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THAILAND BIKE RIDE November 2011 John de Pury
WHERE? WHAT? HOW? WHY? DESTINATION
CLIMATE Tropical winter The North MONEY Thai Baht GB£1:45TBT ATMs/CCs LANGUAGE Thai: Northern dialect English
COMMUNICATIONS Telephones: 90% coverage international roaming Local phones/Internet/Post FOOD Sophisticated cuisine Vegetarian options HEALTH General: Hygiene/Malaria Biking: Hydration/Fitness
WHERE? WHAT? HOW? WHY? ITINERARY
DAY 1 SATURDAY London to Bangkok Evening flight London to Bangkok THAI AIRWAYS TG OCT LHR BKK (next day) TG OCT BKK CNX
DAY 2 SUNDAY Bangkok to ChiangMai Afternoon arrival and transit to ChiangMai Dinner and briefing. Overnight at the Amari Rincome.
DAY 3 MONDAY33km Lamphun to ChiangMai Bike 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 km Chiang Mai to Rim Doi North along the MaePing valley Lunch at the RimPing Resort. Limestone hills. ChiangDao Caves Dinner and overnight at the RimDoi Resort
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY79km Rim Doi to Fang Continuing north into rolling hills 8km Gold Buddha climb Close to the Thai-Burmese border Poppy cultivation replaced by fruit plantations. Dinner and overnight in Tangerine Ville Hotel in Fang
DAY 6 THURSDAY42km Fang to ChiangRai Morning cycling. Longtail pirogues down the MaeKok. Elephant village: optional jungle ride. Arrive ChiangRai hotel by boat. Dinner and overnight at RimKok Resort.
DAY 7 FRIDAY75km ChiangRai to the Golden Triangle Early morning start to final day of cycling. Rice paddy, rubber plantations and rolling hills Lunch by the MaeKhong in ChiangSaen Regroup at Golden Triangle to finish at hotel. Celebratory meal in the hotel. Overnight at the Imperial Golden Triangle
DAY 8 SATURDAY Golden Triangle Free day. Optional trip to Burma. Party to celebrate the week Kantok Sala of the hotel.
DAY 9 SUNDAY Golden Triangle to ChiangRai to Bangkok Free day. Optional trip to Laos. Transfer to ChiangRai for evening flight to Bangkok. THAI AIRWAYS TG NOV CEI BKK TG NOV BKK LHR (next day)
DAY 10 MONDAY Bangkok to London Late night flight. Early morning arrival in London.
WHERE? WHAT? HOW? WHY? LOGISTICS
TYPICAL DAY Breakfast at 6.30 Bags for transfer Depart at Stop every 15-20km Lunch break 1-1½hrs Evening briefing for next day Sunrise Sunset 18.28
SUPPORT Representative[s] Tandem teams Tour manager[s] Trip doctor Guides/Bike guides Mechanics Drivers
FOOD Varied vegetarian diet. Breakfast: cereal, bread, egg, fruit & local dishes. Lunch: vegetarian rice/noodles or ‘packed lunch’ Dinner: buffet vegetarian with European options when available. WATER Do not drink tap water. Drinking water supplied on ride Rehydration sachets
BIKES Trek 24 speed MTBs Front suspension Hybrid tyres Appropriate size bike Saddle and/or gel cover. 1 water bottle holder: BYOB preferably with covered mouthpiece. Toe clips and/or bar ends to hire at 100bt each.
TRAINING Fitness: any aerobic exercise such as running, rowing, spinning, swimming, cycling Stamina and balance: cycle regularly and on consecutive days The Norwood Cycle Club Monthly ride open to all. Weekly ride open to NCC members Weekly spinning class at The Village health & fitness Elstree: open to participants in 2011 international rides.