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Cycling in Phang Nga Bay

Discover the delights of Southern Thailand on a bike trip around Phang Nga Bay. Phang Nga is situated around the 400 km2 bay in the Strait of Malacca between the island of Phuket and the mainland of the Malay peninsula of southern Thailand. Since 1981, an extensive section of the bay has been protected as the Ao Phang Nga National Park. A distinctive feature of Phang Nga Bay are the sheer limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the emerald-green water.  James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in this bay.

Phang Nga Bay is undoubtedly one of Thailand’s most spectacular picture-postcard locations and one of the best ways to explore this beautiful turquoise bay with towering limestone cliffs from land is by bike.

Tucked between two tourist Meccas – Phuket and Krabi – Phang Nga Province offers mountain biking opportunities for adventurous travellers as well as experienced cyclists. No real mountain biking experience is required, though you will likely enjoy yourself more if you have a bit of familiarity. You can choose from a variety of itineraries that range from very mild to rather wild. Pedalling at a steady pace discover the stunning nature of the area and meet the locals.

There are a lot of tour companies and options out there. You can ride coast to coast  from Surat Thani to Phuket that is mostly off-road and fairly challenging. Or try an easier cross-country route from Nakhon Si Thamarat to Krabi that is suitable for beginners and up. Both routes are very scenic.

If riding for only a half- or full-day is just not enough for you, consider a weeklong cycling tour. With more time and enthusiasm you can see most of Southern Thailand. You could cycle three of the most famous tourist destination – Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi. Each day you will cycle around 40-65 km.

For sure if you opt to explore this stunning landscape by bike you will not be disappointed. You will be away from the tourist crowds and experiencing the country like a local. And what could be better than that?