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    5 stunning cycling trails to explore Thailand by bike
    See another side of Thailand with these self-led and guided bike tours
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    Whether you’re riding past tranquil paddy fields, along scenic coastal lanes or down bustling city streets, with a motorised e-bike, e-scooter, or even a regular bicycle, you can see the best of Thailand while getting in a gentle workout. The motorised bikes can do most of the work, while you enjoy the breeze and take in stunning views. 

    While there are typically a few things to consider before embarking on your e-biking adventure (weather conditions, trail accessibility and local road rules, to name a few), guided tours can make things a lot easier. With half-day and full-day options across Thailand, our roundup of the country’s best bike routes can help you find the journey that’s right for you. 

    Chiang Mai

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    Chiang Mai

    This beautiful city in northern Thailand is famed for its characterful old town, lush mountain greenery, secluded villages and elephant sanctuaries. Experience it all for yourself with a half or full-day guided e-bike excursion where you can select either a rice paddy or river tour – or both if you can’t choose between the two. If you’re staying in the city centre, the team offers fuss-free pick-up and drop-off directly at your hotel, in addition to providing helmets and riding gloves to help you have a safe and comfortable trip. Remember to pack your own sunscreen and mosquito repellent, though, especially if you’re coming in the steamy summer months.

    Koh Samui beach

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    Koh Samui cycling

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    Koh Samui Thailand view

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    Koh Samui

    This island in the Gulf of Thailand boasts beautiful coastal paths that are perfect for cycling, whether on a motorised e-bike or two wheels equipped for more rugged terrain. Whizzing along Koh Samui's stunning shoreline, you’ll pass palm-fringed beaches, quaint fishing villages, and countless scenic viewpoints, so don’t forget to pack your camera. The mix of smooth paved roads and off-road tracks makes this a thrilling guided biking experience – popular pit stops include Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach, and Fisherman's Village. For more adventure-hardened explorers, consider a self-led e-bike tour ; you’ll be provided with a Strava-based GPS to guide you along the way– just clip the device onto your bike and zoom off. 

    Tiger cave temple

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    Emerald pool

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    Hot springs waterfall

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    Krabi

    With its limestone cliffs and unspoilt jungle, Krabi provides a fantastic setting for a biking adventure . As well as being taken through dense forests, rubber plantations and traditional Thai villages, you’ll also get to try other experiences like exploring the Tiger Cave Temple and taking a refreshing dip in the Hot Springs Waterfall or Emerald Pool on your tour. While e-bikes are harder to come by in this part of Thailand, cycling tours are plentiful, and most offer a choice between more mountainous terrain and flatter plantation path. Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to views of some of Krabi’s most celebrated spots. 

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    Phuket temple

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    Phuket coastal road

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    Phuket

    If culture and history are what you seek, a leisurely ride through the streets of Phuket Old Town is an excellent choice. Learn a little local history on the heritage trail as you whizz past Sino-Portuguese architecture, vibrant street art, and historic temples. Explore colourful local markets, pick up a latte in a cute café, and visit notable landmarks like the Old Phuket Town Cultural Center and Thai Hua Museum. For something more physically challenging, consider the coast-to-coast e-bike tour . This 50km trail takes you along Bangtao Beach and Laguna Golf course all the way to Phuket’s East Coast. You’ll pass through rubber tree plantations, pineapple fields, small villages and finally be rewarded with a panoramic view over Phang Nga Bay. 

    Bangkok skyline

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    Cycling Bangkok.

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    Bangkok

    If you’re looking to switch things up, an electric scooter tour is a fantastic way to navigate Bangkok’s bustling streets while soaking in the sights and sounds of the city – without its infamous traffic jams. Follow your expert guide through colourful markets, sample delicious street food and soak in the culture at landmarks including temples Wat Kalayanamit and Wat Prayurawongsawat Worawihan. Should you be angling for the perfect holiday photos, your guide will be on hand throughout the tour to help take a few snaps of you in action. For the most enjoyable experience, we recommend joining the morning sessions to avoid the crowds and to enjoy the outdoors before the temperature gets too hot.

    Learn to cycle with Cathay and Invis 

    Want to brush up your cycling skills before your travel? Build confidence on the bike ahead of your holiday by enrolling in a private lesson or group course with Invis Cycling, catered to all ages and experience levels. The best part? Invis’ cycling classes can be redeemed using miles , while members taking part can earn even more miles on eligible courses. 

    For full peace of mind while you travel, take advantage our Chubb travel insurance, which offers member’s perks such as earning HKD1=1 on your purchased plan, as well as an additional HK$200,000 on personal accident coverage. 

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