Summary of cycle trip in Thailand

cycle table

This hopefully will assist anyone else planning to cycle in Thailand

Cycling Issan (NE), North, Central and South Thailand slowly April – June 2013

date

from

to

distance

terrain

time

hotel

comments

02/04/13

BKK

Si Sa Ket

18.55 – 05.07. 2hrs late

Breakfast and started cycling

Night train. Get better class to sleep. Carriage attendant will wake you

03/04/12

Si Sa Ket

Kantharalak

67 km

Flat, large road not too busy

4.5 hrs

Wangchampoo Resort $16

Bloody hot. Carry 3 litres and retock

04/04/13

Kantharalak

Border. Wat Phra Wihan

36km

Flat but from hills to visitor centre. Light traffic

Can only go to Mo i Doeng cliff look out. 100B ents then 8km up to visitors cente. Leave bike and 50m to lookout.

Wat Pha Wihan

Ban Phum Saron

13

Down hill

30min

Lisat hotel Only in Thai. One km on left side before Ban Phum Saron coming from Kantharalak. 350B

Could leave bags at hotel and then go on up hill. No where else to stay.

05/04/13

Ban Phum Saron

Na Chalaui

73km

Undulating farmland

5hrs

Huay Lok Resort 1 km after town. Nice setting on lake 450B. Has wifi. 2 hotels few km before town.

Enough places to get water and food. Smiling faces and waves. Na Chalaui has 7/11 and Tesco Lotus

06/04/13

Na Chalaui

Buntharik

35km

Undulating but most down

1.5hrs.

Huern nuankhum resort 1 km after town. 350B. Fan room cool enough. Take left at bend after bridge.

Nice garden restaurant just after junction on same street as resort.

07/04/13

Buntharik

Khong Chiam

79km

Undulating to bit hilly. Bit uneven and broken in places.

5hrs 10min

Bansuan Peerada. 600B. About 6 hotels in town. Checked most and found this the best value. Wifi not working in some rooms. Check!

Did not like Chang Mek. Khong Chiam is good place for rest day. Cold beer in cafe by river looking at Laos.

Head towards Ubon until see sign to left to Khong Chaim. Wont got through Chang Mek.

08/04/13

Khong Chiam

Khong Chiam

Rest day.

Cold beer by the Mekong

09/04/13

Khong Chiam

Hadsaleng (near PhoSai)

83km

Good road.

5.5 hrs

Song Khan resort 400B. Right on the Mekong. Turn left just before left turn to Pho Sai. Beds rock hard.

Snack stalls anld inner tubes for rent on beach.

10/04/13

Hadsaleng (near PhoSai)

Chanuman

74km

No problem as usual.

5.5hrs

Bann Rai rimkonk resort 450B. Owner speaks English & German

Lunch in Khemarat. Looks ok &has accommodation.

11/04/13

Chanuman

Mukdahan

35km

easy

3hrs

River Front Hotel 650B. Great views of Mekong

Indochina market. Biggest town so far. Can get good hotel for 400B but not the view e.g. Submukda Grand Hotel. Few bike shops. Net cafe can print.

12/04/13

Mukkdahan

That Phanon

50km.

Surprisingly short. Followed 3003 rd. Just follow the Mekong not 212. some pot holes

3hrs

Tha Song resort 350B. Free toast, coffee & pineapple jam in morning. One staff speaks English. Pass That on left and continue 400m.

Cafes by Mekong. That Phanon impressive.

13/04/13

That Phanon

Nakon Phanon

55km

Good big fast road but light traffic. 212 all way.

2hrs 35min

Dalha Renovtel hotel. 400
B. very nice in quiet side street. No English sign

O-HI-O restaurant/bar is nice space with live music some nights. Avoid cafe just past clock tower on right as overcharge.

14/04/13

Nakon Phanon

Rest day

View Kong restaurant over Mekong.

15/04/13

Nakon Phanon

Ban Phaeng

96km

1st 46k in 2 hrs on 212. then left on 3023. village road, pot holes and sandy road. Not good with slick tyres but doable.

5.5hrs

NB Hotel 500B. Has gym. Nice restaurant. friendly. Some English.

Village roads interesting but pot hole and sand problem.

16/04/13

Ban Phaeng

Bueng Kan

85km

45km in 2 hrs. 212 all way, good road. Some small ups.

4.5hrs

Maenamm hotel on Mekong road. 400B or 450B with great view.

Some resorts on way. Tesco Lotus 1 km before town. Biggest store since BKK.

17/04/13

Bueng Kan

18/04/13

Bueng Kan

Phon Phisai

91km

Tried village road by Mekong but then back to 212. busier as move north.

5.5hrs

Eo Special hotel 350B. Basic but near Mekong.

