Thailand Land & Sea

a 10 day multisport tour in Thailand


 
Thailand's Andaman Coast features more variety of environments than most other coastal regions of the world. From dense mangroves forests to the incredibly bizarre karst limestone islands to picturesque beaches. Mix this diverse scenery with the infectious smiles of the Thais, a tasty selection of fresh seafood, relaxing oceanfront inns, spectacular sea kayaking, leisurely bicycling and you end up with a unique, exciting tour - Thailand Land & Sea multi-sport.

Our journey through the region begins with a couple of days of leisurely bicycle touring. We will pedal past mangrove swamps and sandy beaches. We enjoy views from atop the hillsides flanking the coast and easy rides along seashore roads. Numerous islands laying close off shore provide untold photo opportunities. Our first leg will winds down with a day of sea kayaking through the picturesque islands and lagoons of Phang Nga Bay. Some of these feature sea caves, which we will paddle into the heart of the island.

The towering Karst limestone islands we paddle through, also cover the next leg of our cycling. They are almost to surreal to be real. We will bike through the breathtaking landscapes for a couple of more day, relaxing in delightful lodges tucked under their soaring cliff faces. Our last ride finishes at Krabi's renowned Ao Nang Beach, with its beautiful white sands backed up by more of these towering karst limestone outcroppings. Another day of sea kayaking through Ao Thalane, with its thick mangroves and deep canyons. Join us for a unique multi-sport tour along Thailand's Andaman Coast.
 
Steamed crab cooked in shops along our bike route
DAY

01
Arrive Surat Thani, free time, enjoy a Thai seafood dinner with fish fresh from the ocean.
We will meet you at Surat Thani Airport this afternoon, then transfer to our nearby lodge. After checking into our hotel, we will set up everyone's bike before tour orientation and your first taste of the awesome Thai cuisine prepared in this part of the country.
Meals: D
Floating hotel on Khao Sok National Park
DAY

2/3
Visit the temple cave of Wat Singh, cycle to Ratchapracha Reservoir, spend two nights in a deluxe floating hotel on the lake.
After breakfast, we are off on our bikes, pedaling through the flat coastal agricultural areas surrounding Surat Thani. Off in the distance, you will see the rugged outlines of the Karst mountains slowly growing taller and more distinct as we approach. As we reach this seemingly impenetrable mountain range, you will discover it is actually numerous tall narrow peaks with flat spaces in between allowing easy passage through. Our goal is the Ratchaprapha Reservoir, where we travel by boat to our floating resort.
Cycling: 31 mi / 50 km, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D

Today we will take a short boat ride to hike to the crystal caves, then in the afternoon take canoes out to explore the shores and towering cliff faces of this area. The colorful cliff faces rising up out of the waters provide awesome photo opportunities and the clear floor of the hotel's lobby opens up an under water world full of fish.
Meals: B L D
Cycling through Thailand's karst mountains
DAY

04
Relish riding through the towering karst cliffs en route to Khao Sok National Park, visit the Fish Temple.
We travel by boat back to the dam, then head out on bikes towards the rest of Khao Sok National Park. The landscapes along our ride are magnificent, head turners every last one. We stop by the Fish Cave, to feed its colorful schools of fish, the wind down the day at a beautiful resort sitting under the color karst cliffs. Enjoy some free time at our lodge, before heading out to dinner.
Cycling: 25 mi / 41 km, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D
Elephants grazing in the forest
DAY

05
Pedal to the coast, explore the historic town of Takua Pa, spend the night overlooking Khao Lak Beach.
Pedaling to the coast today, we will first be riding to Takua Pa town and then on to our stop for tonight in Hat Khao Lak. This up and coming beach area sits just to the north of the National Park with the same name. The picturesque beaches of Hat Khao Lak, while seeing an increase in development, still present a quiet getaway. Our lodge tonight is perched dramatically on a cliff overlooking the bay and town.
Cycling: 49 mi / 73 km, Terrain: moderate climb then small hills, Meals: B L D
Sea kayaking in Phang Nga Bay
DAY

06
Travel by boat to Phang Nga Bay, use sea kayaks to explore the unique islands and their sea caves.
This morning we will leave the bikes behind and enjoy a sea kayaking trip through the breathtaking islands of Phang Nga Bay. Our group will enjoy a self-paddled journey around the island, passing under overhangs with stalactites reaching down towards the sea. We will paddle into the hollow center of the island through sea caves at low tide, perhaps spotting Hornbills and monkeys. And enjoy a delightful fresh cooked Thai lunch on board our support ship.
Kayaking: 4 hours, Meals: B L D
biking through karst caves
DAY

07
Back on the bikes, through coconut, oil palm and rubber tree plantations, relax at our hotel surrounded by karst cliffs.
We will leave the coast behind for most of today's ride as we head inland and wind our ways through the heart of the isthmus. This area is filled with small villages, farms and rubber plantations, where they still harvest the sap and make rubber the traditional way. Our lodging for tonight will be outside Phang Nga town, surrounded by the towering limestone cliffs that proliferate throughout the region.
Cycling: 40 mi / 64 km, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D
Cyclist riding through rural Thailand
DAY

