Bicycle Tours in Southeast Asia

Bicycle Tours in Southeast Asia
Seeing Southeast Asia from the seat of a mountain bike has become a way to combine some outdoor adventure with a little off-the-beaten track tourism. Unfortunately, many people may dread the prospect of setting off on a dirt-and-gravel road into the countryside of a developing country where they do not speak the language and the nearest telephone might lie 30 miles away. For these people, a number of tour operators offer bicycle tours covering many points of interest in Southeast Asia.

Bike Asia

Though mostly an East Asia bike tour operation, the China-based Bike Asia offers tours of Laos and Cambodia. The Laotian tour starts at a border town in northern Thailand, takes a boat down and across the Mekong into Laos, and from there it plies a cross-country route down to the capital of Vientiane. Along the way, it passes through H'mong villages and the scenic limestone cliffs of Vang Vieng, as well as making a substantial stop at the medieval capital of Luang Prabang. The tour covers 388 miles in eight days of cycling (12 days overall) and carries a "strenuous" rating.

The Cambodian tour starts in Siem Reap, the town adjacent to the famous ruins of Angkor Wat. It allows ample time for exploring the ruins of Angkor by bicycle, then crosses the country to the capital of Phnom Penh, through the pepper plantations of Kampot, and finally comes to an end at the beach town of Sihanoukville. The tour covers 331 miles in eight days of cycling (13 days overall) and carries a "moderately strenuous" rating.

Bike Asia
2nd Floor, 42 Guihua Lu
Yangshuo, Guilin
Guangxi 541900
011 (+86) (0) 773 882 6521

Northern Trails

This Thai tour company operates out of Chiang Mai, the major city of northern Thailand and a popular destination for backpackers and students of everything from Thai massage to Thai cooking. From its home base, Northern Trails offers bike tours of the northern Thai countryside and its small villages that last anywhere from two to four days. According to the company, all of the routes will provide easy riding for any reasonably fit cyclist. Northern Trails also has a Cambodian bike tour that plies the route from Angkor to Phnom Penh to the coast at Sihanoukville.

Contact Travel
420/3 Chang Klan Road
Chiangmai 50100
011 (+66) 05-320-4664

Spice Roads

Operated out of the Thai capital of Bangkok, Spice Roads offers an extensive selection of bike tours throughout the region. The company has tours in Thailand, Laos, Camobida and Vietnam, as well as 12- and 14-day tours that cover points in two or more of those countries. An example is the 14-day Emerald Triangle Tour, which covers northern Thailand, Laos and Cambodia over 425 miles in 10 total days of cycling (14 days overall)---a moderately strenuous route. Spice Roads also has an 11-day bike tour of the ever-popular Indonesian island of Bali, as well as an 11-day bike tour of exotic Malaysian Borneo.

14/1-B Soi Promsi 2
Sukhumvit 39
Klongtan Nua, Wattana
Bangkok 10110
011 (+66) 02-712-5305

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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