but I hope you realise that there aren't really any dirt tracks around Phuket... perhaps you may be better with a road bike (unless you want to go hooning along the beaches checking out the 'White Pointers')
Yeah... I am still debating on what route to take.
After my 5 nights in/around Chiang Mai, I'll have 10 full days to ride the South.
I'd like to stay 2 nights in Koh Samui, and maybe 2 nights in Krabi. And the rest of the days I want to ride "half-days", along the coast (mainly), starting/ending in Phuket.
I have looked into so many ways and places to stop overnight.
Hard to forsee it, since it is my first time.
I read your comments, and wonder if you could give me a hand.
In your opinion,
What is the best route for 10 days of riding? (taking a break for 3-4 nights)
Places that I shouldn't miss.
The rental bike:
I have a Yamaha R1 here in Tokyo. So, I wanted to get something more easy-riding, lighter on the lower-backbone, maybe the CB 400 would be cool too. Aren't there any unpaived roads, or "backroads" for any offroad in the South?
Hi D, I'm not a Phuket local like TJ but have visited a number of times hiring various bikes from very loud bad ass Harley to Wave 125 scoots.
Has to be said that the 125's are a real easy going (and cheap)option if touring the Phuket beaches in flip-flops and shorts is the order of the day. I agree with TJ that the CB400 is a good choice though, especially if you are planning to stray further afield (I don't believe there's much off-roading down south at all).
We've never had any problems finding places to stay even in peak season so I can't imagine you will in June.
If TJ manages to outline a tour itinery for you I would be interested in reading about it myself. Have never managed to get my head around a Phuket tour really and ended up staying at Kata Noi several times (some good snorkelling around the rocky northern end) and riding out daily from there.
Patong needs to be visited for the experience of the Bangla Road but I wouldn't want to stay there too long. If however you wanted to base yourself there for the night when you arrive it would give you the chance to shop around for a bigger bike than a scooter - there are lots for rent on the promenade. PS2 bungalow is clean, has a swimming pool and prices are reasonable.
I rented this Honda - shadow 650 I guess ?, last oct from a beach rd renter in Patong for about 600 baht a day over 2 days. Seemed like the perfect bike for cruising round Phuket to me. Rode it over to Phang Nga on the mainland aswell.
Had a couple of days in Krabi aswell and rented a DR250 for about the same price. Have to say I had more fun on the chopper.