An estimated 35 million tourist will visit Thailand this year. If you count yourself among these tourists, you might be overwhelmed by all of the opportunities Thailand offers. One of the best ways to see the Thailand is to use the nation's most popular form of transportation: a bicycle.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your bike tour experience in Thailand:
Bicycling in Thailand can be like trying to drive during rush hour in New York City. You must make sure you take some safety precautions before you cycle in Thailand.
Before committing to a guided bicycle tour in Thailand, it's important to make sure that you'll have access to safe equipment. The bike tour's bicycles should be well-maintained and you should have access to helmets. If you book your bike tour online, make sure that you ask for photos of their bikes and helmets. Also, you should only work with bike tour outfits that offer refunds. This will allow you to walk away from a bike tour if the equipment seems unsafe, without losing your money in the process.
Many bike tours are designed to help tourist see the country's many holy and historic sights. It's important to make sure, however, that the routes you'll take to get to these sights are appropriate and safe for biking. Again, ask the outfitter to give you a Google Map overlay of the routes you'll take on your bike tour.
The last thing you want on your vacation to Thailand is end up getting hurt and/or getting ripped off. These basic safety tips should be considered whenever you book a bike tour, regardless of the country.
Bike tours typically come in three varieties: looped, day, or point to point. Each bike tour has it's benefits, it's important to choose the right type of tour for your needs.
Looped tours begin and end in the same place. These tours limited to a few miles of peddling and are perfect for a 2- to 3-hour excursion of a particular locale.
Day tours, although sometimes guided, often consistent of a bike and a suggestion of places to see nearby. If you're adventurous and want to control where you go, these tours are perfect for you.
Point to Point
Point to point tours range from a few hours to a week or more. If you are a proficient cyclist and are willing to allow the pace of your cycling to dictate where you go in Thailand, these tours are perfect for you.