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Thailand to Malaysia by Road Bike
A road cycling odyssey through a less-explored region of Southeast Asia, offering ample contrast and the best of both. Ride from beaches to mountains. Stay remote, then explore the city. Experience colonial charm and hyper-modernity. Having it all isn't a stretch on this ride from coastal Thailand to bustling Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with fantastic natural scenery, amazing food, and achievable distances that tell the full story one country to the next! This tour runs from Krabi, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration12 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance643.7 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance71.5 miles
How long is the tour? How many days cycling?
The tour is 12 days long with 9 days of cycling.
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour begins in Krabi, Thailand. The nearest airport is Krabi International Airport (KBV).
The tour ends in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The closest airport is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL).
How many riders will be in the group? What is the minimum age to join?
The maximum number of participants is 16 and the minimum is 2.
The minimum age to join the tour is 18 years old.
Can you describe the tour?
This tour is an exciting ride for the amateur cyclist looking for more out of their experience. Consistently challenging distances of over 100 kilometers (62 mi) per day, jaunts into steepville with some leg-testing climbs, and a tough, ride-affirming day or two make for dynamic and satisfying riding. This tour is ideal for cyclists with experience tackling demanding ascents and riding multi-day tours.
You should feel comfortable maintaining a 28km (17mi) per hour speed for at least an hour at a time, and be able to manage hillier terrain on your ride. To prepare, aim to ride three times a week and vary your training with longer rides, hills, or cross-training.
This tour takes on over 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) in 9 cycling days, with variety in terrain and ride profiles. In Coastal South Thailand, the riding is primarily flat to gently undulating, while there are a couple of substantial climbs at the end of the tour in Central Malaysia. But don't worry, the route will prepare you for the big days, and the support vehicle is always close by should you need it!
You can expect a full day of cycling each day, with most daily distances over 100 kilometres (62 miles). The ride into Cameron Highlands involves substantial elevation gain on a single climb, so experience climbing is recommended. This tour is perfect for recreational cyclists who are comfortable riding over 100 kilometres (62 miles) on back to back days, but are looking for something interesting, and possibly more of a challenge!
Biking Conditions: As this is a road biking tour, the roads are all tarmac and in good condition. Some descents will be steep, requiring good handling skills. Though most roads are quiet and scenic, there will be some sections with light traffic outside urban areas. Your local cycling guide and support vehicle will be with you every inch of the way to let you know what's ahead and to offer you a rest and a lift should you need it.
Are bicycles included?
Trek Domane's and carbon Émonda's are available for rent if you choose not to bring your own bicycle. These bicycles have Shimano components. If you have your own saddle that you are comfortable with, you are welcome to bring it, and the tour operator will fit it for you. You should consider bringing your clip pedals, shoes, and cleats. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a road bike in good mechanical order.
Please see a message from the tour operator about policies relating to COVID-19
The Tour Operator is committed to ensuring all trips are safe and that they travel responsibly with the safety of riders, staff and local communities paramount, always.
Their health and safety policies follow recommendations from the World Health Organization and the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators and they have worked with all their suppliers to undergo a comprehensive risk assessment and safety audit for every trip. As every country is different with varying and fast-changing requirements for entry, they require for every trip tocommit to the following basic requirements:
- All participants must be double vaccinated by a recognized vaccine and will need to show evidence upon booking and on arrival.
- All Tour Operator tour leaders and support staff will have completed a COVID-19 health and safety training course and will all have been double vaccinated prior to a tour starting. For 2021 departures onwards, they are planning to have our leaders tested within 72 hours of meeting the group.
- The Tour Operator follows the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels protocol and has received the stamp of approval, which provides travelers with an assurance that they have adopted the health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
Are helmets included when hiring a bike?
Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.