Lang Suan to Surat Thani – Bicycle Touring Route
Route: Southern route that takes you from the small beach side town of Lang Suan to the provincial capital city of Surat Thani.
Configuration: Point to point.
Start point: The main (small) road that passes in front of the beach just east of Lang Suan city. Riding along the beach road is far more scenic and quiet than the main road (Hwy 41) that passes through Lang Suan city, even though the city itself is quite small.
End point: The end point of this route brings you directly to the main road (Highway 41 Intersection) inside the city of Surat Thani. Even though the last few kilometers of this ride are inside a big city you will find the traffic quite manageable and the end destination full of hotel, supply (Tesco/Lotus, Big C, Bicycle Shops) and restaurant options. In addition to ferry boat services the city of Surat Thani has a railway station and an airport, making it a great start or stop point for any cycling adventure in Thailand.
Notes: Surat Thani is THE main jump off point for ferries (either from Thathong or Don Sak piers) if your cycling trip has you going out to the Gulf of Thailand islands: Koh Samui, Koh Phang Nga, and Koh Tao. Arranging transport for you and your bicycle is simple, inexpensive, and hassle free. The larger ferries will allow you to simply roll your bicycle on along with other traffic (cars, motorbikes & buses) while some of the smaller ferry operators require your bicycle to be loaded like luggage. There are quite a few highway kilometers on this southern route as there are few roads that pass close to the sea that are suitable for bicycles. Roadside restaurants, gas stations, and snack shops are plentiful along this route. The last 20-30kms divert from the main highway and travel into the city of Surat Thani through a northern bridge access point that is much more enjoyable than the main highway (Hwy 41) route into the city. Roads – 100% paved.
Don’t want to go it alone? This route is part of the annual Tour de Thailand bicycle ride.