Cycle Mekong along to find a couple of nice restaurants. Some big dogs in town!

19/04/13

Phon Phisai

Nong Khai

45km

Large busy road.

2hrs

Ruan Thai Guest house 400B. Family run.

Mania bike shop is a disappointment. Other smaller more helpful places in town.

20/04/13

Nong Khai

Cycle along the Mekong to find nice Thai restaurants/bars.

21/04/13

Nong Khai

Check all the 3 parallel streets going west to east for good street food

22/04/13

Nong Khai

23/04/13

Nong Khai

24/04/13

Nong Khai

Sangkhom

82km

Second have some undulation but nice scenery

5.5hrs

1km before (east) Songkhom about 4 places to stay. Prob best bet. Just after river on right 400B for AC overlooking Mekong.

Bouys GH and one past it are rustic/basic but cheap. One past Bouys 150B for room with fan overlooking river but very basic.

25/04/13

Sangkhom

Chiang Khan

103km

Twisting and undulating.

6.5hrs

Couple resorts on way. 2 nice ones 8km before Pak Cham & 2 km b4. A lot in Chiang Khan

Pretty scenery. Small villages. Some ice cream. Chiang Khan Thia tourist area. Eat on 211 as cheaper. ‘I love Green’ has great cheap food.

26/04/13

Chiang khan

Na Haeo

120km

Road surface sometime good tarmac & others potholed mess. Until La Tai not bad but after very hilly and last 20km steep hill after hill.

9hrs

Only one in Na Haeo 500B. No wifi.

Very hard day. May be better to go via Dan Sai. Long distances of only jungle and no cars. Na Haeo very small but small restaurnat and shop.

27/04/13

Na Haeo

Ban Kok

100km

Steep up and down. Road surface not bad

6hrs 20 min but got lift that saved prob 1 to 2 hours,

MK resort 400B. 2 km past town. Ask at shop where see sign. Also resort 6 km b4 Ban Kok

Ban Kok closes early.

28/04/13

Ban Kok

Na Nong

100km

Long hills and lack of water. Carry 5litres. Hard day

Got lift last 22km as dyhidrated.

Nanoi Resort (400B) was great with some style

29/04/13

Na Nong

Nan

61km

Fairly flat

3hrs

Nan GH 370B.

Nice friendly provincial town. Tha naya restaurant has good food

30/04/13

Nan

Bar area in north of town. Near suan tan wat. Interesting museum and wats.

01/05/13

Nan

Hot Bread cafe has great bread and also noodles etc. Friendly. Recommend

02/05/13

Nan

03/05/13

Nan

04/05/13

Nan

Chiang Muen

66km

Hill coming out of Ban Luang but not too bad

5.5hrs

Resort 300B In older residential part of town not the road junction.

Ban Luang, on way, prob has accommodation. Chiang Muen sleepy.

05/05/13

Chiang Muen

Chun

71km

4hrs

Sweet Home Resort 350B

‘Charming Coffee’ is nice place.

06/05/13

chun

Playao

48km

flat

2hrs 15min

Arunothai homestay 600B. Others down side streets off lake road

On nice lake.

07/05/13

Playao

Couple of bars. Nice music. Thai tourists and some falang

08/05/13

Playao

09/05/13

Playao

Lampang

54km

3hrs

Riverside GH 500B. Wooden and beautiful garden

10/05/13

Lampang

Lampun

54km

Boring road. trucks

4hrs

Thonthong hotel 600B

11/05/13

Lampun

Chiang Mai

34km

Busy flat 106 road but better than motorway

1.5hrs

Kavil 2 GH (350B)

12/05/13

Chiang Mai

Total km to date

1,609km

13/05/13 to 21/05/13

Chiang Mai

Good veg restaurant near GH. Try Small House for a drink, NW of the moat.

22/05/13

Chiang Mai

Li

139km

Flattish.

8hrs

Resort in town. Sign only in Thai. 350B & breakfast included.

Bamboo House rest/bar opposite resort is good. Market closes about 7pm. Nice coffee place on way out of town.

23/05/13

Li

Thoen

50km

Beautiful ride. Mountain but great scenery.

2.5hrs

Nice hotel on main highway. Go through town almost opposite across highway

24/05/13

Thoen

Sawankholok

95km

1048 rd. Hill (30min) and then undulating. Last 25km flat hot and dusty.

5.5hrs

Saengsin Hotel 360B. Has coffee shop. Forget the one LP suggests.

Resorts at 53 and 55km.

25/05/13

Sawankholok

Sukhothai

40km

Flat straight. (1195 rd.) Similar for rest of Thailand going south.

2hrs

Garden GH. 350B. Huts in the garden and friendly. Even the silly dogs.

Poo Restaurant: good Belgium beer but meals poor. Chopper bar is at end of string of GHs and has live music

26/05/13

Sukhothai

27/05/13

Sukhothai

Khempong Phet

80km

Flat

4hrs

Three J GH 400B. Fluent Englsih

28/05/13

Khempong Phet

Nakhon Sawon

130km

1048 rd. last 40km nice.

7.5km

29/05/13

Nakhon Sawon

Watsing

95km

flat

7hrs (puncture)

Resort on lotus pond 2km north of town past few small karaoke bars. Prob best place stayed.

Noodle bar in evening just down road towards town.

30/05/13

Watsing

Sing Buri

79km

3183 rd.

6.5km Rain and puncture impacted the time.

350B. 1st on left as entered town. City Hotel prob better.

Resorts at 18 & 20km. Go along river to find bar with live music. Food stalls in middle of town.

31/05/13

Sing Buri

Authaya

75km

4hrs

PU GH 400B

Ruins interesting but town is crap.

01/06/03

Authaya

02/06/13

Authaya

03/06/13

Authaya

Phetchuburi

By train to BKK and changed to Phetchuburi

Kao Wang Hotel in Phetchaburi (350B with AC, TV and bathroom) is best of the bunch

night market opposite hotel and has a pleasant cheap restaurant 3 min to the right

04/06/13

Phetchaburi

Hua Hin

84km

Tried small roads but failed and ended up back on highway.

5.5hrs

Kings home 650B has some style.

Lots of Ghs but 600B with AC is cheapest found.

05/06/13

Hua Hin

Very touristy and sleazy bars. Nothing of much merit. Station looks nice but not much else.

06/06/13

Hua Hin

Prachuap Khri Khan

96km

6hrs

Maggies Homestay 400B for AC and 150B for plywood box. Basically run by guests. Cheap standard hotels on beach rd.

Nice town with good beaches just south. Food night market

07/06/13

Prachuap Khri Khan

Town has more to offer than Hua Hin but not really discovered yet.

08/06/13

Prachuap Khri Khan

Between Bang Samphan & Bang Samphan Noi

119km

Flat. Bit undulating in places.

8hrs

Just stayed at first resort could find besides highway when got dark

Trying to stay on small roads is a nightmare.

09/06/13

Between Bang Samphan & Bang Samphan Noi

Champhon

120km

9hrs

Sri Champhon hotel 440B

Town is friendly but no real tourist attractions.

10/06/13

Champhon

Lamae

105km

6.5hrs

Resort in middle of village 350B

11/06/13

Lamae

Surat Thani

107km

Flat. Plantations and small villages

7hrs

Ban Don Hotel 400B for AC double. Clean. At back of Chinese restaurant.

Surat thani is not a great place to hang around. Turn right out of hotel to get to food stalls.

12/06/13

Surat Thani

Sichon

77km

4hrs

Prasarnsork resort 400B for old bungalows at back. Others 1,600B plus.

Nice beach.

13/06/13

Sichon

Nikon Sri Thammarat

76km

All roads in south are flat, good, hard shoulder and fairly boring.

4.5hrs

Thai hotel 400B AC. Good views from 8th floor.

Tesco Lotus on the way. See large wat on way out tomorrow

14/06/13

Nikon Sri Thammarat

Ranot

110km

6hrs

Tippawan GH 350B. Nice garden and pond.

Go 2km back up road north for food. Place next door closes early

15/06/13

Ranot

Songklha

74km

6hrs. Due to punctures

Holland House 350B. Best deal I could find. With balcony

Songklha is nice place to hang around a couple days

16/06/13

Songklha

Patttani

105km

5hrs

Paradise GH 400B. Behind Sea Fresh shop just over bridge from city pillar. Set back from road.

Pattani has boats to see but not much else. Of course very Muslim. Friendly.

17/06/13

Pattani

Narathiwat

100km

5hrs

Ocean Blue Mansion 500B. River view and balcony.

Like Narathiwat

18/06/13

Narathiwat

Kota Bharu

70km

Via Tak Bai where immigration and ferry to Malaysia. Then 25km more to KB

5hrs

Rose Garden Inn RM 50 ($18). Better than other crappy options

KB a bit of a disappointment after Thailand.

One thought on “Summary of cycle trip in Thailand

  1. Hi dude, nice one ! I will keep that site in my head, for helping friends in Germany and around, in case they go to Thailand.

    I am running my own blog (a lot about my emotional time, during the miles on my bike) – if any of my friends or readers need help about Thailand, I will allow myself to give them your page !

    Nice photos and by the way we having almost the same sunglasses.

    All the best, from Europe, Serbia
    Alexandros

    http://www.bike4peace.eu

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