurance options and highly recommend that you investigate and purchase travel insurance for all our rides (including Australian domestic tours) at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel (see Travel Insurance FAQ). For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or other trip related issues.

What sorts of people join our rides?

People from all parts of Australia and also some overseas guests. Ages generally range from 35 – 75 with the average age about 50-60 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.

Bike type – which is best?

A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres. A hybrid is also possible if you are comfortable riding the daily distances and average speed of the tour, however these bikes can be around 20% slower than a road bike. Ask us for the ‘Training Tips’ document for this ride to get an idea of distances and speeds you need to train for.

Buying a new bike – what to consider

If you are purchasing a new bike for this ride or wanting to make some upgrades here a few points to consider:

Bike set up: Unless you are accustomed to riding long distances or are very flexible set your bike up for comfort rather than optimum aerodynamics. A more comfortable upright position is most easily achieved by raising the handle bar and moving the seat forward.

Wheels: Do not go too light. High-end road bikes often allow you to choose different wheel sets or if you are considering upgrading, the lightest wheels might be the fastest, but they are not always the strongest. The heavier you are the more important this is. Cheaper wheels are heavier and generally have more spokes, but are also quite robust and easy to repair, so if this is your price bracket then there is not too much to worry about. If you looking at getting some fast wheels and you are over 90kg ask your bike shop for advice and even do some research online or within your bike community.

Tyres: Durability is the most important feature for long distance rides. When choosing your tyres look for features like anti-puncture and Kevlar lining. A harder rubber also allows you to get more kilometres out of each tyre. A popular choice amongst our cyclists are the Continental Ultra Gatorskins in either the 25mm, 28mm or 32mm width. Generally the wider the tyre the more comfortable, but check how wide a tyre your rims, forks and frame can accommodate before purchasing.

Gearing: As a rule; the more gears you have the easier it is to climb hills. The standard configuration of gears found on road bikes does not suit everyone. If you find yourself running out of gears while climbing, needing to get out of the saddle to get over a hill or ride with a high cadence it might be worth considering one or both of these options. Replace the cassette with a larger one (more teeth) and/or get a compact crank. A compact crack tries to do what the triple chain ring crank does in just two chain rings. If you already have a triple, this is not for you. The compact crank slightly reduces your big chain ring size and significantly reduces your small chain ring size making it much easier to climb hills and spin your legs faster rather than harder.

Travel insurance for international rides

Yes, yes, yes. Make sure that you are covered for every country that you are travelling to and ensure that you are covered from and including the day you leave and arrive back home. Due to the nature of our rides we are sometimes in remote areas during the course of a ride – ensure that you have medical insurance that would cover the cost of a helicopter ambulance to transport you to the nearest hospital. We recommend getting your travel insurance in place immediately after you book your ride so that you are covered for unforeseen events which may lead to you having to cancel your trip.

 

Why book with us?

We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride.  The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.

Packing for Asia

Limit your luggage to two medium-sized pieces. The best combination is a medium-sized suitcase on wheels and a small or medium carry-on bag, such as a backpack or a small duffel bag. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and kept to a reasonable minimum. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Most economy class flights booked through Travel Agents (domestic and international) have a luggage limit of 20 kilograms per person and usually this can include your bike. You will be required to carry your own luggage at times so you should be capable of carrying your own bags up and down stairs. A good guide is to try to keep it under 15kg. If you are doing lots of shopping during your travels, it may be necessary for you to forward any excess to the city where your journey concludes, or ship purchases directly home.

Weather in Thailand

Thailand generally has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 27˚c and 40˚c, with night temperatures in the 20s. The rainy season is from July to October, where 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˚c and 30˚c. Our tour in Oct 2019 sits in the middle of the two latter seasons so there could be some rain but usually in short bursts which will clear up quickly for some great cycling.

Visa & passport for Thailand

All nationalities require a passport for entry into Thailand. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your stay in the country. If staying less than 30 days then a visa in advance is not required by Australian, NZ, European, North American and many other nationalities. Please check this page to see if you qualify. 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.

Food and drink in Thailand

Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Most meals are local and feature noodles, rice, curries, and soups. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well – please let us know at the time of booking. Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit, and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer is freely available everywhere but is not included in the price.

Money in Thailand

The Thai currency is the baht. ATMs, which are abundant, are the easiest way to get Thai baht. Have a supply of US dollars in cash on hand, just in case your card doesn’t work. Banks or the rarer private money changers offer the best foreign-exchange rates. Credit cards are accepted in big cities and resort hotels but you’ll need baht for family-run guesthouses or restaurants. We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20 per day, for incidentals.

