My partner and I are planning to ride our bikes around SE Asia, and I was wondering if anyone has experience touring in this area and could give us advice on good routes, roads to avoid, great places to stop etc...
Our tentative (and so far pretty vague) route is: arriving in Bangkok, up to Chiang Mai and northern Thailand, through Laos, to northern Vietnam, down the coast to Ho Chi Minh City, across Cambodia stopping at Angkor Wat, and then back to Bangkok (and then maybe to a beach for a few days to relax). We'll be getting maps soon and trying to work out a more specific route, so we're just beginning our research. We plan to go for the months of November - February.
We hope to spend most of our travel time on our bikes, although we're not opposed to hopping on a bus or train for part of the trip if it's safer or if the roads are impassible.
Has anyone on the forum done a similar trip? Or bicycle toured in any of these countries? I'd love any and all advice or stories about your experiences.
Can't really help you I am affraid but it seems like a fantastic plan. I think you can write a book afterwards. I think cycling is one of the best ways of getting somewhere and to know the culture on a slow pace. Good luck!!!
I do not know anything abour riding a bike in Asia, but I would add a word of caution. Many drivers in Asia drive like they have a death wish. If you do this trip, really be aware that you are risking your life every time you ride on the roads in Asia. Good Luck to you.
I think, it'll be an interesting trip! you can relax with the sight seeing on your way. but to make it you'd preparing everything ok? has a detail, perfect plan, Such as how many destinations? and the distant between two destination, and hotels to schedule for travelling , visiting and relax for suitable.
Have a good trip!
I have sent you a PM of a website where you can get some very good ideas & advice on cycle tours of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar,Vietnam. Includes mountain biking as well. Don't want to be seen promoting the website in the forum.