Pedals to the metal

Thailand June 15, 2016 06:10

By PHOOWADON DUANGMEE
THE NATION

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Bike trips take the adventurous visitor to Shangri- La or simply around Bangkok’s unseen orchards



From Thailand’s North to Shangri-La in China, Big Bike Tours is organising a once-in-a-life-time motorcycle trip over 19 days (an approximately 5,000 kilometres). The adventure begins and finishes in Chiang Mai. Riders will first cross Thailand’s border for a glimpse of Myanmar though the long ride doesn’t kick off until after the border crossing into Houayxay in Laos. Over the following 15 days, riders will encounter a string of exotic towns including Mengla, Lijiang, Jiantang, Lincang and, of course, Shangri-La in northwestern Yunnan province. The price is Bt252,000 per rider (Bt85,000/pillion) and includes accommodation based on two sharing, Kawasaki Versys (650cc) and meals. The trips are starting on September 11, April 16 and September 10, 2017. Visit www.BigBikeTours.net.
 
Discover Thailand’s South by elephant back and long-tailed boat through Phuket, Phang Nga and Surat Thani province. Organised by the Thailand Travel Centre, this trip runs for three days and two nights and takes you through deserted beaches and evergreen forest. The package is priced at Bt16,355 per person, and includes sea kayaking in Phang Nga Bay, two night’s accommodation at Elephant Hills tented camp near Khao Sok National Park, exploring Khao Sok National Park on elephant back and kayaking on the reservoir. The deal is good until October 31. Visit www.ThaiTravelCenter.com, and search for package code: 191TC.
 
Amari Koh Samui’s Koh Samui Wanderlust Package comes with a self-drive car for visitors to explore the tropical island on their own. Costing Bt4,555 per night and requiring a minimum of three nights, the package includes the self-drive car, airport transfers, accommodation and dinner on the beach. For more information or reservations, visit www.Amari.com/koh-samui.
 
Bangkok, the bustling metropolis that’s home to more than 12 million people, has more to share with visitors than shopping malls and night life. Cycling fans can sign up for the “Colours of Bangkok” cycling trip and explore Bangkok’s backyard. The half-day tour organised by Recreational Bangkok Biking takes participants to Bangkok’s ghetto in Khlong Toei before crossing the Chao Phraya River to Bang Nam Phueng. Billed as Bangkok’s “Green Lung”, Bang Nam Phueng is a pristine orchard and coconut plantation through which cyclists have to negotiate a narrow concrete path. The trip is available daily, and the price is Bt1,250 per person. Included are bicycle and helmet, insurance, snack and refreshment. Visit ThailandBiking.com.
 
Surrounded by the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is offering a special deal for holidaymakers. A single night in Deluxe Bungalow with breakfast for two starts from Bt6,693 and includes wi-fi Internet connectivity, one-hour use of sea kayak, scoop of ice cream for a child and 20 per cent discount on food and drink. Nestled in Loh Ba Gao Bay on Phi Phi Island, this beachside resort combines seclusion with all the luxury of a five-star resort. Maya Bay, the location for the 2000 hit movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is a short boat ride away. For online booking, visit www.PhiPhiIslandVillage.com.