Burma to the Beach – 3 Beautiful Bays in 1 Day Christopher Byrd
Cost: 3,500 THB/Person Grade: Easy to Moderate (riding grade info) (+ other options for stronger riders) Distance: 35-40 km Group Size: Min. 2 – Max. 8 (Contact us for larger private groups) Phone: +66 (0) 81-173-4469 (English language only)
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We start with an hour and half drive south of Hua Hin to the Burmese border where they have a market and border crossing (only for Burmese and Thai’s so far). This point is the narrowest point of Thailand and the distance from the border to the beach (Gulf of Thailand) is only 12 km wide.
We ride primarily downhill to the beach and visit a lovely aquarium before cycling up the coast and onto a Thai Air Force Base where we have nice views from the beach at Ao Manao (Lime Bay). We then cycle a bit further along scenic beach-front roads to the bottom of a mountain where we can feed gentle Dusky Langur Monkeys.
After that we continue along to Ao Prachuap (Prachuap Bay) where we have a delicious family-style seafood lunch overlooking the bay. After lunch we continue on more breathtaking beach-front roads to Ao Noi (Little Bay) where we visit a beautiful teak wood temple with carvings and paintings of Buddhist stories and other Thai style artwork. At the temple we will demonstrate for those that want to try, how Buddhists pay respect to the temple and the Lord Buddha.
Pick Up and Delivery
Collection is between 7:30 and 8:00am at your hotel reception so we can get a prompt start in the cooler morning air. We will be returning around 5:00pm.
The majority of the cycling is on small ‘traffic free’ roads. It will be slightly challenging and a little bumpy in places. There are a few shallow hills to climb but we have many breaks in the ride to replenish and take in the scenery.
During most of the trip we are tracked by our air-conditioned support vehicle, with fresh fruit, water and first aid support. The vehicle is never more than a few minutes away. On the sections of the ride that the support vehicle cannot follow, the ride leader will have a first aid kit and bicycle tools just in case.
Although we start early in the morning, it can get very hot and we suggest you wear sun lotion and bring extra with you. Supportive shoes are important as we usually have options for doing some treks off the bikes. An extra t-shirt is recommended for the van ride home. If you are concerned about the weather please consult us. DO NOT believe the weather forecasts.
Don’t forget to bring a camera or video camera!
The following information is needed when booking
Contact person and mobile number (if possible)
The full name of each rider (for insurance) and their height (for bike sizing)
Your location (hotel, etc.) for pickup scheduling
Any special dietary requirements (allergies, religious etc)
We ask for a 50% deposit to confirm the booking (we usually send an online invoice) and the remaining 50% can be paid in cash during the tour.
Phone: +66 (0) 81-173-4469 (English language only)
**If calling, please call directly as we need to talk to the actual customers**
RIDE GRADING GUIDE
The main criteria affecting grading include: degree of climbs and descents; difficulty of the surfaces to be ridden; level of bike handling skill required; and total distances covered. Our trips require basic fitness, preferably acquired through cycling; and please remember that any cycling involves some physical exertion, so you can expect that you will feel tired even on an ‘easy’ or ‘moderate’ trip, particularly in the heat and humidity of Thailand. PLEASE NOTE: Conditions for a particular ride may also vary depending on the time of year/season. The main benefit of grading is to provide an overall indicator to compare one trip against another.
Suitable for anyone who can ride a bike and can manage a bit of exercise. No routes are 100% flat, so there might be the odd climb and descent, but on the whole – easy!
Suitable for reasonably fit people who are confident riding longer distances. Reasonable fitness is more important than technical ability for trips of this level, and someone who runs, cycles, swims or practices aerobics once or twice a week will be more than happy on these rides.
Longer cycling days mainly on tarmac, with potentially some dirt and gravel trails or broken tarmac, but no real off road. There may be some hills and descents but not too many. You should have some fitness and be prepared for the bike trip.
Long cycling days and tougher terrain (both on- and off-road trips) requiring specific experience of more demanding and technical cycling. The routes can contain rough tracks, so some off-road riding skills are an advantage. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills.