THAILAND BIKE RIDENovember 2011 John de Pury
CLIMATETropical winterThe NorthMONEYThai Baht GB1:45TBTATMs/CCsLANGUAGEThai: Northern dialectEnglish
COMMUNICATIONSTelephones: 90% coverage international roamingLocal phones/Internet/PostFOODSophisticated cuisineVegetarian optionsHEALTHGeneral: Hygiene/MalariaBiking: Hydration/Fitness
DAY 1 SATURDAYLondon to BangkokEvening flight London to Bangkok
THAI AIRWAYSTG917 29 OCT LHR BKK 21.30 15.05 (next day)TG116 30 OCT BKK CNX 17.20 18.30
DAY 2 SUNDAYBangkok to ChiangMaiAfternoon arrival and transit to ChiangMaiDinner and briefing.Overnight at the Amari Rincome.
DAY 3 MONDAY33kmLamphun to ChiangMaiBike fitting.Transfer [1hr] to Lamphun.Lunch in Wat Haripunchai.Bike the old Royal Road to ChiangMai.Dinner at the Riverside.Visit the Night Bazar.
DAY 4 TUESDAY 89 kmChiang Mai to Rim DoiNorth along the MaePing valleyLunch at the RimPing Resort.Limestone hills.ChiangDao CavesDinner and overnight at the RimDoi Resort
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY79kmRim Doi to FangContinuing north into rolling hills8km Gold Buddha climbClose to the Thai-Burmese borderPoppy cultivation replaced by fruit plantations.Dinner and overnight in Tangerine Ville Hotel in Fang
DAY 6 THURSDAY42kmFang to ChiangRaiMorning cycling.Longtail pirogues down the MaeKok.Elephant village: optional jungle ride.Arrive ChiangRai hotel by boat.Dinner and overnight at RimKok Resort.
DAY 7 FRIDAY75kmChiangRai to the Golden TriangleEarly morning start to final day of cycling.Rice paddy, rubber plantations and rolling hillsLunch by the MaeKhong in ChiangSaenRegroup at Golden Triangle to finish at hotel.Celebratory meal in the hotel.Overnight at the Imperial Golden Triangle
DAY 8 SATURDAYGolden TriangleFree day.Optional trip to Burma.Party to celebrate the weekKantok Sala of the hotel.
DAY 9 SUNDAYGolden Triangle to ChiangRai to BangkokFree day.Optional trip to Laos.Transfer to ChiangRai for evening flight to Bangkok.
THAI AIRWAYSTG141 06 NOV CEI BKK 20.25 21.45TG910 07 NOV BKK LHR 01.10 07.15 (next day)
DAY 10 MONDAYBangkok to LondonLate night flight.Early morning arrival in London.
TYPICAL DAYBreakfast at 6.30Bags for transferDepart at 7.30.
Stop every 15-20kmLunch break 1-1hrsEvening briefing for next day
Sunrise 06.24 Sunset 18.28
Tour manager[s]Trip doctor
FOODVaried vegetarian diet.Breakfast: cereal, bread, egg, fruit & local dishes.Lunch: vegetarian rice/noodles or packed lunchDinner: buffet vegetarian with European options when available.WATERDo not drink tap water.Drinking water supplied on rideRehydration sachets
BIKESTrek 24 speed MTBsFront suspensionHybrid tyresAppropriate size bikeSaddle and/or gel cover.1 water bottle holder: BYOB preferably with covered mouthpiece.Toe clips and/or bar ends to hire at 100bt each.
TERRAINOn roadSurfaceTrafficVaried terrainFlood plainsHills
TRAININGFitness: any aerobic exercise such as running, rowing, spinning, swimming, cyclingStamina and balance: cycle regularly and on consecutive daysThe Norwood Cycle ClubMonthly ride open to all.Weekly ride open to NCC membersWeekly spinning class at The Village health & fitness Elstree: open to participants in 2011 international rides.