 

Health requirements and travel advice for Thailand

We recommend that you make sure all of your own vaccinations are up to date and also visit a travel medical doctor and ask about vaccinations including typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. Be sure to check the Australian government Smart Traveller website before you go for the latest information.

Bike repairs and mechanic in Thailand

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

Guides and support in Thailand

You will be led by local English-speaking guides (driving and cycling) who will run the day-to-day logistics of the tour. All guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor bike repairs en route. AllTrails owners Richard and Jo will also be on tour with you as a second point of contact. There will be 2 or more vehicles on the tour depending on final cyclist numbers and loadings.

Arriving in Thailand

If you don’t have much baggage, and no bike box (eg, you are renting a bike), catching a taxi from the airport in Chiang Mai or Bangkok is easy enough. Before the tour we will provide you with more details including approximate distance and taxi price to expect from the airport as well as hotel names and addresses etc.

If there are several participants arriving at the same time with your own bikes and boxes, it might be easier if we arrange a transfer for you beforehand via our local team – contact us for more details.

Route navigation in Thailand

We will provide ‘Day Sheets’ for all cyclists which will have the route maps, elevation profiles, hotel details and other important information for each day. Riders will be led by one or more cycling guides who will ride according to the various rider speeds within the group. Flour and chalk arrows (which we use in Australia) are unneccesary on this tour. Navigation devices are also not a requisite and are optional only. We will however give out the gpx files for those using a Garmin (or similar) device, and we also have an account with Ride With GPS so our cyclists can download the RWGPS app and access our tour route maps. Guides, maps and vehicles will be the main navigation tools.

Accommodation in Thailand

Chiang Mai to Bangkok
All of the hotels are comfortable 3* standard or equivalent. Not neccesarily ‘luxury’ but most clients are pleasantly pleased by the accommodation standards where the priority is a comfortable night after a long day in the saddle. Every night you will have air-conditioning, private facilities and hot water as a minimum.

Bangkok to Phuket
All of the hotels are comfortable 3* standard, or equivalent, and have swimming pools, some also along the coast with nearby beach access. These places allow you to relax and comfort yourself after a long day in the saddle. Rooms facilities with air-conditioning, private facilities and hot water as a minimum.

Bike Hire in Thailand

Our local operators have bikes that you can hire. Hiring a bike will make travelling a bit easier but will mean that you will have a new bike to get used to riding. Our international rides usually have a 50/50 split or hiring vs BYO bike. For those bringing their own bike, note that we will coordinate a transfer of bike bags and hard case bike boxes to the end of your ride – the cost will be kept as low as possible depending on final numbers – contact us for more info. For those hiring a bike you can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’ if you wish. Click here for more info on hire bikes.

Agreement: 

I have read and understand the terms and conditions of this event (see instructions below) and wish to enter this ALLTRAILS BICYCLE TOURS Pty Ltd event at my own risk. I understand that participation in this ride involves riding on public roads used by other traffic, and in doing this, I am aware of the potential dangers, both on and off public roads. In my judgement, I am capable and competent to participate safely in this ride. I hereby release, exempt and indemnify AllTrails and any of its contractors, local guides, officers, directors, employees, agents, staff, sponsors, volunteers and all other persons involved in the organisation of this event, from all actions, costs, demands, proceedings, and claims whatsoever made or taken by any person, arising out of my participation in the ride.

I accept that I am to wear a helmet, abide by road laws, and understand the organisers have no responsibility for my property damaged or stolen. I agree to take responsibility, and make appropriate payment if necessary, for any damage to others property that I cause including motel rooms, motel property, AllTrails property or other cyclist’s property.

I agree to carefully consider my insurance options and take note of AllTrails’ policy strongly recommending Cyclist Insurance and Travel Insurance to all cyclists on Australian tours, and the compulsory Travel Insurance policy for international tours.

AllTrails reserves the right to change the advertised ride and itinerary due to road works, bad weather, unsafe conditions, or any unforeseen circumstances. I declare I am 18 years of age or older or am the legal guardian of persons under 18 years old in my care. I consent to publication, for promotional purposes, of any photos or video footage taken of myself or others in my group, while taking part in this event without recourse or compensation to me.

I consent to AllTrails processing personal information about me and other members of my party. AllTrails may hold my name, address and other details supplied on their database. This information will be used to make my tour arrangements and to send me information about AllTrails and its tours. In order to make my tour arrangements AllTrails may need to pass on my details to companies and individuals inside and/or outside Australia, where less stringent data protection controls may be in place. I understand this and agree to the passing of necessary information to required third parties such as hotels and local tour companies.

*********************

Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (directions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.

To find the terms & conditions of this ride:

  • Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
  • Enter at least 1 participant on any package, then scroll down and click ‘BOOK NOW’
  • Click the ‘SKIP’ button
  • Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink