Penang to Yan Ta Khao, Trang
The Tiger Ride’s Mad Dogs and Wild Cats categories both follow the same general itinerary. The main difference being the distance cycled, with the Mad Dogs category cycling the entire distance, and Wild Cats cycling 30km before and after lunch, scooting the rest in the comfort of a vehicle.
DAY 1 (27 November 2019)
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 (28 November 2019)
Mad Dogs category: 173km Wild Cats category: approx 60km
Mad Dogs category riders will cycle a short way to the ferry from Penang Island to the mainland, while Wild Cats category riders 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 (29 November 2019)
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 notÂ 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.
Satun Province is safe but sees very few visitors, offering you a privileged view into hidden parts of Thailand. The ride concludes in Yan Ta Khao, a lovely little town in Trang, where you will toast the conclusion of your adventures with ice cool Thai beers, and a no doubt a slap up Thai meal – the finest tom yum we have ever tasted comes from this town!
Reaching the hilltop border with Thailand!
Mad Dogs category elevation profile:
When is the next edition?
28, 29, November 2019. You will arrive on 27th November (hotel included) and check out of your final hotel on 30 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 very comfortable hotel in the heart of Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.
Where does the tour finish?
Yan Ta Khao, Trang. This is a convenient transfer to Trang Airport.
Which flights should I book to get there and home?
Penang and Trang 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.
“I’m already looking forward to the next chance…” David Doran, management consultant, British