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

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China - Yunnan

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

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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China South

13 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
630 km
avg 63 Km
Guided

Many years ago I awoke on a train travelling through China’s Guizhou Province, and, pulling back the curtain was convinced I had awoken in the midst of a Chinese watercolour. I had hitherto been quite sure that these beautiful paintings ...

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China - Sichuan Tibet

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

13 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
630 km
avg 79 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

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

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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Tri Nations: Vietnam - Laos - Thailand

16 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
1040 km
avg 95 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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Sri Lanka

12 Day(s)
Moderate
765 km
avg 85 Km
Guided

A wonderful bicycle journey from the tranquil fishing communities of Sri Lanka’s west coast, through the ancient architecture of the North Central region and onwards, via the stunningly beautiful central hill country to the beaches and the wond ...

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Taiwan

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

Many years ago whilst cycling alone across China I wondered what China would have been like had the civil war gone the other way and communism had never taken over. I rode and pondered, and then I realised - Taiwan - it is after all to where the Kuom ...

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Ho Chi Minh Trail

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

13 Day(s)
Moderate
910 km
avg 91 Km
Guided
Deal

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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Thailand gravel roads

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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