Blazing New Paths On Two Wheels: Cycling And Motorcycling Adventures

The journey is part of the adventure on our two-wheeled excursions. Venturing into the unknown, with the wind on your face and unparalleled views is the ultimate outdoors experience. Options range from a one-day ride, to more intensive multi-day tours with itineraries that include side trips, such as culinary exploration, boat outings and interaction with local people in their homes.  

Bikes – petrol, or pedal-powered – enable access to off-the-beaten-track destinations denied to larger vehicles and participants will get to admire Asia’s landscape from new angles. These highlighted journeys on two wheels are just a small selection of our motorized and non-motorized expeditions across Asia.

Whichever tour you choose, we’ve got your saddle covered!

Ho Chi Minh City After Dark

Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City after dark (credit Vietnam Vespa Adventure)
Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City after dark (Credit Vietnam Vespa Adventure)

Part night time exploration and part street food discovery, this excursion provides the ultimate insight into exciting Ho Chi Minh City after dark.

We ride vintage Vespa scooters along the capital’s maze of hidden alleyways. Our first stop is a popular cafe to watch the evening action unfold, with a cocktail and an appetizer. We then head to a renowned eatery where we dine with the locals. Our itinerary includes a ride through Chinatown to enjoy more hawker dishes at places unknown to most tourists. We continue to a cool live music venue to watch local bands lay down big beats. This two-wheeled adventure on iconic Italian machines is a great way to see the metropolis in fun mode.

Alternate Vista Of Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Alternative vista of Hong Kong (credit Asian Trails)
Hong Kong – Alternative vista of Hong Kong (Credit Asian Trails)

The best way to escape the towering metropolis and fast-paced life of Hong Kong is through a pedal-powered excursion.

The 11-km Nam Sang Wai Circuit in the New Territories offers a refreshing and alternative side to this destination. Guided by local cyclists, we set off on a two-hour ride through wetlands, brimming with flora and fauna. The marshes, mangrove-clad shores of three rivers and abandoned fish farms are ripe feeding grounds for an abundance of birds and every year, an estimated 90,000 migratory birds take refuge in this place.

After absorbing relaxing scenery and enjoying a local lunch, we return to the bright lights and lofty landscape of either Kowloon or Hong Kong island.

Beautiful Bali By Bicycle

Indonesia - Beautiful Bali by bicycle (credit Bebali Village Adventure)
Indonesia – Beautiful Bali by bicycle (Credit Bebali Village Adventure)

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the island of Bali lies idyllic Bebali village.

Pride and preservation has run through the lives of the local villagers for generations. Their respect for the environment has ensured local wetlands and mangroves remain flourishing and pristine. We get to explore this serene sanctuary of nature and quaint communities by pedal power. We travel down a meandering route that leads to a secluded beach where we enjoy lunch. A 20-minute boat ride through the fully enclosed mangrove forest also forms an unmissable part of our exploration.

After absorbing incredible scenery, we drive back to the hotel with an enduring memory of a true tropical paradise.

China’s Real Life Shangrila

China - China’s real life Shangri-La (credit Asian Trails)
China – China’s real life Shangri-La (Credit Asian Trails)

A tour devised for more experienced cyclists – our adventure takes us through some of China’s most dramatic scenery.

We travel through the heart of Yunnan province, from Shangri-La to Dali. Participants will cover close to 500 km, spread over 11 days of cycling. The journey takes in dramatic mountain landscapes of dense forests, deep gorges and alpine lakes, with some trails leading to remote hillside indigenous tribe communities. To enhance the experience, we stay in local boutique accommodation along the way. Once a stop on the Silk Road trade route, Dali is one of the most historic locations in China and packed with architectural attractions such as the ancient City Walls.

This is a route that takes riders close to the clouds.

Ride Back in Time in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand ( Credit Asian Trails)

History, heritage and cultural pursuits feature heavily on a four-day cycling programme a short distance from Bangkok.

Situated north and west of the capital in Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi respectively, this tour takes in these two destinations’ landmark sites. The ruins of palaces and temples will be explored in Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. The remnants of war will be uncovered in Kanchanaburi, including a ride on the infamous ‘death railway’. On the way, we stop at the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and enjoy a boat journey along a maze of canals, followed by a bike ride through quaint villages and fertile fruit plantations.

Abundant inspirational experiences are packed into this enlightening multi-destination excursion.

Unique View of Rural Penang

Malaysia - A Unique Penang View on two wheels (credit Penang Bike)
Malaysia – A Unique Penang View on two wheels (Credit Penang Bike)

One of Penang’s hidden treasures is the rural region of Balik Pulau.

Our bicycle excursion follows a trail that takes in picturesque villages, lush fruit and spice plantations, verdant rice paddies and fishing villages. With return transfers included from guests’ respective accommodation, this half-day adventure offers a different experience from George Town’s UNESCO-listed heritage sites and Batu Ferringhi’s beach attractions. The majority of the tracks we ride on in this agricultural area are traffic-free. This off-road route enables a deeper connection to nature.

The guides are an integral part of the tour as they have extensive knowledge of the locality and they have built a strong connection with local residents, enabling a truly genuine immersion in a less travelled district.

Epic Cycle Ride to Phnom Penh

Cambodia - Epic cycle to Phnom Penh (credit Asian Trails)
Cambodia – Epic cycle to Phnom Penh (Credit Asian Trails)

A bicycle ride from Cambodia’s top tourist destination of Siem Reap – the gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park – to the capital of Phnom Penh is the ultimate two-wheeled adventure.

This three-day package provides a deep insight into provincial life. Riders are backed by a support vehicle, a guide, meals provision and mechanical maintenance. Overnights are in accommodation in Kampong Thom and Kampong Cham respectively, ahead of reaching the bright lights of Phnom Penh and a hotel in the capital.

The 320-km journey is rewarded with sprawling countryside, quaint hamlets, abundant ancient temples and a glimpse of life along a stretch of the famous Mekong River. Time is also set aside for some solo exploration of Phnom Penh.

Laid_Back Life Outside Yangon

Laos - Laid-back lakeside break (credit Nam Ngum lakeside resort)
Laos – Laid-back lakeside break (Credit Nam Ngum lakeside resort)

The Twante region, an area close to Yangon, favours exploration by bicycle. The area’s abundant pathways provide the perfect conditions for pedal-powered discovery.

Given its proximity to the former capital, this destination can be covered on a full-day tour. Cyclists will be transported into a rural area where life moves at a much slower pace. This bike trip enables interaction with the local people and an insight into their lives, including visits to traditional potteries – a mainstay of the local economy.

The journey from Yangon involves a ferry ride across the Yangon River and then cycling all the way to the destination, with some stops to view a market and a renowned temple. The return journey to the city is by support vehicle.