About the ride

Heading down Thailand’s east coast beside the gulf of Thailand you’ll ride through towns such as Lang Suan and Surat Thani before crossing the mountains that divide the east and west.

From there it’s a short trip to Khao Lak where the children from our Baan Tharn Namchai home will greet you excitedly and show you exactly how important your fundraised dollars are – not just for sustaining them, but for deeply enriching their lives.

 Overview

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400km in 4 days: As a group we’ll travel 400km in 4 days. The goal is not to finish first, but to finish together. The first 2 days are reasonably flat so we can all get into the swing of things, then it picks up a bit on day 3 and 4 with some rolling hills along the way. The key thing to remember is that each leg we ride is no more than 27km long, then we stop for a break to refuel with food and water. So it breaks each day up into manageable chunks.
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Stunning Scenery: From stunning beaches and glittering temples, to the welcoming smiles of local villagers and tropical rainforests. We’ll experience the true beauty and biodiversity of Thailand riding through some incredible country side and seeing the stunning limestone cliffs of Khao Sok National park. It’s by far one of the favourite parts of all of the Hands Across The Water rides in Thailand.
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Meet the children: We finish our ride at Hands Group Baan Tharn Namchai home to a warm welcome from the children we’ve worked so hard fundraising for. And this time we get to spend the whole afternoon with the kids.
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Fundraising: We each need to raise AU$2,000 before the ride, with 100% of fundraising going directly to the children in Thailand. If you’re feeling a little lost as to where to begin, don’t worry, Tash (DTR) and Sam (Hands) are here to support you on your fundraising journey so reach out and ask for help.

Re-live the memories from last year’s ride with Hands

Here’s what’s included

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6 Nights Twin Share Accommodation

16th-22nd February inclusive

Hotels are modest in their offering and often in remote areas. WiFi is not always available however a majority of the hotels do have WiFi services.

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Your Bike

This time we’re riding hybrid bikes. They’re a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike, with heaps of gears, flat handlebars, and tyres that are thinner than a mountain bike, but thicker than a road bike. They’re lighter than a mountain bike too, so they offer the best of both worlds. The best thing about this year’s ride is we’re all on the same bikes, so it’s a great ‘leveller’. You’ll have options to bring your own seat, seat cover, pedals and cleats.

With more information provided about this closer to the event.

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Support crew and bike mechanics

We’re working with the best bike support crew available in Thailand to make sure your bike is running smoothly, and you’re comfortable as possible on it. Nothing is too much trouble as long as you bring your manners. We’re allowing more time to fit you to a bike too, so that will be done the night BEFORE we start riding. That means the next morning we start off bright and early in the cooler part of the day.

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Individual Fundraising Profile

Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a link to your personal fundraising page.

You can update this page with your story and share your unique link to start raising funds. The team at Hands are there to support you with ideas so don’t be afraid to ask for help. The fundraising page will be live from July 1, so if you raise any money beforehand just keep a note of it to deposit then.

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Training Program

You’ll receive a training program to help prep you for your 400km ride.

The key to being ‘bike fit’ for the ride is time in the saddle as opposed to km’s ridden so through the winter months make sure you get to the local gym, join a spin class, or set up a stationary trainer at home to clock up hours on the bike. The fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the ride, so please don’t leave it until the last minute to start training!

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Dedicated ride coordinator

Tash (DTR) and Sam (Hands) are here to support you by answering any questions you might have about the ride, and arrange any additional activities you want to organise for your experience. Just reach out and ask for help.

Proposed itinerary

Sunday 16th February

  • Fly to Bangkok
    Accommodation: Novotel

Monday 17th February

  • Slum Project
    Fly to Chumphon
    Welcome Dinner and bike fit.
    Accommodation: Nana Beach

Tuesday 18th February

  • Ride Day 1 – Chumphon to Lang Suan – 112km

Wednesday 19th February

  • Ride Day 2 – Lang Suan to Surat Thani – 123km

Thursday 20th February

  • Ride Day 3 – Surat Thani to Khao Sok – 108km

Friday 21st February

  • Ride Day 4 – Khao Sok to Khao Lak – 57km
    Final Dinner at Robinson
    Accommodation: Robinson

Saturday 22nd February

  • Transfer to Phuket
    Travel Home