The Bike Asia Experience
Bike Asia Travel style
We think cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is such a great way to travel. In Asia, we believe cycling is the best way to travel as it’s about the best pace to soak up all the extraordinary experiences on offer here. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new peoples, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes and most all to have some fun in the saddle as well as off it. Cycling is a major part of all our trips – they are cycle tours after all – and this trip is designed so it is accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. We avoid transfers mid-trip on our tours (we like the idea of the journey and the reward of cycling “all the way”) so you’ll find on our tours that once you set up the bike you can generally ride it to the end barring unforeseen circumstances or your own inclinations. This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you, and to participate in any activities that may arise. All the roads we use are chosen because they have very little traffic. Please be aware that in many places on this trip where we will be staying there may not be the level of service standards or language or accommodation that you are accustomed too. Please be aware that you may feel challenged at times, either physically or culturally and that this normal, and a part of what we believe makes for a rewarding adventure. We’re always there to guide you through any challenges and support you to get the best out of your experience.
We believe cycling is the best way to travel and all our tours are based around being on a bike. We have handpicked our routes and itineraries for their excellent cycling as much as for their appeal as interesting travel destinations and the experiences they offer. You still get to experience all those things you look for in a normal holiday (well, maybe not so much lounging on the beach!) – meeting local people, eating the local food, seeing the sights, learning about exotic languages and cultures – and you also get the unique satisfaction of propelling yourself through all these experiences at a pace that allows you the time to really see and absorb them. And on top of that, doing it by bike turns it all into a real adventure! Most of our tours are designed as cycling holidays and, as such, are accessible to people of all cycling abilities. Some of our tours will require a higher level of fitness, biking skills and a degree of challenge due to extremes of weather, altitude or terrain. If you are unsure, just get in touch with us and we’ll give you honest advice about your suitability for the tour.
Inspiring leaders and guides
Our cycling leaders and guides are passionate about cycling and about Asia. They take pride in sharing their knowledge and experiences and are always there to make sure you get as much as possible out of your holiday. Most of all they are just great fun to hang out with! All our leaders and guides have at minimum first aid training and we provide them, wherever possible, with comprehensive training to Remote Wilderness First Aid level. We always provide an English speaking local guide so that you can ask questions from those who really know best. Along with our local crews you’re sure to gain an insight into local culture as well as having the pleasure of traveling with our friends!
Some trips may require higher degrees of physical fitness than others but should you need to take a rest, or just want to put your feet up, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike in our support vehicle. All our scheduled departure tours include the services of a bike mechanic so you won’t have to worry about losing time on the road. Specific details on terrain, cycling conditions, distance covered each day are available on our trip pages. Simply choose the adventure that suits you or ask us for recommendations.
Scheduled departures and
Bike Asia offers regularly scheduled departures open to individual travellers, couples or small groups. We keep group numbers small at a maximum of 12 so we can ensure a minimum of impact on our surroundings and to ensure everyone’s enjoyment. These may have varying minimums (from 3 to 5) and trips are guaranteed to depart once the stipulated minimum has been reached. Bike Asia specialises in operating adventure cycling style tours so we can create custom tours for groups and individuals with specific needs or requests. The company is based in Asia, and with many years experience in tourism, we are able to provide a high quality service with very competitive pricing. We welcome your enquiries about any aspect of our tours.
We include almost everything on our tours. The reason for this is we want to keep things simple for you so that you can spend your time doing what you came for – enjoying your adventure! As fully supported cycling tours, you have at your disposal all the back up and equipment to keep you rolling along. As a general rule, trip inclusions are:
- bike (except Tibet – Nepal)
- support vehicle
- all trip accommodation
- all transport listed i.e., support vehicles, internal flights, trains, buses etc.
- most meals
- water and snacks on cycling days
- cycling leader/ mechanic
- local staff – guide, drivers, cooks, mechanics as required.
Keeping It Real
Along with our passion for cycling, adventure and discovery, we also believe in a philosophy of ethical travel. Respect for people, cultures and the environment is fundamental to us and to how we operate. As a locally-based company (in Asia) we prefer to work with and support the development of local people, operators and businesses in the regions we travel through. Our philosophy is one of low impact on the environment and high local involvement in our business.
Asia Cycling Alliance is an alliance of Asia’s best cycling tour operators who are dedicated to providing unique and exciting biking adventures in Asia. As a co-operative of small businesses it is our collective desire to take people to places less travelled and also to provide an insight into the fascinating cultures and landscapes that Asia is famous for. We share a passion for our region and getting out travelling in the best possible way… by bicycle! Read more…