Penang to Ao Nang, Krabi

The Mad Dogs and Wild Cats categories both follow the same general itinerary. The main difference being the distance cycled, with Mad Dogs cycling the entire distance, and Wild Cats cycling 30km before and after lunch, scooting the rest in the comfort of a vehicle.

DAY 1 (10 November 2020)

You’ll check into your comfortable hotel in central Georgetown and hopefully have time to explore this lovely city. No doubt you will want to sample the famous Penang street food. You can’t leave without trying the unique Penang Laksa!  This is a very special place indeed, an appropriate start for an adventure on a majestic scale.

DAY 2 (11 November 2020)

Mad Dogs: 173km Wild Cats: approx 60km

Georgetown, Penang to Tasoh Lake (The Penang Dash)

Those in Mad Dogs category will cycle a short way to the ferry from Penang Island to the mainland, while those in Wild Cats category will start the day with a comfortable transfer to escape the urban environment. You’re off! An exceptional day of exploring rural Malaysia’s very best awaits you – you’ll see the country’s sleepy backroads and vibrant greens like you’ve never seen before – from the rice fields to the palm trees, the banana groves and the grassy verges. As you enter Malaysia’s smallest and northernmost state of Perlis you really will realise quite how far off the beaten track you have reached. You’ll spend the night on the banks of beautiful and remote Tasoh Lake which is only a few kilometres from the Thai border.  

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

 Elevation:+ 487 / – 461 m

DAY 3 (12 November 2020)

Mad Dogs: 172km Wild Cats: approx 60km

Tasoh Lake to Yan Ta Khao, Trang

The morning mist adds to the allure of some mysterious karst scenery as the riders head towards the hilltop border. The day will start with a big (but not massive) climb up to the frontier, with utterly stunning views. Wild Cats riders can always jump in the vehicle if it’s a bit too much. The pace is gentle! Outsiders rarely cross this remote border and Thailand welcomes the riders with a large bustling market as well as another glorious downhill into the countryside. Satun Province is safe but sees very few visitors, offering a privileged view into hidden parts of Thailand.  

Reaching the hilltop border with Thailand!

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 891 / – 922 m

DAY 4 (13 November 2020)

Mad Dogs: 165km Wild Cats: approx 60km

Yan Ta Khao, Trang to Ao Nang, Krabi

You will love the high-quality Thai roads and the very pleasant countryside. You will quite possibly be tempted by sweet smelling street stalls. As we skirt the town of Krabi, the karst topography becomes more intense, giving the final push toward Ao Nang a real buzz. The day gloriously finishes on one of the most beautiful and exotic seaside backdrops on the planet. What a fitting end to a fabulous adventure!  

Mad Dogs category elevation profile: 

Elevation:+ 832 / – 833

DAY 5 (14 November 2020)

You’ll wake up near the stunning beach with a great deal of satisfaction at the adventure that you have just completed. Perhaps you’re lingering for a few days – we would highly recommend visiting nearby Railay – but equally you may be heading to the nearby Krabi Airport (or indeed Phuket for which easy transfers are available) for the air lift home.


When is the next edition?

11, 12, 13  November 2020 . You will arrive in Penang on 10th November (hotel included) and check out of your final hotel in Krabi on 14 November.  


What is the single supplement? (Note, you will only need to pay this if you do not want to be paired with (an)other rider(s) of the same sex.)



What type of bike should I bring?

For the Mad Dogs event, A road bike, fast tourer or hybrid would be most preferable. Triathlon bikes are not appropriate. For the Wild Cats ride, you could also use a mountain bike.  



Where does the ride start?

At a very comfortable hotel in the heart of Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.  



Where does the ride finish?

The Mai Khao Beach area of Phuket – famous for its stunning beach which is directly accessible from the hotel. This is also very conveniently located nearby to the airport.  



Which flights should I book to get home?

Penang, Phuket and Krabi airports are well served for flights. Check out skyscanner for the best deals.  



Do I need a Visa for Malaysia and Thailand?

Many natonalites are admitted at the borders of these countries without the need for obtaining a visa. Please find out whether you require a visa before travel; if you are in doubt please contact us.