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.
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.
Breakfast Included: 9 Lunches Included: 2 Dinner Included: 1
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
Bangkok / Overnight Train
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
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
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
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
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
Krabi / Ao Nang
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
Krabi / Ao Nang
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!
Krabi / Ao Nang
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.
Your family cycling adventure comes to an end today and there are no activities scheduled.