Start your bike tour of Phuket from Laem Thap and cycle on a very quiet coastal road to the first stop, a visit to Koh Sirey, home to the largest community of Chao-Le or sea gypsies. Watching them fix their nets or cracking open clams, see how their lives are still dependent on the sea. Look up and notice the mini Golden Rock, a mini replica from the much-revered shrine in Burma. See monkeys cavort in the mangroves and watch as the fresh catch of the day is brought in with busy merchants crowding in to bid for the best deals at the fishing port.
As you approach downtown, admire the beautiful Sino-Portuguese mansions and shophouses painted in brilliant hues. Now restored as inns and quaint tea-houses, some once had sordid pasts as brothels, gambling houses, and opium dens. In the heart of the historic district, Thai Hua Museum once housed a Chinese-language school and now cleverly tells the tale of Chinese migration to Phuket. Pay your respects at the Jui Tui Shrine, an important temple for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival before pedaling on to Saphan Hin, a popular park for locals to exercise.
To get a bird's eye view of where you have ridden, drive up to the top of Khao Khad before being dropped off at your hotel. You will ride a total of 27km on good roads. There will be short hills to tackle to reach scenic viewpoints. The group will ride at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for photos and refreshments to keep you well energized.