Welcome to the June 2007 edition of Revolution newsletter. The cycling season in Asia is at full-swing right now and we're pleased to announce some great deals on upcoming trips, a sneak preview into some new regions for 2008 and some exciting new developments with our new charity partner, the VET program.
The Mongolia season is on us again. There are still places left on the Wild Mongolia tour departing on the 27th July 2007 and the Wild Naadam tour departing on the 10th July 2007 and we're offering 10% off these tours. So saddle up and save some bucks on the adventure of a lifetime! Discover the vast beauty of a land with no roads, racing wild horses across the grasslands, and camping under the stars surrounded by mountains, pine forest and crystal clear rivers!
Our first Islands, Mountains and Monasteries tour of the season has just finished and it was a great experience for all concerned with flowing sake, flowers in bloom, karaoke, and amazing riding. Special mentions go to our Japan man extraordinaire Aaron Davis, our local team Ken and Aiko for making the trip one to remember as well as all our passengers who embraced this special place so enthusiastically.
Here are a few comments and photos from the tour...
"An excellent trip - a thoroughly enjoyable experience one I will always remember and treasure."
"What can I say - a great person that was so giving of his time, experiences and knowledge of the region. Aaron gave us an appreciation of the people, culture and history adding to the overall experience. Aaron made the trip special."
"Ken and Aiko - they are a delight. They were so supportive and encouraging and prepared to share so much about their world with us."
Our next scheduled departure for the Islands, Mountains and Monasteries tour is on the 1st September 2007. Ask us more about this incredible journey into one of the world's most intriguing regions at email@example.com or check out the trip details here.
Tokyo is worth more than a week! It is without doubt one of the most amazing cities in the world. From a sleepy coastal town in the early 16th century, it became one of the largest cities in the world within a century. This fun, comprehensive and little-bit-different itinerary will help unleash all that is modern Tokyo by allowing you to discover the best of Old Edo and her 'downtown' area, as well as all the highlights of New Tokyo, by foot and – of course – by bike.
This week includes guided rides and walks of some of the unique and different areas scattered around Tokyo. You get to experience: Sushi – Karaoke – Sumo wrestling – ancient palaces – Shinto shrines – world's largest fish market – neon lights – electronics – ryokans – tepenyaki – noodles – J-pop culture – capsule hotels – Japanese gardens – and the incredible Japanese people.
This new shorter 8 day tour works as a great stand-alone tour or as an exceptional add-on to our 15 day Islands, Mountains and Monasteries tour and we've scheduled Tokyo Unleashed on the 15th of September 2007 to coincide with the longer tour for one of the most comprehensive cycling tours available in Japan. More info
As part of Bike Asia's efforts in keeping it real, by minimising the negative impacts of tourism whilst encouraging all the benefits, we have developed a relationship with the VET program in Yangshuo, Southern China. The VET program is a registered Chinese charity and volunteer organization. Laurie MacKenzie, a former Canadian professor and Owen Buckland, President of OMEIKA International Teacher Exchange Association, founded the program in October 2004. The Volunteer English Teacher Program provides opportunities for poor village children in rural Chinese schools to practice speaking English to foreign visitors. By improving their English the students will have a greater chance to continue their education or secure employment in the tourism industry.
As a small charity VET relies on the support of tourists and local business to do the remarkable work they do. Bike Asia supports VET on our Trail of the Dragon tour in Southern China and on all our Yangshuo Getaways. We are also happy to help anyone interested in this program if they wish to donate some time, equipment or funds. To find out more about VET please go to http://www.vet-china.org/ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like cycling? I mean really like cycling?! We are currently looking for someone to come on board to learn the ropes as a trainee cycle tour leader.
The position is one that is open to those who may not or may not have experience in the industry but are busting to get on their bike, willing to learn, and ready to take on Asia!
Our desire at Bike Asia is to take people to places less travelled that offer a unique insight into local cultures as well as being truly fantastic places to cycle.
This year we are brewing up some new tours for 2008 in Bhutan and Kerala, India.
Watch this space for updates!
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