© Painted Roads 2013
Website, logo & graphic design by mikesimagination.net
We're only a small operation but we're big on experience. By choosing only to operate in the areas we know and love the best rather than offer a global menu of destinations we can provide our customers with a more personal and tailored experience, a journey that is more than a little bit special. We have many years experience in Asia and our tours reflect that by taking the route less travelled and introducing our cyclists to aspects of a country often missed by the larger operators. Being small also means we're adaptable. Constantly listening to feedback from our clients and also able to add a 'twist' to our tours if so requested. Click the links below to find out more...
Reasons we hope you'll like us..!
The Painted Roads business grew out of a passion for Asia, a passion for cycling and the desire to share that with our friends, and indeed experience has taught us that a great many of the people that ride with us become our friends. By being small and extremely well acquainted with the areas and peoples through which we travel we can provide our small groups with an intimate experience of the chosen destination that our competitors struggle to match.
Although we have a wealth of experience in guiding cycling adventures (see 'People' below) the Painted Roads business itself is very young. That means we're very flexible with regard to the itineraries we offer and our trips have been researched and explored in detail with the specific aim of providing something special. We have the in-country knowledge and local contacts to be able to accommodate requests for a more tailored experience.
We do have a mission statement.. it's very simple and it is this... to introduce cyclists to the delights of cycling the backroads of Asia, exploring the areas less travelled in an ethically aware manner with respect to the locals, local businesses and the environment. Key to our philosophy is providing our customers with the highest levels of satisfaction and enjoyment, and ensuring they end a tour with a collection of wonderful memories.
Who we are...
As mentioned above we're small.. it would perhaps be something of a cliché, and oddly self serving, however to say we're perfectly formed also, although of course we think we're pretty good, and you can read a little of what other folk think of us in 'testimonials' below. In the meantime however we are...
DAVID: As founder and lead guide Dave essentially is Painted Roads. Basing himself in Asia for much of the year David worked as a guide for a market leading adventure cycling outfit for a number of years and become one their most popular guides with a fantastic reputation as a tour leader. As you'd expect he's a passionate and well-travelled cyclist with a whole rack of expeditions to his name. He's also fine easy-going company for enjoying a cold beer on a warm beach following a day of cycling.
PHONG: Our man in Vietnam; With his charming personality, great sense of humour and wealth of local knowledge Phong is always quick to win the hearts of all who travel with him. Phong's pride and passion for Vietnam are subtle, honest, balanced and without prejudice, something noticed and respected by all who meet him. With an unquenchable thirst for adventure cycling it has become customary for Phong and David to spend several weeks each summer enjoying a bicycle journey exploring new routes in little travelled regions of Vietnam, primarily to indulge their shared passion for bicycle adventures and natural beauty, but also mindful that the journey can later be shared through a new and exciting Painted Roads tour.
MIKE: Another committed and well travelled cyclist, and co-founder of the Painted Roads idea. As mikesimagination Mike was responsible for developing the brand, the website, the brochures and handling the social media side of Painted Roads in the UK. While not directly involved in the day to day running of Painted Roads Mike continues to act as a 'friend' of Painted Roads with a view to helping David grow the business. In the future if you're on a Painted Roads tour you may very find yourself riding with Mike.
Painted Roads as a business only has a history insofar as 2012 constitutes a 'past', but Painted Roads as an idea has existed far longer than that. Being thoroughly in love with Asia, with life on bicycle and with introducing cyclists to such a special part of the world it was perhaps inevitable that David would develop his own thoughts about how to run tours, making the effort to offer something different to the offerings of his then employer and other agencies. The idea began to take form during 2010 and then eventually, as existing commitments were met, the business was able to come into being in mid-2012, so you can see it's early days yet but as we feel our way it is also a terrific opportunity to tailor ourselves to meet the desires of our clients perfectly.
Some of the things people have said about us...
At the time of writing we're just starting out but below you can read some of the testimonials David has acquired as a guide and also feedback from our very first customers.
"Had such a great trip in Vietnam. Really enjoyed it. Both David Walker and the local guide, Phong, were enthusiastic and responded well to all the needs of the group". Stuart, UK
"Vietnam was made amazing by David and Phong, by their ability to relate to me as an individual. My view of this is that each of them addressed the individual needs of each participant on the trip. David personally discussed with me very early on what it was I was seeking. I talked to David about why I had come on the trip and we worked out a plan to accommodate my needs as an individual trip participant and the needs of everyone else". Cathy, New Zealand
"Didn’t think the last great trip in Vietnam could possibly be improved upon, but it was! Helped by David's consistently excellent group leadership qualities". Eddie, UK
"Our guide, David Walker, never made a bad one. He was unfailingly well-informed, resourceful and fun to hang out with". Alden, US
"I very much enjoyed the cycling holiday. The tour leader, David Walker, did an excellent job in maintaining happiness and harmony within the group and ensuring that no one was left behind". Robert, Australia
"Thanks especially to David our tour guide I started to believe I could do it, and I was really enjoying it. As we neared the end of the trip I wished the trip was longer I was not ready for it to finish. I will definitely be doing another tour with David and hopefully all of us will do it together I met on the trip". Rod, Australia
"David was a legend of a tour guide, he worked tirelessly to try and make the holiday the best possible experience he could". Claire, UK
"The Thailand cycle tour was exactly as it was promoted - a perfect balance of activity and relaxation. The cycling was enjoyable rather than extreme, covering 670km along quiet back roads and coastal routes. We also had plenty of opportunities to swim in the sea, with the highlight of the trip for me when we all went for a dip during a coffee stop on an unspoilt small bay on the way to Ban Krut! We enjoyed fine Thai cuisine which was generally excellent at both lunch and dinner. The main factor in the success of the tour was down to our tour leader David Walker, whose enthusiasm and commitment ensured that everyone enjoyed themselves and David continuously went out of his way to ensure all participants were happy. Quite frankly I loved every minute of the tour and I think it will be a hard one to beat!" Stuart, UK.
How we operate in-country
Aside from being a wonderfully engaging and intimate way to explore a destination, travelling by bicycle is also a brilliant way to support the smaller, local communities and businesses away from large tourist resorts and foreign-owned enterprises. We always use local agents and stay at locally owned accommodation, we eat locally grown and cooked food, supporting local restaurants on our route which of course ensures that our guests enjoy the most authentic eating experiences of the regions we travel through. The bicycle traveller is also very accessible to the local people, especially relevant in the less-touristed regions we cycle, thus encouraging cultural exchange and a much more rewarding holiday experience for both you and the local people.
Get in touch..
Use the form below to drop us an email, if you'd like us to call you include your phone number. We're looking forward to hearing from you.