Bangkok to Phuket Road Cycling Tour

Tropical road biking on the Thai-Malay Peninsula




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Holiday Overview


  • Eight days of riding 100 kms per day on quiet roads
  • Overnight at a succession of pleasant beach resorts
  • Spectacular coastal and limestone pinnacle scenery
  • Expert local cycling guide and full vehicle support

South of the capital, Bangkok, Thailand extends for hundreds of kilometres along the Thai-Malay Peninsula, with the Gulf of Thailand to the east and the Andaman Sea to the west. Entirely within the tropics, this is a fantastically scenic part of the world, with a mix of coastal and limestone mountain landscapes. Covering a total distance of 850 kilometres and crossing from the east side to the west side of the peninsula, this classic road tour traverses traditional rural areas, with many quaint little villages, colourful Buddhist temples and several attractive national park areas. Each night, we stop off in laid back coastal resorts, where we can walk on the endless beaches and try the delicious local seafood. Well away from the main tourist areas, the road is quiet and well maintained and is generally flat and fast with some undulating hills thrown into the mix. This is your chance to get to know the locals, wiggle your toes in Thailand's warm sand and absorb a slower pace of life. With our final stop off at the paradise island of Phuket, there is nothing to prevent you extending your holiday to spend a few extra days in the sun.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

ROAD ADVENTURE. Starting out in Petchaburi, after a short transfer from Bangkok, the total distance of this tour is 850 kilometres which we complete in 8 days of cycling. There are some quite long days, but the roads are smooth and the terrain is not generally hilly. These distances will be readily achievable by any regular weekend road cyclist. Furthermore, the trip is fully vehicle supported and your guide's expert knowledge of the area means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty. This makes a tremendous difference, as does the constant supply of cold drinks, ice and fresh fruit. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.


Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Bangkok. A single transfer from Bangkok Airport is provided.
  • Transfer to Petchaburi. Ride through rural Thailand to the beach resort of Cha-am.
  • Cycle under the limestone peaks of Sam Roi Yot National Park to Prachuap Khirir Khan.
  • Coastal ride to the serene beach Ban Krut. Afternoon to chill out and watch the surf.
  • Free day in Bran Krut to kick back and enjoy Thai beach life.
  • Cycle on quiet coastal roads to the Chumpon.
  • Cross the Isthmus of Kra and ride jungle clad mountains to the spa town of Ranon.
  • A superb day of undulating rural riding to the tropical resort of Khuraburi.
  • Cycle through rubber plantations to the beautiful beach town of Khao Lak.
  • Ride on to Phuket Island via Phnag Nga, finishing at Surin Beach.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Phuket Airport is provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Bangkok. A single transfer from Bangkok Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Bangkok. A single timed transfer from the airport to the group hotel in Bangkok is provided. The remainder of the day is free to explore at your choice. Bangkok is city of contradictions as a modern world sits on the shoulders of ancient culture. One the fabulous pastimes of Bangkok residents is food! In Bangkok you are never too far from an eatery and the fresh spice of Thai food is something be sampled! In the evening dinner is provided for all clients. The following morning you will meet your guide and fellow group members. Please note if you intend on bringing your own bike please assemble your bike on this day, ready to be loaded onto our transport tomorrow. Hire bikes will be collected the following morning.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Transfer to Petchaburi. Ride through rural Thailand to the beach resort of Cha-am.

    In the morning at 08.00am our guide will collect us from our hotel where we meet our fellow cyclists for the week and he or she will brief us on the week ahead. Rather than try to bike out through the busy metropolis, we start our journey with a 2-hour transfer to Petchaburi on the east coast of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Then, after a final bike check, we set off on a gentle start to the trip, heading 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 and the king currently resides at the summer palace located just outside town. The last 20 kilometres 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. We’ll top off our day with a seafood dinner on a pier in the center of town.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 50m

    • Distance 60km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 50m

    • Time 3 hours

  • Cycle under the limestone peaks of Sam Roi Yot National Park to Prachuap Khirir Khan.

    We head out of Hua Hin, 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 back roads alongside beaches with an array of striking limestone peaks as our backdrop. Beyond the park, we ride a short section on the main road, before heading back to the coast, passing many small villages on the way. The final section is along the beach to Prachuap Khiri Khan. We check in at a hotel that has some great views and find a great place for dinner. This town is well known for having some the finest seafood in Thailand.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 180m

    • Distance 120km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 180m

    • Time 4 hours

  • Coastal ride to the serene beach Ban Krut. Afternoon to chill out and watch the surf.

