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Cycing in Asia FAQ Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 5/9/2009 at 14:52

This cycling in Asia FAQ is based on Simon's cycling FAQ over at Silkwheels -- thank you. If you're a cyclist with more suggestions to add, please feel free at add your thoughts below. If you've got a question though, you'd be better off to start a new thread. Thanks! When is the best time for a cyclist to travel in mainland South East Asia? What should I bring? Should I bring a map? Are guidebooks useful? Should I take a partner? Is cycle touring safe in Southeast Asia? Is camping nece ...

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Welcome to cycling in Asia! Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/8/2009 at 21:24

On the recommendation of long time member Tilapia, welcome to cycling section of the Travelfish forum. To get things going, I've searched through for some existing threads on cycling, but I'm sure there'll be a host of new posts coming in now that we've got a dedicated thread for this topic. As someone who positively belongs to the mindset of "why pedal when you've got a motorbike handy" I'm not the best equipped to put an FAQ together on this topic, but I'll try and get one rustled up in ...

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Cycling Singapore to China

Posted by clairelh on 1/5/2015 at 11:58

Hi, My boyfriend and I are planning to cycle from Singapore into China (probably via Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos). Has anyone got experience of any of these routes and whether there are nice roads to cycle on etc? Thanks Claire ...

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Cycle Advice?

Posted by pirmelenge on 14/9/2013 at 13:14

Hello All, I know mostly everyone on this forum might be the DIY bike tourers - more power to you! But for those of you who have taken organized bike trips through SE Asia, do you have any to recommend? Or will you tell me to just save my money and go by myself? I'm interested in taking an organized trip (possibly Thailand, southern Laos, or Mekong Delta Vietnam) because I don't think I'm quite ready for a solo bike tour. Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated! Thanks, Molly ...

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cycle partner(s) for laos/cambodia/vietnam ?

Posted by pirmelenge on 6/9/2013 at 18:41

Hello All! I'm planning to cycle in southern Laos through Cambodia, possibly end of December/beginning of January? Anyone want to join or have some general advice? Thanks! ...

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Self-Guided/DIY Bike Mekong Advice?

Posted by lukasf on 21/10/2014 at 22:43

Hi, Does anyone have any advice about where to find route maps/directions and other logistics info about cycling the Mekong Delta, please? We are hoping to go for about 4-5 days without a guide. We are intermediate bikers. Thanks! ...

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Vietnam on Two Wheels

Posted by daawgon on 5/9/2014 at 13:23

If I were only about 30 years younger, sigh! Vietnam on Two Wheels, part 1 Departure ...

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

Posted by hmrolstomt on 23/5/2014 at 19:20

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 gr ...

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Raod conditions in Cambodia

Posted by haas1mic on 22/4/2014 at 14:18

I am thinking of cycling from Singapore to Vietnam and was wondering if road conditions in cambodia have improved in the last ten years or so. Has anyone been on hwy 5 from Poipet to Phnom Penh or hwy 1 from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh city latly ? Thanks in advance for any info. Mike ...

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Bike boxes at Bangkok Airport

Posted by DavidLevick on 6/12/2013 at 00:50

Does anyone know if I can purchase a bike box at Bangkok International Airport from any of the airlines there? My cycling trip finishes here and I fly out from the airport but I don't know where to arrange a bike box. Thanks. ...

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Day cyling trips from Bangkok

Posted by Mallet on 2/8/2009 at 00:19

Can anyone recommend a company offering day cycle tours from Bangkok please, preferably in the countryside. We are not paricularly keen on off-road cycling. Thanks very much ...

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Cycle Burma

Posted by msimojoki on 18/9/2011 at 12:37

I am planning for my 5th solo Asia cycling trip. So far I have cycled in India, Thailand, Cambodia, China and Vietnam. All have been without problems and absolutely fantastic trips. For 2012 I am considering cycling from Yangon, Burma to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Does anyone have experience with the Yangon-Thailand section? Thanks, Mike from Bornholm ...

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Can you hire bikes in Phu Quoc

Posted by blroebuck on 24/10/2012 at 11:47

My wife and I will be visiting Phu Quoc in January and would like to look around some of the island but we do not ride motor bikes. Can we hire bicycles and is this an OK way of getting around? ...

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Looking for cycling travel companion July-August

Posted by AnaU on 22/5/2013 at 11:32

Bike lover, 45 yr old female, first time traveling to Thailand. Looking for fellow travelers for July and August. My plan is to arrive (with my bike) to Bangkok at the beginning of July, spend a week in south Thailand, then take a train to Chiang Mai , maybe attend a five-days Thai massage course, then cycle from Chiang Mai to Vientiane and finish my trip in Cambodia visiting the Angkor Wat temples. I would also like to visit a primary school in Siem Riep. I know it is not easy to find som ...

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Searching for Bicycles!

Posted by Sunniman on 26/1/2013 at 02:45

Hello, Me and a friend are currently travelling through Malaysia and up into Thailand for the next couple of months, then onwards to see loas. I am hoping that my daily prayers to the travel-gods will be answered and i might be able to find someone with a good touring bicycle who is finishing their journey around Thailand. Ideally i am after 2 bikes or maybe even a tandem??! Or, if anyone has information on a good place to buy such gear in Thailand then any replies would be a benefit! Peace pe ...

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Single female cycling Thailand, Laos and Cambodia June 2011

Posted by swit on 21/3/2011 at 15:54

Hi there As the title suggests, I'm planning on cycling from Thailand, into Laos and through into Cambodia in June of this year, on my bike, alone, all in just over two weeks. I'm hoping to take overnight trains to and from Laos border crossings and take boats as transport allows. Am I way out of touch with reality and making a really bad choice here? If not, all suggestions/ideas/advice welcome. Cheers, S ...

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One Month Cycling through SE Asia: Best Route Advice!

Posted by monkeymonkey on 16/10/2012 at 03:23

Hi! I have one month to cycle through SE Asia and am looking for the best start point, ending in Thailand, but starting anywhere between Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam. I'd like to see as much of those 3 or 4 countries as possible, but obviously don't want to stretch it too thin. If anyone has suggested routes [specific routes, as this is my first time in any of those countries and I'm really unfamiliar with the names and roads/ ferries and how long it'll take to traverse between them]I would love t ...

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Seeking road bike

Posted by haas1mic on 17/10/2012 at 10:45

If anyone out there has a road bike for sale Id be interested. I will be in Singapore on 09 January and want to head up through Malaysia and Thailand. Thanks ...

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pedelling around s e asia

Posted by buggy on 19/7/2011 at 17:01

i am looking at cycling around asia in october starting with loas then chang mai, back into loas down the mekong into cambodia and to ho chj min. would love to hear and previous experiances or maybe you are looking for a travel partner. i am in thailand now. cheers buggy ...

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Biking in Bali?

Posted by lola899 on 24/2/2011 at 21:15

Looking to bike around bali for 1/2 weeks...should i just rent a bike out and do it by myself ...or does anyone know a good affordable tour.. please share your experiences! ...

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