Take a two-wheeled family adventure through Southern Thailand

Navigate the winding alleyways, canals and sleepy villages of Thailand on this 10-day family cycling holiday. From a cycling tour of Bangkok’s backstreets to an early morning ride for a market breakfast in Phang Nga – this active family adventure is a great way to immerse yourself in Thai culture, get up close and personal with nature, and keep everyone occupied and off their smart phones. Wildlife-rich jungle and prehistoric landscapes will enchant both children and adults, and accommodation like a jungle treehouse and a floating bungalow in Khao Sok National Park make it easy to play explorer. Go beyond Khao San and make memories on the lesser-known roads of Southern Thailand.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Ao Nang, Thailand
Destination
Thailand
Style
Original
Theme
Family
Code
TTFX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 10
Group size
Min 2, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Escape the chaotic Bangkok traffic and the tourist traps with a family cycling tour that takes you into the villages and incredible scenery of Southern Thailand.

  • With rides through lush farmland, mountains and coast, there is no better way to get your kids outdoors and breathing fresh air.

  • No matter your age, sleeping in a real-life jungle treehouse and a floating cabin are two accommodation experiences you’ll be bragging about for a while.

  • Children and adults alike will be filled with awe on a longtail boat ride past massive limestone karsts that jut from the serene waters of Phang Nga.

  • Work as a team to paddle through mangrove forests, into coves and between narrow walled canyons on a kayak adventure in Ao Thalane bay.

Is this trip right for you?

  • While the cycling distances on this tour are relatively short and the terrain relatively flat, it’s important to remember the weather is usually warm. You'll need to be reasonably fit to enjoy the cycling and physical excursions on this trip.

  • Keep in mind that while support vehicle will always be on hand if you need a break, it is very important the members of your family are both confident and competent on a bicycle before you book this trip.

  • The riding takes place primarily on sealed roads with the occasional gravel cycle path, so there are no special technical skills required. However, some downhill practice (or practice overall!) is a great idea to get the most out of your trip.

  • The weather in this region varies dramatically between seasons. Be prepared to get sweaty and for the occasional rainstorm which may require a change of itinerary.

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Your family adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5 pm. If you arrive early there is plenty to keep you and the kids occupied. Feeling overwhelmed? An Urban Adventure is a great way to immerse yourself in the city with a local leading the way. A tuk-tuk experience tour takes you and your family through the highlights of this chaotic city in South East Asia’s iconic, compact vehicle. Or perhaps book yourself in for a khlong (canal) tour, which is a great way for you and your kids to sit back and absorb Bangkok from the water.

Riding Distance: None
Accommodation
  • Nouvo City Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Bangkok Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB2175
  • Bangkok - Bangkok Chinatown Food Discovery Urban Adventure - THB2149
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Bangkok Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat canal tour - THB900
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information for each member of your family. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

As this trip spends very little time in Bangkok, we recommend you spend arrive a few extra days before your trip begins if you want to experience all the city has to offer.
Rise and shine for your first experience in the saddle this morning with a cycling tour of Bangkok. Explore the backstreets, alleyways and canals on this guided tour on two wheels, veering off the tourist trail and into the heart and soul of the city. While Bangkok can be hectic, travelling around by bike allows you to move through the city quite easily and at a relaxed pace. After your ride there will be ample time to get cleaned up and shop for any last-minute supplies or souvenirs before boarding an overnight train southbound for Surat Thani (approximately 13 hours).

Riding Distance: approximately 20kms/12 miles
Accommodation
  • Overnight train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - Cycling day tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Sleeper trains are clean and air conditioned, and beds are multishare compartments. Sheets, a pillow and blanket are provided (although some families prefer to bring their own sleeping sheets). Please note that you may be sharing compartments with locals of the same or opposite gender, depending on the size of your family. The train is a real adventure and a great way to meet local people.

Your baggage will travel in the carriage with you. There's also a food and drink service available on board.
Arrive in Surat Thani this morning. Disembark the train and jump in a private vehicle that will take you 50 kilometres out of the city so you can avoid heavy traffic on your ride. Climb onto your bikes when the city has given way to palm tree lines streets and small villages and begin your ride. It won’t be long until the real scenic highlight of the area comes into view – spectacular limestone karst mountains. Formed over 260 million years ago, these karsts were once part of a prehistoric underwater reef that stretched all the way up to Vietnam and will be your constant companion for the next few days. Heading west, cycle through a sea of greenery towards the Ratchaprapha Dam. After lunch, board a traditional longtail boat and cruise past hundreds of tiny islands on emerald water to tonight’s accommodation – a floating bungalow.

