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19th January 2020 - 1st February 2020 (14 days)
Experience Bangkok then have fun getting off the beaten track and beyond the big resorts. Discover tropical forests and islands with golden beaches and friendly people. Explore ancient temples and royal palaces. Lots of rest days, swimming, snorkelling. Suitable for anyone with a sense of adventure.
This tour is a mixture of moving on and fixed centres with several non-cycling days and transfers by train, boat and taxi. The cycling will be at a moderate pace, allowing plenty of time for sightseeing along the route. The terrain varies from flat to mountainous, but the route avoids serious climbs. Highlights include the scenic beauty of the tropical islands of Koh Ngai and Koh Sukorn and visits to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keaw in Bangkok with lunch on the mighty Chao Phraya river.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Chris Ellison
- Grade Moderate
- Booking Status Places Available
- Accommodation Hotel & Guesthouse
- Board Basis Some Meals
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Multi-centre
- Vehicle Support Full Vehicle Support
- Holiday Ref 03347
Sunday 19th January
Tour starts in Bangkok with evening meal at the hotel. Stay 1 night.
Monday 20th January
Organised sightseeing to Wat Arun, 'the Temple of the Dawn' by river taxi in the morning. Transfer to Don Mueang airport for NOKAIR flight DD7410 to Trang, departing at 1600 and arriving at 1720. Stay 2 nights.
Tuesday 21st January
Cycle out to Elephant Cave, Weavers Co-op and waterfalls.
Wednesday 22nd January
Cycle to Ban Pak Meng, then transfer by boat to Koh Ngai beach villas. Stay 2 nights.
Thursday 23rd January
Visit emerald cave and other islands by boat, swimming & snorkeling trip.
Friday 24th January
Transfer by boat, then cycle via Chao Mai National Park to Trang. Stay 2 nights.
Saturday 25th January
Long (Lam Plok Waterfall) or short circular cycle rides, sightseeing south of Trang.
Sunday 26th January
Cycle to Tasae Cape, then transfer by boat to Koh Sukorn, beach resort. Stay 2 nights.
Monday 27th January
Cycle around Ko Sukorn on roads and tracks; swimming and sunbathing opportunities.
Tuesday 28th January
Transfer to mainland by boat, then cycle via Yantakhao and back roads to Trang. Stay 2 nights.
Wednesday 29th January
Long (Khaokob Caves) or short circular cycle rides, sightseeing north of Trang.
Thursday 30th January
Fly to Bangkok on Nok Air flight DD7401 departing at 0920 and arriving at 1050. Transfer to hotel, then afternoon free. Meal in the highest restaurant in Bangkok. Stay 2 nights.
Friday 31st January
Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keaw in Bangkok with lunch on the mighty Chao Phraya river.
Saturday 1st February
Tour ends after breakfast.
Daily Cycling Distances: 40-90km, average 50km, with optional 80-110km rides possible on some days.
Accommodation & Meals
This will be in hotels and island villas with 2- to 4-star ratings. Rooms are based on two people sharing. Single rooms are available upon payment of a supplement. All breakfasts are included plus evening meals on six nights. Vegetarian meals are possible if requested on the Booking Form.
Local vehicles will be used for luggage transfer and back up where necessary.
Passports, Visa & Health
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. UK nationals do not require a visa for this tour. Holders of other passports are advised to check whether they require a visa.
There are no compulsory health-related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. Vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid is recommended. Malaria prophylaxis should also be considered. Please consult your doctor or vaccination centre for up to date information.
Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in our Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.
The price of £1,460 is based on a minimum number of 7 people taking part in the tour and is calculated at a rate of 40.45 Baht to £1 sterling (based on exchange rates published on www.xe.com on 24th May 2019; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 10th November 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid.