08
Flat cycling through narrow valleys lined by limestone cliffs of many hues, finish at Ao Nang Beach.
Our day of pedaling takes us on a meandering route through the fantastic karst landscapes. Our route is inland and not along the coast today, but the views are awesome and the cycling pretty flat. We will leave the main road before we reach Krabi town itself and head back to the coast, to our lodge at Ao Nang Beach one of the prettiest in the region with towering cliffs dropping straight into deep blue waters.
Cycling: 60 mi / 96 km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D
Monkeys seen during sea kayaking
DAY

09
Sea kayaking through Mangrove forests, inhabited by monkeys, celebrate a memorable multisport tour with a delicious seafood dinner.
Once again, we take to the ocean, exploring the Ao Thalane region near Krabi by sea kayak. This bay has dramatic canyons and thick mangrove forests that we paddle through, as stark contrast to the open seas and scattered islands of Phang Nga Bay. Perhaps we will spot monkeys or Monitor Lizards lounging in the forests. You have the afternoon free to relax before enjoying an awesome dinner of fresh seafood.
Kayaking: 3 hours, Meals: B L D
Sunset over the Andaman Sea
DAY

10
Time to head out for your next adventure. sawasdee khap
After breakfast we will be shuttling folks to Krabi Airport for your flights home on onward to more adventures.
Meals: B

From Our Guests . . .

 Everything about the trip organization speaks to the practice and experience of the guides, both American (Tom) and Thai (Noom). All our hotels were basically great, and we stayed in some beautiful national park resorts, and for every issue or difficulty presented by our fellow riders, Tom and Noom has a smile and a solution. They can soothe picky eaters while managing not to bore adventurous ones. They have turn-by-turn route maps printed out so intense cyclists can push ahead with confidence while more casual sightseers can tootle behind and take pictures of temples and cows. They know secret detours where you can feed monkeys, and they have been coming on some of the island tours on kayaks through caves and mangrove swamps for long enough that they can also give advice about not cutting yourself on oyster shells.

I was impressed and pleased and had a great time! Definitely an item for the lifetime bucket list if you don\'t travel often, but if you do, do it soon and have it be your first of many. Huge value for time, money, and airplane distance from California.
   
 Bike Friday send us a suggestion, we grabbed it without knowing anything about Pedalers Pub and Grille, and only knew Thailand from guide books. This trip was very special, the outfitter really knows his stuff. The backroads, the jungle, the Karst mountains, the little villages, the accomodations, the meals - everything was top notch. Tom knows his business and makes sure his clients are well taken care of. His "sag" driver was always there when needed, atop of every incline he had fresh fruit and ice water, before every lunch spot he had ice cold towelettes to wipe the sweat off the brow. This area is tropical, hot and humid, and incredibly beautiful. The combination of bicycling and kayaking is what intrigued us. The Andaman Sea with its rock formation islands is exactly what we had seen in travel magazines. To be there and experience kayaking into the lagoons inside these rocks was fabulous. The end of the bike trip was another kayaking adventure through the mangrove forest in a marine park. Local fishermen claming, crabbing and fishing was special because a lot of our delicious Thai food came from the sea    
10 days (8 days active)
Inn to Inn
Level: B

Boutique inns and resorts
3 and 4 star    See some of our hotels

Tour meets in Surat Thani (URT) and ends in Krabi (KBV)
Paved roads, moderate traffic, flat & rolling terrain

Total: 186 mi / 304 km
Daily Avg: 46 mi / 76 km


Scheduled Departures:
Tour Cost: $3150
Deposit: $400

Private Trips:
6 or more people: $3260
2 to 5 people: $3510
1 person: $4560

Extras:
Single Supplement: $600
Bike Rental: free of charge
(All costs per person in US $. Seasonal supplements may apply on private trips.)

More Ideas

Here are some other great bucket list trips to check out.

Comfortable Boutique Accommodation

100 Island Resort
A quiet garden oasis located in the heart of Surat Thani.

Keree Warin Resort
A new elegant floating hotel with incredible views of the karst mountains enveloping Ratchaprapha lake. (no website)

Cliff & River Resort
Boutique resort located under karst cliffs, enveloped by nature and quiet.

Baan Krating Khao Lak
Delightful, intimate resort with rooms set on the cliffs overlooking Khao Lak Beach and town, just minutes away by foot.

Thaweesuk Hotel
Phang Nga city's first hotel lovingly restored by a local family, simple and friendly.

Somkiet Buri Resort
Beautiful boutique resort in the heart of town, but feeling like you are miles away in the jungle.


The hotels listed here are our preferred properties, but may not be available for all dates. When alternates are used, they will be of the same quality and style.

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