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Cycling partner for supported bike tour in Thailand/Laos/Vietnam/Cambodia: June/July 2014

  • hmrolstomt

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    Hi all,

    I'm am hoping to take a supported bike tour in June/July of this year and am looking for a cycling partner as tours in my price range have a 2-person minimum . My schedule is flexible and I'm open to tours in several locations within Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I'd like to take a tour any length from 7 to 15 days. Let me know if you have similar interests and we can discuss some of the tours on my wish list!

    In addition, if you are already planning to take a tour and your group would be willing to have another rider, please let me know!

    Cheers,
    Hannah

    #1 Posted: 23/5/2014 - 19:20

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  • cuddlepuppy

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    Hi Hanna,
    I will be on vacation in Thailand from June 6th for a couple of months. Last year I did a few weeks cycling in Malaysia and Southern Thailand on my own but it was a bit lonely. So I would love to go in a group this time. Please dont be put off because we are of opposite sex. Its just better to travel in company.

    I have done a bit of cycle touring and I recently di a part of the Munda Biddi Trail in Western Australia. This system keeps giving me the message "Needs more work? Put down the bordeaux and lets try again" so I am just adding text an hoping it will accept my post.

    #2 Posted: 25/5/2014 - 21:04

  • hmrolstomt

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    Hi Cuddlepuppy,

    Thanks for your interest. I've been looking at tours offered by Cambodia Cycling. The tour I'm most interested in is 13 days from Bangkok to Luang Prabang (Laos). We could start the tour on June 15. Here is the itinerary: http://www.cambodiacycling.com/thailand/thailand_cycling_bangkok_luang_prabang.html
    I'm not sure what your budget/travel standard is like, but I'm thinking I would like to ask the tour company if we could reduce the cost a bit by substituting modest guesthouses for the three and four star hotels.

    I'm up for other tours in other locations as well. My schedule is pretty flexible.

    Thanks again for the reply,
    Hannah

    #3 Posted: 25/5/2014 - 22:44

  • cuddlepuppy

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    Hi Hanna,
    I have been in Bangkok and Luang Prabang before so I know the area.
    The majority of what we would be paying for is the company overheads. Accommodation, even 3 and 4 star is pretty cheap. It may be a hassle for them to arrange alternatives. Last year I found about 70km per day in summer was my comfortable limit. We are in summer and it gets pretty hot. The first 2 hours after dawn are fine, but then it gets sweltering. And parts of Laos are pretty hilly. So I am balking at the distances. I am not too fussy about accommodation, in fact I usually just find my own way around. If you are up for doing it unsupported, I just use google maps to find my way around and had my belongings in panniers.
    Here is my last trip in Australia: - http://youtu.be/grRF10tcCeo


    We could pretty well just copy any trip you want. There are always plenty of places to stay in Thailand. It would be better without the military coup in BKK but so long as one behaves its not dangerous. They are well practiced at them there its their 12th!
    Graham

    #4 Posted: 25/5/2014 - 23:42

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    Hi Cuddlepuppy - the bordeaux message is only if you want to edit your post. There is a "submit post" button above the offer of wine - use that instead and you should eb set.

    Cheers

    #5 Posted: 25/5/2014 - 23:44

  • hmrolstomt

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    Thanks Graham. Good to know you have some experience with the area. Will you be taking your own bike and gear? I would need to rent/buy a bike, helmet, panniers, etc.

    #6 Posted: 25/5/2014 - 23:53

  • cuddlepuppy

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    Last year I took my own bike etc. but it was quite a hassle flying with it. I would prefer to hire one this year. I might take my own panniers and helmet over. Lots of bike places in BKK. The hassle with hiring is to get it back to the start again.

    BTW where are you from etc.

    Graham
    Denmark, Western Australia
    www.denmarkbluewren.com.au

    #7 Posted: 26/5/2014 - 02:43

  • hmrolstomt

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    I want to be honest, I've never done a long distance cycling trip like this before. That's why I was going the "supported" route, as I don't want to deals with all of the gear.

    I'm arriving in Phnom Penh in a couple days. I likely won't be in Thailand until July. Be in touch if you might want to meet up sometime then.

    Hannah
    American

    #8 Posted: 27/5/2014 - 23:40

  • cuddlepuppy

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    Great Hannah,
    I arrive in BKK on 6th June. I will then be heading up to Chiangmai. Its cooler up there and a really good area for cycling and there are a few companies operating out of there. Spiceroads.com have a few tours running but they are a bit more expensive. They do also hire out good bikes and equipment. My email is backpackergraham@gmail.com. It would be good to keep in touch. Do you FB? My id is graham.mason9.
    Cheers,
    Graham

    #9 Posted: 28/5/2014 - 00:40

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