    Leaving the hotel, we follow the beach road for half an hour, then meet the main road again. We are now well away from the tourist areas, however, and the roads are quiet and well maintained. This is a shortish day and we enjoy more coastal riding to the KeeRee Waree Resort at Ban Krut. Our accommodation is on a serene beach and we will have lots of time to stroll on the beach or chill out in a hammock and listen to the surf.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 160m

    • Distance 70km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 160m

    • Time 3 hours

  • Free day in Bran Krut to kick back and enjoy Thai beach life.

    Ban Krut is marked by a green coastal hill with a temple and a golden statue of Buddha that looks out across the Gulf of Thailand. It is authentic Thailand with nearby markets and villages and a very low key tourist infrastructure. The clean and quiet beaches stretch unending in each direction flanked by groves of coconut trees. Ban Krut is the perfect place to spend a rest day. You can relax at the beach, swim in the salt water pools at the resort, or wander around the fishing village of Ban Krut itself.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Cycle on quiet coastal roads to the Chumpon.

    With rested legs it’s time to do some serious kilometers. Today we ride 118 kilometers on quiet side roads with very little traffic. Our route sticks to the coast today giving us views of the sea to the left and rugged mountains on our right. We are passing through Thailand’s narrowest part and the border with Burma is less than 20 kilometres away at some points. We end the ride just north of Chumpon, at another secluded and quiet beach.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 130km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 5 hours

  • Cross the Isthmus of Kra and ride jungle clad mountains to the spa town of Ranon.

    The Isthmus of Kra, which separates the Gulf of Thailand from the Andaman Sea, is just 44 kilometres wide at its narrowest point and today we cross it at the start of a long day in the saddle. Our diagonal route takes us westwards for around 60 kilometres, however, on an undulating road through jungle-clad mountains. The hills and twists and turns make for some varied riding, including a 3-kilometre climb that starts at the Pun Ya Ban waterfall. Beyond this point, it's downhill then flat all the way to Ranong. This is a spa town and our hotel has a hot mineral pool to help sooth those aching muscles.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 140km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 6 hours

  • A superb day of undulating rural riding to the tropical resort of Khuraburi.

    Our route todays takes us through pleasant valleys with many villages and no doubt lots of children calling out 'farang' (foreigner). Another day of undulating biking with no big climbs, but just enough ascent and descent to make it interesting. After some very scenic riding, we stop for the night at a pleasant resort at Khuraburi, surrounded by lush tropical rainforest.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 130km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 6 hours

  • Cycle through rubber plantations to the beautiful beach town of Khao Lak.

    We continue our journey south, riding from valley to valley towards picturesque Khao Lak. The road flattens out a bit as we reach Takua Pa, which is 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 rubber plantations have covered the dredged land. We next ride through an area badly affected by the 2004 Tsunami, but it is amazing to see how quickly this area has bounced back and rebuilt. There is a small climb to our hotel which is right on the beach and set next to a small national park.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 400m

    • Distance 100km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 450m

    • Time 4 hours

  • Ride on to Phuket Island via Phnag Nga, finishing at Surin Beach.

    The last leg of the tour is to the tropical paradise of Phuket, Thailand’s largest island. 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 we can make good time towards our resort on beautiful Surin Beach. Phuket is connected by a bridge to the mainland and we’ll stop for a celebratory picture before riding on to our hotel. If we are feeling energetic we 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.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 100km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 4 hours

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Phuket Airport is provided.

    Depending on your flights, most of the day is free for some well-earned relaxation. Surin Beach is one of the finest on Phuket and the resort itself is not large, although there are some up-market hotels and resorts dotted along this section of the coast. There are lots of good bars and restaurants as well as the usual beach hawkers and trinket sellers. Time for some exploration or to take it easy on the beach. Then, in the early evening, there is a single group transfer to Phuket Airport where KE Land Only package services end.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced local English-speaking cycling guide
  • Single timed airport transfers as described
  • Support vehicle and driver
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All activities as described

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local crew and drivers
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

On Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary, there will be a single group transfer at breakfast time from Bangkok Airport to the group hotel in the city. At the end of the holiday, on Day 11 of the Land Only itinerary, there will be a single group transfer in the evening to Phuket Airport.

During this bike holiday, we will meet for breakfast at about 7am. After we’ve eaten we will get our kit bags packed and loaded onto the support vehicle. We will generally start our day’s riding at around 8am. We will stop every hour or so for a water and fruit break. There will be a guide in front and depending on the group size, either a guide or a van in the rear to make sure nobody is lost. Lunch will be at a restaurant where we will have the opportunity to taste a wide variety of Thai dishes. We'll take our time and let the heat of the day pass before we get back on the bikes again. We usually arrive at our hotel by late afternoon around 3 or 4pm, so there is time to shower, change and relax or attend to any bike maintenance that may be required. Our evening meals will be either at the hotel restaurant or at a nearby one that we know to be good. Again, we will eat Thai-style and order a wide variety of dishes for you to enjoy. If there's anything you want more of, don't hesitate to tell your guide. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising.

