Tasoh Lake (near Langkawi) to Phuket

The Tiger Ride’s 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 (11 November 2020)

You’ll possibly have flown into Langkawi, and quite perhaps you have enjoyed a day or two on this tropical paradise before catching the 75 minute ferry to Kuala Perlis, which is an easy transfer to Tasoh Lake, where you will check into the hotel. You may equally have flown into Alor Setar, whose airport is a one hour transfer away. Beautiful, unspoilt Tasoh Lake nestled into the northern hills of Malaysia’s seldom-visited northernmost province is firmly off the beaten track. What a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

DAY 2 (12 November 2020)

Mad Dogs category: 172km Wild Cats category: 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 3 (13 November 2020)

Mad Dogs category: 165km Wild Cats category: approx 60km

Yan Ta Khao, Trang to Ao Nang, Krabi
Ao Nang Beach

You will enjoy 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.

Approaching Krabi's Karst Scenery

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 832 / – 833

DAY 4 (14 November 2020)

Mad Dogs category: 155km Wild Cats category: approx 60km

Ao Nang to Phuket (The Phuket Dash)

After bidding farewell to Ao Nang by touring the bay, you will spend hours passing through the most beautiful, extraordinary karst scenery. The route darts into and out of villages as the local children wave. It then heads into the lush hinterland, then take in some lovely coastal routes before victoriously crossing the stunning Sarasin Bridge onto Phuket. From here it’s a short distance to the finish on Mai Khao Beach for celebratory beers and a swim in the lovely sea. What an adventure, what an achievement and what a place to finish!

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 1236 / – 1231

DAY 5 (15 November 2020)

Mai Khao Beach, Phuket

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, but equally you may be heading to the nearby Phuket Airport for the air lift home. Surely you’ll first reward yourself with a dip in the turquoise sea!


When is the next edition?

12, 13, 14  November 2020. You will arrive on 11th November (hotel included) and check out of your final hotel in Phuket on 15 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 tour start?

At a hotel near Tasoh Lake, Perlis Malaysia. The easiest way to get here is via 75 minute the ferry from Langkawi, and then a short transfer. Ferry tickets are available six months in advance >here and information about the ferry >here. Alor Setar airport is also convenient – about 1 hour’s transfer.



Where does the tour 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?

Langkawi, Alor Setar, 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 the Mad Dogs team.



Catching a long tail boat from Ao Nang to Railay is a great way to celebrate the end of this epic ride