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Cycle Legs, South-East Asia - Leg 6

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 5 - 30 people
Destination(s): Thailand  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3030 Australian Dollar (AUD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4130 Australian Dollar (AUD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, 6th August: Phuket. Arrive in Phuket. Make your way to our hotel where we will be having a welcome dinner for the group tonight. Tonight's meal and accommodation is included in your tour price. If you want to make the most of this popular tourist spot you can come here a few days before the tour. Check out our Cycle Legs incentives program for early and/or multiple leg bookings to get additional free nights and meals before and after your Cycle Legs tours which you can utilise here in Phuket.

Day 2, 7th August: Phuket to Khao Lak Beach, 95 km. The scenery is superb along the coastline with beaches to the left and mountains of beauty to the right. The hot-mix roads are perfect as we head out of the busy tourist hub of Phuket, into the more remote and beautiful beaches of southern Thailand. There are Batik printing stalls along the roadside or you might see elephants taking a wander with mahouts up top.

All farm animals use the roadside greenery for feed, wandering alongside or crossing the road, not fussed about bikes or cars or trucks! Everyone gives way to bikes and animals. Lots of rubber plantations, cashew trees and monkeys. The monkeys don't bother cyclists, staying well clear of strangers and bikes. Cycling doesn't get any better, with great roads, accommodation and scenery, with a swim! Great hotel tonight.

Day 3, 8th August: Khao Lak Beach to Khuraburi, 137 km. Another perfect road, line with pineapple plantations, follows the west coast of Thailand. We visit the Boxing Day Tsunami cemetery and memorial where a small village along the road lost 6000 people when the major tsunami struck in 2004. Time has passed, many people have moved to other areas, the remnants like big boats still 2km from the
sea, are stark reminders of nature's force. Tonight's accommodation is incredible. Nature's Nest with swimming pool and beauty.

Day 4, 9th August: Khuraburi to Ranong, 128 km. This area is part National Park, surrounded by mountains and rubber plantations. Cycling in Thailand is amazing - the best in the world! Roads are quiet, very few, if any tourists as we visit every town and not just the popular tourist resorts. People are friendly, road surface is smooth, all accommodation is excellent, usually on the beach or on lovely mountains. Ranong has famous hot springs in the hotel grounds.

Day 5, 10th August: Ranong to Chumphon Beach, 44 km. Many hot springs in this area, mountains both sides covered with jungle. Thermal spas, waterfalls are in abundance, cyclist's teasers! Road surface is 10% faster than Australian roads. The road runs alongside the river, dividing Burma, a country good to see but not to cycle. Our accommodation tonight is no different than other nights - Fantastic!

Day 6, 11th August: Chumphon Beach to Ban Krut, 129 km. After crossing from the west coast to the east coast, the mountains have now moved from the right to left side, with lots of fishing villages, shrimp farms and areas set out for drying fish and shrimps on tables and tarpaulins. Bays and coves along the shoreline with massive boulders make a lovely scene, sometimes interrupted by giant Buddha and temples. Accommodation is first class.

Day 7, 12th August: Ban Krut to Kui Buri, 110 km. Cycling through many coconut palm plantations, the quiet route our Thai tour guides have chosen make sure we mix it with the local villages, where you can talk to the fishermen and women as they are usually visited by cyclists riding right through their lovely country. High class hotel.

Day 8, 13th August: Kui Buri to Puktien, 130 km. Entrance to National Park is through massive mountain rang with rocky outcrops - just stunning scenery and cycling. Monkeys add interest as you cycle through beach villages, hundreds of prawn farms, cows roaming the beach. We cycle through narrow coconut palm laneways and eventually arrive at a temple, enveloped by roots of a giant tree with actual trees growing out of the roof. Nice, interesting accommodation on the river.

Day 9, 14th August: Puktien to Amphawa, 110 km. We continue to take back roads, amazed at the lifestyle of the locals and what is seem when riding a bicycle. The architecture of Thai buildings is interesting, as are the long boats going up and down the canals and rivers, transporting goods or selling goods from their boats at the floating market. Accommodation by the river.

Day 10, 15th August Bangkok. We ride through the back lanes, winding their way through coconut palm plantations, past temples and the odd palace, then eventually hop in our bus to take you right into the city. Bangkok is busy, busy with wide, wide roads - a nightmare and dangerous on a bicycle. Congrats! You're here! Bangkok. Lovely hotel on the river.

Day 11, 16th August: Bangkok. Breakfast at the hotel then off to the airport for those heading home. Airport transfers are easily organised through our hotel reception. Some of you will be continuing on with us to our next amazing leg into northern Thailand and Laos, but for some of you sadly your tour is at an end. Check out our Cycle Legs incentives program for early and/or multiple leg bookings to get additional free nights and meals before and after your Cycle Legs tours - Bangkok will be a great place to utilise those free bonuses. There are some great bike rides around the city (day and night) that are well worth your time and we can point you to where you can organise those rides.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

All of our Cycle Legs Southeast Asia rides are fully supported cycling holidays and include:
- Daily cyclist-sized breakfasts
- Morning teas on the ride
- All lunches (except rest day)
- Afternoon teas on the ride
- All dinners (except rest day)
- Great accommodation including one night pre and post tour
- The safety and assurance of touring with a proud Australian bicycle tour company with a 14 year history of great rides
- Phil and Susan McDonald, company owner-operators, on tour with you
- Great local guides
- Daily luggage transfer
- Access to our bike mechanic
- Support vehicle for non-riding partners or those that only wish to cycle some of the distance.

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