Discovering a country by bicycle is without doubt one of the best ways to really experience a destination properly. Hopping on the back of bike is not only eco-friendly and great exercise, but it also gives you the freedom of traveling at your own pace, making sight-seeing more enjoyable. The ability to get off the beaten track and explore means that you can learn more about the local inhabitants and do more cultural exploration than you otherwise would see from the inside of a vehicle.
Here’s our list of some of the best destinations in Asia to see by bicycle:
Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: Flat as a pancake, lush green all year round and with floating markets. The countless tiny footpaths and bridges, accessible only by 2-wheeled modes of transport make Vietnam’s Mekong Delta one of Asia’s best biking destinations. Another great draw of visiting this region is the cuisine. Vietnamese food is some of Asia’s finest, and the fresh herbs and locally sourced produce will sure to satisfy even the fussiest of palates.
Bagan, Myanmar: To get a true sense of remarkable Bagan, meander through the quiet sandy paths by bicycle and see the local villages, stupas, grand Buddhist temples, and the occasional oxen toiling the fields. Flat and sandy in places, often the only traffic you see will be horse and carts. We recommend taking a dawn ride in order to avoid the heat and the crowds.
Angkor Wat Cambodia: Once you’ve seen the main site of Angkor Wat why not explore further and take a scenic cycling tour around the lesser-known temples? The countryside is verdant green rice fields framed by dramatic toddy palms and traditional wooden houses. The local villagers are extremely welcoming and you’ll know at least a few words of Khmer before your tour ends.
Bali Indonesia: The beauty of taking a bicycle tour of Bali is that there’s a choice of terrain to suit all riding abilities. From lower gradients to single track rides through the forest, Bali has a huge variety of choice for to suit all riding abilities. We love the more relaxed pace offered around the hills of Ubud as the scenery is breathtaking. With the terraced rice fields, forested mountain streams and volcanoes looming in the distance, you’ll definitely want to take the pace slow in order to absorb the wondrous views.
Feel free to contact our local Travel Specialists and they will happily include any of these recommend bicycle tours on your very own tailor-made holiday.