Travel Cycling_rural_Thailand-small

Published on April 16th, 2016 | by adventuremag


Variety 2016 Thailand Cycle Challenge

Variety – The Children’s Charity is calling for keen travellers to join the 2016 Thailand Cycle Challenge in late August, taking the ‘paths less travelled’ over 13 days to explore the charm and wonders of Thailand at handlebar level!

The trip is a partnership between Variety and leading adventure travel company World Expeditions. It includes 8 days of moderate level cycling, and the chance to experience the delights of the ‘land of smiles’, with its colourful markets, beautiful temples and ancient ruins.

Apart from the wonderful cycling, highlights include sightseeing in Bangkok, a traditional Thai cooking class and visiting the tranquil cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

The aim of this special trip is to fundraise for Variety’s ‘Bikes for Kids’ programme which each year provides around 450 deserving or disadvantaged children with the freedom and independence of owning their very own bike. Some of these children have overcome adverse circumstances, in some situations the family is simply not in a position to purchase a bike and in other cases the programme recognises and rewards children who are role models at their school or in their community.

At $5,690 per person, the all-inclusive tour includes return airfares with Cathay Pacific, comfortable twin-share accommodation, modern bikes and equipment, support crew and back-up vehicle, private transport when not ycling, expert bilingual guides, most meals and a $500 donation to Variety’s ‘Bikes for Kids programme.


“We are thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful cycle challenge in association with World Expeditions to a small group of lucky travellers,” says Lorraine Taylor, CEO of Variety. “Cycling is a fantastic way to see the wonders of Thailand and this special trip allows you to make a difference to a child’s life back home. We are excited about the prospect of reaching more kids than ever this year with our Bikes for Kids programme.”


A maximum of 20 places are available on the Thailand Cycle Challenge, so be quick to reserve your space.



For more information please visit or call 0800 350 354.


For further information please contact Rob Keating, at World Expeditions, on +64 368 4161 or email

Notes for editors:  Since its inception in 1975, World Expeditions has earned itself an outstanding reputation as a world leader in small group adventure holidays and cultural journeys.  The two factors that distinguish World Expeditions from its competitors are the number of inclusions and the exceptional value of its trips.  The company offers more than 500 stand-alone itineraries, escorted by expert leaders and meticulously designed for those travellers who want to take the ‘paths less travelled’.   Always innovative, it was the first company to offer cycling holidays in India (1977) and China (1978) and trekking trips in Mongolia (1980) and Tibet (1981). In 2013, it launched a dedicated ‘World Cycle Journeys’ programme and, as of 2011, is the only company to offer the newly mapped Great Himalaya Trail. World Expeditions is independently owned and a truly global company, with seven offices around the world, including Sydney, London and Ottawa.


Back to Top ↑