During this holiday the group will spend the first night at a tourist class hotel in Bangkok. There are many more expensive hotels in Bangkok and we try to strike the right balance of reasonable comfort and convenient location, whilst maintaining a really good value holiday. Throughout the remainder of the trip, there are a further 9 nights in various hotels and resorts of a very good standard. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

In Thailand eating is an essential part of the experience. Fragrant and spicy, Thai food is justifiably famous and some would say the best cuisine in the world. Though some dishes are very spicy (such as the fiery and quintessentially Thai, Tom Yam soup) it is a mistake to think that all Thai food is hot, and there is a tremendous subtlety of flavours. Your guide will give you hints and tips on how to discover what suits you best from a typical Thai menu. As we travel south from Bangkok to Phuket we will try lots of restaurants and cafes and some of them will serve international dishes as well as typically Thai meals. Of course, we are never far from the sea on this trip and we will have the chance to sample some of the best seafood in the world.

All meals are included in the trip cost, with the exception of lunches and dinners on the days of arrival and departure and lunch and dinner on the free day in Ban Krut.

A total of about $250 (or equivalent in sterling or euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses which should also cover non-included meals. This amount should also cover the $45 - 50 you can be expected to pay for tips to local staff. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of soft drinks or beer, you should make an allowance for this. The Thai unit of currency is the Baht. It is not necessary to obtain Thai Baht prior to departure, as changing money is easy. Sterling, US dollars and euros can readily be changed in Thailand. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Bangkok. There will be opportunities to withdraw cash from ATM's using credit or debit cards at Bangkok Airport, in Bangkok and at one or two of the larger towns that we visit on the journey south.

The group will be accompanied throughout by a professional English-speaking local biking leader. Groups of 9 persons or more will have a second biking leader.

Tipping is not commonly practiced in Thailand, except perhaps to leave loose change from a restaurant bill or round up a taxi fare. In some restaurants a 10% service charge will be added to your bill, and in this case a tip is not necessary. We do recommend you tip your driver(s) and local guides, depending on the service they provide. One way to do this is to co-ordinate this tip as a group, with each member contributing around $45 - $50 (in Thai Baht) to a group pool.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

A road bike or standard cycle-touring bike is recommended for this trip, fitted with a standard double or compact chainset and 23/25mm touring tyres. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your bike. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that your bike’s rims are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are!

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is correct.

c) Check and, if required, adjust, grease or replace ALL bearings and quick release skewers.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check and tighten, if required, all bolts (esp. crank, bottom brackets, aheadset, stem/handlebars).

f) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear - replace as necessary.

g) Take the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. changing an inner tube and fixing a puncture. Naturally, the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, however, due to the often remote nature of our trips being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.a

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage -providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

Throughout this trip we have the back up of one or more support vehicles. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the group on the day's ride. The local biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and will carry mobile phones, allowing you to contact them in the case of a breakdown or other incident. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognise the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. On most of our road biking trips it is usual that there can be a fair distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group and there may be times when other group members, vehicle support and biking leader are out of sight. However, our regular stops mean that it's never long before we regroup. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.

One option is that you take your own bike on this holiday. It is the bike you know best and will provide you with the best riding experience. However, another realistic option for this holiday is to hire a bike locally. Our local agent has Trek Domane 2.0 and Emonda S5 road bikes for hire in a range of sizes from 47cm to 62cm. They are good quality and well maintained bikes with Shimano 105 compact (50/34) cranksets, 10-speed cassettes (11/28), carbon forks and seatposts. Also available is the Trek 300 Edmonda Carbon. Size ranges from 50cm to 60cm are well maintained with full carbon frame, Shimano 105 compact (50/34) cranksets, 10-speed cassettes (11/28). Spare parts (tubes, tyre, chains etc.) are included in the price of the bike rental and will be available in the support vehicle along with a tool kit and track pump. The guide will also carry some spares and tools for fixing punctures etc.

