Where to bike in Hua Hin

September 21, 2014

Hua Hin has hundreds of kilometers of asphalt roads leading to both the north and south, which seems perfect for bikers who prefer longer rides. Unfortunately these roads are not really suited for bike rides as the traffic is often going awfully fast, there is limited space on the emergency lane for bikes, and the quality of the roads is not too good when you go south of Hua Hin. For me it soon became clear that I would not want to take the risk to bike on these roads so I had to find some better areas to safely ride my bike.

With the route of the Hua Hin triathlon 2013 in mind I looked more in-lands and quickly found out that it is very well possible to ride decent distances without the need to fear for your life as on highway 4 or 37. The area between these two busy roads offers you some quiet areas and a few hills which is great for building stamina.

The area between the two  highways is much quieter and perfect for riding a bike.

The area between the two highways is much quieter and perfect for riding a bike.

It took me a ride or two to find a decent route that avoided some badly maintained roads but when that was out of the way I was set for the coming weeks. Even though many of these roads on the route are brand new and well maintained, there is almost no traffic there. There are occasional cars going there, and they do drive fast, but there is often so much space that most drivers leave a 2 meter gap between their car and me.  

Start at soi 88 and keep going till you reach highway 37. One-way is 20km with only smaller hills at the beginning.

Start at soi 88 and keep going till you reach highway 37. One-way is 20km with only smaller hills at the beginning.

Most of the roads go right through some rice fields or open fields so every now and then you will see some flattened snakes, rats, or birds on the road; squashed by car they never saw coming. In happened twice in the past month that I even saw a snake crossing the road, luckily it was confirmed later that none of the living or death snakes I had seen was poisonous.

The first part of the biking route which starts at soi 88 and is 20km long (40km for one round).

The first part of the biking route which starts at soi 88 and is 20km long (40km for one round).

Besides relatively quiet roads you also have the possibility to climb the hill with the Hin Lek Fai viewpoint at the top. Be warned though that this is a steep climb and due to traffic on this specific part of the road you will need to stay on your side of the road to not block others.

The only serious downside of biking here I noticed is that the route is about 30km long. Of course you can go back and forth a few times but it becomes boring pretty soon.

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com