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Cycling through Southern China from Vietnam

Posted by Seby_C on 18/5/2011 at 14:18

Dear all,

I previously posted this on a different forum within travelfish before learning of this forum dedicated to cycling in Asia...

I propose to cycle from Phnom Penh in Cambodia to either Manning or, maybe further (perhaps Guangzhou), in southern China. I am fairly confident that the Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam legs can be achieved (I have travelled Southeast Asia extensively and lived in Cambodia for the last 2 years), however I have never visited Southern China and am aware that the culture will vary quite dramatically as will the terrain, climate and of course many more factors. I want to ask if anyone has any advice or knowledge on this region (and all the regions proposed in fact) and therefore can share any useful information with me as to what I should know and expect / what I must be aware of / what I can do to prepare for such a trip.
I am very grateful in advance for any replies to this post, or indeed any links to other websites / blogs / forums I should take a look at.
Thanks again

I have had some previous responses in the original forum ‘Southeast Asia’, yet any more info would be great, but also I also would now like to extend to some more specific questions to go with the above questions now I am here:
- If I were to cross from Vietnam into China @ Mong Cai, does anyone know of the rode from Mong Cai on to Fangcheng is cycleable (with luggage and all)?
- Is bringing a bike in to China fairly simple, and does anybody know what documentation will be reuired, or where I can find out about this kind of info?
- Does anyone know of any good second hand bike shops in Bangkok with English speaking staff? I am 6’3” tall and have to buy a bike there so need to have a detailed conversation with staff about my requirements! Have looked in Phnom Penh but they are few.

Many thanks indeed in advance – very much appreciated!


#1 Seby_C has been a member since 16/5/2011. Posts: 11

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