Each bike comes with a single bottle cage and a Spice Roads water bottle that is yours to keep. If you want to bring a second bottle cage, we can fit it. The bikes are equipped with flat pedals and strap-style toe cages can be supplied if requested. If you prefer to use spd or clip-in pedals, you will need to bring these with you, along with your regular cycling shoes and cleats. Another item which you might choose to take with you on the holiday is your saddle. The hire bikes have standard saddles and anyone requiring more comfort, or a women-specific saddle, should consider taking their own. Helmets are also provided with the hire bikes, but you will probably prefer to take your own. They are compulsory when riding.

A hire bike can be reserved, subject to availability at a cost of US$260 for the Trek Domane 2.0 and Emonda S5 road bikes or $360 for the Trek 300 Carbon Edmonda (Sept 2014, subject to change) for the duration of the trip. You will make this payment directly to the local agent via the following payment link Payment must be made before travel. This payment does not cover you if you lose the bike or damage it beyond 'fair wear and tear'. You will need to provide a photocopy of your passport information pages and your credit card details, as security against loss of or damage to the bike when you receive the bike. If you want to hire a bike, please contact the KE office and we can reserve one on your behalf. We must stress that your hire contract will be with the local hire company and that KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

A valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) is required for this trip. Visas are not required for stays up to 30 days by British, Australian, Canadian, USA or EU citizens travelling as tourists with a return airticket. Other nationalities should check with the Thai embassy or mission in their own countries.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised that visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your Bike MUST be a road bike or standard cycle-touring bike fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a nine or ten speed cassette. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.



  • Road or touring cycling shoes


  • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
  • Long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight windproof gillet
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve, lightweight casual shirt


  • Regular biking gloves


  • Padded cycling shorts (lycra or baggies) (x 2)
  • Lightweight travel trousers
  • Casual shorts


  • Eyewear - biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet - mandatory

KE Trek Bag Contents

  • Travel and après biking clothes
  • Training/leisure shoes for après biking
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Swimwear
  • Chamois Cream (e.g. Assos or Ozone)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

To be carried on the bike in your jersey pockets or in a small saddle bag. Note: If you don’t want to carry any of this, you can leave it in your day-pack in the support

  • vehicle – see below
  • Mobile/Cell phone (optional)
  • Mini-pump
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit & tyre levers
  • Inner tube
  • Small camera
  • Sun cream

Other items affixed to your bike

  • 1 or 2 waterbottles
  • To be carried in the support vehicle in your day-pack for
  • easy access
  • Lightweight waterproof top
  • Lightweight trousers and shirt to cover up when visiting villages or temples en route
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters, insect repellent (75-100% DEET) and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).


  • Please note: If you are hiring a bike you do not need to bring spares – just a pump, repair kit and a couple of inner tubes.
  • You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.


  • You will need 700 x 25 Touring/Road Performance tyres suitable for mostly dry with occasional wet conditions.
  • Pump
  • Plastic tyre levers
  • 1 rear brake cable
  • 1 rear gear cable
  • Spare set of brake blocks (front and rear)
  • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
  • 2 x inner tubes
  • Small liquid chain lube
  • Multi-tool with Allen keys
  • Puncture repair kit
  • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
  • Any spares specific to your bike

KE tools and spares

  • On all of our trips we carry a track pump, toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. If any other spare parts are needed our support vehicle will make a detour to the nearest bike shop, which can be found in some of the larger towns en route.

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

  • Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. Your doctor will have access to the most up to date information on the required vaccinations for the country you are visiting. In general we recommend vaccinations against the following: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, & Hepatitis ‘A’. Yellow Fever vaccination is no longer mandatory for visitors travelling from non-endemic areas. Malarial prophylactics are recommended. A very good online resource is the NHS travel website at

There are 3 main seasons in southern Thailand, which is a tropical region with relatively high humidity. From October to February it is relatively cool and dry, with temperatures between and 20 and 30 degrees C. From March to June it is hot and dry with temperatures between 27 and 35 degrees C. The rainy season coincides with the monsoon and lasts from June to October. From November to March is the best time for cycling.

The national language of Thailand is Thai, however there are several regional variations. Few locals will speak English outside of the main tourist areas that we visit and very few tourists make the effort to learn a little of the local languages. Therefore, it really impresses the locals to hear a few phrases in their own language and this is a great way of enhancing your cultural experiences along the way. Don’t be discouraged by laughter, this is genuinely a sign of their appreciation; it is all part of the fun to try out your vocabulary. We recommend you take a pocket phrase book such as the Lonely Planet or Berlitz and learn some basics.

Thailand. Lonely Planet. Joe Cummings et al. Thailand. Rough Guide. Thailand. Insight Guide.

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A double-sided map and. as with most Nelles maps, the general relief is depicted by attractive hill shading, complemented with spot heights. Street plans are also included for central Bangkok.

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