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Cycle Bangkok to Koh Samui Challenge Ride
Come and join us on an incredible and exotic ride through the friendliest country in South East Asia - 'the land of smiles' where you will cycle beside rice paddies, endless palm trees, stunning beaches, crystal and turquoise waters. This is an incredible chance to blend both bike riding and cultural exploration in a fascinating corner of the world.
This ride includes a full day to get yourself ready for the adventure that lies ahead. You can explore Bangkok, and recover from your travel, before we hit the backroads of Thailand. We shall have a short transfer outside of Bangkok (Approx 1 hr) to the town of Samut Sogkhram. Here we shall get on two wheels to begin our journey down the Coast.
We plan to overnight in Hua Hin, near Prachuap Kiri Khan, Ko Thalu, Chumpon, and Surat Thani, in each case selecting an interesting overnight location.
At the end of the ride, you will spend one night in Surat Thani - the final stay on mainland Thailand, before the next morning catching the ferry to Koh Samui, one of Thailand's most beautiful tropical islands. You have the chance to relax and sooth your cycling muscles for 3 days now, before flying back directly from Koh Samui Airport, back to Bangkok, and on to the UK.
Day 1 - Depart London
Day 2 - Arrive Bangkok
Day 3 - Day to explore Bangkok
Day 4 - Transfer out of Bangkok then start ride.
Day 5,6,7 - Cycle South following Coast - typical daily distances between 80 & 90km
Day 8 - Cycle final day into Surat Thani - transfer and overnight in Surat Thani.
Day 9 - You will be transfered to ferry port this morning - and ferry tickets will be arranged for you. Ferry to Koh Samui - your hotel will collect you from the ferry port.
Day 10, 11, 12 - 3 nights on beautiful Koh Samui
Day 13 - Fly to Bangkok - then on to UK
Day 14 - Arrive UK
En route we shall be using every type of accommodation from roadside motels, to beach resorts, and tourist class hotel in the major towns we visit en route. Overnight locations will ensure that the flow of the journey is maintained, and that transfers are kept to a minimum, whilst giving you some beautiful and interesting overnight stops where you can really get to know Thailand - off the beaten track.
What is a Level 3.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
These rides are typically multi day rides, with medium distances and undulating terrain. Level 3 rides suit riders who ride regularly, and are looking for something challenging but manageable. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 8 hours of cycling with breaks. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect a slightly lower daily duration - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You should be a competent rider, with regular training outings - both at the weekend and ideally with another session during the week. A 10 week training programme is available for our 3 star rides.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long bike rides in the countryside of 5 hours + and distances of between 45 - 55 miles . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training (at least twice per week in the run up to the event). Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be around 21-23 km/hr on flat and gently undulating terrain, and you should be able to cycle at higher speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km (on a road bike). You may also blend in other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
This itinerary is designed to have a flexible daily distance with short transfers at the end of each day. The total distance to travel is 630km from the outskirts of Bangkok to Surat Thani - meaning an average journey of 125km per day. This can be tailored to suit the group - meaning for example an 80km ride, and a 45km transfer, or 100km ride followed by 25km transfer.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Experienced leader and mechanical support.
First aid support.
All accommodation with full breakfasts.
Transfers from airport to accommodation and throughout until final drop to ferry port in Koh Samui.
Excluded From Trip
International Airfares - please ask if you require assistance with flights and we should be able to offer well priced flights with good connections. Excludes transfers in UK to airport
Personal insurance cover.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike rack for rear pannier
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
Bell or Horn on your bike - Louder the better!
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Spare parts for your bike (spokes, and other specialist parts for your bike)
Oil/Lube Brush (Toothbrush)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Cycle Box / Case / Cardboard Box for Transportation (not the huge rigid boxes on point to point rides please!)
Parcel Tape if required to re-box your bike
Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline
Insect Repellant, Rehydration Salts
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Long Sleeve T-Shirt - preferably white for hot sunny destinations
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Camera, Memory Card
Toilet Roll, Spare Lace
Visa's (if applicable)
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Wallet, Money Belt, Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone, Penknife
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Sleeping Bag / Silk Liner (please check this on a trip by trip basis - it may be required)
Specialist Items for Long Haul Trips
Mosquito Nets, Specialist Medication (AntiMalaria)
Water Purification Kit, Immodium, Sewing Kit
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
By nature all activities contain an element of risk. Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity. In the case of long haul travel, the First Aid and medical kit will be more comprehensive than a normal European trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Typical weather in Northern Thailand year round is hot and humid. Expect temperatures around 30 degrees, and high humidity. This will result in profuse sweating at the slightest exertion.
The dry hot season is from December(cooler) to April (hottest), June to October is the wet season.
The wet season is still OK to travel—in this part of the world—the wet can bring some relief from the heat
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
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