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Mountain Biking in Andaman Sea area

Posted by intrepidmanxie on 8/1/2013 at 06:48


Me and my partner will be travelling to Thailand at the end of the month and are hoping to get some climbing in at Railey Beach and Koh Yao Noi and maybe a bit of beach and snorkel time at Phi Phi and surrounding islands.

One thing that I can't find too much info on is mountain biking, if anyone has any info on the quality of the singletrack in this area it will be greatly appreciated. Also if anyone has info on tours and if there is availabilty of quality mountain bikes such as Treks, which have suspension forks rather than rigids for some good off-roading!!

Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks.

#1 intrepidmanxie has been a member since 8/1/2013. Posts: 5

Posted by tezza on 9/1/2013 at 04:22

I hate unanswered questions so I'll give this a go, even though I don't class myself as a mountain biker (although I'm a keen road cyclist).

The roads I've ridden around Yao Noi have been paved and pretty easy going - with the exception of the one between Thao Koa pier in the north east and Tha Khai town in the west which had some pretty decent slopes should give a keen cyclist a good work out.
Even better may be one I gave a miss, the road into Ko Yao Paradise resort in the north which was described to me as killer slopes, terrible surface, 4wd only.

Railay has no normal roads and pedestrian tracks only - I've never seen any sort of motorised land vehicle or bicycle there.
Same for most of Phi Phi, although the track that leaves the east side of Ton Sai town near the old dam and goes way up to the 3rd viewpoint would be a good one on a mountain bike. I have seen motorcycles here (you never see them in most of Phi Phi thank God) but can't recall any bicycles. There have been a few bicycles in town itself but pedestrian traffic makes riding for fun pretty pointless. Never seen any bicycle hire places.

An okay place for mountain bikers would be Ko Jum, close to Railay and Phi Phi. Specifically the dirt road that leaves Ban Ting Rai and goes across to Ting Rai Bay and (extended very recently) then to North Beach. Last month motorcycles where getting bogged on steep uphill stretches of this track so it should be a good test.

Most of the places I've hired bikes have not had specialist brand name stuff, just generic brands - you can get a newish job in fair condition or a crate, luck of the draw - I always carry one of those lightweight multi-purpose bike tools to do a partial rebuild of the latter.
I reckon for top equipment you'd have to find a place that specialises in mountain biking and for this you will need one of the bigger islands - maybe Lanta or Phuket. Google is your friend here.

#2 tezza has been a member since 13/4/2006. Posts: 1,344

Posted by BrumbyJack on 10/1/2013 at 03:04

In addition... now, I am booked, but haven't gone yet, however friends have gone and given it a wonderful review.

Amazing Bike Tours... based out of Phuket. I"m doing a 3 day tour, James has several and they sound brilliant. James also suggested I go to Koh Lanta and few other things to do, he isn't making a cent out of any of that.

There is a tour that starts in Phuket and pretty much ends up in Ao Nang/Krabi, that's the one I'm doing.

Not sure if that is what you are after.... I will be reporting back on my arrival!!!

#3 BrumbyJack has been a member since 7/10/2012. Posts: 19

Posted by intrepidmanxie on 10/1/2013 at 09:14

Thanks for your replies your info is sure to help.

I looked into the Amazing Bike Tours and it looks great, they also start off from Krabi as well so it is always a possibility. That unfortunately is all I could find info wise on google, there is a distinct lack of information on mountain biking in the area. I plan to just see how it goes and take it from there.

It will be interesting to see how you get on, a guide is much better to find out the decent singletrack out there... I bet its an untapped resource!!! I will make sure I report back with my findings.

Thanks again for your comments.

#4 intrepidmanxie has been a member since 8/1/2013. Posts: 5

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