- Internal flights between Bangkok and Trang
- Transfers between the airport/rail station and the hotel in Bangkok
- Boat transfers as described in the Itinerary
- 13 nights hotel/guesthouse, sharing room, bed & breakfast
- Evening meals on 6 nights
- Back-up vehicle to carry luggage, and people where necessary
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to and from Bangkok
- Overseas airport departure tax (500baht)
- Meals in transit
- Drinks with evening meals
- Lunches or refreshments at morning and afternoon stops
- Entry fees at any attractions
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Single room supplement (£360, subject to availability)
A deposit of £500 per person is payable upon booking, with an Interim Payment of £400 per person due by 24th August 2019. The final balance of £560 per person is to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 10th November 2019.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 24th August 2019
24th August 2019 to 9th November 2019
10th November 2019 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
Southern Thailand is on the great peninsula that is tipped by Singapore and bordered by the Gulf of Thailand, the Andaman Sea, Burma and Malaysia. The peninsula has a width varying from about 100 to160km in the area we are visiting. Trang province was little affected by the Tsunami of 2004 and is regarded as a peaceful country district by the locals.
The terrain has mountains, but the roads will be mostly flat to gently undulating with a few short climbs. Most of the routes will follow good quality surfaced roads, but one or two will be in a poor state of repair, and there will be some short sections where the route uses smooth forest tracks and cycle paths.
This will be the Tour Manager's eighth trip to this area, and he has used his experience to plan a tour suitable for riders with a moderate level of fitness and a sense of adventure. The itinerary allows you to see tropical forests, rubber and coconut plantations, some very exotic flora and fauna, mountains and golden beaches, ancient cities, Buddhist temples and meet the friendly Thai people. There will be opportunities for swimming, sunbathing and possibly even scuba diving on coral reefs.
Rides & Rest Days
Most of each cycling day will be spent riding, but there will be plenty of time allowed for sightseeing. It is expected that people will ride in a loose group, around 12mph on the flat, slower up hills, usually meeting up at road junctions and cafes for lunch and refreshment breaks.
Please note: it may not always be possible to follow the itinerary exactly. Thailand is perhaps the most developed and civilised of the south-east Asian countries with a good transport infrastructure, but things do not always go as planned. In these circumstances the Tour Manager will make alternative arrangements. It must be said that the Thais have a very good attitude: 'We will make it happen,' rather than, 'We cannot do that,' has been the experience on previous trips.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation will range from simple huts in small beach resorts to 4-star hotels. Breakfasts can range from ham, eggs and (instant) coffee to delicious portions of fresh fruit. Fresh milk is unusual, as is the traditional British cup of tea. European style bread is now fairly common but variable in quality. Rice or noodle dishes with chicken or seafood are common everywhere; potatoes are rarely used. Possibly because the food is very fresh and usually cooked quickly and at high temperature, upset stomachs seem rare in Thailand. The Night Markets (really open-air kitchens), which specialise in low cost meals, are an experience not to be missed. Imported beer and wine is moderately expensive, but the local beer is quite good, and there is a good range of soft drinks including freshly squeezed fruit juice.
The maximum number of participants will be 14 excluding the Tour Manager(s).
Weather & Clothing
The weather can be hot and humid, though it should be reasonable at this time of year on the peninsula and islands compared to Bangkok. The sea has been pleasantly warm on previous trips. Skies are usually blue, and the tour is being run in the dry season, but there is always a chance of rain in the rainforest. Lightweight clothing, suitable for a tropical climate, is needed and possibly smarter clothing for the more upmarket hotels (though they seem to be very relaxed about what people wear). A very lightweight waterproof may be useful. High factor sun cream is strongly recommended.
Cycles & Equipment
A lightweight mountain bike, hybrid or touring cycle, preferably with 26 inch wheels and wide (32mm/1.5 inch) tyres, is recommended. It must be in good working order, especially the brakes. A bottom gear of 27 inches or less is recommended. Lights might be useful as it gets dark around 1830 local time. Mudguards are optional. Each participant will be expected to carry sufficient spares (including two new inner tubes) and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs. There are small local bike workshops, but they might not be available when you want them. You should have ridden your cycle before the tour to ensure you are happy with its handling. Note: It might be possible to hire a suitable bicycle from a local bike shop.
Maps & Guides
Maps of Bangkok and the province of Trang will be supplied. Unfortunately, the best paper maps currently available are missing some major new roads, and Google internet maps don’t do a good job of differentiating between major and minor roads or showing topo detail, but both do give some indication of the area covered by the tour. A good guidebook to Thailand, such as the latest edition of the 'Rough Guide', can be very useful.
Travel Insurance & Advice
Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.