Riding Distance: approximately 25kms/15 miles
Accommodation
  • Phupa Waree Floating Bungalow or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast board a boat back to shore and transfer to our jungle treehouse inside the national park. After you’ve settled in the day is free for you and your family to explore at your own pace. Khao Sok is home to the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, deep valleys, the beautiful Cheow Larn Lake, numerous caves, and a significant wild animal population. This nature lover's paradise includes elephants, exotic Hornbills, water-loving Langur Monkeys and even the occasional tiger deep inside the park. It’s bound to make little Attenboroughs out of your kids. A good way to start is to pick one of the dirt trails that snake through the quiet park (ask your leader for advice on which to choose), looking out for wildlife and stopping at rivers and waterfalls along the way to cool off from your exploring.

Riding Distance: None
Accommodation
  • Khao Sok Jungle House or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Khao Sok NP - entrance fee
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast it’s time to jump back on those bikes for journey on two wheels through the Kapong District. Today’s route is the longest so far but the pace is gentle, and the journey is broken up with stops along the way. There will be time to visit the rustic Nam Phu Ron Pak Phu hot springs for a soak with the locals in rejuvenating waters – the perfect remedy after a few days of active adventure. There will also be time to grab a local lunch here before jumping in the private vehicle and driving to this evening’s accommodation, where you will enjoy free time for the rest of the day.

Riding Distance: approximately 36kms/22 miles
Accommodation
  • Kapong Garden Resort or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Start your day with an early morning ride to the local Pak Thak Market. Explore the stalls and try some of the Southern Thai breakfast food on offer. Joke (thick rice congee) is one staple that kids might like given its similarity to porridge. Got picky eaters in the gang? Your leader can help you find something that’s perfect for a selective palate.  In the afternoon, hop on a boat and take a cruising tour of Phang Nga Bay, where limestone rocks erupt out of the water, creating what many consider the iconic image of Thailand. Stop by the famous James Bond Island, immortalised in the movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. Your kids are sure to love Koh Panyee, an extraordinary fishing village built over water on stilts with its own mosque and even a floating football pitch. Returning to your accommodation and take some time to relax and do as you please.

Riding Distance: approximately 3kms/2 miles
Accommodation
  • Kapong Garden Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Phang Nga - Longtail Boat to James Bond Island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After a cruisy day yesterday, today it’s time to jump back in the saddle! First, take a 1.5-hour transfer by private vehicle to the beginning of the cycling route. Then jump on your bikes for a 16-kilometre leg-pumping journey through beautiful inland landscapes. Stop en route for a local lunch and a swim, then board the private vehicle and continue to Ao Nang. After almost a week in quiet villages and islands, the bustle of Ao Nang is a change of pace. On arrival settle into your accommodation and then enjoy a free afternoon and evening, either relaxing or exploring vibrant Ao Nang.

Riding Distance: approximately 16kms/10 miles
Accommodation
  • Holiday Express Inn Ao Nang or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day to explore as a family! You might choose to relax by the hotel pool, do a spot of shopping or take part in the local activities.  As you’ve probably already figured out, there are tonnes of food options in Ao Nang so be sure to head out for some yummy eats!
Accommodation
  • Holiday Express Inn Ao Nang or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Hit the water this morning and explore on a half-day kayaking excursion in Ao Thalane (Thalane Bay). Today’s sea kayaking adventure is a great chance for you and the kids to spot wildlife, so keep an eye out for kingfishers, herons and crab-eating macaque monkeys. Along the way you’ll paddle through some pretty cool areas like mangrove forests, coves and canyons. If you’ve got one, a waterproof camera is bound to come in handy today to capture some of the incredible scenery. Return to shore and enjoy a free afternoon soaking up Southern Thailand.
Accommodation
  • Holiday Express Inn Ao Nang or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ao Nang - Sea kayaking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your family cycling adventure comes to an end today and there are no activities scheduled.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Minivan, Overnight Train

Accommodation

Hotels (6 nights), Jungle huts (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Bangkok - Cycling day tour
  • Khao Sok NP - entrance fee
  • Phang Nga - Longtail Boat to James Bond Island
  • Ao Nang - Sea kayaking

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Important notes

1. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
2. Minimum age for children on this trip is 10 years old.
3. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel.
4. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
5. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
6. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.

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