Painted Roads

South-East Asia, China, and Mongolia

Painted Roads specialises in relaxed, fun, small group guided bicycle tours in a variety of destinations in South-East Asia, China, and Mongolia. As well as sharing with you their love of Thailand, Vietnam and Laos they also have an in-depth knowledge of some less-well known cycling holiday destinations so hope you will also join them on one of their unforgettable cycle tours of Yunnan, Guizhou and Guanxi in China, Taiwan, Sri-Lanka, or the wonderful open spaces of Mongolia.

All of our cycling holidays feature western tour leaders and local guides. Our philosophy is based around offering an intimate exploration by bicycle of personally crafted tours through stunning rural locales in destinations around Asia.  Our  tours include comfortable accommodation, delicious local cuisine, a support vehicle and minimal transfers. We want your biking holiday with us to be a truly memorable experience for all the right reasons so we place as much emphasis on post-cycling relaxation, convivial company, and an apres-ride beer in a warm Asian sunset as the biking itself.

We're a small team of friends whose sole purpose is to share with you the joy that we feel about cycling in our favourite parts of Asia.
 

Their Tours

Thailand Gravel Roads

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13 Day(s)
Moderate
1050 Km
avg 105 Km
Guided

Gravel bikes, All Road bikes, Adventure bikes - whatever you wish to call them these bikes are fantastic, and, allowing a brisk pace on road whilst still being supremely capable off-road they open up a wonderful array of possibilities for the ...

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Tri Nations: Vietnam - Laos - Thailand

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16 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
1034 Km
avg 94 Km
Guided

Three neighbouring nations, three written scripts, two and a half languages, two political systems, one major religion.

Not only is this tour a cycling odyssey through fascinating regions along a path less trodden, it is a journey of d ...

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China - Yunnan

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12 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
640 Km
avg 71 Km
Guided

From the Tibetan town of Shangri-La, across a 3700 metre pass, through one of the world's deepest gorges to an unspoilt town from the ancient tea trading route. Onwards across a mountain range leading to one of China's biggest fresh water lak ...

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Mongolia Khangai Mountains

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13 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
360 Km
avg 40 Km
Guided

After an incredible day of cycling imagine relaxing outside your tent beside a babbling stream when a herd of yak appear over the hill and wander down the valley to drink close to our camp. Two riders approach on horseback, one wears a d ...

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Sichuan Tibet

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16 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging
946 Km
avg 86 Km
Guided

Tibet is an almost fabled land that many long to visit but few do. For most people when thinking of Tibet it is of Lhasa, the Potala Palace, and Everest, the Tibet of the classic Lhasa to Kathmandu ride. This is the Tibet of The Autonomous Region ...

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Vietnam - Northeast

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13 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
640 Km
avg 80 Km
Guided

Tiers of rice terraces fading seemingly to infinity as they drop away through a vast valley, karst pinnacles like those from a Chinese water painting, minority people whose way of life and dress is little touched by the outside influences of the glob ...

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Thailand North

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12 Day(s)
Moderate
630 Km
avg 70 Km
Guided

Mountains high and valleys wide, steep climbs and sweeping descents - perfect sealed roads, gravel tracks, red clay rural trails and deserted byways - a modern city, small riverside villages, mountain communities of hill tribe folk and a Chinese hill ...

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Mekong Delta Region

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13 Day(s)
Moderate
585 Km
avg 65 Km
Guided

This is a fascinating ride through the labyrinthine network of waterways and accompanying tracks, trails, and paths that cover an area from Cambodia to the South China Sea, offering fine relaxed cycling and an insight into lives not normally seen.
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Sri Lanka

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13 Day(s)
Moderate
792 Km
avg 88 Km
Guided

For those interested in visiting the Indian Subcontinent, laidback Sri Lanka with its relaxed culture, beautiful scenery, abundance of wildlife, friendly courteous inquisitive people, and magnificent lost in time colonial architecture could well be t ...

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Taiwan - North to South

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11 Day(s)
Moderate
600 Km
avg 75 Km
Guided

Taiwan, off of the east coast of the People's Republic of China, is perhaps Asia's best-kept cycling secret. Only 400 kilometres in length the island formerly known as Isla Formosa - The Beautiful Isle, packs in a huge amount. The central are ...

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Ho Chi Minh Trail

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14 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
1012 Km
avg 92 Km
Guided

Extending south of Hanoi is the Annamite Mountain Range, known in Vietnamese as Truong Son. During the Vietnam War a series of supply routes through the dense jungle of these mountains were used to move troops and supplies to support the North Vietna ...

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Coastal Southern Thailand

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13 Day(s)
Moderate
700 Km
avg 70 Km
Guided

If you are looking to see the Thailand your friends visit on holiday, if you want the same experience as 99% of Westerners in Thailand, then this cycling holiday is absolutely not for you. If however you are looking to see a Thailand that is still th ...

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Cambodia Gravel Roads

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13 Day(s)
Moderate
693 Km
avg 77 Km
Guided

With a predominantly agricultural population, and an economy still faltering following a tragic recent history, Cambodia’s road infrastructure remains predominantly unsealed and rural. Whilst this may not be an ideal situation for many people, ...

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Trans-Vietnam: Northwest to Northeast

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15 Day(s)
Moderate
937 Km
avg 104 Km
Guided
Deal

The Vietnamese had, by the 1970s, suffered more than their fair share of bother with the unwanted interference of other nations. So when the Chinese crossed their northern border without invitation in 1979, the war-weary nation wasted no time defendi ...

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Mongolia Grand Odyssey

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20 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
840 Km
avg 56 Km
Guided

LabRat Runs have quickly become a PaintedRoads tradition. A group of easygoing and adventurous regulars, The LabRats annually sate their appetite for adventure by joining the inaugural running of a PaintedRoads adventure tour. ​By invitation onl ...

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LabRat Run Bhutan

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11 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging
679 Km
avg 97 Km
Guided

LabRat Runs have quickly become a PaintedRoads tradition. A group of easygoing and adventurous regulars, The LabRats annually sate their appetite for adventure by joining the inaugural running of a PaintedRoads adventure tour. for 2020 we head for th ...

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