Six weeks from today I and a group of PaintedRoads regulars will be setting off on PaintedRoads’ annual Winter Escape tour as we cycle beachside from Bangkok to Phuket.
Also dubbed the PaintedRoads triathlon - Bike Beach Beer, this two-week trip is arguably the perfect antidote to the seemingly endless ravages of the northern winter.
If cycling in the sunshine next month appeals to you please get in touch, the hardest decision you will have to make on this tour is whether to have your post-ride dip in the ocean or the resort’s beachside pool.
Heading for Thung Wua Laen
Morning coffee sunrise outside the room at Hat Lam Sai
Quiet rural cycling
One of my favourite South Thailand photos taken along a long deserted beach after Ban Krut
This beautiful temple is just before the little seaside town of Ban Krut where we overnight early on in the tour
A beautiful bicycle for a beautiful tour
The view from our private longtail boat as we head for Yao Noi Island
Despite Andy's polka dot jersey, this is a fairly flat tour
Morning sunrise outside the room on the little island of Kho Yao Noi
Beautiful temples such as this abound - at this one we take a lunch break
Visiting the Buddha caves - Day 8
Meeting the monkeys at Prachuap Khiri Khan airbase
Sunset at Nai Yang Beach on Phuket
We have plenty of beaches to rest on along the way on this tour
A little exploration of country trails early on in the tour